Zox Is The Only Strap-On I Wear

Zox Is The Only Strap-On I Wear

I'm compensating... for style.

Wristbands come in many different shapes and styles. Metal, plastic, fabric, rope, beaded, even a few colored rubber bands would do the trick. Some I wore more than others and all were unique in their own way, but most of them became trendy fads.

Unless someone else wears them ironically, somehow they just aren't "cool" to wear anymore. Zox makes a more flexible fashion statement.

Zox is a clothing brand from Los Angeles, California, created by the Kuipers brothers, Jason, Brandon, and Jordan. Their hobby for collecting as kids turned into a personalized business.

Their products support artists and their one-of-a-kind designs, like Threadless does with their shirts. Zox currently creates four types of products: Straps, Imperials, Imperial Hoodies, and Strings.

Straps are their original, startup product and the most popular wristband. These come in one size only but can be stretched for comfort. Imperial Hoodies come in lunar grey and black and are accessorized by Strings which are extended Imperials.

My video review is for the Imperial wristbands ahead.

The Happy Trees and Trapezium Imperials are a size medium and feel smooth. Each product is made of an elastic fabric that comes in small, medium, and large (to find out your size click here).

On each side, there is a work of art and a positive message for you to showcase to the world. A production number shows you which number was made and received and serves as a label of authenticity and for collecting.

At both ends are interlocking magnetic clips for easy wear and removal. These magnets are strong but not the strongest, so it is easy for them to come undone with a quick shake.

The wristbands are very comfortable, durable, and do not slide over your arm in a distracting way. Water is no issue but it goes without saying exposing magnets to water could rust or corrode their attraction.

Cases come with an inspirational quote on the inside and the convenient size and magnetic lid make it great for reusable storage.

Zox wristbands are unique for their limited and exclusive creation. Only 3,000 wristbands are made for one design and when they're all sold, they're gone for good. Collecting and trading is big part of the Zox brand; it made me buy an Imperial in a size small.

Don't worry though, if you're looking for a product you missed or couldn't get the size of like me, you can join Zoxlist, a Facebook group of fellow Zoxers selling and trading discontinued Zox products.

For those subscription box junkies, check out the ZOXBOX or the optional monthly Mystery Club to start a collection of your own.

Zox has made a caring, creative, and changing brand that feels fresh every time, and no doubt will stay fresh thanks to its community. The brothers are always looking for new ways to reinvent their products, they even have a Zox Imperial Backpack in the works.

Zox is understated but that's how it gets noticed, because Zox wears its heart on your sleeve.

Follow Zox on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Snapchat or visit the Zox Shop today.

Cover Image Credit: Brent M. Wiggins

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20 Small Tattoos With Big Meanings

Tattoos with meaning you can't deny.

It's tough to find perfect tattoos with meaning.

You probably want something permanent on your body to mean something deeply, but how do you choose a tattoo that will still be significant in 5, 10, 15, or 50 years? Over time, tattoos have lost much of their stigma and many people consider them a form of art, but it's still possible to get a tattoo you regret.

So here are 20 tattoos you can't go wrong with. Each tattoo has its own unique meaning, but don't blame me if you still have to deal with questions that everyone with a tattoo is tired of hearing!

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1. A semicolon indicates a pause in a sentence but does not end. Sometimes it seems like you may have stopped, but you choose to continue on.

2. "A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor."

3. Top symbol: unclosed delta symbol which represents open to change. Bottom symbol: strategy.

4. "There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls."

5. Viking symbol meaning "create your own reality."

6. Greek symbol of Inguz: Where there's a will, there's a way.

7. Psalm 18:33 "He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights."

8. 'Ohm' tattoo that represents 4 different states of consciousness and a world of illusion: waking (jagrat), dreaming (swapna), deep sleep (sushupti), transcendental state (turiya) and world of illusion (maya).

9. Alchemy: symbolizes copper, means love, balance, feminine beauty, and artistic creativity.

10. The Greek word “Meraki" means to do something with soul, passion, love, and creativity or to put yourself into whatever you do.

11. Malin (Skövde, Sweden) – you have to face setbacks to be able to go forward.

12. Symbol meaning "thief" from "The Hobbit." It was the rune Gandalf etched into Bilbo's door so the dwarves could find his house.

13. “Lux in tenebris" means “light in darkness."

14. Anchor Tattoo: symbolizing strength and stability, something (or someone) who holds you in place, and provides you the strength to hold on no matter how rough things get.

15."Ad Maiora" is translated literally as “Towards greater things." It is a formula of greeting used to wish more success in life, career or love.

16. A glyph means “explore." It was meant as a reminder for me to never stop exploring.

17. "Aut inveniam viam aut faciam," meaning roughly, "Either I shall find a way, or I will make one."

18. Lotus Flower. It grows in muddy water, and it is this environment that gives forth the flower's first and most literal meaning: rising and blooming above the murk to achieve enlightenment.

19. The zen (or ensō) circle to me represents enlightenment, the universe and the strength we all have inside of us.

20. Two meanings. The moon affirms life. It looks as if it is constantly changing. Can remind us of the inconsistency of life. It also symbolizes the continuous circular nature of time and even karma.

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To My Ruined Favorite Pair of Jeans

We had a good run.


Every girl has a pair of jeans that they love more than any other. They have a perfect combination of fit, style, and comfort.

And due to that overwhelming awesomeness from that pair of jeans, we seem to wear them a bit more often than our other pairs, which usually means they wear out faster than our other pairs.

Its a special kind of sad day when you realize your go-tos are no longer wearable. Jeans can be expensive, and sometimes you have to face the fact that you will not be able to create your signature looks right away anymore.

So here is to you, and your favorite jeans.

Embrace, and cherish, the days of them always being in your drawer whenever you need them. Relish in the times that you can put them on after you had washed them and they fit a little better than the time before. Use the pockets you have stretched out to the perfect size for all of your stuff, and wear them with your favorite shoes even if you think you have worn that look one too many times.

Wear them to class, to a club, to dinner with your friends. Make the most of their versatility, allowing you to be comfortably cute whenever you need or want to be. Wear them with heels and with sneakers. Look in the mirror and smile as they perfectly fit your curves. These jeans were made for you.

Some goodbyes are harder than others, and jeans, while replaceable, have a special place in the heart of some girls. It may seem silly and ridiculous (and we know it is), but the confidence boost from your perfect pair of jeans is unmatched.

Love all the times you've had in those jeans and the events you've been able to wear them to. And when it is time for a new pair, it just means it's time to find a new go-to!

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