This past December, Bam Margera put out an Instagram invite for an open house party on his property in Chester County, PA. Some were surprised by the move because his struggles with alcohol addiction had come to the forefront on Vice’s Epicly Later’d, but by most accounts the event was a success.
From Jenkem Magazine:
At least 2,000 people showed up for the all-day / all-night event, which ended up being like a mini Bam festival: Pies of pizza, kegs of beer, constant skating, random tweakers and everyone taking selfies with the Heartagram Lambo. But instead of the crowd being divided into coolguys and nerds, it was a throwback mix of MTV era skate fans & skaters, Juggalos, and local backwood hicks. A real 21-century melting pot, some might say.
Shortly afterwards in early January, Bam checked back into rehab for his third stay, and made headlines when he checked back out after 10 days.
And now, he’s at it again with another Instagram announcement for a house party on April Fools Day, the 1st. Despite the timing of both the holiday & it being a Monday, I’ve looked into the plans on his site, castlebamevents.com, and it seems very real.
Among those plans that include $100 entry tickets (or $500 VIP tickets) – stuff that sounds cool & pretty normal at first:
-Official skate park grand opening with pro skaters present
-The premier of the film he’s been making for a decade now
-A performance by Yelawolf
But to his credit, Bam Margera has never done ‘normal’ and there’s two other specifically scheduled events at this house party that really caught my attention:
Brandon Novak will have 2 options at this party. 8:28pm NO EARLIER or NO LATER will decide if he is option #1- Don’t do shit, Do not make any payments which he will regret for the rest of his life, because I will never forgive him. Option #2- Novak will buy me a s55 Black Mercedes 2009 V12 with AMG Rims that he stole & crashed in West Chester, PA while I was in Berlin. Germany and got a call from the police saying I was in very big trouble for leaving the scene of a major accident. Now we get to see instant karma reviled for all of us to witness what kind of person Brandon Novak is.
A collection of 50 days worth of every scumbag skater piss i can find and its already 35% full will be in a hot tub. Whoever gets in at 9:28pm SHARP and stays in while a partner who can shit on command at 9:28pm SHARP will all receive a $100 Cash Prize to split. Once the shit is in, you must stay in shitpiss and power it out for 60 seconds.
For the record, I would consider sitting in the Skater Pee Hot Tub for $15,000, so long as I didn’t have to dunk my head or split it with the pooper. And I would be the pooper for $2,000, though I’m not sure I could poop on command in front of a crowd no matter how much I wanted to. (Especially tough considering girls don’t poop!) (Just kidding, I’m pretty regular!) I’m assuming this hot tub already filling up with piss has just been the skatepark bathroom for several months now? Does it not evaporate? Do they cover it at night? Many questions here & hopefully I attend the event so I can answer them.
Now, because it’s me, I couldn’t just blog the hot tub pee poop part & had to dig deeper, and the more I looked into Bam these last few years, the further I spiraled.
I grew up near West Chester as those guys rose to fame during the Jackass Era, & they were like heroes to a lot of us… Something different & exciting in a boring, vanilla suburb, and they made it. You could be weird & wild & still go somewhere in life. So back to the Bam internet research spiral…
Regarding that precise 8:28PM moment of karma reckoning… Brandon Novak was Bam’s childhood & lifelong best friend, and though they definitely don’t seem to be speaking right now, Novak still seems to occupy a lot of space in Bam’s mind.
In fact, he seems obsessed with the idea of karma for Novak & continues to rip on him publicly & reply to comments from followers who tell him to ‘move on’, essentially replying that airing his grievances is a form of therapy so he doesn’t hold his anger in. These are all from within the last few days:
His obsessive anger towards Novak seems to stem from more than just the car incident, too. Bam also seems skeptical of the motivations behind Novak’s sobriety & the lifestyle he now lives, which appears largely sponsored by his promotion of Banyan Treatment Centers. He does speaking engagements & sells his books; Dreamseller & The Brandon Novak Chronicles as well, and it seems to make Bam understandably crazy that he feels he’s been shafted & disrespected after so many years supporting Novak when he was at his very worst.
(‘But hey, whatever the full truth is on that, good on Novak for the momentous work of getting sober’, Kate wrote, feeling the eggshells of a sensitive subject crunch beneath her feet.)
