In Things No One Asked For: Skateboards Painted With Tony Hawk’s Blood
Wouldn’t you want to skate on a board painted in Tony Hawk’s blood? To promote the water brand, Liquid Death, Hawk launched a limited edition skateboard that was painted using his blood.
If for whatever reason you want a skateboard with Hawks blood they’re no longer on sale. 100 people bought these limited edition skateboards within 24 hours. Each skateboard is red (for obvious reasons) and features an image of a man with multiple skulls whose head is the brand’s logo. This skateboard has a huge satanic vibe to it, which is pretty common for Liquid Death’s merchandise.
Liquid Death got $5,500 off of selling skateboards that contain Hawk’s blood. I really hope Hawk is getting something out of this project. But, how much commission would justify putting your blood on a board?
They retail for $500 and clearly are more of a collectors item than a daily use board. This type of merchandise is strange, but not uncommon for Liquid Death. They’re a water company who profits off of their product looking like an alcoholic beverage.
To any reader who may be squeamish to needles, don’t watch the advertisement.
Is Tony Hawk The Only Celebrity To Have Merchandise With Blood In It?
According to Hawk’s Instagram story, the inspiration behind this project came from the band, KISS. At the peak of their career, this rock band made a Marvel comic that featured their blood. The idea behind it was that every person who got the comic would have a little bit of the band members’ blood.
The band members blood got added to red ink in, “A Marvel Comics Super Special!: Kiss.” Believe it or not, in 1997 this comic book sold 500,000 copies and was Marvel’s best-selling single issue until the 1990’s. The comic books were on the market for $1.50 in 1997, which seems pretty cheap to give your DNA up for.
Although this entire thing is strange, Lil Nas X also took inspiration from KISS in his 2021 merchandise.
In March, Lil Nas X dropped a pair of “Satan Shoes” after the release of his hit “Montero (Call Me By Your Name).” He created these shoes in collaboration with the Brooklyn based group, MSCHF. These shoes are a recreation of the Nike Air Max 97 sneakers that feature pentagram charms and a bible verse. To make each pair special, Lil Nas X included a small amount of ink and blood in an air bubble at the bottom of the shoe.
These shoes retail for $1,018, and faced heavy criticism. People considered them to be satanic, like the KISS comic. It makes you wonder if Hawk will soon receive this criticism following his skateboard launch.