what's the hardest part of growing up?

Growing up is like walking through a minefield of fake IDs, awkward firsts, break ups, make ups, cocksureness and insecurities. We traipsed the streets of London and its outskirts to ask the next generation how they fared when the growing pains kicked...

by i-D Staff
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Aug 17 2015, 1:50pm

Max Jackson, 19

Where are you from? A little poo place called Harold Hill in Essex. 

What do you want to be? Rich in experiences and possessions because who doesn't like owning and doing cool stuff. Job wise? Photographer ideally. 

What were you like at school? Pretty average I guess. 

When was your first kiss? Does spin the bottle in middle school count? Hahaha. 

What's the hardest part of growing up? Figuring shit out they didn't teach you in school. 

What's the best piece of advice you've ever been given? Probably my mate James telling me to buy a BMX. 

What's the bravest thing you've ever done? I legit don't know, if you asked the most rebellious I could give a few answers that probably shouldn't go into print. 

Finish this sentence: Age is… of the essence, milk the hell out of it while you're young.

Kerry Straghan, 18

Where do you live? Purley.

Where do you hang out? In the forest/field/street. 

What's the best thing about where you live? The common. 

What do you want to be? Something to do with food and exercise. 

When was your first kiss? Sam Casbon in the kitchen. 

What's the hardest part of growing up? Listening to parents.

What's the bravest thing you've ever done? Went to a squat rave. 

What's the most rebellious thing you've ever done? Hi mom and dad :) 

Finish this sentence: Age is… knowledge.

Emily Bador, 18

Where are you from? Brighton.

What do you want to be? Successful and no longer unsure of what I want to do.

What were you like at school? I was a really good egg til GCSE's, then I ended dropping out of college.

When was your first kiss? My first boyfriend at the age of fifteen.

What's the hardest part of growing up? Figuring out what direction in life you want to go.

What's the best piece of advice you've ever been given? You don't have to be so hard on yourself, you're usually much better than you give yourself credit for.

What's the bravest thing you've ever done? I've probably still got some brave stuff to do.

Finish this sentence: Age is about… realizing you don't have to know everything and have your shit together to be an adult. Word!

Jonjo McGuire, 19

Where do you live? Wembley. 

What do you want to be? I am aiming to be a set designer because I love using my hands. 

When was your first kiss? When I was a youngster, I used to have a cool car and all the girls loved it. 

What was the hardest part of growing up? When my dad suffered a stoke and a brain hemorrhage. 

What's the best piece of advice you've ever been given? Have confidence in whatever you do. 

What's the bravest thing you've ever done? Dragged my mate out of a car crash.

What's the most rebellious thing you've ever done? Bought a car for £50, drove it illegally on the road and flipped it into someone's front garden.

Finish this sentence: Age is…nothing! Age is something that comes and goes.

Kane Horn, 18

Where do you live? I currently live in North London, it's pretty shit. 

What do you want to be? One of the most successful dancers in the UK.

When was your first kiss? When I was about 13 in a park near my house. 

What's the hardest part of growing up? The stage of confusion when you're finding out who you really are. 

What's the best piece of advice you've ever been given? No matter what you do, put everything into it.

What's the bravest thing you've ever done? Moved out of home to London on my own. 

What's the most rebellious thing you've ever done? Been chased through Soho and Chinatown by police dressed as a caveman. 

Finish this sentence: Age is… something used to categorize us. But to be honest, it doesn't mean shit. If you're good enough, you're old enough, in my opinion.

Rudie McCree, 24

Where do you live? Clapham, South London. 

What the best thing about where you live? Traveling to anywhere in London is pretty easy for me. 

What's the worst? I live on the high street that never sleeps so it's never quiet and there's sometimes trouble, but I'm used to it so it's not too bad.

What do you want to be? My main goal is to be happy, to travel, meet amazing people and grow as a person. I think modeling and singing will help me accomplish that but I have so many goals.

When was your first kiss? I don't kiss and tell :)

What's the hardest part of growing up? Growing up - I wanna be like Peter Pan, forever young.

What's the best piece of advice you've ever been given? Carpe Diem - seize the day!

What's the bravest thing you've ever done? I recently jumped out of a plane, something I thought I would never do. Highly recommend.

What's the most rebellious thing you've ever done? I'm a free spirit so quite a lot. Hmm, maybe not answering this question. Such a rebel!

Finish this sentence: Age is… Always Gaining Experience.

Louis Maraviglia, 15

Where do you live? Kings Cross/Islington.

What do you want to be? Model, fashion designer or a stylist; whichever one happens. 

When was your first kiss? Skinny French girl with black hair, like two years ago. 

What's the hardest part of growing up? The majority of guys my age don't understand fashion and that femininity comes with it. They're too obsessed with gender and their sexuality. All they care about is popularity. 

What's the bravest thing you've ever done? Smoked a roll-up cigarette, damn that hurt. 

What's the most rebellious thing you've ever done? I don't do anything that isn't rebellious.

Credits


Photography Boo George
Hair Chi Wong at Julian Watson Agency using Bumble and bumble
Photography assistance Matthew Joy, Mark Lincoln, Ed Bourmier
Digital technician Sean Geraghty
Hair assistance Natalie Shafii, Lauren Dunn
Production Charlotte Ellis
Production assistance Agata Gela, Andrew Davies
Casting Etty Bellhouse
Models Jonjo and Kane Horn at AMCK. Max Jackson, Emily Bador and Christina Nadin at Nevs. Kerry, Emily Gordon, Lauren Gordon and Drew at FM. Rudie McCree at Bookings. Rose Hannah and Zoe at The Eye. Louis Maraviglia.

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