Show Us How You #LiveMarley

When it comes to social platforms, Instagram has got to be one of the best places for creatives. While shamelessly checking out our #LiveMarley hashtag, we came across quite a few visuals that stood out. We love seeing all of the ways our dups (Patois for friends) embody the #LiveMarley ways – from the beach to the office, and everywhere in between. Big thanks to our followers for sharing the love! Images by @rikki1992, @_ladyfreedom, @svenschlager, @soulrebel_leigha, @renatewinkel, @bllackowll.

 

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#LiveMarley Contest Winner: Jeremy Hopwood/Caravan Skate Shop

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As a part of the #LiveMarley contest on our Facebook page, we’ve been asking you to submit stories of how you have personally been inspired by Bob Marley’s values. The first winner of one of our sick new watches is Jeremy Hopwood, a 27-year-old skater from Seattle, who is also the owner of Caravan, a mobile skate shop.

OK. Your first thought was “What’s a mobile skate shop?” Right? Well, Jeremy was tired of the old skate shop model — he wanted to move it out into the streets. Instead of waiting for someone else to do it, Hopwood bought a van, tricked it out with a quarter pipe and stocked it full of decks, wheels and trucks. Forget the ice cream man… Kids are now running to the Caravan Skate Shop van. We spent some time talking to Jeremy about the shop, his charity work with Skate For Change and the future of the van.

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What was the reason that you started Caravan?

Caravan evolved out of boredom and a desire to do something meaningful. The whole idea didn’t come to me at once, but it was a feeling that I had… A burning. After I thought of the mobile skate shop idea, it took me a few months before I actually bought the vehicle. It was Earth Day 2012. My friend and I went out for a day trip here in Issaquah, Washington, starting at 6 or 7 AM. We actually didn’t know it was Earth Day until we got back from the trip.

How did the charitable element come into play?

The charity aspect came out of pure desire to continue what I started. I went to a local skate shop with the idea and the owner and I began converting the van to have a better aesthetic and functionality for skateboarding. I got word of Pam Miller (a skate event organizer) and her work, and was able to go to that first event at Samammish Park and volunteer with set-up/breakdown for the event. I passed out water and had tools and extra bearings/hardware for people skating. It slowly evolved to where I was accepting donations of skateboard equipment and shoes, and then going to events and giving them out to kids who needed them.

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How did you become involved with Skate For Change?

Getting involved with Skate for Change (a non-profit group of skaters who give back to low-income families and the homeless) was another blessing from Pam Miller, and the skate park competition circuit she runs. I took the Caravan out to Woodinville Skatepark with a pack of younger rippers, Jaeden Ovenall, Kyle McQueen and we entered the contest as a team. It was the first contest I had been in since I was 18 or so. So Skate for Change had a booth set up and it was about as natural as it could have been. I was already doing the charity aspect of Caravan and it was a perfect fit.

What kind of projects are you working on with Skate For Change?

Caravan and Skate for Change are starting to come together, but it hasn’t happened just quite yet. Mike Smith [the founder of Skate For Change] travels the country and speaks at high schools, and is gaining a huge following. They just won the State Farm $25,000 grant for the second year in a row, and just recently opened up the Bay in Nebraska, an indoor skate park/youth facility. So as far as my part, I go out with SFC Seattle most Sundays and spread the word about what we are doing in our community. Besides that, I am working to recycle used skateboards by shaping, sanding, and painting them, and by leading by example.

What’s the connection between skateboarding and making changes in society?

I’ve had conversations about the connection between skating and society since I was a lot younger. The first skateboard video I was in was called Wood Relation. To me that title says a lot on its own; skateboards are a vehicle for positivity and growth for individuals. They don’t pollute the environment, at least their carbon footprint is much smaller than most other modes of transportation. Beyond that, skating is an outlet for creativity, in art, in the physical form and with photography/filmmaking. It’s an extremely positive activity, but I believe anything active can be good. A lot of skaters don’t like scooters, rollerbladers, bmx or traditional sports. I think those are great and much better than kids playing Call of Duty any day.

