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October 11 Newsletter

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The Fiftieth Skateboard Donation

In my world, as long as there has been extreme sports there has been Lance Koch. From a YWCA kid’s skate camp, where Lance and I were literally the only kids at (as I recall they just dropped us off at the Kiwanis Park tennis court and said have fun), to burly, super-sick skiing, where Lance has always been a standout, if there’s an envelope to be pushed you can bet Lance is the one sending it.

These days Lance sells real estate with Berkshire Hathaway here in Missoula, takes amazing photos of the beautiful outdoor locations he finds when hiking or biking in Western Montana (just check out his page on the BHHSMT web page, linked above, to behold the awesomeness), and is raising three beautiful daughters…to be just as rad as their dad.

The Lance Koch skateboard design uses the old Tony Hawk Powell-Peralta theme with Lance’s own ski goggles and signature included. I played around with some busy plaid backgrounds, but once I tried just the solid black there was no going back!!!

It means a lot to have one of the pioneers of outdoor adventure donate a board. I only hope the lucky kid who received the Lance Koch can harness the powers therein and continue Lance’s rich tradition of bringing a higher level of stoke (than anyone even knew was possible) to every occasion. Thanks, Lance, you are a true living legend, man.

Sincerely,

SPM

October 5 Newsletter

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The Forty-Ninth Skateboard Donation

In combination with the Backcountry Hunters & Anglers skateboard, donated on behalf of his company, Land Tawney also donated personally with this board…The Land Tawney.

Having known Land for over 30 years, the memories span decades and many phases of life. From adolescent camping trips with our dads to bachelor party camping trips with our friends, being outdoors in Montana has always been the underlying theme and is something we both hold in high regard.

Perusing Land’s online photo albums it’s obvious that he loves his wife and kids and he loves his dog, yet to ensure board appeal to a random skater grom I decided to focus on the outdoors we both love and a couple animals that remind me of Land. So, we have a mule to represent the mules that Land’s dad, Phil, used to own and we have a blue grouse because Land loves to hunt birds. Also included is a photo that Land took himself of arrowleaf balsamroot – a very Montana-ish plant.

Thank you so much for the skateboard donations, Land. Not only have we hooked a couple great kids up with sweet, custom boards but we’ve also enshrined our beloved Montana outdoors, so the future can know what’s been important to us all along.

Sincerely,

SPM

September 27 Newsletter

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The Forty-Eighth Skateboard Donation

What more perfect skateboard could there possibly be than the Sugar Daddy? Last year my friend John Lewis donated the 36th skateboard and this year his wife, Melissa, has joined the party and provided this cute and fun skateboard.

Melissa’s donation was a wonderful surprise; it’s always nice to see those emails come through indicating that someone has visited the website and donated a board. Upon reaching out to Melissa to thank her and inquire about design possibilities, she simply suggested Sugar Daddy – her favorite type of candy. It was so easy and effortless, which makes me think that using a donor’s favorite candy is always a brilliant go-to.

While the concept was effortless, re-creating the Sugar Daddy logo was difficult. Graphics from that pre-computer era are simply the best and were done by true artists, thus it was a real test to re-create the logo with all its subtle curves and outlines. It’s interesting how you can begin with something quite exorbitant and, through the revision process, end up with something that, at first glance, appears scant. It’s only until you try to replicate it that you realize how refined and lavish simplistic designs can actually be.

Thank you so much for the skateboard donation, Melissa. It was more than sweet, it was perfect.

Sincerely,

SPM

September 21 Newsletter

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The Forty-Seventh Skateboard Donation

Land Tawney is a life-long friend who I share many fond memories with. Some of my favorites, and I bet his as well, were from the pack trips we used to take with our dads into such revered wilderness areas as the Bob Marshall, Frank Church - River of No Return, and Yellowstone Park. Along with my brother, Matt, and his sister, Mikal, we kids experienced everything from whiskey (thought it was iced tea - boy was I wrong) to one extraordinarily awesome, and rowdy as hell, horse race across a mountain meadow, which we still talk about to this day!!!

