Tony Hawk Joined By Elton John, The Clash, Daft Punk, Ben Harper, Others For Second-Annual Boards + Bands Auction

Posted: November 26, 2013

Top skaters team up with legendary recording artists to benefit at-risk youth.


Sir Elton John and lyricist Bernie Taupin collaborated with pro skater Chris Cole to apply the lyrics to their hit Candle In The Wind to Coles complete skateboard, which shows the wear and tear you might expect from the reigning champion of Street League Skateboarding. Photo by Jody Morris
Sir Elton John and lyricist Bernie Taupin collaborated with pro skater Chris Cole to apply the lyrics to their hit "Candle In The Wind" to Cole's complete skateboard, which shows the wear and tear you might expect from the reigning champion of Street League Skateboarding. Photo by Jody Morris

11/26/13 (Los Angeles, CA) – What do pro skaters do with the boards they skate and destroy? They recruit the help of friends like Elton John, Daft Punk, and The Clash, and they turn them into skateparks.

After launching the program last year and raising over $126,000 to benefit at-risk youth, legendary skateboarder Tony Hawk and Grammy Award-winning musician Ben Harper have invited more of their friends in the skate and music worlds to join them for the second-annual Boards + Bands auction (www.BoardsAndBands.org), which launches December 5 on eBay. A member of the nonprofit Tony Hawk Foundation Board Of Directors, Harper conceived the idea to use pro skaters’ old decks to write song lyrics on and raise funds to build positive recreational outlets for at-risk youth.

The Boards + Bands fundraising initiative merges the worlds of skateboarding and music to benefit the work of the Tony Hawk Foundation. Hawk invited a select group of professional skateboarders to donate their personally ridden skateboards and submit the name of their favorite songs. Harper then sent those boards on to the appropriate artists with one simple message: “Please write the lyrics to this skater’s favorite song on his skateboard, and we’ll use it to create more skateparks for kids.”

The chosen recording artists have hand-written the lyrics on these one-of-a-kind skateboards. Included in this unprecedented auction are board collaborations by the following artists and skaters: Sir Elton John, Bernie Taupin, and Chris Cole; Ben Harper and Christian Hosoi; Mick Jones and Paul Simonon of The Clash and Tony Hawk; Daft Punk and Aaron “Jaws” Homoki; and Andrew Reynolds and Panda Bear of Animal Collective.

“Last Year's Boards + Bands auction surpassed all expectations,” said Tony Hawk. “This year we have equal caliber of skaters and musicians contributing, so I am looking forward to seeing the excitement (and high bidding) they bring.”

These special collaboration skateboards will be available in a celebrity auction launching December 5 at 7 PM (PST) on eBay (www.BoardsAndBands.org), and will be on display through the end of the auction at The GRAMMY Museum in downtown Los Angeles, California.


Parisian duo Daft Punk applied the lyrics to Technologic on skate pro Aaron Jaws Homoki's personal ridden skateboard deck. This and many other unique collaboration skateboards will be up for auction at www.BoardsAndBands.org to benefit the Tony Hawk Foundation.
Parisian duo Daft Punk applied the lyrics to "Technologic" on skate pro Aaron "Jaws" Homoki's personal ridden skateboard deck. This and many other unique collaboration skateboards will be up for auction at www.BoardsAndBands.org to benefit the Tony Hawk Foundation.

The GRAMMY Museum is located in the L.A. LIVE district at 800 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90015. Museum hours, admission, and other information can be found at www.grammymuseum.org, or by calling (213) 765-6800.

Funds raised through this effort will benefit the Tony Hawk Foundation, which supports at-risk youth through the creation of public skateparks in low-income communities across the U.S. These skateparks are safe, sanctioned places for youth to come together, form communities, and practice the sport they love in a healthy environment. Since 2002, the Foundation has helped to fund 537 public skateparks in 50 states.

For more information about this unique auction, please visit www.BoardsAndBands.org. Or contact Lily Schwimmer: lily@tonyhawkfoundation.org, (760) 477-2479.

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About The Tony Hawk Foundation
A charitable, non-profit organization, the Tony Hawk Foundation was established in 2002 by its namesake, professional skateboarder Tony Hawk, to promote and provide funds for high-quality public skateparks in low-income areas throughout the United States—with an emphasis on the word “quality.” Since then, the Foundation has awarded over $4.6-million to 537 communities in all 50 States. The Foundation focuses on working with local officials and grassroots, community-based organizations that plan to hire designers and contractors with strong experience designing and building skateparks.

The Tony Hawk Foundation was established by a gift from Tony Hawk. Its directors raise additional funds through events, donations, and continuing contributions from Tony and other entities. In addition to skateparks, the Foundation also makes donations to other children-related charities, as chosen by its Board Of Directors. For more information or to make a donation, visit the Foundation's Web site at www.tonyhawkfoundation.org. You can also visit THF on facebook at www.facebook.com/tonyhawkfoundation, on Twitter @THawkFoundation, on Pinterest at THawkFoundation, and on Instagram @tonyhawkfoundation.

About The GRAMMY Museum
Paying tribute to music's rich cultural history, this one-of-a-kind, 21st-century Museum explores and celebrates the enduring legacies of all forms of music, the creative process, the art and technology of the recording process, and the history of the premier recognition of excellence in recorded music—the GRAMMY Award. The GRAMMY Museum features 30,000 square feet of interactive and multimedia exhibits located within L.A. LIVE, the downtown Los Angeles sports, entertainment and residential district. Through thought-provoking and dynamic public and educational programs and exhibits, guests can experience music from a never-before-seen insider perspective that only The GRAMMY Museum can deliver. More at www.grammymuseum.org.


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