Unicode Knows Its New Skateboard Emoji Is Bad And Is Asking Tony Hawk For Help

Emoji 11.0 is fixed and prepped for delivery in June. Some of them look promising – useful even. But Anthony Hawk, long-time purveyor of fine video games, has taken umbrage with the Unicode Consortium’s depiction of his stock and trade. He’s also been given the opportunity to fix it.

Unicode – who seemingly have never seen a skateboard and just sorta winged it – produced the above sample emoji design: grip tape at the front and back only, a deck that’s oddly pinched in the center, mounting bolts not even close to flush. It’s weird! And approximately three hours ago, Hawk expressed his well-placed frustration to his 3.2 million Instagram followers, and the world waited.

A few hours later, Unicode’s Chief Emoji Officer tweeted the following:

Ultimately, of course, the above emoji is just a sample. Apple, Google, and the like will create their own final designs for the emoji as it will appear on your phone. But that doesn’t mean they don’t deserve a template that at least resembles the object in question.

Board’s in your court now, Mr. Hawk.