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How Founder of Boss Beauties Lisa Mayer is Empowering Women

You might have recently heard of Boss Beauties, an NFT collection of 10,000 unique, independent and diverse women. Not only is it the first NFT to be featured on the New York Stock Exchange and to have a partnership with Marvel Entertainment, it just announced a new groundbreaking announcement with Coinbase. 

Coinbase announced that Boss Beauties will be part of its initial launch, along with other notable NFT projects such as Bored Ape Yacht Club, World of Women, and VeeFriends.

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These big announcements have helped the project gain traction over the past few months (the project now sits at a 1.3 eth floor at the time of publication), but founder Lisa Mayer has been building communities for girls through Boss Beauties’ sister company My Social Canvas for years. 

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My Social Canvas is a social enterprise that has been around for over 10 years, helping provide educational and professional opportunities to high school and college-aged girls all over the world (15 different countries). 

While the company has made major strides—hosting hack-a-thons with Apple, mentorship panels, and events with notable women including Olympic athletes and CEOS, and funding thousands of scholarships to its members— Mayer wanted to do something more with the company, something that would continue to further its mission. 

She and her team decided to start dreaming up and developing an NFT project. 

“During the pandemic, I was looking for other ways to fund our mission,” Mayer said. “I founded Boss Beauties NFT as an extension of the deep passion I have for the next generation of women.”

She and her team wanted the collection to represent all types of women, different ethnicities, career paths, and industries. The traits with different eye colors, hair colors, eyebrows, clothes, and backgrounds represent that.

Boss Beauties
Boss Beauty at NYSE – with women we mentor + Hello Sunshine

“We wanted someone to look at the collection and have everyone be able to find someone that they identified with,” Mayer said. “Not just physically, but career-wise as well.” 

Some occupations featured in the collection are construction workers, police officers, gamers, entrepreneurs, and even one that says “future CEO.”

My Social Canvas mainly caters to a Gen-Z community, which is why one of the NFT properties is called “Future CEO,” meaning to encourage and inspire women to become whoever they want to be. 

There are also special ones such as “The Caregiver,” which is symbolized by the baby carrier and was created to celebrate all the amazing women caring for a child, or someone who is sick, elderly, or disabled. 

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The ‘Caregiver’ is deeply personal to Mayer because she founded Boss Beauties after a difficult pregnancy, only 3 months after giving birth to her son Hudson. 

They wanted to feature women who might not otherwise have representation in mainstream projects and collections, such as a woman with a hijab. 

For those who want to support female-centered NFT projects in the male-dominated space, people often ask “which female project should I support?” That question isn’t inherently wrong.

Mayer gets asked very frequently how her project is different or worth buying, compared to similar projects like World of Women, Women With Weapons, CryptoChicks, and Women Rise (who also contain thousands of randomly generated women with different features and give back to female communities.)

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Mayer says she feels that in the NFT space, projects created by women are often compared more. But, she thinks it shouldn’t be that way because all the collections have something really beautiful and unique about them.

“Some are more focused on advocacy, or on art,” Mayer said. “I don’t look at it as competition because none of us are meant to be competing. We’re just differentiating our different passions.”

Mayer puts her money where her mouth is. Early on, Boss Beauties pledged 5% of its profits to another emerging female-led NFT project, Fame Lady Squad

“We wanted to help them out because we support each other,” Mayer said. “You don’t have to just choose one, you can buy all of them.” 

With women only making up 16% of the NFT art market, it’s more essential than ever to be working together rather than against each other.

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WOW holders continue to support each others’ projects.

When asked about the constant discrepancies and prejudices that women face in the space, her stance is realistic but optimistic.  

“I do think there’s a lot of work to get done, but I think that’s something that we can all work together to make happen,” Mayer said. “We need to do that now, or else in 10 years when the space is larger it’ll be too late.”

The Future for Boss Beauties and holders

In terms of future utility and benefits, Boss Beauties recently released its Boss Beauties Book Club, where free books are being shipped out to holders. 

The Boss Beauties Winter Capsule, with Licensing Fees, airdropped to specific folders, is also now available.

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Mayer says she can’t reveal much about the upcoming Marvel partnership, but that big things are coming early 2022. 

“We’re in talks with other potential exciting partners,” Mayer said. “We are planning for 50 years into the future.”

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An Overview of the 25 Days of POAP

Although the 25 Days of POAP has officially come to an end, the team here at ONE37pm is still hard at work behind the scenes aiming to provide as much value as possible to our community. That being said, if it wasn’t for the support of our amazing community, we wouldn’t be here, so thank you all. 

Furthermore, we are truly grateful to all the creators who decided to join us for this special experience. That’s why we thought it would be fun to revisit each day of the 25 Days of POAP and briefly discuss who was featured, and what made that day so special to us.

Please enjoy this overview of the 25 Days of POAP.

Day 1: 25 Days of POAP
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Day one of our 25 Days of POAP kicked off the holiday spirit with an introduction to the POAP experience and what was to be expected over the course of the 25 days. The POAP art for our first POAP was created by our very own graphic designer, Loveleen Kaur.

POAPS issued: 1370, POAPS Claimed: 1370

Day 2: Coinbase “Probably Nothing” Party
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The second day was a sure hit! ONE37pm partnered with Coinbase to host a live “Probably Nothing” party in Miami during the week of Art Basel. Guests enjoyed a live performance by popular artists such as DJ Marshmello, Millie Go Lightly, Bun B, and Spottie Wifi.

As well, artist Greg Mike painted a mural outside of the show. Of course, many of us were not able to attend this event physically, but we were all there in spirit.

POAPS issued: 500, POAPS Claimed: 500

Day 3: Deadfellaz
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For the third day of our 25 Days of POAP, we had the opportunity to collaborate with the team behind the Deadfellaz NFT project. The community enjoyed listening to Betty and Psych talk about the future of Deadfellaz and their journey to becoming a known name in the NFT space.

