HOW DO YOU GO TANDEM?

POSTED BY LINDSAY HOLMES ON SEPTEMBER 23, 2013

To celebrate the launch of our new "Tandem Collection" - a line inspired by togetherness- we're giving away prizes!!

Post photos on instagram of your favorite moments shared with others: A sunset skateboarding session with friends, an outdoor adventure with family, dinner with your neighbor, break time with co-workers... Be sure to include: "#wegotandem and @mapleXO" in your post to participate

We'll pick 5 of our favorite #wegotandem photos to each win a $100 gift certificate to MapleXO.com!

Post as many photos as you'd like. Contest starts Monday, Aug 23rd 2013 and ends Monday, Aug 30th at 3pm pst. Winners will be announced the following day!

For more information about our Tandem Collection, check out our blog post here! 

“We go tandem with the people around us. We share an idea, we congratulate, we push each other.
We share the stoke of landing our first kickflip with a high-five.
We gain courage to climb the cables of half-dome with a held hand.
We go tandem with Sheri the barista, Glenn the bartender, Sam the baker next door… In tandem we collaborate our minds and tap into ideas that come from our souls.
How do you go tandem?”
#WeGoTandem

WE GO TANDEM! F/W 2013

POSTED BY QUINCY MORRIS ON SEPTEMBER 19, 2013

“We go tandem with the people around us. We share an idea, we congratulate, we push each other.
We share the stoke of landing our first kickflip with a high-five.
We gain courage to climb the cables of half-dome with a held hand.
We go tandem with Sheri the barista, Glenn the bartender, Sam the baker next door… In tandem we collaborate our minds and tap into ideas that come from our souls.
How do you go tandem?”

After many months of sore hands and much anticipation, we're proud to launch our brand new collection for Fall/Winter 2013, Tandem!

The line is inspired by the power of togetherness and how people in the MapleXO crew’s daily lives have impacted their designs.

Two of our favorite pieces from the collection are collaborations with some of our favorite local artisans and friends:

“Screw Turners” - A recycled skateboard handled screwdriver set made in collaboration with Portland woodworker Jim Haas.


“Machete Necklace” - A recycled skateboard handled mini-machete necklace made from brass or copper in collaboration with Portland artist Anna Evans.


“The same way we owe credit to skateboarding for each piece we make, we owe credit to the people who surround us for their influence in our designs,” says Lindsay Jo Holmes, “These people are catalysts, helping us turn our simple thoughts into incredible things.” 

All 12 of the new pieces from Tandem are the product of everyday collaborations with our comrades and colleagues.

A full online version of the lookbook can be viewed HERE or on instagram @wegotandem



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MapleXO is a recycled skateboard jewelry & accessories company made up of skateboarders out of Portland, OR USA. Founded by Lindsay Jo Holmes in 2006, MapleXO is currently sold in over 50 stores worldwide. In 2010, MapleXO began working with PS Stix skateboard manufacturer to recycle the industrial waste of skateboard manufacturing in addition to the post consumer waste and is constantly adding to its line of products that now includes house wares and furniture.

OMSI MAKER'S FAIRE: SEPTEMBER 14TH+15TH

POSTED BY QUINCY MORRIS ON AUGUST 15, 2013

The wonderful folks at OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry) asked us to scribble up a little blurb for their blog as their annual Maker's Faire approaches. It can be viewed HERE

We are very excited to have been invited back for this year's event. Seeing all the excited youngsters is probably as motivating for us as it is for them. They're the future, and we're honored to be given the opportunity to inspire and push them toward a creative path in life. But don't let us forget the "grown ups" who'll be in attendance; they're the ones who were eagerly bouncing from booth to booth as a child at similar festivals ten, twenty, thirty years ago... the ones who helped ensure that these gatherings kept happening, generation after generation. Bottom line: Come out and say hi to us in our booth at the OMSI Maker's Faire this September 14th and 15th!

