Hard Luck Of The Month
Justin Sharadin has run into some bad luck, as of late, when it comes to his '97 Sonoma. On a rainy Saturday morning in April, he was on his his way home from a friend's house, then somehow found himself driving off the road into a field. However, that wasn't the worst part: as he tried to recover and stop the truck, out of nowhere a ditch hit his truck head on. Then, as a kick in the nuts, when he tried to get it covered the insurance company said, "Go pound sand." To sum everything up: his '97 Sonoma is totaled, Justin is looking for another insurance company, and he's searching for a new ride. Justin told us he plans on getting another S-10 or Sonoma, and he hopes to be minitruckin' again by summer.

To ease Justin's pain and suffering, we are going to hook him up with a 1-year membership to the FBI Brushed Club, as well as a mystery gift from FBI.

If you or someone you know has had something terrible happen to a minitruck, and you have high-resolution pictures (no camera phone pics, please) we would like to see them. Send your submissions to galen.armenta@sourceinterlink.com, or to Hard Luck of the Month c/o Mini Truckin', 2400 E. Katella Ave., Ste. 700, Anaheim, CA, 92806.

MT Tattoos
Kustomz Ink Klothing is our sponsor for the infamous MT Ink section. We figured it made a good pair! Be sure to check out kustomzink.com for the latest on custom gear.

Tattoos are rapidly becoming more popular in the minitruckin' community around the world. This once rebellious act is starting to become mainstream, they are not just for bikers or ex-cons anymore. These days, minitruckers don't just show it on their trucks, they show it on their bodies, as well. Keep sending in the pics to galen.armenta@sourceinterlink.com.

What's in our ipods? & Chris the art director's phone
"Life Goes On" - 2Pac
"Tried So Hard" - Linkin' Park
"Youth Gone Wild" - Skid Row
"Low" - Cracker
"Sad But True" - Metallica
"Mexican Radio" - Authority Zero

Rendering Of The Month
Krystal G. of Redding, California, sent us a rendering of her '98 Dodge Dakota. It may not be a digital rendering, but it still gets the point across that her ride is going to be badass. Her friend, Tyler, spent about three weeks drawing up the rendering of her Dakota. We can't wait to see it transform into a show-winner.

Product Of The Month
This month, we have a gleam of hope for all you Dakota owners: newly designed upper and lower '97-'04 Dodge Dakota arms by CanDo Specialties, which come complete with ball joints. The lower A-arm comes with a pre-TIG-welded lower 'bag plate, made of 1/4-inch steel. The airbag will bolt directly onto the lower plate, so there's no need to buy lower 'bag brackets. These arms were designed to lay out up to 22-inch wheels. By the time you read this, CanDo should have released it's A-arms for pre-'97 Dakota's, as well. For more information, call (530) 533-8680, or send an e-mail to steve@candospecialties.com.

MT Junior Of The Month
Dale Hill's son, Robert, loves to check out every issue of Mini Truckin' he can get his little hands on. On top of all that, he loves to hit the switches on his dad's Mazda, and little Robert makes sure that they take it everywhere they go. The two things Robert likes most are the rides and the women. We think his face says it all.

Cool DVDs
The Counterculture comes at you like it says. It's about an hour-long movie and really never slows down much at all. Those who are looking for a movie delving deeper into what is going down on the East Coast should watch this DVD. The movie has a lot of show coverage, features, and of coarse, the minitrucker lifestyle. This movie is perfect for anyone who appreciates cool trucks, hot women, and the occasional phone pranks. Tragic Hero Records provided all the killer tracks for Counterculture that keeps the tempo upbeat. To check out more from Draggin Thru Productions, go to dragginthru.com.

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