Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Occupy Wall Street the playing cards

I was lucky to be invited by Marc Scheff to contribute to his project 52 Shades of Greed,a deck of 52 playing cards illustrating the ins' and outs' of of the financial crisis. My illustrations are of Stan O'Neal, the former CEO of Merrill Lynch; and of the controversial financial tool, credit default swaps.
Here is the official press release by Marc:

52 Shades of Greed is not your average deck of cards. It’s way hotter than that.

Brought to you by a team of professional illustrators and the Alt
Banking group at Occupy Wall Street, 52 Shades of Greed is a deck of
playing cards bearing illustrations of the people and financial
institutions whose lust for money took the rest of us for a steamy car
ride toward economic collapse. Ever seen Dick Fuld or the infamous
Kathryn Wylde at work? These cards hold nothing back, depicting even
those awkward financial instruments you can’t believe anyone invented.
Ever heard of a Collateralized Debt Obligation? Well...if you've never
ended up on the side of town where these are bought and sold, this
deck will provide a picture. An actual picture, drawn by a pro.

Everyone will be talking about the 52 Shades of Greed because we all
wanna know who screwed us and how they did it. And we want pictures.
The cards will direct the curious to a website to get the dirty
details on each Shade of Greed.

We believe that educating people is the first step towards turning
that steamy car ride around. We need to know what's going on before we
can stop it.

The money we raise will pay for the production of the cards, including
a stipend for each artist. Our plan is to print 1000 decks and
distribute them at S17, the anniversary of the September 17th Day of
Action. Everyone fueling the project with at least a $25 contribution
will get a deck. We would like to raise enough to enable us to stage
events related to art and financial education.


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