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June 2017

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Alumni Profiles
June 20, 2017

Alumni Profile: Scott Viscomi of Alliance MMA

I've had a lot of hobbies and interests come and go, but two things that have stayed with me are hardcore and combat sports. I've been an MMA, jiu-jitsu and muay thai superfan since UFC 1, trained off and on since the late 90's and currently do jiu-jitsu 4 or 5 days a week - to make a long story short, I'm a lifer in combat sports. So I have a lot in common with Scott Viscomi, who is the Director of Event Sales & Marketing for Alliance MMA, a hardcore lifer, and fellow business dork - and I'm very happy to finally talk to him after trying to make this happen for a while. I'm especially stoked on this one because it represents almost exactly what I had in mind when I started this site a couple years ago: documenting those who never lost their fire - their connection to DIY culture…
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June 4, 2017

Create your own scene, and other lessons from Green Day, 924 Gilman and MRR

Back in 1992 or so, my friend Kevin showed up to school with a tape by some random pop-punk band in his Walkman. They were called Green Day, and I'd heard their name a lot from their shows with other Lookout bands like Operation Ivy and Crimpshrine as well as some of the Bay Area crust/hardcore bands I was into like Neurosis and Stikky. They were an integral part of the 924 Gilman St/MRR scene, and for all its many faults, that scene was truly something special and unique. Although I only went to Gilman a couple times, the culture of that era was incredibly influential and in many ways still the template for how I think and approach projects. It was DIY to the core, smart and focused not on the dumb, self-destructive stuff that kneecapped a lot of earlier punk but on CREATING things. It was fundamentally a maker…
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