The Deadfellzs POAP was claimed by finding the secret word, which was hidden within the profile article that we launched before the Twitter Spaces began. 

POAPS issued: 2750, POAPS Claimed: 2750

Day 4: Fatbaby
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Day four proved to be a very special day for the 25 Days of POAP and anyone who was able to join the Spaces to hear Aida Sancho, aka Fatbaby, speak about her experience as an artist. Fatbaby really connected with the community and shared personal stories of the adversity she has faced as a non-binary artist, and as a human who has suffered from depression.

Aida’s honesty and passion for the NFT space really resonated with the community, and many people listening got a sense of the actual human behind Fatbaby’s Raptor City Rascals NFT project.

Furthermore, the POAP for day four was thoroughly enjoyed by all who were able to claim—featuring a Raptor from Fatbaby’s most recent NFT project.

POAPS issued: 2500, POAPS Claimed: 2500

Day 5: SkullVerse
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Jack Davidson and his SkullVerse NFT project greeted the community with his high-energy and motivational story for day five. Jack touched on topics such as growing up in a broken home, helping others when they’re down, and the lessons he learned while he was working as a mortgage broker in the Hamptons. All of which has led Jack to become the artist he is known as today.

POAPS issued: 1500, POAPS Claimed: 1500

Day 6: Boring Ape Chronicles
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Ah yes, the Boring Ape Chronicles. Day six featured two well-respected individuals in the NFT community, twin brothers Timpers and Insight. Timpers is the artist behind the Boring Ape Chronicles NFT collection, and Insight is a writer who’s passionate about creating content on various topics in the NFT space. 

Together, these two provided a very tranquil and insightful Twitter Spaces discussion around NFTs, and their personal experiences of growing their brands in the NFT space.

POAPS issued: 2500, POAPS Claimed: 2500

Day 7: 7:31am Podcast
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On day seven we featured our very own 7:31 AM podcast. In order to claim this POAP, you had to be tuned into the podcast. This was a fun way to introduce our community to our daily podcast curated by our own editors here at ONE37pm, bringing you all the information you need and nothing you don’t.

POAPS issued: 2000, POAPS Claimed: 2000

Day 8: Proper Football
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We had to do things properly for day eight, which featured our Proper Football segment of ONE37pm. The POAP art for day eight was crafted in-house by Mikey Caloca, and the secret word was announced during a Discord stage that we held.

POAPS issued: 2000, POAPS Claimed: 2000

Day 9: Spottie Wifi + Bun B
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Our goal with the 25 Days of POAP experience was to shed light on both small up-and-coming artists like Spottie Wifi, as well as other known artists and creators like rapper Bun B.

Day nine really stood out as a day that accomplished this goal when Spottie Wifi and Bun B joined together to host a special Twitter Spaces.

POAPS issued: 2000, POAPS Claimed: 2000

Day 10: The Heart Project
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The community enjoyed all the love expressed by The Heart Project on day ten. This NFT project isn’t simply an NFT collection; it’s the basis of a constantly evolving art collective that may totally reshape the way humans think about art production and ownership.

For this POAP, we tried to be sneaky by hiding the secret word in the ONE37pm Twitter banner, however, it didn’t take long for everyone to catch on.

POAPS issued: 2000, POAPS Claimed: 2000

Day 11: Vinnie Hager
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On day eleven we celebrated Vinnie Hager’s amazing illustrations and his journey into the NFT space. For this special guest, we released a total of 2,000 POAPs during a Twitter Spaces that we held.

POAPS issued: 2000, POAPS Claimed: 2000

Day 12: Mishka
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For the twelfth day of POAP, we had the pleasure of hosting Mishka. Mishka is a streetwear & lifestyle brand based in Lisbon, Portugal.

Over a couple of decades, Mishka has been creating a range of characters and experiences and has recently begun exploring the metaverse as well as NFTs. We released a total of 2,500 POAPs during Twitter Spaces.

POAPS issued: 2000, POAPS Claimed: 2000

Day 13: Amber Vittoria
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We hosted Amber Vittoria on the thirteenth day. Amber is an artist and poet working in New York who we had the luxury of speaking to in our Twitter Spaces. The community enjoyed hearing Amber’s story and learning about her work which aims to represent the nuances of womanhood. 

POAPS issued: 2000, POAPS Claimed: 2000

Day 14: SHOEz NFT
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Many enjoyed Airwalk and his NFT project SHOEz, which dropped on day fourteen at 4 pm EST, coinciding with the Twitter Spaces we hosted at 3 pm EST. Many members of our community requested to speak to Airwalk during the Spaces seeking his insight on his project, and his experience in the NFT space.

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We planned something unique to claim day fourteen’s POAP. To find the secret word, we posted a link that teleported users directly to the Decentraland coordinates where they were able to find the secret word via the chat function.

Out of the 2000 people who claimed this POAP, many had never visited the metaverse prior to that day.

POAPS issued: 2000, POAPS Claimed: 2000

Day 15: Robert Mondavi Winery NFTs
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Robert Mondavi Winery is one of the most respected and successful wineries in existence today. That is one of the reasons why we were so honored to have Robert Mondavi and French luxury porcelain house Bernardaud join ONE37pm for day fifteen of the 25 Days of POAP and celebrate the Robert Mondavi Winery x Bernardaud NFT collection.

POAPS issued: 2500, POAPS Claimed: 2500

Day 16: Wanderers
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Day sixteen was one of my personal favorites out of the 25 Days of POAP because it proved to be a challenging way for everyone to claim their POAP, which was created by the one and only Wanderers NFT.

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To complement the interactive universe of Wanderers’ NFTs, we decided to make a fun yet tricky crossword puzzle. The puzzle consisted of nine words and once solved, you had to take the first letter of each word to form the secret word to claim the POAP.

