Tony HawkThe impact of is undeniable; millions of kids got on their boards for the first time after seeing him defy gravity as he pioneered the art of skateboarding in the 80s and 90s. Yet Tony’s influence on pop culture is more subtle but no less significant. This became evident after the success of Kate Bush“Run up that hill” and Metallic“Master Of Puppets” after their inclusion in stranger things. A viral tweet of the artist Neil Slorance summary: “I can’t blame the kids for discovering Kate Bush and Metallica through stranger things when I know very well that all my musical tastes come from Tony Hawks Pro Skater 2.to which Tony tells HollywoodLife that he is “honored” by it.
“I discovered music through the intercom system at skate parks,” Tony said during an EXCLUSIVE interview about working with Hot Wheels to launch their first-ever line of fingerboards, Hot Wheels Skate™. And the soundtrack [to the skate park] it was punk rock – because a lot of skateboarders were in the bands they played, and it was DIY. So that was the soundtrack of my youth. And so I wouldn’t criticize anyone for where they discovered their music.
If streaming services existed in 1999 when the first Professional skater Tony Hawk abandoned game, The golden finger (“Superman”), suicidal tendencies (“Cyco Vision”), or Vandals (“Euro-Barge”) may have had the success that Kate Bush and Metallica are having in 2022. “I wanted to bring the whole culture of skateboarding to the game,” he says. HollywoodLife. And the intention was for the skaters to enjoy it. That’s really all I had in mind.
“If a skateboarder sees this game, they might be inspired to buy a PlayStation. And so, for me, that was victory. -sound only about the gameplay, and that was a huge honor,” continues Tony, who says he was trying to really capture the authenticity of skating live. “I wasn’t in charge of choosing the new music,” he said. “I was in charge of picking that time of music.
(“I feel responsible while you love kennedy dead“, Tony tells me after I divulge that “Police Truck’s inclusion in professional skater It was the first time I heard the Bay Area punk band. “That’s great.”)
Tony continues to make an impact on music, appearing in Surfbort’s video for “Open Your Eyes” (“The first track from the new album, [“FML”]I really like”) and adding groups like rough francis, american nightmare and Viagra Boys on the 2020s soundtrack Professional skater 1+2. “It’s surprisingly political,” Tony says of cave world, the Viagra Boys’ new album. “But, there are a few tracks that fit perfectly with what we love about them. And so I appreciate them.
The authenticity and accessibility that Tony brought with his professional skater games glow – like a neon pink carnival tent – in new Hot Wheels Skate™ keys. Tony worked with the legendary tory brand to launch their first fingerboard range, which features a wide range of boards sporting unique designs and removable shoes, creating an accessible progression path for new fingerboarders. Boards and playsets – featuring giant piranhas, donut shops and an attached skate park – aim to engage the imagination while allowing kids to skate if they don’t have access to a green ramp or a swimming pool nearby.
Although Tony has already lent his name to the keys, Hot Wheels Skate™ is a “much sturdier line than what we’ve done in the past,” he says. HollywoodLife. “And work with [the Hot Wheels] The creative team was exciting for me because I knew it would go in different directions – and it definitely did.
One surprising direction was to include a Hawk Man show poster in the amusement park skate deck. “When I signed up, I knew we would have fun and creative stuff, but I had no idea it would involve me so personally,” says Tony, adding that the poster was “cool,” fun, and that he I like it.
Another element that sets Hot Wheels Skate™ above the rest is “introducing beginners to fingerboarding with the removable shoes. I thought that was great,” Tony says. And it allows me to do hand plants like I do on the green ramps. So, selfishly, I liked it too.
One of the differences between the Hot Wheels Skate™ line and the rest is that it’s “a little bit different,” says Tony. “I think they are easier, especially for beginners. And I like that some boards are wider and some have old-school shapes. So I mean it [brings] more variety.
“I hope this inspires kids to start skating for real,” Tony says when asked if Hot Wheels Skate™ could make an impact. “I don’t want them to think they can go skating over donut shops and aquariums, but hopefully it will give them a chance to try some rolling.”
Hot Wheels Skate™ fingerboard and shoe assortments and Hot Wheels Skate™ playsets are launching exclusively at Walmart stores and on Walmart.com starting in August. Additionally, Hot Wheels and Tony have collaborated to create a limited-edition Birdhouse life-size skateboard deck, which will be sold exclusively on MattelCreations.com
To give back to the skate community, Hot Wheels will donate to Tony’s charity, The Skate Park Project. This non-profit organization helps underserved communities across America create safe and inclusive skate parks for kids of all ages. For more information on the Skatepark project: https://skatepark.org/.