Land is now the President/CEO of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, an organization based here in Missoula, who's "taking a leadership role in advocating for the conservation of wild places" so future generations of hunters and anglers will have somewhere to hunt and fish in a natural setting. Considering the persistent threat of development, it's reassuring to know that Land and BHA is here fighting to preserve the opportunity for "hunting deep in the backcountry or fishing on a remote river."

While BHA and 4Missoula are dedicated to different "wild places" we're both here to ensure the future a better place for everyone. Thank you, so much, to Land and the Backcountry Hunters and Anglers for the skateboard donation, which, in its own little way, serves to empower...We the People.

Sincerely,

SPM

August 17 Newsletter

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The Forty-Sixth Skateboard Donation

Skateboarding and fashion are intrinsically entwined, almost to the point where they’re indistinguishable, and while each skater is on a quest for individual style the collective prides itself on a certain look which separates it from the rest of the population. Whether clothes or shoes or hairdos (depicted below), skateboarding has always been in a class of its own.



The 80’s and 90’s were a heyday for skateboarding and one of the premiere brands during that time was Vision Street Wear. As a very impressionable middle schooler, I remember how cool donning VSW garb made me feel. The fact that I could hardly skate was irrelevant. What was important was that I was aligned with a movement that included all my friends…and excluded my parents.
 
In reflection, Vision Street Wear was part of a coming of age tale, and while the forty-sixth skateboard sponsor, Keith Dery, and I attended different middle schools our influences were largely the same. Thus, when Keith mentioned that he wanted to do a Vision Street Wear board I understood exactly where he was coming from.
 
The VSW board is Keith’s third skateboard donation and it’s always a pleasure to design his boards. With our congruent upbringings I’m aligned with the essence of his vision and appreciate the trip down memory lane. Thank you so much, Keith, for the opportunity to re-introduce our style to these distinguished kids.

Sincerely,

SPM

August 8 Newsletter

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The Forty-Fifth Skateboard Donation

The opportunity to honor the past and pay tribute to the loving mothers who came before us is a true blessing. The 45th skateboard donation is a tribute board for 4Missoula Vice President William Greely's mom, Becky Smartt, who passed away in June of 2017 after a short battle with cancer.



Becky worked for 20 years as a clerk at the Missoula Municipal Court and when I wasn't seeing her there (don't judge haha) I would see Becky at her home where she would invariably have something delicious coming out of the oven. William's mom was also pretty hip - she would greet me with a lovely and sincere "Hello, Skatepark Mark".

Considering that Becky was a big University of Montana Grizzlies fan and, coupled with her motherly ways, Mama Bear seemed like a great fit for her board. She's on a cloud looking down on us kids and when I think of William's mom (and the way he cared about her), I also included the word "Love" in the design because it simply says it all.

There's a quote from the Dalai Lama, "Love is the absence of judgement" and that's exactly how I felt around Becky. Despite running into her "downtown" under less-than-ideal circumstances, she always seemed delighted to see me and I'm grateful for the kindness she provided this world and bestowed in William, as he is also one of the most genuinely kind people I've ever known. And while we lost a loving mother, we gained a legacy of love and that's going to make the world a better place.

Thank you so much for the skateboard donation, William.

Sincerely,

Skatepark Mark

June 29 Newsletter

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The Forty-Fourth Skateboard Donation

How incredible is it that someone living in Vancouver, WA, with little or no ties to Montana, would donate a skateboard?!! Shaun O'Malley, a real blast from the past, is an acquaintance from yesteryear who I got to know when our girlfriends, at the time, were best friends. Shaun always struck me as a very caring person who would go out of his way to make people feel comfortable and part of whatever was going on; it was like a warm embrace being around this dude.

