Brush Park BMX Invades Downtown Detroit

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The question of what to do about the city of Detroit may be an endless puzzle for politicians, but for many dedicated community members, the idea is much more simple. Grassroots based projects have always kept many in the city fed, clothed and entertained, all at the same time. Something as small as transforming an underutilized public park could literally change a city block. With that in mind, the Brush Park BMX revival was brought to life.

Led by local BMXer/freelance photographer Joe Gall, a team of dedicated bike riders set about cleaning up Brush Park in early April. Even though the park is located only a few blocks away from the stadiums that are home to the Detroit Lions and Tigers, the location was largely neglected since the early 1970s. Over the course of a few months, the crew packed up bag after bag with 20 to 30 plus years of trash and completely tore apart the overgrown shrubbery.

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While cleaning up the park was the initial goal, once the trash and debris were removed, it was time to start building an epic BMX park. By suggestion of the park’s neighbors, the bikers incorporated the vintage playground equipment that was still standing into the course’s architecture. A 10-foot metal slide acts as a starter ramp for the series of dirt jumps, which flows riders through and around concrete statues, monkey bars and more.

Gaining the confidence of the surroundings of the community was key in the success of building the Brush Park BMX trail. The city of Detroit tends to see its property misused by outsiders, but instead, this crew of riders (many of whom live near the park) went about their project the right way. By cleaning the area and making it safer for all, the park became a site for anyone to hang out, no matter whether they are into bike riding or not.

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Creating something new out of an item that has long been forgotten is what the #LiveMarley movement is all about. Just as we have taken items from society’s waste stream and reused them in our earth friendly headphones, portable audio systems, Lively Up bags and watch line, the BMXers of Detroit have revitalized a park for their community.  We’d like to say “Happy Trails!” to the Brush Park BMX crew and hope that they will continue making a difference.

Photos courtesy of @BrushParkBMX and @BrushPark_MyHood

Tyson Chandler Slam Dunks With The House of Marley

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Tyson Chandler doesn’t fit the stereotypical mold of a professional athlete. As a seasoned NBA veteran, now approaching his 13th year in the league, Chandler’s outlook has always been proof that a positive attitude shines over a negative one. With that being said, we’re proud to announce that Tyson will now be representing the House of Marley as a member of Team Marley.

Being a part of Team Marley is a lifestyle. It means that not only are you the best at your game, but that you also have an interest in supporting the world that surrounds you. Through his numerous charity initiatives and volunteer man hours, Tyson has always demonstrated compassion for others, both on and off the basketball court.

We recently had an opportunity to sit down with Tyson and pick his brain about everything ranging from his start in basketball to his favorite on-ear headphones. Get the lowdown on Tyson’s views on style, role models and the #LiveMarley movement below and find out what this NBA champion does to give back to the community.

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Who or what inspired you to pursue basketball professionally?

I would say my surroundings. Growing up in the area I grew up in… I grew up in a lot of rough neighborhoods. Basketball was a way to get out for me.

Now that you’ve made it to the NBA and have won a championship and an Olympic medal, what inspires you to keep pushing?

My family. My family and the drive to be the best.

Are there certain people in your life who have served as role models for the way you live?

Yeah. For sure. Outside of my sport, my grandfather. He definitely showed me what a true work ethic is and how to be professional and how to take my professionalism seriously. I would say that he has been the biggest role model throughout my career.

What about in terms of basketball players? Who has influenced your career?

Bill Russell, Scottie Pippen, Charles Oakley. Those are a couple of guys that have inspired me.

What made you want to work with the House of Marley over other Audio/Lifestyle brands that you could have represented?

I love the passion behind the House of Marley and what they are trying to create and do. The quality, what they stand for… I love the creativity. Obviously, Bob Marley and what he stood for and how he creative he was. It just has inspired us all so much. I just wanted to be a part of it.

What’s your favorite House of Marley product? What about the House of Marley style were you drawn to?

The wooden headphones. When I was first introduced to the products, I loved the creativity with the wood. It was something that I had never seen before or seen anywhere else. It’s not only an audio system or a product, it’s also a fashion statement and art piece. That is one of the things that really drew me to it.

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How do you #LiveMarley? What does #LiveMarley mean to you?

I #LiveMarley because whatever situation I’m in, whether it be the team I’m on or the various charities I’m involved in, I try to make the situation better than I found it. To me, that’s what Marley is all about. It’s about coming into a situation, putting your stamp on it and making it better than you found it.

How important is philanthropy, helping those less fortunate and giving back?

It’s very important. That should be the circle of life. You have to evolve as a person. I didn’t come from a great area and I definitely wasn’t privileged. It’s very important to me to give back to children who are less privileged because I was once in that situation. I want to inspire them and show them that they don’t have to stay in their current situation. They can get out of it and become anything they want to. I think it’s important for everyone to do that. It not only helps who you are aiming to help, but it also helps you within. It can also help you get a grip on reality.

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What charities are you currently working with?

I work with UNICEF and that’s the biggest thing that I’m into right now. I went over to Africa last summer and really saw a lot of what they are doing and what they are trying to accomplish. That’s really my driving force right now.

