first_img Slopestyle Mountain Bike Champion Emil Johansson Talks Tricks, Staying Fit, and More Today we speak to Curtis Brown, founder of Kicks to the PitchI’ve been lucky to experience a host of cultures and experiences. I was born in Fullerton, California (North Orange County) and grew up in Southern California but spent some of my high school time on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, as well as some of my college days in Laie on the North Shore of Oahu. I grew up loving sneakers, basketball and Hip Hop.  I am of the Latter-day Saints faith and practice up to this day. My faith is one my biggest motivations and keeps me on track with my daily grind.About 12 years ago I had the idea to start my own sneaker boutique in Whittier right outside of Los Angeles. During that same time I co-created Dunkxchange, the first buy, trade and sell sneaker convention in the world. I have always been a secret fan of soccer and it was always a dream to go to a World Cup, so in 2010, my brother and I decided to take the trip to South Africa. While I was in Johannesburg I started to see how many people loved the culture that I came from but also loved football/soccer. I came home from South Africa with a new idea but no time to execute the new concept.In 2014 I was able to go to the World Cup in Brazil and test my “new idea.” I worked with the world’s largest sneaker and street based art exhibitors, Sneaker Pimps, where I hosted a small art exhibition pairing Adidas World Cup team jerseys with Adidas sneakers and Monster Headphones that matched each team. That was the day soccer/lifestyle hybrid creative force Kicks to the Pitch was born. Kicks to the Pitch is now a leader in the world of soccer culture and has branched out to add a soccer specific creative agency named “The Pitch Creative Group” located in downtown LA. We have executed numerous global events and activities for Major League Soccer and international soccer teams with the intent of fusing the global game of soccer with urban and youth culture. Our mission is to bring the beautiful game to every head on every street corner of the world.As for my personal style:Jeans: Levi’s 511sShirts: I am big fan of soccer jersey tops and I love basic blank Dri-Fit NIKE SB shirts. The fewer the graphics, the better.Pants: I like chino pants and the fit of the Levi’s 511 chinos.Suits: This is a tough one. I don’t wear suits at all, so I couldn’t really give a solid answer on this one.Shoes: My absolute favorite sneaker is the NIKE SB Koston 1, then the Air Jordan 1 in black/red and black/blue and the Air Jordan 11 in any color. Cole Haan or a basic set of Sperry Topsiders are my other go-to non-sneaker options.Accessories: I love head wear. New Era is my day to day for a fitted cap and I love Mitchell & Ness snapback hats. I am always in a hat because, frankly, I’m too lazy to do my hair!Outerwear: Living in So Cal, outerwear is not that common for me. I love hoodies and lightweight jackets. My NIKE US Soccer jacket is my favorite – I get to rep my country and it’s all around nice. A win-win.Favorite cologne: I used to really like Eternity for Men, but my skin is sensitive so I don’t use cologne anymore!Your favorite app: I live in LA, so Waze is my most-used and favorite app. And of course, Instagram.Favorite piece of technology: My iPhone is my absolute favorite piece of technology. I use it almost every second of the day. It’s one of those things that I feel incomplete without. I almost stopped using my laptop because of my iPhone.Next tech purchase: I am in need of a new laptop, so I think my next purchase will be the new MacBook Pro. Or the iPhone 7 when it drops. Zach Klein Is the Reason We’re All Obsessed with Cabin Porn On the Road with Mikah Meyer, the First Person to Visit Every National Park Site in One Trip NASCAR Driver Brad Keselowski on Crashing, Winning, and Creating a Legacy Editors’ Recommendations Legent Bourbon Teams Up with Tokyo Butcher Kentaro Nakaharalast_img read more

first_imgCHRISTMAS DAY WOULDN’T be the same without the heavy scents that flood the air throughout the house.Smells like…1. Eau de Mam’s hamMam’s ham; often attempted, never imitated. It isn’t truly Christmas day until this mouth-watering scent floods the house. Source: sk8geek2. Christmas tree spritzNOTHING beats the smell of a real Christmas tree as it slowly dies in your living room. Not even the smell of new car, the pages of a book, or cold hard cash. Nothing. Source: hodgers3. Cinnamon scentWe don’t know when or where this connection to Christmas happened, but we like it. Want to make something smell like Christmas? Throw a bit of cinnamon on it. Source: CINNAMON VOGUE4. Whiff of wrapping paperLet’s face it, wrapping presents is a pain. But the smell of that freshly cut shiny paper, mmmmmm. Source: sealionsrule5. Musk of atticAll your decorations have been dragged down and the staleness of the attic lives through them. It’s a mixture of those year old newspapers you used to wrap them up and dusty insulation. Source: Kelseyandkevin6. Orange zestBit’ve orange in everything, now it’s Christmas. Dried orange, orangey chocolate, an orange with little cloves stuck into it. We’ve got notions of Christmas oranges considering we’re past the days when they used to be the only present you’d get in your sock, as your dad will constantly tell you. Source: robef7. Aroma of despairCan we leave now? Little dude on the right knows what we’re talkin’ bout. Source: Mask8. Burning dust of radHas the heat been off for the past week at all? Nothing says Christmas like lounging around uncomfortably full and sweating actual sweats alongside your meat sweats. “Are you warm? Will we turn off that heat?” gets banded around a lot, but nobody ever does. Source: TripAdvisor9. Fragrant frostIt may not be a white Christmas, but it will always be a frosty one. The frosty chill in the air and the crunch under you feet, it doesn’t smell like Christmas without that earthy air. Source: noii’s10. Cracker singeAfter you’ve been pressured into putting your paper hat on, it hits your nose. The card strip inside that snaps leaves a smoky chemical smell that just can’t be good for anyone. Breathe it in deep, it only comes once a year. Source: dearbarbie11. Canned Guinness gasNo, not that kind of gas. The actual gas that comes out of the can when you crack open a cold one to accompany the box of Heroes. Source: Stephen Douglas12. Sweet-box stenchA bit plasticy, a bit chocolatey. All in all, a welcome smell after your mountainous dinner. Choose wisely, choose carefully. Source: Louise McSharry7 things you miss when you’re away from home for Christmas>The essential ‘Christmas at home’ survival guide>last_img read more