When winter covers your vehicle with dirt, mud, and pollution the most any of us can hope for is for some idiot to think they are being clever by writing "wash me" with their finger. In Moscow people have a rare chance of having a work of art carefully etched into the muck by artist and illustrator Nikita Golubev. Most of these incredible images seem to be animals.

Filthy Owl
Owl be Watching You

Image via Colossal

It is like Golubev has created a world-class, finely detailed form of graffiti that no one seems to mind. For one thing it is absolutely incredible. For another, if you don't like it, it will be eradicated by the next storm or a garden hose.

See Ya Later, Alligator!
See Ya Later, Alligator!

Image via Facebook

Fortunately, so far no one has wanted to wash off the incredible images that he creates. This is a part of his desire to experiment with different types of media that can be used in art. This may be a first in grime.

A Shark Ark?
A Shark Ark?

Image via Colossal

All he uses are his fingers or one of his paintbrushes to do a "scratch board" of his subject. That means taking away bits of the surface to produce an image.

The Gorilla My Dreams
The Gorilla My Dreams

Image via Metro

This is way ahead of the type of scratch boards we did in my 9th grade art class! You might say streets ahead. HA!

Something Fishy is Going on Here (Angler Fish)
Something Fishy is Going on Here (Angler Fish)

Image via 20 Minutos

Get a look at Golubev in action in this short video:

While most of these works of art are animals, he has also done other images -- such as praying hands, flowers, or a man's face. And some of these animals aren't all that big.

Here Kitty, Kitty!
Here Kitty, Kitty!

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People in Moscow must be getting more reluctant to wash their vehicles just in case they might be blessed with a sudden bit of artwork. Each work has also been signed "Pro Boy Nick" in the Roman alphabet.

This Octopus has Got a Hold on Me
This Octopus has got a Hold on Me

Image via 20 Minutos

So the next time you are passing a filthy car and are overcome by the desire to write "wash me," draw a smiley face, or etch some crude comment, remember that you have a VERY long way to go to even start being impressive or clever. If you're in Moscow, be on the lookout for some really cool dirt.

Sources: Metro, Colossal, 20 Minutos, Facebook

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