Chris Printup Car Accident: Founder of Born x Raised aka Spanto passed away

Chris Printup died. (Source: Facebook)

Chris Printup, the founder of Born x Raised and a beloved figure known as “Spanto,” passed away tragically, and the streetwear community mourns his loss.

As we pay homage to Chris Printup’s enduring impact, this article explores many facets of his life, including his cause of death, age, and net worth.


Who was Chris Printup?

Chris “Spanto” launched Born X Raised in 2011 to pay homage to the 1990s in Los Angeles. The brand was founded by Spanto and his creative partner Alex “2 Tone” to provide a forum for genuine storytelling and self-expression.

Born X Raised creates apparel to mirror the lives of its designers. Beyond the glitzy Hollywood facade or the streets of Venice Beach packed with Instagram influencers, the brand wants to convey another side of Los Angeles.

Born X Raised has worked with a variety of brands, including Converse, 424, Carhartt, the Lakers, the Dodgers, Retrosuperfuture, and more.

Additionally, their clothing is entirely produced in Los Angeles and draws inspiration from both Venice and the city’s streets.

Spanto made a big impact on the streetwear and fashion scenes as the creator of Born x Raised. He was renowned for his altruism and commitment to his native Los Angeles in addition to his creative endeavors.

Spanto’s influence extended beyond fashion and was known for his charismatic demeanor and distinctive sense of style. He recently shown his kindness and dedication to his community by giving his future Nike SB partnership to the entire Venice High School graduating class. He was also looking forward to his first-ever Nike SB collaboration, which would highlight his expanding prominence in the field.

Spanto, also known as Chris Printup, ended up in Memphis soon after his father Butch passed away earlier this year.

Spanto said,

“The day after he passed, I flew to his home and was laying down in his bedroom, looking at all of his things and drawing inspiration from the iconography of his personal belongings.”

The Indigenous streetwear designer thought of a way to honor his father when he found one of his old jackets.

Spanto said,

“I found this Levi’s denim jacket that he used to wear a lot when I was a kid and immediately knew I wanted to dedicate a project to my father’s memory.”

The line also includes references to Spanto’s early years in Venice, California. The designer continues by saying that a company like Levi’s was the ideal collaboration partner to represent the carefree Californian lifestyle that is so closely associated with his line.

Spanto also added:

“I grew up in Los Angeles in the ’80s and ’90s, when the way you dressed was a very loud statement,” 

“We wore our clothing like a suit of armor and a badge of courage. I keep and carry the same energy with me when I design my collections.”

“Levi’s and a white tee shirt is what I grew up wearing, almost as a uniform,”

“Something so simple but yet so elegant. Levi’s is timeless, and I also think that Born x Raised is timeless.”

Richard Cabral and Amber Midthunder, as well as Spanto’s mother and siblings, served as models for the photo session that took place in White River, Arizona and Los Angeles.


Chris Printup, the company’s founder, created a brand that connected with the urban culture of Los Angeles and beyond.

Even though his net worth isn’t made public, his business activities and the success of Born x Raised point to a lucrative career in the fashion sector.


How did Chris Printup die?

Tragically, Born x Raised’s founder Chris Printup, also known as Spanto, has died. Known for his generosity, he just gave his future Nike SB collaboration to the Venice High School graduating class.

The news of Chris Printup’s passing had been confirmed by a number of artists who had collaborated with him over the years.

Fine Art Photographer Pep Williams wrote:

“Lost apart of my soul today. My little brother Spanto @bornxraised passed. I watched you grow from a little boy to a man. I watched you accomplish things most thought was impossible. So glad I was able to talk to you last week and say “I love you bro”and the plans you had for the future for Venice and LA. I will treasure all of our talks over the decades. Thank you for you. Rip my Venice Brother. #BornxRaised #spanto #chrisprintup”

His Previous Ilness:

Spanto got a terminal cancer diagnosis in 2013, one month after launching Born x Raised, and in 2018 he celebrated being cancer-free. In an Instagram post from just six months ago, he reflected on his life and health path and expressed appreciation.

He wrote in December 2022: “I just want to take a moment to take a long, hard look back and what has happened over the last ten years,” “I think if you would take a peek at my instagram and see the highlight reel and think it might’ve been easy – but.. from where ive started (like in the early years of my life).. growing up my dad was homeless and my mom was mentally ill – I spent a lot of time in and out of the system from an early age from central juvenile hall to many years spent in the county – I decided to create a clothing brand while the last time I was incarcerated – I cooked up bxr while I was in the hole at supermax.” “From 2013 until now I’ve been battling cancer, did 4 years of chemo lost 100 lbs and my hair numerous times – what I’m getting at is life is hard for everyone and I want anyone to know, that if you’re feeling discouraged or like life has given you too many handicaps – ITS OKAY. you’re going to be fine things will get better.”

“I’m cancer free, I’m not incarcerated and my family has a house to live in and I want to look back at all that has happened and say THANK YOU – because just 5 years ago I was in the worst place in life I’ve ever been and just this last week I’ve been in Vogue, NY Times and a bunch of other places that I am extremely grateful for. If you would have told me 10 years ago I would be hosting a dinner with Nike on the roof of Soho house for 100 of my friends I would’ve never believed you. So I again want to look at all the beautiful gifts life has given me and enjoy all of it.”

As part of his long legacy, Printup’s innovative achievements will be remembered. The accomplishments Chris Printup made in fashion, his charitable activities, and his everlasting love for his hometown will ensure that his legacy endures even as the streetwear community mourns the passing of a LA legend. During this difficult period, our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones.


Chris Printup cause of death

According to Nice Kicks, Chris Printup, the co-founder of Born x Raised, died in a horrific vehicle accident months after his father passed away. Numerous personal friends and professional colleagues have started to pay respect to the designer on social media.

The company hasn’t made an official announcement on its social media platforms yet. As more information becomes known regarding Spanto’s passing, it will be updated.


Tributes to Chris Printup

The passing of Chris Printup has sparked an outpouring of sympathy for the Chris Printup family from the streetwear community and beyond.

Jose wrote: “A huge loss for Venice and the world…Chris Printup passed on in a car accident…here he was gracing the Venice graduating students with Born and Raised gear…Rest Eazy CP.”

Not Enuff Heat Brand wrote: “💔 Today, we mourn the loss of Chris Printup, the founder of BORNXRAISED. Our hearts are heavy as we say goodbye to a visionary and influential figure in the streetwear community. 🙏🕊️ RIP Spanto, your passion and dedication will continue to inspire generations to come. 🌹 #RIPChrisPrintup #BORNXRAISED #LegendForever”

One of the worst things anyone can go through in life is losing a loved one. Any journey must have a destination at the end. The person’s time on earth has regrettably come to an end now that they have died. We wish him eternal peace and send our thoughts and prayers to his loved ones, family, friends. May he rest in peace.

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