We try so hard to prevent our shiny new possessions from getting scratched, scuffed, or dented - our cars, iPhones, laptops, etc. Heck, my brother just returned a clothes washing machine that was delivered to his home because it had a small ding in it. So, I think it would come as a shock to most people to deliberately uglify something they just paid a few hundred dollars for.
In order to deter would-be-thieves, international photographer Jimmie Rodgers intentionally made his camera look like… well, crap. He taped it up and scribbled on it - giving it an antique, non-digital look. Read more about Jimmie’s circumstances on his blog.
Trashing Your Camera to Deter Potential Thieves
Alex Covert — May 25, 2009 — Tech
References: blog.jimmieprodgers & lifehacker