NFT Review #11: Dawn of the Art Legos

Coca-Cola to launch NFTs, Vitalik to star in Stoner Cats, 88 Cryptopunks purchased by 1 person, and more...

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Dear NFT enthusiast,

It was another eventful week for the NFT industry, with more extravagant sales figures for digital collectibles and multimillion-dollar funding for NFT projects. In such a climate, it’s easy to get lost in the figures while ignoring the tech—which is far more important. Without advancement in NFT tech, there will be little possibility for greater adoption. 

This is why the most standout event for us this week had nothing to do with $$ but with a glimpse of the possibilities inherent in RMRK 2.0, dubbed the most advanced NFT system in the world.

In particular, the youtube video posted by RMRK shows how a metaverse economy would be facilitated by the dawn of the art legos—a fancy name for RMRK’s stack of advanced NFT features like NFTs owning other NFTs, NFTs as DAOs, multi-resource NFTs, etc. We highly recommend watching the video to expand your mind towards the greater possibilities of this revolutionary technology.

Thank you for reading and have a great week.

— NFT Review


👨🏼‍🎨  RMRK Artist Spotlight: Thomas Jerrykson and his Cult Movies Series

In this week’s edition of RAS, we interviewed the freelance illustrator and character designer Thomas Jerrykson. We first noticed Thomas through his submissions to the Kanaria art contest.

His birds were incredibly imaginative, earning him two slots in the final 40 that were selected. We had a lengthy chat about how he got into art, his creative process, his misgivings about the current state of crypto art, and a lot more, including his upcoming Cult Movies Series.

Read the interview here.


📬 NFT News from Kusama & Polkadot

  • Rewatch the recent presentation by RMRK Founder, Bruno Škvorc. It features the most comprehensive intro to RMRK 2.0 to date, with a demo of some RMRK 2.0 functionality.

  • Watch a replay of the Open Metaverse Conference which had a panel titled Reinventing NFTs with Polkadot by the CEOs of RMRK, BitDotCountry, and Unique Network.

  • NFT marketplace Singular now allows you to buy KSM through embedded Simpleswap that helps you swap from any crypto to KSM easily, quickly, and anonymously.

    Singular has also opened an Artists Sponsorship Program where artists can apply to get some KSM and start minting their first few hundred mints for free.

  • RMRK hosted a gallery presentation in the metaverse with crypto artist ediv.

  • Watch the NFTs on Polkadot webinar by Parity and friends.


🗞 NFT News from Ethereum and Beyond

  • The Dallas Symphony Orchestra (DSO) has launched a three-tiered collection of NFTs on the digital marketplace Rarible, in an effort to support MET Orchestra musicians impacted by the pandemic.

  • Charged Particles launch NFT gift baskets.

  • AlchemyNFT, a project which lets users add utility to their NFTs, has raised $6 million in funding. Billionaire entrepreneur Mark Cuban was among the investors.

  • DeFi dashboard Zerion released its first NFTs, dubbed the Zerion Genesis Collection.

  • Shopify to allow merchants to sell NFTs directly through their stores.

  • Coca-Cola has partnered with digital art and avatar company Tafi to launch its first collection of NFTs. The collection, which Coca-Cola is offering to celebrate International Friendship Day on July 30, features an NFT "loot box" which contains digital wearables designed by Tafi.

  • Genie, a new protocol for trading across all NFT and token markets, started beta tests this week.

  • Fractional, the NFT fractionalization platform, has gone live!

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  • Italian soccer club AS Roma has signed a three-year partnership worth $42 million with Zytara Labs. As part of the partnership, Roma and Zytara Labs will use the DigitalBits blockchain to create digital player cards and other collectibles as NFTs.

  • The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, which houses one of the world’s major art collections will auction digital copies of works by da Vinci, Giorgione, Kandinsky, van Gogh, and Monet in August on the Binance NFT marketplace.

  • Vitalik Buterin will join the cast of Stoner Cats as the voice of Catsington, a taxidermied, monocle-sporting cat who gives advice to the five living cats belonging to Ms. Stoner, a spunky octogenarian with Alzheimer’s, whose magical strain of weed has somehow given her feline companions the ability to talk.

  • New Aavegotchis are coming, as AavegotchiDAO members just approved Haunt 2.

  • Looking to learn more about the metaverse? Bookmark this amazing repository of metaversal resources built by Webaverse creator Jin.

  • An anonymous investor purchased 88 CryptoPunks in one go for $5.5 million. They're now one of the top 20 biggest CryptoPunk investors. Since then, the investor has set up a Twitter account and signed a transaction to prove themselves as the owner of the Ethereum address that purchased the Punks.


That’s all for this week, see you in the next edition!

Got some links to share with us, artists to feature, NFTs to sell, jobs to promote, or events to popularize? Get in touch with Bruno or gbaci!