By David Peisner
"It's miraculous to me how completely a ways long gone Steve-O was once, and the way he appears again on it during this booklet with such intelligence, humor, and searing honesty. What a very incredible life."
From his early days videotaping loopy skateboard stunts to starring within the Jackass videos, there has been little that Stephen "Steve-O" Glover would not do. even if it was once stapling his nutsack to his leg or diving right into a pool choked with elephant crap, virtually not anything was once out of bounds. because the stunts obtained crazier, his lifestyles stored velocity. He constructed a crippling dependancy to medicines and alcohol, and an obsession along with his personal megastar that proved approximately as risky. merely an intervention and a trip to a psychiatric ward kept his existence. this day he has been fresh and sober for greater than 3 years.
Professional Idiot recounts the lunacy, the debauchery, the stunts, the drug habit, and the trail to restoration with bravado, humor, and heart.
"A nice booklet to learn earlier than you get at the curler coaster to hell, for those who plan on surviving to inform approximately it like Steve-O did."
--Nikki Sixx, writer of The Heroin Diaries
"This is the fitting ebook for those who hate reading."
--Tommy Lee, writer of Tommyland
The suggestions i have gotten on fb and Twitter from these of you who have learn this publication has been interesting, heartwarming, and hilarious. i am satisfied to maintain answering your questions about there, and that i motivate extra of you to affix within the dialogue. desire to listen to from you quickly, and thanks all so much.
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The following day, I phoned Dad and informed him the inside track. “What does that suggest? ” he requested. “What does it get you? ” He could besides were conversing Swahili. “Dad, I’m backed! ” “I comprehend what you’re saying,” he acknowledged. “But what's going to Bizo offer you? ” after all, I had no inspiration. To me, the objective used to be simply to get “sponsored. ” I by no means quite gave a lot idea to what that really entailed. So Dad and Sophie had me write up the cheap to undergo Bizo that may account for my annual costs. after all, we extra up every thing i may almost certainly desire and it got here to $30,000. That appeared like a fucking fortune to me. a couple of days later, I met the company’s proprietor, a quick, balding man in his forties named Mitchell Jamel. Mitchell had made a number of cash promoting seasoned activities item and now was once trying to holiday into the skate and surf industry. He knew under not anything approximately skateboarding, yet he was once shrewdpermanent, convinced, and positively now not approximately to provide me something reminiscent of $30,000. in reality, I by no means obtained even more out of Bizo than a number of hundred dollars, a few lovely lame item, and company playing cards that acknowledged “Steve-O: workforce Rider,” which after all I enjoyed. even if my association with Bizo was once as chintzy because it will get, I nonetheless advised each individual I knew, met, or bumped into that i used to be a backed skateboarder and stuntman. I controlled to paintings this piece of information—often in wildly exaggerated form—into nearly each dialog I had. In January, I drove with the Bizo men to Orlando for a surf and skate conference. They manage a sales space with their equipment within the conference corridor and employed types to face out entrance to draw enterprise. i used to be being paid $100 for every of the 3 days of the conference, which, to me, intended that i used to be a “pro” skateboarder. still, I spent lots of the day exhibiting my video to different businesses. when we left the conference that first day, I went out consuming with a number of humans, together with one of many types from the Bizo sales space, a lady named Nicole Bello. We ended up at a strip membership and that i received lovely out of hand. I’ve by no means been an important fan of strip golf equipment, most likely simply because I’ve constantly had a troublesome time being in any room the place I wasn’t the heart of consciousness. To therapy this challenge, I climbed up at the catwalk zone and began strolling on my palms. no one there preferred my functionality, least of all of the bouncers, who threw me out instantly. Nicole left with me and at first bought in the back of the wheel of my motor vehicle. She was once a bit under the influence of alcohol herself yet nowhere close to the haggard situation i used to be in via this element. She hadn’t pushed a long way while I insisted she pull over. “You’re riding horribly,” I informed her. “I’ll force. If anyone goes to penal complex, it’s going to be me! ” I’d simply gotten my license again a month previous from my first DUI, yet i assumed providing to force used to be the chivalrous factor to do. as soon as I pulled the auto clear of the cut back, I vaguely keep in mind making an unlawful U-turn via a pink gentle, considering we have been misplaced, coming again to an identical purple gentle, then making one other unlawful U-turn via it and simply carrying on with during this loop for a couple of minutes prior to a police automobile ultimately pulled me over.