Like sub-prime mortgages in the mid-2000s, there are way too many pro-skater-owned board brands today. So when we heard Chris Haslam was starting one to kind of stave off retirement, we didn’t think much.

But unlike most brands, Brainchild Skateboards has more of a purpose, in that a portion of all proceeds go to charities. Since the passing of his friend and former Dwindle teammate Ben Raemers, Chris decided to start off donating to Project Semicolon, a non-profit that works to prevent suicide by providing better access to information and resources.

Chris also runs his brand from a van that he lives/sleeps/pees(?) in. That means he travels with stacks of up to 100 boards and piles of T-shirts in custom storage containers, ready to pack and ship stuff wherever he is.

Interested in his brand, and deeply curious about his #VanLife, we got one of Chris’ friends to make this video profile on everything he’s been up to. His van seems to be pretty tricked out, but if you want to brainstorm any ideas to make it faster or more profitable, hit us up in the comments and we’ll print ’em out and mail them forward.

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  1. Gerald The King

    February 18, 2020 1:08 pm

    Love this dude. Well done.

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  2. A. Chin

    February 18, 2020 4:17 pm

    Good man.

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  3. Tom

    February 18, 2020 4:29 pm

    We would love to help out in the UK. We run a Skateschool called Tic Tac Skate School and we teach so many kids who suffer mental health and the owner, main guy behind it has a semi colon tattoo on his thumb so he can see it every day and remind himself..
    See all social media and website
    http://Www.tictacskateschool.com
    We also coach at camp Hillcrest where Chris has been when he was in the UK.
    We would love to work with Chris and promote this cause to the kids of the skate school..

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