Cameron Sinclair Looks To 3-Peat His Way Into History at the 2012 Summer X-Games

When Australian motocross pro Cameron Sinclair became a member of Team Marley, the House of Marley could see the potential in his already spectacular riding. Since then, Sinclair has become a perennial star at Moto X best trick contests including this week’s 2012 Summer X-Games. Looking to medal for the third straight year, Sinclair will take flight June 29, and soar through the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Starting his epic medal run at the X-Games in 2010, Cameron returned from a year away from the sport after a tremendous injury. Looking to go big in one of his first contests back, the Metal Mulisha member pulled the first double backflip in competition and landed the gold medal position. In last year’s event, Sinclair again pulled the double flip, but threw in a sweeping leg variation that upped the ante. The result? A trip to the podium and a silver medal.

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As for his plans for the 2012 Summer X-Games, Sinclair has continued building off the success of his double backflip by working in more combinations and increasing the trick’s difficulty level. “The double in itself is difficult enough, so I’ll see on the night how I’m feeling to which way I’ll go with it,” Sinclair says of what he wants to accomplish at the 2012 Summer X-Games. “All I can worry about is landing my trick and the judges will take care of the rest.”

With a field that includes big named pro riders Kyle Loza, Jackson Strong, Taka Higashino and Bruce Cook, the 2012 Summer X-Games Moto X Best Trick is set to be the climax of the extreme sports event. While he has the tricks to take the gold, Cameron Sinclair also has a little extra motivation at this year’s X-Games. The Yamaha sponsored pro and his wife Brooke are expecting their first child in the coming months. “Having a baby on the way definitely makes me think a little more about what I do,” Sinclair says about his mental preparation for the 2012 Summer X-Games. “This is my job though, so I’ll be doing my best to bring home another X Games medal, then I’ll focus on being a dad again next week.”

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No matter what happens under the Staples Center lights on Friday night, The House of Marley is excited to have Cam Sinclair repping our on-ear headphones, in-ear headphones and over-ear headphones. We know he will be double backflipping his way through the 2012 Summer X-Games and into the history books with another gold medal win. Watch Sinclair and the rest of the Moto X Best Trick riders tear up the dirt on ESPN, Friday, June 29.

The House of Marley Hooks Up with the Hottest 2012 Vans Warped Tour Bands

With the passing of the first day of summer, it seems about right that the Vans Warped Tour is up and rolling on its annual trek around North America. Combining the sun, sounds and fun time spirit of the season, the Warped Tour offers nearly 100 bands per stop, live action sports and tons of other diversions at every show along the way. This year the House of Marley is excited to get in on the action. We’re taking our Marley headphones on the road and sponsoring a stage for the entire summer featuring some of the hottest 2012 Vans Warped Tour bands.

MOD SUN • T. MILLS • G-EAZY

Offering up a Blink 182 spin on the rap of Lil Wayne, new stars Mod Sun, T. Mills and G-Eazy may not be the traditional Warped rappers you’re used too. Sure, these guys look more like the dudes who populate your favorite skate spot, but they’ve got more swag than a million Drakes combined. The truth is in the ridiculously catchy hip-hop that blurs the lines between pop-punk and pop-rap.

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CHAMPAGNE CHAMPAGNE

On the other side of the hip-hop spectrum, Seattle’s Champagne Champagne is one of the only 2012 Vans Warped Tour bands that make backpack rap that would have genre creators like A Tribe Called Quest head-bob with approval. The group features emcee Pearl Dragon and DJ Gajamagic, a former member of the punk band Blood Brothers, and are quick to sample or rap about anything in the pop culture world. No matter your preference, hip-hop is well represented on the House of Marley stage at the Vans Warped Tour.

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STEPDAD • BALLYHOO!

There are several different ways a band can run with pop music. In the case of the Grand Rapids-bred Stepdad, the band combines pre-programmed music with live guitar and keyboards to create the catchiest dance pop you will hear this year. Coming off the release of their debut LP Wildlife Pop, Stepdad has surely made the soundtrack to the Warped Tour dance party for the rest of the tour. Of all the 2012 Vans Warped Tour bands, Ballyhoo! makes relentless pop music, but it falls more in line with tour veterans like Less Than Jake and Reel Big Fish. It’s simply great ska to skank by.

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THE GREEN • TOMORROW’S BAD SEEDS • ECHO MOVEMENT • THE CONSTELLATIONS

Rounding out the list of 2012 Vans Warped Tour bands on the House of Marley stage are a number of artists whose list of influences surely include our Marley headphones namesake, Bob Marley. The Green, Tomorrow’s Bad Seeds, and Echo Movement evoke the images of Jamaican reggae musicians from Marley’s era and can back it up with their music. Also capturing the worldly view of Bob Marley, The Constellations from Atlanta are a group that encompass genres from country to R&B and don’t seem to care about classifications. They just care about having a good time.

