Photo courtesy of the Harrison Estate: “Harrisons Sr. and Jr., center, surrounded by the Bones Brigade the second time the team paid a visit to the family’s Friar Park estate in the U.K. Ever the boss, George Harrison is wearing pants Mike McGill sent to him and a pink Tony Hawk T-shirt.”
>> As a kid, Harrison was as fascinated by Mullen’s skating as he was frustrated, but his favorite pro was Tony Hawk. When Harrison was 10, the Bones Brigade traveled to the U.K. on its 1989 world tour and his dad took him to the demo as a birthday treat. Afterward, with dad’s prompting, Harrison walked up to Hawk and invited him back to the house for dinner and a skate.
When Hawk realized who was asking, he was blown away that his newfound fame stretched that far across the pond. For Harrison, ‘It was the coolest thing that happened to me up until that point in my life. Tony Hawk hit a launch ramp at my house.’
The next year, the Brigade returned. That’s when Harrison met Mike McGill, Ray Underhill, Steve Caballero and Tommy Guerrero. 'It became a fixture,’ Harrison says. 'Dad would say, “Stacey [Peralta], next year if you’re sending out the Bones Brigade, tell them to come again for dinner. They’re always welcome at Friar Park.”’
In the warmer months, the guys returned the favor. After skating frozen metal ramps in England all winter, Harrison spent his summers with family in L.A. While there, he hung out with his new big brothers, the Bones Brigade. McGill invited Harrison and his cousins to skate the Encinitas skatepark his dad owned and even let them hold sleepovers at his house.
'I went from skating soggy halfpipes in rainy England to skating Masonite ramps with the Bones Brigade,’ Harrison says. 'I have a picture of me putting on my pads next to an 18-year-old Tony [Hawk] putting on his. One time I even dropped in on the big ramp Mike probably practiced the McTwist on the most. It was epic.’
Twenty years later, Harrison’s love-hate affair with skateboarding hasn’t waned. But today he’s as interested in documenting the sport as he is in progressing his own skating. Outside of music videos, Harrison and Sebring collaborated on 'The Guitar Collection: George Harrison,’ an iPad app released in February 2012 featuring Sebring’s 360-degree photography of Dhani’s father’s guitar collection.
'Now we want to take it to the next level,’ Harrison says. 'We want to shoot 360-degree video that you can watch from any angle at all times. It’s bringing what you can do in video games to real life. But technology’s no good unless you can apply it to something.’ << - “Dhani Harrison, Off The Wall”, X Games ESPN, 13 December 2013 [x]