Home of professional skateboarders, Bam Margera and Mike Maldonado, Fairman’s skate shop has been a staple of the east coast skateboarding community for over 30 years. We are lucky enough to have this great skate shop right in downtown West Chester. For more information check out their website www.fairmans.com and “Like” them on Facebook by clicking here.
Margera is back in the news once again, this time for posting Twitter pictures of himself taking aim with a play pistol at the heads of two of his pets, to say the least animal lovers are not happy. Bam says it’s all a joke, but has 820,000 Twitter followers, and many of them are young, impressionable teens.”Depictions of anything negative with animals, any violence with animals is really not funny,” said Chester County SPCA spokesman Rich Britton who also hosts a radio show called Passionate About Pets.
Bam sat down with Myfoxphilly.com at his West Chester home to talk about the incident:
“I’m on ‘Jackass, ‘so I like humor like that, and I I like shock value purposes,” Margera said. He showed us Trouble the cat, lounging around on a couch, living the life, then he apologized while showering Penny with kisses.”Sorry if I offended anybody. But I’m an animal lover and I’d never hurt this dog in a million years, and the gun is a fake gun.”
Despite Margera’s apologies, his gun-toting image is tough to take because of recent cases of dog abuse in Chester County. A Yorkie-mix was one of two dogs set on fire and found dead over the summer. “I wasn’t aware of that going on,” Bam said sitting with his girlfriend Nikki Boyd. “But, yeah, I didn’t want to offend anybody. I just wanted to make people laugh.” But the SPCA’s Britton said, “We know Bam in this area as a great celebrity with a huge following. People love him, and we understand he’s a big animal lover. So we really urge him to take these negative images to turn them into something positive to really help animals.”
While trying to board his flight Bam, the Jackass daredevil, 32, was taken into police custody after his boisterous behavior at the airport caused a scene. Police officials told TMZ that Margera, 32, reeked of alcohol and was loud and combative but the former MTV star insisted later to the outlet that he wasn’t intoxicated at the time. He was later released.
On another note, below is a video I recently came across of Bam explaining what he has been up too and a tour of his house/compound. Bam is a local West Chester resident and grew up skating the streets of downtown West Chester. He is true to his roots and we respect that, Check out the video below!
This Friday from 5 to 9 p.m., the Chester County Historical Society will welcome the West Chester debut of Brandon “Bam” Margera’s artwork. The homegrown star of Jackass fame is teaming up with West Chester artist John Hannafin, a Historical Society regular, for Gallery Walk, a popular, borough event held on the first Fridays of June and October.
Robert Lukens, the Historical Society president, said Hannafin has been renting exhibit space from CCHS for four or five years. This time, Hannafin added Margera and a couple of Margera’s friends including photographers Red Mohawk and Ryan Gee, it is expected to be an eclectic mix. Make sure not to miss the Gallery Walk this Friday in downtown West Chester for more information check out this article offering a little more insight into the event.
Shops will be open late and more than a dozen gallery openings and special shows will take place. Go to WestChesterGalleryWalk.com for the map and list of Gallery Previews. Of special interest is the Vintage Garage Sale and En Plein Air, both occuring at the new Chestnut Street Garage — the Vintage Garage Sale on the ground floor and En Plein Air on the rooftop. Across the street is the Chester County Historical Society (225 N High St, 610-692-4800) presenting artist John Hannafin with special guest Bam Margara. The museum is also offering FREE addmission of their current exhibits throughout the day.
Fairman’s Skate Shop’s extremely popular monthly event series at West Goshen Township Skatepark continues for 2012. Join Fairman’s again this year for more fun than you’re ever supposed to have on a week day! Just a good old fashioned way to get together with a bunch of your friends and skate. FAIRMAN’S teamriders will be showing off their stuff and staff members will be available to give instruction to the younger rippers.
2012 Jam Dates: March 13 / April 10 / May 8 / June 12 / July 10 / August 14 / September 11 / October 9
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I have been shopping/supporting Fairman’s Skate Shop for about 10 years now and stand by it as one of the best local shops in West Chester. I remember the first time walking into Fairman’s and feeling nervous, I was very young and new to the whole skateboard scene/lifestyle at the time… Also because I was walking into a place were I knew many legendary skateboarders have worked and came out of, such as Bam Margera, Kerry Getz, and Andrew Cannon just to name a few. However, As I entered the shop I was quickly greeted by staff and they were very helpful and kind, right then and there I felt nervous no more, I felt right at home. After that first experience at Fairman’s I have been shopping and hanging out there ever since, I am now close friends with every staff and team member. I have Fairman’s to thank for growing my love and passion for skateboarding and thank them for helping me assemble my very first skateboard years ago.
Next time you’re in town make sure to stop by Fairman’s located on the corner of West Gay and North Church Streets in the heart of historic downtown West Chester. Even if you do not skate, snow, or surf they offer a wide selection of apparel and shoes for everyone. Below is a short description of the shop and hours of operation… Happy shopping!
“Fairman’s was established in 1977, It is one of the East Coast’s oldest and most respected Skate, Snow and Surf shops. We are a single-location, family-owned business. We’re proud to be skating into our fourth decade.”
REGULAR STORE HOURS:
Monday – Thursday 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sunday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm