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AP PHOTOS: Moscow's grimy trucks inspire street art

  • 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)

    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, 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)

    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, 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)

    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)

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

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

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

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.

But none of it lasts.

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

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.