I started my research by finding the strangest things possible found by customs around the globe. I found some strange bits of information from the websites I looked at, the worst thing is some of them are absolutely unbelievable and you wouldn’t even think anyone would attempt to bring the items they do through Customs. here is a bibliography of the sites I used.
These are all the links I used to find information on unusual Customs finds, here are some of my favourites,
Employees of the Munich airport were shocked to discover a skeleton in the luggage of two Italians during the scan. The women said that the remains of their relatives who died in Brazil , they would like to bury in Italy. Upon presentation of a death certificate, which states that a person has died a natural death, the Italians were allowed to transport the remains to their homeland.
On the border of Lewiston and Queenston between Canada and the United States in 2008, 50-year-old man from Barbados caused suspicion among customs officers, declare 100 bottles of “holy water”. Holy water was liquid ketamine.
And this “burden” has not yet had time to confiscate … This image obtained by scanning the provided media and the Brazilian Federal Police can see the bags of cocaine in the gastro-intestinal tract of 20-year-old Irish citizen who was arrested by Brazilian police on Sept. 12 at the airport Congonhas in Sao Paulo. The young man, whose name has not been disclosed, was stopped while trying to board a plane bound for Brussels. In the intestine, was arrested on 72 sachets, which was almost a kilogram of cocaine.
There must have been something fishy about the way she walked. Custom`s officials stopped a woman as she arrived in Melbourne on a flight from Singapore and found 51 live tropical fish allegedly hidden in a specially designed apron under her skirt. During the search customs officers became suspicious after hearing ‘flipping’ noises coming from the vicinity of her waist. An examination revealed 15 plastic water-filled bags holding fish allegedly concealed inside a purpose-built apron. The fish was later identified as tropical Catfish with one fish, the Asian Arowana, being a Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) listed fish. All of the fish are Prohibited Imports. The value of the fish was estimated at $30,000
Last year, at a small international airport in Burlington, Vermont, a young woman was pulled aside by security agents because of a suspicious lipstick case in her carry-on bag. When the agents examined the cosmetic, they realized the lipstick was actually a 350,000 volt stun gun designed to look innocent and commonplace. Surprisingly, these devices can be purchased online for under $25. The passenger had to surrender her lipstick and resort to stunning with her beauty, rather than voltage.
In January of 2011, a shipment of decorative cats arrived at JFK Airport in New York on a flight from Thailand. The cargo was described by US Customs and Border Protection as “plastic samples.” They were destined for an address in the New York area but had no traceable sender. Federal agents ultimately became suspicious of the enormous shipment, and sure enough, when the agents cracked open the life-size figures, they discovered $9 million of pure opium.
I made a list of all the ones I am going to use this could change as I go through the project but this is what I am going to go for as of now.
Postal, 100 bottles of holy water, Snakes, Geckos and Tarantulas. Decaying, Dead Body parts, Corpse, Monkey head, Seals Head, Armadillo and Breast implants. Live Animals, Pigeons, Fish, Turtles, Cameleon and songbirds. Strange items, Money hidden in pastry, Ancient statue, $100,000 bill and terrorist masks. Drugs, Sachets of cocaine, Opium cats, Mr potato head and chocolate bars. Weapons Lipstick Gun, Dagger hair bush, Freddy Krueger gloves and Throwing star.
I have decided on a style I am going to go for serious on the wallet and urban when it comes to the typography. I am going to look into artists with a similar style to see whats out there. I also researched into Customs themselves and airports.
The Board of Customs, responsible for collecting His or Her Majesty’s Customs, had a very long history. The term customs ment to collect any customary payments or dues to The King/ Queen/ Bishop or the church. It then later became restricted to import and export goods. The English Customs can be traced back to the reign of King John.
- never carry anything into the UK for someone else
- never bring banned goods into the UK
- if you are driving, make sure that everyone travelling with you knows which goods are banned or restricted – if you smuggle goods into the UK in a car, our officers may seize the car
- do not smuggle an animal into the UK – it could be carrying rabies. A pet may be tame, but rabies is a killer.
This is the Customs Logo.
As I was looking for designs I decided to simply type in serious design and I came across a designer called Jay Jackson and his work is really fun and quirky he has a unique style. Here are some examples of his work and links to his website.
He has a very different approach to his work, he also has some strange illustrations but I like the way he works getting the cartoon look and feel to them they are very good, It also adds a nice touch that he goes for a very nice color set not to bright and not to harsh on the eye. He has good tone values and shows good work throughout I am going to show you some of his other illustrations but believe me they are strange.
Now you see with this last one I love the pencil sketched feel it makes it seem more fine in detail but also making it look really professional I love it when illustrated pencil work comes out really good.
I love this print he has done It gives you the feeling of a stamp almost and the style I am going for is urban and serious stamps. He also ha logos posters and more you should go check them out.
There is a designer I know of called Laz Marquez he mainly works on movie posters but he has a lot of other work I love this guys work he is my favorite artist so I had to give him a mention.
Here is his work on the classic film psycho and his work is really something I like the grungy feeling you get yet it is modern and illustrative,
Here is some work he did for the walking dead a very popular TV series and I like the looks he creates because he gets this horror look but he can also achieve friendly looks with the grungy feel. I guess I could say I get an urban feeling from it as well.