Tezos blockchain integration reduces energy consumption and welcomes a wave of new creators and collectors
The proof-of-work vs. proof-of-stake aspect of blockchain is front and center. Alternatives to Ethereum have been gaining popularity. With the sudden shut down of Hicetnunc.xyz many collectors worried about the future state of Tezos based NFTs. Quickly alternatives started popping up, but today Rarible announced that they will integrate with the Tezos blockchain allowing collectors a new path forward for Tezos NFTs.
By integrating proof-of-stake blockchains that consume significantly less energy than Ethereum, we can build a sustainable future of digital ownership for everyone.
Tezos is the product of many organizations across the globe working together on an open-source project. Don’t see the perfect role for you but want to work on Tezos? Reach out to the Work on Tezos mailbox – include your resume, what you’re looking for, and why you’re excited to work on Tezos. Resumes are shared with a number of organizations in the Tezos ecosystem.
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“BEAUTY AND THE BEAST”
Marco Glaviano, one of the world’s most acclaimed fashion photographers, set to release exclusive and never-before-seen NFT artworks from extensive archive for sale via new Digital Art Gallery PINHOLE.
Milan, Italy – November 27, 2021 — Italian fashion photographer and legend, Marco Glaviano – celebrated worldwide for his boundary-breaking work in publishing the world’s first digital photo in 1982, — is offering collectors the chance to own one-of-a-kind NFTs of his photographs. The NFTs will be auctioned exclusively by Pinhole via Rarible, a top-ranked NFT marketplace trusted by celebrities and budding creators alike. Art lovers and collectors around the world can bid on Marco Glaviano’s NFTs this November 29th, 2021 (Cyber Monday).
Alongside his classic photographs of supermodels Cindy Crawford, Paulina Porizkova, and Iman, the auction includes a never-before-published photograph of Alexis Ren, — social media phenomenon and celebrity who was included in Maxim’s Hot 100 list of Sexiest Women in the World in 2019, boasting 15 million followers on Instagram — and a portrait of Donald Trump, taken in 2004 at his apartment in Trump Tower, originally shot for Vanity Fair.
With countless photographs hanging in iconic art museums, as well as stunning private collections across the world, and a career that spans over 500+ magazine covers–for the likes of American Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and Vanity Fair–Glaviano is one of the world’s most renowned fashion photographers. Widely credited with “sophisticating the pinup” and creating the “super model” look of the 80’s and 90’s, Marco’s body of work played a fundamental role in elevating fashion photography from pictures in magazines to a fine art. As a pioneer in bending the boundaries of technology, Marco is now offering art collectors the chance to own his exclusive collection of NFTs. Each NFT purchase on Rarible will come with a unique unlockable element ranging from behind-the-scenes photos to Social Media shoutouts from Alexis and Marco. Cindy’s Kiss, for example, will include the once in a lifetime opportunity to shoot with Marco Glaviano in one of his studios, and a personalized video message from Cindy Crawford.
The founder of Pinhole, said of the release: “Marco’s work has always been ahead of his time, and always fully focused on pushing digital to the forefront. His photos have been coveted by top art collectors for years and the NFTs in this collection are a great fusion of a truly iconic age and his inspirations of today. It’s truly remarkable what he’s achieved and to be able to finally offer these pieces to art lovers and collectors via our new digital art gallery in collaboration with Rarible is a dream come true.”
PINHOLE (www.pinhole.art) is a newly launched digital art gallery designed to create, curate and auction art NFTs for the world’s most iconic, and most up-and-coming–photographers. This is the first collaboration from the digital art gallery, with more planned releases in the near future.
Marco Glaviano said: “I’m happy that we finally have a new platform to showcase digital photography, as I’ve been working on digital photography for nearly 40 years and my work has always been about pushing the boundaries of what digital photography can do”.
Cindy Crawford said: “Marco and I have been collaborating since the beginning of my career. We’ve shot countless editorials, advertising campaigns and my swimsuit calendars. I’ve always appreciated his unique ability to see and capture his subject—no matter what is in front of his lens. He’s always viewed the world multidimensionally and it’s that vision that sets him apart. It makes perfect sense to me that he would enter the world of NFT’s just as he embraced digital photography in the 80’s.”
