Marija Tiurina, London-based game designer by day and illustrator by night, teamed up with NeonMob (more on them later – I’m digging the idea so far!), a platform for artists and collectors to create and collect digital artwork like trading cards (what’s not to love, eh?) to create a version of the Bible’s 7 Deadly Sins, but for the Internet age… So it’s cats, obviously.
In an interview Marija gave for the NeonMob blog about the collection, the artist says,
Also, deadly sins are quite symbolic and interesting. But, just a google search shows you boring fantasy art, and pretty much the same style of drawings repeat on every page of search results. I thought that the topic deserves another chance!
Each print in the collection comes with flavour text that is absolutely perfect for each one. The background story for the collection is also great. It reads: “Hidden for nearly 950 years, a withered parchment, yellowed with age, was pulled up from the dank catacombs beneath the Vatican in Rome. Now, as its contents are unveiled, the world will come to know the truth . . . that there are EIGHT Deadly Sins! (And apparently the Pope of that age was fond of cats)”
Check out the collection below, and sign-up to NeonMob to start collecting and trading today!
“To have is to smile, to want, is to not,
Stay happy: be grateful for what you’ve got,
Though your brother or sister might have more,
“Want” turns to “wanted,” desire’s a bore.”
“If you fill your flesh with food, then really,
You’re starving your soul, it is quite silly
To believe you’ll ever fill up that hole—
The one in your heart— with fish or bread rolls!”
“Envy is cousin to pestilent greed,
Look up at the tree and forget the seed,
Which brought you your fortune, wasn’t enough,
To save your sad soul, it left your heart cuffed.”
“Eating away, choking on sweaty skin,
Desperate longing, longing to meet the sin,
And be carried away, swallowed by hell,
The storm of the sex shall never be quelled.”
“The Devil himself, Lucifer did fall,
When he dove into the mirror on his wall,
Humility may not come with a prize,
Though Pride, in all forms, comes with a price.”
“A couch’s sharp teeth are sharpened by you,
For laziness is the whetstone of doom,
It hones it, completes it, makes it alright,
To do nothing but nothing day and night.”
“When pain is upon you (yes it will be),
Respond not with anger, but love, you’ll see,
Refraining from violence, backtracking wrath,
Leads you to heaven, and no turning back.”
The collection also has a “chase” piece, which is a rare mysterious piece of artwork from the collection.
“Wait—listen . . . can you hear the roiling crowd?
Camera cell phones, with clicking so loud,
And flashing dilemmas, bright avarice,
Give your soul to them, the good famous kiss.”