A 2019 story of skater Tony Hawk not being recognized by a kid at the skatepark is going viral all over again. And it’s still as hilarious and wholesome as the first time we heard it. But it also makes us feel old because we’re pretty sure that if we ran into Tony at the skatepark, we would know exactly who he was without him saying anything to us.
On Oct. 30, 2019, Tony shared a story on Twitter about an encounter with a kid at the skatepark. According to Tony, the kid was practicing already when he showed up. The kid asked if he was a good skater. Tony, who is literally one of the greatest pro-skaters of all time, answered that he was “sometimes” a good skater. The kid asked a few more questions before Tony wanted to know the child’s name.
“I asked him his name, and he said Irving,” Tony explained in the tweet. “I told him my name is Tony, to which he replied sarcastically ‘like Tony Hawk haha.’ and then he left.”
Follow up: I asked him his name and he said Irving. I told him my name is Tony, to which he replied sarcastically “like Tony Hawk haha”
and then he left.
— Tony Hawk (@tonyhawk) October 31, 2019
We’re guessing it’s a pretty safe bet that most dads would only be at the skatepark to watch their kids. So, one would assume that if you were in California and saw a middle-aged guy with a skateboard who is not there with a child that it’s probably going to be Tony Hawk.
But the thing is, Tony’s name is super popular. Everyone who skateboards knows who Tony Hawk is. Ask a random stranger who the best skateboarder is, and they’ll probably say, Tony. However, anyone who didn’t grow up in the ’90s probably won’t know Tony’s face since he’s not as active as he was then. And that makes us feel old.
Even though the initial tweet went viral a while ago, for some reason, it’s resurfaced and has gone viral all over again. “Not sure why this interaction resurfaced, but while you’re here… please help us build more public skateparks by purchasing this signed 8×12: a pic of me from 1987,” Tony tweeted as a follow-up. “Half of proceeds go to The @Skatepark Project. And yes, I personally signed them all.”
Not sure why this interaction resurfaced, but while you’re here… please help us build more public skateparks by purchasing this signed 8×12: a pic of me from 1987. Half of proceeds go to The @skatepark Project. And yes, I personally signed them all: https://t.co/uuxo8CzUrV pic.twitter.com/kQHMI1f38K
— Tony Hawk (@tonyhawk) March 11, 2021
This isn’t the first time Tony has encountered a fan who knows his name but no idea they’re talking to the real Tony. The pro-skater often shares similar tales on social media, and honestly, each one is adorable somehow.
TSA agent (checking my ID): "Hawk, like that skateboarder Tony Hawk!"
Her: "Cool, I wonder what he's up to these days"
— Tony Hawk (@tonyhawk) March 21, 2017
To clarify: my legal name is Anthony
TSA agent checks my ID, looks at me, looks at ID, looks back at me quizzically and loudly says
"Tony Hawk's my favorite skater"
Me: I’ll tell him.
— Tony Hawk (@tonyhawk) June 21, 2018
Dude at gas station in Iowa: "Anyone ever tell you that you look like a young Tony Hawk?" He is my new favorite person.
— Tony Hawk (@tonyhawk) August 17, 2014
Guy at grocery store:
"you ever get mistaken for Tony Hawk… or are you Tony Hawk?
— Tony Hawk (@tonyhawk) July 14, 2018
It’s rare to have a celebrity who is so well known while at the same time not being known at all.