Posted by:on January 17th, 2008
Just because Tony Hawk has financial stake in ShredorDie.com doesn’t mean he has turn over every embarrassing bit of memorabilia, but it looks like he has to some extent.
I was sent to Japan to be on a show called “Incredible Kids” (or something like that) when I was 14. They asked me to demonstrate tricks, but to change some of the names to be “Japanese friendly.” I was just excited to be overseas on my own, so I went along with it.
Tony says he was 14 at the time but he looks more like a 12 year old Macaulay Culkin in some of these shots. It’s pretty entertaining stuff. Part of the show has Tony attempting a few launch ramp gap jumps over an increasingly large number of audience members. No, the distance doesn’t get any greater, they just stuff more people in between. It’s pretty crazy how young he looks. It’s even crazier that these people think helmets will help them if Tony comes up short. Tony even grabs for the jumps. Nowadays he’d ollie it or 360 air over it. Check out the takeoff ramp. It looks like one of those old Firestone metal frame and plexiglass covered ramps laying back and propped up a little. Two part video after the jump. Please excuse the lame post title, but you should listen to the Vapors anyway.
Tony Hawk on Japanese TV – 1984
Heck, pretty much all of the TV’s in 1984 were already Japanese. I guess you can watch him on Korean or Chinese TV’s now.
Santa Cruz had a pro model for a Japanese skater in the late 80’s, where was that kid when they filmed this? Maybe this segment is what stoked him.
Hey why not? The Vapors were a great band with two very solid albums. They used to share the Jam’s manager, (Paul Weller’s dad) until the Jam got jealous and made him quit.
The Vapors – Turning Japanese
The Vapors – Waiting for the weekend.
Bet you never saw this video. The horn section at the end sounds almost exactly like the Daily Show theme song. I think there is a single version of this song that has more emphasis on that horn part.
An annoying True Spin segment on The Vapors hit Turning Japanese
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