Actor / Entertainer - LiveWe are Bam Margera and Brandon Novak, professional skateboarders - Ask Us Anything!
Sep 25th 2017 by bam_novak_69 • 35 Questions • 1437 Points
My short bio: We're Bam Margera and Brandon Novak. Nothing's off limits.
Bam - Continue to skate.
where is brandon dicamillo? are you still in touch with him?
Bam - Once Viva La Bam ended, I completely lost contact with him. I know he has a kid and he spends most of his time with him, but I haven't seen Dico in ten years.
Bam, Why are blink-182 thanked in the ending credits in Haggard? Jess has given 2 very different answers on this before
Bam - Because at that point, I was friends with Tom DeLonge and Travis Barker. I figured I'd thank them. What was Jess' answer?
Good evening, dear gentlemen! What are your thoughts on HIM calling it quits?
Bam - It makes me upset, but I'm sure whatever project they're gonna work on the future is going to be great. I just hope that HIM saying it's a farewell tour doesn't mean they'll stop playing music in general.
Novak - I think they're all really creative people in their own right ,so i"m really interested to see what comes from this. Like with Pete Doherty left the Libertines and started Babyshambles, and that was amazing. Now they have these new albums from Libertines. But it would be a shame if that was the end of music for the band together.
I want an April and Phil travel TV show, can you make it happen?
Bam - That's a possibility, I know April's busy with her antique store called Rose Hip. Phil spends most of his day at his desk, handling my bills.
Bam and Novak - What is the most mad you have made each other?
Bam - When Novak crashed my brand new S55 Mercedes when he was on pills going to Baltimore going to get more pills as I was filming the CKY video for "Afterworld", he stole it. When the nurse told me what room he was in the hospital, I said, "Fuck him, who gives a shit if he's alive, I'm going to kick is ass."
Novak - When Bam kicked me in my ass on tour and forgot that I blew my asshole out and just got surgery on it because I just shit out a rock. I did that because of a dare for $30 and I needed the money.
Hey Bam! Congrats on the future baby. Do you plan to allow your child to beat the shit out of you, as you did Phil?
Bam - I'm gonna cross that bridge when I get there, but my main priority is to teach him how to not be an asshole like how I was. I gotta be a better influence.
I am battling alcohol addiction and live in the baltimore area. Do you know any good treatment centers ? I am below rock bottom.
Novak - That question entails a lot of information that I need. Can you call me? 610-635-9092.
Bam- I saw in the documentary that you still own Castle Bam. You keeping it or selling it? Also, how's Phil?
Novak- When your addiction was at its worst, did you think you could ever get to this point that you've gotten to? What advice would you have for people who are struggling or know someone who is currently struggling with addiction?
Bam - I still own Castle Bam, I just wanted a change of scenery and see what it's like to live somewhere else. Right now, Chad from CKY is living there, working on new music with the band. I invested too much in the house with a skate park driveway, an indoor skate park, music rooms, art studios, t-shirt printing, etc, that I know I'll eventually move back in there one day. Unless someone offers me an insane price to buy it.
Was Vito honestly really like what he was with the outbursts and getting mad? Or was that just for show? Was he still the same way off camera or did he calm down?
Bam - Vito was Vito, 100% on and off camera.
Novak - They made street signs after him called "one way".
Bam - I still have the purple Lambo. Taking it on the Gumball Rally around the world in eight days really fucked it up. The Dirty Sanchez dudes from England did a donut in Thailand without my knowledge and ripped the clutch, leaving me no reverse, first, or second gear. Then Cleveland put diesel in my car and that was a pretty penny to drain that. Right now, it's in the driveway, alive and well.
Bam - at the moment, no, but as always, we're writing ideas. You never know, maybe in the future. Knoxville has been real busy doing movies, he just got back from South Africa - Steve-O's going his own shit. As of now, no.
What do you think of Steve-O's stunts he's been doing? Do you still talk to him much?
Bam - I'm stoked that he's still doing it. He just texted Novak the other day and asked if we want to come to LA to help duct tape him on a bus to drive all the way to Vegas.
Novak - He's killing it. When I go to LA and we get together, we go to meetings.
How supportive have your friends been since you both have started on new journeys? And have you cut loose people that brought out the "dark" in you?
Bam - Yes, I actually moved from the Castle house five miles away to a house where nobody knows where I live. After doing a year in Europe, doing my best to stay sober and skate, I think the drinking buddies of town have figured out by now that my agenda is different.
Novak - For me, unlike Bam, I didn't have to worry about changing people places and things. No one wanted anything to do with me, I didn't have a place because I was homeless, and I sold everything for heroin. I needed to have some repercussions for things for once, not people to condone it. Once I got clean, I stayed clean, and I didn't have to tell people I was. My actions were proving the difference. I let my walk talk for me. Before I knew it, my true friends were fully self supportive. Whatever drug associates I had didn't contact me, because they knew my agenda had changed. They weeded itself out on its own.
Bam - One time I was fucking amazed in Ocean City, Maryland. There was a dude outside of Vito's hotel room crying. I asked why he was crying, and he told me it was because he gave his wife a hall pass to hump Don Vito, and he never thought the day would come, and now he regretted it incredibly. And his wife was hot.
Novak - I remember seeing dime pieces walking to his hotel room and thinking "if your mother could see you now..." But for him, he got laid a lot.
