Who’s Who in Crypto Art

by Celina Joyce D. Lazaro, FEBRUARY 2022

Crypto art is a digital art that uses blockchain technology to verify ownership. This kind of art uses a non-fungible token (NFT) for verification. The work’s uniqueness is what makes it valuable because unlike ordinary digital art that can be easily replicated, crypto art is one-of-a-kind. The idea of uniqueness in this kind of art is what makes digital art valuable. Crypto art may sound absurd but consider this as buying the original piece of prestigious painting such as the Mona Lisa. Many can have a copy of the Mona Lisa’s painting but there’s only one museum that holds the original piece of this painting and that piece of painting is considered priceless.

Content creators can now specify what version of their work is the “real” one. They can also have the freedom to create 100 pieces or how many limited-edition copies of their work they want to have without worrying about forgeries. The good thing about crypto art is that anyone can make their own, they can also buy and sell crypto arts in the NFT marketplace. Museums and traditional auction houses are looking forward now into the crypto art world, even famous actors and actresses are engaging with the crypto art craze. Here are some famous artists who are into crypto art:

  1. Heart Evangelista

Heart Evangelista partnered up with Luis Buenaventura, a record-breaker and pioneer of Crypto Art in the Philippines (Cryptopop), and Rodel Colmenar, composer of the Manila Philharmonic, for her first NFT. Heart’s first NFTS is titled, Pluviam and Desiderantium. This NFT was recently sold for 17.35 ETH or 3.6 million pesos on OpenSea, with winning bidders @goltra and Axieboss.

2. Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg stepped into the NFT world with an introduction of his collection called “A Journey with the Dogg”. This collection is expected to include the path down of the rapper’s experiences and greatest memories. This includes thinking quotes and moment captures in pictures. 

Here’s the link to view some of Snoop Dogg’s NFT:

https://crypto.com/nft/marketplace?search=snoop+dogg

3. Paris Hilton

Acknowledging the democratization of art, Paris Hilton has gone full-on in NFT mode. She has even named two of her dogs Crypto Hilton and Ether Reum. The star has sold over a million-dollar worth of NFTs with her new pieces “Hummingbird in My Metaverse,” “Legend of Love,” and “Iconic Crypto Queen.”

4. Steph Curry

After breaking the NBA record with his Madison Square Garden performance, a couple of weeks ago, Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry debuted a new NFT series to commemorate each one of his 2,974 3-point shots. The “2974 Collection” launched at 2974SC.com, this features a series of nonfungible tokens that are each individually numbered out of a total of 2,974 — the number of 3s required to eclipse Ray Allen’s previous mark of 2,973. Each unique NFT, apart from “the record”, was sold at $499, with Curry planning to donate 100% of his profits to the “Eat. Learn. Play” foundation that he and his wife, Ayesha Curry, established in 2019.

The digital images’ unique design represents each makes in the complete 2,974 3-point barrages by Curry throughout his NBA career, from start to finish, culminating in the record-breaking wing heave just five minutes into Golden State’s game against New York on Tuesday, Dec 14th. Andrea McDonald, a recent college graduate, and artist, hand drew the design and printed it with a repeating “2974” print throughout to produce a distinctive image from each made 3-pointer. The game’s location and date are included in each piece, as well as Curry’s digital signature.

Here is the link to view the NFT collection of Steph Curry:

https://ftx.us/nfts/token/320812585751035696

5. Lionel Messi

The man who many call “the best footballer in the word”, Lionel Messi launched his NFT collection in August 2021. The collection featured three digital art pieces: “Man from the Future”, “Worth the Weight” and “The King Piece”, all created by artist BossLogic and depicting historic moments from the footballer’s career. His star fame was on display as the NFTs’ sales spiked to US $3.4 million on the first day of the launch.

Crypto art can take many digital forms including art, videos, and music. Basically, anything that can be stored digitally can be made into an NFT. You may not know much about crypto art but there are many different genres of crypto art available that might suit your taste. If you’re an artist and want to have a good investment, then crypto art might be good for you.

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About the writer:

Celina Joyce D. Lazaro. Simply Celine. Graduated as a Computer Engineer in Bulacan State University and current position as Toll and Traffic Systems Associate. Bubbly but shy. Finds peace in quiet places. Also an optimist.

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