What Is CryptoArt?
by Jason Bailey
*Neither Jason nor I support the wrongful affiliation of Pepe and the alt-right*
If you have no idea who/what Pepe is or how a simple frog cartoon became affiliated with the alt-right, I can’t recommend watching the “Feels Good Man” documentary enough. Crazy story!
Anyways, onto the rise of CryptoArt and what it is: “CryptoArt are rare digital artworks, sometimes described as digital trading cards or “rares”, associated with unique and provably rare tokens that exist on the blockchain. The concept is based on the idea of digital scarcity, which allows you to buy, sell, and trade digital goods as if they were physical goods. This system works due to the fact that, like Bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies, CryptoArt exists in limited quantities. Popular early examples include CryptoKitties, CryptoPunks, Rare Pepe, CurioCards, and Dada.nyc.” — Jason Bailey
To better understand CryptoArt, Jason shares some of the ways the movement of CryptoArt was shaped (these are only some of the examples) →
- Geographically agnostic: CryptoArt is powered by the internet. It’s truly the first global art movement, thanks to the internet.
- Democratic/Permissionless: Everyone and anyone is encouraged to participate. Any skill level, class, gender, race, age, etc. are welcome.
- Anonymous: Use of pseudonyms allows artists to create and sell art while staying anonymous (if preferred), freeing them from social judgment.
- Memetic: CryptoArt is often literally memes valued for its ability to spread quickly. The difference? The “Meme Economy” is now a reality.
- Dankness: Because CryptoArt is open to everyone, judging it by traditional artistic standards kills what is great about it. Instead, it is best to judge CryptoArt by “dankness” or potency of expression and creativity.
CryptoArtists are made up of two kinds of people: tech-savvy and self-trained artists.
Dada.nyc is a digital platform that allows anyone to create and share artwork that can be bought and sold via the blockchain. Dada.nyc was created by Beatriz Helena Ramos or “Bea.”
“You can’t talk about CryptoArt without talking about Rare Pepes. The Rare Pepe meme is the real origin of much of CryptoArt’s culture, aesthetic, and technology.” — Jason Bailey
Traditional art lacks the use cases of CryptoArt. With CryptoArt the sky’s the limit. It can include music, video games, and goods that are usable in other games.
My two cents: CryptoArt and cryptocurrencies are really fascinating to me. Although I don’t know anything about the technical side of crypto (like how the blockchain works), it’s interesting to think about the power of decentralization across different industries. Time will tell, but keep an eye on this space as it’s only rising in popularity.
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