We’re continuing with our series featuring some of the creative people that we know. Every Tuesday we will introduce them as they share with us the ten things they can’t live without. Today we are introducing our dear friend and mid-century design enthusiast, fellow blogger [Grizzly Bear Modern], traveling foodie, music lover, photographer [flickr], and DIYer Curt Rollison. [@grizzlymodern]
Location: Los Angeles, CA
My wife and best friend. She rocks. She’s too good for me. We don’t even have to be always interacting with each other, but the mutual presence is enough to put both of us at ease. Plus she’s a mega hottie watch yo’ self.
Fish, al pastor, carne asada, pollo, yes please. Being born and raised here in SoCal, tacos are my comfort food and even after 23 years I’m still discovering new and amazing flavor combinations and styles.
[three] burt’s bees
Since taking Accutane my freshman year of high school (yes it was poison, but no more zits – fair trade IMO) I’ve been addicted to chapstick. My weapon of choice is Burt’s Bees original. I’ve been rocking a yellow tube in my right front pocket so long that some of my favorite jeans, more on that in a second, have special wearing and fading in the outline of my tube of Burt’s.
It’s pizza’s job to be incredible! I could easily fill this list with just food, which is why I weigh about as much as juvenile water buffalo, but I digress. Pizza. It’s the beez kneez. What can I say, I’ll take it anyway it comes, but I most prefer New York style with a west coast flair for unusual flavor combos. One of my absolute favorites is from a chain around here called Z Pizza. It’s got artichoke hearts, mushrooms, and globs of ricotta cheese on top of a regular cheese slice – scrumptious. It might not be the most mind-blowing slice around, but it’s consistent and always hits the spot when called upon.
I cannot play an instrument. No patience. I want to be good now! No practice needed – so no guitar solos here. And I’m not quite sure there’s a word that adequately describes the level of suck I bring when I attempt to sing. So no signing either. But, music. I love it. I listen to music constantly, I love live shows, I love discovering new artists, and I love sharing my music with others. I usually listen to at least 4 hours of music a day, but it can easily be 8 or more. It’s always on and I love it – can’t live without it. I’ll lose my crap if I’m the passenger in a car where they don’t play music.
[six] google reader
Just recently I cleaned out my browser’s “favorites” folder, because “Reader’s got that.” There’s no way I’d be able to be exposed to as many cool things on such a frequent basis without my trusty Google Reader. It’s completely changed the way I consume my media. Granted, you lose out on all the window dressing of each blog/site, but hey we all got to make sacrifices right?
[seven] mid-century modernism & scandinavian design
I grew up on IKEA. I remember passing on the “Smaland” play center to continue on upstairs for the two hour maze of economic and design driven mini-homes. So with that context I’ve continued to have a passion for well designed and minimalist furnishings with an extra soft spot for mid century design: Knoll, Eames, Nelson, Saarinen, Wegner they’re my boys. And I’ll most likely only ever be able to afford “replications,” but their aesthetic and ingenuity heavily influences how we go about decorating our home.
[eight] denim jeans
Jeans are God’s second best gift to man. I wear jeans everyday. They go with everything and they are so freaking comfortable. I’ve finally stocked up on a couple of pairs, but I’ve been known to rock a single pair until the wheels fall off. Current quiver: Levis, Joe’s, Quicksilver, Hugo Boss, and Loomstate.
My dad has always worn a watch, his dad always wore a watch, I’ve always worn a watch. I’ve been wearing a watch since maybe earlier than the 4th grade. In my opinion, it’s pretty much unacceptable for any adult to ask another “what time is it” unless said person has just stepped out of a time machine or UFO. Watches are a guy’s one chance to regularly accessorize and I think they can tell you a lot about a guy. Ladies, you should start checkin’ that out. Anyway, watches let you wear art and that’s cool. I’m pretty picky about exactly which watches I like – going back to the aesthetic stemming from list item #7. Again, for watches too I’m often relegated to knock-offs. But, mmmm maybe someday when I’m old and gentlemanly Jessica will buy me a real watch. Yeah, that’s how it’ll happen.
He’s the reason I can sleep peacefully. Understanding what this life is for and what it’s all about takes a lot of philosophical weight off your shoulders and allows you to truly start enjoying the world that was created for us. My salvation through Jesus Christ is the lens that colors all aspects of my life and provides an inner peace that cannot be bought, designed, sold, or truly explained.
Stay tuned for text Tuesday when we feature our dear friend and fellow blogger [Grizzly Bear Modern], creator of Mason Jar Bride, modernist, fashionista, DIYer, and certified scuba diver Jessica Rollison. [@grizzlymodern]
Until next time!