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Celebrity Topical Pish – Famous types on skateboards

It’s always interesting to see photos of celebrities on skateboards, especially if they actually look like they enjoy doing it rather than posing like idiots, so with that in mind, we decided to compile a list of some of our favourites.

Don’t worry though, it’s not just of obvious ones like Justin Bieber or David Beckham’s son, there are also some classics like Clint Eastwood and suave beasts like Peter Cook in there too, so get involved.

Prince Charles skates, who knew?
“I have one of me own”

Disregarding his attempts to be ‘down’, and the affected pleb accent, it’s impossible to argue with Charlie’s assertion that he has actually skated before – cruising from one side of the park to the other in those shiny patent leather numbers is, at the very least, mildly impressive.

Peep the excerpt below then hit this link to see the full documentary.

Justin Bieber – Paparazzi Flip

As much as we might hate to admit it, you’ve almost got to feel a little bit of sympathy for Bieber.
Yeah, he’s rich as fuck and lives a life that most of us can only dream of, but he’s also gone from a cherubic-faced Canadian recording songs on YouTube, to a guy so famous that even when he goes for a poo, he’s likely to be followed by 1000’s of $$ hungry paparazzi vampires.
Bieber’s love of skateboarding is well documented but unluckily for him, because of being who he is, as soon as he so much as steps on a board, he immediately has limitless photos shot of him “being rad” by greasy press photographers who couldn’t tell you the difference between Tony Hawk and a handsaw. The result being photos like this 3-frame seq of a varial flip on flat. Dreadful.

Ben Harper – Laser Flip at Stoner

In stark contrast to the one above, here’s California-born multi-instrumentalist Ben Harper actually going in at Stoner Plaza. Ok, ‘going in’ as in mega-crouching prior to a laser flip – but still, pretty legit.

Also – bonus point for providing the intro track to 411VM Issue 13.

Brooklyn Beckham – Dad leap

Brooklyn Beckham’s status as a genuine skateboarder is beyond question. His mum, (yeah Posh Spice) is regularly spotted at Bay 66, and Brooklyn himself has suffered pap surveillance whilst skating since his toddler days in LA. The breathless descriptions of this dad leap in the mainstream press though – kek-tastic.

Little Weezy – being steezy
(Please kill me)

Lil’ Wayne aka Lil Tunechi aka Lil Weezy aka Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr – what he lacks in appropriate codeine usage and tattoo foresight, he more than makes up for in sheer skateboard enthusiasm.
It’s hard to hate on the Weeze.

Heath Ledger AKA the Joker faking the flips

It turns out that the infamous photo that did the rounds of Heath Ledger dressed as The Joker kickflipping over Christian Bale’s Batman was bullshit, but he did still skate, as you can see 23 seconds into the clip below.


Devo have a strong affiliation with skateboarding, aside from doing it and providing section songs for countless skate videos, they also used Duane Peters, Tony Alva, Steve Olson, Steve Alba, Stacy Peralta, David Andrecht, Eddie Elguera and more in their Freedom of Choice video. LADS!

Devo induction to the Skateboarding Hall of Fame 5/09/13 from Brian Applegate on Vimeo.

“God made man, but he used the monkey to do it.”

Dave Chappelle – no mall grab required

Dave Chappelle is an undeniably top bloke and it’s always nice seeing a celebrity who isn’t a tit skating, isn’t it?
“Oh, I still skateboard. Absolutely. You know what it is? It’s like a second childhood thing and also, they say extreme sports is one of the best stress relievers, which is true. But the thing that is good about skateboarding is that of every extreme sport, it’s the most accessible thing in the world. I don’t have to go to a mountain. I don’t need a plane ticket. I can just find a hill in my neighborhood and skate down it.”

Chloe Sevigny – like Kate Moss, but not a bellend

Chloe Sevigny is pretty faultless; smashing it in kids, being part of the skateboard community and generally discharging radness. Seth Rogan’s also present here which is sick but I heard he was just trying to find somewhere to pick up. SB’s the other way fam. Check her out here with Alex Olson and Jason Dill.

“I’d like to be more approachable, not less weird.”

Clint Eastwood – Go ahead, make my day – do a benihana…

That duck foot stance is highly suspect but it’s Clint Eastwood so he gets a pass.

Frankie Howerd – Oooh what a pump!

Now this is a bizarre one: Yorkshire comedian Frankie Howerd demonstrating his own style in a full suit because he clearly gives no fucks! The man’s got an OBE (without the scandal) and was backing skating.

“Sex change? From what to what? I’ll tell you this, any sex would be a change!”

Henry Rollins – I used to be in Black Flag you know…

Henry Rollins from Black Flag legitimately skated as you can see in this real Independent trucks advert from Thrasher. LEGIT! Go’ed Henry lad!

“Skate mean, live clean.”

Jay Mascis

Dinosaur Jr. have got a potent connection with skateboarding, aside from the numerous songs used in videos J. Mascis has been backing it for years skating himself like a beast! Watch the video below; key words include Mike Manzoori, Dinosaur jr and Neil Blender. Word!

“I prefer cynical people. Nice guys grow on trees.”

Peter Cook – Sadly I was an Only Twin

We started with a member of the English Upper-Class so we may as well end with one as well.
The main difference is that this patrician, blue-blooded, independently wealthy human was more famous for saying the word ‘cunt’ and for inventing alternative comedy, than he was for being born the son of a monarch.
Whether Peter Cook actually skated more than this one time for the photo above is immaterial – it’s Peter Cook – let’s claim him. Peep below for one of the many reasons.

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