Once you discovered the secret word, you had to send it to a bot in our Discord. If the word was correct, the bot replied with a link to claim your POAP.

POAPS issued: 2500, POAPS Claimed: 2500

Day 17: World of Women
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Day seventeen was a very exciting day for everyone and our guest needed no introduction. We held a Discord stage with Kashvi.eth, who is the Community Assistant for World of Women. Kashvi spoke about the World of Women project, the ideation of WoW, the future of the community, as well as her experience assisting the World of Women project.

POAPS issued: 2000, POAPS Claimed: 2000

Day 18: MUMBOT World
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MUMBOT is an artist and designer who is known not only for her NFT collections but also for her clothing and plush toys which can be found in popular stores across the US.

On the eighteenth day, MUMBOT was sitting in MyPlasticHeart, a designer toy store in Brooklyn, NY where people were able to physically claim their POAPs from MUMBOT herself.

For those of us who weren’t able to visit her at the toy store, we were able to claim that day’s POAP via the Twitter Spaces she spoke in that day.

POAPS issued: 2500, POAPS Claimed: 2500

Day 19: Bushidos
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We were joined by Jeremy Booth and his NFT project, Bushidos, on day nineteen for another exciting Spaces. For the Bushidos POAP, we had a little fun and hid the secret words in the article image.

POAPS issued: 2500, POAPS Claimed: 2500

Day 20: Frank Dukes
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On day twenty we had the pleasure of hosting famous record producer, songwriter, and DJ, Frank Dukes. Or rather, (The Ghost of) Frank Dukes, as he is now referred to as Ging.

Ging joined our Spaces and talked about how NFTs are changing the music industry, as well as answering several questions from other creators in the audience.

POAPS issued: 2500, POAPS Claimed: 2500 

Day 21: Inside the Screen
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Our very own Aaron, aka EyesOfTheDon, hosted day twenty-one of our POAP experience live on Twitch. Aaron was gaming while hosting the event and representing Inside The Screen which is a podcast covering everything gaming.

To claim this POAP created by Mikey Caloca, a designer here at ONE37pm, you had to be present on his live stream where Aaron released the secret word.

POAPS issued: 2500, POAPS Claimed: 2500

Day 22: Dalek and SpaceMonkeys
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If you are familiar with SpaceMonkeys, then you’re likely very familiar with Dalek, who was our guest for day twenty-two. Dalek has been creating art for a long time, so when it came time to tune into the Twitter Spaces, Dalek received a ton of questions from the community which he happily answered.

POAPS issued: 2500, POAPS Claimed: 2500

Day 23: Blake Jamieson
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Blake Jamieson is an artist based in Brooklyn, NY who creates pro athlete portraits and pop art. We all loved hearing about his experience of how he became the successful artist he is today during our Spaces for day twenty-three.

His story was so inspiring and the community had many questions for him. Blake provided real value and tips for everyone who was present.

POAPS issued: 2500, POAPS Claimed: 2500

Day 24: Brain Vomit
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Brain Vomit, aka Steven Rea, was our final guest for the 25 Days of POAP respectably. Steven shared his story of growing up as a kid drawing vehicles, and how he got to where he is today as a successful artist. The secret word was shared in the Twitter Spaces which was hosted at 1:37 pm.

POAPS issued: 2500, POAPS Claimed: 2500

Day 25: POAP Paint Party
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Of course for the twenty-fifth and final day of our 25 Days of POAP, we had to celebrate with a POAP Paint Party! Anyone who claimed at least one POAP was eligible to participate in the party.

The party was held on the POAP website and was live for 24 hours starting at midnight. In order to claim the POAP, you needed to paint at least one pixel on the digital canvas. In all, there were 575,000 pixels painted by 1,246 people!

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To claim the POAP after the party ended, all you had to do was visit the link that we posted in a Twitter thread on the ONE37pm account. In total, 1,174 people claimed the final POAP, and we are extremely proud of the final POAP that our community created.

POAPS issued: 1246, POAPS Claimed: 1174 (this is due to people claiming their POAPs with an email address as opposed to their wallet)

Overall, our community claimed a total of 52,794 POAPs throughout the 25 Days of POAP!

We want to thank our entire community for their participation and continued support, all the creators, and everyone who helped make the 25 Days of POAP an unforgettable experience. Until next time, ONE37pm.

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Flash Mints: Connecting Iconic Hip Hop Photography and Collectors Through NFTs

NFTs offer an unprecedented opportunity for artists to directly monetize their work with their collectors and fan base. Similarly, the tech also offers an unprecedented opportunity for collectors to connect with artists and own authentic pieces that are meaningful to them in a much more scalable way. 

It’s hard to believe, but NFTs have been “mainstream” for less than a year. The market focus so far has been on PFP (profile picture) projects, but photography is gaining more exposure, notably with a record 850 ETH sale of Justin Aversano’s ‘Twin Flames #49. Alyson & Courtney Aliano’ photograph. 

America is a visual culture. Photography was used to boost morale during World War 2, affected the civil war, captivated America with the moon-landing, inspired civil rights movements and photography was used as a medium for social reform

Today, photography is used in our everyday lives to capture day-to-day events (think Instagram), which may have reduced our appreciation for the impact photography has had on shaping and documenting our history. 

I had the pleasure of chatting with Enrico Moses, Jamil GS, and T. Eric Monroe to discuss Flash Mints, the platform that’s preserving and curating iconic 90s hip hop photography through an NFT platform. Flash Mints aims to connect with collectors who appreciate the impact photography—and those behind the lens—had during the golden age of Hip-Hop. 

Flash Mints is currently live, with curated collections from T. Eric Monroe, Jamil GS, and Ricky Powell starting at 0.1 ETH. You can also join their Discord group to engage directly with the photographers and collectors who appreciate the work and learn about upcoming drops. 

