"I've always had a mental wish list of tricks, such as the 900, varial 720, kickflip 540, ollie 540, and slowly over the years I checked them off one by one until the 9 was the only one left. Everything else now is purely for fun." - Tony Hawk, Hawk: Occupation: Skateboarder
I'm finally getting back to my recap of various shows and experiences. Tony Fo-Hawk is on break to enjoy some snowboarding so this is a good time to discuss the hell of a summer he had (fall was good as well, but I'll cover that later). I had already talked about the creation of his Airship Pirate number. Before that, he was working on another new act for the Wet 'n' Wild Tuesday Tease.
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Before he became known as a musician, Jack Johnson was a pro surfer—the youngest to make finals at Pipeline Masters. His songs are a bit too mellow to do an act to on their own, but I found a song he wrote about the waves and mashed it up with "Surf Wax America".
My breasts are too sensitive and large for me to be comfortable with duct tape binding. Therefore, I knew the illusion was going to be compromised because who surfs with their shirt on? I thought about buying a wetsuit, but they weren't in my budget and my binder would still show through. I decided that the audience could suspend their disbelief, especially if I went even sillier with the "nudity" down below.
"Going Surfing" provided a much needed lightness since I had
been working on two ambitious numbers for the SteamTease. In August, Tony and I teamed up to do our
"Jesus of Suburbia" act for a Broadway-themed Tuesday Tease. I'll never get tired performing because it's
so cathartic. That same week, Tony
continued with the musical-inspired acts and did Hamilton for Mustache Envy.
|See what I mean?|
Photo by KWN Design
|Not throwing away his shot|
Photo by Cher Musico
Because it was my most PG of acts, I took the opportunity to invite my co-workers along to experience a drag show. Some of them may have been in for a culture shock, but I think—I hope—they had a good time. I sure did. It's always great to see fans of the musical rap along. There were these two girls who knew every lyric, and they approached me with excitement afterwards, telling me that they were blasting the soundtrack earlier in the day.
One of the reasons I love doing nerdlesque so much is because I can reach those people who may have obscure interests. Tony isn't really a nerd (unless you count his action sports obsession), but I'm glad he can reach out to people too. I’ll cover some of his more recent shows, but I’m really proud of how far he has come in less than a year.