By Andres Pachon
A. Pachon, a journalist and skateboard addict, is a full-time writer for SHIT® Magazine.
Brandon Cole Margera, now legally “Bam” was born on September 1979, he was not very given to school or authority figures as a young teen and one of the few reasons Bam was going to school was to meet up with his friends and skate, he eventually graduated by getting a GED following parents advise and following his dream which was skateboarding, partying and recording stupid SHIT® with his friends.
His skateboarding career begun in 1997 when he became a sponsored skater for Toy Machine, from then one he moved along to work for companies like Element, Volcom and ADIO Footwear to name a few, he is currently retired from skateboarding, although he still rides his boards from time to time.
He went back to work with Element Skateboards to conmemorate the brand's 25th anniversary as they came up with a series of ten of his most iconic decks. The boards were released weekly. Each deck was signed by Margera Himself, we are pretty sure you can still find a few for sale online!
Bam Margera in Videogames
Margera has been in almost if not all of the Tony Hawk video games since the beginning of the franchise, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4, Tony Hawk's Underground, Tony Hawk's Underground 2, Tony Hawk's American Wasteland, Tony Hawk's Project 8 and Tony Hawk's Proving Ground. He also voiced a character in the video game Scarface: The World Is Yours.
Radio Bam and Music Career
Photo: Eric Nopaner (Unsplash)
Margera began a weekly satellite radio show in 2004, Named Radio Bam. The show was made by Margera and his friends from CKY and Jackass. Later shows were made with Margera's newer crowd.
A year after, Margera started a music label, Filthy Note Records, and directed music videos for Vains of Jenna and several for CKY. He also directed seven music videos, for the band HIM, and three for The 69 Eyes, "Lost Boys", "Dead Girls are Easy" and "Dead N Gone". He also played the keyboard in a band called Gnarkill, wich was composed of a couple of friends and his wife at the time.
Fighting His Demons
Margera has been dealing with alcohol issues from his early 20’s. Fame, money, and party took over his life as he recalls in 2012, after dealing with the death of best friend and co-star in jackass and a divorce the previous year, he has been in and out of rehab ever since.
Margera has been open about some of his most serious issues including anxiety and eating disorders, he even claims he had to relearn skating after five years of the chaotic lifestyle wich also also left him overweight In late 2016, he moved to Spain with his family to focus on his skating career, but moved back to Pennsylvania in 2017, before his son was born. in ainterview given The Nine Club in November 2017, Margera discussed his health issues and alcoholism, claiming that he had been sober since 2015.
He is quite a personality and is always making headlines due to his outbursts and wild rants, but apart from his chaos he has many other artistic skills aside from skateboarding which has been a huge part of his life, he writes, paints and has even directed some movies himself, we hope Bam gets his SHIT® together at some point, we are rooting for him to eventually get better and be able to live a happy and healthy life among family and close friends.
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