First, I wanted to say that I am so proud of both of you. I'm glad you guys were able to beat the odds and reclaimed your sobriety. My question is for Novak, was it hard watching Bam slowly take that fall to the bottom as you were starting to work on your sobriety, especially knowing that he had to fight a lot of his own battles to come back?
Novak - Yeah, it really sucked. It was a taste of my own medicine, I knew how he felt for years, watching me kill myself for so many years. Watching him do it to himself and know there's a better way, but knowing that his process is his process. It was a real bad taste in my mouth. I just keep doing for him what he did for me, when he calls for help, I show up.
Hey Bam, what happened to that red ferrari that we see on cky 4 and your sponsors videos? And do you plan to make a new cky video?
Bam - When I bought it brand new, whenever I would get in traffic, it would always overheat. I just thought that's how sports cars were. When I finally returned it, the dealership realized they had sold me a car with two coolants in it instead of four. I traded it for the S55 Mercedes... which Novak inevitably totaled.
Bam - Staying alive.
Novak - Helping people. Helping people find freedom from active addiction. Letting them know there's a light at the end of that tunnel, and helping those deemed unfixable like I was. I feel like if I wrote out what I wanted to be doing in ten years, I'd be putting a cap on what I could accomplish.
Bam - I would say it smells like a fucking rancid foot, but it's called Locatelli cheese.
Novak - I'm simple, I like mozzarella.
I gotta ask, what was the inspiration behind Bend My Dick? Because that song had me fucked up for a hot minute
Bam - On the school bus when I was in middle school, Mark Hanna and I would always sing these fucked up songs and the one that stuck was "I wanna bend my dick around the back of my ass so I can fuck myself", so one day when I met this Finnish dude who did dubstep beats, and one night we made it and it was one big joke.
Bam- what ever happened to Mark the Bagger?
And to both of y'all- congrats on getting better. Y'all have been my heroes since I was a little kid.
Bam - He's in Collegeville, PA. His mom did not like his 15 seconds of fame, so I think the Bagger is back to bagging groceries at Acme. I was supposed to film with him for Howard Stern last week, but I went to Spain instead.
Bam - you must hear it all the time but you sir are a full on legend and inspired me not only to pick up a board but a camera aswell (something i have now been able to make into a career) Having had some time away from your documentary edit has it given you a new outlook on it and how to tackle putting it together into a feasible timeline or is it still something youd rather not focus on again. (Would be amazing to see it! after watching epicly laterd i thought you could do a trilogy with it rather than squeeze it into one film)
Novak - again major respect man your a true legend been watching since the early cky days and ive loved watching you get better these past few years. do you have any plans to visit the uk and do talks here?
Bam - That movie made me mental just because of the 12 terabytes of footage I had to go through. Trying to make it a 2 hour movie made me nuts. It should be an eight episode season of something. It's different now that most of us are sober, we should call it "How to Kill Your Friends" because that's what we were doing.
Novak - I wouldn't be opposed to doing talks in the UK, it just has to be set up.
Novak since you've been sober has you taste in women changed? And do you ever plan on starting a family?
Novak - Actually, yeah, I don't really go about women the way I used to. I don't do one night stands, chasing skirts all night. I'm trying to find someone who has some substance and a personality. I'd love to have a family, but I believe my role right now is to be alone a lot. My schedule doesn't entail a wife, girlfriend, or family. When the time comes, it'll happen, and I'll love it. When you're looking for love, you'll never find it, and that seems to be the case. I'm really content with having a relationship with me, I've never really had that.
Bam - Lately, I really like Kasabian from England. Believe it or not, I really like the new Tokyo Hotel called "Dream Machine". Volbeat.
Novak - I haven't listened to anything new really, just a lot of classic rock and reggae.
Is there a change in you guys & the skateboard scene from when you guys started out to now?
Bam - Before, there would always be somebody at a demo or a skate spot who would do the same trick that I was trying, not to be a dick, just to show me how good this hometown hero is. I kind of took that as like "well if he just did it why would I continue to try?" That's what kind of made me stop for while. Now, I don't give a shit who did what, I just have fun skating wherever I am. Novak went to Spain for the first time, and it seems like out of his ten year out of his skate time to do heroin, it's like he just got off his board yesterday.
Novak - For me, I think its changed because I can open a skate mag and there's a ten year old doing a 40 stair handrail who I've never even heard of... there's so many good kids, it's overwhelming. It's like Bam said, I just go with my friends to a skate spot, and get in my zone. I admire it from a distance but I do it for the soul. In turn, it makes me the happiest I've ever been on a skateboard.
Would you rather swallow someone elses tobacco spit or snort a live bee?
Bam - Tobacco spit.
Novak - Fuck yeah, tobacco spit.
if you could give a piece of advice to a young film maker trying to break through with his own projects about the industry what would it be and what would you warn them of?
Bam - Warn them of telling their ideas to somebody of stature or importance. If it's a good idea, they'll take it and not even involve you. Which has happened many, many times. With all the videos I made, I've completely funded it myself. If somebody else is funding your project, they're gonna want to make it their way and not yours. They'll butcher it.
Bam - I was in Romania for a month, and the only thing to skate was the shittiest half pipe ever built. It was my only option, so there I was skating.
Novak - When I was 7 years old, and my mom gave me my first skateboard, I had to skate in the basement. I had to wear swimming floaties as a helmet. I'd put a 2x4 and a piece of plywood, and skate that all day with a fucking floatie on my head. It was like a bad dream.