Metrodeck: The Art of the Subway Fare

How many times have you tossed aside your used MetroCard, not thinking twice about where it could possibly end up? Well, it just might have ended up in the creative hands of Norman Ibarra. Norm is a talented NYC-based communication designer, the genius behind the much loved Chinatown Chow Down logo. Now he’s brought his latest brilliant idea to life — Metrodeck — a full set of playing cards printed on found and repurposed subway fare cards.  Each card was individually designed and painstakingly hand-screened by Norm himself at Gowanus Print Lab.

Metrodeck2In this day and age of throwaway gifts, Norm’s brainchild is the exact opposite. It’s an art gallery-worthy collector’s piece that you will cherish forever. Buy a single card, a royal flush set, or a complete deck on the Metrodeck Etsy shop or take the subway to the New Museum. Yes, Metrodeck is already getting the attention of the New York art world, so you better jump on the Metrodeck train quick, before it goes out of service.

Full Set


About Craig Nelson

Exploring, cooking, drinking, riding the subway, bowling...a writer and editor based in New York. I'm a city lover who edits the blog for EuroCheapo, writes for, explores for Spotted By Locals and has worked at various under-the-radar companies like Google. Feel free to drop a line at or on twitter at @across106th.
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