Lisa Frank

Lisa Frank’s artistic style meets tarot cards in this amazing fanart

Each design choice has a purpose, and they're all fun to consider.


Aja Romano

Internet Culture

Published Mar 17, 2016   Updated May 27, 2021, 2:01 am CDT

After visiting the Hello Kitty exhibition at the Japanese American National Museum, GIF artist and animator Ariel Hart realized that America had a similar national treasure in the form of Lisa Frank‘s kaleidoscope of colorful cartoon characters and iconic pop art.

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Hart decided to celebrate Frank’s legacy with one of the most popular forms of fanart expression: tarot cards. Now, her impressive and clever Major Arcana deck has Frank fans clamoring for more.

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The deck combines the archetypal iconography of the Major Arcana with the images that Frank has made famous throughout her career. Cats, teddy bears, and a variety of wild creatures and fantastic beasts embody the Fool, the Magician, and the rest of the arcana. 

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Hart’s choice of image for each card may seem haphazard, but in fact, each choice was deliberate.

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After all, what could be more appropriate for the Hermit card—which symbolizes seclusion and isolation—than a leopard hiding behind its own spots? Meanwhile, Death’s rider on a black horse is now a tutu-wearing ballerina bunny-riding a sparkly maned unicorn. And instead of presiding over a few dead or dying peasants—a motif that signifies rebirth and rejuvenation—they’re partying with a bunch of raver bears.

Makes total sense.

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Illustration via Ariel Hart

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*First Published: Mar 17, 2016, 11:18 am CDT