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May 2016

Alumni Profiles
May 24, 2016

Alumni profile: Chris Wrenn of Sully’s and Bridge 9

You may know Chris Wrenn as the founder of Bridge Nine, one of the most important hardcore labels of the past 20 years (and home of the infamous B9 board). But as much as I love him for putting out bands like Have Heart, Terror, Death Threat and Ramallah, the fact of the matter is that nobody (including Chris) is making a ton of cash from releasing hardcore records. What you might not know is that Chris' "real job" isn't Bridge 9, it's his apparel company Sully's. Rooted in the rich and highly charged culture of Boston sports, Sully's was among the first of the new-school sports brands (along with Homage) that have essentially reinvented sports apparel, injecting a little punk rock attitude into what was previously a fairly conservative category. Take a walk down the aisles of Dicks, Walmart, or Target and their influence on mainstream retailers is obvious. I'm really…
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May 10, 2016

Moving will NOT solve your problems

When I was 18 years old, I moved from Seattle to Cleveland. WTF would I do that, you ask? Because like every other hardcore kid, I decided (for no particular reason) that my hometown sucked and that the answer was to move across the country without any real plan and about $800 to my name. And yes, of course a girl was part of the equation too. OF COURSE. Sounds like a bulletproof plan, right?? It went just as badly as you would guess: I spent the next few years broke, directionless, and mostly very very miserable until I was finally able to find my way back to Seattle with my tail between my legs where I had to start my life over again. My friends were about to graduate from college, and all I had to show for the last 3 years were a bunch of stories about shows, graffiti, and…
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