 

MUNICH X-GAMES 2013

POSTED BY QUINCY MORRIS ON JULY 08, 2013

Well, it appears that the Munich X-Games have gone off without a hitch. Chris Cole completely killed the Street. It's been great to see the X-Games offer skateboarders a park that isn't filled with BMX kickers and useless triple kink rails made for those of the in-line persuasion. Pedro Barros has continued commanding deserved attention. Dude goes for it, bottom line. The Pacific-Northwest's own David Gravette took silver in Real Street, behind the man himself, Guy Mariano. It was pretty funny watching Guy receive a medal on a massive ramp. Never thought we'd see the day. Watch their take on it HERE.

 

There is such an amazing array of interesting and talented people in the world of skateboarding. The bond we all share is unique and our love for skateboarding is something that only a skateboarder can truly understand. From landing that first kickflip, to mindlessly popping in and out of curb cuts, it's simply one of the purest forms of fun. MapleXO never stops being excited about giving back to and being a part of skateboarding. Thanks for allowing us to continue doing that!

 

WRITEGOSKATE FUNDRAISER!

POSTED BY LINDSAY HOLMES ON JUNE 17, 2013

We just launched our 1st Annual ‘Go Skateboarding Day’ Fundraiser:

WRITE GO SKATE: A fundraiser to turn broken skateboards into skateparks.

We teamed up with Bryce Kanights, Silas Baxter-Neal, and Reese Kahn and gave them one task: Write “Go Skate.”

In our wood shop, we turned these handwritten words into mosaic-style art pieces made from broken skateboards. The three individual pieces will be signed by the skateboarders and auctioned off with 100% of the proceeds going towards building Portland’s Powell Blvd Skatepark!

The auction is set to launch today, Monday, June 17th and will run through Sunday June 23rd 11:45 EST.

BRYCE KANIGHTS

        

        

SILAS BAXTER-NEAL

                                  


REESE KAHN


“There’s something about seeing a person’s handwriting that seems to share a glimpse into their soul. What could be more inspiring than seeing pieces of skated boards making up the handwritten phrase “Go Skate” by such inspiring skateboarders,” says MapleXO’s owner Lindsay Jo Holmes.

Both Kanights and Baxter-Neal are well known in the skateboard community for their past and present influences in skateboarding. To tie in the future of skateboarding, MapleXO asked 6-year-old skateboarder Reese Kahn to participate:

“Reese’s pure and eager passion to be a kid and have fun is one of the most inspiring parts of skateboarding to me. His dad Billy posted a priceless instagram photo of Reese carving a bank ramp with a look of pure joy on his face. The caption read: ‘When going higher is the new trick.’ To me, that right there is skateboarding. Pure and simple,” explains Holmes.

In addition to the Go Skate art auction, we are selling 25 limited edition photographic prints of the project by Jake Richardson each signed by all three contributing skateboarders. 

25 Limited Edition 16" x 20" giclee prints on archival paper.


Separately from the WriteGoSkate project, we will be donating 50% of all proceeds from MapleXO.com on Go Skateboarding day to the Powell Blvd. Skatepark fund.


@MapleXO • #writegoskate • @originalBK • @silasbaxterneal • #reesekahn

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MapleXO is a recycled skateboard jewelry & accessories company made up of skateboarders out of Portland, OR USA. Founded by Lindsay Jo Holmes in 2006, MapleXO is currently sold in over 50 stores worldwide. In 2010, MapleXO began working with PS Stix skateboard manufacture to recycle the industrial waste of skateboard manufacturing in addition to the post consumer waste. They are constantly adding to their line of products that now include house wares and furniture. www.MapleXO.com @MapleXO ­



Bryce: http://www.ebay.com/itm/221242053851?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

Silas: http://www.ebay.com/itm/221242054540?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

Reese: http://www.ebay.com/itm/221242055281?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

VULTURE COUTURE 2013

POSTED BY LINDSAY HOLMES ON MARCH 18, 2013

We hosted a fashion show as a statement against plagiarism. 

