Nifty (even if likely fake) passport stamps

I spent a decent bit of my 16 hours traveling home yesterday flipping through my passport. I often do this, it seems, reliving the various trips in the form of the various entry stamps on the pages. I also enjoy looking at the different shapes and sizes of the stamps used by various countries. There is art to the variety of colors, the text fading away and the way the stamps apply unevenly and overlap on the pages. And then, when I got home last night, a friend shared this picture with me.


It is awesome. Almost certainly faked, but still absolutely awesome.

Of course, I then spent far too long examining these stamps, figuring out where the artist had been and which countries I need to visit to match some of these stamps. Not that I expect to get a cool picture like this out of them, but I definitely want more stamps.

Thanks for sharing, YC.

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Seth Miller

I'm Seth, also known as the Wandering Aramean. I was bit by the travel bug 30 years ago and there's no sign of a cure. I fly ~200,000 miles annually; these are my stories. You can connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.


  1. I love looking through my passport.. but not as much as I used to. The old US passport had lighter pages so you could actually read the stamps. The new one has some ridiculous dark artwork on most of the pages, masking whatever gets stamped there. Not to mention most countries seem to stamp so lightly you can barely read them, and half of them end up overlapping other stamps. I’m not asking for everything in perfect alignment, but it would be nice to go back and read the dates and places!

  2. Love this post. And yes, I do that also with my passport and did so as recently as yesterday. I need another set of pages and guess this will be the last time I can add to a passport. Need to schedule an appointment soon.

  3. Cool pic, but yes clearly photoshopped.

    Along with passport stamps, should add visa stamps to the collection as well.

    Also, any extra points for having both the old and new stamps?

  4. Perusing my 1997-2007 passport was much more fun than my 2007-2017 passport. As a frequent business traveler, it looks like this: Heathrow, Toronto, Heathrow, Heathrow, Toronto, Toronto, Heathrow, Toronto, (got NEXUS), Heathrow, Heathrow, Heathrow…

  5. It might be fake, but I really wouldn’t mind that as a print for my wall!
    I had to send my passport in for renewal last month so now it’s empty and sad. I wish they’d just tack on an updated information page and more stamp pages instead of giving us a new book every time.

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