Outside of the Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1+2 remastering, there hasn't been too much skateboarding content on DOL. It's not to say I'm not a fan, because I am. King of the Road was my favorite show on Viceland when they were airing it. I loved skateboarding and skate culture long before I cared about "real sports". I was even in a skate-video in 8th grade.
I was watching the X-Games before I watched the Super Bowl. I may not be able to drop-in or ollie while moving, but I've spent more time on a skateboard in my life than I have inside women.
Speaking of not being inside women, my favorite country musician and Thrasher magazine fan, Orville Peck now has his own signature skate deck. More like Orville Deck, amirite.... If you're unfamiliar with Orville, I wrote about him back in February when I was listening to nothing but his debut album Pony.
If you know THPS, then you probably know the name Jamie Thomas. In 1996 Jamie started his own brand called "Zero Skateboards". Even if you don't skate, you've probably seen people wearing Zero at some point in your life. Today (technically yesterday), in 2020, country-alt rocker Orville Peck joins the likes of Jamie Thomas and countless others by having his own signature Zero skate deck.
This collaboration between Zero skater Dane Burman and musician Orville Peck stems greatly around the title of his song "Hope to Die". Burman used the song in his clip of the same name and is a friend of the Canadian masked-man.
When I saw the news of this deck on instagram today it made me so happy. First off the graphic is very handsome! I was pumped for Orville. The detail in black and white is beautiful. Plus the skating community gets a bad-wrap for being full of "punk-ass skaters" who may have close-minded views. Not to stereotype too hard, but skaters love to shit on people who wear their brands, but don't actually skate. I'm sure you've heard the term "poser", shit you may have been called one before. It's easy to assume people that may use that term to bash those who are actually helping finance the sport they love aren't super Progressive. To see this acceptance of not only a gay man, but COUNTRY music in skating is pretty encouraging. Like KG said, anything is possible. Look at how happy everybody is.
Here's a close up of Orville and his deck.
I mean this board is CLEAN.
If you haven't heard Orville Peck yet, I highly suggest that you change that. After Rage Against the Machine and The 1975, he's the act I'm most bummed about missing at this years cancelled Boston Calling Festival. I'm so excited to see where his career goes next and what other cultural gaps he closes.