Another trait I noticed in Shaun was his progressive, next-level thinking. One day, while sitting around watching television, Shaun mentioned that in the future we would be able to buy everything on the screen with the click of a button - the evolution of product-placement. This was at a time when the world was getting used to Amazon and the potential for doorstep delivery, and here was Shaun, a car salesman, watching a show (among a bunch of marketing majors) and seeing it for what it was...a marketing campaign. This kind of awareness is special and the ability to see what's really going on made Shaun a perfect candidate for a skateboard sales pitch. So I messaged him on Facebook (out of the blue) and there was never a doubt. He wanted to be a part of this, but more-so he just wanted to help me help my community.

Thank you so much, Shaun, for the skateboard donation and hey, these girls might be gone, but we're still here making amazing things happen. Ta-dow!!!

Sincerely,

SPM

June 14 Newsletter

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The 37th-43rd Skateboard Donation

Another HUGE THANK YOU to Tami, owner of the Iron Horse Bar & Grill, for donating this group of 7 skateboards!!! These boards have been given to kids in Missoula, the Bitterroot Valley, and one even traveled back east to Circle, MT. Considering this proliferation (we have little skate team here) there's a good chance that if you visit the skatepark in Stevensville you'll see one of these boards in action!!!

Speaking of skateboards in the Bitterroot, a large percentage of the donations thus far have gone to kids down there...yes, I said down there. I understand there is a long-standing debate on whether it's up the Bitterroot or down the Bitterroot and, for whatever reason, I'm one of those people who says, "down the Bitterroot" and I don't see any indication of that changing haha. In any case, the skateparks in Stevensville, Darby, and soon-to-be Hamilton have invigorated the sport and skaters are coming out of the woodwork!!!

With all these new amazing skate destinations, Skatepark Mark will definitely be taking this show on the road and hopefully capturing some iPhone footage of these groms shredding!!! To get an idea of what these vids might look like, please consider following Skatepark Mark on Twitter or checking out the SPM YouTube channel. With this delightful weather, video content is being added almost everyday!!!

It's only because of wonderful, community-minded businesses like the Iron Horse that our mission to equip underprivileged skaters with boards and helmets has a chance of reaching our goal of 365 donations. We've made a pretty good dent so far and by channeling the spirit of the mighty railroaders, who helped shape our great state, we'll surely push on through. Thank you so much, Tami, for being a driving force on this donation train.

Sincerely,

SPM

April 26 Newsletter

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The Thirty-Sixth Skateboard Donation

His room was in the basement. It was musky down there smelling of Right Guard deodorant. Shadowy artifacts, mostly hand-me-downs from the 1980s, cluttered the cavernous dwelling. John Lewis was my neighbor growing up and I always loved to visit his basement lair and soak up as much influence from his older siblings, Mick, Matt, and Amy, as I could. John and I played video games on a ColecoVision and shot hoops with a Nerf door-hanging basketball hoop. We were fascinated with sports stars from that era and I still crack up recalling one of our favs, former Atlanta Braves catcher Biff Pocoroba.

We were indeed blossoming jocks and our mentors instilled an '80s vibe deep within us that beats strong to this day. And so the John Lewis board honors two of his sports heroes, two players whose unique styles defined them and were emulated by John every time we played either football or basketball. One half Karl Malone and the other half John Elway. Both legends and both superstars.

These days John lives in Helena with his beautiful family and I wonder if his kids will carry on the tradition of participating in athletics. If they choose emulate their father the legacy of goofy sports stars will continue - John's a bit of a goofball and is, without a doubt, a superstar.

Thank you, John, for the skateboard donation, and thank you to Mick, Matt, and Amy for showing us kids what it means to be cool.

