From the Alley: the Alleyman Pinset

From the Alley: the Alleyman Pinset

Your daily commute is so close to magic every day. Step from the street into the Alley, and find the fantastic.
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This project is part of Pintopia 2024, which runs from March 28th - April 18th 2024. The more Pintopia pins you back, the more FREE pins you can earn ✨ Learn more →


The Alleyman

You walk home, head down, enamored in your own day. Work, friends, chats. Your lunch you carry the remains of. But you ignore the city you live in. The character of the brick. The texture of the muck beneath your feat. But if you would just look upward, even only briefly, you'd see him. The alleyway scam artist. The Alleyman. He reads his cards for you, and you alone. If you just look... 
And today, he carries charms to remind you of that moment you saw him. Mementos that the impossible is around you always, if you'd just look...

The Origins

Welcome, alley travelers, to Backerkit's PINTOPIA.

I and many other pin designers have come together to create a gorgeous selection of enamel pins for your perusal. And here, in this strange alley, I bring you enamel keepsakes of the Alleyman himself, and his strange, mismatched tarot deck. If you'd missed it in the years that have passed, the Alleyman was the bearer of a very particular tarot deck that broke records on Kickstarter, quickly becoming the most funded, most backed tarot deck crowdfunding project of all time. You can still get copies of the impossible, 137+card deck here.

But today, we do not seek paper. We seek hard metal. We seek pins.

The Pins

On our project, we find the Alleyman, cards spread on offer, his face a mystery, his omens portentous. This pin was based on the iconic photo shoot done by Nicolas Bruno, participant in the Alleyman's Tarot and the Alleyway Oracles, and fantastic photographer. 

And in sets, we feature groups of 3 cards.

We begin with the Deaths three. In the Alleyman's own tarot, he had 9, but I've selected 3 of the deaths from that deck to recreate in pins. We see here the Blood Death on his horse, his scythe overhead to show you change is painful, the Fire Death telling you that what has been lost is gone forever, and should not be rebuilt, and the Dancing Death, reminding you that change is beautiful, and things end when their time is done, so celebrate what it brought.

And if we raise enough funds...

$3000 - UNLOCKED!
A set of the Sun, Moon, and Star has been unlocked! Look out for their designs and add-ons in the coming days!

$6000 - UNLOCKED!
The Alleyway Oracle joins us as a standalone pin!

Another set of three tarot card pins unlock! These cards are yet to be revealed, stay tuned for when we break $9000!


❤️ Pintopia 2024

Welcome to Pintopia — a celebration of creativity and collaboration from a diverse group of artists collectively running enamel pin crowdfunding projects from March 28th - April 18th.

Freebie Cross-Collaboration Pins — All 125+ Pintopia creators have paired up with a fellow participant to create two unique pin designs together. If BOTH projects reach their initial funding goal, backers who support BOTH will get the TWO [2] cross-collab pins for FREE! One from each creator. The more pairs of Pintopia creators you support, the more free pins you will earn ✨

To emulate the hunted theme, I have designed the wretched Alleyman as struck down by the glowing arrows of the hunters, 17 cents spread into the air, cards tumbling to the ground, bursting from the tarot frame. Aimee has likewise swapped into my pallet and turned the wolf into a gorgeous tarot card pin, emerging over the top of the frame and mouth dripping with blood.

To get these amazing pins, be sure to pledge to both of our campaigns for a pin or two, and you'll get it included in your order for free from each of us!

And if you love pins, please check out Bee's amazing pins also up right now! Bee has been a very amazing collaborator in the past, and I'll be backing!


Pledge Tiers + Add-Ons

Pledge for the Alleyman Pin, the Arcana Sets on their own, or for all the pins together, as they are unlocked. Or grab them at the same price as add-ons!

Additionally, you have the opportunity here to grab pin sets from our previous crowdfunding projects! Including: The ZOETROPE time travel roleplaying game pin set, the WHAT WE POSSESS ghostly story telling game pin set, and the Take Me to the Dark pin set!


Who I Am

I'm the Publishing Goblin! 
My name is Seven, and I live in Denver with some friends and my sweet cat, Mr. Tom Bombadil. I'm also an independent publisher and artist, writer, game designer, director, and who knows what else. I've made a living for myself designing and publishing tarot decks, oracle dice, board games, card games, role playing games, and whatever I happen to be writing or designing at the moment.
And I can only keep doing this with your help, friends! So thank you so much for you constant support, it means the world to me and ensures I can keep doing this for years to come. So thank you.

If you need to contact me, please do so at PublishingGoblin (at) Gmail (dot) com!

Terms and Conditions

  • Refunds I will refund any pledges within 30 days of the campaign's finish date no questions asked, from April 14th to May 14th 2024. After that time, no refunds will be granted for any reason, and if you choose not to fill out your survey or pay shipping on time, your pledged amount will be considered a donation towards the project.
  • Shipping and Fulfillment We will be charging shipping costs closer to actual fulfillment. That means you are not being charged for it now, or for VAT or IOSS or any other taxes or fees unique to your country. That will be done closer to the shipping date here on Backerkit. You will not receive your items if you do not pay shipping and any other relevant taxes or fees, and you will not receive a refund for your original pledge if you choose not to pay the shipping costs. This notice is here from day 1 of the campaign.
We are planning to ship to people in July of 2024, but that may move sooner or later. You will be made aware of any changes in regular, monthly campaign updates.
  • Fulfillment and Survey Deadline Once the first wave of backer items has been sent out around the world for people who get their surveys and shipping charges in on time*, remaining backers will have 30 more days to complete surveys to then receive their rewards. Any who do not do so in that time forfeit their rewards, and funds they paid into the project are considered donations to the project. As noted in refunds, no refunds will be made at that time for people who do not get their surveys in.
*This will be made clear in updates when we know for sure that we're moving to shipping, and will be clarified in multiple updates prior to starting the 30 day final reward claim timer.
  • Damaged or Missing Items, Lost or Misdelivered Packages You will have 30 days after your package arrives to you to report to [email protected] if you need replacement items or have missing items in your order. For packages that go missing, you will have 45 days after the item is sent (60 for international packages) to report lost or misdelivered packages to have us resend or follow up on the items.
Backers are responsible for providing proper and up to date email addresses on Backerkit, and for reading updates as they come out to inform them of this information and the deadline dates. Tracking info will be automatically sent to provided email addresses, and it is the backer's responsibility to followup on their packages should problems arise.
  • Backing this project is a pledge of support to the project itself, it is not the purchasing of items. I will be doing everything I can to deliver all pledged items as part of fulfilling this project with your help, and have a track record of a dozen plus projects of doing so, but there is no 100% guarantee that you'll receive your items with crowdfunding. By pledging you are recognizing this and agreeing to it. 

If you believe that this project is not in compliance with BackerKit’s Community Guidelines or Terms of Service, you can file a report by sending a message via this link: Report this project
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