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Hooked on Grow Up

 Name a better Duo than a Father and Son...we'll wait.

We swore we wouldn't mention the 'L' word ever again but this occasion calls for it as Grow Up was launched during lockdown 2020. (at least something good came out of it right?)

Based on graphic art, typography, stencils, mixed media, fluorescent ink and profanity, Mark Blam and his son Jack Blam “We’re inspired by the intense pressure on teenagers (and immature adults) to grow up and acknowledge the impact everyday life can have on mental well-being”.

Their outlook and attitude is perfectly in line with what we look for as a gallery; say it as it is and make it colourful!

We got in touch with the pair to ask them some questions in the hopes that they would have some fun with it and they did not disappoint! Enjoy...


Describe your studio environment in 3 words.      

typography, cardboard, pottymouth

What is your prized possession?      

-Mr Bingo's drawing of Off-White Nike Jordan 1 from I got you fuck all series

-Jamie Hewlett Tank Girl page of original art

Your dream collaboration would be with:

-Keith Haring

-Wim Crouwel


What can we expect to see from you in the near future?

Swearing, immaturity and spray paint

What is an unwritten rule when it comes to your work?

Don't work for twats, don't work with twats *even though we are twats

What do you find yourself rolling your eyes at?

People quoting Kermit the frog out of context

What is currently on your easel?

'You get what you pay for – 50% off' – literally finished it and shipped it today!

What is your go-to studio snack?

mash potato + gravy

Jaffa Cakes-biscuit or cake? support your answer!

Cake – It literally says it's a fucking cake on the box + it's spongy

Which of your own artworks is your favourite to date, and why?

Again, it's our most recent piece. "You get what you pay for"

I like the subtle humour behind it - We are telling a certain type of person to fuck off without actually having to print fuck off on the poster, hopefully they wont get it at all and yet they still instinctively find themselves fucking off!

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What would your last ever meal on earth be?

Nando's Peri Peri sauce on rice pudding

What is on your Bucket list?

Have dinner with Kurt Cobain, Bruce Lee, Elvis, Ali, Amy & Basquait and then go snowboarding with them all up a mountain in Japan.

What is your favourite subject matter to paint and why?

Swear words and fucking nike sneakers

What is the most useless fact you know?

That hard bit on the end of your shoe laces is called an aglet.

What is the funniest joke you know off the top of your head?

Boris Johnson

Any hidden talents or party tricks?

When I get really drunk I try to breakdance despite never previously being able to breakdance

The world would be a better place with more…?

Marcus Rashford

What quote is most likely to appear on your gravestone?

They were proper cunts

We hope you enjoyed reading this as much as we did.

Obviously we could've asked practical questions like where are they from or what their process is but what's the fun in that?! Although feel free to get in touch if you really do want to know those things

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