About Us

About us

Credo quia Absurdum

“I believe because it is absurd / impossible / irrational.”

Five years ago i met Ana Fragateiro, we were working together in the battlefield of a decoration store, i didn’t like that place, i felt so useless and replaceable. I was an underground artist struggling for exhibitions. I didn’t sell that much but i do not blame people, honestly, who wants a huge piece of meat in the living room? I started studying deeper the medieval iconography, it was so enjoyable… i discovered secrets behind the art, occult messages, etc. I became very curious about the Alchemy, the Classic Mythology and Christian symbolism and found so many other cultures based on paganism. That changed drastically my perspective about the modern world, i knew their bases.

We start to date, and for my surprise she was expert in mysticism, astrology and divination arts and we decide to start our own tarot deck. For half an year we studied and found parallelisms between the most important tarots in history, such as the Visconti Sforza deck, Marseille, the Aleister Crowley’s tarot of Thoth, Rider Waite-Smith tarot and others. A study like that generates countless material, i can see from here the number of books we have related to that, its absurd, seriously.

With all that information we decided to make our own designs with some strong imagery based in old engraving style from alchemy or medical/anatomical plates, something solid with concept, a story behind, something you can talk about. We started with limited prints but then we changed the supports to t-shirts and totebags, optimising the drawings. Ana is a great designer, she has good ideas of presentation and product development, she works a lot for this, much more than me, i am just the lazy artist, i confess. Lets say maybe she’s the brain and i am the heart of Credo Quia Absurdum.

Anyway, every single design we produce is a result of enormous searching and created specifically for t-shirt and tote bag context and for that reason we select the most comfortable materials and the best silkscreen printing.Everything is produced and sent from Portugal, where we live, in our modest apartment with sight over Lisbon and two lovely cats- also our quality testers.

We are very happy to share with you this universe, sometimes dark, sometimes brutal but always human.

Good Evening.

Tiago Pimentel. 2016.

  • Last units of Visions of Ezekiel, Swamped and Xothian Cultist.

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  • Last sizes of The Witching Hour online.

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  • Terra Volatile - please read (about the 2nd edition) 

Hello everyone,
We stop selling the 2nd edition of Terra Volatile. Unfortunately, we discover an issue in this edition of our decks. Until we know exactly how many decks have issues and what to do with all the decks left, the sales are in standby.

Me and Tiago try our best to deliver exquisite designs, ideas and absurdities.
Especially, because we want every item to be worth to buy.
When we receive the new edition, we open a few tarots in every box, to see the quality. At the first sign the colors, and finishing was exactly as we expected.

We assume that every printed sheet was inspected by our manufacturer, to make sure everything was perfect. We did that assumption and we didn't open every single tarot - also not to damage them.

For some reason, this last week, we were so happy with the sales and with the feedback, that we opened a few more just to look at it. When we looked to the back of the cards we noticed small white lines in some cards.

As soon as we realised about this issue, we contacted the manufacturer.
They discard responsibilities.

But we don't! We assume responsibility for this.
If you bought one of our new edition, when you receive your deck, and if, for any reason, have ink problems on the backs or the deck doesn't fit your expectations, contact us, please.

We are working with a new company, and we are investing the money we made, in a better edition. We will have some financial loss, but we prefer.
We just want to give you the Terra Volatile you deserve.

For any customer with a deck with any issue, we will send a new deck, with shipping included. Email us if you have any further questions or doubts.

We end this post, hoping you can understand our side and that we are doing everything in our power to resolve this.

And to everyone that is disappointing, our sincere apologies.
Have a wonderful day!
Ana

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  • (...) My childhood and adolescence was richly fulfilled by a mystical, fervent imagination that are the essence of my actual artistic work. As I left my village to dive into the big city, many of these marvellous memoirs were transformed by the “civilised” skepticism. I almost lost my essence, adapting to a new world ruled by scientific certitude. Creatively speaking, I learned a lot with the new experiences and different artistic proposals but my inspiration was entering in a cycle of boredom.
As we started the Credo quia Absurdum, I committed myself to bring back the folklore that shaped me as a young man. I don’t care about the veracity of the facts or the lack of scientific explanation, I just want to embrace it as an important part of myself. (...)

Read about the Coven t-shirt  meaning in our website.

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  • Order update:
First of all, we never expected to have this amount of orders from the new edition of the Terra Volatile. From the bottom of our hearts we thank you all. Really, we are speechless. 
We just ask a bit of patience, we are just two doing everything 😁
A big part of the orders were shipped today, and between tomorrow and Wednesday we are hoping to ship the rest.

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  • The African Vodun, (different from Voodoo or Hoodoo) is said to be practiced essentially in the Western Africa, but there are many known reports across the continent.  The Vodun cosmology support the existence of spirits (Loa), hierarchically arranged, that govern the Earth and control specific elements. It is an animist faith, believing that all natural things, such as plants, animals, rocks, etc, have spirits and can influence human events.

During the ceremonies, the invoked spirits may possess the bodies of the people who participates, transmitting knowledge such as advice or warnings. These rituals were normally performed to celebrate positive events and to trade food and gifts with the Loa for aid and protection. (...)

Read about our Vodun tshirt symbology and meaning online.

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  • “The Witching Hour” is our long wanted homage to Francisco Goya y Lucientes.

It is easy to spot the Goya’s influence on our works, with special emphasis on his pinturas negras (dark paintings) and etchings series(Disparates, Caprichos and Disasters of War). His grotesque scenes and figures established a decisive moment in our artistic development, so we owe him more than you can imagine.

The folklore that overflows his darkest paintings has a very straight connection to our very personal mythology, typical from the Iberian countryside. His tales of witches and monsters seem to come from my grandmother’s mouth, the same ones that make me shiver, as a child (and now too).(...)

The Witching Hour meaning online now!

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  • The concept of “sacrifice” seems to be a common theme to the four designs released in late January (2021). It was completely unintentional but it makes us think that maybe the times we live now have something to do with it.

The “Moloch” or “Molech” is said to be an ancient god (allegedly worshiped by the Amonites) that became very popular in the Old Testament, because of the disturbing sacrifices required by this deity. (...)

Offering to Moloch meaning online now!

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  • Say hello to the second edition of Terra Volatile Tarot! Online now.

At the website, we have also a few decks with minor damages in the boxes - with a slightly different price. Send us an email or a message if you want to know more info.

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  • For this design we wanted to explore the concept of “Nekya” (νέκυια ἡ νέκυα), the rite by which ghosts were called up and questioned about the future. For that we created two different spheres that divide the world of the living above and the underworld below. The circle with the eye, which is coming upwards and touches the sphere of the living. That represents the calling of the mindful spirit from the darkest pit of the underworld, who reaches now our sphere. (...)

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  • Every Mask has a Role!
Persona Tshirt

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  • After a journey to write all the vessels, we are proud to say that all the symbology, meanings and interpretations are online. You can also find an About section explaining this suit, with symbology and diagrams (that will have more very soon).

Hope you guys like it! Feedback is always welcome.

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