Sincerely,

SPM

April 19 Newsletter

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The Thirty-Fifth Skateboard Donation

HUGE THANK YOU to the wonderful community of Missoula and everyone who participated in the 2nd annual Horseshoe Bonanza, which paid for this donation. While many of my designs are an instant hit with the sponsor, there are those rare cases where my idea doesn't align with the sponsor's idea and the design goes in a different direction...as was the case with this board.

Mountain Goats Over Bozo was rejected on the grounds that mountain goats didn't resonate with the sponsor (or maybe it's just a bad design, idk), yet I love mountain goats and, being a Capricorn, have always had an affinity towards these burly mountain creatures, so the board was created anyway, and donated on December 19th to a very deserving little girl.

The Horseshoe Bonanza was on hiatus last year, but here's a link to the photo page in case anyone wants to take a trip down memory lane - https://www.4missoula.com/horseshoe-bonanza/. It was a chilly day, from what I can remember, but we braved the cold, had fun, and made the Mountain Goats Over Bozo board happen. 

Thanks for being burly mountain beasts with me, Missoula.

Sincerely,

SPM

April 12 Newsletter

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The Thirty-Fourth Skateboard Donation

The backstory with this skateboard donation is extensive and began last year when I began the process of finding a house. For years I had been living with my mom, who suffered a major stroke in 2000 and needed a bit of care-giving, but she also had a sweet house, so it wasn't like I was hating life. Anyway, the time had come to relocate and not knowing where to start I went with what the commercials on TV were telling me to do...Rocket Mortgage. 

It surprised me to find out that I qualified for a home loan, but I did and Rocket Mortgage matched me with a real estate agent named Rob LaBrie. Being very new to selling real estate, Rob was learning the market as was I and after a number of weekend excursions we came to understand the market and each other to some degree. Rob's background is in teaching and coaching football, thus the board that he promised to donate if we found a house, has a football theme. We were also in the midst of a brutal fire season, so I included a bit of forest fire in there too.

Ultimately, a house was purchased, a skateboard was donated, and while Rocket Mortgage missed out on the lending opportunity (their business model must account for the fact that once a local agent is designated a local lender will likely ensue - they get a referral fee I believe) they did match Rob and I up and allowed for this artistic board to be created.

Thank you so much for the skateboard donation, Rob. You're a gem of a real estate agent and I still get a kick out of you calling me, "Sir."

Sincerely,

SPM

March 29 Newsletter

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The Thirty-Third Skateboard Donation

Tom Leonard not only hikes Montana's trails in absolute beast mode (the most impressive hiker I've ever seen), he's also extremely generous and engages others with an open-mindedness that is refreshing and invigorating. While not a skater, in the slightest, Tom casually agreed to donate a skateboard with a nonchalant-ness that leaves no indication of his ferocity on the trail.

The Tom Leonard was designed with a photo taken by Tom himself of Cracker Lake in Glacier National Park - the crown jewel American hiking. I was fortunate enough to hike Piegan Pass with Tom last summer and presented him with a couple shots from that hike, but it was Cracker Lake that was the ideal backdrop for Tom's GNP skateboard. Here's a pic from our hike (Tom's on the left).

   

Thank you so much for the skateboard donation, Tom. To have such an unassuming powerhouse in our corner is a great thing and it's an honor to have your help on this mission.

Sincerely,

SPM

March 15 Newsletter

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The Thirty-Second Skateboard Donation

It's been a few months since the last newsletter, but the donation train hasn't stopped. HUGE THANKS to Tami and the Iron Horse Bar and Grill for this beautiful pumpkin-colored board.



If memory serves, this skateboard was donated to a jovial young chap from Corvallis who greeted me with sprighty "hi Skatepark Mark" (so cute). With all the new skatepark developments in the Bitterroot this young fella has options galore...and a great attitude to approach them with!!!

I want to take this opportunity to spotlight the 4Missoula website and encourage everyone quickly visit 4Missoula.com and browse around for a bit. While donations are always appreciated, there are so many other ways to take part in this fun-filled adventure.

