"I think I was given a second chance at life to help others extend their time here."
- Leah Chyma, Founder
& Head Noggin'
Our mission is to change how the world sees helmets through education, awareness and badass custom design. We are redefining helmet culture by bringing hand painted designs to each helmet we sell that reflects individual style. Whether it's an original design or a custom design, active people everywhere are leading from the front while also repping their unique badassness! Together we are trailblazing the movement of stylish safety.
We are determined to get helmets on every active person on the planet! We believe that making a helmet fit the style of the person wearing it will change the game in helmet safety. We want to destroy the stigma of wearing a helmet and with hand painting art work on each helmet we believe that helmets can become a cool way to stay stylishly safe.
For every 10 helmets purchased, Knockin' Noggins donates a custom helmet to a child in need. We partner with local charities to connect us with children who cannot afford helmets. Each child receives a helmet to fit their noggin and ability to add their own customization!
Our head noggin, Leah, was changed forever August 7th, 2018 at 30 years old. As she was leaving dinner she was involved in a single person, freak accident that almost took her life. Days later she awoke in the shock trauma unit unable to move due to the machines & measures taken to keep her alive. She was diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury, three skulls fractures, three brain bleeds & post traumatic stress disorder. There was a time her heart rate dipped to 30BPM and the doctors were not sure she was going to pull through. However, after nearly one month in the hospital she was released and on a mission to make a lasting impact on the world.
"I see my accident as the wake up call I needed to find meaning in what I experienced and I truly believe I was given a second chance at life to help other people extend their time here. Months into my recovery I started envisioning a way to combine my art and passion for helping others. In March of 2020 Knockin’ Noggins was born." Leah recalls. Hear more of the story by clicking on the video created for PBS by Alexa Borden & Ivy Beltran.