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Tony Hawk's Biggest Problem With Fame Appears to Be When People Don't Recognize Him

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Fame is a strange thing in the age of the internet. Whereas there used to be a time when people had to work hard to be recognized in their field, it seems like influencer culture, reality TV, and 5-year-old YouTube stars are really shifting the paradigm for the way we come to think of famous people.

No one personifies this shift more obviously than pro skater Tony Hawk, one of the most successful and influential pioneers of skateboarding as we know it today. The 50-year-old — who was the first skater to successfully land the "900," a trick that involves two and a half mid-air revolutions on a skateboard — isn't just known within the skateboarding community.

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