What is an NFT?
NFT stands for non-fungible token and is a unit of data on a digital ledger called a blockchain. This keeps track on who owns this token, who has owned it before, how much they paid for it and how many copies exist. this means if you were to attach on of these tokens to a digital file be it Artwork, Video, Music or anything else, you can have a registered original copy.
Why is this Important?
Things only hold monetary value when there is a limited amount of them. Everything you can own ( including money itself) abides by this law. That’s why Inflation makes money less valuable and scarcity can make thing like diamonds worth allot. This is the same with art. Unfortunately with the internet multiple copies can be made of any piece of art. this makes it so none will want to own a piece of digital art because it has no monetary value. With a NFT you can claim the original art and actually sell it online without fear of it being copied. this also is good for investors and collectors because the value of the NFT can increase over time.
Who is Beeple?
Mike Winkelmann, Also known as Beeple or Beeple-Crap is a graphic designer, artist, and videographer who Has been making an interesting piece of art everyday for 10 years.
Yes don’t worry I will be going into satirical elements of his artwork soon. I just want to go over how he uses NFTs to sell his artwork.
From my Understanding Beeple uses NFTs in two different ways. One is that he sells his Dailies Directly on site that trades in NFTs called Open Sea. You can find his work here https://opensea.io/collection/beeple-everydays .
He also commotions work from other creators making unique collectable merchandise like he has done here with H3H3 Productions.
Alright now that I got all that out of the way lets talk about art. Beeple is not just a digital painter/Graphic designer, he is also a 3d animator. this is cool because it allows him to put 3d assists into his compositions. As you can see in the image below, His artwork has a great sense of depth. the image looks incredibly life like which is beautiful juxtaposed to the absurd content of images.
His pictures show allot of humor which is very centered around internet coulter. its very refreshing to see an incurably talented artist get most his inspiration from memes rather than the masters. I believe he doe has a deep understanding of political satire but instead of focusing so much on making a statement he would rather make the viewer laugh. He uses powerful pollical leaders and puts them into a dystopian landscape mashed together with pop coulter references. this mergers the uncertainty of the future, with the distrust of pollical figures and the absurdity of internet. the combination makes Images that make you think a little bit but than make you give up and just enjoy it for what it is. High Quality Shit Posting. Art for the people.
Beeple has Inspired me to look for new ways to make a living with art without having to work with anyone else. He has shown me that you can make whatever you want and if you are committed people will like it. He also makes me think of way I could use humour to improve my own own artwork.