The latest celebrity to suddenly realize the immense artistic significance of tokenized art (or ‘cash in on’ depending on your perspective) is rapper and Fyre Festival co-founder Ja Rule — who is auctioning off a 48-inch-by-60-inch, oil-painting of the Fyre Fest’s corporate logo with accompanying NFT. The auction, which has a reserve price of $600,000 kicks off today on Flipkick.
The Fyre Festival was a much-hyped 2017 luxury festival in the Bahamas featuring $100,000 ticket packages that turned into a legendary disaster. Co-founder Billy McFarland landed in prison for six years over a $28 million fraud, but Ja Rule was cleared of any wrongdoing. He clearly still harbors ill feelings though. “Fuck this painting” he writes in his notes about the NFT and painting.
Rule’s long history with NFTs stretches back at least “a couple of weeks” — when he first discovered the concept. “I wasn’t too educated on them, and I’m still learning a lot about it,” Forbes quoted him as saying.
“I think people got a little bit tired of the regular stocks-and-bonds way of investing.”
Dance moves tokenized
The Beauty in the Streets performing arts company has partnered with Enjin blockchain to allow dancers to tokenize their signature moves as non-fungible token based “emotes’. The tokenized collectibles represent particularly tricky moves — think Michael Jackson’s moonwalk — which are then sold to players to be used as animated emojis in participating games.
The first tokenized move, Snap Boogie’s ‘Speedy Walkovers’ is up for auction today and can be used in the Enjin-powered AlterVerse game.
Tezos talks up green NFTs
Hic et Nunc, a NFT marketplace engineered by Brazilian developer Rafael Lima, has been live for about two weeks now. Digital art luminary Mike Tyka has now minted his Portraits…