Thursday, September 3, 2015
Nollie full Cab.
Bam left Toy Machine for Element in 2000. There was a dispute with Tod Swank over royalties from the Landspeed video that ultimately led to his departure. Element was starting to become a big deal so it was the perfect fit for Bam. As an added bonus Giant Distribution also handled 411, which made it much easier for him to get videos produced and distributed. Thanks to all the fame from the telly and movies, Bam is probably one of the top selling pros ever for board sales. He stuck with Element for a long time, although a recent check of their website no longer has him listed on the team.
Element ran this promotion when Bam first got on the team:
Transworld - July 2000 Volume 18 Number 7
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Bam had to have been one of the first to throw down the switch backside tailslide in the mid 1990s on a regular basis, although this particular one drifts more into Suski grind territory.
Landspeed was a wheel company created by Rob Erickson and distributed by Tod Swank through Tum Yeto. Rob had been doing Wheelie Co. before this new venture. The team was heavy on East Coast talent and featured Donny Barley, Kerry Getz, Kenny Hughes, Mike Maldonado, Brian Seber, and Elissa Steamer. Landspeed started in the summer of 1998 and was only around for about a year.
For only being around such a short time, Landspeed released a single video that would be the launching point for Bam's celebrity outside of skateboarding. The video was called Camp Kill Yourself and was released in early 1999. There was minimal skateboarding from the team. The bulk of the flick was the antics of Bam and his friends having fun doing stupid stuff in West Chester, Pennsylvania. The name was taken from the band Bam's brother Jess played drums in, Camp Kill Yourself. This was later shortened to a more marketable CKY.
Camp Kill Yourself introduced us to the cast of characters in Bam's life that would be staples of his videos and assorted TV shows in the years ahead. This included Chris "Hoofbite" Aspite, Brandon DiCamillo, the late Ryan Dunn, Chris Raab, Art Webb 1986, Rake Yohn, and more. Also in the video were Bam's parents, Phil and April. Those two have to have the patience of saints for dealing with all the hijinx he put them through. I always thought the Landspeed video was a fun watch.
The Landspeed logo:
Ryan Gee was the photographer.
Transworld - September 1998 Volume 16 Number 9
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Bam was added to the Toy Machine team in 1997. I don't think he got a lot of coverage after 1994 riding for Evol until Ed Templeton put him on the Machine. I could be wrong on this. I was searching for an Evol ad, but never found anything. They were in the process of going into footwear and starting Osiris so a teenager from Pennsylvania was probably a low priority. Since Bam's friend Mike Maldonado was already on Toy Machine, that gave him a connection. Their skate buddy Kerry Getz was hooked up at this time, too.
Bam had two parts in 1998's Jump Off A Building. One was him skating street and the other was all footage from FDR in Philadelphia. His skating was a blend of tech tricks and transition shredding with reckless drop-ins and big gaps thrown in for good measure.
The photos are by Ryan Gee.
Transworld - June 1997 Volume 15 Number 6
Monday, August 31, 2015
Strictly skateboarding, no antics.
Well, OK, a few antics because you kind of have to mention that with Bam, but this week is going to focus mainly on his skateboarding.
Bam got dumped out of a UPS box on us in 411 #7. The 14 year old from West Chester, Pennsylvania had a part that featured him skating his hometown, Love Park, and a couple assorted parks in the area. He mixed it up between street, vert, and mini ramp. He was riding for Evol at the time. Oddly enough, Bam was taking a bubble bath and got repeatedly dunked in the tub during his Wheels Of Fortune segment. Foreshadowing, perhaps?
Kelly Ryan took the photo.
Thrasher - September 1994 Volume 14 Number 9
Friday, August 28, 2015
Bones Brigade doubles.
Quicksilver started in 1969 as a surf clothing company in Australia. Over the years they've grown larger and become a global entity. They bought DC Shoes in 2004. I think they've had a few financial ups and downs in the last decade or so. I want to say they axed their skate team a few years ago.
I like this photo. That's all.
It will be a week of Bam on Monday. No antics, just skateboarding.
Transworld - December 1988 Volume 6 Number 6
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Gotcha was a surf clothing company from Laguna Beach, California. It was started by Michael Tomson and Joel Cooper in 1978. They specialized in beach wear in a variety of vibrant colors and prints. They sponsored a number of pro skateboarders, including Steve Alba, Steve Caballero, Jim Gray, Lester Kasai, Jeff Kendall, and Rob Roskopp.
They also gave us them gem of life advice:
Lester: Transworld - October 1988 Volume 6 Number 5
Don't Skate: Thrasher - December 1988 Volume 8 Number 12