Once again, thank you to Tami and the Iron Horse for the "October" skateboard and all the wonderful opportunities it provides.

Sincerely,

SPM

September 22 Newsletter

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Skateboard Donation #31
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The Thirty-First Skateboard Donation

Of late, for a good number of reasons, but mostly because I'm so dang busy, my mood has been quite reflective and even pensive. I suspect my mental state is a reaction to an ever-expanding to-do list and is an involuntary, equalizing attempt to keep me from getting too far ahead of myself (no doubt as a means of self-preservation). It's like the Pitbull lyric, "So ahead of myself everyday's yesterday."

The point I'm trying to make is that I cherish my memories and I'm so grateful that I have such fond experiences to recollect. And this is part of what this skateboard campaign is intended to do - provide kids in our community with the kind of memories they'll be able to think about someday and smile about, especially once the inevitable rigors of adulthood take over.

Here's a jam I'm loving today that's probably driving this correspondence - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yYV9-KoSUM

And, of course, thank you to Tami and the Iron Horse Bar and Grill for providing this skateboard donation and so many wonderful memories.

Sincerely,

SPM

"Time moves in one direction, memory in another." - William Gibson 

September 6 Newsletter

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Skateboard Donation #30

The Thirtieth Skateboard Donation

Another HUGE THANK YOU to Patrick Carls, owner of Five Guys Burgers and Fries, for his second skateboard donation. At-a-glance this board might look the same as the first design, but this variation includes a delicious milkshake and, of course, the fries...oh yes the fries.

From a design aspect, what I love most about these boards is the red background. The Five Guys red is a specific shade - Red PMS 186, however the screen capture (used to create the "Burger" deck) didn't come through with the exact color mix, so I had to wrestle around to get both boards the same color. This was a challenge, but they turned out perfectly.

For someone who loves food, and cheeseburgers in particular, Five Guys is a great place to go and has quickly become my daughter and I's favorite hamburger joint. Now, the designation of "favorite" burger joint cannot be understated; when I was a kid my Dad used to bring my brother and I to the Hamburger Ace and those memories are enshrined in my very being.

So, thanks, Patrick, for the wonderful skateboard donations and the opportunity to design these revered Five Guys skateboards. Oh, and also thank you for providing us dads with a place that answers the bell as "favorite" burger joint.

Sincerely,

SPM

August 18 Newsletter

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Skateboard Donation #28
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The Twenty-Eighth Skateboard Donation

Behold...the second skateboard donation by Warm Springs Productions. Opposite the "Boy Board", which was donated on June 22nd, this choice design was also created by Joseph Brutsman (pictured above) and is fittingly called the "Girl Board". As you can tell, Joseph is quite fond of these boards and I can totally relate. It's one thing to fashion a graphic on a computer, but it's another thing to see the artwork in real life, upon a skateboard - its true intent.

From here, this board will travel, with a delightful young girl aboard, in search of adventure, seeking thrills and unraveling mysteries. And for us who played a part in making this skateboard, we can be proud of the final product and inspired by the power of our intention, which is manifested in the board itself and the subsequent fun it will bring.

So while it's farewell for now, the Girl Board is off to do big things and I'm so grateful for everyone's help in making this donation a reality.

Sincerely,

SPM

August 11 Newsletter

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Skateboard Donation #27
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The Twenty-Seventh Skateboard Donation

4Missoula's tagline is "Connecting Our Community" and the twenty-seventh skateboard donation is a great example of us doing exactly that. While not the economic engine of say the Montana Grizzly football team, we still have plenty of moving parts and one of them is Tyler at Big Bear Sign Company. Tyler has been great to work with and, after seeing designs come in, he hooked us up with skateboard artist, Patrick Cork, owner of Center Pocket Graphics-N-Design, to create something new.

I just love how different this board is compared to the others. From the gunmetal exterior to the grill feature lurking beneath, this graphic is Predator at a monster truck rally and is totally heavy metal and completely bad-ass.