From a video posted today:
You wanna see instant karma revealed at it’s finest? Then check out Castlebamevents.com. We’re gonna see what kind of person Brandon Novak really is. Uh, we’re also gonna have a movie premiere, skate park grand opening, Yela-fuckin-wolf, hot tub filled with piss.. if people shit in that sumbitch, hey, you’re gonna get mad. Tom fuckin’ Shark from McTwist(???), Grayson Fletcher, best style ever, Element team.. just read all about it, I’ll see you there.
On top of all that, he’s also been letting off steam against Pocopson, the township where he lives. Bam’s felt they’ve passed ordinances specifically to keep him from doing as he pleases on his 14 acre property (and looking into it, they pretty much have):
So essentially this party is a big “FUCK YOU” to both his ex-best friend Novak & Pocopson Township, PA.
Part of me thinks, “Yeah, this seems batshit crazy, but Bam’s an artsy guy and artsy people don’t give a shit and get as weird as they want as publicly as they want and that’s their normal”. The other part of me just feels sad looking at it all. Is anyone still reading this? Ugh. If so, I’m sorry and also, buckle in, I’m not quite done.
Last month, in a series of 8 Instagram posts that featured one notebook page each, Bam explained his relapse, the decision to leave ten days in, and the plan now. I read the whole thing & if you’ve ever closely dealt with an addict a lot of things in here will probably sound familiar. Just sharing because I wound up reading the whole thing & thought it was interesting, so somebody else might, too. *I tried to keep the grammar & punctuation as close as I could:
Dear assholes who want to talk shit about my sobriety, (the truth and nothing but) I checked into rehab in the Bay Area for Alcohol, I went 6 months without it Jan 10th 2018 and made it all the way to July until I was alone in Columbia robbed at gunpoint, I was shook up, far from home, scared with Anxiety. I saw a mini bar at my hotel. I relapsed with a couple beers, then that turned into every other 2 says or 3 I’d have 2 vodka and clubs, I tried to cool it as much as possible and limit the times I did drink to only 2. The method seemed to work. No more blacking out pissing on the counters of the bar and no more fighting anyone that looked at me wrong or made a comment I didn’t like. Either way I realized all my friends that were raging drug addict hell on wheels pyles of pure shit that I thought could never get help. All of them are now sober including Steve O and Novak especially. I thought they were lifers who will never stop and they did. So even though I made a concious effort to limit my drinking I still wanted to get help
So when I checked into rehab they did all the tests and bloodwork to see the status of my addiction. The 20 people in there all told me about the weeks and months they went through horrible detox and all of them are on numerous amounts of medication. Well I had ZERO days of Detox and they gave me ZERO medication. That was my first thought of WHY AM I HERE? Now keep in mind, Novak was a raging liar, cheater, heroin addict, Xanax addict, Vicodin, Percocet 30’s, dilauded suboxone, methadone and red wine blackouts. He had a MAJOR problem and needed to get fixed. My problem is when I get bored I drink alcohol and then I’m suddenly not bored. I have never had a pill problem of any kind. I am on and of prescribed to Adderall and besides that would occasionally do cocaine with a stranger that offered me a bump in the bathroom of a bar which I am Rarely at these days.
By day number 5 in rehab I realized when I am bored is when I drink, well in rehab I am Bored 50 percent of the time so that’s when I figured out that when boredom sets in and alcohol is off limits, thats when I get creative as fuck, an explosion of good Ideas, exercise, skate, workout, yoga, hike, bike, way more. Because I don’t like to sit stagnant! (UNLESS I AM DRUNK) So now I am excited with ideas and energy and creation which makes me. Have no temptation to drink because I am SO BUSY NOT BEING BORED. So I already figured out that I don’t belong here in Rehab with No detox and no meds like all the other people that were on anything and everything LIKE NOVAK. So when I found out they would not let me handle business calls such as 10 people living at my house getting paid to build ramps that I have to look at to say build or don’t build and I’m not allowed. Well that means I am paying 10 people to sit around for days at a time, they
would not let me handle my Cameo app which had 20 grand pending, they wouldn’t let me answer important ass phone calls to important ass people, And would not let me use the gym. So my Zero detoxed ass said to the folks at the rehab to discharge me now because I do not need to be here I am missing important calls and you are basically fucking my asshole with loss of financial opportunities and ramps on standby while im still paying. So I said my Bentley will be here in one hour and I am leaving, don’t bother trying to talk me out of ti, because my mind is made up and I CANNOT BE STOPPED. So off I go I left Rehab to begin doing all the things I have put aside done and all the new things coming with filming comedy stunts to skate trips with Danny Way. To the people who say “YOU CAN’T DO IT ALONE, trust me!”, well guess what assholes..
