Written by: Dmonet (@Dantonsinferno)
It often seems like Chicago has become a breeding ground for artists, musicians and creatives alike. When it comes to music there has been an explosion of new talent that have made waves across the world. From Chief Keef to Chance The Rapper, and Twin Peaks to The Orwells, this cities music scene is the gift that keeps on giving. We also have filmmakers, artists on many mediums, and activists who have broken boundaries and made a name for themselves.
Sometimes it seems like the scene can be over saturated with new people trying to get their name out. This happens a lot and it often leads to copy cats and repetition that goes beyond the common identifiers of regional scenes. In Chicago, we have had some of that. But overall we have been able to brush the things that we see as disingenuous and fake, because of this our scene is alive and well. Now, let me introduce you to someone who will definitely not slip past your radar. Danny Sobor.
He is a native of the Northwest side of Chicago (just like myself) and attended the prestigious Northside Prep, afterwards he went on to attend some school called Brown University that is in the League of the Ivy's. He is the artist and chief architect of a brand new clothing company called MILC. He released his first line this winter and he showcased it at a gallery in the city. The show featured other artists and was the first time that he sold his clothing at store and not online. After a quick look through his website I saw that most of his stuff is sold out which is no surprise to me. All of the shirts and shoes are unique, each show off the different influences and experiences that he has lived through. You get the odd feeling that you should not be paying 20$ for a shirt due to the DIY nature of the operation and the level of attention and artistic ability that goes into every article of clothing. His art is all hand drawn with pen and he never erases, truly astonishing shit. His website reads "All the art on the page is drawn without a pencil sketch. Work is made with ink to let the piece progress organically. If a line slips, it is worked with. There are no mistakes, only something to build upon". A beautiful philosophy for a beautiful company.
He draws influence from life, and sights and scenes in the city as well as other artists and clothing companies. You can clearly see a street wear influence combined with fine art, and at times tribal patterns. In a lot of his pieces I am reminded of other Chicago artists like Tony Fitzpatrick or young up and comer Alex Kritikos. Very interesting combination.In this profile I am just getting to the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Danny and MILC. We at PrimeFortune look forward to seeing what he has coming next, maybe even a collaboration. Who knows?! All i know is that this man will not be ignored or forgotten. Tune in to the magic that is MILC.