NFTs (Non-Fungible Tokens) are brought to the world by the blockchain. They are similar to cryptocurrencies, but NFTs are different. Unlike cryptocurrencies, NFTs are unique tokens. They display ownership, source and history on a permanent, transparent, decentralized, secure and open-source database.
NFTs are disrupting or on the verge of disrupting numerous fields. To name but a few:
Of all these fields, without a double leading the innovation in this space from the beginning are artists themselves. Many of these have had life-changing stories.
There is Trevor Jones, the Canadian painter living in Scotland who went from working four jobs to support his art career to selling his Bitcoin Angel for $3.2 million in February, which was at the time a record for the “most expensive open-edition NFT artwork”.
There is Ben Mauro, the artist who went from struggling to make ends meet to becoming a millionaire.
Another star example is that of Blake Jamieson. He’s a 36-year-old Brooklyn artist whose career exploded when he made over $46,000 in NFTs sales in just over six weeks. He placed his artwork on platforms like SuperRare and OpenSea. He has since partnered with current and former NFL superstars Dez Bryant and Terrell Owens on NFT projects and is continuing to grow his brand.
NFTs make this possible because of the decentralized nature of the blockchain. The legacy art industry would require hiring an agent and working to get approval to be displayed in an art gallery. The artist is dependent to a large extent on others to bring their works to the market. In the case of NFTs, any artist can mint their own NFTs and bring them to market. And with the internet, social media and the increasing popularity of NFTs, collectors around the world can connect with the artists they want to collect. From a markets standpoint, art is being connected to a liquid market that it has never seen before. In just the last month alone, on just one exchange, OpenSea, there has been over $4 billion in NFT sales, which is more than the worldwide NFT market size in the first half of 2021.
What will the future hold for the red hot NFT space? While no one has a crystal ball, it is clear that there is a robust community of collectors, traders and investors that have brought a very liquid market into play. There will be bull markets and bear markets, but it’s clear that NFTs are here to stay.
Bullseum is an art project in which 5,000 NFT collectibles were created. This is not a generative project, but instead, each was hand-drawn by a human artist. These collectible bull NFTs are part of a fantasy ecosystem with an ambitious roadmap that will continue to grow and increase in features.
Some of what this will include:
A video game
A cryptocurrency token
One of the most attractive uses of blockchain is creating a fair decentralized economy where creators can be rewarded for their creations, instead of being dominated by central institutions, gatekeepers, and middlemen. Bullseum stays true to this by creating an ecosystem that incentivizes artists, investors and traders to participate in it.
For investors, the project has an attractive aspect due to the fact that it is still very early. Those who want to participate in the ecosystem now can still get in at a floor price of 0.1 ETH. As part of the project’s roadmap as featured on their website, there will be a series of NFT airdrops that will give holders a chance to win more NFT collectibles. Holders also will be given an opportunity to vote in a series of community votes to help guide the direction of the project.
As of this writing, the community is actively growing, with about 10,000 members on the Discord chat.