munimax's monologue

muni kids everywhere everyday

 

9/15/20

PORTLAND UP IN SMOKE.

Stay safe out there!

-munimax

 

9/14/20

NOTHING LAST FOREVER.

What’s going on everyone!? I hope that your Monday morning is off to a busy and productive start. I mean, dreams don’t chase themselves right!? This week I encourage to really embrace the positive things you have going in your life. So often we take our day to day happiness in complete stride because we are feeling good and don’t understand how good we have it. Life can change in a single moment, at the snap of the fingers, everything you know can change. Enjoy the good times because nothing last forevers. You have to be able to build off the good times so you can bounce back when things go sideways. 

I hope all the west coast homies are staying safe and surviving the smoke!

Have a great rest of your week. Catch y’all tomorrow!

-munimax

 

9/5/20

Sorry that the monologue has been pretty quiet of late. I'm going to try and get started working on it daily again this week! We've had to much cool stuff going on with getting weed deliveries dialed in with Weedmaps and our fam down the street Broadway Cannabis Market for Urban Golf on Thursdays! We also recently launched our new Tuesday Meetup in Chinatown with homies from Laundry which is really exciting. I promise I'll get back to writing this week because there is too much stuff to tell y'all about! In the meanwhile... Have a great weekend and tap into this new Big Sean album. It hits just right!

Talk to you soon!

-munimax

8/3/20

Mondays I'm usually spitting positivity at y'all but sometimes things just aren't going right in our lives and we can't always see our inner light. I hope everyone has a positive week and that you take steps towards your goals and/or personal growths. I read a simple poem by Charles Bukowski this morning that I would like to share with anyone who may need to read it...

muni kids everywhere everyday

Have a great week!

-munimax

8/2/20

"So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past."

- F. Scott Fitzgerald

7/30/20

Neighborhood Golf Shop vibe for the rest of the week. We'll be open 11am-6pm Thursday-Saturday and 11am-5pm on Sunday! Pull up.

Oh and basketball is back! 

Happy Thursday!

-munimax

7/23/20

Tonight is Urban Golf Meetup night aka the best night of the week. This will officially be the fourth one we’ve hosted since the covid-19 outbreak in March. It’s been so exciting to get it back up and going because now more than ever, we realize how important it is. It’s a safe and responsible way to social distance but still get to interact and meet new people. Every week there has been new masked faces and friendships being built. Not to mention it’s free! I mean what’s free anymore right? 

If you have been teeter-tottering on whether or not to come try it out… I encourage you to do so tonight! I don’t expect anything but the good vibes and friendships to grow with tonight’s meetup. It’s really a stress and judgement free environment. 

muni kids everywhere everyday

We provide the clubs and golf balls so all you need to bring is yourself and your mask for everyone’s safety!

The Neighborhood Golf Course is in perfect condition right now.

We look forward to seeing you on the #1 Tee!

EVERYONE WELCOME.

-munimax

 

7/22/20

COMPASSION (Noun) : Sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress together with a desire to alleviate it.

muni kids everywhere everyday

So much heavy shit is going down in the world, in people’s lives, and in our own lives. 

It’s humpday and I want to give everyone a mid-week reminder to be compassionate with one and other. You don’t know what someone dealing with or how they’re feeling unless you can walk in their shoes. It can pertain to anything but someone you know is going through something and your love and support could make the difference in their day. Make a conscience effort to show some compassion today.

ALL LOVE.

-munimax

7/7

Yo yo! I hope everyone's week is off to a great start! As many of you know, photography is one of my favorite creative outlets. Luckily with running our brand I get to take a lot of pics but like I said, it's my favorite creative outlet so you'll never catch me without a camera on. Here are some  photos I curated to share out of my camera roll that are just outtakes of our lives this past month! All the photos were shot with either my Fuji XT-20, Pentax Spotmatic, and iPhone. Enjoy!

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Neighborhood Golf Shop Vibes.

Finally picked up Circles on vinyl!

Neighborhood E.

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Our line's been hot!

muni kids everywhere everyday

muni kids everywhere everyday

We painted Drip Arnie up on the Neighborhood Golf Shop!

muni kids everywhere everyday

Checked in at Spirit 77 for a nightcap.

muni kids everywhere everyday

Fuck racism. BLM.

muni kids everywhere everyday

If you haven't noticed... I'm obsessed with basketballs.

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Ain't nothin' but a brand name.

muni kids everywhere everyday

Got my Mac tattoo from the homie and legend @jonnybombtats

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Home workspace.

muni kids everywhere everyday

The Neighborhood Golf Pro.

muni kids everywhere everyday

muni kids everywhere everyday

muni kids everywhere everyday

The day 1 homie, Fatpro. Follow his new business venture here in PDX @fatproswoodfirepizza

I hope you guys enjoyed a peek of my camera roll from the past month! Stay safe, healthy, and inspired!

