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Portsea Island – Bored of Southsea

Posted on July 29, 2013

Celebrating the ‘Portsea Island’ Grow A Brain has produced this Hawaiian island inspired design, available now from BORED OF SOUTHSEA in 2 colour tee and hoody.

For those of you that live further afield from our City you may not know that the City of Portsmouth is prominently based on an Island called ‘Portsea Island’ and is the only ‘Island City’ within the United Kingdom.

This design is a tongue in cheek play between us here living on Portsea and also an Island somewhere a lot, lot closer to the equator such as the Islands of Hawaii with the design incorporating palm tree’s and tropical flowers conjuring up far warmer climates than we experience here, look and you’ll notice the silhouette of Portsea has been included as a nod to our home.

Shout to our man Russell Hardman aka Grow a Brain for working with us on this we hope that you enjoy.
Model: Jen Vidler


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The Flaming Lips YES! ‘The Terror’ Tee

Posted on May 31, 2013

This design was based on the FLIPS motifs; Rainbows, lasers, skulls, fetuses, mirrorball’s, flying eyes, UFO’s, giant hands, peace signs, glitter nails… and Wayne Coyne’s drawings of fertile women. It is a visual homage to British psychedelic art, namely Alan Aldridge and Terry Gilliam of Flying Circus fame. All the type was hand rendered including the umbilical cord terror text.

The Flaming Lips YES! ‘The Terror’ Tee

YES! Flaming Lips ‘The Terror’

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College Awards – 4 Colour Riso Print

Posted on May 15, 2013

The Henley College Film, Media and Music Awards 2013

The wonderful Ditto Press will be printing these typographic exercises in 4 colour Risograph (Simulated Process; Teal, Fluo Pink, Yellow & Black).

College Awards 2013 – 4 colour Risograph

Risograph detail 1

Risograph detail 2


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Dodgy Retro Tee’s Back to Back Tour 2013

Posted on April 3, 2013

As part of the ‘Back to Back Tour’ dodgy are releasing classic retro dodgy Tee’s  to celebrate 20 years since the release of ‘The Dodgy Album’ in 1993.


These T-shirts pay a massive homage to Papa C Dub (Chris Priest) of Why Not Associates who was the artist for the band from their inception. Papa C’s typographic explorations and bold logos where the standard for the early nineties.

dodgy Retro Tee’s Back to Back Tour 2013

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Dodgy ‘Cold Tea’ Tea Towel & Print

Posted on February 1, 2013

To Celebrate 20 years since the release of ‘the Dodgy Album’

Dodgy ‘Cold Tea’ Tea Towel

‘Cold Tea’ The Dodgy Album Print

Be careful where you tread
You don’t want to do any harm
And you don’t have to have a reason
To do what you do when you do it
When you don’t want to be all alone
You can turn to me ‘cos it’s easy
There’s nothing worse than cold tea

You say it’s in the wrist
It’s in the rhythm of your palm
You life’s and open field
And you can run, run till you drop
To lie in long grass
Or between the sheets that you brought along
We forget the pot that was hot before it got cold

Make your mark and hope it works ‘cos there’s more to life to see
Make your mark, make it loud and clear, ‘cos there’s more to life with me

Give you an inch and you’ll walk with a smile
Give me a slice and I’ll be quiet for a while
You’ve got to grow with what you believe, believe

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The Dreaming Spires

Posted on September 23, 2012

The Dreaming Spires released the fantastic ‘Brothers in Booklyn’ LP in the summer and have been playing a number of gigs across the UK, with dates right up until the end of November. Be sure to check them out.

The Dreaming Spires tee design

The Dreaming Spires tee design

‘You lift me up upon the strength of strings’

bubblegum psychedelic wrapper

bubblegum psychedelic wrapper

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‘Pleasure Seekers’ & ‘Timewave Zero’ Tees

Posted on July 2, 2012

Pleasure Seekers - Leary Tee

'Pleasure Seekers' - Leary Tee

GrowABrain is producing a range Tees to celebrate the greatest philosophers of the psychedelic revolution. To kick things off we have the Timothy Leary ‘Pleasure Seekers’ Tee. The modern phenomenon of ‘Pleasure Seeking’, is a comment on the distracted society, outlined in Learys ‘The Intelligence Agents’ A work of social, moral, religious and scientific satire, including articles by and about people who are changing the meaning of freedom all over the world. This is the fifth and final volume of Dr. Leary’s ‘Future History Series’ with lots of fun pictures and ideas for your brain!

‘The headlights hypnotise, they take you off towards the sea into the night, you run away from thoughts you cannot hide’

The next on the list is:

Terence Mckenna – Timewave Zero Tee

‘We are on the brink of possibilities that will make us literally unrecognizable to ourselves and those possibilities will be realised, not in the next thousand years but in the next 20 years because the acceleration of invention and novelty and information transfer is at this point so rapid’. Its nearly here! Its all unfolding, to celebrate the Information Revelation be sure to sport one of these tees. If you are not familiar with Terence Mckenna’s Transmissions be sure to check out some of his videos on the global information network, thats right on schedule.

'Timewave Zero' - Mckenna Tee

'Timewave Zero' - Mckenna Tee

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Posted on May 30, 2012

As part of my pedagogic practices I have been asked to design the Certificate/Award for the Film and Media Students at the Henley College. These are hand pulled screenprints, gold ink on heavy black stock.

I challenged myself to ‘keep it simple’ taking inspiration from the wonderful Seb Lester.

Film and Media Award

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Rick Griffin Text Experiments

Posted on May 30, 2012

As part of my ongoing fascination with this Great mans work, I have been occupationally trying to find a digital formula to create Griffinesque text without the need to hand render the linework.

It’s the graphic equivalent of alchemy, turning lead into gold, of course its impossible to capture Griffin’s beautiful nuances of line and deft of touch but the basic structure is almost there.

I just wanted to share with you where I am at, the Holy grail would be to be able to use this Griffinesque text in Graphic work at the touch of a button… not there yet!


Using an edited FREE font ‘Hendrix’ here is the result from rendering 3D text in illustrator and stroking the gradient once the tonal values have been expanded. The offset tool is used to create the lettering border. ‘Bad Acid’ is also a great Rick inspired FREE font.

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Stand Upright Font

Posted on March 30, 2012

For Dodgys ‘Stand Upright in a Cool Place’ GrowABrain developed the font ‘Stand Upright’ exclusively for the album art

Stand Upright Font

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Dodgy ‘Spaced Out’ Tour Tee

Posted on February 1, 2012

Now available direct from the dodgy store: mens and womens sizes S-XXL

For the New Album Tour dates, check:

‘Home Honey, I’m Spaced Out in a Cool Place’

Spaced Out Tour Tee

Spaced Out Tour Tee

'Spaced Out' Text Tee

'Spaced Out' Text Tee

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delirious cactus vision

Posted on September 7, 2011

delirious cactus vision

delirious cactus vision

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dodgy filled counter typeface

Posted on September 7, 2011


dodgy font

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