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Tony Hawk: Bones Brigade Q&A

"I still have nightmares about my failed lipslide-to-boardslide attempt"

To tie in with the launch of the Nixon X Bones Brigade Collaboration, we set up a quick fire Bones Brigade Q&A with the Birdman, Tony Hawk. Read on for a few memories from way back when.

Images: Nixon

What’s your fondest memory of the Bones Bridges days?

Traveling the world as a teenager, experiencing different cultures with some of my best friends, and skating in front of huge crowds. I just watched the Beatles (Eight Days A Week) documentary and their first tours reminded me of those days; a strange, sudden fame that we all navigated together without much guidance.

You guys were quite young when it all started, what did the experience teach you?

To respect other cultures, to be approachable, and to skate the best I can in any situation.

Who was/is your favorite guy to watch out of that crew?

Rodney is magical. He was flawless in those days, and we are still trying to comprehend the trails he blazed for modern skateboarding.

Do you see any similarities with you guys and some of the crews out there nowadays? Who’s the modern day Bones Brigade?

I like to think of my team (Birdhouse) as a family similar to Bones Brigade, which would make me their Stacy figure. We genuinely care for each other and have a blast hanging out, but we always hold skating as the priority and perform to our best abilities.

“I still have nightmares about my failed lipslide-to-boardslide attempt”

Do you have a favorite Bones Brigade graphic?

The Ray “Bones” Rodriguez graphic started it all. It was the flagship for Bones Brigade aesthetics.

Tony at Delmar in 1985, ph. J Grant Brittain.

How was it seeing the Chin Ramp rebuilt last year, and getting to skate it after so long?

It was like walking into a dream from your childhood. The irony is that the ramp felt very small (compared to modern-sized vert) but the spine was scarier than ever. I still have nightmares about my failed lipslide-to-boardslide attempt. Our sessions were unforgettable though.

How hard was the recreation of the classic ‘four inverts’ photo? From the edit of that session, it looks as if it came together pretty fast…

The hardest part was trying to match the angle where Grant shot from, and where to position our hands. I kept trying to poke my tail up like in the original photo but it went out of frame since I’m taller now.

What do you think of the current crop of of vert skaters coming though? Lizzie Armanto, Clay Kreiner and so on…

I think the level of talent there is incredible, and they have the benefit of these facilities to only get better. Because of them, skating’s future is unstoppable.

Check out the Nixon X Bones Brigade Collection here.

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