I Dressed Like Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater For A Week And I Still Can’t Kickflip

July 4, 2019 by , featured in Pop Culture
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You ever lie awake at night thinking about the things you wish you could do but never could? Me too. That’s why I decided that I was going to finally nail this kickflip. Naturally, I looked to my skate idols to inspire me on my quest. Who might those skate gods be? Why, my favorite avatars from Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, of course! I’m going to dress like these legends to really embody the role. After all, dress for the job you want, not the job you have, right? This is is what happened when dressed like Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater characters for a week.

Monday

dressed like Tony Hawk Pro Skater

Alright, so we are making progress. Today’s outfit gave me the courage to dig through my parent’s garage for items that haven’t been touched since 2007. When I rolled up to the skate park some kids called me a poser, which was completely uncalled for. It psyched me out, and I just couldn’t get in the kickflip zone.

Tuesday

dressed like Tony Hawk Pro Skater

This outfit was inspired by the threads my avatar was wearing when I beat the Warehouse Tape Challenge in Pro Skater. Today I practiced kickflips a bunch on my tech-deck, and I’m feeling pretty confident that I can transfer these skills to the big tech-deck–I mean skateboard.

Wednesday

dressed like Tony Hawk Pro Skater

I’m not going to lie, today was not rad. I scraped my elbow and it hurt really, really badly. So I decided to take a break. Luckily, my flip phone was not damaged in the fall. It was a close call. I’m bummed that today was ruined so early because I found an abandoned pool and was for sure going to pop an ollie in it. Everyone knows an ollie is the gateway kickflip.

Thursday

dressed like Tony Hawk Pro Skater

I’m just going to state the obvious. It’s a lot harder to skate without using my PS2 controller. How am I supposed to grind without a balance meter? I’m worried my Stat Points are going to plummet. Korn can’t save me now. Jonathan Davis never landed a kickflip either.

Friday

Listen, I gave it my all. I really did. I listened to my 2001 Warped Tour playlist. I busted out the brimmed beanie. I even ran up and down the ramps at the skatepark and thought super hard about doing a kickflip. Unlike Pro Skater, there are no cheat codes for the real world. 

 

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5 Comments

  1. I’m angry because of my own inadequacies in life, and I lash out at others in an attempt to make myself feel better, but ultimately I’m still sad and I’ve only made the world a worse place.

  2. Be yourself and keep practicing you should skate with others it makes for a little competition and that’s when you push yourself to do stuff you would not try by yourself.

  3. The only way to learn kickflips is to do like a hundred attempts a day until you get them. Watch a tutorial video on YouTube to make sure your doin it right.

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