Twenty models took the red carpet wearing skateboards as clothing (literally) to represent the influence of skateboarding in fashion and more directly to mock fashion designer, Jeremy Scott for sending stolen skateboard art down the runway.

The show came as a response to Jeremy Scott’s recent debut at NY Fashion week which included pieces that were direct rip offs of Jim and Jimbo Phillips' iconic Santa Cruz Skateboard art.

“It really struck a chord with us since our entire business is based off of turning skateboards into fashion. As skateboarders ourselves, we take a lot of pride in giving credit back to skateboarding for every piece we make,” says Lindsay Jo Holmes, owner of MapleXO. “We couldn’t just sit quietly with him pulling such a kook move on skateboarding, so we sent the original skateboard art down the red carpet.”

It’s not the first time the skateboard community has been affected by plagiarism. Skateboard artist Michael Sieben’s art was recently mimicked by Target to create an entire line of youth clothing. – Furthermore, the overall style of the skateboarding subculture is constantly exploited in fashion trends that often teeter the line of plagiarism.

Inspiration is great. Plagiarism is just wrong. Artists and creators deserve credit for the ideas they bring into this world. Shameless rip offs of their work should be shunned,” says Holmes

We have been directly affected by plagiarism a few times. One example is the nearly identical copy of our recycled skateboard iPhone case that was mass distributed and portrayed as an original creative accessory by a larger company out of southern California.

In our case, the more skateboards that are recycled the better, so we tend to just ignore the copy cats,” explains Holmes, “After seeing the plagiarized Jim and Jimbo Phillips art, however, we felt like a statement had to be made and since we bridge a gap between skateboarding and fashion, we felt compelled to take charge”

The Vulture Couture Fashion Show and installations pointed a middle finger to the copycats, fakers, and takers of the skateboard subculture by literally bringing the spotlight back to the original source of its influence in fashion, skateboarding.

For more information email: Press@MapleXO.com 

 






VULTURE COUTURE

POSTED BY LINDSAY HOLMES ON MARCH 13, 2013

 

  

Don't forget to email INVITE@MAPLEXO.COM to request an invite for the show! Free beer, wine, and handmade takeaways!


SEE YOU THERE!


#VULTURECOUTURE

NIKE VIDEO!

POSTED BY LINDSAY HOLMES ON JULY 17, 2012

Did you know we were part of a video for NIKE about "makers of the world"?

Wieden+Kennedy came to our workshop here in Portland and filmed our hands in action. It was fun seeing so many people in here at once... At one point there were 17 people here with cameras, and lighting, and sound equipment, and stylists. It was a blast.



To find out more about the project... check out their Tumblr and watch this teaser video! 


SKATEBACKS MATERIAL

POSTED BY LINDSAY HOLMES ON JUNE 08, 2012
We went to the PS Stix factory to get hands on with our project of recycling the industrial waste of skateboard manufacturing. 
Paul Schmitt breaks it down for us in this video clip... 

SKATEBACK FOR YOUR IPHONE!

POSTED BY LINDSAY HOLMES ON JUNE 04, 2012
The wait is OVER!!

It's finally time to announce our exciting collaboration with our friends at Grove! 

We made a SkateBack for your iPhone 4 and 4S from recycled industrial skateboard waste!!

Each week, one skateboard factory produces enough waste material to fill a city bus. By teaming up with Grove, we’re using this material to create a 100% post-industrial material product for the iPhone 4 and 4S.



At approximately 1/16 of an inch thick, SkateBacks protect the iPhone from damage while coupling the sleek Apple design with classic skateboard aesthetic. Unique is an understatement. Our SkateBacks are made at Grove’s workshop here in Portland, OR, with a combination of high-tech machinery and good old-fashioned handiwork. Three general color types are available to choose from: Calm, Neutral, or Vibrant. However, each SkateBack is as singular as a snowflake - no two are exactly alike! 