The Inspiration for Flash Mints
Enrico Moses

Our goal is to bring everybody together. When I think about hip hop and how special it is to me, these photos have to be out in the marketplace.

In the 1990s, photographing Hip-Hop artists was something that needed to be handled quickly, and oftentimes, the photographers would get the copyright for their work because the perceived value was in the music copyrights, not the photography. 

This created a unique situation for the photographers 30 years later: they were sitting on a vault of American visual culture from a defining time period that they owned the rights to. 

Back in 2012, the launch of Instagram offered a platform to share this work, but there was hesitation for these photographers: what happens if people steal the work and call it their own? 

T. Eric Monroe told me about his hesitation with Instagram, but said that legendary hip hop photographer Chi Modu encouraged him to share his work with the world. Over the next decade, Chi trailblazed a path for his fellow photographers, with a philosophy of lifting others up and working together. 

This past May, shortly before Chi Modu passed away, he minted his photography as an NFT collection on Rarible. Chi wanted to break down the barriers of the traditional art world and saw NFTs as an opportunity to share his authenticated work with collectors, which inspired other artists to take a similar path. 

Enrico Moses

I’m getting chills, Chi has been with us this whole time.

Enrico Moses, the founder of Flash Mints, had gotten into NFTs himself in 2020 minting some of his work, purchasing digital real estate, and took it on as his personal mission to reach out to other artists to figure out a platform to share hip hop photography NFT with collectors. One of those artists was Chi Modu. 

Modu didn’t keep the idea for himself to maximize his opportunity. Instead, he inspired Enrico, who later got connected with Jamil GS in a Clubhouse group, and T. Eric Monroe, through a mutual friend. 

When asked, Jamil GS said that his “gut reaction to NFTs was ‘finally’ because protecting the work and still being able to share it has been a struggle.”

He continued and said that he’s “been sharing fine art prints for 20 years and one of my biggest challenges is authenticity. It’s something I’ve been doing not as the main focus and in recent years exhibitions. This is a sure-shot way for a certificate of authenticity in the blockchain”.

Enrico added that he remembered that the proposal for Flash Mints was sent to Chi after he was sick. Chi’s wife, Sophia, found it and wanted to keep working with the team to turn the vision into a reality. It was a serendipitous moment for all those involved. 

How Flash Mints Works and Where You Can Buy The Photography
Enrico Moses 

The idea of Flash Mints is based on our love of the process for minting and having the opportunity to get something special, which connected with our childhood memory of collecting sports cards.

When Chi Modu released his NFT collection, there were varying levels of supply for each photograph. Two of the photographs were released as one of ones (meaning only 1 copy available) and fifteen others had a supply of 100. 

Flash Mints is leveraging the same idea, but expanding on it to allow users the chance to receive a randomized asset with the number of copies ranging from 1 to 100: 

Source: Flashmints.app
https://flashmints.com/

The platform is also rewarding early minters by offering .1 ETH for the first 500 mints, then it progressively increases as more assets are minted:

Flashmints.app
https://flashmints.com/

In theory, an early adopter could pay .1 ETH for a mint and randomly receive a 1/1 photo from the collection. A user can connect their wallet on the site, mint, and receive a random NFT from the selected collection. 

Curation is also a critical component of maintaining the integrity of the platform and the interest of collectors. Modu photographed artists like Biggie, Tupac, Snoop Dogg, and Eazy-E early in their careers and had a unique style that captured those rappers in moments of vulnerability. 

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T. Eric Monroe, Jamil GS, Ricky Powell are all recognized photographers with a deep history in music culture, and at the end of December, Chi Modu’s second collection launched, as well as a collection from Yaasmyn Fula. Fula’s collection features photos from “The Untold Story of Tupac Amaru Shakur & Yaki ‘Kadafi’ Fula”. 

This group photographed many of the rappers and music artists we’ve come to know and love today. 

Enrico said that this talented group is an amazing start to Flash Mints, but they are actively talking to other artists and rappers in the hip-hop community. Their current vision is to spread awareness for the quality of the work, the artists, and the community to bring more people into the space. 

The group had been approached by other platforms looking to curate their work, but they were so bought into Chi’s vision that doing anything but creating Flash Mints felt inauthentic. 

T. Eric Monroe 

The main thing is motivating people to learn about what we are doing. Going to the Discord, look at each collection learn about each of these artists. Pushing people to be a part of the community. This isn’t some cash grab project. This has taken years to create and curate. These collections are going to stand the test of time.

What struck me the most about this founding group, is that they are committed to this project in a much deeper, profound way through their commitment to carry on the legacy of their mentor. They’ve done photography for 30+ years before NFTs existed, and are committed to making the investment from their collectors worthwhile over the next 30+ years. 

A demonstrated track record and level of personal investment is a rare find in NFT projects — spotting the creators who have a lot riding on their project and see themselves doing it for the rest of their lives does not come along often. 

What’s Next for Photography NFTs?

No one can say for certain, but photography NFTs present a whole new medium to share, collect and identify with cultural icons. Flash Mints aims to build that trusted platform, rich with history and authentic direction to make collectors of the work happy. 

One of the most exciting aspects of web3 is that it is so new. 2021 brought a rapid evolution of created IP through characters, but photography draws from real-life moments. 

The reality is that we don’t know what this could become, but Enrico and his team are determined to continually deliver value to those who invest in them, especially at this phase of their launch. 

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25 Days of POAP is Wrapping Up With A POAP Paint Party

It’s official, the 25 Days of POAP is coming to an end. First and foremost, the team here at ONE37pm would like to thank our community for all of your support. Additionally, we truly appreciate all the creators who participated in this unforgettable POAP event! 

We are happy that we had the opportunity to share such a special experience with all of you, and we hope that you received not only a bunch of new POAPs but also value in the form of knowledge and newly fostered friendships.

