Tailgate was published by Paisano Publications and publisher Joe Teresi. It was a glossy, male-oriented lifestyle magazine focused on custom trucks. In the beginning it was published six times per year, but in 2006 it went to four time per year.

Tailgate specifically was focused on 18 to 45 year old males using a Maxim magazine style approach. It turned out that 70% of Maxim readers owned trucks, so it made sense from a marketing perspective. Content was best summarized by the heading at the top of each issue, "Events, Trucks, Cool Stuff, Products, Hotties and Beeeeer". It included an irreverent writing style, quality photography and a sense of humor that matched the targeted lifestyle.

Tailgate had its roots in the motorcycle magazine Easyriders. The three paisanos who founded it -- Joe Teresi, Lou Kimzey and Mil Blair -- produced a unique magazine in 1970 that was biker lifestyle driven and included irreverent humor and madcap content. Mr. Teresi recognized that most motorcyle (and even car) magazines focused more on the vehicles and technology, but no one covered the people who loved these machines. So Easyriders showcased the people who rode custom bikes and their wild lifestyle. When sexy images or tattoos were added, sales shot through the roof.

This formula proved successful for Paisano Publication in various adult lifestyle or sub-culture oriented automotive magazines such as American Rodder and Rebel Rodz. It also worked very well for the core part of Paisano's motorcyle and tattoo lifestyle magazines including such titles as Easyriders, Biker, Savage Tatoo, V-Twin and In the Wind.

In 2008, when Mr. Teresi was in his late 60s, he brought in a new CEO, John Lagana. Mr. Lagana recognized that Tailgate competed head-on with numerous truck magazines including Sport Truck, Chevy Truckin', Chevy Truck, Hot Rod Trucks, Mini-Truckin', Hot Truck, Classic Truck, and Street Trucks. It made sense that Paisano shifted focus to its new hot rod title, Rebel Rodz. Tailgate was closed the same year the new CEO took charge.

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We have publisher data submitted to The Standard Periodical Directory for 2004 and 2005. In both years, the annual print volume was about 164,000.

A total of 43 issues was printed from August, 2000 to November, 2008. All images are complete.

The magazine's website presence was at www.tailgatemag.com; it is defunct.

Tailgate Aug August 2000
Aug 2000 Issue #1
Tailgate Aug August Sept September 2000
Aug/Sept 2000 Issue #2
Tailgate Dec December 2000
Dec 2000 Issue #3
Tailgate Feb February 2001
Feb 2001 Issue #4
Tailgate Apr April 2001
Apr 2001 Issue #5
Tailgate Jun June 2001
June 2001 Issue #6
Tailgate Aug August 2001
Aug 2001 Issue #7
Tailgate Oct October 2001
Oct 2001 Issue #8
Tailgate Dec December 2001
Dec 2001 Issue #9
Tailgate Feb February 2002
Feb 2002 Issue #10
Tailgate Apr April 2002
Apr 2002 Issue #11
Tailgate Jun June 2002
June 2002 Issue #12
Tailgate Aug August 2002
Aug 2002 Issue #13
Tailgate Oct October 2002
Oct 2002 Issue #14
Tailgate Dec December 2002
Dec 2002 Issue #15
Tailgate Feb February 2003
Feb 2003 Issue #16
Tailgate Apr April 2003
Apr 2003 Issue #17
Tailgate Jun June 2003
June 2003 Issue #18
Tailgate Aug August 2003
Aug 2003 Issue #19
Tailgate Oct October 2003
Oct 2003 Issue #20
Tailgate Dec December 2003
Dec 2003 Issue #21
Tailgate Feb February 2004
Feb 2004 Issue #22
Tailgate Apr April 2004
Apr 2004 Issue #23
Tailgate Jun June 2004
June 2004 Issue #24
Tailgate Aug August 2004
Aug 2004 Issue #25
Tailgate Oct October 2004
Oct 2004 Issue #26
Tailgate Dec December 2004
Dec 2004 Issue #27
Tailgate Feb February 2005
Feb 2005 Issue #28
Tailgate May 2005
May 2005 Issue #29
Tailgate Aug August 2005
Aug 2005 Issue #30
Tailgate Nov November 2005
Nov 2005 Issue #31
Tailgate Feb February 2006
Feb 2006 Issue #32
Tailgate May 2006
May 2006 Issue #33
Tailgate Aug August 2006
Aug 2006 Issue #34
Tailgate Nov November 2006
Nov 2006 Issue #35
Tailgate Feb February 2007
Feb 2007 Issue #36
Tailgate May 2007
May 2007 Issue #37
Tailgate Aug August 2007
Aug 2007 Issue #38
Tailgate Nov November 2007
Nov 2007 Issue #39
Tailgate Feb February 2008
Feb 2008 Issue #40
Tailgate May 2008
May 2008 Issue #41
Tailgate Aug August 2008
Aug 2008 Issue #42
Tailgate Nov November 2008
Nov 2008 Issue #43
Last known issue