NFTs, those non-fungible tokens. What the hell’s an NFT? Apparently, cryptocurrency. What’s an NFT? It’s is a really good question. A unique case of content that’sbeen created by an individual, certainly digitally. An NFT is a token thatholds certain information. This technology makesinformation unalterable. What I am sure of is thatsales of non-fungible tokens have flown this year, shakingup the traditional art macrocosm. Sales of NFTs have also drawnattention to digital art. A digital artwork bya relatively unknown American creator known as Beeple. It sold Thursday in an auction .. … for $69.3 m, clearing him one ofthe three most valuable living creators. Sotheby’s sold a CryptoPunk, a pixel avatar, for some $12 m. Neither artwork existsthe physical world at all, having been created entirelywith digital technology.I think the most talentedartists, in my view, of our generationare digital creators. And in the initial stages I thinkthat very few people ever obtained digital art, right? No one genuinely took it seriouslybecause it was like, you know, I can see it free of charge. You know, why wouldI buy this, right? In different contexts ofmarkets there’s a traditional notionof unique dimension or a unique thing that’sexchanged for ethic, that’s swapped for appreciate. And that’s the basisof the artwork world-wide. You know, a paintingis a physical object. It’s uncommon. It’s scarce. There’s only one thing.And that can be acarrier of value. Photography isendlessly reproducible. But in order for thetraditional skill market to give it some sortof financial appreciate you need to sell alimited number of them. You it is necessary makean copy and they need to be physically reproduced. Digital art, evenmore than photography, is not meant to be printed. So it’s not that valuedidn’t exist in digital art. It’s just that it couldn’taccumulate financial appraise. And until now there was aproblem with these works of art because you couldn’tactually trade in them, because you didn’t have any wayof demonstrate that you owned it. The ability to verify theprovenance of a work of art has always beenessential to the market.But how can youconfirm ownership when the artwork doesn’texist in the physical world? That’s where NFTs are now in. The valuable artworksare the artworks where there are no red flags. It’s not rocket sciencebecause if you’ve been a pusher, like me, I knowexactly what the attributes are that create valuefor an artwork. So clear claim is crucial. Authenticity is veryimportant, of course. Scarcity, that helps as well. You wanna know how manypaintings like this were actually paintedby the same artist or where does it stand withinthe prowes historic domain? So these digital masters, who I think are gorgeous, “havent had” real organisation of patronageand were kind of undervalued.And what we make back then iswe started looking at Bitcoin and we said, well, if Bitcoincan prove that you can have something that’s not tangible, doesn’t exist physically, but it’s restraint, there’s aprovably scarce quantity of it, and you can prove thatthere’s ownership to it, can’t we apply thatto digital artwork? An NFT was sold by Christie’sby the graphic designer Beeple for $70 m. And all of a suddenthe art world woke up and lookedaround and reputed, what on earth are NFTs? An NFT is a non-fungible token. When you buy a houseyou get the deeds. When you buy a Picasso you geta certificate of provenance. In this new world, whenyou buy a work of art, what you’re actuallybuying is the NFT, proof that it belongs to you. The proof is writtenin the blockchain. It’s a virtual record thatrecords the event and cannot be altered.But an NFT can be transactions. And these crypto certificatesare changing the skill grocery, with digital architects sellingtheir works for big summing-ups. Because now, for the firsttime on the internet, you can really ownsomething and you can trade it on any marketyou just wanted to, including ours. So currently we’re seeing alot of really exciting activity around digital art. And it’s sort of forminga brand new market that never certainly existed. But NFTs go far beyond that. So things like affair tickets, play items, domain names, all could potentiallybe turned into NFTs. Anything you want. An master can make an NFTand put in the contract that if you buythis piece of art it allows you tohave dinner with me. It allows you tocome to my studio and I’ll do a self-portrait. It allows you to get thepaint barrels that I squandered. I’m sure if NFTs were aroundwhen Jackson Pollock was around and you could get theempty paint pails, that those coat barrels todaywould be worth just as much as the damn paintings.This is a game-changingtechnology because of the contractunderneath the collectible. So it’s not just digital assets. You can use NFTs totrade full or responsibility ownership of physicalassets to anything from illustrations to sportshighlight reels to sports cars. So I’m up on the second floor. Yeah, I’ve been verylucky to have this opening through the pandemic. I’m very curious about NFTs. What I like about NFTs, mypersonal romantic eyesight of it, is it’s the wild wildernes west. For me, I’m very curious tosee what creators do with it. You know, it’s stillin its early days. You know, can a poet reada few threads of their song and have their voice beembedded in that NFT? Can I incorporateparts of my process? Can I incorporate parts of myinspiration in a video assemble? Like some of these coloursare inspired by graffiti work I’ve seen aroundmy neighbourhood? Is there a highway toincorporate some of that that beings don’t get whenthey just see my depict? That’s what I’mmost excited about.I had a discussion with mystudents recently about NFTs. They’re very curious. It seems like many of themdon’t know much about it. But in