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Some people just don’t understand skaters. They think they are lazy. They think they are destructive. “A skater comes down the street and it’s loud… It shocks people,” Hopwood says of skaters’ reputation. “They think you are reckless and are going to run into them.” Through his work with Caravan and his latest adventure (a summer spent acting as a counselor at a Massachussets sports camp), Jeremy is doing his part to keep the skate community in a positive light. He’s even considering making Caravan a bi-coastal project with a new van on the East Coast.

If Bob Marley’s vision for a better world has inspired you to hit the streets, plant trees, pick up trash or spend time helping others in your community, then we want to hear your story! Visit the #LiveMarley contest page on our Facebook profile and tell us what you are doing locally to improve the planet for a chance to win a new watch.

 

Famous Friends Rock Their Favorite House of Marley Gear

The House of Marley has been privileged to travel the world and meet a lot of great people along the way. Some of these new friends are familiar faces to many of us. Legends of music, movies and sports all #LiveMarley and rep our in-ear, on-ear and over-ear headphones. Below, we’ve collected several of these famous friends rocking their favorite House of Marley gear.

Snoop Lion

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Dubbed “Snoop Lion” by a Rastafarian Priest, Snoop Dogg has taken to bumping reggae on his House of Marley portable audio system while recording his latest album, Reincarnated. Taking influence from Bob Marley, Gregory Isaacs and Jimmy Cliff, the rapper’s debut as Snoop Lion will be an exploration in reggae.

Tracy Morgan

tracey-morganFormer Saturday Night Live cast member, 30 Rock star and celebrated comedian, Tracy Morgan is known for being one of the funniest movie stars in Hollywood. Tracy can often be found with that famous grin on his face, listening to his Destiny TTR over-ear headphones.

The Roots

rootsNow known as the most famous band in late night television, The Roots have built their career on stellar sound, premium musicianship and infinite knowledge of music. So, it’s no surprise that when Roots drummer ?uestlove and guitarist Captain Kirk Douglas reach for a pair of over-ear headphones or a portable audio system, they choose from the House of Marley collection.

Warren Sapp

warren-sappLegendary NFL player Warren Sapp knows all about delivering hard hits, and the House of Marley’s over-ear headphones can certainly pack a punch themselves. With noise cancelling technology and stunning bass sounds, the Destiny TTR headphones are a favorite for Sapp.

Flo Rida

flo-ridaFlo Rida is known for hits like “Low,” “In The Ayer” and “Right Round.” He’s been a constant at the top of the charts since 2008. While living the jetset lifestyle, traveling can become somewhat tedious. That’s when Flo’s House of Marley over-ear headphones serve him well.






One love to all the House of Marley supporters out there. We want to see photos of you rocking out your Marley gear! Post your photos to the House of Marley Facebook wall and show us how you #LiveMarley.

House of Marley Fans #LiveMarley On Instagram

Since the House of Marley first hit Instagram, we’ve been following fans whose #LiveMarley pics embody the same spirit and lifestyle as our brand. Here are a few of our recent favorites, all with one thing in common: these cats #LiveMarley.

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marley-pics-@johnypbeatsWe always enjoy seeing how fans use our comfortable on-ear headphones in everyday life. This user’s #LiveMarley pic is a snapshot of how he uses them with his drum machine and guitar.

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In this awesome #LiveMarley pic, downhill skateboarder @RichardDweza rips apart Cape Town, South Africa in House of Marley leathers.

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The future is so bright that this Instagrammer has to wear shades with his Marley on-ear headphones.

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The House of Marley spent the summer on the Van’s Warped Tour. One of our favorite bands from the tour, @thegreen808, snapped this killer picture of the equally great @theconstellations.

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Instagram is full of awesome Marely pics, like this record collection and stylish, accompanying pair of Positive Vibration on-ear headphones.









Each week we pick one Instagram user to be our “Featured Fan,” and entering is simple. Just tag any photo on Instagram with @houseofmarley and #LiveMarley. Other than that, just keep spreading good vibrations and we’ll keep sharing your best #LiveMarley pics!