Thank you so much, Patrick, for the skateboard design, and Tyler for the referral. You are both mighty awesome parts of this extraordinary machine.

Sincerely,

SPM

July 26 Newsletter

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Skateboard Donation #26
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The Twenty-Sixth Skateboard Donation

Thank you to Tami, owner of the Iron Horse Bar and Grill, for the 26th skateboard donation. Tami is one of 4Missoula's biggest supporters and this skateboard is the first of twelve to be donated over the next year. In order to keep the boards unique, so each recipient receives a one-of-a-kind design, I have modified the color scheme for each month. This month's July color scheme is a patriotic red, white, and blue.

As a designer, color selection is one of my favorite aspects of production. An appealing color swatch works on a subconscious level and can really affect one's attitude toward the piece. There is a huge amount of science behind colors and I don't understand most of it, but I do know when a harmony feels right and, hopefully, all the Iron Horse boards have a sensational feel.

For those interested in colors, here are a couple of my favorite websites for creating swatches:

Thanks, again, to Tami and the Iron Horse for the "July" skateboard donation. Your generosity has made this patriotic board possible and has perpetuated freedom...to shred!!! 

Sincerely,

SPM

July 14 Newsletter

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Skateboard Donation #25
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The Twenty-Fifth Skateboard Donation

Thank you so much to Paul Blastic for coming clutch, as usual, and delivering the twenty-fifth skateboard donation. Paul and I have been friends since high school, but it was many years earlier that I first heard about the legend that is Paul Blastic. At first it was like, “there’s a kid on that Little Grizzly Football team who’s amazing” or “Westside All-Stars are good, they have Paul Blastic” or “there’s a kid, Paul Blastic, he’s throwing backflips.”

Paul’s reputation precedes him and for good reason, he does incredible things on a daily basis and while he’s physically superior (I’ve never met anyone more coordinated), he will never rub it in your face and make you feel inferior. Instead, Paul simply encourages, shows how it’s supposed to be done, and then takes you with him on a wild, wild ride. These days Paul lives in Portland, OR and continues the family tradition of teaching Physical Education; they live by the three Rs – roll call, roll ball, and relax.

The Paul Blastic skateboard design was inspired by a typical, odd-ball Paul quote, “greasing the happy wagon” spoken in regards to a colossal frisbee golf throw that cruised flawlessly through the timber. And, after playing a few road trip word games with Paul I get the feeling this phrase was manufactured on the spot…by his cat-like reflexes. 

Once again, thank you, Paul, for the out-of-the-blue skateboard donation. You’re a living legend, man, and have always been someone I admire, not only because of your kind ways, but also because of your natural confidence (depicted in the design by a pipe-smoking rabbit). I’ll always be looking forward to our next adventure, because it seems the best time we’ve had so far is almost always the last time we hung out, which is pretty phenomenal if you think about it.

Sincerely,

SPM

June 29 Newsletter

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Skateboard Donation #24
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The Twenty-Fourth Skateboard Donation

Good thing Patrick Carls, owner of Five Guys Burgers and Fries in Missoula (and beyond), donated two skateboards because it'll take at least a couple newsletters to impart how awesome and charming and fantastically corny Patrick is.

Growing up, Pat and I (and a deep, deep crew) spent pretty much every day at our friend Jeremy Presta's house where, different than my house, I was allowed to be goofy and jock-ish and express my inner macho. Jer's parents, Louis and Lynette (who are totally awesome), provided more than bottomless Kool-Aid, they provided a second home where us kids built bonds to last a lifetime. Pat and I's relationship is a product of that household.

Besides being a kind and genuine person, Patrick is beyond hilarious and his laugh is so contagious that upon hearing it I laugh and then (and this has happened more than once) we get caught in a perpetual laugh cycle that is almost asphyxiating and completely obnoxious. Louis actually kicked us out of the house one time for laughing so much. We couldn't help it though!!!

