Tyshawn Jones

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Tyshawn Jones
Personal information
Full nameTyshawn Jones
EthnicityAmerican
Born (1998-12-24) 24 December 1998 (age 20)[1]
Bronx, New York City, U.S.
ResidenceNew York City, U.S.
Sport
CountryUSA
SportSkateboarding

Tyshawn Jones (born December 24, 1998)[1] is a regular-footed American skateboarder, winner of the 2018 Thrasher Skater of the Year award.[2]

Early life[edit]

Born in Manhattan New York Jones grew up splitting his childhood between New Jersey and the Bronx, N.Y.,[3] At the age of 10 Jones was introduced to the world of skateboarding. Jones purchased his first skateboard from target, this came after playing Skate with his brother and uncle.[4] Although Jones' older brother (Brian Jones) eventually quit skateboarding, Tyshawn remained persistent without letting failures discourage him.[5] After moving back to the Bronx from New Jersey Jones focused on Skating more due to a lack of friends. Encountering skaters that were better gave Jones a competitive drive which pushed Jones to become better.[4] Jones was a fan of Lizard King in his early days, Jones was a part of a photo op featuring Lizard King followed by "thousands" of other skaters.[5] Jones watched skate footage growing up:

"I used to go home from school and watch Andrew ReynoldsBaker 3 part. I would just rewind his frontside flip over the Hollywood 16 rail over and over and over. Brian Herman, Antwuan Dixon… I’ve never even seen (Baker 3) all the way through, I’d just watch the parts."[6]

Going Pro[edit]

After being exposed to the idea of sponsorship Jones worked on getting clips of himself skating in New York City, he saw this as an opportunity to cut cost of skateboarding equipment and wasn't so concerned about exposure.[4] Initially Jones was under a flow sponsorship for Toy Machine. Jones first met Jason Dill (founder and CEO of Fucking Awesome) in 2011 in New York City.[5] Dill was impressed by Jones' skating ability which evolved into Jones getting sponsored and going pro under Fucking Awesome. Jones' ability and style caught the eye of Supreme, which lead him to appear in several clips for the brand and eventually the store's 2014 video, cherry by Bill Strobeck.[7] Jones' passion and post-trick-hype punctuated his unique style.[3] Following the cherry video, Jones co-founded his own hardwear/apparel company, Hardies, with teammate Na-Kel Smith.[3] Also in 2014, Jones signed with Adidas.[8] He made his debut solo skate video part on Adidas' full-length team video, Away Days.[9] Jones' first signature colorway/material with Adidas came out in 2017.[8]

Thrasher Skater of the Year[edit]

In 2018, at the age of 19, Jones released one of the "most talk about parts of the year"[1] in Supreme's video "BLESSED". Jones' part opens with a switch flip into the fountain at Washington Square Park [1] and earned him a 2018 Skater of the Year award from Thrasher magazine, awarded to him by then editor-in-chief Jake Phelps. He is on the cover of the January 2019 issue.[10]

Sponsors[edit]

Jones' current sponsors are Adidas, Fucking Awesome, Supreme, Hardies Hardware, Spitfire Wheels, Thunder Trucks, and New Era.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Supreme Releases the Raw Footage of Tyshawn Jones's "BLESSED" Opener ⋆ SKATE NEWSWIRE". SKATE NEWSWIRE. 24 December 2018.
  2. ^ "UPDATE: Tyshawn Jones Wins 2018 Skater of the Year ⋆ SKATE NEWSWIRE". SKATE NEWSWIRE. 15 December 2018.
  3. ^ a b c Monster, Children (31 January 2017). "Tyshawn Jones on Hardies and His Collab With Adidas". Monster Children.
  4. ^ a b c Nast, Condé. "Is Tyshawn Jones the Greatest Skater of All Time?". GQ. Retrieved 2019-10-21.
  5. ^ a b c How Tyshawn Jones Became Skater Of The Year | i-D, retrieved 2019-11-15
  6. ^ Castro, Alexis (31 January 2018). "THE HUSTLE TO THE TOP WITH TYSHAWN JONES". Jenkem Magazine. Free Flow Digital Media.
  7. ^ "Supreme - "cherry" skate video soundtrack - Video by Bill Strobeck | Skatevideosite". www.skatevideosite.com.
  8. ^ a b Marshall, Robert. "Skater Tyshawn Jones Reveals First adidas Sneaker With His Name on It". HYPEBEAST.
  9. ^ "adidas - Away Days skate video | Skatevideosite". www.skatevideosite.com.
  10. ^ "UPDATE: Tyshawn Jones Graces the Cover of Thrasher Amidst SOTY Rumors ⋆ SKATE NEWSWIRE". SKATE NEWSWIRE. 11 November 2018.
  11. ^ Meronek, Rob. "Tyshawn Jones Profile Bio: Ranking, Photos, Video Global Rank: 5429th Overall". TheBoardr. Retrieved 2019-11-15.