The House of Marley Heads Back to School

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After the long and winding road that was summer on the 2012 Van’s Warped Tour, the House of Marley is already back behind the wheel of the Marley VW bus and showing off our in-ear headphones, on-ear headphones and over-ear headphones. Braving the powerful winds and rain of Hurricane Issac, the House of Marley bus will be zigzagging all over the eastern seaboard throughout September with sunshine and music in hand.

Having already hit up George Mason University and University of Virginia, the House of Marley campus tour will next stop at West Virginia University and Virginia Tech later this week to welcome students back to school in proper style. It might be a bummer that all the summer fun is coming to an end, but the House of Marley is bringing a reminder that fun is never far away when our in-ear headphones, on-ear headphones or over-ear headphones are nearby.

Moving out of Virginia in the second week of the campus tour, the House of Marley bus will continue onto North Carolina, South Carolina, labama and Florida, until reaching its final destination of Central Florida University on September 28. Look out for the House of Marley team in your town. Let us know how you #LiveMarley and you never know what kind of soul satisfying swag may come your way.

Check out the House of Marley on your campus!

8/30 – West Virginia University (Morgantown, WV)
8/31 – Virginia Tech University (Blacksburg, VA)
9/4 – Wake Forest University (Winston-Salem, NC)
9/5 – Duke University (Durham, NC)
9/6 – North Carolina State University (Raleigh, NC)
9/11 – University of North Carolina-Charlotte (Charlotte, NC)
9/12 – Clemson University (Clemson, SC)
9/13 – Kennesaw State University (Kennesaw, GA)
9/19 – University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa, AL)
9/20 – Auburn University (Auburn, GA)
9/21 – South Florida University (Tampa, FL)
9/28 – Central Florida University (Orlando, FL)

#LiveMarley On The 2012 Vans Warped Tour: Epilogue

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Now that the 2012 Vans Warped Tour has come to a close, taking with it our exclusive in-field coverage, we’d like to punctuate the end of this epic summer adventure with a profile of the House of Marley stage featuring some of our favorite artists. Listen in as G-Eazy, T. Mills, The Constellations, The Green, and Tomorrow’s Bad Seeds recount their #LiveMarley summer on the House of Marley stage at the 2012 Vans Warped Tour.

Read the 2012 Vans Warped Tour Week 1 Recap.

Read the 2012 Vans Warped Tour Week 2 Recap.

Read the 2012 Vans Warped Tour Week 3 Recap.

Read the 2012 Vans Warped Tour Week 4 Recap.

Read the 2012 Vans Warped Tour Breakdown.

Read the 2012 Vans Warped Tour Conclusion.

For exclusive 2012 Vans Warped Tour photos, visit the House of Marley on Facebook.

#LiveMarley On The 2012 Vans Warped Tour: The End

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Talk about a long and hot summer, but we did it! The first year for House of Marley sponsoring a stage at the Vans Warped Tour is now complete. I know I speak for everyone at HOM when I say we loved having our own stage to share the mission of Marley with each and every one of you!

Having said that, this will be my final blog from the road. Today I’m writing from the Portland airport before flying home to southern California. It feels so good to be back on the best coast – oops, I mean west coast.

Yesterday was actually my first full day off in two months. I slept in, and then went with a few friends to a beautiful “lazy” river in the Oregon mountains. I was told not to tell anyone where it is because it’s a “locals only” spot, but next time you’re in the Pacific Northwest, keep your eyes peeled for “Sandy Beach” off the Columbia River.

Anyway, back to the tour… If I had to pick the ten best shows we had this summer, it would have to be Denver, San Francisco, Ventura, Cuyahoga Falls, Tinley Park, Mansfield, St. Petersburg, and Milwaukee. I mean, all the shows were amazing in their own way, but these will be the shows that I will personally remember the most.

Before I sign off, I just want to give a huge shout-out to all the bands, crew, and fans that made the House of Marley stage a reality every day on the 2012 Vans Warped Tour.

As a proper farewell, I’ve put together a little parting gift for you all: a playlist of my favorite songs from the House of Marley stage at the 2012 Vans Warped Tour. Until next year, my friends….

