What Keeps Tony Hawk Rolling Along
FROM LEFT: Tony Hawk; Venice Skatepark; Birdhouse Tony Hawk skateboard
When you travel, what is the one essential item you take with you?
The Birdhouse Tony Hawk model skateboard with Theeve titanium trucks and 60mm wheels
Is there a gadget you must always have with you?
My 17-inch MacBook Pro
What products are currently on your bathroom shelf?
Degree deodorant, Bumble and Bumble Sumotech for my hair, Gillette Mach3 razor, toothbrush, Crest, Advil
What’s your favorite memory of LA?
Jumping [on a skateboard] between two six-story buildings in the GarmentDistrict for MTV
Do you have a favorite accessory?
Whatever Nixon belt is the latest. All their designs are good.
Which books are currently on your nightstand?
Saguaro: The Life & Adventures of Bobby Allen Bird by Carson Mell and I Am America (and So Can You!) by Stephen Colbert
What are you listening to on your iPod these days?
Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jay-Z, Pixies, Jeff The Brotherhood, Ida Maria, Joy Division, The Black Keys, Arcade Fire, Nine Inch Nails, MGMT, Justice
Who is your favorite clothing designer and why?
Quiksilver, because they make everything I need for skating and semiformal attire
If someone gave you $10,000, how would you spend it?
I’d donate it to the Tony Hawk Foundation to help build more skate parks in low-income areas.
Where is your ideal vacation destination?
What’s your preferred method of transportation?
Citation Excel jet or my Jeep SRT600
Do you have a preferred place to stay in Los Angeles?
The SLS Hotel or Chateau Marmont
Favorite place to skate in LA?
Culver City Skate Park, but I’ve heard the new Venice park is sweet. I haven’t been there yet.
Your go-to restaurant in LA?
Sushi Nozawa, SugarFish or Matsuhisa
Is there a motto you live by?
Be the ball.
PHOTOGRAPHS BY ASHLEY BARRETT (SKATE PARK); REBECCA JOELSON (HAWK)