Yours Truly & Bogey Free,

munimax

6/30

It’s been almost a month since we dropped our Mac Pack in tribute of the late musician, Mac Miller. I was hoping to write something on my monologue sooner but honestly this has been tough for me to piece together the words that a bunch of people who don’t really know me would understand. I can’t explain what Mac Miller has meant to me and do it justice. We all have famous people who we look up to creatively that we can feel a connection too. Almost like we can relate to them on a deeper level. Mac’s strive to progress and improve his craft is what initially drew me to him but it was his ups and downs in life and emotions that made me appreciate and connect with him. I can hear myself in his music, the happiness and the sadness. I can hear different stages in my life when I revisit past albums, it’s apart of me and who I am. His death has been the hardest death I’ve had to deal with as an adult, I know that I couldn’t have done anything as a fan to prevent it, but it makes me think about how we all need to be a little more aware of what the people we love around us are dealing with. If your homie seems sad, depressed, or abusing drugs and/or alcohol, there is definetly a problem and they're looking for help in one way or another. It’s scary when you revisit his catalogue and realize so many times he was calling out for help because he was feeling broken. Nobody should have to go through the darkness in life by themselves. If you do anything after reading this, please check in with someone you are worried about because they probably need you more than you know.

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The Mac Pack and this past month has been my favorite drop in the history of Muni Kids. We’ve spent hours in our studio this month listening to Mac’s albums, making clothes and headcovers. That's why we decided to go with a tribute to K.I.D.S. on the t-shirt and tribute to the single "Good Evening" on the headcover. We drew inspiration from the beginning and end. We spent countless hours and days debating our favorite songs and albums and telling stories of memories the songs bring back. I’ve even teared up a couple times reading your guy’s messages about the significance of the project to you or stories about why Mac was important to you. It connects us. I even ended the month by getting Mac Miller’s final portrait tattooed on my arm so I can carry his memory around with me everyday. Muni Kids wouldn’t be what it is or where it is without the inspiration and influence of Mac Miller.

muni kids everywhere everyday

I miss you.

munimax

4/23

Today. Was. A. Weird. Day.

muni kids everywhere everyday
muni kids everywhere everyday
muni kids everywhere everyday

 Stay creative my friends!

Yours Truly & Bogey Free,

munimax

 

 

4/22

Yo yo! What’s good? It’s been a second since I’ve hopped on my monologue and updated it. I was feeling like I needed to take a break and make sure that I continue bringing you quality content and thoughts. During these strange times it’s so hard to feel like yourself and now some of my concerns have been on how to hop right back in the saddle of our crazy normal lives if the state’s start opening up soon. It’s so difficult to find balance when you don’t know what the fuck is going on. I’m scared that it will hurt our business if we do not open soon and I’m scared that it will hurt people if things open up too soon. It feels hopeless at times. I’m sure everyone is feeling that in their own ways. One of the things I’ve been focusing on or at least trying to, is being mentally healthy and balanced when we do get the go ahead to open the shop back up and get back to what we do best, growing the game. This past week I’ve soul searched and realized for me, in order to regain my balance, I needed to spend some time in mother nature. I haven’t been writing the monologue and instead have been trying to spend as much of my free time out hiking and taking pictures as I can. This is and has always been my remedy for finding myself during difficult times. I just wanted to give y’all an update of what I’ve been doing while the monologue has gone quiet. I figured what better day to hop back on than Earth Day. Make sure to practice social distancing but get outside if you are feeling off. Go on a hike. Go on a walk. Go golfing if your state allows it! But get outside if you’re feeling lost, maybe it will help you find your balance again before we hit the ground running back towards some form of normal. 

the great outdoors
the great outdoors
the great outdoors

 

P.S. I hope everyone had a great 4/20 if you celebrate that! Check out my Neighborhood Golf Dealer 4/20 Edition Playlist. It’s fire haha!

Yours Truly & Bogey Free,

munimax

 

4/14/20

Today I thought I would share one of my favorite quotes I stumbled upon last year and wrote it on the bulletin board in the back office as a daily reminder that through creating and design we can shift the culture of golf into a new direction inclusive to everyone.

creative quote

Stay home, stay safe, and tell the ones you love how important they are to you today. Catch y’all tomorrow!

Yours Truly & Bogey Free,

munimax

4/13/20

Today is day 28 of quarantine and it’s also my favorite day of the week, MONDAY.

