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Blood infused products roll into Instagram frenzy

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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?” 

Tony Hawk

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,” 

Tony Hawk

SOURCE: Liquid Death

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.

 

 

Jack is a journalist and producer at Ticker NEWS. He's previously worked for digital media publications in Australia and the US. Jack is particularly interested in reporting on international affairs and sport.

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New York Stock Exchange in free fall

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Human error sends the New York Stock Exchange tumbling

We’ve all made mistakes at the office from time to time, but spare a thought for one worker who may have single-handedly brought down the New York Stock Exchange with just one tiny error.

The mistake of one employee has wiped billions of dollars off the charts for some of the globe’s largest companies.

The individual reportedly triggered wild swings and volatility on the New York Stock Exchange.

A number of big brand names were caught up in the catastrophe. It included McDonald’s, Walmart, and Mobil.

The NYSE eventually came clean. Officials admitted the“root cause” of the screw-up was a “manual error” from a staff member in the backup data centre.

The employee accidentally left the system running.

That’s why some stocks behaved as if trading had already started, with no opening prices being set, sending the market into a meltdown. #trending #featured

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Toyota announce Koji Sato as new CEO

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He’s the grandson of the founder, and a true titan of the industry.

 
But the question of who should replace Akio Toyoda at the top of Toyota had become a growing concern.

Now we have the answer.

The auto giant has announce its veteran boss would step down as chief executive, and become chairman.

Toyoda said he would be succeeded by chief branding officer Koji Sato from the start of April.

Sato says he loves making cars, and hopes to propel the company further down the Electric Vehicle path over the coming years. #Toyota

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Taylor Swift ticketing fiasco enters the U.S. Senate

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Live Nation is in the firing line over its inability to stop scalper bots from purchasing Taylor Swift tickets

U.S. Senators have grilled the boss of Live Nation over the lack of transparency relating to concert tickets for Taylor Swift’s upcoming tour.

The entertainment company, which owns Ticketmaster is under fire after bots purchased tickets for Swift’s ‘Era Tour’ last year, in an attempt to resell them for a higher price.

Joe Berchtold is the chief financial officer of Live Nation, who apologised to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.

“We apologise to the fans, we apologise to Ms. Swift, we need to do better and we will do better.”

Senators criticised Live Nation’s fee structure and inability to deal with bots, which bulk buy tickets and resell them at inflated prices.

“There isn’t transparency when no one knows who sets the fees,” Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar said.

Meanwhile, Republican Senator Marsha Blackburn called Live Nation’s bot problem “unbelievable”.

Ticketmaster reportedly occupies more than 70 per cent market share of primary ticket services for major U.S. concert venues.

“You ought to be able to get some good advice from people and figure it out,” Ms Blackburn said.

Ticketmaster cancelled sales of Swift’s tour to the public because of the “high demand”.

The entertainment giant reportedly sold over 2 million tickets, which is enough to fill 900 stadiums.

Taylor Swift said the situation was difficult, and called for accountability for music promoters.

“It’s really difficult for me to trust an outside entity with these relationships and loyalties, and excruciating for me to just watch mistakes happen with no recourse.

“I’m not going to make excuses for anyone because we asked them, multiple times, if they could handle this kind of demand and we were assured they could,” she said.

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