Professional skateboarder Tony Hawk announced that he first bought bitcoin in 2012 after discovering how it works on the Silk Road.
The skateboard legend spoke at the 2021 Bitcoin conference in Miami this weekend. Hawk talks about his personal experience with digital currencies in a coastal chat called Countercultures Go Mainstream.
The conversation was about skateboarding and how similar cryptocurrencies are in terms of cultural acceptance.
Hawk commented on the topic, saying “If you do something you really love, you don’t really work.” He linked this comment to crypto, “If you work in some aspect or world of Bitcoin and enjoy what you do, I think you should stick to it. “
Hawk compares the slow rise in popularity of the skateboard to that of the crypto market, saying that bitcoin has grown in popularity much faster than the skateboard.
7;s first BTC purchase
Hawk also admitted that he first bought bitcoin in 2012, when he saw how effective crypto is as a payment option on the now-defunct Silk Road. Silk Road was the main website used for mostly illegal transactions using bitcoin. The website processed transactions worth more than $ 200 million between more than 115,000 buyers before the website closed.
The skateboarder described how bitcoin grabbed his attention as a medium of exchange, saying that “it was very fast and international. For me, this was the future of finance. Hawk then “immediately searches: How can I buy bitcoin.”
The skateboard legend has admitted that he has not sold a single bitcoin so far, but has actually donated up to four bitcoins to a charity in 2012. “But I want to stick to that,” he said.
Tony Hawk NFT
The famous skateboarder is also involved in the space for irreplaceable symbols (NFT). Earlier, Hawk announced that he would sell his trick video Ollie 540 as NFT on the Eternality Chain platform.