Posts Tagged ‘Family’

I saw my first minitruck in 2007 after I moved to northeast Georgia. It wasn’t anything special. A early 90’s white Nissan hardbody, just cruisin’ down the road laid out. Most people say that a truck doesn’t have a purpose unless they’re stock or lifted. What they don’t realize is that these trucks do have a purpose. They show the personality and creativity of the owner. They’re pieces of art that give you a small glimpse into the mind of the driver. It’s something bigger than Chevy or Ford, domestic or import. It’s about family. Not just blood, but the bond you have over a common love. They don’t care what you drive as long as you have a mutual respect for each other’s rides. The clubs are different in the minitruck scene thanany other I’ve been around. They may park by club, but they’re all in it together. The love and respect shown to each other makes you wish the weekend would never end so you wouldn’t have to return to real life. Josh Carpenter’s outlook into clubs is one that many share. “Clubs shouldn’t be searched for and begged to be in. I feel like if people in the club get along with you and everyone enjoys hanging out with each other then it’s good. Which is why Outkast is smaller than some clubs. We enjoy each other’s company. I never asked to be in it. It was kind of a ‘hey, we like ya and what you’re doing so why not run with us?’ Quality of the club over quantity of its members.” They look out for one another. It extends past the shows and the cruise ins. If one person is having problems in their life, everyone rallies together to help them out in what ever way they can. I’ve seen guys drive for 2+ hours just to help trailer someone’s ride home because they broke down on the side of the road. Andrew Hardy of the Twizted Dreamz Iowa chapter says this of his club, “I picked this club because everyone treats you like family. They are there when they are needed for anything. Just a great group of guys and gals and I’m proud to call them my family.” You pick up the “Minitruck Mentality” after being around these guys. You know people not by their face, but by their vehicle. These guys are some of the best I’ve ever had the priveledge to know. There’s so many different personalities within the scene, but there’s one thing I do know that’s true for every single one of them.
Minitruckers are Freaks Of Nature that have Acrophobia. They have Severed Ties with the rest of the club and vehicle bashing by focusing all their hate on Josh “Mofuggin” Rowan. One man who jokingly said, “If you have to hate on someone, hate on me.” That one conversation turned into a 1,000 person plus strong movement to erase the hate in the show scene and things are better than ever  because of it. They may be Outkast from society because of their Negative Camber or because they’re Vertically Challenged. They may have a few Twisted Intentions but come together with No Regrets. Keeping it Ground Level to be Earth Scrapers is the way they like to do things. It’s a Relaxed Atmosphere. You see guys out draggin’ the strip with their kids riding shotgun, grinning from ear to ear. Wives that not only put up with, but join in on the late night garage sessions working side by side with their husbands to get the next big thing done on that truck. A minitrucker’s work is never done. So much time, money, blood, sweat, and tears go into these trucks but they wouldn’t have it any other way. No matter where you’re from, no matter what you do as a day job, the “Family” will always be there to make everything alright. And in the end,all that’s left is the Aftermath…..

Freaks of Nature

Freaks of Nature

Josh Rowan presents the Erase The Hate award at the 2013 Gathering

Josh Rowan presents the Erase The Hate award at the 2013 Gathering

Twizted Intentions

Twizted Intentions

Outkast Kustoms

Outkast Kustoms

Twisted Minis

Twisted Minis

Joker's Wild

Joker’s Wild

Pebble Pushers

Pebble Pushers

Busted Bottomz Car Club

Busted Bottomz Car Club

 

I had the great opportunity to photograph a wonderful mom and her son a few weeks back. Henderson Falls Park in Toccoa, Georgia has some of the best backdrops a photographer could ask for. It wasn’t too warm during the shoot. All in all I think it went fantastic and Mom loved the way the photos turned out.

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