Bam Margera was an integral part of many people’s childhood around the world. He’s known best for his role in Jackass, which inspired many kids to pick up their skateboards and gawp in awe at the stunts the show’s stars would carry out. Three seasons of Jackass later, Bam Margera was MTV’s poster child of the early 00’s.
However, he’s kept a low profile since 2010 and hasn’t featured much in the mainstream media. There was talk of an autobiographical documentary produced by Bam following the death of his Jackass co-star Ryan Dunn, but the film is currently unreleased.
In 2016, Bam Margera and his mother, April, featured on an episode of Family Therapy with Dr Jenn to discuss Bam’s self-destructive behaviour. Although his chaotic behaviour was celebrated in Jackass, many did not consider the long-term effects of his actions. Outside of of the hit stunt show, his behaviour was increasingly destructive and the star found himself struggling with alcoholism.
Thankfully, Bam has made substantial progress with his mental health, and is even skating again. Speaking to Jenkum Magazine, Bam revealed all about the last seven years spent under the radar, and why he’s picked up his board again.
For the last two months, Bam has spent his days skating in Barcelona, Spain. So, how did this come about? He told Jenkum Magazine:
“[…] winter came and I was in Estonia editing a movie about this guy Andy Mccoy. He plays in a band Hanoi Rocks with Iggy Pop. It was like October and it was already snowing and dark by 3:00pm. I was like, I’m gonna kill myself if I don’t get to Barcelona and skate. So I flew to Barcelona, bought my first skateboard in 20 years and met up with Winkle [filmer]. From there, we’ve kind of been taking a road trip all over Spain for about 2 months.”
Element, the skateboard company that sponsored Margera in the past, got in contact with him:
“Now that I’ve been out here skating, Element got in touch with me and said, ‘If you want to release another model or an old limited edition type thing, or just go on Element tours, you’re more than welcome. We want you back on board.’ So, that sounds good to me, but I’m 37 though [laughs] so it pretty much hurts to do anything down more than 4 stairs.”
His return to skating wasn’t intentional, either. For Margera, the peace and space found in Spain was enough for him to start skating again:
“It wasn’t really planned. I knew that I wanted to skate again, but the frustration level was so high. […] So when I was in Estonia, I made it a point to do an hour of cardio, 300 pushups and 100 situps everyday for like two months. That slimmed me down enough to where I knew I could go to Barcelona without looking like a fucking fat piece of shit [laughs]. And I just knew the spots in Spain are awesome and I wouldn’t get to bothered at the parks, like at home…”
Margera was also willing to discuss his past problems with mental health and alcoholism. Thankfully, he’s on the road to recovery, but the past seven years were a struggle for him:
“I was sober for a while, then once I picked up a drink again, I was like, ‘Wow this is a real problem.’ I would be a dick and give Novak [Jackass co-star] shit for not being able to stop using heroin, but I couldn’t put this fucking bottle down.”
“I never had any pill problems and I’ve never tried heroin in my life, but it’s been a real struggle for me to stay off the alcohol. […] Like in Barcelona I wake up and my mission is to skate all day. I know being in Spain is the best place for me right now to not drink.”
So, how did Bam combat his vices? “[…] as long you’re surrounded by good people and you have something to do, you’ll be good.” Wise words to live by, I reckon. It’s great to see Bam Margera in such a great place, and returning to one of his true loves: skating.