Ace of spades?
I was thinking about getting an ace of spades tattoo behind my ear, I thought it would be cute, anyways, I was thinking about it last night, what is the deal with the ace of SPADES.
Everytime someone has a tattoo of an ace its the spade, everytime you see a picture or something its the spade, so whats up with it? Thank you!
- 1 decade agoFavorite Answer
In a lot of games the ace of spades is the ultimate card. Ace is the highest ranking of the 13 cards and spades are the highest or trump suit. That could be part of it.
The fanciful design and manufacturer's logo commonly displayed on the Ace of Spades began under the reign of James I of England, who passed a law requiring an insignia on that card as proof of payment of a tax on local manufacture of cards. Until August 4, 1960, decks of playing cards printed and sold in the United Kingdom were liable for taxable duty and the Ace of Spades carried an indication of the name of the printer and the fact that taxation had been paid on the cards. The packs were also sealed with a government duty wrapper.
In early games the kings were always the highest card in their suit. However, as early as the late 1400s special significance began to be placed on the nominally lowest card, now called the Ace, so that it sometimes became the highest card and the Two, or Deuce, the lowest. This concept may have been hastened in the late 1700s by the French Revolution, where games began being played "ace high" as a symbol of lower classes rising in power above the royalty.
The term "Ace" itself comes from a dicing term in Anglo-Norman language, which is itself derived from the Latin as (the smallest unit of coinage). Another dicing term, trey, sometimes shows up in playing card games.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
It is always the first card in the deck when you purchase them. The brand name of the playing cards is always on the Ace of Spades.
- fuffernutLv 51 decade ago
With certain games, the suit of the cards matter, and spades is considered the highest suit. Spades, diamonds, hearts, then clubs, I believe...
- 90's grunge girlLv 51 decade ago
isn't that considered the "death card"?