“Becoming an e-resident of Estonia has allowed me to spend more time creating things and less time dealing with administrative BS.” – Bam Margera
American skateboard professional and television star Bam Margera is teaming up with Estonian entrepreneur Taavi Kikas on a new project to turn some of his original designs into jewelry, accessories, and other items using 3D printing.
Taavi Kikas, co-founder of 3DPrinterOS, is a pioneer of the 3D printing industry in Estonia and also serves as an instructor and advisor at the MEKTORY business and innovation center at Tallinn University of Technology. Bam and Taavi met through a mutual friend and decided to combine Bam’s creative design skills with Taavi’s 3D printing know-how to create this new collaboration.
The pair is starting off small at first with keychains and other items for sale on their new website Bammerch.com and as part of an upcoming tour of Europe by Bam’s band, The Evesdroppers. The first products will mainly be created using steel and titanium, with items made from gold and silver eventually being added. They are also considering the possibility of 3D printing custom skateboard decks from carbon fiber in the near future.
To make this international business partnership work, Bam became an e-resident of Estonia. Estonia is the first country to offer e-Residency — a transnational digital identity available to anyone in the world interested in administering a location-independent business online. e-Residency will allow Bam to manage the business from anywhere around the world, perfect for someone who is busy touring with a band.
“Becoming an e-resident of Estonia has allowed me to spend more time creating things and less time dealing with administrative BS,” said Bam Margera.