Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk has performed his last ollie 540 and has decided to sell it as NFT or non-fungible token.
"In 1989 I started trying ollie 540’s as a joke, since it seemed there was no way to keep a skateboard on your feet throughout 1 1/2 spins in the air." Tony Hawk posted on his official Instagram account. "But at some point I started scooping the tail with my back toe, which kept my feet in place for most of the spin. When Stacy Peralta came to shoot my segment for Ban This, I decided to finally make one since he was using ultra high-speed film cameras.
Tony Hawk continued. "You can see the progression of my feet staying on with this unseen raw footage of my attempts, before finally landing one in a full squat, with hand dragging behind. It was the first of many that I’ve made over the last 32 years, and my technique improved as time went on. But they’ve gotten scarier in recent years, as the landing commitment can be risky if your feet aren’t in the right places.
The skate legend added. "And my willingness to slam unexpectedly into the flat bottom has waned greatly over the last decade. So today I decided to do it one more time and never again. You can swipe to see the progression of those attempts, including a slam that looks eerily similar to the one I took while shooting with Stacy. But this time I took down a camera, tripod and my pinky as collateral damage in my quest for glory. P.S. Chris Gregson’s angle of this will be an NFT offering via Ethernity Chain in the coming weeks.
Skateboarders around the globe know how hard it is to land a 540 on a vert ramp and for a 52-year-old to do that is also a different story. Since he is Tony Hawk, he was able to land the trick without being injured. The valuable legendary ollie 540 is going to be immortalized as an NFT after a winner is declared in an auction. The good news about this is that the portion of the proceeds of the sale will go directly to charity but yet to be specified.