Sept 12, 2012

Wall Street, NYC – After the instant success of the 52 Shades of Greed playing card deck, the artists and Occupy Wall Street Alternative Banking team responsible for the project announce the launch of a companion deck: 52 Shades of Progress.

The first 52 Shades of Greed deck debuted on Rocket Hub in early September. The project tore across Facebook, Twitter, and the blogosphere, exceeding its initial $15k fundraising goal in a mere two days. Fueled by the success of this pilot project, and committed to suggesting solutions in addition to exposing problems with our financial system, the artists and OWS Alternative Banking team have teamed up again to begin 52 Shades of Progress, the companion card deck.

Where the 52 Shades of Greed deck offered editorial illustrations of everything from the “bad guys” of the financial crisis to harmful legislature and accounting tricks, the second deck will focus on solutions, alternatives, and steps everyone can take to begin to clean up our current economic environment, and to make sure it doesn’t happen again. 52 Shades of Progress will include illustrations of the heroes who have stood up for Main Street, opportunities for direct action, crucial legislation, innovative economic thinking, ground-breaking social projects, and more. The deck will be accompanied by a companion online gallery featuring many of the original artists, as well as new ones.

With Marc Scheff and Daniel Nyari returning as Art Directors, the Occupy Wall St. collaborators on the project will include the Alternative Banking Working Group, the Think Tank Working Group, those working on issues of debt, foreclosure, money in politics, and beyond. With 1000 of the original decks slated for free distribution on Monday, September 17—the one-year anniversary of OWS—the anniversary will also mark the launch of this companion project.

Marc Scheff, Daniel Nyari, and their collaborators are directing all contributors to their gallery and funding websites


Sept 4, 2012:

Wall Street, NYC – The first Tuesday in September is traditionally a bacchanalian holiday on Wall Street. Suit-and-tie revelers engorge themselves on whatever sentiment may have been aroused for the working and middle classes on Labor Day. It is not a place for delicate sensibilities, and citizens unfamiliar with this side of town are usually advised to steer clear.

This first Tuesday in September, however, may be different.

While Wall Street gets back to the seedy business of—as one Bank Executive famously put it—“screwing people”, a team of professional illustrators are drawing up a plan to pull back the curtain on their perversions.

They are calling it 52 Shades of Greed.

“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 ride toward economic collapse,” explains the Alt Banking Group at Occupy Wall Street, a close collaborator on the project.

Marc Scheff, Art Director, asked our interviewer, “Ever seen Dick Fuld or the infamous Kathryn Wylde at work?” He continued, “I’m not surprised. It drew an NC-17 rating.”

Rumors are now circulating about which twisted financial instruments are to be depicted on the cards. Many expect the appearance of the Collateralized Debt Obligation, which first gained notoriety for bringing the housing market to its knees and laying bare the US economy.

The cards creators hope they will shed light on these dark alley affairs.

The only thing we know for sure about 52 Shades of Greed is that the creators have just announced a fundraiser. They plan to cut 1000 decks to hand out on September 17th, the one year anniversary of Occupy Wall Street.

They are directing all contributors to their gallery and funding websites