Tony Hawk, Pro Skater, Is Now a Pro Designer
Tony Hawk’s career is marked by firsts: he’s the very first skater to have ever landed a 900 spin on a ramp, the first individual to skate on the White Home premises (with approval from President Barack Obama, obviously), and the first to be inducted into the Skateboarding Hall of Fame.In addition to dominating expert skating, he’s also made a mark in the video game market with his best-selling Tony Hawk’s series, Hollywood with cameos in whatever from Lords of Dogtown to The Simpsons, and even Twitter with his numerous viral retellings of awkward encounters. The next thing Hawk wishes to conquer: New York Style Week.It’s clear that skating has been having a little bit of a fashion minute for the much better part of a years. Supreme is all over, there’s been an insurgence ofThrasher tees found in paparazzi pictures (even on the backs of non-skating stars), and popular culture has seen an influx of skate style (Rue’s Peels t-shirt on Euphoria was unquestionably a look). After launching in London, Hawk is lastly bringing his Signature Line to New York, in the nick of time for NYFW. With hoodies, team neck sweat shirts, and tees marked with imagery from< a href=”https://www.wmagazine.com/topic/Anton-Corbijn”data-reactid=”130 “> Anton Corbijn, the Dutch photographer responsible for album covers for Depeche Mode and U2, along with Nirvana’s”Heart-Shaped Box”video, Hawk’s new label puts a streetwear twist on couture.Here, Hawk breaks down his ideas on skate culture being accepted by the style world, whether or not helmets can look chic, and all ofthe life lessons he’s discovered in 4 decades of skating.What’s the story behind transitioning from your very first clothingline to Tony Hawk Signature Line?We began the Hawk Clothing line in 1998. This is the very first haute couture version. It was a little bit of an experiment. I think the driver was getting Anton Corbijn to shoot images. When that idea was drifted
, I sort of didn’t believe that he would be interested. He stated yes, and that’s when we chose this is what we were going to do. I’m truly happy. I was delighted that he was ready to shoot and
we might enter this market, even though through my clothes line, we were currently sort of a mass.
It’s a completely different trajectory than what individuals are utilized to.What differences do you expect to see in the response to Tony Hawk Signature Line in New York City versus London?Not much. I think if anything, there’s a much better understanding of skate history here. I suggest, there is a skate scene in Europe and in London, but New York City has a hardcore, deep rooted skate scene so I think they understand it much better. It’s New york city, you know.Where are your favorite New York skate spots?LES or Chelsea Piers. I like the skateparks themselves, not simply skate spots.It’s been approximately two decades given that you started your very first line of clothes, and now you’re going into the high fashion game. Have you always felt accepted by the style world?No, I believe it’s just more in the last decade that skating has actually matured in the style world, specifically with the success of brands like Supreme, Palace, Penny. All those brands began as skate shops, actually simply underground skate shops. The concept that they’re at the forefront of style in a lot of methods and some of the most popular is not truly surprising to me, however it simply reveals how far skating has come into the mainstream collective, and how it’s rooted in street culture
and kids gravitate towards it.Skate culture and style have actually exploded in pop culture particularly in the last number of years, with the popularity of motion pictures like Mid90s and Skate Cooking area, and even shows like Euphoria to some degree. Do you ever fear that skate culture might lose
its “underground “aspect with this much mainstream exposure?I have actually currently seen it come through a lot of stages. Even with the skate magazines. In the early 2000s, there were all these huge advertisers utilizing skateboarding, and me in a great deal of ways, and in some way individuals believed that was losing the heart or the core of skateboarding, but we’re still here and it’s as legitimate as ever, as hardcore as ever. To have the style creeping into the mainstream collective does not change anything. If anything, it just confirms the popularity of skating and the way of life.
Individuals think that somehow using Thrasher is appropriating this culture, but it’s like, no it’s not. It’s finally giving Thrasher its due because they ‘ve existed all along covering skating when there was no monetary gain to it. It simply shows that it’s still here. It’s still cool. I think it’s hilarious, not in the sense that I would make enjoyable of people, however I just think it’s cool that it’s out there.Skating can really rip up a good attire. What’s the oldest piece of clothing you own that’s not totally shredded?I don’t really hold onto stuff. I have actually been wearing these jeans for a long time and they have actually got holes from skating. I have actually been through lots of pairs of jeans, but as soon as I get holes in the knees, then I lose them.Is that since you do not desire to scrape your real skin if it’s exposed by the holes?It’s more of a sign that I use these more for skating than for style, so that’s when I either keep them just for skate purposes or I let them go. I do not have anything that I have actually really held onto. I believe I have perhaps a couple of shirts from the ’80s, from significant videos. However they’re more like collector’s items that I just keep in the closet.What’s your most treasured belongings in your closet?