Alexis Ren, a new friend of Glaviano’s, is particularly excited about this new venture and stated: “This photo is one of my favorites from my entire career, it’s a piece of art and Instagram banned it, therefore it was our first choice to turn into an NFT which has fewer boundaries and more potential of living forever. It was really special to meet Marco Glaviano who has crafted an aesthetic that I’ve looked up to for so long. Being able to connect with Marco through family was really special. Getting to shoot with him was even more special because I grew up really falling in love with the way the women were in his photos and how their energy was just powerful and commanding. It inspired me to be the woman I am today. I love this crossover where we are adding the legacy of this photographer into this new NFT phase. And I’m very honored to be a part of it and keep his memory alive because he has done so much for the fashion industry and for my life personally.”
Pinhole is a digital art gallery – the new way of collecting photographic art. Established in 2021, Pinhole facilitates the sale of the world’s most iconic photographic work as NFTs. NFTs (Non-Fungible Tokens) are digital recreations of artworks that are unique to their owner and are sold and validated via the Ethereum blockchain using the Rarible marketplace.
Pinhole aims to explore the connection between art and photography, further blur the divide of art buying and technology, and usher in a completely new wave of buyers, collectors and enthusiasts across the world.
Rarible is a top-ranked, community-centric marketplace for NFTs. Launched in 2020 by Alexei Falin and Alex Salnikov, Rarible offers a platform to artists and collectors looking to create, collect, and trade digital collectibles. Since its inception in 2020, Rarible has grown rapidly and has become one of the most well-known and highly ranked NFT projects in the market, backed by Venrock and CoinFund. For more information, please visit www.rarible.com and follow us on Twitter at @rariblecom and Instagram at @rariblecom.
About Marco Glaviano
Marco Glaviano is an Italian photographer and architect, who has worked for leading fashion magazines and brands on both sides of the Atlantic, and with many of the world’s best known models. He has been a pioneer of digital photography being the first to publish a digital picture in American Vogue in 1982. His photographs of fashion, celebrities, landscapes, and jazz have appeared in numerous museums and are represented in private and public collections worldwide. Glaviano has published fifteen books to date, composed of his own personal photographs of the most famous models, actors and celebrities of the last decades and his other passions, Jazz, portraits and landscapes.
Throughout his illustrious career Glaviano has continued to photograph fashion and beauty for the leading American and European magazines and through these mediums has achieved status in the fashion industry as one of the top photographers in the world, having photographed more than 500 covers and editorials for the most prestigious international publications.
In 1995 Glaviano designed and founded Pier 59 Studio in New York, which is still today recognized as the most important photo studio in the world. His early interest in the new digital photography revolution led him to publish the first ever digital fashion picture in American Vogue in 1982. During his long career, he has been a consultant for Kodak, Fuji, Hasselblad, Phase One, Sinar and Scitex to advance the cause of digital photography.
Marco has had thirty solo exhibitions of his work, in New York, London, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Southampton, Miami, St.Barth, Milan, Moscow, Palermo, and Capri. The first solo show was in Palermo in 1948 at age six (drawings) and his artwork is part of many important private collections worldwide.
Never to be restricted by just one form of media, Glaviano has also photographed many major advertising campaigns for clients such as Valentino, Giorgio Armani, Roberto Cavalli and many others.
About Alexis Ren
Alexis Ren is one of the most recognizable influencers in the world, and an advocate for mental health, self-love, and empowerment. Forbes coined the term “influencer” in their first article about her in 2015. Ren started her modeling career at 13 with Brandy Melville, she has since then garnered huge social media recognition with over fifteen million fans on Instagram.
In 2020, Alexis launched her We-are-Warriors platform, a community focused on fitness, education, meditation, and mentorship, with members given access to live calls with Alexis herself once a week.
About Cindy Crawford
Cindy Crawford is one of the most recognizable faces in the world and one of the 5 first supermodels. Cindy was America’s most celebrated fashion model, embodying the rise of the “supermodel” as a late-twentieth century cultural phenomenon. Since then her career has transitioned into television host, actress and businesswoman to name a few. She’s dedicated to philanthropic, and charitable programs, specifically children’s cancer.
About Paulina Porizkova
Supermodel Paulina Porizkova has modelled for Chanel, Versace and Dior, and appeared on the cover of multiple Vogues, Sports Illustrated. She earned what was then the highest-paying modeling contract ever: a $6,000,000 contract with Estée Lauder, in 1998. She was part of the judging panel of America’s Next Top Model. She continues to inspire women by modelling on Instagram and speaking out about feminism, age-ism, equality in the fashion industry, and true beauty.