terms of art preparing, if you’re 15 you have a voice. You have things you wannasay and you can say them and an NFT may givethem a wider platform, just like social media hasgiven them a wider platform. An craftsman who’s young todayis going to get educated. They’re 25 years old, therewas no option for them not to use the high-pitched marketart world-wide infrastructure, a gallery, an auctioneer live. I believe thisgives them options. I’ve always felt, whenI was in the skill grocery, that we were excludingso many beings. It was not an inclusive busines. We improved these littletemples for art.We create art bazaars withonly champagne and caviar. It was not a veryinclusive life. Hey. How are you? Good.How are you? Nice talking to you. Nice to see you in person. Yeah, I know. Thanks for meet. And we presented togetherin Times Square, right? We did. So you were part ofCube’s Art Fair show. How crazy was that? It was amazing. So since the campaigna number of my consumers talk to me abouthow I just literally needed to positioned everything elseon hold to focus on NFTs. And I was like, OK. I’m busy enough as it is. That’s not even possible. But then, once I brought inthis mentor, Crypto Sensei, and he started justkind of showing me what I could do with it, Iwas like, oh, OK, actually.So are you my crypto sensei? Is that … I suspect I could be yourbaby sensei or something? I’d have to ask Crypto Sensei. Do you think you’ll be ready? That is the plan. I haven’t said it out loud yet. Yeah? Well, let’s do it. That’s the plan. Awesome. Oh, “ve been coming” for a sec. So perhaps I need toclear some of this out. So honestly, probably the mostconfusing part wasn’t even the minting and enumerate component, it’s really exactly understanding how to set theseinitial things up … Sure . … how to resize your personas sothat they fit the requirements, say for like OpenSea. Right. You know? But once I indicate you, you’llbe like, it’s not that bad. OK. Yeah. OK. So let’s say now we have $400 of Eth in your note and you’re like, OK, I wantto go mint three NFTs tonight , now one of the things youhave to keep in mind is, with your epitomes, you need to have…Every platform has its ownsize requirements for the folders or the NFTs that you’re selling. So the platform that we’re goingto be using in this is OpenSea. Thank you. Of track. Here’s a pair. So this is one of thepieces that I’ll be plummeting in the coming weeks. Random guessed. You know, I’ve heard alot of people talking about where the NFTsmight go and, I imply, even cryptocurrency very. And then I have a lot offriends who push back, being prettytraditional artists, and even students who saylike, it’s just a fad. This is dumb. It’s not real art.I think it’s super powerfulin that it actually … traditionally, in the artworld and the artist-gallery relationship is onewhere the master is sort of on the peripheryof the transaction. Like we talked about that. We’ll sell a draw through agallery and we often don’t know who it’s sold to, for how much, and then as it’s sold down the road, that informationisn’t … we don’t have access to that. This returns artiststhe ability , now, to sort of be at the centreof the transaction and have power and oversight over theirwork in ways that we’ve never had. For an craftsman making a steadyincome isn’t always easy. But what if you earned moneynot just the first time you sold your artwork, but every time? A royalty remittance triggeredby each secondary sale built into the NFT? Every time there’sa secondary auction … today, the standard is about1 0 per cent of that sale … goes back to the originalartist, which is amazing, because all my art friends…Asa failed creator and all my artistry friends, in 40 years, I “ve never” knew … I knew one creator who actuallylived off of precisely making art. All the other ones were eitherteachers or did something else. Each time that pieceof prowes sells the creator is going to make money. So they’re win on two newfronts, a bigger percentage of the upfront saleand the ability to compile royalty on everyconcurrent auction, in perpetuity. I think we’re going down theroad of more material authors monetising their skillsand their expertises and finding ways in whichthat they can be paid for that and here’s a verifiableway to do that. So it’s very fascinating. So NFTs are drawing theart world more accessible and that’s a good thing. But I’m stillstruggling with the idea that you can spend millionsof dollars on a work of art that you can’t actually touchwith your own hands, that are able procreated endlesslyat the touch of a button and that everybody elsecan see any time they like.I genuinely don’t think there’sa difference between person buying a Gauguin and putting itabove their couch and someone buying a Beeple and announcing onsocial media that they own it. It’s the same. Ownership is a stronger claimover something than a like, right? Social money, it’s whyMercedes and Nike matter. It’s also how youexpress yourself. When you buy a veryexpensive decorate and you situated it in a warehousein Morocco for imposition grounds how many beings are youshowing that you have it? I affection this farce thatyou have the physical. Most of the most valuablestuff sits in stores. What are we talking about? When you do it digitallyeverybody knows. Now, noblewomen and gentlemen, comesthe opportunity to purchase. So who’s buying? Art lovers or plungers? You know, who knowswhat motivates customers? Piles of things cause buyers.And so far, inthis sell, customers that aren’t so muchconcerned around what it is that they’re owning, because the utility of the piece is totransact with other people. The majority of purchasers arepaying with cryptocurrencies. And of course, when the Beeplesold Christie’s professed cryptocurrencies. They accepted either