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Ravens, Skulls and the Ace of Spades

vonKowen Design By Humans Store
from Croatia / Member Since 2019

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Ok, so ravens and skulls are getting somewhat common in my designs. They are both very grim and macabre, I love using them. Also, ravens are super smart and I respect them.

The ace of spades is actually very interesting. The ace of spades (also known as the spadille and the death card) is traditionally the highest and most valued card in the deck of playing cards, at least in English-speaking countries. The actual value of the card varies from game to game.

The ace of spades has been employed, on numerous occasions, in the theater of war. In the Second World War, the soldiers of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the American 101st Airborne Division were marked with the spades symbol painted on the sides of their helmets. In this capacity, it was used to represent good luck, due to its fortunate connotations in card playing.

Some twenty years later, a folk legend about the ace of spades being used by American Soldiers during the Vietnam War was popularized. Supposedly, US troops believed that Vietnamese traditions held the symbolism of the spade to mean death and ill-fortune and in a bid to frighten and demoralize Viet Cong soldiers, it was common practice to mockingly leave an ace of spades on the bodies of killed Vietnamese and even to litter the forested grounds and fields with the card.

The ace of spades, while not a symbol of superstitious fear to the Viet Cong forces, did help the morale of American soldiers. It was not unheard of for US Soldiers and Marines to stick this card in their helmet band as a sort of anti-peace sign.

More recently, in 2003 a deck of most-wanted Iraqi playing cards was issued to US Soldiers during Operation Iraqi Freedom, each card had the picture of a wanted Iraqi official on it. Saddam Hussein got the nickname ?Ace of Spades? as that card bore his image.

Designed by DBH Community & Printed in the USA

Polyester top & sewn edges

Non-slip rubber back

Dye-Sublimation printing process for a permanent graphic that will not peel or fade with use

Durable, comfortable & perfect for gaming

Machine washable, hang dry

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