All it takes is one piece of advice from any random person on the planet and our lives can forever be changed. It's a weird thing how even the simplest of words can have such an influence in one's life.

No one ever accused me of being smart, but that's never stopped me from handing out some advice. So with that being said, I'm gonna reach deep inside and hand out what could be the best, or absolutely the dumbest, advice I can dish out.

In the minitrucks scene we tend to get caught up in a whirlwind of what's popular and trendy. Only problem is, sometimes we throw our own uniqueness and creativity out the window because we get so wrapped up in all of it. If it's clothes or whatever the newest music craze is, that's one thing, and both of those items are cheap and can easily be replaced, but building your custom hauler is something a little different.

If there's one thing to be said about our hobby, it's that it's a lifestyle, it's not polished aluminum or chromed parts or even candy colors. It's about building something you're proud to be seen with. It's about picking up a case of beer and hangin' out in the garage with a bunch of friends while everyone works on the truck, even if all that gets accomplished is a hangover the next morning. It's about heading out to shows to sit around and talk with people you've never met before and trade "remember when" stories. But in the end, it's really only about one thing, what makes you happy. There's one thing we all have to remember: We're building our trucks for ourselves, not anybody else. Not another soul out there has to like your truck as long as you can step back and say, "Now that's cool!" Don't get caught up with what the current trend is just because it's the in thing to build. And don't go out and buy a bunch of parts to throw on your truck when you really only want them because that's what a judge at a car show is looking for. If you want to build a '80 Datsun with splash graphics, neoprene seat covers, and a Jacuzzi in the bed, so be it. Take this month's cover truck belonging to Ernie Macias for example. How many '92 Mitsubishi Macro Cabs have you seen out there static dropped with 16-inch Center Line wheels and a pull out stereo? Exactly. Ernie built the truck to his liking, and guess what, it worked! The best thing about this hobby is it's always growing and anyone at any time can build something that's way off in left field that will still be accepted. Now, of course, everyone may not like it, but it's like I said, if you like it, so be it.

Until next month,
Peace out