NFT Review 25 - Protecting Open-Source

Decentraland DAO donates to Blender, Grammy Awards embrace NFTs, Axie Infinity launch Katana, and more.

NFT Review is a weekly newsletter covering NFTs in the Web3 ecosystem on Polkadot’s side of the woods. The newsletter is put together by Bruno Škvorc and gbaci.

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Dear NFT enthusiast,

Last week, Decentraland’s DAO voted to make a donation to the Blender Foundation, the organization behind the open-source 3D creation tool. We think this is a big deal for various reasons.

Coming off the back of Mark Zuckerberg’s move for the metaverse, it has become clear that if we are going to have the free and open metaverse we dream of, we have to do more to protect our interests.

Nothing says protection like ensuring the evolution and freedom tools used for building. It is vital, beyond all else, that key tools don’t belong to anyone (person, company, country, or group).

Blender is an open-source 3D generation/modeling tool used by many artists across different disciplines—gaming, film, NFT, metaverse, etc. To secure its future is to secure future freedom for all who will rely on it. This will avoid the terrible fate of a project changing the terms of service after the fact (as Autodesk, Blender’s biggest competition, has done by adopting a pay-as-you-go model regardless of user sentiment).

Thank you for reading and have a great week.

— NFT Review

👨🏼‍🎨  RMRK Artist Spotlight: Valentine Kitchenzky and His Talking Heads (w/ Grood)

On this episode of RAS, we spoke to Valentine Kitchenzky, a Latvian digital artist who loves to collaborate with others. He is most known in the RMRKverse for his Talking Heads Collection (THC) in collaboration with Grood. He first came on our radar during the Kanaria art contest. He submitted two birds that were liked enough by the Kanaria community to be voted into the top 40 entries.

Our conversation with Kitchenzky was a really interesting one. We talked about his art and NFT journey, his love of collaboration, his creative process, sources of inspiration, and more.

Read the interview

📬 NFT News from Kusama & Polkadot

  • The public sale for Dino x Dino Gen-0 NFTs is now live on Singular.

  • An excellent video on how RMRK exists on the Polkadot and Kusama blockchains.

  • Pioneer Network (canary network of, won the auction for the 14th parachain slot on Kusama.

  • Kanaria (home of NFT 2.0) has netted over 2877.6699 KSM (~ $1.2m) in sales volume over the last 7 days, and 6266.2606 KSM (~ $2.6m) in one month.

    » Super Founder #8 (1,800 KSM = ~$755k) and Unicornia (59.88 KSM = ~$25k) was bought by DonnieBigBags in rapid succession. He went on to sweep the Kanaria floor, buying many of the cheapest birds.

  • 5 Kokopelli Gems were burned by Kanaria bird holders to secure alpha entries to the Dino x Dino NFT sale. Only 173 Kokopelli Gems are left.

🗞 NFT News from Ethereum and Beyond

  • A seller accidentally sold CryptoPunk 7557 for 4.44 ETH 😢

  • Hyppe’s Alpha Race #1 is now finished!

  • NFT avatar experiment project Nouns DAO just launched small grants funding for creative contributions to the Nouns ecosystem. 

  • The Matrix PFPs are coming to a Nifty’s near you

  • Larva Labs just released 3D Meebits models. (Check out this guide on the VRM model).

  • A massive 1330 ETH bid on XCOPY’s A Coin for the Ferryman was accepted!

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!