I love Mondays because it’s always feels like a fresh start, a new beginning, and the start to a week fueled by creativity and a new cycle of kicking it with all the homies. Even though we are being forced to stay at home as much as possible, we are still free to create and FaceTime or message our friends and fam. So I’m going to keep it short and sweet today… Hit up your friends or family today and see how they’re holding up and find some inspiration that gets your creative juices flowing. It’s Monday. It’s a fresh start.

Here's one of my favorite creative inspirations and paintings!

The Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh // June 1889 width=

The Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh // June 1889

Stay home, stay safe, and tell the ones you love how important they are to you today. Catch y’all tomorrow!

Yours Truly & Bogey Free,

munimax

4/10/20

Today is Day 1 of a refocus of my energy. You gotta start somewhere right? Covid-19 and quarantining have had me all over the place emotionally feeling super unbalanced. Some days I’m all gucci and some days I just feel like laying in bed until the day ends so we can move on to another weird day the next. I apologize to those who have looked to the monologue as a bright part of the day for having a lack of interest in writing it yesterday. I was down in the dumps locked in on all things negative that have to do with this. Today it’s time to get back in the routine of happiness and productivity, even if it’s not the routine I’m accustomed to. The other day Drake posted the first pic online of his little boy with a caption about what we are all dealing with and I’m sure, struggling with. I thought it was super on point when I read it the first time but revisiting it this morning, it was exactly what I needed to hear. I thought I would share it with you…

Drake Quote

 

We all need to tap into our inner light right now, I know I definitely do. It’s a choice and we manifest the things we are focused on. It's something I already know as I have manifested plenty of the goals and things I wanted to do over the years. It’s all a choice. Today instead of spending my afternoon watching Netflix or feeling bad for myself I am going to create a vision board reminding me of the things I want/wanted to achieve this year. I think the biggest struggle I’ve been having is that we don’t have a date for when life gets back to normal, so it’s hard to plot and plan things. We don’t know if shit will be back to normal next week or in 8 months. That's what I think eats at me the most. I want a vision board so anytime I’m feeling down, anxious, or negative, I have a visual to look at and remind myself to connect to my inner light. Remind myself of the things that bring me joy, areas I’d like to grow, and the goals I still plan to achieve. Just because there isn’t a timetable doesn’t mean that those things aren’t still going to happen and aren’t important to me. I’m going to do a better job today of tapping into my own light, I have a lot to be thankful for and to look forward too. My future is bright and it’s in my control. I’m going to search for inner peace in that. So today if you are feeling down, make yourself a vision board to help you refocus your mind. I’m making a digital one on Pinterest that I can look at when I’m on the go and physical one for my bedroom that I can look at whenever I need a rebalance. Now more than ever, we all need to find our inner light.

 

Stay home, stay safe, and tell the ones you love how important they are to you today. Catch y’all tomorrow!

Yours Truly & Bogey Free,

munimax

 

4/9/20

It’s been 25 days since we officially had to shut down the shop and have been bunkering in at home. Just not feeling the monologue today. Im sorry, but I’ll at least leave you with a picture to get you excited about the future when we get to reopen the Neighborhood Golf Shop.

neighborhood golf shop

Stay home, stay safe, and tell the ones you love how important they are to you today. Catch y’all tomorrow!

Yours Truly & Bogey Free,

munimax

4/8/20

Well today feels like the 500th day of quarantine.

I know it’s only been a little over a couple weeks but we are starting to see the havoc this thing is wrecking on the world. People are sick. People are dying. Businesses are going under. It’s so hard to fucking stay positive at times.

I was devastated this week with the news of homie Garret’s putter company Geom, having to shut down operations for the foreseeable future. I teared up with the learning of the news. I hate to see anyone be forced to put their dreams on hold or move on from them. Especially due to something out of their control. Garret if you are reading this up there in Canada, I’m so sorry this happen to you from the bottom of my heart, you didn’t deserve this and when the world makes a comeback I hope Geom Putters comes back right along side it.

I’ve been pondering the past few hours what to write about today on my monologue that could bring positivity to the world and not be a downer. Somedays you just aren’t feeling it, you know? It doesn’t help that everything in the world looks so foreign to what we are used to… It’s tough to find inspiration in a space you can’t fully comprehend. So with that being said, I thought today I would touch on a topic that I seem to be getting hit up about more and more these days. How to start a brand.