To wrap up our 25 Days of POAP experience, ONE37pm has decided to celebrate the occasion by throwing a POAP Paint Party!

What is a POAP paint party?

A POAP paint party is a shared interactive canvas that will allow holders of specific POAPs (our 25 Day of POAP tokens) to place pixels on a digital canvas to create our very own POAP masterpiece! 

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How to join the party

In order to join the POAP paint party, ONE37pm will share a link that takes you to the canvas. Once you click on the link, you will need to connect your wallet where you have your POAPs stored, this way we can verify that you have collected one of our POAPs which makes you eligible to participate in the POAP paint party.

Share your rights with another wallet

If you want to delegate your painting rights to someone else, you can do so via the delegate button found at the bottom of the page. Once located, simply input the ETH address or wallet you want to delegate your painting access to.

How to claim your final 25 Days of POAP piece

Anyone who places a pixel on the digital canvas will be whitelisted to receive the 25th and final POAP. The POAP for December 25 will be sent to all the wallet addresses that have placed a pixel, via the POAP delivery function. 

Although the 25 Days of POAP are coming to an end, that doesn’t mean that the learning, connecting, and fun times have to. In fact, we hope that this experience has only inspired you to ask more questions, make new friends, and continue to enjoy the journey. Most importantly, never stop being curious.

Happy Holidays, ONE37pm

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Catching Up with Artist Steven Rea aka BRAiN VOMiT for the 25 Days of POAP

For me personally, speaking with Steven back in November was a turning point in my ever-evolving perception of NFTs. With no disrespect to other projects, as an editor steeped in a world of faceless devs behind record-breaking collections, chatting with Steven himself was a breath of fresh air. It reminded me of what I believe makes the space great: putting the power back in the hands of artists.

Not only does Steven not shy away from being the face of his project, but he’s managed to embed a personal intimacy in every single one of his 4,444 avatars. Despite being a generative project (based on hand-drawn attributes), the assets and components in each flower give the viewer a feeling of intimacy with the artist; you can’t look at a member of the garden without feeling yourself draw closer to Steven himself.

LFGROWWWWW: The 1/1s
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When Rea and I speak this week, he’s just returning from a trip to rural Oregon. He tells me about the trials and tribulations he faced through the return, which I—with my limited knowledge of auto mechanics—can only distill down to his text to me: “it was definitely a mess but we’re all good and back home now.” The much-needed respite took him away from his studio for a time, but when we catch up I can hear in his voice how excited he is to get back to his process.

Rea’s explosive style, which can truly only be characterized as “brain vomit,” is exceptionally well-catered to one-of-one designs. While the flowers are beautiful, they don’t always get to incorporate a full narrative the way that many of his independent pieces do. I’ve been carefully keeping an eye on Steven’s socials since his project popped off, and I love seeing what he’s working on on a daily basis.

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Rea’s most labor-intensive undertaking since his Flowers mint is a love letter to the community. BRAiN VOMiT is an art project, not a utility-focused-roadmap-video-game-to-come-metaverse-compatible-everything-but-the-kitchen-sink type of collection. So in that ethos, the best thing he can do is create more art for his community.

For the past few weeks, he’s been chipping away at creating 444 one-of-one pieces. He’s randomizing all Flower holders, and airdropping all 444 to different holders in the community, one at a time. “It’s been quite the task already,” he tells me, diving into the process: “I’m hand drawing them. I go to the drawing board, go to my sketchbook, make 40 doodles, photograph them, put them into Photoshop, upload them to contract, then to Opensea.” The list goes on.

The physical to digital pipeline can be monotonous. But eventually we’ll come back to the physical. At the end of February, Steven will open up a burning option for holders of the 1/1s. Holders can burn their token to receive the physical art piece instead.

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I ask Steven when he’s been conducting the airdrops. He’s sent out about 44 so far, and mostly sends them on Saturdays. “If I’m feeling generous, I start dropping them throughout the week,” he jokes to me, telling me he likes to keep the community on its toes. “The mail’s here!”

Tune into our Twitter Spaces today at 1:37pm EST to hear more of Steven’s story and what’s to come for BRAiN VOMiT.

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Blake Jamieson Talks His Year of NFTs and What’s to Come in 2022

There are few artists in NFTs right now who can boast as interesting of a resume as Blake Jamieson. When he and I first met earlier this year, we were connecting to talk about his work on an upcoming NFT collection with Terrell Owens. Before that—and since then—Blake has built a reputation as one of the preeminent artists in the sports world, creating portraits and pieces for some of the biggest athletes across the globe. For our 25 Days of POAP, I was eager to catch up with Blake again to hear how the rest of his year has gone, and to see what he’s got in store for 2022.

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A Look Back at 2021

Blake tells me that 2021 was one of the best years of his career, in terms of growth and the projects he got to work on. In 2020, he had a big break working with Topps. But the new technologies bubbling up this year have created even more opportunity.

“This year, NFTs have been more impactful than anything that’s happened before,” Blake tells me. He was able to strike a balance this year that many artists strive for, splitting his time between working on personal projects and working with major clients.

When I ask Blake for some of his project highlights this year, three come to mind. First is the avatar project that he created the artwork for. “Knights of Degen is probably what I’m most proud of,” Blake smiles to me. To this day, Knights is one of the more recognizable sports-based PFP projects in the space, owed in large part to Blake’s trademark art style.

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Knights of Degen

But to take it back, he also acknowledges the importance of the TO project he worked on early in this year. “That was the first big athlete collab that I’d done in the NFT space,” he tells me, adding: “That taught me that one of the most important things is the athletes really participating in the space.” The TO project became a turning point for Blake, demonstrating his ability to work with athletes on creating visually interesting collaborations. This opened up the door to his next major athlete partnership.