Iman Bowie A muse of the designers Gianni Versace, Thierry Mugler, Calvin Klein, Donna Karan and Yves Saint Laurent who devoted a collection to her, “The African Queen” As a businesswoman, she has launched successful cosmetic brands for women of color and runs multiple companies selling fashion accessories, Home decor and Jewelry lines.
She is the widow of English rock musician David Bowie, whom she married in 1992.
In addition to artist profiles, NFT Culture enjoys interviewing up and coming artists in the NFT / Crypto art space. This interview is particularly interesting as Chissweetart is making waves in 2021 in the NFT community. Chissweetart was candid and open about what influences her somber and viseral yet beautiful art.
Hailing from the United States (Tennessee), Chissweetart has been creating art for nearly a decade. Her past experiences combining photography with creative tools like photoshop shines through in her NFTs and the recent additions of motion align with the current trends.
In her down time she spends time exploring other art mediums, taking long naps, playing video games, and enjoying time with her partner. Her favorite Video Game is Silent Hill. The dark atmospheric tones and environments excite her when playing games. Additionally, “Other passions I have are writing, cooking, photography, and helping people. I do drawing, painting, pastels, photography, and scultping.”
What Art inspires you?
We asked Chissweetart about her favorite artists and influences and when she told us, it made perfect sense (and shows influence on her current style.) The first artist she referenced as a favorite and inspiration is the mexican painter known for self-portraits and hispanic cultural folk art Frida Kahlo. The second artist she mentions is the spanish artist and illustrator Luis Royo who combines dark themes around fantasy, science-fiction, and beauty to create jaw-dropping visual arts.
We tried to pin Chissweetart on who her favorite NFT artists are and while she was reluctant to share one individual, she did comment that she looks “up to the digital painters and 3D artists the most. I can’t do that and I think it’s quite impressive what they come up with.” When asked further she admitted, “I would have loved to purchase a Beeple piece but there is no way I could afford it but his art is incredible!” (Sidenote, this interview occurred before Beeple art crossed 6-figures on the secondary markets.)
Why Chissweetart started getting into the NFT space?
Chissweetart cited her family as an inspiration to create her art on the blockchain. Unlike many (the majority) of the world today. Her family is already comfortable with blockchain concepts and finance, a slight nudge from her mother helped push her down this path.
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go today?
I would love to go to Japan. It has always been a dream of mine to explore the island and culture. I’d love to spend time exploring all the areas from the neon lit cities to the Bamboo forests as well as the beautiful landscapes lined with Cherry Blossoms with Mount Fuji in the background. It would be awesome to get to explore it all.
What’s next from an NFT art perspective?
We asked Chissweetart about what is upcoming for her NFT art. She candidly shared some details about her next piece she’s titled Barren. This part of the interview is tough, but we appreciated the detail she share with NFTculture about the details and meaning behind this incredible art. It’s amazing that art can be a release for artists to explore, understand, and purvey life’s struggles. The Barren piece is about “my endometeriosis and how my abuse has caused me to be barren. I cannot have children.” You can see that the ‘Lily of Death’ is “coming through her stomach and represents how my fertility is dead. The flowers on my girls eyes always represent how love blinded me in the time of the abuse.” Finally, the separation of her head and body shows “how I felt like I had lost myself through the process. This is what I meant by my piece but everyone will see it differently. That’s the beauty and magic of art.”
What is one piece of advise you’d give to other aspiring NFT artists?
I guess one thing I’d like to share is to never give up. I have been doing art for years and never thought I could sell a piece of have someone like what I make but I never gave up and now I am proving myself wrong, in a good way! May seem hopeless at times but giving up gives up the chance to succeed.
Today, Lindsey Lohan joined Soulja boy and Mark Cuban on Rarible releasing her first NFT art titles “Lindsey ‘Lightning” Lohan.’ She’s asking 33 ETH or roughly $60k for her still frame image. Bids have already expired, but the top bid has already reached 10 WETH.
Lindsey describes her NFT with the following:
I believe in a world which is financially decentralized and the power of dreams to be the core lightning network of humans. Here is my first Digital Collectible from which I shall donate to charities that accept Bitcoin to empower younger generations in order for them to adapt and learn about this revolution that humanity is witnessing.
This is another example of celebrities beginning to test the market around cryptocurrency and now NFT art.