When I first started Muni Kids I really had no idea what I was doing. I think that’s how most adventures start in life, that’s why it’s called the beginning. Expert status at a craft takes years to achieve. Once you master one part, a whole new challenge reveals itself. Still to this day, over 5 years in, I am by no means an expert. I remember being in the shoes of a lot of you who have reached out the years trying to figure out the blueprint to how it all works. I reached out to so many brands in the industry when I was first getting started and remembered feeling so discouraged when nobody really offered any guidance or help. I remember Linksoul being one of the few brands who actually offered me some insight and I have never forgot how much that meant to me. Outside of the golf industry, I found way more success receiving insight from streetwear brands because at the end of the day I wasn’t entirely going to be in their lane. I hated on a lot of the golf brands that ghosted me in those early years for a longtime but at the same time, I understand the competition side of the business much better now and there are some things that you just can’t share with everyone and that’s ok for both sides. Still I’ve always reminded myself that I would help others if I could. You have to remember that everything that makes it over time is authentic and therefore cannot be recreated or duplicated. Everyone has their own blueprint. Our blueprint is weird af because part of the beauty of Muni Kids is we don’t follow the golf industries traditional blueprint at all. We are trying to shift the culture therefore we have to walk down a different path than most. That’s what makes Muni Kids what it is. The advice I’d like to offer anyone who is thinking about chasing their dreams of starting a golf brand or any kind of brand, is… When asking for advice or insight, be specific about what you’d like to know and you are way more likely to get an answer or at least a response back. I know this from being the person asking for insight to becoming the person being asked for insight. You may not get the answer you’d like to hear but you will probably get a response. Brands are generally much smaller employee wise than you’d imagine and there isn’t much free time if you are really on your grind, so be specific! Often, I’ll get messages or emails from people I don’t really know wanting to hop on the phone and pick my mind and things just get to busy that I don’t ever really have time to hit them up without knowing what they even want to pick my mind about. I feel bad but that’s just the nature of running a business. Whenever someone emails me a specific question or questions, it’s much easier for me to offer my insight in a timely matter and if it’s a question that I can’t really answer for you, I’ll at least let you know I can’t!

So while we are in quarantine and I have a lot more free time on my hands… Feel free to shoot me an email (max@munikids.com) with any questions you may have in following your own dreams. I’m not going to give you the full Muni Kids blueprint but I will answer your questions the best that I can! Just remember when you are thinking about what to ask, keep your own authenticity in mind because if you want your brand to make it someday, it’s gotta be 100% true to you.

I hope that you found some value in today’s monologue. I’m sorry it wasn’t the most upbeat post, but somedays just don’t vibe that way. I’m going to get to my grind and search for some beauty within today, I hope you find some too.

Stay home, stay safe, and tell the ones you love how important they are to you today. Catch y’all tomorrow!

Yours Truly & Bogey Free,

munimax

 

4/7/20

Be yourself. Golf needs you to be yourself. 

One of the hardest thing to be 100% of the time is yourself. If you’re thinking you are, you’re probably lying to yourself a little bit. We are all insecure at times and crave being liked and accepting by our peers. It’s part of being a human being. I’ve always taken pride in that most of the time I’ve been able to be myself, even if it meant walking down a path that wasn’t the norm. Especially being a golfer, I’ve never seemed to fit in because I was just different. One of things that makes Muni Kids great is that it’s always been authentic to me. If you’ve followed along over the years you’ve seen the different shifts as I grew into myself. Nothing or no one stays the same forever, if you’re not progressing, you’re standing still. But I’ve always taken pride in authenticity of Muni Kids. No one can ever take that away. 

In 2019, I met my homie Christian LaMontagne early in the year when we first moved to Portland and opened the shop. He came through the shop and showed hella love and copped some the pastel hats we were slinging at the time. As I was talking to him, I remember thinking how big of personality this dude had. The way he walked, the way he talked, just the way he carried himself in general. It was like talking to a superstar. He’s from the East Coast, you wouldn’t be able to tell he’d been living west for awhile, neck full of chains, and a vocabulary/lingo that is almost unexplainable. When I asked what he did in Portland, he was creatively all over the map. He’s a sick photographer/videographer, designer hired by some of the biggest labels out here in Portland… you can use your imagination on that (cough cough nike). When he left I looked him up and followed him on instagram like I do most people who come through the shop for the first time. I remember telling Drew that day that I hope that he’s always that big of a personality, those are the type of people who intrigue me. Through following him on instagram and getting to become homies with him, he has become one of biggest inspirations/influences and I thank him for that like once a week I swear! Watching his stories and seeing his post are always the highlight of my day when I have time to scroll through instagram. He is the first person I’ve ever met in real life that is authentically himself 100% of the time. His instagram brings me joy because he’s creative as fuck on top of his authenticity. Through studying and watching him, he has inspired me to leave nothing on the table and not be afraid of ever being judged for being me and keeping shit 100. In the past year since I met him he’s even evolved and found himself going down an entirely new career path as a screenwriter. He pushed a show through to one of the large streaming networks about his story and where he grew up. He lived it up as a VIP at Sundance. He’s showed me through example that creatively you can do anything as long as you stay true to who you are. I even recently found out that he had some rap videos floating around on the internet from the past and when I looked them up… even that shit was fire. I wanted to share about my friendship with him because it’s important to me. We are both busy af a lot of the time and don’t get to kick it as much as we’d like but he goes out his way to build me up and show me love daily through messages and I try to do the same. He inspires me and like I talked about earlier in the monologue… real homies build each other up. His friendship and inspiration means everything to me and I know it’s real because he’s a real one. He’ll be one of the first homies I kick it with when we get out of quarantine!

