Pimp My Ride Cardboard Edition: Photographer Turns Strangers' Cars Into 'Slapdash Supercars'

For his photographic series Slapdash Supercars Amsterdam-based photographer Max Siedentopf crept about in the dead of night looking for cars that needed some TLC. When he found them he pimped them, adding spoilers, fenders, custom wings.

Siedentopf did all this using cardboard and sticky tape, cutting out the desired shapes and sticking them onto Peugots, Volkswagens, Nissans. Once he'd pimped these rides he'd take a photo and leave, leaving the cars with their cardboard additions so the owners would wake up and wonder WTF was going on.

"Individuality, self-expression and status are more important than ever these days." Siedentopf told VICE about why he did it. "But for some reason you see that things as ordinary as cars are getting personalized less and less, while it could be a strange but great form of self-expression. I thought I'd do people a favour by giving them a custom-made supercar."

Supercar might be a stretch but they definitely have something about them. And, you know, it's not a bad way to reuse some old cardboard you have lying around. It's probably best not to tell Max that if he were to fly over to Dubai there are dozens of the real thing left abandoned in the streets.

Check out some of the pimped rides below. And head to Siedentopf's site for more of his work.


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