Material Sourcing

The SkateBack evolution works like this: from raw skateboard waste at the PS Stix factory, to eye-catching ply with us at MapleXO, and finally to cell phone accessory at Grove. PS Stix owner Paul Schmitt, of Costa Mesa, CA, has been manufacturing skateboards for nearly three decades. His company makes more than 4,000 skateboards a day, 200 per hour, that’s more than three per minute. We've been working with Schmitt on recycling his waste for years. 



Working with Grove to make these SkateBacks has been a great way to jumpstart our next big projects in the works with recycling industrial skateboard waste. This is really just the beginning! -Lindsay Jo 

Only $49... get yours now! Get all three while you're at it! 

 

PORTLANDIA LOVES MAPLEXO

POSTED BY LINDSAY HOLMES ON MARCH 08, 2012

MapleXO bangles featured on Portlandia TV show! 

 



ANDREWJIVE.COM

POSTED BY LINDSAY HOLMES ON FEBRUARY 13, 2012

He's at it again!

Andy's, of AndrewJive.com, been in the MapleXO woodshop all week (literally... like, he doesn't sleep!) working on a stop motion video with MapleXO pieces!

I can't wait to see the whole thing... here's a little sneak peek!





MAPLEXO + YOBEAT MONEY CLIP!

POSTED BY LINDSAY HOLMES ON DECEMBER 14, 2011

Another collab kicks off today here in Portland, Oregon with MapleXO and YoBeat!

We teamed up with YoBeat (The largest independent snowboard site!) and made these über rad money clips from recycled skateboards. 

They look cool, feel nice to hold, keep your money organized, they're recycled, andddd they're made from the hard-working hands of not just one but TWO of Portland's small businesses. 

ONLY 50 available! Hurry and get them today at:  YoBeat.com


(**hundos not included)

RECYCLED SKATEBOARD BRACELETS

POSTED BY LINDSAY HOLMES ON NOVEMBER 27, 2011

People Magazine just featured our recycled skateboard bracelets "bangles" in their 2011 Holiday Gift Guide section of their current issue!!!


So stoked to see these pieces created by our hands in our dusty little wood-shop in Portland, make it into the pages of a magazine that reaches the hands of 3.75 million people per issue!

Get your recycled skateboard bracelets here !!!


LAUNCHING MXO:RAW

POSTED BY LINDSAY HOLMES ON OCTOBER 09, 2011

It's finally available! Our new line, MXO:raw!

   


We've been hard at work creating this line for the past year and are so happy with how it turned out. To give you an inside scoop of all that went into making this line... I thought I'd share the story:

Of course it started with collecting tons of decommissioned boards to deconstruct. 


We spent months prototyping new product ideas and experimenting with pieces of skateboards.

 (<--- Spencer and Brent, hard at work)

We got our vision for the line and put some real blood sweat and tears into it making the products. Literally!

 (<--- intern becky // aka:b-rex)

With our vision for MXO:raw figured out and the products for the line taking form, we redesigned our workshop to get us better set up for production.

 (<--- me and B-rex)

We teamed up with Jason Ehlers to start the leather work and had a blast working with him in every step of designing these pieces. (Thanks Brent for connecting us with Ehlers!)

 

To test out our new designs and to also celebrate the beginning of this new line, we had a pre-launch pop-up-shop at the Breeze Block Gallery in Portland, OR. It was a blast and tons of people came out! (thanks Paige for hosting the event!)



Now it was time to get the line photographed, cataloged, and ready to show off as a completed, perfected collection.

Luckily we know some hot babes that were down to get photographed to show off our wears.


And finally after hours and hours editing the new lookbook at various Portland coffee shops  (my favorites being Heart Roasters, and the Detour Cafe), the line was finally finished!

And with that... we give you MXO:raw


Get yours favorite pieces here!

Thanks for helping us save skateboards from the landfill!

xo!

Lindsay Jo

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