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The House of Marley is excited to host this lineup of 2012 Vans Warped Tour bands on our stage everyday this summer. Be sure to come check out the Marley Headphones tent where we will be showcasing our on-ear headphones, in-ear headphones and over-ear headphones. Say hi to our man Chris Hurley who will also be on hand capturing photos and giving us a backstage pass along the way.

Stay tuned for more updates from the House of Marley and a fun summer of touring with all of the 2012 Vans Warped Tour bands.

Shirts From 1Love and Sevenly to Benefit Jamaican Orphanages

Poverty is an everyday reality in Jamaica. Unfortunately, many new mothers are forced to abandon their newborns at the hospital, as their situations are so destitute that they are left no other choice. To help, the Bob Marley charity 1Love is teaming with Sevenly, a t-shirt company that uses its profits to solve important issues, to make a difference in Jamaican orphanages.

As this week’s featured t-shirt, 1Love created special designs for the cause including hoodies, t-shirts and tank tops built around the phrase “Wild at Heart.” Whether wrapped in flowers with butterflies or donning a vintage motorcycle racer, these “Wild at Heart” t-shirts come in a number of different colors and sizes and are only available through Monday, June 25. For only $22 for a t-shirt or tank and $35 for a hoodie, you can help 1Love and Sevenly reach the week goal of raising $7000. Additionally, if you can’t pay for a shirt, Sevenly offers the chance to help by promoting the sale through your social media profiles.

The decision for the Bob Marley charity and Sevenly to team together to help Jamaican orphanages was an easy one. The Glenhope Orphanage, the beneficiary of the t-shirt drive, is located in Kingston, Jamaica, and is one of thirteen government-operated Jamaican orphanages. Using the money for baby formula and proving 24-hour care, Glenhope provides for the children until they are ready for adoption. Once they are of age, the orphanage then seeks out a stable home for the young Jamaican boy or girl.

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Located less than three miles away from the Marley’s famous Hope Road home in Kingston, it’s clears why1Love chose the Glenhope Orphanage. Walking the streets of the city every single day, Bob Marley was focused on changing the way his country worked and supporting those who were left behind. Through 1Love, the Marley Family has continued on Bob’s legacy of helping the downtrodden and improving their lives in of children in Jamaican orphanages.

The House of Marley is pleased to be working with 1Love and Sevenly to promote their current t-shirt drive, while also donating a portion of sales from on-ear headphones, in-ear headphones and over-ear headphones to the Marley charity. Furthering Bob’s mission is the focus of both 1Love and the House of Marley family and we hope that you will take part in the Bob Marley charity t-shirt drive for the Glenhope Orphanage and other Jamaican orphanages.

Jamaican Olympic Gear Outfitted by Cedella Marley

Olympian Usain Bolt strutted down the runway next to fashion designer Cedella Marley as the Jamaica Olympic Association and PUMA introduced the world to Jamaica’s official 2012 Olympic gear. Designed by Cedella Marley, the daughter of Marley headphones namesake Bob Marley, the Olympic gear being sported by Jamaica’s track and field team at this year’s summer Olympics in London is extremely stylish.

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While having Bolt, the fasted man in the world, wearing your uniform ensures instant interest the world over, Cedella’s collection stands proudly on its own as being fashionable while fondly reflecting her childhood spent in Jamaica. The Olympic gear is bold and distinctly Jamaican, as the vibrant colors of the country’s jungle canopy mashes together with the colors of the flag. Stemming from her Catch a Fire clothing line, Cedella has been designing Jamaican themed fashion pieces since her days performing with Ziggy Marley’s Melody Makers.

“I wanted to design something where you go on the track and actually leave the track and go to your favorite pub afterwards in the same outfit,” Cedella said of her Olympic gear designs. “I think we’re able to do fashion and functionality both.”

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Taking cues from the same places as House of Marley’s on-ear headphones and in-ear headphones, Cedella Marley looks to Jamaica and Rastafarian style points for inspiration. Additionally, she is also an experienced athlete herself. Running for her track team in high school, Cedella not only has fashion experience, but she knows what is needed in a uniform to win a race.

The House of Marley wishes the best of luck to the Jamaican track team and hope that Cedella’s Olympic gear offers the push needed to reach the finish line faster. The countdown to the summer Olympics has officially started and the House of Marley says let the games begin!