Later in this year, Blake worked with another major athlete when he collaborated with Dez Bryant on his project, The Juggernauts. Working with Dez and his brand Personal Corner allowed Blake to continue to prioritize education in the space, onboarding athletes and sports fans into the world of web3.

And then finally, Blake had the opportunity to open an IRL gallery space this year called Minty Garden. The gallery actually exists right underneath Blake’s Brooklyn-based apartment, and features physical art, frames of digital art and more.

Blake Jamieson

“Minty Garden” as a name comes from Blake’s growing commitment to a flower motif in the latter half of this year. “The whole second half of 2021, I’ve been in this flower phase,” he tells me, adding how it’s “symbolic of how I’ve been working hard in the NFT space to plant seeds.” You can see this inspiration clearly in his POAP; join our Twitter Spaces at 12pm EST today to learn how to get it.

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What Lies Ahead

Blake isn’t slowing down in 2022. He’s developing the artwork for a forthcoming expansion to FlexNBA, a partnership from Sequoia Games and the NBA. The innovative game utilizes an AR/3D component in addition to an IRL mechanic. He can’t spill the beans on all of the details of the project yet, but clues me in that the expansion is expected to drop in Q1 of the new year, incorporating NFTs and other web3.0 tech into the gameplay.

Additionally, Knights of Degen will be launching a companion drop in early 2022: Steeds. Whereas the OG Knights came in a quantity of 8,888, he tells me that Steeds will come in a much smaller quantity, with a portion reserved for early Knights supporters.

Other stuff:

Blake is not only an artist, but also an avid collector in the space. So he and I spend a bit of time chatting about his experience with different marketplaces, and how he views their pros and cons from both perspectives. “Throughout 2021, I tested every NFT platform I could,” he tells me. He and I can go back and forth about the best and worst marketplaces for quite some time, but the thesis we come to is that the coming Coinbase platform will likely rupture the ecosystem entirely.

“I’m really bullish on Coinbase; that’s gonna be such a game changer because it’ll bring new people into the space,” Blake notes, something I agree with wholeheartedly, as Coinbase is poised to drastically streamline the NFT onboarding process.

Finally, as someone who worked in traditional art for a long time before pivoting to NFTs, Blake has some developed thoughts on how the new art world is evolving. “The difference between NFTs and traditional art communities is that NFTs feel inclusive, lifting everyone up,” he tells me, adding that it “doesn’t feel like there’s competition.” This is a throughline in the entire NFT space.

“The better we all do, the more people come in the space,” Blake notes, a phenomenon which we see recurring daily on Twitter. WAGMI.

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Quarter Machine: An NFT Project Intertwined with an Animation Studio

Imagine you’re watching a Pixar movie. Every sequence features a new roster of imagery and characters, from props to backgrounds and more. All of those images are owned by one entity: Pixar. But allow your imagination to wander a little bit more. What if all of the items incorporated into the magical animated world were actually owned by some of the viewers? 

This is the future that Shonduras and his project Quarter Machine are bringing to life. Whereas numerous NFT projects have promised utility down the line, the benefits promised by the Quarter Machine team are already live. When I spoke with Shonduras and his team last week, I was struck by the vast array of monetization and collaboration opportunities posed by their project. We hear the term “utility” and “community” tossed around these days, but what do these words really mean? Well for the Quarter Machine team, it means that, by buying into the project, you essentially become one of the co-owners of the Spacestation animation squad, potentially earning licensing rewards, merch and more—immediately.

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This is your chance to feel ownership in a studio.

Inspired by VeeFriends and the project’s commitment to utility, Shonduras and his team have been working on the Quarter Machine project for over a year before they launched the first collection in late November. Shonduras is well-known for being one of the world’s most beloved Youtubers, and the man who built the esports org, Spacestation Gaming. But the esports org is actually just one of the ten enterprises under the Spacestation umbrella—including the rapidly growing Spacestation Animation. That’s the entity behind Quarter Machine, Shonduras’ first foray into the world of NFTs. But rather than just dropping a static 2D collection, the Spacestation team has created something entirely unique with their project.

Licensing Rewards:

Contrary to the method many other projects have used, the team has spent zero money on marketing and promotion for the project, instead devoting all of their resources towards creating something great—both artistically and socially. 

Essentially, all of the items from the first Quarter Machine drop are items and props that may be found in the brand’s many forthcoming animated films. If you’re lucky enough to own one of the items in the first film, you’ll start earning licensing rewards (money!) by the end of this year just by holding one of the NFTs. The first film earned over a million views in about a month, and the second one has netted nearly 500 thousand views in less than a week. Over 100 NFT holders from the first collection (of the 1,000 tokens), should expect to earn licensing rewards from their tokens appearing in the first film. All the other tokens may continue to show up down the line as well in future films; ideally, all holders will eventually get a piece of the pie as the studio develops.

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Pixar has become well-known in recent years for the means by which they’ll hide easter eggs in a movie referencing a forthcoming project long before it comes to fruition. “So what if we take that concept and we really amp it up for the digital space?” Shonduras poses to me. That’s what they’re doing with Spacestation animation, creating a gamified and ever-evolving storyline that immerses young viewers, while collectors get to become part of the production process and act as a pseudo co-owner of a burgeoning studio. It’s just so cool.

Why a quarter machine? “Quarter machines are the original minting process,” Shonduras jokes to me, referencing the quarter machines at truck stops nationwide. And when he says it, I realize how accurate the analogy is. You put your money into the machine not knowing exactly what you’re going to get, and then wait for the reveal. So it made perfect sense to use this skin as the branding of their project. This mechanic also allows them to continuously do drops “on a monthly basis”, all of which are deposited out of their virtual quarter machine. “Each drop will be different,” Shonduras tells me, noting that the second drop was produced with much higher scarcity than the first. The first drop was sold for .25 ETH per token (a “meta-quarter,” Shonduras cheekily jokes to me), which is higher than some other mints, but you’re not just buying a static token, you’re buying an asset tied to some unbelievable future opportunity. At the time of writing, there are some genesis tokens still available. 

