Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk is offering up a rare The Avalanches vinyl record to raise money for his non-profit The Skate Park Project.
With the help of Melbourne-based custom vinyl factory Small Run, the Australian electronic duo pressed a limited run of their recent single ‘Reflecting Light’ onto X-ray film. Just 12 copies of the 7-inch exist throughout the world.
One of those currently belongs to Hawk, which is fitting, given that it’s pressed onto a scan of an injury the pro suffered in June – specifically, dislocated fingers.
However, Hawk is offering up his copy to raise money for his Skate Park Project organisation, which helps build safe and inclusive public skateparks in disadvantaged communities.
Donate any amount to Hawk’s non-profit here and you’ll automatically be in the running to win the ultra-rare record. The more entries you get, the better chance you have of winning.
The Avalanches say their X-ray vinyl concept is a nod to the “bone records” of the 1950s Soviet era, where Western records – banned following World War II – were cut onto X-ray film disposed or stolen from hospitals and clinics, and then smuggled in to avoid authorities.
On an Instagram post The Avalanches made today (September 4) about the collaboration, Hawk left a comment: “THANK YOU. Such an honor. I am a massive fan.” See it below:
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Lovers of life! In a tribute to the 'bone records' of the 1950's Soviet era, (where banned western records were cut onto X-Ray film and smuggled into the USSR to avoid authorities) we've come together with the one and only @tonyhawk for a unique one off pressing. Printed onto film and mounted onto transparent PVC, this X-Ray of Tony’s June skating injury is limited to one only, and plays our new single 'Reflecting Light' in all it's translucent 45 rpm glory. Donate ANY amount to Tony’s ‘The Skatepark Project’ via the link in our bio, and you will automatically enter the draw to win this one – off 7” record. Thank you @tonyhawk for the work you do and for so kindly offering your X-Ray for this project. @theskateparkproject supports disadvantaged communities and at-risk children, and to-date has awarded over $10-million to more than 600 public skatepark projects across the U.S and $150,000 in support of the Skateistan program in Afghanistan, Cambodia, and South Africa.
The Avalanches dropped ‘Reflecting Light’ – which features Sananda Maitreya and Vashti Bunyan – back in July. It arrived simultaneously alongside another new single, ‘Wherever You Go’, which featured co-production from Jamie XX and guest vocals by Neneh Cherry and CLYPSO.
All four tracks are expected to appear on the band’s forthcoming third album, which will follow 2016’s ‘Wildflower’.