Long Time Reader, First Time Con­trib­u­tor

My Time With Street Trucks Mag

Street Trucks - - BODIED H2 - JOHN BY MATA JR.

AGREAT OP­POR­TU­NITY PRE­SENTED IT­SELF IN 2014. I found my­self in the po­si­tion to write and pho­to­graph as a reg­u­lar monthly con­trib­u­tor to “Street Trucks” magazine, as well as the spe­cial edi­tion “C10” and “F-100 Builder’s Guides” that pop up through­out the year. Although I was al­ready pretty fa­mil­iar with the whole writ­ing and snap­ping pic­tures thing, I was ea­ger to jump aboard and go along for the ride.

Although I’m no stranger to work­ing in the au­to­mo­tive jour­nal­ism field, it all feels as ex­cit­ing as it once did when I got my start some­where around ’05-‘06—it’s all kind of blur.

I’ve been lucky enough to be in­volved with some of the most no­table mo­tor­cy­cle and truck mag­a­zines on the news­stands, and noth­ing re­ally sub­stan­tial has changed in my decade-plus in this field. I’m still writ­ing for the mag­a­zines I grew up reading, and I do con­sider this liv­ing the dream—my dream. I’ve had the plea­sure of meet­ing some of the coolest, most tal­ented cre­ative minds in the au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try along the way, and my aim is to do my best to de­liver their sto­ries to our read­ers.

I am ad­mit­tedly a bet­ter writer than wrencher, and my photo work falls some­where in be­tween. I’m just try­ing to take full ad­van­tage of this op­por­tu­nity to give you guys some­thing in­ter­est­ing to read and look at while you’re re­lax­ing at home or in the garage. I con­trib­ute where I can to this whole “scene” (for a lack of a bet­ter term), and en­joy every bit of it. And although my role in this whole crazi­ness is small, I do love be­ing a part of it. Thanks to all of you for con­tin­u­ing to pick up your monthly copy of “Street Trucks,” whether you are one of the OGS that have been around since the be­gin­ning or have just re­cently tuned in to the broad­cast.

Twenty years is a long time. A lot of trends have come and go in that time, and I’m look­ing for­ward to where the next 20 years take us (Apolo­gies if this reads like a sappy year­book en­try or some­thing).

Have a fun sum­mer, KIT!

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