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'Dirty Car Artist' makes temporary masterpieces (VIDEO)

Thursday - 5/3/2012, 12:33pm  ET

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One of Wade's mobile creations on an unsuspecting driver's dirty car. (Courtesy Dirty Car Artist)
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WASHINGTON - Scott Wade has made playing in the dirt an art form. Wade got his start at an early age, tracing funny faces into the dirty windshields of cars as a kid.

His father, an amateur cartoon artist, taught Wade how to draw. By experimenting with different techniques, brushes and tools, he says he has learned how to make incredible pieces of art out of dust.

Wade has been featured in Maxim magazine and on countless TV news shows for his unique talent. He has many nicknames but says the "Dirty Car Artist" is his favorite.

The only problem with his art form is that it's temporary. As soon as it rains or a big gust of wind blows through, Wade's masterpieces are again part of the wind.

He doesn't mind that his work is bound to disappear.

"One of the cool things about them is how they change over time. More dust accumulates as the car is driven down the road. Early morning dew streaks and dots the image, creating a patina. A light shower creates a deeper patina," Wade says on his website.

Wade says he enjoys creating mobile art to challenge people's ideas of what is beautiful.

WTOP's Megan Cloherty contributed to this report. Follow WTOP on Twitter.

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