The moral of this story is we should all strive to be like Christian, but our own versions. You can’t be him, he’s one of kind, but you can live authentically the way he does. You’ll be a much a happier person I promise you.

If you want to follow Christian on instagram CLICK HERE.

 

Christian

 

Be yourself. Golf needs you to be yourself. The world needs you to be yourself.

Stay home, stay safe, and tell the ones you love how important they are to you today. Catch y’all tomorrow!

Yours Truly & Bogey Free,

munimax

 

4/6/20

Finding peace in weird times.

These are weird times and they are only getting weirded for the foreseeable future from what I can tell. I thought today I would offer everyone some insight I’ve picked up from all the messages and conversations I’ve had since starting the monologue a few days ago. Be kind and understanding to everyones reaction to what is going on. It affects everyone so much differently. Some people are highly stressed out due to taking a financial hit of some kind, whether it’s losing their job or having to shut down their business. Some people are fortunate enough that they can work from home and it’s a blessing because they are being afforded extra time to spend with their family that they wouldn’t be able to do if everything was normal. Some people have families to spend it with. Some people are alone. Some people don’t know anyone affected by the virus. Some people are scared to death because someone important to them is battling it. Someone super important to me reminded me the other night, “At least we are going through this together.” The more and more people I talk to and hear their perspective of how they’re dealing with it, the more that statement has meaning to me. Remember to be kind and understanding, everyone is going through different shit, bad and good because of this.

“At least we’re going through this together”

I can find some peace in that, I hope you can too.

Stay home, stay safe, and tell the ones you love how important they are to you today. Catch y’all tomorrow!

Yours Truly & Bogey Free,

munimax

4/5/20

Yesterday evening I got an instagram dm from my homie “Big Mike” Baldeck. Every time I see that he messages me I always get excited! He’s either letting me know about one of his successes or learning experiences on his road towards chasing his dream of becoming a PGA Tour player or he’s sending me a message to inspire me when he can tell things are off with me or just feels like hyping me up and elevating my day. He never shies away from let me know that I am one of his inspirations but the fact of the matter is, the admiration is mutual. I met Mike when he was in high school, watched him go onto to play college golf, and now am one of the lucky few included in his inner circle as he chases his dreams. I’ve always been envious of his self belief, some mistake it for cockiness but they got it all twisted. He believes in his own greatness. We all have greatness in us, we just have to tap in to it. He builds me up and I build him up. That’s what real homies do. As we all are learning during this weird time in history and social distancing, life as we know it is precious. Everyday matters. Most of our normal ways of life have been stripped from us for the time being and who knows if it will ever really be the same again. Today I just want to remind how important it is to make sure you surround yourself with people who love and support you. Positivity is contagious! I’m lucky to have homies like Big Mike in my inner circle and in uncomfortable times, I’ve never appreciated that more. If your circle doesn’t build you up and elevate you, I suggest you use some of this time social distancing time to analyze that so you can make adjustments when you get to surround yourself with people again. There’s no time for negativity when you’re on a mission to achieve whatever it is you’re chasing. Dreams don’t chase themselves. Like Nipsey would tell you, it’s a MARATHON. All love Big Mike, I appreciate you.

Stay home, stay safe, and tell the ones you love how important they are to you today. Catch y’all tomorrow!

Yours Truly & Bogey Free,

munimax

 

4/4/20

Whether we want to admit it or not, we all have more free time on our hands. I’ve always had issues when time feels like it stands still. I like to go go go! Even with the mandatory stay home order in place we are still able to run our business online and fulfill orders, but it’s still crazy to me how much time there still is to kill during the day without visiting with customers and homies at the Neighborhood Golf Shop, having dinner and drinks out on the town, or just even shopping and running errands during the day. The days can feel like they drag on sometimes. One place I’ve found some peace has been having more time to dive into one of my favorite hobbies… READING. Reading has been one of my passions/hobbies as an adult. It helps me take my mind off the stresses of day to day life and to be honest, it’s probably one of the most key things to me when it comes to personal growth. Right now to keep myself entertained I’m actually reading 4 different books. Usually I read maybe 2 at a time, one fiction and one non-fiction but given the current world status, I’ve bumped it up a notch to avoid stressing myself out too much. If you are looking for a book to start, peep some of these… They’ve all been great so far!

