Tire marks are signatures of travel, technology and culture. The word tire is short for attire, meaning that the wheel equipped with a tire is considered "dressed".
The first practical pneumatic tire was invented in 1888 by John Boyd Dunlop. Dunlop sought to prevent the headaches his young son suffered while riding his tricycle on uneven pavement. Dark against the black tar of the road, spent rubber from modern tires indicates the trajectories of vehicles, an extension of human physicality.