Bēhance: Parks and Recreation Playing Cards by Andrea Austoni

02 Aug

This is a custom deck of playing cards designed by the Polish artist Andrea Austoni. He used the characters of one of his favorite TV comedy series – Parks and Recreation (an American comedy television series on the NBC television network). Andrea wanted to pay tribute to the show and to practice his portrait skills, doing something fun in the process. When he realized that the cast featured 8 male and four female characters the idea of the playing cards was born.

In order to echo traditional card designs he chose a two-tone muted color palette and a simplified portrait style. He made the contrast between the elegant colors and the funny characters. © Andrea Austoni
The Ace of Spades
Duke Silver, Ron Swanson, Chris Traeger and Ben Wyatt.
Leslie Knope, Ann Perkins, April Ludgate and Donna Meagle.
Jean-Ralphio, Tom Haverford, Andy Dwyer and Jerry Gergich.
The Joker is Li’l Sebastian.
Number Cards
The back of the cards features an official Parks and Recreation Dept. banner and a logo made of three corncobs, a nod to the Harvest Festival (fictional). The corn leaves also appear as a background pattern, included to add depth to the design. The typeface is Phaeton, whose antique look matches the style of the banner.


  1. See other playing cards dedicated to serials (Category: “Playing Cards and Serials”);
  2. See other playing card projects on Bēhance (Category: “Bēhance”).

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2 responses to “Bēhance: Parks and Recreation Playing Cards by Andrea Austoni

  1. Eric Noble

    07.06.2016 at 04:10

    I found two sets of these at a local charity store. It turns out a few sets were printed and distributed to the cast and crew of the show. I gave one set to my best friend who is a fan of the show and kept the other for myself (sadly my set is missing the red Joker).

    Crazy find!

    • Collector

      08.06.2016 at 00:32

      You are right – some quantity of decks was produced. But I don’t know precise numbers, printer, etc. The designer also doesn’t have this information. So, the post has “Deck of Playing Cards” category. It means “printed/produced deck”. Check the blog’s menu and read about it on ABOUT ME page. Congratulations with the rare deck in your collection. Sad to read about the “escaped” red Joker. I hope you will find it.


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