THE BOT­TOM LINE

Street Trucks - - CONTENTS - BY KEVIN AGUILAR

JUST IN CASE ANY OF YOU THINK I TAKE THIS JOB FOR GRANTED, I DON’T. Be­ing the ring­leader here at Street Trucks is noth­ing short of an honor. I have been a fan of the book ever since I first came across it on the news­stand dur­ing the mag­a­zine’s first few is­sues. It was a dif­fer­ent time, and there were nu­mer­ous other truck pub­li­ca­tions shar­ing shelf space, which is not so much the case th­ese days. But even with all of the com­pe­ti­tion, my eyes grav­i­tated to­wards Street Trucks. The pho­tographs of trend­set­ting trucks were amaz­ing, and the char­ac­ters be­hind the mag­a­zine were en­ter­tain­ing.

Though I was into Chevy S-10s, since I was work­ing on one at the time, I was a big fan of any ve­hi­cle with a bed on it. At the time, I didn’t own a full-size or clas­sic truck, but I still en­joyed see­ing cus­tom ver­sions of them. It’s all rel­a­tive any­way be­cause the mod­i­fi­ca­tions you see on one truck can al­most al­ways be adapted to an­other. Street Trucks

has and will con­tinue to have a va­ri­ety of fea­tures and tech sto­ries for all types of cus­tom trucks, which was just an­other sell­ing point for me when I was pe­rus­ing the news­stand back in the day.

At the time, I was also study­ing pho­tog­ra­phy and fig­ured I would some­how make a ca­reer out of my pas­sion for it. I didn’t have a game plan, un­til the day it dawned on me that I should go to work for a cus­tom truck mag­a­zine. The more I thought about it, the more it clicked. I like all types of trucks and I love tak­ing pho­tos, so com­bin­ing the two would make for an en­joy­able job. I shifted my life goal to work at Street Trucks even though there were no open po­si­tions then.

Af­ter get­ting more in­volved in the truck scene, I met some good crews that ed­u­cated me about the trends. The fur­ther I went down the rab­bit hole, the more I was hooked. Talk­ing trucks with other en­thu­si­asts made for some great dis­cus­sions and mem­o­ries.

Not long af­ter that, I met the orig­i­nal staff of Street Trucks. The first per­son I met was Mike Self when we were both at IF Cus­toms, where they were fin­ish­ing up the sus­pen­sion work on a ’65 Chevy Sub­ur­ban his girl­friend (now wife) Marisa owned at the time. I was hooked even more and shad­owed Mike while we went to quite a few shows to­gether. I even pulled an all-nighter to help him take the ’Burb to SEMA.

Mike in­vited me to the of­fice, and in­tro­duced me to the rest of the crew: Court­ney “Tito” Halow­ell (R.I.P.), Brian “BMC” Mccormick and Steve Still­well. It was amaz­ing; the of­fice was filled with cover blow-ups and other truck mem­o­ra­bilia. Dur­ing my visit, guys typed, log­ging their lat­est truck ad­ven­tures, while Brian showed me some slide film for the next cover. I knew I had to be a part of this pro­duc­tion even though all of the po­si­tions were filled. Af­ter some shift­ing around, the orig­i­nal staff left, and I ended up at Sport Truck. Years later, I fi­nally landed here at my fa­vorite mag.

I am as­tounded that I have made it this far when I was just look­ing to get a job, any job, here. Of course, none of it hap­pened overnight; it took years of prac­tice to get where I am now. I was given plenty of op­por­tu­ni­ties and help that shaped me along the way. I feel very for­tu­nate be­cause many of the folks who helped me grow con­tinue to help me pro­duce the mag. One of those in­di­vid­u­als hap­pens to be Mike Self. I hit him up a few years ago when I was look­ing for some tal­ent to create ma­te­rial, and it just so hap­pened that he was in­ter­ested in contributing again. You’ve more than likely seen his funny and in­sight­ful sto­ries in past is­sues of the mag­a­zine.

Speak­ing of old ed­i­tors, I re­cently ran into an­other one. While at To­tal Cost In­volved to shoot tech pho­tos, I crossed paths with Steve Still­well. I was pleas­antly sur­prised when he praised the cur­rent look of the mag­a­zine. I was flat­tered as the man with decades of mag­a­zine ex­pe­ri­ence, who started Street Trucks no less, was proud of what we are do­ing with it th­ese days. Bet­ter yet, we might have en­ticed Steve to make a bit of a come­back here. We’ll see if he will be able to help out, and I would love to see him get in the game again. Ei­ther way,

I am grate­ful to be a part of

Street Trucks’ legacy, and I will con­tinue to try to live up to my pre­de­ces­sors. I don’t want to let them down.

BE­LOW. YUP, THAT’S A CAN­DID SHOT OF MIKE SELF IN AC­TION BACK IN THE DAY. I GUESS HE DE­CIDED TO CO­OR­DI­NATE HIS OUT­FIT WITH THE TRUCK HE WAS PHO­TOGRAPH­ING THAT DAY.

WHILE DIG­GING AROUND THE OF­FICE, I FOUND SOME SLIDE FILM FROM A COU­PLE OF NO­TO­RI­OUS COVER SHOOTS FROM THE PAST. YES, WE USED TO SHOOT

FILM, WHICH WAS LESS FOR­GIV­ING THAN TO­DAY’S DIG­I­TAL IM­AGES.

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