If you’re looking for a way to really stand out among all those jet setters as you’re passing through customs, look no further.
Léonard Combier is a 24-year-old illustrator from France who has recently set out to transform your favorite form of personal identification into an intricate work of art.
Instead of using boring old canvases, Combier’s medium of choice just so happens to be passports.
By inscribing a series of whimsical ink doodles on these government documents, he essentially brings a bunch of boring booklets to life and turns them into personal, pocket-sized galleries featuring all sorts of strange characters and chaotic worlds.
Recently, Combier extended an open invitation to doodle on anyone’s passport free of charge. However, this self-taught artist has rule: The passport has to be valid.
Well, according to Combier,
I've received many requests asking me to draw on expired passports, but I've always declined. For me, it's very nice to know that the owner of the passport will have my drawing within reach for 10 years. It's a bit like a tattoo.
And don’t worry, he won’t doodle over all those international stamps you’ve racked up on your travels. He simply incorporates them into his imaginative designs and throws in some hilarious, cheeky messages for good measure.
Check out the pictures below to see his passport masterpieces.
Combier brings boring passports to life with his insane passport “tattoos.”
Each of his intricate passport art pieces…
…proves all you need is a little ink…
…and a lot of imagination.
His incredible doodle designs are inspired by his love of strangers and tribal art.
Although his art sells for top dollar…
…this awesome illustrator will spruce up your valid passport free of charge.
And you can be sure he’ll throw in a few funny messages for those border patrol officers.
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