I have the pink Bones Brigade shirt that I wore for
The Look For Animal Chin. That’s a quite big offer to individuals. https://twitter.com/tonyhawk/status/464920760209797122!.?.!What was your very first significant fashion purchase?I keep in mind when I initially began making good money in the late ’90s, I went and purchased an Armani fit. To me, that was the maturing. That was the greatest in custom-made, costly clothing. I ‘d never ever owned a suit in the past, so I was like, I’m going to purchase an
Armani suits.Do you like wearing fits now?No. [Laughs.] It was simply an initiation rite. I have it.
I have one suit that I wore to our wedding which’s the one I break out extremely, very rarely.What was your first major skate purchase?It was a Sims Andrecht board with gyros.What did you feel the very first time you got on a skateboard?I was not a natural at all. I thought I was cool due to the fact that my older bro was doing it. I rode down the alleyway and I didn’t understand how to turn, so I ran into the fence, and got splinters in my hands. Then I turned the board around andwent the other method. It wasn’t like a big epiphany, it was similar to, oh
I could do it. I ended up skating with some good friends in my area because they were all into skating, it was just the fad at the time in 1978. My pal invited me to go to the skate park with him and that was my moment when I went to the skate park and saw individuals flying out of swimming pools. I resembled, whatever it takes, I’m doing that.How old were you? 10 or 11. Was your youth something that made you feel brave sufficient to do
“whatever it takes”to find out skating?No, since I was so small that I didn’t
have an advantage that the larger men did. They had this bulk and weight behind them. That’s what it took to fly in the air back then, so I needed to find out my own way to do that due to the fact that I was so little. I think that because I was young and because I wasn’t at an age where I was attempting to select a profession path, that’s what was my right location, ideal time.What recommendations would you provide your younger self?I would not attempt to change anything. If anything, I would just offer a foreshadow caution of,”You’re not going to believe what remains in store. Take pleasure in the flight. “Something I missed when I was more youthful and competing nonstop, because when I grew up, particularly as a teenager, the only thing
you were judged by was your competition rankings. No
one thought the best skaters were out there and
not completing, so you needed to show yourself through competitors. I
was so focused on competition that I type of lost myself because, and I didn’t take pleasure in the sociability of this community that was so enjoyable, so creative, therefore distinct. I had friends, however there was a more comprehensive movement that I was type of missing out on because I simply wished to complete and do well, and I was concentrated on learning tricks and strategy. So, I would tell my young self to look around and enjoy everything since it’s not practically winning.There’s always been an intersection in between photography and skating as mediums of self-expression, now social media has blown that method up. If you were a teen in this present era, how would you manage
the fame and attention?I just had this conversation with Seth Rogen, of all people, where we were talking about how neither one of us got into our respective occupations believing there was popularity and fortune at the other end. When that was put upon us, especially the popularity part of it, you
‘re very unpleasant with it and type of uncomfortable, and you can be seen as standoffish or pompous due to the fact that you do not know how to connect.
At some time I understood, these kids just wish to satisfy you. Simply break the ice. I wish I had actually learned that earlier. Growing up now, I think I would have a better sense of that. These people are not evaluating you, they’re not gazing at you since they think that you’re a dick. They’re gazing because they want to get in touch with you. It took me a bit to figure that out, and just to break out of my own awkwardness.Is that some wisdom that you impart on your kids, because they skate too?I hope I do through example. I do not know if any of them are trying to do something that would offer them a sense of fame. My oldest son, Riley, is already a professional skater, so he’s currently gotten a taste of that and he handles it well. I believe he’s seen how I handle it and he knows that you’ve got ta be engaging however keep your borders, and there’s a fine line.Can helmets be fashionable?I think there’s cool looking helmets and dorky looking helmets. I don’t understand. There’s that age old question of, do you make it obligatory? Due to the fact that I promote public skate parks, I leave it approximately the cities themselves to choose that. It gets challenging due to the fact that if you have a public center and you have a helmet rule, then you have to enforce that rule because if someone gets injured without a helmet, you’re responsible. That gets unusual. That’s just our litigious society. So it’s more like, we need to let the communities choose for themselves.Your Tony Hawk’s computer game series has soundtracked the upbringing of a lot of individuals. You’ve featured everything from the Dead Kennedys to N.W.A. to Johnny Cash on those games. Where do you discover your music?It just came from my history and my culture. Skateboarding was constantly extremely diverse. Rooted for punk rock, for sure, in the ’80s, but then through the ’90s it was all hip hop. Then it simply became anything goes.