Today we’d like to introduce you to Justice Born.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I started organizing a breakdancing workshop for youth in Lynn in 2003 at Club America and eventually showcases, open mics, battles and over time the consistency of events developed a movement. I called it Wreck Shop Movement because the first showcase was called Wreck Shop which was a play on the fact it took place at a rec center. After a few years, I took a hiatus from organizing events while I was experiencing homelessness, joblessness and struggling with mental health issues. After writing, walking and reading every day I started to get my mind back on track and even organized a community clean up and concert with a group of homeless people while we were all living in a shelter. That started to motivate me to organize events again. Fast forward to today, we’re on 3 solid years with our Open Mic in Salem called Live From The Underground every Wednesday, our 2 years at the Subway Cipher at Downtown Crossing in Boston on Sundays and our 6th annual Bridgin Gaps festival at Salem Willows during the first weekend in August.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It certainly hasn’t been a smooth road all the way through. There have been a lot of challenges but one of the biggest has been learning how to be patient and persistent. That’s how I’ve come to see progress throughout the years.
Wreck Shop Movement – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Wreck Shop Movement specializes in promoting and coordinating music and art centered events. We’re known for embodying the principles of Hip Hop culture which are Peace, Love, Unity and Havin Fun! I’m most proud of our ability to be consistent and maintain quality while some have come and gone after making a quick buck or when things got tough. We’ve been here for the people even when the business wasn’t generating a profit.
What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
The proudest moment of my career has been getting a grant for the Bridgin Gaps festival from Eastern Bank for $5,000 because I’ve never applied for a grant before this year and I got approved within a few weeks. I was pretty excited about that.
- Our showcases and battles are usually $10-$12 at the door.
- Our T shirts are $20 each and our hoodies are $40 each.
- Website: wreckshopmovement.com
- Phone: 9783043337
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @wreckshop101
- Facebook: facebook.com/wreckshopmovement
- Twitter: @wreckshop101
- Other: youtube.com/WreckShopTV