XVI - THE TOWER: TELLY THE BARBER
“A straight Tower of Babel allegory about.”
"The looser the assignment of the element to the Tarot Card, the better the art will be for reasons I really can’t explain nor do I intend." - Hannah’s Maxim
Will I admit that this is an extremely loose association? Yes. And I apologize. So generally Tower is an omen that bad things are going to happen, but like Death, it often is used just for the surface meaning of “bad things going to happen.” The Tower’s Rider-Waite meaning comes from the story of the Tower of Babel, the idea of pride preceding a fall, or hubris. The problem is, not for the life of me I can think of an instance of Night Vale where one’s hubris leads to a downfall. The only thing that comes even remotely close is Telly, and even then you can argue that it wasn’t his hubris. Cecil, however, frames his situation as such. Obviously biased of course, but the best I could figure out for now, I guess.
A lot of salt and splatter brushes were used to give a nice hazy, delusional feel to the piece, along with dizzying camera angles. I like the lime greens in this.