I am NOT alone! I might not be in Rehab with YOU, But I am surrounded by SO many sober family and friends, spiritual healers, therapists, sober coaches and my sponsor JJ DIANA that I AM NOT alone. I am doing better than ever with being productive in every way shape or form that your nice expensive Hasselblad camera lens will be jealous of my focus. I do not have. Desire to drink, because I have so much to do that being bored is out fo the question. I don’t want to drink anymore because it ruined my focus of what I know I have to do, and I am having a blast doing it. So Drinking is done for me, I had good and bad times with it but I have officially wrote a letter to Alcohol saying thanks for the fun visit but you have out worn your welcome and its time to go. And I have no pill problems at all cause I don’t take anything. They make me feel nauseous, dizzy and I don’t feel good. I don’t take pills.
So suck on my shit and eat my fuck if you think I left rehab to go party, I’m not interested. So you can cheer me on or wish me luck, but I won’t need it. I am having great fun remember how to come up with a productive endeavor without alcohol stepping in my way to ruin it again. I am on a mission, thanks to the Rehab, by to the rehab. Now off I go to finish rehab.
PS. In this rehab one of the first things you have to do is stand up in front of everyone and introduce yourself and present “your story” well, here’s all their stories in a Nut shell = Hi my name is Richard Cockwood from Nebraska blah blah blah, and the first thing I remember was sneaking marijuana and smoking cigarettes at 13 yrs old, started getting drunk on the weekends at 16 as I was hooked and introduced to cocaine and pain pills which let do my heroin addiction at 17, from then on I’ve been hooked on speed and heroin in and out of Jails, hospitals and rehabs!
Then I presented my story “Hi, I’m Bam Margera and I am from West Chester Pennsylvania. I got my first skateboard in 2nd grade and fell in love with it instantly knowing that when I grow up I will be just like Tony Hawk, I will drive a red Ferrari and I will be on TV for doing funny things. I had my first beer at age 21 when Michelle Morrison 0124 cheated on me at senior week. I was in love with her and heart broken so I had some beers because it stopped me from crying all day, but didn’t like the taste. At Age 16 I was already pro with Toy Machine Skateboards, at 17 I made a video called CKY which sold a million copies through word of mouth and bought my parents a new house and bought myself a Red Ferrari Modena and two Audi S4’s. By 20 I was on Element and Jackass and had a lot of a million dollars and by 28 I had pretty much completed every goal I set out to do, so I started smoking cigarettes and started drinking more because I ran out of wishes and goals. At 33 Ville Valo was my idol and introduced me to day drinking. From there I drank more and more eventually trying cocaine. Never into pills and
Never ever tried heroin and never will, because I saw how it turned my Talented best friend Brandon Novak into a once great skater who never made it pro for Powell Peralta, quit skating to become a Thief, a liar, a cheater, a raging drug addict and alcoholic who could have made money from skateboarding but Never did make much money at all doing anything except a $300,000.00 dollar bill charges for overdosing in Baltimore hospitals. So I never went down that path. Alcohol was my path and it got me off the right path I was on at a young age eventually making me lost in the sauce. Never liked pills but here and there I liked cocaine, adder all and a handful of times I tried meth which was fun but dangerous and too hard to find. When Phoenix Wolf was born it made my wife Nikki stop drinking and against and pill or drug from then on. Now I realized that the party is over and I want to say Goodbye to alcohol for good so I can Finish the Mission & remember clearly what I am supposed to do here.
Whatever the deal is, the important thing to remember here is that this is a guy with a family (holy shit that kid is cute) who probably still needs a lot of help and support.
I say that genuinely, yet still very much wanting to see if that skater pee poop hot tub thing is real.