So, Patrick-buddy, thank you so much for the skateboard donation. It means the world to me to continue making things happen and I look forward to the next time we can get goofy together and relive those glorious days of our youth.

Sincerely,

SPM

June 23 Newsletter

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Skateboard Donation #23
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The Twenty-Third Skateboard Donation

Thank you to my life-long friend Lyle Vinson for spearheading this donation and arranging for his employer, Warm Springs Productions, to donate two skateboards - one for a boy and one for a girl. Lyle did an excellent job presenting 4Missoula to WSP and made their contribution extra-special. Both designs were done in-house by the very talented, Joseph Brutsman...and they turned out AMAZING!!!

The design process was simple. I provided Joseph a board template, for size and truck placement, which he then used to create this beautiful and super-stylish graphic using an electronic sketchpad. I was a little concerned about digital resolution as we scaled the design up to life-size, but it turned out fabulous. (I can almost hear 4Missoula's VP, William Greely, saying to me, "Ye of little faith." haha)

There is another skateboard at play here, the "Girl Board", however it has yet to be donated so I had to crop the above photo so as not to unveil it; I always try and save the big reveal for the recipient of the board. I'm super-pumped, however, to deliver the "Girl Board" and publish it. Like the "Boy Board" it is a delectable visual treat.

Thanks, again, to everyone at Warm Springs Productions for the skateboard donation and the superb artwork. Needless to say this was a winning effort.

Sincerely,

SPM

June 16 Newsletter

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Skateboard Donation #22
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The Twenty-Second Skateboard Donation

Thank you so much to Mike Eudaily, an old acquaintance and manager of Noodles & Company, for the skateboard donation. Mike and I were in kindergarten together and I don't know if he remembers this or not but he was the only kid in the class who could read. Now-a-days it's commonplace for children of that age to read, but back then it made Mike a bit of my hero; he has always been ahead of his time.

After seeing the work I've been up to, and considering that he himself is an old skater, Mike reached out and offered up half of Noodles & Company's nightly earnings as a donation. The event served as our first 4Missoula Night (a generic term for profit-sharing dining events) and also generated enough flow to donate this exotic-looking board.

The backdrop for this deck has a funky-primordial feel and, aside from the mac and cheese, resonates ancient Asia. And why the Lego-dude you might ask? Well, it just so happens that Mike's son, Jameson, is a fan of Lord Garmadon, which I find totally inspiring for some reason, so the ninja has made an appearance - pushing a noodle bowl and looking super-fierce!!!

Thank you to Noodles & Company for the opportunity to collaborate and create this fantastic board. (Mike, we might have just fulfilled some sort of destiny here, man, and someday, I bet, we'll look back on this and realize we were way ahead of our time...and that's all you, bro.)

Sincerely,

SPM

May 26 Newsletter

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Skateboard Donation #21
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The Twenty-First Skateboard Donation

This week we have another guest artist and I really must say (not even being biased) this board is my favorite so far. Thank you to my talented daughter, Maryan Haze Mullendore, for the skateboard design.

It was probably six years ago that Maryan drew this chilling rendition of Frankenstein, entitled "Frakginsdane". Different than my designs, which are basically a collection of pirated webart (traced in Illustrator) and arranged in a semi-harmonious fashion in an attempt to honor the donor, this skateboard is real, genuine art...probably created in a pre-school art class even. I just love the gnarly spew coming out of Frakginsdane's warped mouth (and apparently the back of its head) - it's hella creepy. 

Mar-mo, this design is a perfect expression of the adventurous (and tastefully diabolical) person that you are. The volume of creativity brewing inside you is astronomical and I can't wait to see what wickedness comes next.

