Tony Hawk ‘puzzled’ after meeting couple in viral tweet
Legendary skateboarder Tony Hawk is not only known for his tricks but also for his tweets.
The cultural icon has 4.5 million followers on Twitter. But even with his popularity, he constantly tweets about how some people think they are in his presence while others remain unsure.
Thursday he tweeted of Billings, Montana, about an encounter he had with three strangers in an elevator that left him “perplexed”. The tweet has been “liked” over 153,000 times.
“It just happened, and maybe that’s where it all ends,” he joked.
Hawk explained that he rode in an elevator with three people, including a husband and wife. The man made a sarcastic joke at Hawk saying, “Someone already told you that you…” Hawk replied “yes”, adding that the man was not the first person that day to realize it was actually him.
“I’m sorry, I tried to stop him from doing the joke,” the man’s wife then said to his wife before the couple exited the elevator.
But that wasn’t the end of Hawk’s fun. After the couple left, the other man in the elevator asked Hawk what joke the woman was referring to.
Hawk told Abroad that he “often mistakes his identity.” When the stranger asks who Hawk is wrong with, Hawk tells him “Tony Hawk”.
“Haha you look like him!” said the stranger before stepping out of the elevator to his floor.
Knowing who Tony Hawk is but not knowing if it’s actually him or not is one of the platform’s best long-running gags.
“Everyone knows who Tony Hawk is but nobody knows who Tony Hawk is,” one user replied.
Another user responded with a meme of Hawk on an alternate cover of his popular video game “Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater”, calling it “Tony Hawk’s Existential Nightmare” and alluding to his old tweets about meeting strangers in random places that think they’ve met Hawk but aren’t exactly sure.
The tweets have been posted for almost two years, with encounters across the country.
A woman at a concert in California fell on Hawk at a concert and mentioned how she had taken a photo with him in Las Vegas years earlier, which her son thought was cool – so cool, in fact, that he ended up cutting his mother out of the photo and just put Hawk on his wall.
Another encounter with a young skateboarder from Michigan involved Hawk trying to convince the youngster that he was in fact Tony Hawk. Finally, the the youngster said to Hawk he thought he “would look younger”.
An “older guy” once saw Hawk in a skate park and shouted for the pro do a kickflip. When Hawk agreed and did it, the man reportedly turned to his friend and said, “Holy shit! He really did!
On Tuesday, Hawk’s life and career were commemorated with the release of the HBO documentary, Tony Hawk: Until the Wheels Fall Off. It currently has a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, including an 80% Audience Score.
The two-hour, 15-minute documentary was directed by Sam Jones and features current and former skateboarding big names including Stacy Peralta, Rodney Mullen and Steve Caballero.