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 and Shwood Wood Sunglasses Team For Instagram Contest

shwood-marley1 A recycled tree limb might be the last place you’d expect to get a pair of shades from, but a Portland-based company Shwood is creating stylish sunglasses out of all types of materials. Created by Eric Singer and his co-founders in 2009, the brand has made their stamp by creating some dope eyewear with a handcrafted DIY touch.

It’s always exciting to see companies like Shwood creating awesome gear with the same resources that we use to produce our earth-friendly headphones, portable audio systems, Lively Up bags and watches. Recently, we caught up with Singer and talked about how Shwood’s wood sunglasses are made from scratch. Check out the interview below and learn how you can win a pair of Shwood sunglasses and Stir It Up on-ear headphones from The House of Marley:

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What made you decide on sunglasses when you took that first tree limb and made a new product? It could have been anything… why sunglasses?

I guess my logic was “WHY NOT sunglasses?”  It all happened during a stagnant time for me creatively. It was the summer after graduating from high school. I had made so many random things, and my house was full of this junk pile of it all. I always kept a pretty nice collection of vintage sunglasses I would find. The second that these two things (making something/sunglasses) popped into my mind was the exact moment that I started building the first pair.

What’s the process of making each pair of sunglasses? How much time goes into creating one pair? How many hands touch each pair?

Our process has always been pretty intense. One pair of sunglasses will travel through upwards of 25 hands before it leaves our doors. On average, hand time per pair is one hour and 34 minutes, though if you calculate dry times of glues and finishes you’re at about six and a half hours.  The process starts with hand-selecting our various woods to weed out bad lumber.

From there it passes through all the stages of milling that lumber down to workable veneers. These veneers are laser cut to produce our shapes, which are then pressed up and glued together, parts are attached and sanded, re-worked, hand sanded and shaped some more, and hinges are attached and set. These frames are then finished for protection from the elements, and lenses are cut specific to each frame. Once fitted with the right lenses, they are cleaned by hand to ensure a flawless first impression by the consumer and packaged, ready for the always-friendly UPS courier.

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Tell us about the Shwoodshop in Portland. How big is it? How many employees? What is some of the equipment that you use on a daily basis?

Shwood officially launched in 2009, and currently employs 50 people in our Portland, Oregon workshop. With 150 pairs made every day, and our growing awareness around the world, it’s exciting to see how much our sales are constantly outpacing production. Every step from veneering and precision lens cutting, to shaping and finishing, is conducted in house, and Shwood has seen a steady growth in sales every year. Our large equipment arsenal consists of a man-sized band saw, dual drum sander, hydraulic presses, a 60 gallon industrial air compressor, a few massive dust collectors, a tabletop CNC, 5 lasers and a couple of really big shop fans.

At House of Marley, we work with Earth-friendly materials like FSC-certified wood, recycled aluminum and organic cotton. Is using eco-friendly materials important to Shwood?

Yes, using eco-friendly materials is very important to us… The root of our brand is to “Experiment With Nature”, and since 2009 we’ve been producing sunglasses using sustainably harvested wood sourced from local mills in Portland, now stone, and even recycled skateboards and whiskey barrels… The nature around us is translated through each product we develop: the woods we use are all as premium as it gets, and all locally-sourced and sustainably harvested. Each piece we make gathers inspiration from vintage and classic silhouettes, and takes inspiration from the environment where Shwood is located.

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In an era where it’s so easy to get a mold and make a million plastic products cheaply, why did you want to take the time to create something that was so hands-on?

Many products are not made how they used to be – so much is developed from plastic now. In our opinion, the way the world operated before plastics carried a sense of quality that’s hard to find today. At Shwood, we all felt that the sunglasses industry was no exception to this opinion, so we did something about that. We have chosen a classic route for the image of our brand, and this is represented in our styles. It’s a good feeling to be able to look at a piece of nature around us, and recycle it into an amazing pair of sunglasses.

What pair are you wearing at the moment? Do you have a personal favorite?

My favorite is the Dark Walnut Belmont Original outfitted with brown polarized lenses. They look good while keeping things subtle.

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Teaming together with Shwood, we are giving you a chance to win a pair of Canby wood sunglasses and our Stir It Up on-ear headphones. Head to your Instagram, like and regram the contest photo from our account and be sure to follow and tag @houseofmarley and @shwoodshop. Add #MarleyShwood to your post and you will instantly be entered to win the giveaway. Submissions must be regrammed by the contest’s closing date, June 30. This contest is open to United States citizens only.  

Thanks to our friends at Shwood for getting involved with us on our latest Instagram contest and, more importantly, for staying true to their values. Creating unique goods with Earth-friendly materials is what we are all about and we are excited that other companies, like Shwood, are getting in on the action.

 

Bob Marley Transforms on New Legend: Remixed Album

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FACT: Bob Marley’s music is timeless. Period. Over the years, artists of all genres, from funk to punk and everything in between, have felt a kinship to the records made by The Wailers. The music has now become so deeply engrained in memory banks that many producers are weaving the spirit of Bob’s sound into their work. With that idea in mind, the Legend: Remixed album was born.

Building on the foundation of one of the greatest hits albums ever, the Legend: Remixed album transforms the reggae classic into an all-star EDM remix creation. Overseen by producer Jason Bently, the album brings together major stars like Thievery Corporation and Pretty Lights with reggae heroes like Stephen Marley, Ziggy Marley and Lee “Scratch” Perry.

With a street date of June 25, the Legend: Remixed album is a must-hear record, no matter whether you prefer reggae or electronic music. Strap on a pair of our over-ear headphones and check out the album’s trailer below. Then, read our picks for the five best remixes on the record and be prepared to have your mind blown by these epic tracks.

“Waiting In Vain (Jim James Remix)”

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“Stir It Up (Ziggy Marley Remix)”

LegendRemixed2Handling his father’s song with deft care, Ziggy Marley stripped down “Stir It Up” to its bare bones and lovingly recreated it from the ground up. Filled with lush synthesizers and hand clap-inducing drums, the new remix has maximized the song’s original anthemic quality by 200 percent.

“Get Up Stand Up (Thievery Corporation Remix)”

LegendRemixed3Bob Marley’s legendary version of “Get Up Stand Up” is very much based on the earthy sounds of Jamaican. However, the Thievery Corporation, an electronic/dub/acid jazz duo from Washington D.C., blast the track into outer space, almost nearly past Lee “Scratch” Perry’s home planet. Honoring the traditional dub sound, the Legend: Remixed track is smothered in heavy reverb.

“Exodus (Pretty Lights Remix)”

LegendRemixed4“Exodus”, perhaps more than any other track on the Legend: Remixed album, captures the spirit of this remix record. The Pretty Lights version of the classic Marley song hits all of the EDM trademarks, including soaring to major highs over static-filled drums and dropping a huge bass bomb.

“Buffalo Soldier (Stephen Marley Remix)”

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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.