Community Spotlight - Kevin Altered

Community Spotlight - Kevin Altered

We at Wizardry Foundry love seeing altered cards. Whether the alter is a simple extension, a full art extension, a foil peel, or a full art revamp, we enjoy it! We interviewed a prominent member of the MtG alters community who goes by the name Kevin Altered. Kevin is based out of Paris, France.

If you are interested in seeing Kevin’s work and/or contacting him about getting your cards altered, you can find him on Facebook and Instagram.

ORIGINS

Foundry: Hi Kevin - thanks for joining us today. We love your work, especially your foil peel Commander alters! Can you tell us a little about how you started altering?

Kevin: I started altering MtG cards in 2008 when some friends asked me to alter their cards. Before then, I had never heard of MtG. Today I work a lot with my friend Kory from MAINPHASEMTG. I consider him my brother and agent based in Annapolis, Maryland in the US. I currently serve fans from the entire globe because my foil work is very popular and sought-after. However, like all alterists, I started with pop-out and frameless extensions on basic lands. Very early on, I tried new experiments - I have scratched, cut, burned, sunk, acetoned, lasered and tested on tons of cards (too many to count) in order to learn how foils are made. From my studies, I noticed 23 distinct types of foil layers.

EXPERIMENTS

Foundry: That’s amazing. Do you have any funny stories to share about your experiments?

Kevin: Actually, I remember my wife’s face when I put a foil into my microwave… it was just an experiment - we saw actual lightning bolts! Apparently, foils contain metal and now I know better. Nowadays, my wife doesn’t let me go to the market anymore because I tend to buy anything with any sort of foiling or glitter on the packaging. For example, if I see containers of yogurt or toothpaste that have wonderful foiling, I buy it.

TOURNAMENT LEGALITY

Foundry: Kevin, can you tell us a little bit about the tournament legality of alters?

Kevin: This is a recurring question that I don’t think will ever get old. My process for foil and non-foil cards always create discussions about this topic. For all of my alters, I don’t print or create proxies. The base card, even when covered by a foil layer of another card is always the card you see. In this aspect, the card my clients get is the card they see the text for.

I’m a competitive EDH Commander player. Many EDH players want to use my alters at tournaments. I always tell them that I create while respecting the tournament legality rules - I do my best to try to make alters as close to tournament legal as possible. However, only the Head Judge can determine if an alter is allowed at a tournament!

Some of my clients sometimes ask me to do some painting work that is NSFW in nature. As you know, WoTC doesn’t accept sexual content at tournaments, so I have to create something new… That’s why I started to make altered Perfect Fit Sleeves - this way, I can cover up aspects of the alter underneath! My altered Perfect Fit Sleeves work very well, but are not as popular as my foil textless full art basic lands.

CHALLENGES

Foundry: What challenges do you face when taking on commissions for alters?

Kevin: Sometimes, players ask me technically impossible commissions. Perhaps they think I’m some sort of wizard and can create any type of alter - I’m simply inventive and love to try new styles. I take a lot of risks in order to revolutionize how alters are made.

At this point, my own original styles are copied by so many, so I am constantly finding new ways to create alters. For example, I created the “double varnish card” and the “works on Perfect Fit sleeves”. There’s only one style that has never been copied and I call it the KOFFE style. KOFFE stands for “Kevin’s Old Foil Frame Extension”. All of the different styles are categorized on my Facebook page.

One thing about me is that I dislike completely changing the base illustration of cards because I tend to like keeping the spirit of the original card. Because of this, I rarely do commissions in which I’m painting or pasting characters from other series onto the base cards (examples being Marvel or Star Wars characters). My philosophy adheres to tournament legality - any altered cards have to be instantly recognizable at first sight by judges and other players.

INFLUENCES

Foundry: Who are your influences? Do you have anything else you want to mention?

Kevin: My influences are 2 German alterists: Malte Bigup (I have learned a lot from him) and Cereal Alters.

One last thing I want to mention is that I never sign the cards I alter - can you imagine painting over a Picasso then replacing his signature with your own?

Many new alterists ask me for tutorials or tips. I love helping the community so I do offer some tips here and there. Ultimately, since I have discovered my tricks over many years and countless failures (and destroyed cards), I can’t reveal them all.

Foundry: Thanks for your time Kevin!

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