We Go Tandem! F/W 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

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.
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OMSI Maker's Faire: September 14th+15th

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!


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Launching MXO:raw

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!


Lindsay Jo

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International Go Skateboarding Day is today! 

What is it, you might ask? "Skateboarders around the globe will celebrate the pure exhilaration, creativity, and spirit of one of the most influential activities in the world by blowing off all other obligations to go skateboarding. OK, most skateboarders do this every day of their lives, but this is just one more reason to blow off your television/computer/video games and go skateboarding!" More information about the history of go skate day, go here.

In the spirit of Go Skate Day, MapleXO will be sending out a free pair of recycled skateboard wheel earrings with every purchase the MapleXO webstore today!!!!

Hurrry and order your MapleXO, then get out and GO SKATE!!!

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As the economy has been shifting 
and manufacturing has been globalized and streamlined 
to the point where many products seem to have no soul, 
people (YOU) now crave, more than ever
for a CONNECTION to the things they buy.

We like to believe that when people buy our pieces, they're buying more than just jewelry or accessories. They're buying part of a story that they become a part of. They're buying a symbol of empowerment, and a piece of a circle that connects us all.

Since we started MapleXO, we've been telling the story of our Recycled Skateboard Jewelry every way we could: Through our website, trade shows, press releases, social media, face to face, printed postcards and so on. HOWEVER once our pieces left our woodshop, we felt like much of this story was lost. The people who buy, wear, and sell our jewelry deserved to know more...

With the brainstorming power of some MapleXO friends (Shaun, Amity, Brent, and more) we created new tags that give us the chance to share the otherwise untold story of every piece of jewelry we make.

BOARD: There's so much that goes into designing a skateboard, from the graphics, and shape, to the wood colors and concave. We owe it to the skateboard companies and our customers to let you know which skateboard your piece came from.

ORIGIN: Skate shops, friends, supporters, skateboarders, and skateboard companies from all over the world save us and send us boards to recycle. Now you'll know where your piece's board came from, and which city's streets it rolled through.

FINISHED BY: At the MapleXO Headquarters, your piece of jewelry is created by the hands and hearts of amazing people. We have high standards of perfection in our products and take a lot of personal pride in each piece we create. The last person to finish each piece now signs every card so you'll know who's hands, heart, and mind finished your piece of MapleXO.

Be a part of the story. Get yours at or any local shop that sells MapleXO.

Tags designed by: Amity K Skelton

Live. Love. Wear. Skateboarding... MapleXO   -Recycled Skateboard Jewelry (and accessories)-

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As the days are getting longer, the sidewalks are staying drier, and the cherry blossoms are blooming, we can't help but embrace the inspirations of Spring. More skateboarding, more warm days, less gray, and lots of COLOR.

MapleXO brings you the best choice for Spring accessories: Get your COLOR on...


Live. Love. Wear. Skateboarding... MapleXO ::Recycled Skateboard Jewelry::

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