 

1.  This Is Not a T-Shirt, by Bobby Hundreds

Whether you are a brand owner, aspire to own a brand, a designer, or just a streetwear hypebeast… This is a must read. This Is Not a T-Shirt gives you a comprehensive view inside of one of streetwear’s greatest brands, The Hundreds, and all the ups and downs along the way. PEOPLE OVER PRODUCT. You’ll understand if you read it.

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2.  The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Many of you have probably seen the movie starring Brad Pitt but let’s face it, books are always better than movies! F. Scott Fitzgerald is one of my favorite authors and penned my favorite book of all-time, The Great Gatsby. That is my main reasoning for choosing to read this book! I’m half through and so far, so good. I’m glad I have this one in the mix right now.

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3.  A Fish Doesn’t Know It’s Wet, by Pharrell Williams

This is the second of what I like to call coffee table books by Pharrell. This book is filled with incredible artwork and photos of Pharrell’s different works within music, fashion, and design. Also the interviews/discussions he has with people he’s inspired by are absolutely fascinating! You can get lost in this book reading the interviews or just skimming through the pictures. Pharrell might be the most interesting human in the world.

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4. The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck, by Mark Manson

I’ve read this book before but I felt like right now with our current situation, is the perfect time to revisit a book that helped me so much in the past. The title is pretty self explanatory! This book will help you grow as a human being. I promise!

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Hopefully my list will inspire you to pick up a book, maybe one of these or something that you have been meaning to read. KNOWLEDGE IS POWER. All the links to find these books will lead you to my favorite bookstore in the world, Powell’s City of Books. It happens to be right here in our backyard in Portland. They are struggling right now during Covid-19 crisis and need all the support they can get to keep the doors open when the world heals. They are offering FREE SHIPPING on all orders over $25 right now! If you can support them, please do but I understand if you have your own bookstore you need to give yo’ dollas to right now. 

Stay home, stay safe, and tell the ones you love how important they are to you today. Catch y’all tomorrow!

 

Yours Truly & Bogey Free,

munimax

 

4/3/20

Today I woke up feeling inspired.

Yesterday when I decided to write the first post in my monologue, I had no idea what the response would be. Honestly, I was feeling so lost it was personal therapy for me to put down my thoughts. I was feeling uninspired and guilty about it. The hardest days when running a brand are when you’re feeling down and not really in the mood to put yourself out there. You think nobody wants to hear about the negative shit because there is way too much positivity out there to consume. I for real cried yesterday when writing the opening to my monologue. I’m an emotional person who goes through crazy highs and lows at times and that was hard for me to open myself up like that when I’m feeling scared and anxious not just from a business standpoint but as a human being in these uncertain times. 

Thank you to all of you and your messages…. I don’t know if I’ve ever felt as inspired as I felt when I woke up this morning. I realized what a true blessing Muni Kids is not only to me but to all of you. All the messages on instagram and emails made me further understand it doesn’t matter what the current state the world is in, you can inspire and spread golf love even in the worst times. Every single one of you who went out of your way to send love and positivity our way reminded me how fortunate I am to wake up and do what I do every single day. Whether it’s from home or the Neighborhood Golf Shop, I’m blessed to be on the forefront of the shifting of golf towards being more inclusive for everyone. Y’all are my inspiration. People are amazing. Golf is amazing. Thank you. You guys uplifted me. That means everything!

Together I know we will all come out the other side of these uncertain times.

Today I thought I’d share a short list of some of the brands and people who have inspired me over the years. Some of these people I’ve been lucky enough to have had the opportunity to meet and some I have just studied and appreciated from afar. I could never list everyone or everything that has influenced me, but here are a few that I always come back to and continue to learn from

 

The Hundreds & Bobby Hundreds

The Hundreds has been my favorite thing in the world since the early 2000’s. So much of what Muni Kids is today is influenced by the blueprint of The Hundreds. Bobby Hundreds is my absolute creative hero. If I could spend an hour with anyone in the world picking their mind, it would be Bobby. If you haven’t heard of or ever really fucked with The Hundreds, I suggest you check it out. I wish I could discover it today for the first time and consume years of content from them. I start everyday at the thehundreds.com. It’s the homepage when I click my internet browser on. The blogs are my daily news and inspiration. I’m incredibly thankful that I found The Hundreds all those years ago, I wouldn’t be doing what I do if it wasn’t for Bobby and The Hundreds. THE HUNDREDS IS HUGE!


