Austin artist Leah Chyma is making safety stylish through her company Knockin’ Noggins.
She creates hand painted helmets, fueled by her love of art and a passion for destigmatizing mental health and helping others.
Leah exemplifies the “Be Cause” theme of Issue 21 by creating art with a purpose. Read more about what led her down this path of art and advocacy.
On August 8th 2018, I had a near death experience after a freak accident that left me in the hospital for nearly a month because of the severity of my injuries.
I honestly believe I was given a second chance at life to help others prolong their time here too and that’s how Knockin’ Noggins was born. Knockin’ Noggins is my avenue to create custom hand painted helmets so people actually want to wear them and with every helmet made we are destroying the stigma of wearing one. It’s a one woman show so I personally work with each client and hand paint their dream theme on a piece of plastic that can help save their lives.
From a young age I knew I was put on this earth to help others, it just took almost dying to realize what that reason was. That is why I am here on this planet, to create beauty that enhances and prolongs the lives of others.
My mission is to change how the world sees helmets through education, awareness and badass custom design. For every 10 helmets I create, one is donated for free to a local children’s home in Austin. I make a custom helmet just for each child who wouldn’t be able to get one otherwise.
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