|Tabriz, Iran, 2012. (Image courtesy of ICY and SOT.)|
When they’re not crashing at a Brooklyn warehouse among a collective of creatives they’re tearing across America in a van and trailer with a punk band (why don’t more visual artists do this?). Street art duo ICY and SOT, two young brothers from Iran, have been taking the underground art world by storm. In an onslaught of paint and paste and that old time punk rock and roll, these stencil artists have been touring the country with New York-via-Tehran band The Yellow Dogs, spreading art at every stop.
I met the brothers several months ago when they visited Chicago for the first time, and I corresponded with them when they hit the road again for their “East Middle West” tour. As a preview of their upcoming show at Co-Prosperity Sphere, below is our conversation about art, politics, their skate culture roots, life on the road, and more.
ICY and SOT’s exhibition at Co-Prosperity Sphere opens this Friday, March 22.
|Istanbul, Turkey, 2012. (Image courtesy of ICY and SOT.)|
Jenny Lam: How did the two of you first become interested in street art?