52 Shades of Greed

Ace of Clubs – Countrywide
The biggest and most predatory major subprime originator.

Wall Street, NYC – The first Tuesday in September is traditionally a bacchanalian holiday on Wall Street. Suit-and-tie revelers engorge themselves on whatever sentiment may have been aroused for the working and middle classes on Labor Day. It is not a place for delicate sensibilities, and citizens unfamiliar with this side of town are usually advised to steer clear.
This first Tuesday in September, however, may be different.
While Wall Street gets back to the seedy business of—as one Bank Executive famously put it—“screwing people”, Occupy Wall Street and a team of professional illustrators are drawing up a plan to pull back the curtain on their perversions.They are calling it 52 Shades of Greed.

“52 Shades of Greed is a deck of playing cards bearing illustrations of the people and financial institutions whose lust for money took the rest of us for a ride toward economic collapse,” explains an anonymous representative from the Alt Banking Group at Occupy Wall Street.

Marc Scheff (Art Director), asked our interviewer, “Ever seen Dick Fuld or the infamous Kathryn Wylde at work?” He continued, “I’m not surprised. It drew an NC-17 rating.”

Rumors are now circulating about which twisted financial instruments are to be depicted on the cards. Many expect the appearance of the Collateralized Debt Obligation, which first gained notoriety for bringing the housing market to its knees and laying bare the US economy.

The cards creators hope they will shed light on these dark alley affairs.

2 of Spades – S.E.C. Security and Exchange Commision
Weak regulator which routinely destroyed records of investigations, sometimes right before the investigator went to work for the regulated.

The only thing we know for sure about 52 Shades of Greed is that the creators have just announced fundraiser. They plan to cut 1000 decks to hand out on September 17th, the one year anniversary of Occupy Wall Street.  They are directing everyone to the gallery website where they can see the cards and buy their own: http://www.52shadesofgreed.com