Cutting-edge success: Mike ‘Cheez’ Brown goes from L.A. punk rocker to multi-business mogul
By Heather Collins
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang salons are a mash-up of punk rock and hair fashion. Founded in 2006, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang has locations in Fishers, Carmel and Fullerton, California. According to co-founder Mike “Cheez” Brown, KKBB Fishers is the top grossing and netting salon in the country per square foot. The Carmel location is in the top ten.
Brown grew up in Kokomo and said he didn’t learn to read until 10th grade. His mother died when he was nine years old, and his father died seven years later.
At 16, Brown moved to Los Angeles to pursue music and immersed himself in the punk rock scene garnering connections with a growing list of famous friends including Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, Guns N’ Roses, Kid Rock, Rage Against the Machine and Madonna.
“My greatest asset in life has been my ability to form deep relationships that have turned into the breeding ground for great opportunity,” Brown said. “As a kid not being able to read, I had to figure out other ways.”
Slash of Guns N’ Roses, Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance, Big Time Rush are just a few of the celebrity clientele who have visited the Kiss Kiss Bang Bang Fishers location and made their mark on the wall of fame in the back of the blue-hued salon.
Brown is band manager for The Dirty Heads and Sublime with Rome and owns restaurants, tattoo shops and management companies throughout the U.S. including The Gypsy Den in California (with co-owner Ryan Shuck of Orgy) and Club Tattoo in Phoenix and Las Vegas (with Chester Bennington of Linkin Park).
Brown manages both the salons and the bands in the same way, pushing an entrepreneurial spirit and putting a complete ban on gossip and negative talk.
“It’s a lifestyle and a philosophy and a way of life that we live by,” Brown said. “It’s about teaching people to do their best.”
For more, visit kkbbsalon.com.