A viral video of the skateboarding veteran’s “final” 540-degree ollie trick will be sold through Ethernity Chain among the NFT crypto collectibles boom.
Tony Hawk, a skateboarding legend, has been noted for his boundary-pushing professional career and hit video game franchise, revealed on social media that he will release a collectible non-fungible tokens (NFTs) through the platform Ethernity Chain.
Tony Hawk will offer up a video of what he is calling his final 540-degree ollie trick on a halfpipe. Hawk is revered in part for doing the first-ever 900-degree skateboard rotation trick during the 1999 X-Games. But it was over two decades ago, and Hawk is now 52 years old and long retired from competition. He has shared a glimpse of the move through Instagram in comparison to his first-ever 540 on film back in 1989, and then appeared to break down in tears after completing the move for the last time.
Hawk has reflected on why he has decided to retire the move from his skating arsenal:
According to him, videographer Chris Gregson’s shot of the move will be sold as an NFT “in the coming weeks” through the Ethernity Chain. The platform has a philanthropic edge, allowing NFT creators to mark an amount between 5% and 95% of the sale price to a chosen charity. Ethernity Chain is a new player in the NFT space, launching in February with funding from notable blockchain VCs like the Black Edge Capital, Morningstar Ventures, and Spark Digital Capital.
So far, Ethernity Chain has worked with a pop culture artist BossLogic, and it has recently announced the plans to launch a series of NFTs inspired by a boxer Muhammad Ali’s 1971 “Fight of the Century” against Joe Frazier. Proceeds from the Ali sale will then benefit the nonprofit Muhammad Ali Center museum in Louisville, Kentucky.
Nowadays, Athletes have been striking out on their own with NFT drops, as well. NFL star Rob Gronkowski pulled in a cool $1.6 million over the weekend from a series of the NFT collectible cards, while a still-ongoing sale of artwork inspired by quarterback Patrick Mahomes is now in the millions.
And not only the athletes, celebrities and brands alike – including Grimes, Taco Bell and Charmin – are aiming to get a piece of the booming NFT market; and the top three marketplaces have seen $342 million in total trading volume in just February alone.
Now the Hawkman plans to swoop in and get his prize.
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