Celebrity NFT art isn’t entirely new
While the rarible marketplace is gaining the majority of attention from celebrity entrants, it isn’t the first place celebrities have created art.
Nifty Gateway has already released numerous celebrity art pieces with notable drops from Deadmau5 x Mad Dog Jones, Lil’ Yachty. and other artist partnerships and portraits from artists like Hipworth. Additionally, some of the big names in street art and traditional art have already dropped on Nifty Gateway and while they may not be as famous in popular culture, they each have massive followings in the broader art category.
This is just the beginning for Celebrities trying out NFTs
One of the uniquely awesome things about Rarible is that it’s a completely open market places. Celebrities can begin creating art whenever and however they want. It’s the perfect medium for artists to drop whatever they want whenever they want. It’s an interesting dynamic between the direct-to-consumer approach vs. the refined drops of Nifty Gateway and Super Rare.
NFT Culture thoughts on the influx of Celebrities to NFT art.
Some artists are rightfully hesitant to embrace the celebrities as they create art as it doesn’t always provide the best light on the medium. The beautiful thing is that this happens with all art. We believe that this is ultimately great for the industry as a whole, it raises general awareness and comfort with art and non-fungible collectables as a whole. We can’t wait to see who’s next?
NFTCulture was created on the idea that artists can use these amazing technologies to create incredible collections and interact directly with the community of collectors and fans without the need for middlemen and women. We want to highlight the very best of this industry and make NFT art as accessible as possible to anyone who’s interested. We hope this guide can be a resource for those looking to create their first pieces of art.
Crypto Art isn’t for everyone
Art is about passion, being inspired, and inspiring others. Art isn’t easy and having access to tools doesn’t guarantee success. I’ve seen NFT artists enjoy massive success with open-source tools and just as many artists with access to expensive rigs and programs who can’t even give away their art. Just because you can make something, doesn’t mean you should spend the time, energy, and resources to put it online. In this guide, we hope to provide the nuance required to not only get your cryptoart minted, but also help you realize what you need to do to be successful. Just because you’ve created it, doesn’t mean someone will be willing to buy it.
That being said, we’re always looking for the next great artist to feature on our podcast. We’re currently interviewing artists that are dipping their toes into NFT creation and would love to hear from you.
NFT Art Oversaturation?
The market is already becoming incredibly saturated. One of the best aspects of NFT and crypto art is that the artists have more control over the community than ever before. As artists are successful, they can now invest in other art and artists and self-govern the community. This is an exciting phenomena that will likely result in better art being created and distributed than ever before.
From an outsiders perspective, creating NFTs appears incredibly tedious and complex, this is half true. There are a number of steps that artists need to go through (and we will cover in this series) but once the steps are complete, it becomes a simple process to mint new art and make it available online. It becomes important to start understanding the nuances of individual marketplaces in detail to understand opportunities.
There are a variety of marketplaces available for artists to choose from. Some of these marketplaces are open to everyone, while others are incredibly exclusive (in some cases may be over exclusive). There are also a variety of in between options through a variety of artist verification steps, etc. The point is that all artists now have access to platforms to promote and publish their work on the blockchain. The challenge is that the signal-to-noise ratio becomes hard to decipher for collectors who are looking for up and coming artists as opposed to imposters trying to make a quick buck. This is not to demean any artist who genuinely has a passion and wants to use this medium to promote their work. We will be covering some tips on how to grow in this community later.
The Fact is that artists who’ve either been successful in other mediums or artists who have always had a strong presence and participated in the art communities are more likely to see immediate success. This is actually fantastic. If you’re a new artist that doesn’t have a big social following don’t give up. Keep hustling. Keep participating in the community. Participate in conversations. Encourage your peers. Try new ideas. Grow.
You don’t always get what you want
We see a lot of amazing artists who are applying to marketplaces like KnownOrigin, SuperRare and Nifty Gateway and sharing their frustration with getting rejected. This frustration is truly understandable, but it’s not the end. Don’t let an initial rejection let you down. We’ve seen many instances where artists have initially applied for one of these and get rejected but eventually make it onto these platforms. Stick with it. Prove them wrong. In some instances it may have nothing to do with the quality of the art. People make mistakes, there could be other issues on their end, or you just haven’t built your reputation enough in the community as of yet. Don’t give up. Keep on grinding. We see plenty of artists who are still incredibly successful on Rarible, Opensea and others.