Nipsey Hussle

If you know me at all or follow Muni Kids closely… You know what Nipsey means to me. I’m a hip hop head and Nipsey has been my favorite since the mixtape days. But more important than the music, I have always been inspired by his entrepreneurial spirit. Seeing his blueprint of how he created his own path in business with his friends and family while making sure it all benefited his community was a true inspiration. To often we are driven to be bigger than we really need to be. True success is in changing lives for the better and it starts with the people right around you. Nipsey taught us all that and it’s something that I will never let myself lose sight of. Rest in Peace King.


Kyle Boydstun

My homie Kyle (Cuddie’s pops) inspires me maybe more than anyone in the real world. He gets up every morning early as fuck and works his contracting job for the union and then grinds late night on his side hustle and personal business, Supreme Drywall. Then to top it off he runs a golf tee brand called Calamari Airlines as passion project with some of his homies. I respect how hard he works everyday though his greatest achievement is his family. He’s an incredible father and husband while still taking the time to be one of the best friends Drew & I could ask for. He’s a true blessing to everyone lucky enough to be in his circle. He’s a real one. We could all be more like Kyle.


Pharrell

What hasn’t Pharrell done or capable of? From music, production, streetwear, luxury design, to writing books, it’s amazing if you really think about it. He has to be one of the most intriguing people who has ever existed and from what I can tell he seems like one of the most genuinely nice people alive. Who doesn’t find him inspiring? I’d love to hear why… 

 

 

Malbon Golf & Stephen Malbon

I’ve never been a fan boy of golf brands to be honest, mainly because although I love golf, I’ve never identified with golf culture. I discovered Stephen back when I first started Muni Kids, before he even really was a golf brand and thought it was badass that he started Frank 151 and was so into golf. He has always shown nothing but love & appreciation to our hustle and brand. When his golf brand, Malbon Golf blew up, it was one of the best things that has ever happened to golf in my opinion. He’s shifting golf culture the same direction we are trying to and I have mad respect for that. To top it off he is an incredible family man and I get just as much enjoyment out of seeing him spend time with his wife and kids and including them along the way in all the success he achieves. Golf needs more cats like Stephen Malbon.


My list could go on and on. Like I said earlier, I’m a student of things I admire. Maybe later in my monologue I will do a part 2 to this list as I feel guilty leaving some of my other influential inspirations off the list. Definitely a part 2 coming soon the more I think about it…

Again thank you all for appreciating the monologue and all the messages I’ve received. You guys reminded me of what’s important and help inspired me in scary times while I was feeling down. Remember to stay home, stay safe, and tell the ones you love how important they are to you today. Catch y’all tomorrow!

 

