My First NFTs
On April 24th, I joined this new frontier! I’ve been quietly collecting and obsessing over NFTs for a few months now. They offer a whole new way of making, sharing and collecting artwork.
Not sure what an NFT is? Read this, this, this and this.
Heard bad things about NFTs? Read this.
Heard they have sold for millions? You can look up your own articles about that.
Now that that’s out of the way, let’s talk about what I’m working on.
I’ve been working on a whole series of NFTs for a couple months now. I’m really treating it like a proper art show; like any big show that I do, it starts with doing tons of writing, tons of research and tons of planning. Then I work furiously for months, and then for better or worse, the pieces that are finished by the deadline are what constitute the show.
I’ve been increasingly making work digitally, usually in the service of analog output. All the silkscreen prints, stickers and trading cards start as digital drawings/paintings before being physically printed. Even most of the paintings are sketched and/or composed digitally before being painted IRL. I’ve actually never really created work to live purely digitally, so this is a big change for me. It means that all my concerns for how to build the files go out the window, and I have to render things much more diligently that I normally would. And since they’ll really last forever, my usual obsession over the details is pushed to new heights.
I’m really happy to be working with Nifty Gateway on my first NFT release. They have some really unique ways of organizing collections and they make it really easy to participate. There’s no need to buy crypto; just set up your account, add your credit card, and you’re all set. And since it’s a digital item, anyone around the world can order one and it’ll be delivered almost instantly.