Hard Luck of the Month
Every month we show the mishaps of minitruckers from around the country. This month, we had an incident that happened right here in Anaheim, California, to Mini Truckin' Art Director Chris Pasley. After going to sleep one night, a couple of would-be thieves thought that they wanted Chris' truck more than he did. They broke into his truck and tried to hot-wire it. They broke out the ignition, destroying the steering column-and in turn-killing any chance of getting away with the truck.

Instead of taking the truck, they turned their attention to Chris' high-dollar head unit. And they weren't nice about it, either. They broke the plastic, bent the metal around the double-din unit, and ripped out the wiring. Before making their exit, they decided to rummage through the rest of his truck, take a stack of napkins, the owners manual, and the registration and insurance card for the truck. On the bright side of things: these clowns weren't the smartest, they left behind a couple of crowbars that had their fingerprints all over them and inside the truck. So, if you live in the SoCal area and someone tries to sell you any of the above-mentioned items, let us know, we would love to have a chat with them.

So, to ease his pain and suffering, we are going to hook Chris up with a one-year membership to the FBI Brushed Club and also 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 of 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 pics of your tats to galen.armenta@sourceinterlink.com.

Cool Guy of the Month
This is Jon "Cody" Povarellie. He is one of the fabricators at Devious Customs, and yes, he is of legal age to consume adult beverages. We happened to catch him dozing off at his boss' birthday party, right in the middle of getting his drink on and having a smoke. Instead of waking him up, we decided to let the cig burn down to his fingers. It was a funny site to see someone wake up in shock. Congratulations to Cody for being this month's Cool Guy.

MT Ticket of the Month
Getting pulled over for driving a minitruck is a common occurrence for most of us, and David Garza is no exception. He has received plenty of little yellow tickets throughout his days as a minitrucker, but none as memorable as this one. On the night of June 17th, David and his then fiance made it official and tied the knot. When it was finally time for the bride and groom to leave, the plan was to hop into his minitruck and driving away. But, the wedding party turned on the pressure about dragging. David, feeling good about just getting married, agreed and set up for a drag by. Unfortunately for him, there was a cop sitting down the road and saw his antics and promptly lit him up. The officer that pulled him over didn't care that he just got married and was about to write him a fat ticket for draggin'. As the cop was about to write out the citation, his cousin had walked down to where they were, snapped a few pictures, and then proceeded to flirt with him, which got the ticket knocked down to only a warning.

MT Rendering of the Month
Drew Morrison had this rendering done of his '87 Nissan Hardbody to help give him a vision of his project. It appears that he is going to go with a classic theme, including two-tone paint and 16-inch wheels. As Drew put it, "It's going to be a budget daily driver."

Phones & iPods
Necessary Response - "Spilling Blood"
Combichrist - "Without Emotions"
VNV Nation - "Beloved"
Strata - "We've Changed"
Richard Cheese - "Gin And Juice"

MT Junior of the Month
This little cutie-pie is 2-year-old Ariana Gunter, and she is definitely going to be a future minitrucker. Her dad, Joe, told us that instead of reading Cat in the Hat or Thomas and Friends before bedtime, she would rather read the latest issue of Mini Truckin' magazine. He also said that when the new issue arrives, she has already boosted it from the mail and looked through it before Joe does. Joe, it sounds like you are going to have your hands full when she gets older.

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