Tony Hawk has been in the limelight since the ‘80s and has given countless interviews during the span of his career. Few have been as candid as his latest with Chromeball Incident . It covers what motivates him to continue to progress, career highlights, and his upcoming part in the Birdhouse video.
But at this point in your career, what keeps pushing you? What drives you to keep putting out new parts? And will you be in the new Birdhouse video?
My motivation is that I’m still capable. I still have ideas. They’re not super risky spins or big airs but I still have the skill to do new stuff, even if it’s a little more focused on lip tricks these days. But that’s my outlet for creativity.
As far as the new Birdhouse video goes, yes, I do have some footage for it. I actually shot some stuff for it last week. I have at least as much as everyone else, if not more. So yeah, I’m pretty excited about it. We'll see.
Proudest moment of your career?
Probably being featured on the Simpsons.
Just because it’s such a measure of pop culture. To be featured as a main character in my own voice was a huge validation of my life that I never thought I’d get.
With everything you’ve accomplished over the years, what would you like your legacy to be? What would you most like to be remembered for in skateboarding and beyond?
That’s a hard one.
My pride says that I want to be remembered as an innovative skater that really pushed the progression of skateboarding tricks forward… but in a more lofty sense, I’m proud to have been a catalyst for skateboarding becoming more accepted. And not only accepted by people but recognized for all that skateboarding culture truly is. I think at the end of the day, that’s more important.
Head over to Chromeball to read the interview in its entirety.
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