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Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk took the stage at Bitcoin 2021 to debate the parallels between the expansion of Bitcoin and skating tradition.

In the course of the Bitcoin 2021 convention in Miami as we speak, skilled skateboarding icon Tony Hawk took the stage to debate the parallels between Bitcoin and skateboarding as countercultural actions.

“In the event you’re doing one thing you really love, you are not really working,” Hawk mentioned, describing his choice to dedicate his skilled life to skateboarding. “In the event you’re working in some form of Bitcoin aspect or world, and also you’re having fun with what you are doing, I believe you must keep it up.”

In 2019, Hawk publicly introduced himself as a bitcoin investor when he tweeted that he had “been driving [the bitcoin price] for six years” and that he hadn’t “bailed but.” Final month, he informed The New York Occasions that he had been investing in bitcoin for nearly 10 years. His skateboard park-building nonprofit, the Tony Hawk Basis, began accepting bitcoin donations in 2019.

Throughout his speak, Hawk described the start of his personal profession, at a time when skateboarding was not the cultural or enterprise drive that it’s now, and in contrast that to the journey Bitcoin is presently on.

“I used to be nonetheless dwelling the dream, I used to be skating for a dwelling… it was a meager dwelling but it surely was for a ardour,” Hawk mentioned. “It was only a ardour and I really feel like that is the place [Bitcoiners] are at.”

Bitcoin 2021 partnered with the Tony Hawk Basis to supply a “Tony Hawk Meet And Greet” go on the market, which included a Bitcoin-themed skateboard deck signed by Hawk and the chance to satisfy him in individual. The decks have been additionally minted as non-fungible tokens (NFTs) on the Raretoshi market, constructed on Blockstream’s Liquid Bitcoin sidechain.