Tony Hawk is releasing skateboards infused with his blood sending the controversial topic into an Instagram frenzy
Legendary skateboarder Tony Hawk is teaming up with canned water company Liquid Death to create a skateboard infused with his blood. The blood will be infused into the paintwork and artistry of the board.
“Liquid Death officially owns my soul, and my blood too?”
Skateboards see red
The 100 limited-edition blood-infused boards will sell for just $500 USD. The boards will reference Hawk’s nickname, Birdman, overlaid with red paint that is mixed with a vial of his blood.
Hawk insists it’s all for a good cause though, with a portion of the profits going towards alleviating plastic pollution. Additionally, proceeds will also go towards establishing skate parks in low-income communities.
A portion of the profits will be going towards alleviating plastic pollution and building skate parks in low-income communities. All of the boards have sold out so far.
“This collaboration is taking those connections to a new level, as I have literally put my blood (and soul?) into these decks, and I take pride in knowing that organisations fighting plastic pollution and creating skate parks worldwide will be supported through our efforts,”
Controversial Instagram movement
Using real blood infused into products is a controversial topic. It all started with rapper Lil Nas X recently trying to release black and red, devil-themed shoes containing real human blood.
His shoe line was canceled because of immense criticism online. Now, one week later, Hawk has revealed the same concept but with a skateboard and hasn’t received the same negative feedback.
Lil Nas X clearly frustrated with the lack of consistency from the public, has started an unintentional Instagram movement. Nas commented on an Instagram page that reported about Hawk’s new venture saying “Nah he tweakin.”
Now Instagram users are latching onto the “Nah he tweakin” frenzy, using the phrase in the comment section of highly followed accounts. It is now everywhere you look on the popular social media platform.
The interest moves fast, but Gen Z and Millenials move faster.
Adidas faces potential $320M Yeezy shoe write-off post-Kanye split
Adidas is contemplating a significant financial blow as it considers writing off $320 million worth of Yeezy shoes following its separation from music and fashion icon Kanye West.
The sportswear giant’s decision to sever ties with West’s Yeezy brand has left a mountain of unsold merchandise, threatening to dent the company’s balance sheet.
The partnership between Adidas and Kanye West, which began in 2013, had been immensely successful, with Yeezy shoes becoming a highly sought-after fashion statement.
However, recent controversies and disagreements between West and Adidas prompted the sportswear company to distance itself from the celebrity designer.
The massive inventory of Yeezy shoes now presents a dilemma for Adidas, as it grapples with finding a solution to deal with the surplus stock. A $320 million write-off could significantly impact the company’s financial performance in the short term.
Adidas is currently exploring various options, including discounting, donating, or repurposing the unsold inventory to mitigate the financial hit.
Warner Bros discovery warns of Hollywood’s ‘real risk’ post-strikes’
Warner Bros Discovery, has issued a stark warning regarding the ‘real risk’ that Hollywood faces in the aftermath of the recent strikes that have taken a considerable toll on the industry’s financial health.
The strikes, which disrupted film and television production for several weeks, resulted in substantial financial losses for studios, production companies, and countless industry professionals.
Warner Bros Discovery emphasised the necessity for a resilient and adaptable approach to navigate the ongoing challenges and uncertainties facing the film and television sector.
The conglomerate stressed the importance of implementing measures to mitigate such risks in the future, which include fostering better labour relations and contingency planning to safeguard against potential disruptions.
The message underlined the need for the industry to adapt to the evolving landscape of content creation and distribution, particularly in the digital era.
This warning from Warner Bros Discovery highlights the need for the entertainment industry to recognise the ever-changing dynamics and economic challenges, and the importance of preparedness to maintain its prominent position in the global market.
MrBeast’s monumental 100 African wells sparks controversy
Philanthropic YouTuber MrBeast, known for his outlandish and extravagant charity stunts, recently financed the construction of 100 wells in Africa, providing clean drinking water to thousands of people.
While the philanthropic gesture is commendable on the surface, it has ignited a wave of controversy and criticism from various quarters.
Critics argue that MrBeast’s approach, although well-intentioned, might not be the most sustainable solution to Africa’s water crisis.
They question the long-term viability of these wells, raising concerns about maintenance and local ownership. Some have even labelled it as a publicity stunt, arguing that it merely scratches the surface of a much deeper issue.
On the other hand, MrBeast’s supporters laud his efforts in raising awareness and mobilising his enormous following to contribute to a worthy cause. They argue that any effort to alleviate the water crisis is a step in the right direction.
In the end, whether MrBeast’s 100 wells in Africa are a game-changing philanthropic success or a mere spectacle remains a subject of intense social debate.
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