🖖👽 - 03 - Three is Two Pears!?
Just the best stuff from the world of Web3 and Art from TMFA Community. Weekly.
Do you feel like the world is moving at an accelerating pace and it’s nearly impossible to keep up?
Don’t worry, you are right, the world is totally insane-o bonkers AF.
Do you feel like your art practice is a failure and want to quit when it gets hard?
Don’t worry, we all do. Art is super duper hard.
The doubt. The confusion. The hard times. We all go through it. That’s what art is about.
Art is made in living through it all. Feeling it and translating it into teachable moments for the less brave souls wandering this planet in fear of their own shadow.
The hard experiences are all part of the process. No one ever got to see the view from the top of a mountain without first climbing it. Unless you’ve got a helicopter, and then you are probably a banker, and bankers are boring.
Luckily, we are climbing this crazy difficult insane-o mountain together as a community. Every time I open our Discord I am reminded of this.
“On belay” my frens!
One day. One week. One Discord emoji at a time.
We are gonna all get to where we are going. Slowly and steadily.
So, keep at it.
Learn something new. Try something new. Make something new.
If you feel stuck, stand on your head to get a new perspective. Or spin around in circles until you get dizzy. Or eat a sandwich…
Distract your monkey brain from the madness and remember — this is life and life is art.
We live. We love. We do. We make. We die.
That’s it. lol.
Go for a walk. Drink some water. Make something new. Get lost.
And please, for the love of art, enjoy this community newsletter crafted with care by our editorial team and contributions from our global family of practicing artists.
In this week’s edition of the Art Brew we’ll read about:
interesting news and links
Let’s get into it.
🎨 Art News
Rolling Stone Goes Bananas Over NFTs. Announcing its first-ever digital cover NFT created in partnership with Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC), Rolling Stone rolls the dice to stay relevant in the digital world. This collaboration also includes five commissioned pieces by NFT artists, each of which will focus on different Bored Apes or Mutant Apes. We haven’t seen a crossover like this since the Gorillaz -- will collectors care?
Is XCOPY the crypto Banksy of our era? Described as “equal of Hirst and Banksy in his ability to capture the imagination of his audience with a single pithy phrase or word,” XCOPY is making waves with his gritty flashing NFTs. Sam Spike (FingerprintsDAO curator & JPG co-founder), discusses the artist at length.
Tunwa the Thai Elephant’s First NFT up for bid on OpenSea (and for an important cause). In an (almost) post-pandemic landscape, businesses like those in Thailand are enlisting the help of some unexpected sources to meet costs. Proceeds from this NFT sale will underwrite the expansion of an elephant hospital, making this future famous pachyderm not only a cutting-edge digital artist but a hometown philanthropist.
Artistic Freedom, or Racism? Cancel culture or censorship? Everyone’s favorite famous hobbit and celebrity Elijah Wood initially gave his blessing to Jungle Freaks, launched by former Hustler cartoonist George Trosley. Then racially charged cartoons from the 1970s came to light and the project imploded. Does art necessarily reflect the beliefs of the artist? Trosley says he was hired for a job. The internet disagrees, given the provocative and racist nature of his cartoons.
Pulp Fiction Goes Non-Fungible - Tarantino says film secrets to be revealed. This week, Tarantino took the stage at NFT.NYC, a week-long crypto-art conference in Times Square, to announce that he’s turning seven scenes from Pulp Fiction into “secret” non-fungible tokens. Each will feature digitized excerpts from the original handwritten script for the film, as well as snippets of audio commentary from the director himself.
If you come across art-related news you think is interesting — add some links for next week.
💎 Web3 News
Read TMFA Community member Alex Maceda’s novel thought piece on the inevitable rise of traditional/fine art NFTs in the wake of the popular PFP project. This long-form essay outlines a framework for success and investing in the traditional art NFTs, including case studies of some of the most successful fine art NFT artists.
Lazy Minting & Credit Card Payments now on Rarible
Rarible throws down another gauntlet when it comes to the peer-to-peer NFT marketplace. Rarible will now offer lazy minting like its competitor OpenSea, making Rarible a more affordable option than before (just watch those gas fees, folks).
Your buyer pays with Visa or Mastercard; you receive the payment in ETH. Rarible opens another door to the market beyond the crypto community by announcing it will accept Visa payments. Art fans and NFT collectors everywhere will have an even easier way to purchase your work.
Will Solana prove to be the dreaded Ethereum killer? Secondary sales volume for Solana-based NFTs has reached almost $500 million since the start of August. Solana’s top NFT project is the Degenerate Ape Academy, depicting animated gorilla avatars with unique traits, which has seen $454,000 worth of secondary sales over the past 24 hours (as of Nov 3.)
If you come across web3 stuff we need to know about it —add some links for next week.
👋 Community Events
TMFA Magazine - The November issue of our TMFA Magazine is live! This is our fourth release designed and curated by Vasco Del Rey.
The TMFA Magazine covers successes across the community, any projects we have undertaken, general updates and announcements, artist stories and highlights, and images of recent work.
Eloise Robbertze X TwoCamels - 16 Camels in the Ocean NFT Collab
International award-winning expressionist photographer (and TMFA Community Member!) Eloise Robbertze partners with artist TwoCamels on a project inspired by a single question: “What happens on the pathway between The Desert and The Ocean?”
The imagery represents otherness and is meant to showcase that as global citizens we can find familiarity with the other even if our starting points are not familiar, incongruent, or of our own volition.
Tuesday Night Twitter Spaces w/ Brian and Maggie — all TMFA members are invited to join the stage and share their journey. Shoot either Brian or Jojo a dm if interested in being featured amongst other TMFA members.
Tuesday at 10pm EST / 7pm PST
If you do anything the community should know about — projects, drops, things you wrote, new art — add it so we can share it next week.
🔥 Notable Tweets
Twitter heads — let’s make this section pop —add some fire tweets for next week.
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PS - thanks to W. Laurie Ewer (editorial), Maggie (Twitter), Ry (mgmt), and all the other folks who make this possible each week.