Memento Mori


Stemming from the medieval Latin theory and practice of reflection on mortality, it has been a ubiquitous part of human culture for centuries. From the philosophical to the artistic, the fascination, fear and appreciation of death has consistently captivated and cultivated our imagination. Many practitioners of this theory kept with them, artifacts or keepsakes which served as a reminder that the only thing certain in life, was death. Many of these items were often objects (watches, necklaces) in the shape of skulls.

The low-poly design represents a simplistic one. The bare "bones" of 3D creation and graphic art, the first steps of animation can be interpreted as the beginning of 'virtual' life. 

Many historians believe that playing cards represented a deeper, esoteric meaning, that each suit was one of the four seasons. Each card within a suit was one of the thirteen phases of the moon. The fifty-two cards in a deck would represent the fifty-two weeks of the year and together, this would represent just one year of your life.

A constant reminder of our fleeting time on earth. 

Art director - Chris Ramsay  


Customer Reviews

Based on 295 reviews
Brett McCabe (San Diego, US)

This deck is absolutely stunning in appearance and promote reflection on the age old perplexity, death. My deck is already heavily used for a few cribbage tournaments with my wife and friends, and the cards have held up well. I would buy another deck just for the aesthetic beauty in these.

Prince Carlos (Winnipeg, CA)

Amazing design- especially when you cascade the cards you can really see a pattern

Robert Baxter (The Bronx, US)

My favorite deck by far. Chris Ramsay did a wonderful job with this design.

Labon Tottingham


Dylan Antonacci (Atlanta, US)
So purty!

These cards are SO PRETTY! The use of negative space is a personal favorite of mine in card designs. It's important to remember that Chris Ramsays name will NOT be on the tuck case, but he still designed this deck back in the day. Also remember that this is the ONLY Memento Mori deck he designed. Any other MM deck besides this design was NOT designed by him. But otherwise, the deck is really nice and handles well!

Anonymous (Tel Aviv, IL)

Grate cards

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