Adam Yauch’s “Bodhisattva Vow” skateboard decks go on auction for charity

The late musician/filmmaker/pro-Tibet worker/human rights advocate/Buddhist Beastie Boy Adam Yauch once wrote out the lyrics to his classic song, “Bodhisattva Vow” (off the Beasties’ 1994 LP, Ill Communication) — and not on paper, but across three skateboard decks. Now those decks will be auctioned online for in a charity effort for the Tony Hawk Foundation, which seeks to help create and build public skateparks in low-income communities across the U.S.

For more, check out the rest of the story by way of Rolling Stone.

And for more on Yauch and his connection to Buddhism — which “Bodhisattva Vow” beautifully conveys, even if only in part — check out  this classic Yauch/Shambhala Sun interview from back in the day. (Which is to say, the Ill Communication era.)

[October 9th update: Photos of the skate decks have been made available and we’ve shared them here.]


  1. Now what? says

    Lets see how you "respectable" people handle this:

    MANHATTAN — Late Beastie Boys member MCA made sure he would never be a corporate sellout — even in the afterlife.

    The pioneering rapper, whose real name is Adam Yauch, instructed in his will that his image, music and any art he created could not be used for advertising, saving himself from the fate of other deceased musicians whose faces and songs have become corporate shills.

    Read more:

    Basically, you need to pull this post, and quit pimping MCA for the sake of your fallen mag.

    We will be watching for your response.

    • says

      Yes, we shared that development on our Facebook page when it first broke.

      Anyway, I'll respond here: I employed this image of Yauch from our magazine's cover, from when he was in it, in order to illustrate a nice little story about a cool thing he did in order to benefit a charity.

      If there was an photo of the skateboards available, I would have used that, and hope I might in fact see and share one soon. The image of Yauch seen here is from the issue his interview was in, an interview to which there's free access here, via the link in this post. The cover-shot may not have been my first choice but it was a fair option, as the image is from our own archives and it's common practice to illustrate an article or post with an image of its subject.

  2. says

    It would seem to me that While MCA did not want his image or work used for advertising, that is not what’s going on here. He was obviously more than happy to lend his image and work In order to help charitable organizations. And I would think that if he had a problem with SS, he wouldn’t have agreed to the interview, or to being the cover subject of that issue….