#LiveMarley,

Chris Hurley


PLAYLIST: THE BEST OF THE HOUSE OF MARLEY STAGE

The Green – “Alone”

Tomorrow’s Bad Seeds – “Uplift”

Ballyhoo! – “Cerveza”

T. Mills – “She Got A…”

G-Eazy – “All I Could Do”

Mod Sun – “Happy As Fu*k”

Champagne Champagne – “Soda & Pop Rocks”

The Constellations – “Felicia”

Stepdad – “My Leather, My Fur, My Nails”

Echo Movement – “Keep My Head High”

Emily’s Army – “Do You Wanna Dance”


Read the 2012 Vans Warped Tour Week 1 Recap.

Read the 2012 Vans Warped Tour Week 2 Recap.

Read the 2012 Vans Warped Tour Week 3 Recap.

Read the 2012 Vans Warped Tour Week 4 Recap.

Read the 2012 Vans Warped Tour Breakdown.

For exclusive 2012 Vans Warped Tour photos, visit the House of Marley on Facebook.

#LiveMarley On The 2012 Vans Warped Tour: Week 4

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With a 1955 VW Marley bus stocked with Marley headphones and a summer’s worth of sunscreen, the House of Marley’s Chris Hurley will be giving us a behind-the-scenes look at life On the Road with the 2012 Vans Warped Tour.

WEEK 4

July 7 • Tinley Park, IL

Today we were just outside of Chicago in Tinley Park, Illinois. Chicago always has, and always will be a great American music city. We were so busy today that I am just now writing this from my bunk at 11:55 pm. In fact, we’re already driving to tomorrow’ show.
Today was a blur, but one band that stood out was The Green. They played an amazing set. Check them out. They’re from the 808 state of Hawaii and one of our favorites on the 2012 Vans Warped Tour House of Marley stage.

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The Green, coming straight from the 808.

July 9 • Bonner Springs, KS

We’re in the heart of Midwest, USA today! Craig and I just got done throwing the football around with a few members of Ballyhoo!, Taylor just finished up her daily Yoga session, and now all of us are ready to begin spreading the good word about the House of Marley’s world class on-ear, in-ear and over-ear headphones. One thing I’ve noticed about the Midwest: people out here really do appreciate the eco-friendly side of our products. Pumped to keep making impressions everywhere we can!

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Ballyhoo! amping up the Midwest.

July 11 • Cuyahoga Falls, OH

Today is another beautiful day for a rock show! All the trees and vegetation here in Ohio are so green and lush. Although it’s pretty hot and sweaty, I can’t complain because one of the most beautiful girls I’ve ever seen is selling bottled water in front of our stage all day long… I think I’m going to go over there and tell her all about “one love,” if you know what I mean.

July 12 • Burgettstown, PA

Ran into a few of the guys from All Time Low yesterday at our nightly backstage barbecue. Really cool and friendly guys. I started to tell them to come check out the House of Marley VW bus sometime, but before I could even finish, they insisted that all the House of Marley people come down to their set today, so that’s what we’re on the way to do now!
In addition, we have a really cool band joining the House of Marley stage… Say hello to Lost Prophets! Today is their first day on the 2012 Vans Warped Tour, and they deserve a warm welcome considering they came all the way from the UK!

July 13 • Holmdel, NJ

Today was a BIG day! So big, in fact, that its the largest single day in Warped Tour history! A total of 113 bands performed today, which is the most bands to have ever taken the stage in one day in the full 18 years of the Vans Warped Tour. In the midst of all the craziness, Justin from Anti-Flag ended up hanging with us on our bus after their set, pumped on his new pair of Zion Midnight in-ear headphones!

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Justin from Anti-Flag is the latest to #LiveMarley.

#LiveMarley Fan Photos

July 7 • Tinley Park, IL

July 8 • Shakopee, MN

July 9 • Bonner Springs, KS

July 10 • Noblesville, IN

July 12 • Burgettstown, PA



Read the 2012 Vans Warped Tour Week 1 Recap.

Read the 2012 Vans Warped Tour Week 2 Recap.