Yours Truly & Bogey Free,

munimax

4/2/20

I've never been more excited for a year than I was for 2020. It was going to be the year of Muni Kids. I could feel all the tiring hard work and sacrifices all starting to make sense. 2019 was a crazy stressful for year but for the first time I knew we had made it over the hump. Our brand is legit. We opened a brick and mortar store, which was always my dream. I spent several years being told that it wouldn't never happen or it wasn't a good move and I never listened once. I've always stayed true to my vision, to myself, and to creating the most authentic brand in golf. 2020 was supposed to be the year that was all about shining bright and taking our spot atop the golf world. Muni Kids is a very unique brand, bridging the gap between golf and streetwear but at it's core it's always been about a community of golfers looking for something different, something more. Shifting a culture takes time, hard work, and connecting with people. My all-time favorite brand, The Hundreds, has a saying, "People over product." That's what truly makes a brand great. As Muni Kids has grown and we opened the doors to the Neighborhood Golf Shop in 2019, it's never been clearer to me that true blessing and reach of Muni Kids is an ability to grow the game with people who already love golf, while also catching and sparking the interest of people who never thought they could identify with golf. When we're growing the game the business side of what we do just seems to take care of itself. 2020 was suppose to be a very special year..... and then the unknown happen and changed everything. Nobody could have ever predicted that the global pandemic COVID-19 was going to change the course of all our lives. Like millions of people around the world, I've been feeling very lost, confused, and scared the past couple of weeks. My initial reaction was very negative to the whole stay at home and stay away from people concept. I was selfishly feeling that it was unfair that the government was shutting down the Neighborhood Golf Shop and taking away what I felt was my fundamental right. It's a scary time for all businesses other than grocery stores and toilet paper companies. I spent the first week in a panic, focusing on all the wrong things. After some soul searching and conversations with Drew, my family, and my girlfriend I realized that I was selfishly reacting this way because I didn't understand the magnitude of what the world was dealing with and I felt like my ability to help people through what we do as business was taken away from me. One of the hardest things to accept is the only way you can help the situation and people at the moment is to stay home and not have our shop open. I'm not a selfish person, I'm a people person, always giving everything I got to enhancing people's lives, but right now the only way to do that is social distancing. The script got flipped on me and it has taken a second to understand just as I'm sure many of you are dealing with a common dilemma. After coming to terms with it, I've found some peace and have been doing my best to contribute to helping people in ways that are possible. We've closed the shop for the foreseeable future, we've been running the online store munikids.com from home, we've made masks for local hospitals that are lacking. Still a couple weeks in, I find myself feeling lost. I've never dealt well with unknowns. We don't know when or if life will ever go back to normal. I'm putting as much positive energy and vibes into the universe that it will, but without a timeline I find myself still feeling lost and more anxious than ever. I couldn't even sleep last night after hearing news that the Open Championship was cancelled this year for the first time since World War II. I stayed up most the night doing the opposite of what I should be doing, scrolling through instagram and reading articles online stressing myself out not getting rest. Anxiety is a bitch. I'm stressing over how we keep pushing forward and growing in year that I thought would have a completely different narrative. I've never been basic or able to follow suit. I'm not taking shots at anyone but I'm just not the cat that is going to post videos on instagram chipping into household items or making 100 putts on the carpet. Being different is what drives me and makes me who I am. I feel bad because as a brand in the time that people are glued to their phones looking for an escape from reality, we haven't offered much entertainment or escape. This morning laying sleepless in bed and uninspired by our current world situation, I decided that maybe the best thing to offer my friends, family, and fans of the brand is a bit of honesty in a scary time for all of us. I know 100% that I'm not alone in my fears of the impact this will have on all of our way of life as we knew it. I'm going use this page as my daily monologue so to speak as honest daily escape for anyone who is interested in following along. I'll try my hardest to post daily updates on this page. It won't always be as in depth as this initial post but I'm going to use this space and platform to share things with you that I find interesting, that inspire me, and how we are going to adapt our business model for the foreseeable future as we all fight our way back to normalcy during this world pandemic. I fucking love golf and people. This is killing me that we can't physically touch peoples lives right now through growing the game and the only way to truly make a difference is through social distancing. We all have to find ways to hold on to hope for the better days ahead and I know that I personally and our brand need to be a positive contribution to the people and fans in our life who need it most right now. I'm still soul searching and trying to find my own footing in our current world as I'm sure many of you are. If you are feeling down, anxious, need someone to talk to, can  or would like to share/spread some positivity feel free to email me at max@munikids.com. I will do my best to respond to everyone. I started Muni Kids over 5 years ago because I wanted to shift the culture of golf and inspire people to be themselves. That is still the mission to this day and how I plan to move forward personally and as a brand. Can't stop, won't stop is what I've always told myself when things have been hard over the years and this is no different. 2020 is still the year of the Muni Kids, I'm just figuring out how it all works. One thing I know for sure and can't take for granted is how blessed I am to do what I do. I want to end the first post or log or whatever you want to call it in my monologue acknowledging a few of those blessings. I'm the luckiest person in the world that I have a brother like Drew. He's not just a sibling. He's my best friend, business partner, and roommate. I feel incredibly blessed that I have him. Not everyone is fortunate to have someone that you can always be honest with and they fuck with you no matter what, whether you are right or wrong, happy or sad. I love you Drew and wouldn't be anything without you, you are the most influential person in my life. My parents Jeff and Marti... Drew and I owe everything to you. Nobody has ever supported a crazy dream the way they have. Dad is in inspiration to me, I still want to be like him when I grow up! Mom grinds everyday sewing headcovers and offering her financial expertise to us. It's 100% fact that we wouldn't be where we are without her. She is the most important piece and MVP of our business, don't ever get that twisted. My girlfriend has been the most supportive person through these weird times and it blows me away everyday how attentive she is to my up and downs while dealing with her own stresses and worries. I'm lucky to have her as my person. I gotta throw some love to the Boydstun clan, Kyle, Georgia, Cuddie, and Kendrick! We blindly moved to Portland to open the shop, away from our home and immediately found another family to take us in. We can never thank them enough for the unconditional love they've shown us. When I think of Portland, I think of them. They made one of the craziest years of our lives easy. I love you guys and I know Drew does too! Last but certainly not least, I want to acknowledge all the fans and supporters of the brand. You guys have blessed us with ability to be able to follow our dreams and spread golf love. Muni Kids is about people and you are all apart of it. Sorry that I dragged you on and I hope you made it to the end without losing interest but I needed to be honest and get somethings off my chest. I'll do my best to keep this monologue updated daily and maybe together we can escape the craziness for a little bit everyday together. Stay safe, stay at home, and tell the people you love how much they mean to you.

Yours Truly & Bogey Free,

munimax