Dirty Car Art (SFW)

Scott Benjamin

Scott Wade transforms the dusty rear window of one of his vehicles into a work of art at his home in San Marcos, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

I was just beginning to thumb my way through the May 2009 issue of Road & Track (which arrived on the exact same day as my June issue arrived, for some reason) when I came across a section that they call "Revved-Up." I just couldn't believe what I was seeing at the bottom of the page: dirty car art.

There's no doubt in my mind that everyone reading this post has seen the familiar "Wash me" request written on the back window of a dirty or dusty car window. Some of the more imaginative rear window artists may even add a crudely drawn stick figure to the creation; but let me tell you this: Nothing -- and I do mean nothing -- you've ever seen scribbled in the dust on a car's rear window can compare to what artist Scott Wade is creating down in Texas. He calls his Web site Scott Wade's Dirty Car Art and you really do have to see it to believe it.

The Birth of Venus, American Gothic, Mount Rushmore, portraits of Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison and Willie Nelson, ads for car companies and television shows, dogs playing poker...you name it and Scott Wade has probably drawn it (in dust) on a car's rear window. Take a quick look at his original gallery of images or his new gallery of images to see a few samples of his work. You won't be disappointed.

According to Road & Track, it takes Wade just about an hour to create these one-of-a-kind mobile masterpieces; however, the "work only lasts until the next downpour." I'm sure that besides rain, car washes and accidentally activated rear wiper switches are also high on the list of this artist's "turn-offs."

Personally, I'd love to have a Scott Wade original on my rear window...even if it's only temporary. How about you?

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