Getting started creating your first NFT Art
The first step is deciding which platform you want to start with. Some of the most common platforms include Opensea, Mintable, and Rarible. (Curators note: Don’t create more than one collection of each piece of art and don’t put the same art on other marketplaces. This will diminish your brand quicker than anything. )
In today’s scenario we will be using Rarible, but any of them are great for starters.
Once you’ve selected your preferred NFT platform or marketplace it’s time to connect your wallet.
Connecting Your Wallet
What is a Crypto Wallet?
Wallets are used to send, receive, and store digital assets like Ether and other cryptocurrencies. Wallets come in many forms. They are either built into your browser, a web app you download or an app on your phone or tablet. Whatever wallet you choose, you should be very familiar with all the available options and must constantly keep this in mind.
If you already have a wallet, awesome! Great work. Many crypto artists already have currency on exchanges like Gemini and Coinbase. Platforms often don’t connect directly to the marketplaces we need to create our art. The good news is that you can easily transfer ETH between your wallets.
Signing into Rarible
The most common Wallets for Rarible are metamask.io and fortimatic. Both are great options with their own benefits and challenges. Note: If you want to use metamask, you will need to install the chrome extension ahead of time.
Once your wallet is active, you will have access to the platform, but you likely won’t have funds. To add funds you need to complete the following steps. (We will be using fortmatic in this example)
Transferring Funds to the NFT Marketplace
Within Rarible click manage funds and you will be redirected to your zerion wallet that is created automatically when using Rarible.
Steps in Rarible
From here you have 2 Options. QR Code for ETH or ERC-20 Token to be sent to that wallet or Buy crypto by attaching Coinbase or Portis to the account. For the rest of the example we will be transferring from Coinbase
Copy the address below the QR code presented on the screen
Steps in Coinbase
Now go back into coinbase and click Send / Receive. Click the ‘To’ Field and paste the address you copied.
Click Pay with and change from BTC to ETH
Add a note so you know what you were doing.
This process can take a while, so go grab coffee.
Once confirmed, you will be able to finally create your NFT in Rarible.
Note: Rarible charges a small fee when creating your art and there will also be a gas fee from the Ethereum network. This is important to consider when creating your art and how much you want to charge for your initial pieces. Rarible allows your to lower your price at a later date, but not increase it. Additionally, charging more for your art upfront will require higher initial fees upon minting.
Minting your first NFT Art
When you’re ready to start, it’s as easy as clicking the create button. From there you will be presented with two options, Single and Multiple. Single is designed for one of a kind pieces, and Multiple is for collectables that may be in a series. Artists often create variations of themed releases that may contain both single pieces as well as multiples at a lower price, allowing collectors more access to their work.
What you need to create your first NFT:
The file you want use (PNG, GIF, MP4, Etc.) Max 30mb.
Name for the piece of art
Description of the art
A thumbnail (gifs work if animated movies) of the art. (This is often overlooked and can slow down your process, so have it ready.)
You will also have to make a few key decisions at this time including:
Do you put the art on sale immediately?
What instant sale price do you want to select
If content will be unlocked after purchased?
Any Royalties that you want to take for resale. (For starters, it’s recommended to take lower royalties on items. 5% or less)
Check for mistakes before creating the item. You can’t undo a lot of this.
From there there will be 3 steps that can take anywhere from 30 seconds to a few minutes. All you have to do is follow the onscreen instructions.
Sign Sell Order
Sign Lock Order
Congratulations, you’ve created your first piece of NFT art.
Depending on ETH Network congestion, your NFT may not show up immediately in your account, but there should be a box on your account page (it just may not have anything in it). Be patient, it may take as long as an hour or two to come through, but it’s there.
Now you’re ready to get started marketing your NFT art and participating in the amazing community of cryptoart.
We are always looking for exciting artists to come on our podcast and discuss their inspirations, passions, and what excites them most about the NFT and Crypto art space. If you’re interested in coming on our podcast, please reach out below.
Lethabo is an established painter and artist hailing from South Africa. She uses work as a mirror for her emotional responses to lifes experience. She has been featured on Afropunk, numerous publications and TEDx University of Pretoria. She has published numerous shows and exhibits and has entered the NFT space with amazing art on SuperRare. She has recently entered the NFT space by digitizing her work into Non-Fungible Tokens and has skyrocketed to the top-tier marketplaces. We expect to see Lethabo make waves in the NFT space for years to come.