BY ALAINA LEARY
Growing up, Lisa Frank was a household name for me. I owned everything the brand came out with: gel pens, notebooks, folders, diaries. I still have a copy of my fifth grade Lisa Frank journal, which is teeming with my bad, little kid handwriting describing my childhood crushes. I cringe and laugh whenever I thumb through it.
Now, there’s something that combines my love of Lisa Frank with the love of tarot cards. Nihilisa Frank, a popular Tumblr with nihilist messages on Lisa Frank designs, created a tarot deck based on Frank’s designs. And it’s gorgeous. (But not official).
There’s nothing like a good tarot deck. The occult and witchcraft were another of my childhood obsessions, so it’s no surprise, then, that a combination of these two things feels like a psychedelic walk through nostalgia lane. As a kid, I probably would have cried with joy if a Lisa Frank tarot deck existed. Talk about perfect. But I’m just happy it exists now, because the next time I have an existential crisis about my future, I know where to turn. (The answer? Not to re-reading my fifth grade journal for the tenth time.)
Personally, I’m partial to her designs for The Empress and The Lovers.
I think it goes without saying that I intend to print this breathtaking tarot deck out on cardstock and put it to the test.
Alaina Leary is a native Boston studying for her MA in Publishing and Writing at Emerson College. She's also working as an editor and a social media designer for several magazines and small businesses. Her work has been published in Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, Seventeen, BUST, AfterEllen, Ravishly, BlogHer, The Mighty, and more. When she's not busy playing around with words, she spends her time surrounded by her two cats, Blue and Gansey, or at the beach. She can often be found re-reading her favorite books and covering everything in glitter. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram @alainaskeys.