Read the 2012 Vans Warped Tour Week 3 Recap.

For more exclusive 2012 Vans Warped Tour photos, visit the House of Marley on Facebook.

#LiveMarley On The 2012 Vans Warped Tour: Week 3

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With a 1955 VW Marley bus stocked with Marley headphones and a summer’s worth of sunscreen, the House of Marley’s Chris Hurley will be giving us a behind-the-scenes look at life On the Road with the 2012 Vans Warped Tour.

WEEK 3

June 30 • San Antonio, TX

Greetings friends. I’m writing from San Antonio today. It’s my first time here. Unfortunately, it’s been raining on and off all day, which kind of threw a curve ball at everyone. Luckily, today’s lineup on the House of Marley stage is going to start off big to make up for the less than desirable weather. We have T. Mills, G-Eazy, and Mod Sun to kick things off, followed by reggae-rock favorites, Tomorrow’s Bad Seeds and Ballyhoo!
What makes the House of Marley stage unique compared to the six other stages on the 2012 Vans Warped Tour is our super diverse artist line-up. Sure, we have rock bands, but we also have hip hop, reggae and funk bands too, which is a change or pace a lot of concertgoers seem to enjoy, rather than dealing with non-stop mosh pits all day. Variety is the spice of life, right?

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G-Eazy lighting up the HOM stage with moral support from Mod Sun and T. Mills.

July 1 • Houston, TX

They say everything’s bigger in Texas, and I’m starting to believe them. The line outside the venue today is HUGE.
As we continue moving south, I find myself getting particularly enthusiastic about The Constellations. They’re from Atlanta, and they add a refreshing blend of soul, blues and rock ‘n’ roll to the House of Marley stage each day. Nobody else on the 2012 Vans Warped Tour sounds like these guys. Looking forward to seeing them in front today’s colossal crowd. Come on Houston, show the House of Marley some love!

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Finding southern comfort in The Constellations.

July 3 • Dallas, TX

Another hot and humid day here in Texas! Craig, Taylor and I are well-rested after our day off yesterday. Especially Craig and I. That’s ’cause we slept right through bus call this morning when our hotel failed to place our wake up call. Oops. Luckily, the venue was less than 20 minutes away, so we hopped in the first cab we could find and got dropped off near the backstage entrance without missing much of the action.

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Craig after we missed bus call in Dallas.

July 5 • Maryland Heights, MO

Woke up early for a tour managers meeting this morning at the 2012 Vans Warped Tour production office in St. Louis. By 7:45 it was already 99 degrees. I feel like I just got out of the shower and can’t dry off. I hope Missouri girls like California boys, ’cause Craig and I will be rocking board shorts and flip flops all day! Anything else would be inhumane in this heat.
On a more fun note, today we welcome a new band joining us on the House of Marley stage. Meet Emily’s Army.
Emily’s Army is a group on young skateboarders and surfers from Northern California that plays an original mix of punk, garage, and ska. They hit the stage in 20 minutes, so I’m going to go check them out. You should too.

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Emily’s Army know how to make a first impression.

July 6 • Auburn Hills, MI

We’re kicking today off with style. Seattle’s finest hip hop duo, Champagne Champagne are opening up the House of Marley stage. Every day the HOM bands draw to determine the set order, which is cool and keeps things interesting each day. And also, all the more reason to get to the shows on time! You never know when your favorite band is going to hit the HOM stage.
In other news, we’ve been looking forward to today’s show for quite some time. Craig, Taylor and I will be getting a lot of extra help and support from a lot of awesome people. The House of Marley’s home headquarters are located just a half hour away from the show today, so a large portion of the HOM team will be in full effect at the Auburn Hills stop of the 2012 Vans Warped Tour!
And as long as we’re on the subject of the team, the House of Marley is always on the lookout for more street soldiers. If you think you have what it takes to join our ranks, follow us on Twitter @houseofmarley and tell us how you #LiveMarley!

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Champagne Champagne performing for an early and enthusiastic crowd.

