When you think of basketball, you think of Larry Bird, when you think of baseball you think of Ted Williams, football conjures images of Tom Brady and hockey always leads you to Bobby Orr. Such is the case with Tony Hawk, aka “The Birdman.” His name is so synonymous with skateboarding that he is considered one of the living legends, a forefather and trailblazer for the sport.
Few walk on skateboarding’s hallowed grounds like Tony does. Danny Way, Christian Hosoi, Steve Caballero, Tony Alva and Natas Kaupas all share his rarefied air but Tony is often hailed as the ambassador of the sport. He was the first skater to have a video game, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, and the game has continued to be a massive hit ever since it launched onto the scene back in 1999.
Now, the sport of skateboarding is getting a HUGE acknowledgement and it is coming from the Smithsonian Institute. The National History of American History in Washington D.C. is going to add Tony’s very first skateboard to their collection. (Something most skateboarders would give up one of their kidney’s for.) The skateboard will be part of an all-new exhibit called Innoskate.
Here is what the Smithsonian has to say about Innoskate and the events tied around it.
Innoskate is a major public festival that will celebrate invention and creativity in skate culture. Innoskate will highlight the contributions skate innovators make to society through demonstrations, hands-on education activities, public programs with inventors and innovators, and donations of objects to the national collections. Activities will also include discussions and demonstrations of evolving technology such as decks, wheels, trucks, board design, materials, etc., as well as innovations in tricks that fueled further technological innovations. Hands-on activities related to skate culture may include aspects of board design and fabrication, use of new materials, and/or the engineering and physics of making decks and performing tricks.
Friday, June 21, 6:30 PM
Bones Brigade: An Autobiography
(2012, 90 min) This documentary from Stacy Peralta looks at the Bones Brigade, six teenage boys who came together as a skateboarding team in the 1980s. Follow along as they reinvent not only their chosen sport, but also themselves as they evolve from insecure outsiders to the most influential athletes in the field. Discussion with original members Tony Hawk and Rodney Mullen follows.
Saturday, June 22, 10:30 AM – 5 PM
Celebrate invention and creativity in skate culture and learn about the contributions skate innovators make to society. After a donation of skateboard artifacts to the national sports history collections, hear panel discussions about skate technology, fashion, and tricks with panelists Tony Hawk and Paul Schmitt. Also enjoy skate demonstrations by pro and invited skaters.
Saturday, June 22, 6:30 PM
Waiting for Lightning
(2012, 96 min) This film documents pro skateboarder Danny Way’s tough childhood and his contributions to the sport and features footage of his jump over the Great Wall of China. Discussion follows.