How important is family to you?

My family is me. It’s what I live for everyday. I have three little ones and I’m molding them to be young women and a young man in society. I want to do the best I can. It’s the same as I said before… Put your stamp on something and leave it better than you found it. I’m molding them to do the same so that they can put their own stamp on the world and leave it better than they found it.

Bonus: Aside from being an all around nice guy and charitable person, Tyson Chandler can straight up play basketball. Check out some crazy jams, putbacks and alley-oops from his past few seasons with the New York Knicks.

 

Skate Legend Karl Watson Joins Team Marley

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How do you explain Karl Watson’s skate style in one word? Butter. Whether on a ledge, rail, Hubba, manny pad, hill or regular old curb, Karl is as smooth as possible on four wheels. His effortless command is something rarely seen. That’s why we’re extremely excited to welcome Karl as the newest member of Team Marley.0440000

Growing up in the skateboarding mecca of San Francisco, everything in Karl’s skate life came organically. Living amongst legendary spots like Embarcadero and Pier 7, he learned from some of the best and pushed his skills forward with a natural ability. “I’ve been skating for 25 years and being an ambassador of House of Marley is an honor to me,” Karl says of joining Team Marley.

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In addition to his skateboarding evolution, Karl has parlayed his positive vibes into doing charity work with his organization, Karl’s Kauses. “Karl’s Kauses and OneLove mesh well as we both strive to give back to our communities,” Karl states. Working together with other skaters, Karl’s Kauses strives to bring skateboarding to kids around the world.

In 2003, Karl took a life changing trip to Bob Marley’s home country. “I visited Jamaica with a group of 25 skaters in hopes of introducing skateboarding to the youth of the island,” Karl says of his experience. “We assembled and gave away 200 complete skateboards. We also built two ramps in some of the roughest villages in Jamaica.”

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Karl’s love for Bob Marley started at a young age and says “[Bob's] positive message helped me become the person I am today.” Yet, it was his trip to Jamaica further cemented the influence of Bob on his life. “While I was there I became even more inspired by Bob Marley’s legacy. I saw many murals of him and everybody had the utmost respect for the legend.”

Between his sick style, charity work and overall positive attitude, Karl Watson truly embodies what it means to be a member of Team Marley. We’re extremely excited to have him on board and look forward to seeing him skate for many years to come.

Bonus: Karl’s creative flow is something to be seen and not read about. Check out these tight clips below of Karl showing off his neighborhood and talking about his skating past, present and future.

House of Marley Approved: Stereo Remix Vinyl Cruiser

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Summer means it’s time to bomb hills and get wild in the streets. Stereo Skateboards brand new Remix Vinyl Cruiser offers the best option for shredding in style as owners Jason Lee and Chris Pastras have built the perfect old school skateboard. Dubbed “banana boards” in a prior life, the new Remix model has a wider nose and longer tail for easier control.

House of Marley Teams With Tilly’s For A Pinterest Giveaway

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By teaming together with Tilly’s, we are offering you the chance to win an awesome package via our killer Pinterest giveaway. One lucky Pinterest follower will win their favorite House of Marley Lively Up bag packed with five additional House of Marley products from Tilly’s! All you have to do is… Pack It. Pin It. Win It.

The contest is simple, even if you have never been on Pinterest before. Start by signing up or logging in to your current Pinterest account. Head to our Pinterest page and the Tilly’s page, then click the “Follow All” button on both pages. In order to win the sick prizes, you have to be following each account.

Now the fun starts! Head back to your own Pinterest account and create a new board titled “House of Marley x Tilly’s.” Pick your favorite Lively Up Bag from our contest board and pin it to your brand new “House of Marley x Tilley’s” board. When pining to your own board, be sure to include the #houseofmarley and #tillys to each and every photo. The last step of the giveaway is selecting your five favorite House of Marley products from the Tilly’s board titled “House of Marley x Tilly’s” and pining them to your board of the same name.

Lock in your favorite products on your board and you could possibly be selected as the grand prize winner of the House of Marley and Tilly’s giveaway. You will receive the Lively Up Bag that you chose and have it stuffed full of the five products that you pined to your “House of Marley x Tilly’s” board. Don’t delay and start pining today as the contest ends on August 30, 2013 at 11:59 EST. This contest is open to US residents only.

House of Marley Approved: J.L. Lawson & Co. MC II

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You probably can’t fix your car, let alone run a machine that can shape metal. Don’t feel bad, neither could Anthony Allen Lawson. After discovering his family’s history of machinist work, he dropped his photography degree to learn everything he could from his father. Naming their garage-based company after his grandfather, Anthony’s J.L. Lawson & Co. set about creating hand fashioned keychains and bottle openers like the MC II. Their immaculate end-product is something that won’t just last your lifetime, but it will last long into your grandchildren’s lives.

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Team Marley Member Anthony Fillingim Reps Hard On The Ocean

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In what has already been a huge year for 20-year-old surfer Anthony Fillingim, the Costa Rica native has continued his winning ways on the ALAS Latin America surfing tour. In addition to taking in some epic waves at a few ASP World Qualifying Series events, we’re also pleased to announce that Anthony is the latest member to join Team Marley.