Sincerely,

SPM

May 19 Newsletter

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Skateboard Donation #20
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The Twentieth Skateboard Donation

While all the donations written about so far have had individual donors and artwork done by myself, this skateboard donation represents another avenue of fundraising and something that I hope will make big strides in the future. The William Louis Feffer board was made possible by all the fine participants in our fundraising events and the artist, William Feffer, is a long lost friend who I've loosely followed on Facebook over the years.

Impressed by William's abstract photography, I was able to contact him by phone (only because he was in service while restocking on supplies before heading back to the California wilderness) and ask if he'd consider donating a skateboard design...which he was more than stoked to do!!!

So, here's the first 4Missoula skateboard donation created by a guest artist. Thank you so much William for the beautiful design and thank you to all the folks who have thrown horseshoes, picked weeds, bowled for boards, bought Christmas Trees, raffle tickets, and baseball tickets from us in order to help local kids. It might not necessarily take a community to donate a board, but it most certainly will take a community to donate a lot of boards.

Thanks, again, for the incredible support. You are all so very special and important and appreciated to the absolute maximum.

Sincerely,

SPM 

May 12 Newsletter

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Skateboard Donation #19
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The Nineteenth Skateboard Donation

Doug Hammell is one of the smoothest dudes I've ever met and he embodies the term "unflappable." I first remember thinking how clutch Doug was while folfing between classes at the old Lindley Park frisbee golf course in Bozeman. The sport just seemed so effortless to him and I get the impression that Doug applies this same fluidity across all aspects of life. So, while I'm a bit of an emotional roller-coaster, Doug operates on a more even keel and his undertakings definately have a nice upward trajectory.

Doug and I both have marketing degrees from MSU, so last year when I got the chance to make it to a Bobcat football game, I was very excited to brief Doug on 4Missoula and gauge his response. On the short walk from the tailgate to the entrance gate I explained 4Missoula to him and as we walked into the game Doug turned said, "Mully, I'd be happy to donate a board."  Yes!!! Score one for 4Missoula...at a Bobcat game!!!

The opportunity to design a Doug-inspired deck was an awesome thing and I'm overjoyed with our ability to reconnect and create something so special. My first couple design attempts, however, were shot down (Doug's pragmatism spared a Missoula-area kid from having to skate a Bozeman-looking board) and after delving into Doug's passion for fishing and the Smith River, which by the way is an indian vortex, the final Doug Hammell skateboard turned out amazing and even includes a glimpse of Doug in it.

Thank you for the donation, Doug. I consider this whole process to be a great gift. The ease with which you provide support is uplifting, inspiring, and so fantastically genuine. Youdaman, man.

Sincerely,

SPM

May 4 Newsletter

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Skateboard Donation #18
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The Eighteenth Skateboard Donation

Thank you, so incredibly much, to Park Side Credit Union for the skateboard donation. Park Side President and CEO Jeremy Presta is one of my best friends and even though we don't see too much of each other these days, he still provides me with an enormous amount of personal inspiration. What I love most about Jeremy is his work ethic and his dedication to friends and family. Both of these qualities are paramount to being a great leader (and a total boss), but what sets Jeremy apart is the intensity with which he applies them. Jeremy is a juggernaut when it comes to respect and no one I've ever met commands more of it.

Even though we've known each other almost our entire lives I was still nervous about approaching Jeremy for a skateboard donation. To me it was a big ask; considering how much I value Jeremy's opinion (and our relationship) there was a lot at stake. Not to mention, Jeremy has risen to the top ranks in the banking industry and the potential of a 4Missoula/Park Side partnership is considerable - this skateboard donation was a big deal. So while I was anxious about the Park Side skateboard donation, Jeremy put my mind at ease and brought everything into perspective with the most-appropriate little question, "how's the family?"

Thank you so much, Jeremy and Park Side Credit Union, for not only providing a local kid with a meaningful gift, but also for providing meaningful friendships that make us feel like part of the family, which is a true honor and an incredibly endearing sentiment.

Sincerely,

SPM

April 27 Newsletter

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