During the Bitcoin 2021 conference in Miami today, professional skateboard icon Tony Hawk took to the stage to discuss the parallels between bitcoin and skateboarding as countercultural movements.
“If you’re doing something you really love, you’re not really working,” Hawk said, describing his decision to dedicate his professional life to skateboarding. “If you work in some kind of bitcoin aspect or world, and you enjoy what you do, I think you have to stick to it. “
In 2019, Hawk publicly declared himself a bitcoin investor when he tweeted that he “drove [the bitcoin price] for six years ”and that he had not yet“ saved ”. Last month, he said New York Times that he has been investing in bitcoin for almost 1
During his conversation, Hawk describes the beginning of his own career, at a time when skateboarding is not the cultural or business force he is now, and compares this to the journey that bitcoin is currently on.
“I was still living the dream, skating for a living … it was miserable, but it was for passion,” Hawk said. “It was just a passion and I feel like this is the place [Bitcoiners] are in. “
Bitcoin 2021 has partnered with the Tony Hawk Foundation to offer a Tony Hawk Meet And Greet pass, which includes a Bitcoin-themed skateboard deck signed by Hawk and the opportunity to meet him in person. The decks were also carved as indispensable symbols (NFT) in the Raretoshi market, built on Blockstream’s Liquid Bitcoin side chain.