Dirty Car = The Best Car (For Art)!


What do you do when your car windows become caked in a layer of dirt? Wash them? That’s not what Scott Wade does – he draws on them instead. Having lived on a long dirt road in Texas for more than two decades, Scott is no stranger to dirty cars and often finds himself doodling in the dust.

Einstein With Crazy Hair

On occasion, when natural dirt isn’t enough, Scott will even create artificial canvases with oil, dirt and a hair dryer. Various tools have been experimented with over the years, including chewed up popsicle sticks and paintbrushes. These days, brushes, a rubber “paint-shaper” and fingers are the tools of his trade. Once the image is on the car, natural elements take over again: dew, gentle rain, additional dust and more all get down and dirty when it comes to playing with the image.

American Gothic by Grant Wood

The Great Wave Off Of Kanagawa by Katsushika Hokusai

Considering that cars are made to transport people from place to place, it’s quite fitting that Scott’s Dirty Car Art has taken him to some pretty cool places. There have been projects with ad agencies, festivals, auto shows and more all around the world: Lisbon, Toronto, Istanbul, London, Mexico City… the list goes on.

Relativity by M.C. Escher

More information about Scott Wade “The Dirty Car Artist” and why “dirt is beautiful” can be found on his website.

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