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AP PHOTOS: Moscow's grimy trucks inspire street art

Associated Press logo Associated Press 4/28/2017 By PAVEL GOLOVKIN, Associated Press
In this photo taken on Saturday, April 22, 2017, artist Nikita Golubev draws pigeons on the back of a dirty delivery truck, in Moscow, Russia. The grimy trucks traversing the polluted and dusty streets of Moscow have inspired Golubev to use white vans and trucks as his canvas to create this ephemeral street art and signs his drawings Pro Boy Nick. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin) © The Associated Press In this photo taken on Saturday, April 22, 2017, artist Nikita Golubev draws pigeons on the back of a dirty delivery truck, in Moscow, Russia. The grimy trucks traversing the polluted and dusty streets of Moscow have inspired Golubev to use white vans and trucks as his canvas to create this ephemeral street art and signs his drawings Pro Boy Nick. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

MOSCOW (AP) — The grimy trucks traversing the polluted and dusty streets of Moscow have inspired a new kind of street art in Russia's capital.

In this photo taken on Saturday, April 22, 2017, a drawing 'King for a day' is made on the back of a muddy truck by artist Nikita Golubev in Moscow, Russia. The grimy trucks traversing the polluted and dusty streets of Moscow have inspired Golubev to use white vans and trucks as his canvas to create this ephemeral street art and signs his drawings Pro Boy Nick. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin) © The Associated Press In this photo taken on Saturday, April 22, 2017, a drawing 'King for a day' is made on the back of a muddy truck by artist Nikita Golubev in Moscow, Russia. The grimy trucks traversing the polluted and dusty streets of Moscow have inspired Golubev to use white vans and trucks as his canvas to create this ephemeral street art and signs his drawings Pro Boy Nick. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

When Nikita Golubev sees a dirty white truck or van he uses it as a canvas for his drawings.

In this photo taken on Saturday, April 22, 2017, an owl is drawn on a muddy back of a truck by artist Nikita Golubev in Moscow, Russia. The grimy trucks traversing the polluted and dusty streets of Moscow have inspired Golubev to use them as his canvas to create this ephemeral street art, and then signs his drawings Pro Boy Nick. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin) © The Associated Press In this photo taken on Saturday, April 22, 2017, an owl is drawn on a muddy back of a truck by artist Nikita Golubev in Moscow, Russia. The grimy trucks traversing the polluted and dusty streets of Moscow have inspired Golubev to use them as his canvas to create this ephemeral street art, and then signs his drawings Pro Boy Nick. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

With his gloved hand, he draws giant pigeons on the back of a delivery truck.

In this photo taken on Saturday, April 22, 2017, a skull is drawn on the back of a dirty truck by artist Nikita Golubev in Moscow, Russia. The grimy trucks and delivery vans traversing the polluted and dusty streets of Moscow have inspired Golubev to use white vans and trucks as his canvas to create this ephemeral street art and signs his drawings Pro Boy Nick.(AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin) © The Associated Press In this photo taken on Saturday, April 22, 2017, a skull is drawn on the back of a dirty truck by artist Nikita Golubev in Moscow, Russia. The grimy trucks and delivery vans traversing the polluted and dusty streets of Moscow have inspired Golubev to use white vans and trucks as his canvas to create this ephemeral street art and signs his drawings Pro Boy Nick.(AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

A face with reptilian eyes appears on the back of a white van covered in enough dirt to make the license plate all but illegible. Surfers skim along the side of a truck.

In this photo taken on Saturday, April 22, 2017, a face with reptilian eyes is drawn on the back of a dirty vehicle by artist Nikita Golubev in Moscow, Russia. The grimy trucks traversing the polluted and dusty streets of Moscow have inspired Golubev to use them as his canvas to create this ephemeral street art and signs his drawings Pro Boy Nick. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin) © The Associated Press In this photo taken on Saturday, April 22, 2017, a face with reptilian eyes is drawn on the back of a dirty vehicle by artist Nikita Golubev in Moscow, Russia. The grimy trucks traversing the polluted and dusty streets of Moscow have inspired Golubev to use them as his canvas to create this ephemeral street art and signs his drawings Pro Boy Nick. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

But none of it lasts.

In this photo taken on Saturday, April 22, 2017, artist Nikita Golubev speaks to The Associated Press, in front of a drawing of pigeons on the back of a dirty delivery truck, in Moscow, Russia. The grimy trucks traversing the polluted and dusty streets of Moscow have inspired Golubev to use them as his canvas to create this ephemeral street art and then signs his drawings Pro Boy Nick.(AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin) © The Associated Press In this photo taken on Saturday, April 22, 2017, artist Nikita Golubev speaks to The Associated Press, in front of a drawing of pigeons on the back of a dirty delivery truck, in Moscow, Russia. The grimy trucks traversing the polluted and dusty streets of Moscow have inspired Golubev to use them as his canvas to create this ephemeral street art and then signs his drawings Pro Boy Nick.(AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

"Everything is washed away with the first rain," Golubev says. "It goes away and nothing remains."

In this photo taken on Saturday, April 22, 2017, a drawing of an angler is made on a muddy back of a truck by artist Nikita Golubev in Moscow, Russia. The grimy trucks traversing the polluted and dusty streets of Moscow have inspired Golubev to use white vans and trucks as his canvas to create this ephemeral street art and signs his drawings Pro Boy Nick.(AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin) © The Associated Press In this photo taken on Saturday, April 22, 2017, a drawing of an angler is made on a muddy back of a truck by artist Nikita Golubev in Moscow, Russia. The grimy trucks traversing the polluted and dusty streets of Moscow have inspired Golubev to use white vans and trucks as his canvas to create this ephemeral street art and signs his drawings Pro Boy Nick.(AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

His creations are preserved only in the photographs he takes and posts on Instagram, where they have acquired a following. He signs his drawings Pro Boy Nick.

Golubev thinks people like his drawings because they are impermanent. "It's art just for fun," he says.

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