#LiveMarley Fan Photos

June 30 • San Antonio, TX

July 1 • Houston, TX

July 3 • Dallas, TX

July 5 • Maryland Heights, MO

July 6 • Auburn Hills, MI



Read the 2012 Vans Warped Tour Week 1 Recap.

Read the 2012 Vans Warped Tour Week 2 Recap.

For more exclusive 2012 Vans Warped Tour photos, visit the House of Marley on Facebook.

#LiveMarley On The 2012 Vans Warped Tour: Week 2

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With a 1955 VW Marley bus stocked with Marley headphones and a summer’s worth of sunscreen, the House of Marley’s Chris Hurley will be giving us a behind-the-scenes look at life On the Road with the 2012 Vans Warped Tour.

WEEK 2

June 23 • San Francisco, CA

Hello San Francisco! What a beautiful city, and what a beautiful day. Today’s show is already sold out (20,000 tickets sold)! That means we’re gonna be busy. Yesterday we sold more earbud headphones than any other day on the tour. Hopefully we can keep that momentum moving today. With the capacity crowd and this awesome weather, I think we can.

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Doin’ work.

June 24 • Ventura, CA

Today, the 2012 Vans Warped Tour stops in Ventura, California, just south of Santa Barbara. The venue today is probably going to be one of the most scenic we see this summer. The House of Marley stage is facing directly toward the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Cruz Islands.
Later today, Mod Sun will be on the HOM stage with a very special guest: Cisco Adler from Shwayze. Another great day of music and another great day to spread the word about #LiveMarley and all the amazing things we’re doing at the House of Marley!

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Mod Sun with Cisco Adler on the House of Marley stage.

June 27 • Chula Vista, CA

Today is our last day in California. We’re in Chula Vista, which is about ten miles off the Mexican border.
It’s such a beautiful day, we better enjoy it while it lasts. Starting tomorrow, we head east into Arizona, New Mexico and Texas, all of which will be unreasonably hot, I’m sure. Speaking of which, I’m currently writing this from the air-conditioned comforts of the tour bus we share with a few other sponsors. I’m going to soak up as much of this as I can before we hit the triple digit temperatures of the Southwest.
At 4:45, New Found Glory will be coming by the Marley tent to hangout and sign stuff for their fans. Great band, great guys, great day to visit the House of Marley on the 2012 Vans Warped Tour!

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Our new friends in New Found Glory, meeting fans at the House of Marley tent.

June 28 • Glendale, AZ

I’m feeling hot, hot, HOT! It’s 8:35 am and it’s already 95 degrees outside! We are being warned that temperatures could reach as high as 110 degrees. The kids coming today must really love these bands, because these weather conditions are in no way enjoyable.
One “cool” thing that did happy this morning was stumbled upon a video blog from the 2012 Vans Warped Tour band, We The Kings. Yesterday in Chula Vista, Charles and Danny from We The Kings came by to hangout at the VW Marley bus. They were so ecstatic about the Marley headphones and our values of being Earth-friendly and sustainable that they picked up a couple pairs of Zion and Conqueror in-ear headphones. And as I mentioned, they even gave us a nice shout-out in their video blog, Internet Killed TV. Check it out below!

June 29 • Las Cruces, NM

Today, the 2012 Vans Warped Tour is making a stop in Las Cruces, home of New Mexico State University. We’re bracing for another hot day, but it shouldn’t be nearly as intense as yesterday in Arizona. That’s good because my House of Marley tourmates, Taylor and Craig have been working out here nonstop so far today. Seems like New Mexico has a lot of love for Marley! Taylor’s been taking some awesome pics of all our new friends, and Craig has been hooking everybody up with the Marley in-ear headphones. And lest we forget the bands on the House of Marley stage are killing it, day in and day out, regardless of the heat! Can’t stop, won’t stop.

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G-Eazy showing the kids some #LiveMarley love.

#LiveMarley Fan Photos

June 23 • San Francisco, CA

June 24 • Ventura, CA

June 27 • Chula Vista, CA

June 29 • Las Cruces, NM



Read the 2012 Vans Warped Tour Week 1 Recap.

For more exclusive 2012 Vans Warped Tour photos, visit the House of Marley on Facebook.