If you’re the kind of person who thinks roses, chocolates and heart-shaped postcards for Valentine’s day are too banal, try surprising your sweet Valentine with these original and thought-provoking Valentine cards. 22-year old Brooklyn-based illustrator, web designer, animator, writer and musician Ben Kling composed this unique series of Valentine cards with dictators, philosophers and other iconic personas, wittily transforming their names, legendary phrases or unique characteristics into clever love notes.

Sure, the cards with Hitler and Stalin may be treading a thin line, but Kling‘s attempt to encourage us to look at things differently is appreciable and quite successful.

Dictator Valentine Cards

Famous People Valentine Cards