The recent collaboration between Yuga Labs and Zak Group aims to publish the first-of-its-kind book documenting the CryptoPunks collection. Yuga Labs, known for its web3 projects like CryptoPunks, Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC), Meebits, Otherside, and 10KTF, has teamed up with Zak Group, a renowned design office behind Virgil Abloh’s ICONS, to create an official catalog of CryptoPunks.
CryptoPunks is a collection of 10,000 unique generative collectible avatars with proof of ownership stored on the Ethereum blockchain. Created by Matt Hall and John Watkinson of Larva Labs, CryptoPunks is considered one of the earliest NFT collections on Ethereum and played a significant role in pioneering the CryptoArt movement.
The collaboration between Yuga Labs and Zak Group aims to bring the untold stories and cultural influence of the CryptoPunks collection to life. The book will showcase each Punk pixel by pixel and feature contributions from notable figures in the web3, digital art, design, and technology communities, including SnowFro, Beeple, 6529, Deafbeef, and the founders of Larva Labs. The catalog will also incorporate content from the CryptoPunks community Discord and Twitter.
“CryptoPunks is an iconic collection that has transcended crypto into broader culture,” said Greg Solano, Co-Founder of Yuga Labs. “This book is a catalog of that rich history, in the highest quality rendering, that we hope will serve as a source of inspiration for the Punks community and beyond.”
Zak Kyes, Creative Director of Zak Group, describes CryptoPunks as a fusion of art, design, and the internet in the 21st century. The book will provide a real-time representation of culture, acting as a user manual, archive, and catalogue raisonnè. Artists, technologists, curators, and the CryptoPunks community will all contribute to this comprehensive publication.
CryptoPunks plans to involve the community in the creative process, allowing for direct input as the project evolves. Pre-sales for the book are scheduled to begin in the fall of 2023, with the finished book expected to be released in winter. To stay updated on the progress, individuals can visit book.cryptopunks.app.
The first book dedicated to archiving CryptoPunks is coming Fall 2023 published in partnership with @zakgroup. The book unveils untold stories of the collection by tapping the passionate community to contribute to the written record of Punks. https://t.co/tEGoATXRR2 pic.twitter.com/cjHtKV2y1s
— CryptoPunks (@cryptopunksnfts) June 23, 2023