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The House of Marley Sponsors Polar Bear Pool Jam at One of America’s Best Skate Parks

The Dogtown skate team was known for having the world’s most stylish and innovative skaters in the late 1970s. In extreme sports circles, Dogtown skaters like Tony Alva, Jay Adams and “Polar Bear” Agnew are revered to this day. Similarly, stylish and innovative are what The House of Marley strives to achieve today when designing our in-ear headphones, on-ear headphones and over-ear headphones. That’s why we are proud sponsors of the upcoming Polar Bear Pool Jam at one of America’s best skate parks, the Dennis “Polar Bear” Agnew Memorial Skate Park in Venice, California.

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Located in Venice and considered one of the country’s best skate parks, it was dedicated to Agnew when it opened in 2009. Mostly known for his innovative style on concrete, Agnew’s skating influenced ramp builders of the modern era to create a park that replicated both the backyard pools of his youth and the waves of the ocean. In addition to having one of the best skate parks dedicated to him, the third annual Polar Bear Pool Jam is a yearly competition that was set up to honor Dennis Agnew after his untimely passing in 2005.

On June 24, Marley headphones will be out in full force at Venice’s best skate park for the Polar Bear Pool Jam. With our in-ear headphones and on-ear headphones in tow, we will be having some fun in the sun remembering a great skater.

Bonus: Check out this footage of legendary pro skater Christian Hosoi ripping up the bowl at the Venice “Dennis Polar Bear” Agnew Memorial Skatepark. Maybe slap on a pair of Marley headphones, watch the clip and imagine your own line in the concrete pool. Any amateur skateboarder that can skate pools is invited to register for the event. This is your chance to hit one of the country’s best skate parks in honor of a true legend.

Soccer + Headphones: a Great Combination for U.S. Men’s National Team

Fresh off a match over the weekend that resulted in a tie against Guatemala, the U.S. Men’s National soccer team remained on top of their group in the FIFA 2014 World Cup qualifying event. Before a recent game, the team had a chance to check out The House of Marley on-ear headphones, and while they aren’t necessarily soccer headphones, the team seemed to be in agreement that they liked what they heard.

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Midfielders Geoff Cameron and Jose Torres checked out pairs of Stir It Up, giving them unanimous thumbs up as they lounged pre-game. Midfielder Kyle Beckerman walked around the locker room rocking out with his Stir It Up on-ear headphones. Prepared for soccer, headphones in hand, lone goal scorer in the Guatemala game, Clint Dempsey didn’t say that our Destiny over-ear headphones helped him score, but we’re sure they didn’t hurt.

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No matter what effect on soccer headphones have, House of Marley is happy to know that while qualifying for the 2014 World Cup, the U.S. Men’s team has been wearing our on-ear headphones. As the team continues onto the next round of CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association) qualifying next year, we hope that House of Marley headphones continue to bring the team a little luck and a lot of rich bass.

With that being said, the team’s next match against Jamaica in September is making The House of Marley sweat a little bit when it comes to who to root for. Which team will win the epic match-up of soccer, headphones and national pride? We aren’t sure, but good luck to both teams, and especially to our new American team friends Cameron, Torres, Beckerman and Dempsey. May you continue toward your date with destiny in Brazil 2014. The House of Marley is rooting for you!

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The House of Marley Gets a Visit From The Dirty Heads Live

Evoking a smooth blend of Bob Marley’s reggae sounds and the hopped-up ska vibe of Sublime, The House of Marley is stoked to see young artists like The Dirty Heads live out the musical legacy of our brand’s namesake. The California-born band, who’s about to embark on an American tour with Matisyahu, is set to release their new album, Cabin by the Sea, on Five Seven Music on June 19.

After previewing Cabin by the Sea on a pair of Marley earbuds, we were even more excited by the band’s keen take on reggae and hip-hop thanks to instant summer classics like “Disguise,” “Dance All Night” and “Smoke Rings.” In fact, The House of Marley was so hyped on the band that we wanted to do something really special. The result? The House of Marley set up a show for fans, new and old, to experience The Dirty Heads live at a secret location.

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Holing up in the Idle Hands bar in New York City, The Dirty Heads met with fans and enjoyed the chilled out vibe of the East Village bar before playing a stripped down set. Backed by a Marley earbuds banner, The Dirty Heads live show was amazing, with the highlight being a performance of their new single “Spread Too Thin.” Despite only having an acoustic guitar and bongos, the feeling in the air was truly electric.

Check out this fun footage of The Dirty Heads live secret show from New York and see the band playing, joking around with the crowd and checking out some Marley earbuds and noise-reducing headphones. If you still haven’t found the soundtrack to your summer, allow us to introduce you to the band you will listen to a million times over.

