As my childhood hero (well he was one of the gang, more a Lance man tbh) and fellow skateboarder I always have time to read/listen to Tony. He is also an amazing role model – compared to say english footballers or baseball players – who has done so much for the sport but also young people. Skateboarding is still the biggest “youth” influencer which it has been practically every year for the past 20-25 years so EVERYONE out there should listen to Tony as he has more ability and influence than the whole of congress (bunch of criminals) and the commons together.
Thanks Kirsty for the blog post x
Originally posted on Tailor Your Sportswear:
Tony Hawk’s latest interview with The Guardian is quite a good read…
Skating taught me to appreciate diversity and understand the prejudices that come along with how people look. I knew skaters with piercings and crazy hair who’d be shunned in public places. I thought that was so bizarre.
My first and only tattoo is a hawk’s head on my ankle. I had come so far in skating [Hawk was crowned world vertical skateboarding champion for 12 years in a row] and I wanted something meaningful, so it wasn’t an impulsive decision, but I did have someone get me a couple of stiff drinks first.
I was kicked out of kindergarten. I wouldn’t settle down or take naps. I didn’t discover skateboarding until much later. Most of my friends’ parents didn’t want them skating. My parents gave my friends rides to the skatepark.
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