The Plans:

Shonduras breaks the primary benefits for being a Quarter Machine holder into three sections for me:

  1. Licensing rewards (support early and be part of our story)
  2. The meta map (merch, physical rewards, and a ton of other opportunities to earn benefits on a monthly basis thru 2022)
  3. Bonus Capsule NFT (unique utility that can be transmitted through the metadata, perfect for surprising the community and collabs)

The licensing rewards aspect is the most unique in my opinion, allowing holders to benefit from their early support and join the story of our animation studio. Nonetheless, the other components are being conducted in a much more timely manner than any project I’ve seen to date. Holders of the genesis drop have already received merch, less than a month since the initial mint. And there’s more to come.

And, of course, the meta map is jam packed with other goodies and opportunities.

Spacestation

The Spacestation team has so much planned that every time it feels like we’ve reached the conclusion of the call and covered everything there is to cover, Shonduras will drop another major nugget of utility embedded in the collection. Late in our call, he casually mentions an entirely additional NFT that all holders will receive: the capsule itself.

Essentially, when you buy from the machine, your item opens out of a capsule, and the capsule disappears. But what if holders got to hang onto their capsule? As a brand committed to giving the holders what they want, they’re doing just that. They’ll eventually airdrop the capsules back to all of the holders as separate NFTs, but now the capsules have been modified to act as transponders, communicating with the HQ. So hypothetically, they could send a message to all the blue capsules, asking users to claim some sort of merch or other benefit. Or maybe all yellow capsule holders will get invited to an event. The capsules get to become an NFT of their own, acting as the communicative link between holders and the Spacestation team.

“Quarter Machine doesn’t plan on generating revenue, but giving back to the community and building the studio,” Shonduras tells me. Jordan Nguyen, the brand’s creative director, shares another interesting aspects of the design of the tokens and how it can impact utility down the line. “We’re using a game engine to develop all the assets, so they’ll all be metaverse compatible,” he tells me. All of the tokens launched by Quarter Machine will be compatible with a vast array of metaverses, meaning you can take them with you into your virtual world of choice. Just a little bonus. Down the line, Shonduras tells me, “We can create a Pirate Island in Decentraland or another metaverse.” By utilizing a game engine, everything they’ve created so far—and plan to create—is already built for the metaverse.

I’ve seen a lot of projects and heard a lot of promises, but Shonduras and his team are not just talking the talk. Everything that they’ve promised to their community has either already come to fruition, or will be tangible within the next few weeks. I admire that they worked on the project for so long before going public, elevating their promised utility to reality, rather than just a hypothetical future.

“We have so many plans to build this community,” Shonduras grins to me during our call, overflowing with excitement around what they are building at the Spacestation HQ. I can’t help but grin too.

The author of this article is a Quarter Machine holder.

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The Story of DALEK and His Beloved SpaceMonkey Character

We are excited to introduce DALEK and his beloved SpaceMonkey character for the 22nd day of our 25 Days of POAP! Strap yourselves in because we are about to blast off into the story of DALEK and his SpaceMonkey creation!

Who is DALEK?

James Marshal, aka DALEK, is an American artist who is best known for his murals and illustrations. James originally inherited the name DALEK—a reference to the British sci-fi show Dr. Who—while he was creating graffiti art. Eventually, the name became his official artist name and brand identity.

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What is SpaceMonkey?

DALEK developed his Japanese pop culture-inspired character, SpaceMonkey, in the summer of 1995 while painting under a bridge in Connecticut with his friends. Over the years, he continued to grow and develop the SpaceMonkey brand into the character that it’s widely known as today. 

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Although Jame’s SpaceMonkey character was created out of his love for street art and cartoons, SpaceMonkeys aren’t actually monkeys at all. At their core, SpaceMonkeys are hollowed out semi-robotic creatures shaped by their experiences but programmed to seek out cartoon carnage.

The SpaceMonkey character is a representation of DALEK’s concept of human experiences in a growing world of technology and the complexities that follow. SpaceMonkey is often used by James to express his emotions, ideas, and concerns about the world we live in today.

That being said, SpaceMonkey is an ever-evolving character meant to cradle the discussion of these matters within human experiences and isn’t aimed at any single point of view. DALEK says that “dialog and discussion are the most important tools we have for evolution.” 

DALEK has enjoyed creating using pencils, pens, markers, and paint of all kinds for years. As he’s moved into the digital realm, he’s been able to grow both his technical skills as an artist, but also his theories and relationships to our world. 

Moreover, DALEK says that he’s been lucky enough to find amazing people throughout life that have inspired him to continue his journey as an artist, and help him grow as a person. He is curious to see how the dynamics of the digital world will continue to shape our lives.

James says he’s excited to learn more every day and hopes that others can find positivity in the world. Feel free to stop by DALEK’s Discord community and check out The Official Space Monkey Store.

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John Gaeta, Legendary Visual Designer Behind “The Matrix,” Debuts Immersive NFTs

When John Gaeta led the VFX team for 1999’s The Matrix, he helped to innovate and popularize an effect called “Bullet Time,” which has become a mainstay of contemporary action film. Gaeta is one of the godfathers of the Matrix film franchise, and as a man committed to revolutionary techniques, the impending metaverse and proliferation of AI technologies are a perfect canvas for him to explore. Rather than launching a PFP project or other more generic use of NFT smart contract tech, Gaeta has immersed himself in the world of the metaverse and the Spatial Internet, launching a three-part NFT project unlike those before it.

I was lucky enough to have a chance to speak with Gaeta ahead of the project’s release today on Opensea. In recent weeks, Gaeta made headlines for his work on the Matrix Awakens project, which gave viewers one of our first real looks into the potential capacity of new-gen consoles for creating totally immersive gaming experiences.

