Niko Courtelis is a creative director, filmmaker, and butcher of stamps. We should each be so lucky to be carved up with such adventure and care. Cut and shockingly reassembled, these stamp collages have scandalous fun with the often mundane world of stamps. Philatelic Atrocities takes these paper Frankensteins and turns them into a lookbook of freaks, oddities, printing, and design.

Philatelic Atrocities contains seventeen full-color details and reproductions of Niko Courtelis’s stamp collages. A brief introduction by Courtelis explains why it’s OK to chop up stamps.

About Niko Courtelis. An award-winning creative director and graphic designer, Niko Courtelis has worked on projects and campaigns for Amazon, Heineken, UPS, and Nike. He has taught at Pratt Institute and lectured widely on design. His design work is in the permanent collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Denver Museum of Art, and Plakatsammlung Museum for Gestaltung in Zurich. Courtelis has also designed postage stamps for Sierra Leone, Liberia, Gambia, Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Zambia.


The Regular Edition. 5.875 × 9 inches. 16 pages. Full-color illustrations.

The Deluxe Edition. Sixteen copies will be hand-bound and boxed by Mark Tomlinson each with two original matted collages by Niko Courtelis. Alas, this edition is out-of-print.

The Kat Ran Essays in Philatelics is a series meant to focus on the overlooked philatelic work of type and graphic designers. Designing the Mentoring Stamp by Lance Hidy was the first title in this series. Notes on Postage Stamps by Eric Gill was the second. Postage Stamps by AIGA Medalists was the third book. Book five? Why Stamps? by Ivan Chermayeff. Future titles will focus on Herman Zapf, Jan Van Krimpen, Sem Hartz, Leonard Baskin, and W.A. Dwiggins. To learn more about our stamp-related projects, visit our collection of postage stamps by type designers.