Known for pulling sick Slob 360s and having a fluid, steezy style in his runs, Anthony is knee deep in the middle of competition this week. Currently shredding the surf at the Reef El Salvador 6 Stars comp, Anthony took a break from his busy day on Punta Rock Beach to talk with us about his surfing, his favorite Marley song and his love for our Positive Vibration on-ear headphones.

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Tell us a little about your surfing background? How long have you been surfing?

I have been surfing for 10 years. My dad got me into surfing when I was young and I started competing as a grommet. It was around seven years ago in a local contest in my home hometown Playa Santa Teresa, Costa Rica. For the last two years I have been surfing the ALAS Latin American tour and now I’m starting to enter more ASP WQS events.

Who do you ride for?

I surf for Reef, Carton Surfboards, A3 Energy Drink and now for House Of Marley.

Who are your surfing heroes?

Kelly Slater, Andy Irons and Dane Reynolds.

Where is your favorite place to surf in the world? Any standout spots that come to mind?

A reef close to my house in Mal Pais, Costa Rica, but I really love the North Shore. Killer waves every single day.

What’s the biggest wave you’ve ever ridden?Any crazy wipeout stories?

The biggest wave was in Rock Piles (Hawaii). It was solid. The best part was it was only my friend and I in the water for that session. Craziest wipeout? The best was a couple of months ago in Hawaii when I was surfing at Pipeline. It was a good wipeout that held me underwater and washed me through the reef. It was a great experience.

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Is there anything you do before a big competition to get pumped up?

Yeah I listen to music before all my heats at the concentration zone using my Positive Vibration headphones.

Do you have a favorite Bob Marley song? Which one and why?

I like all of them but my favorite is “Natural Mystic” because of the chill vibe I get when I listen to it.

What’s your favorite thing you’ve eaten in your travels? What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?

Tacos al Pastor in Mazatlan are really good, but my favorite meal last year was a sushi night in Peru. The weirdest thing I’ve ever ate was the strange inside part of a red snapper.

With 4000 points, Anthony Fillingim sits in third place, near the top of the ALAS leader board, and hopes to make a leap forward after this week’s competition in El Salvador. Stay tuned for more updates on Anthony and his tournament run as he looks to win the tour championship. Good luck out in the waves Anthony and keep on killing it!

Bonus: Haven’t seen the latest Team Marley member surf yet? Check out this insane surfer profile video of Anthony and watch him do what he does best.

A Deeper Shade of Blue Explores Surfing Style

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The evolution of style in the surfing world is the stuff of legends and all Jack McCoy ever wanted to do was document it on film. In his latest feature movie, A Deeper Shade of Blue, the storied videographer takes a journey back through the waves of time to discover where surf style originated. From the Tahitian innovators to the latest Australian purveyors, like Team Marley members Owen and Tyler Wright, A Deeper Shade of Blue captures a worldwide style movement.

The line between film and surfing was a constant blur for Hawaiian native Jack McCoy. After releasing his first movie in 1976, the visionary director used his surfing and diving skills to push the possibilities of his films forward. As the culmination of his years of experience, A Deeper Shade of Blue is a continuation of Jack’s love of underwater shots. Transporting you to a world that is usually only seen by the greatest surfers, each shot is painstakingly crafted with lots of care.

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Now available for the first time, A Deeper Shade of Blue is primed and pumped to turn your living room into the heaviest surfing spot this side of Jeffries Bay. Head over to Chill, a new video streaming site, and check out this killer film about the history of surfing. While you’re there, surf the site’s sidebar for your chance to buy the movie and get some of our sweet swag including on-ear headphones, over-ear headphones, portable audio systems and Lively Up Bags. The offer is for a limited time only, so snap up the film and our gear as soon as possible.

Bonus: Jack McCoy’s A Deeper Shade of Blue is an epic tale of one of the most beautiful sports ever. If you haven’t been convinced to check out the film, check out this insane trailer and get a little taste of the sickness to come.

House of Marley Approved: Vapur Eclipse Anti-Bottle

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Leave the Starbucks plastic cup at home. If you’re reaching for the next piece of the mountain or in the middle of an epic run, you need something reliable, something sturdy to grab. Enter the Vapur Eclipse Anti-Bottle. Short of carting you up the face of the rock wall itself, the Eclipse Anti-Bottle is perfect for carrying water with you, no matter where you are going. Created with an easily foldable material, an unbreakable seal and a built-in carabiner, Vapur has once again created the best innovation for your next adventure in the wilderness or urban exploring trip.

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House of Marley Approved: Hess Handplanes

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Do you love surfing? Can’t get enough sea foam sprayed in your face? Well, then you’ve got to try Hess Handplanes. Go find’em. Right now. Lovingly built by surfboard shaper Danny Hess from found wood and broken surfboards, these small pieces of wood are created to conform to the shape of your palm. Strap on one to each of your hands, paddle out to the break and ride them into shore. “Ride what,” you say? RIDE YOUR HANDS. You’ve now become your own surfboard.