Legendary skateboarder Tony Hawk and renowned singer-songwriter and musician Ben Harper recently came together today for a press conference at The GRAMMY Museum at L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles to launch the second annual Boards + Bands auction to benefit at-risk youth.
During the press conference, which was held in the museum’s Clive Davis Theater, Hawk and Harper revealed all of this year’s board collaborations, including Elton and Bernie Taupin's Candle In The Wind, and Mick Jones and Paul Simonon's (of The Clash) London Calling.
The Boards + Bands initiative brings together the worlds of skateboarding and music to benefit the work of the Tony Hawk Foundation, which helps bring high quality public skateparks to underprivileged children in low-income communities. The chosen recording artists have hand-written the lyrics on one-of-a-kind skateboards from each skater.
“The second annual boards and bands has arrived!” said Harper. “I couldn’t be more proud of the work we’ve done at the Tony Hawk Foundation—it is an honour to serve as a member of the Board. Skatepark building is community building, so please help us spread the word about this year’s auction. Thank you!”
The Boards + Bands auction is open for bidding on eBay until December 15 at 7 p.m./PST.
Last year’s Boards + Bands auction raised over $126,000 for the Tony Hawk Foundation, and this year Hawk and Harper hope the auction surpasses that.
“It’s exciting to present another amazing group of unique boards,” said Tony. “The combination of top skaters and musicians has resulted in some one-of-a-kind works of art, all being auctioned to help build skateparks.”
These special collaboration skateboards will be on display at The GRAMMY Museum through the end of the auction on December 15. The museum is located in the L.A. LIVE district at 800 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, California 90015. Museum hours, admission, and other information can be obtained by calling (213) 765-6800.