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Two decades later, the prescient concepts within the Matrix are now being actualized. We are on the precipice of massive, true metaverse destinations.

While traditional 2D-based projects have dominated in recent months, the burgeoning technology will be used for a wide variety of developments in the coming months, years and decadess. “Everyone agrees in the NFT space that there will be an evolution,” John tells me, referring to the emergence of identities, emergent gaming, AI generative content and immersive XR worlds linked to tokens and more.

The goal behind Gaeta’s forthcoming launch is to produce “original immersive art and creative expressions where we demonstrate new forms and formats of NFT.” The project is working to construct rich, immersive environments, adding more value than a 2D piece.

The Project:

The launch will be broken up into three kinds of tokens: “Art-ificial Human with Gun,” “CAPSULES,” and “MACHINES.” Gaeta views all of the tokens as experiments in the spatial web, which is essentially the concept of a computing atmosphere existing within a 3D realm. “It’s more or less an experiential cousin of gaming,” Gaeta explains, adding: “it’s an experiment in the way we’ve been doing experiments since the beginning.”

Art-ificial Human with Gun
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John Gaeta
Still from Art-ificial Human with Gun; View the Immersive Version on Opensea

The first NFTs in the collection are a series of virtual humans firing a gun in slow motion, existing in a virtual space. These beings were created with a combination of Volumetric Actor Capture, A 3D Environment, Realtime and AI Effects. The pieces can be delivered as jpegs and MP4 files, but they will also exist on a web address where buyers can fully experience the characters in a 6DOF immersive space. The buyer will have the ability to manipulate the virtual space and discover hidden aspects as time unfolds.

“Art-ificial Human with Gun is a satirical commentary about the approaching stand off between ‘centralized control over creators’ and the revolutionary emergence of an open and free metaverse,” John tells me.

MACHINES

MACHINES, similar to the art-ificial humans, are Virtual Creatures existing in an immersive webxr space, with AI intelligence and instincts embedded. They behave and exist inside a mech-egg-like environment. These pieces, too, can be delivered as MP4s but will also exist at a Web address where they can be more immersively experienced.

On Living Machines, John explains: “Living Machines is a provocative commentary on the emergence of artificial lifeforms which are beginning to live inside an AI governed Internet (aka. The emerging Metaverse).”

CAPSULES
John Gaeta

CAPSULES are the most relatable pieces in this collection for those coming from the traditional NFT space. Each is a minimalist art pieces, signed by Gaeta himself. Half only have signature, the other half have signatures and a quote. These exist as high resolution JPEGS.

“Capsules is a minimalist iconographic commentary on the state of reality confusion within today’s fractured western societies,” John notes, adding that: “One of these capsules, consumed by a Punk or Ape may alter its consciousness forever.”

Art-ificial Human with Gun, Machines and Capsules are strictly Original Art Pieces made with no element from any prior existing professional work he has done. They are not associated with any commercial franchise and as Gaeta explains “.. are personal expressions and satire surfing the spirit of the 1st Amendment.”

When and where:

The project, entitled “CONSTRUCTS V.1” is live now on Opensea.

The Future:

The NFT bundle is just the beginning. Gaeta is working on building a destination called Spacemint, which will act as a volumetric auction house and provider of goods and other immersive NFTs. Additionally, he’s always working on projects like Matrix Awakens, demonstrating the limitless potential of our new technologies for creating truly immersive experiences.

This is not the first time we at ONE37pm will speak with John, as we plan to pay close attention to the development of his work. He was one of the first major innovators of film VFX, and with his sights now set on the unbounded world of virtual reality, the sky is the limit.

Flyer by John Gaeta for CONSTRUCTS

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Welcome to MUMBOT’s World

Thank you for joining us for another day of POAPs. We are thrilled to introduce day number 18 of our 25 Days of POAP with MUMBOT!

Who is MUMBOT?

Jade Kuei, better known as MUMBOT, is an artist, toy designer, and storyteller based in New York and Bangkok, Thailand. MUMBOT has had her artwork showcased internationally, and has published her work in zines and books such as Kawaii Design+ (DoPressBooks), Kawaii Manga Adorable! (HarperDesign) and more.

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MUMBOT enjoys using her artistic talents to create characters, comics, zines, and designer toys. Furthermore, she has taught various workshops and enjoys developing creative formulas to help other artists.

Moreover, she has collaborated with visual artists and musicians around the world such as 2x Grammy-nominated Sergio Vega and Italy-based RHOX, helping both artists onboard into the NFT space. Also, MUMBOT was recently interviewed by Gary Vee who’s a big supporter of her work.

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Kuei takes her own dreams and experiences to illustrate playful yet haunted abstractions in all of her work, creating a final product that is very unique and particular to Jade as a person.

To elaborate, MUMBOT stated that her artistic process expresses her fear of the dangers of the outside world in her youth, and attempts to find the power to overcome difficult circumstances and the courage to care.

She produces inspirational young characters along with animal companions, spirits, and creatures that have a connection to nature. One glance at MUMBOT’s art will reveal not only her passion for creating but her imagination as well.

Her art unveils scenes with a creepy feel, but with a cute approach where the characters overcome adversity while simultaneously exploring the relationship between life and death.

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MUMBOT World Plush Collection 1

MUMBOT World
MUMBOT World Plush Collection 2

MUMBOT’s art, toys, and MUMBOT World plush are available at retailers across the United States including Hot Topic, Box Lunch Gifts, Newbury Comics, Rotofugi, and MUMBOT World.

As a creator MUMBOT continues to showcase her work internationally, further building the brand and bridging the gap between physical and virtual worlds.

Feel free to join the MUMBOT community over in their Discord, and watch out for MUMBOT’s creations in a store near you.