TONY Hawk is known as an American professional skateboarder, entrepreneur, and the owner of the skateboard company Birdhouse.
In August 2021, Hawk, 53, has since gotten into a dispute with rapper Lil Nas X following the announcement that he will be releasing 100 limited-edition skateboards.
What is Tony Hawk’s ‘bloodboard’?
In August, Hawk teamed up with Liquid Death, the water company which claims to “murder your thirst,” to create 100 limited-edition skateboards.
These boards have been reported to be infused with Hawk’s actual blood and each will contain a vial’s worth of Hawk’s DNA, mixed in with the paint.
“I am deeply thankful to have a connection with my fans, and I appreciate how Liquid Death connects with theirs,” Hawk said in a press release. “This collaboration is taking those connections to a new level, as I have literally put my blood (and soul?) into these decks.”
The limited-edition boards will be painted red and feature a graphic of a man whose head has been replaced with a can of Liquid Death.
The boards will retail at $500 each with a portion of the profits going to anti-plastic nonprofit 5 Gyres, and Hawk’s organization The Skateboard Project.
Why is ‘nah he tweakin’ trending?
Following Hawk’s announcement, Lil Nas X, who outraged fans earlier in 2021 for releasing his “Satan Shoes,” which also contained human blood, was quick to point out the double standards.
On Wednesday, August 25, the rapper tweeted: “now that tony hawk has released skateboards with his blood painted on them, and there was no public outrage, are y’all ready to admit y’all were never actually upset over the blood in the shoes? and maybe u were made for some other reason?”
Following his tweet, Lil Nas X then took to Instagram to comment on a post from RapTV’s account about the boards.
“Y’all rockin with it!?” RapTV captioned the post to which the rapper responded, “nah he tweakin.”
Following his response, the comment has since generated over 35,000 likes and led to other’s commenting on other Instagram posts with the same phrase.
Was Lil Nas X sued by Nike?
Lil Nas X has strong feelings about the upcoming skateboard release and for good reason.
Following his release of the “Satan Shoe,” after his devil-themed video for “Montero (Call Me By Your Name),” came out, Nike sued the company that created the shoe in March 2021.
Nike had previously accused MSCHF Product Studio, Inc, the Brooklyn company behind the shoe, of trademark infringement over the 666 pairs of modified Nike sneakers that were made in collaboration with the singer.
The company had requested that MSCHF “permanently stop” fulfilling orders for the “unauthorized” shoes.
While Nike and MSCHF eventually resolved the issue, fans were still outraged at the singer, making Hawk’s news and lack-of outrage, just that much more frustrating for him.