Tony Hawk has always been HIGH on the list of human beings I’d trade lives with if given a wish by a magic genie. His job is to skateboard and get paid for it, which is objectively cool as hell. He was nearly the star of Space Jam 2, a plot where they just abandoned basketball entirely and focused around skateboarding. That movie should still be made and would rule so hard. And even if you didn’t attempt to skate as a youth, you more than likely played Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater in the late-90s, early-2000s. Aka one of the greatest video games to grace any console. What a life. And with all that money and fame came, apparently, tons of name recognition with only a small percentage of facial recognition. At least, according to Tony Hawk himself, a man who seemingly goes viral once a month for some awkward interaction out in the wild.
While I’m sure it would be annoying to be constantly mistaken for, well, yourself, it’s very rarely someone coming up to him, interrupting his day. It’s mostly TSA agents who apparently are not a big skateboard community. Obviously he still gets stopped and asked for pictures and has fans like any other famous person but certainly on a lesser level than others in his tax bracket. Which is why I think he’s attained the perfect level of fame. Regarded as one of the GOATs, made a shit ton of money doing what he loves, and can go to the grocery store without being hounded every time he’s out in public. Plus, at the end of the day, he’s just a skater which I would argue is the second coolest profession on the planet behind pro surfer. And surfing is just Hawaiian ocean skateboarding when you really think about it. So I guess what I’m trying to say here is congrats on fucking dominating life, Tony Hawk. You cracked the code.