Skater Chris Haslam Shows Us How to Make Skate Ramps From Recycled Material

Since he began skating in the streets of British Columbia at the age of 13, Canadian-born skateboarder Chis Haslam has been one of the most creative skaters to hit the industry. Making his stamp by being original and technically innovative, Haslam has also shown how to make skate ramps using recycled material, creating a style all his own.

Similar to how The House of Marley uses recycled substances to create products like noise-isolating earbuds and over-ear headphones, Haslam takes what he finds on the street to build new obstacles to skate. For other skaters wondering how to make skate ramps of their own from unique material, the 31-year-old skateboarder has a definite vision of how skateboarding, art and being earth conscious interplay.

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This year Haslam, along with his pro skater friend Louie Barletta, made a film for Dwindle Distribution called Skate & Create, showcasing their version of how to make skate ramps. Under the guise of a moving company, Haslam and Barletta picked up trash off the street and showed the step-by-step process of how to make skate ramps with it. Whether using TVs, bookshelves, beds or filing cabinets, the duo made skateable pieces of art out of other people’s waste.

“There are so many skaters doing the same thing… I want to see creative skating,” Haslam says of creating unique ramp setups. Echoing the eco-friendly sentiments of The House of Marley’s noise-canceling headphones, Haslam has shown successfully how to make a skate ramps from almost any discarded material. In addition, he points out that individuality is a major key in life. “You’ve got to have something unique that people will think is sick.”

Whether using recycled plastic, metal or wood, excess waste can be made into anything from a super stylish skateboarding ramp to a pair of noise-isolating earbuds or over-ear headphones. The House of Marley is proud to see skaters like Chris Haslam pushing the envelope and working an eco-friendly angle into their craft.

Island in the Sun: Marley Headphones in the Philippines

The House of Marley hit the Philippines with a bang as the brand has officially landed its comfortable earbuds, noise reducing headphones, and portable audio systems in the Pearl of the Orient Seas. Launching the brand with a celebration at Prive Luxury Club in Global City, Taguig, the event invited media, fashion designers and celebrities to see just what’s in store for Marley headphones in the Philippines.

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The landing of Marley headphones in the Philippines marks another momentous moment for the brand’s noise reducing headphones and portable audio systems, as it is the company’s second venture into the Asian market. After a successful start in Hong Kong, The House of Marley signed a deal with JERM Marketing, Inc. that will see comfortable earbuds like Smile Jamaica and on-ear headphones like Positive Vibrations distributed to retailers such as S&R, Anson’s Appliance, Powerbooks, National Book Store and Duty Free.

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“I was inspired by the principles of the brand which follows the principles of Bob Marley,” JERM President Michael Dy Pico said of his decision to distribute The House of Marley. By having Marley headphones in the Philippines, it offers Filipinos the chance to buy products that are sustainable, made from earth-friendly materials, and observe to Bob Marley’s ideologies.

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Whether it’s the FSC certified beech wood that forms the body of our most comfortable earbuds, People Get Ready or the orange-spiraled cord of the Positive Vibration on-ear headphones, The House of Marley is happy to bring a durable and stylish product to this country of islands. We’re extremely excited to have Marley headphones in the Philippines and hope that our products bring sunshine, a sense of prosperity and One Love to all Filipinos.

Photos by Lissa Kahayon. Check out footage from the epic launch party below.

Anatomy of the House of Marley Logo

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Sure, the House of Marley is all about super comfortable on-ear headphones and top quality mp3 docking stations. But more than that, we’re about unity, charity, sustainability and authenticity. The foundation of our brand is principle, just as much as it is premium products. That’s why we wanted the House of Marley logo to have its own depth: to reflect the finer points of Marley, in a simple, but meaningful way. See what we mean as we dissect the exact elements that went into the House of Marley logo.

The Marley M
This is self-explanatory, right?
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The Infinity Loop
The Marley M is extended to mirror the never-ending infinity loop.
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The Ethiopian Coptic Cross
The folded shape, pronounced curves, and strong use of negative space was directly inspired by this important symbol for Rastafarians.
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The House of Marley logo was designed to flow symmetrically, balancing positive and negative space. Minimalist but not insignificant, the House of Marley logo echoes an important aspect of our products: nothing is present that doesn’t need to be. The reason our gear is so durable and comfortable – on-ear headphones, over-ear headphones, and in-ear headphones alike – is because each model is crafted to do exactly what it needs to do to maximize your listening experience.

What does the House of Marley logo mean to you? Let us know in the comments below.