Non-fungible tokens, or NFTs, have been rising in the collectibles space. These are digital assets stored on a blockchain and can’t be swapped or exchanged for the same asset. You can think of them as digital certificates of ownership. But what’s interesting about NFTs is they don’t necessarily represent a physical asset. It could be a video, an artwork, or even a tweet!
The NFT art market is booming. So much so that it’s a challenge to keep track of all the exciting projects, let alone find time to buy some cool pieces for your collection.
So I decided to list five favorite NFT art projects — some are already in full swing, while others have yet to launch. Either way, I think they’re all worth considering for your next purchase.
A project by the Tokyo-based artist Yubo, the “Yubo” NFT collection is a series of digital paintings that explore the relationship between humans and technology. Inspired by modern technologies such as artificial intelligence and blockchain, Yubo creates futuristic landscapes in which he imagines how humans might live in the future. His artwork also features a recurring character named “Jizo,” who is seen as a protector of children and travelers in Japanese culture. Yubo uses Jizo to represent technology itself, saying that it can be a helpful tool or a dangerous weapon, depending on how it’s used.
The Crypto Baristas are a group of artists worldwide who create one-of-a-kind digital artworks using blockchain technology. The Crypto Baristas have been active since 2016 when they started creating works for Bitcoin users. Now, they’ve expanded their repertoire to include works for Ethereum and other projects. They aim to use their work to spread awareness about cryptocurrency and blockchain technology while promoting positive social change through art.
Doodles is an interactive NFT artwork that allows participants to draw and animate their doodles. The project is open to anyone who wants to create their custom artwork. The doodles can be animated and assigned different colors, sizes, and shapes, which can then be displayed on a large screen at the event location. Each piece will remain unique as no two drawings will be identical.
Invisible Friends is another interactive art project that allows participants to create and display their own NFT artworks. The project uses an iPhone app that allows users to create their artwork with the help of a “digital canvas” that displays their creations as they are made. Once created, the artwork will remain private until the user decides to share it with others through social media platforms such as Twitter or Facebook.
Mutant Ape Yacht Club
The Mutant Ape Yacht Club is an online virtual world created by artist Adam Ferriss and writer Nick Montfort. The world has its currency, MAM (Mutant Ape Money), which can be used to buy items in-game, like clothes or furniture. People use their MAM to vote on how development should continue on the project. One interesting feature of the game is that it has a real-world weather system, meaning that the weather in Mutant Ape Yacht Club is taken from data from NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration).