MxPx began as three 15-year-old kids who called themselves Magnified Plaid, that started playing music inspired by and similar to The Descendents, NOFX, and other Southern California skate punk bands. The trio were classmates at Central Kitsap High School in nearby Silverdale, WA. However, the name was a tribute to the original guitarist's fascination with plaid shirts but it didn't fit on the band's posters. Consequently, the name was abbreviated to M.P. But in Yuri Ruley's handwriting, periods appeared as "X"'s, and since he made up the show posters for the band, the four-letter moniker stuck.