Etheror Bitcoin as fee. So the majority of members of my clientsspan the ages of 28 to 42. So we’re talking older and younger, as a relative bar to where most of the wealth isconcentrated, with baby boomers and older types, right? So blockchain technology, cryptocurrency is now NFTs, which isbuilt on blockchain, is right up their alley asfolks looking for brand-new asset grades and new ways to invest.”Everydays, theFirst 5,000 Days” sold at Christie’s for $69.3 m. That’s a inferno of a lot ofmoney for a living craftsman. The fund is crazy and awesome. And I think it’s goingto do a lot of good. Huge marketings generatea lot of notoriety. But are NFTs really here tostay or a bubble ready to burst? We’re in a promotion cyclethat, right now, NFTs, in their pattern, are ripe for supposition. Because now that the artis not even physical, that you don’t even haveto deal with store it, that it’s just a Jpeg, and allof the innovations around NFT are around theirexchange, we have gotten to a extent wherewe’re essentially date trading culture. People are going to tryto take advantage of it. That’s our DNA, orthat’s numerous people’s DNA. So will peoplecome up with things and propel everythingin the NFT space? And will there … I recall, will there bea cleaning the house? Probably yes. I would think so. I don’t think anythingthat is NFT is pure gold.Also, people who owncryptocurrencies, they don’t have anenormous number of things that they can deplete it on. You can’t use itas easily as you can use fiat currency, whichis, i.e. dollars, euros, pounds, whatever. So I think this has had quitean influence on driving up the market for NFTs recently. What I think you’re lookingat is a 1999 internet moment.Let me illustrate. I’m going to give youthe prophecy right now, because I’m oldand I witness the patterns. This next 6 to 12 months, avarice will take over. Everybody will put out NFTs. People will buy, busines, sell, steal, rip off, try to trick youand do the pocketbook. There’ll be so much happening. Some people willmake fast money. It will collapse. There is an absoluteguaranteed NFT winter coming. And what’s going to happen? I’m going to be buying NFTsduring that time, construct NFTs, because I know behindit is exactly what happened with the internet. And this happened withpersonal computers. Apple had these momentsin the early’ 80 s. This is what ever happenswith the most difficult technologies. Overall sales of NFTssurged in the third quarter, contacting $10.7 bn. That includes prowes, butalso videos, collectibles, and even assetsin virtual world-wides. It’s easy to be a believerwhen you’re making money. But we should also remember thatthis technology is still young and there are boundto be challenges.When that bigBeeple sale came in and all the attentioncame in, beings were like, wait a minute. This stuff’s really hard to use. I thought it was supposedto be like democratised and I’m confused and Ican’t digit this out. The big-hearted things today are justgetting cryptocurrency takes a long time. You have to hook up your bankto something like Coinbase and get some currency. So a great deal of beings liken NFTsto buying an asset or a title to a copyright.But actually, thereare no copyrights are connected with an NFT. There might be in the future. But at the moment, it isessentially a contract between you and the artist. Then, you have toget your head around, when I want to sendthis currency somewhere, there’s a gas cost. So some of your moneystarts to disappear and you’re not really sure why. You have to be careful. This is a speculativeworld market. It’s very linked tocryptocurrencies. And it’s going to be volatile. And then you need to instal aMetaMask wallet if you’re going to collect these Ethereum NFTs. This is like a lotfor most people. And then you have to makesure that you don’t ever lose your code, becausethere’s no help line.If you lose this code, you’re not ever going … you own these things. And if you lose thecode you’re in trouble. Good morning. Why, hello there. I’m good. How are you? I’m good. I have some bulletin. What? I sold my first NFT. Congratulations. Thank you. Three dates. Awesome. Isn’t it like, once you’vedone it, you’re like, whoa and it’s like it sounds in? My mind is completely blown. I figured this one wouldbe like, I don’t know, maybe I’d run ask person. Mum, come on. Get a crypto pouch. This is a guy who boughta couple of paints a couple years ago, but I had a bunch of other people reachout that I’ve never met and other collectorswho are interested. And so it’s been good. I think this whole thing, thiswhole motion, NFT movement, is like about empoweringartists economically.Yeah. So I feel like we’rejust, I necessitate, certainly, are at the beginning of NFTs. And then we’re alsoat the beginning of this wave of artistsfrom the traditional prowes world coming in. Correct. Yeah. Well, and I adoration seeingwhat you’re doing. You have more drooping more. Thank you. Yeah. So I’m thinking of justdoing some small-scale puts. But then, December1st, I’m going to do a big drop at Art Basel. I’ll see you in Miami. We’ll have tocelebrate in Miami. We’ll celebrate in Miami. All claim. A batch of parties are in theNFT market to make money. New marketplaces allure plungers. That’s nothing brand-new. But you must remember wherethere’s money to be made, there’s coin get lost. For the artists themselves, however, this new technology is opening entrances. It’s just not clear yetwhere those doors will produce. All liberty. So there’s been ahuge modernize for me. The person who bought”ourobouros, ” my first NFT, relisted it fora lot more money. It was sold for 1 Ethereum, 1Eth, at the time about $3,900. And now, it’s registered at 101 Eth, which is $380,000 -something. So yeah, it kinda blewmy thinker a bit, again ..