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Daft Punk, Elton John, The Clash, and other join Tony Hawk and Ben Harper for second 'Boards + Bands' charity auction

Last year, Tony Hawk launched the first Boards + Bands auction, which raised over $126,000 to build skate parks for at-risk youth by auctioning off custom skateboard decks featuring hand-written lyrics from famous artists — and this year, the participants include Daft Punk, Ben Harper, members of the Clash, Elton John, and John Lydon.

The idea is that Hawk’s friends donated decks they actually rode. Then Hawk sent those boards to some of his rock star friends, who wrote lyrics to their skateboarder-approved tunes on the decks. “Last Year’s Boards + Bands auction surpassed all expectations,” Hawk said in a statement. “This year we have equal caliber of skaters and musicians contributing, so I am looking forward to seeing the excitement (and high bidding) they bring.”

The auction kicks off tomorrow, December 5, at the auction’s official site. You can take a look at the wares available online, or if you’re in Los Angeles, check out the decks at the Grammy Museum. You can also donate to Hawk’s cause even if you don’t want to buy a custom Elton John skateboard.

Check out the highlights from last year’s auction below.

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Tony Hawk teams with Metallica, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan for 'Boards + Bands' charity project

Tony Hawk has spent a lifetime shredding, and now he’s hoping to give that gift back through his work in the Tony Hawk Foundation.

His charitable organization’s latest project is called Boards + Bands, which is the brainchild of Hawk and his friend (and Grammy-winning musician) Ben Harper. The idea is simple: A bunch of the biggest skateboarders in the world have donated actual boards that they’ve ridden, and those boards were then sent to a bunch of legendary musicians for some turned-to-11 customization.

The boards are currently up for auction, with the proceeds going to building public skateparks for at-risk kids in low-income communities. The decks feature hand-written lyrics by the likes of Harper, Paul McCartney, Metallica’s James Hetfield, Bob Dylan, the late Adam Yauch, Jimmy Cliff, and Tom Petty.

McCartney’s board features some lines from “Blackbird,” while Yauch spread the lyrics to the appropriately zen Beastie Boys track “Bodhisattva Vow” across three different boards. The decks are also currently on display at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles.

Check out the video about the project below.

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