Thorns and Roses is an original set of American playing cards designed by Steve Minty and printed by the United States Playing Card Company (USPCC). Inspired by the works of William Shakespeare, I sought to approach this deck based on the themes prevalent in his work: Life and Death. The themes of life and death are represented with the motif of Thorns and Roses. Thorns embodies the pain of loss and death found in these works, while the Roses the sweetness of love and life.
The decks feature four of Shakespeare's best known works: Hamlet, Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth and King Lear. The Roses deck interprets these characters with an item of significance while the Thorns deck depicts their method of death (it's a lot of deaths.)
- Cards Printed by the USPCC
- Features 54 fully custom cards and 2 gaff cards
- Custom foil seal
- Gold foil and embossed tuck box