Tony Hawk recruits U2, Pearl Jam, Of Mice & Men, more to customize skateboards

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Tony Hawk [center] with Of Mice & Men (photo: Jody Morris)

Professional skateboarder (and my personal favorite playable video game character) Tony Hawk has partnered up with Ben Harper to create Boards + Bands, a fundraising initiative for Hawk’s eponymous foundation. Hawk hit up some of his skater buds, including Ryan Sheckler, Chad Ortiz and Nyjah Huston, to donate one of their boards and then pick one of their favorite songs. Harper then approached those musicians with one simple instruction: “Please write the lyrics to this skater’s favorite song on his skateboard, and we’ll use it to create more skateparks for kids.” Among the musicians participating in the collaboration are Metallica, U2, Pearl Jam, Of Mice & Men, Jay Z, Tenacious D and more.

“We are thrilled about this year’s amazing collection of boards featuring unique collaborations between some of the biggest names in skateboarding and music, and we are grateful to all that made it possible,” says Hawk in a statement. “We have high hopes for this year’s auction as we continue to further the Foundation’s mission of bringing skateparks to low-income communities around the world.”

photo: Jody Morris
Ben Harper and Tony Hawk (photo: Jody Morris)

You can see all the custom boards as well as place a bid here; for a full list of collaborations, see below.

Paul Rodriguez + Jay Z “Where I’m From”
Riley Hawk + Ozzy Osbourne “Fairies Wear Boots”
Shane O’Neil + Jay Z “Politics As Usual”
Ben Raybourn + DEVO “Uncontrollable Urge”
Chad Ortiz + Tom Petty “Mary Jane’s Last Dance”
Nyjah Huston +: Metallica “Fade To Black”
Ryan Sheckler + Of Mice & Men “The Depths”
Tony Hawk + U2 “Where The Streets Have No Name”
Tony Hawk + Tenacious D “Tribute”
Mikey Taylor + The National “Sorrow”
Chris Cole + Elton John & Bernie Taupin “Candle In The Wind”
Doug Saladino + Pearl Jam “Nothing As It Seems”