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Ex Poker Player Gets A Full House Through NFT Art

Until his’s early 30’s, Jonathan Nash lost everything, but gained it all back when he got into NFTs.

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He Started With Poker

Jonathan was born in England but has spent most of his life living in Scotland. For most of his working life, Jon was a professional poker player. From his early twenties into 30’s. Capitalizing on the poker boom that happened from 2003 onwards. He never went to university so poker offered a life that was beyond his wildest dreams. Eventually though, online poker was banned in the US, player pools dwindled worldwide, and poker as a career became less and less viable.

“I played on far beyond the time I should have quit and ended up losing everything. I was 30, with no career, no job history and no money. I was lucky I had a fantastic girlfriend and family that could support me.”

Back To Art

During this period, as a means of escape, Jonathan rediscovered his love of art. »I picked up a pencil, for probably the first time in 10 years, and started to draw. Eventually I found a minimum wage job and taught myself photoshop and a 3d software called Blender by watching Youtube videos.« His goal was to go to university, study art, and hopefully get a job in a game studio, but he quickly found out that there was a huge demand for 3d animation in advertising. »I sold the second animation I ever created for $400, without realising how low a figure that was! Then i licensed the 3rd, and it just took off from there, after a few years I was able to quit my full time job and freelance as a 3d animator full time.«

His Style

Jon always had a love of miniature things so immediately he knew the style he wanted to create in 3d. One of his first ideas was to create a swimming pool inside a phone. This ended up being his first animation, iPool, and also most successful one on social media, with over 10 million views on various platforms. »From then I have found the idea of working phones into animations to be fascinating and an endless source of inspiration. Something so culturally significant deserves to be immortalized in art.« He also loves the idea of capturing a period in time. »Seeing 80’s tech like VHS and cassette tapes conjures up nostalgia from that time period.« He hopes that when people see his art in the future, they will have the same nostalgia for the phones and technology captured in it.

Transition To NFTs

»Makersplace were kind enough to approach me in 2019 about creating NFTs. I signed up for their site and was ready to create something but then my freelance career really took off and I never found the time.« Periodically, Jon would check in to see what kind of art people were selling and he thought his work wouldn’t appeal to people anyway so the idea got shelved. Then Beeple came along and NFTs were everywhere. He decided to give it another shot and uploaded an animation called ‘Notifications’ and listed it for 1 ETH. It was up for a few days before it was purchased. »That feeling was amazing. I have since released 6 more NFTs, the most expensive selling for 10.5 ETH.« He only ever has one up for sale at a time and they have all sold within a few days of release. Jon says he is really grateful that people have really connected and seen the value in his work. He is thinking long term so he puts a lot of thought into what he releases and how often he does it. »I feel like a more considered, careful approach will pay off in the long run.«

Jonathan’s Work

First Animation: »Pool«

It’s the art piece that kicked off his whole career in animation. Jon was working on it for months, but he was unhappy with the final animation.

“So I cut it down to this quick 4 second segment and decided just to release that instead. I went to sleep with 5 followers and woke up with 7 thousand!

He couldn’t believe the response it got. It’s still his most successful video on social media.

First NFT: »Notifications« 

He made this in response to his first animation going viral.

“I had never experienced anything like it. Received a new notification every second.”

So he thought it would be cool to create little physical notifications that would fill up a phone. Jon says this is the animation he is the most proud of.

The Most Successful NFT: »Ecosystems2

“I had the idea of creating a miniature ecosystem inside a phone which would be based on the Apple ecosystem. Each area is based on a different icon or Apple product.”

Jon wanted to create an NFT where people could see the amount of time and effort that had gone into it. It became his most successful NFT to date, selling for 10.5ETH ($21,662).

Check out these next few links, for more of Jonathan’s work!

If people are interested in my work they can find me on Instagram and Tik-Tok as Instagram: @offshoot.3d

Tik-Tok: @offshoot.3d  

Twitter: @offshoot3d Makersplace: https://makersplace.com/jonathannash/

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In June, the volume of Ethereum NFT trading decreased by 70%, although sales remained stable

Although there is less money in NFTs, sales haven’t really slowed down.

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Despite the negative market, there is some good news regarding NFTs.

According to Nansen data, the overall amount of Ethereum NFT trades has decreased by 55% over the past month, falling from 1.3 million ETH to roughly 584,000 ETH. In terms of US dollars, that represents a decline of about 70% from just under $2.6 billion to about $672 million.

Over the past month, Ethereum’s price has decreased by around 43%. But because “blue chip” NFT prices haven’t increased to make up for it, fewer transactions are taking place.

Bored Ape Yacht Club NFT prices are still circling about 100 ETH among the top five listed NFT collections on OpenSea, with average ETH prices having essentially remained unchanged. The exception is CryptoPunks, whose buy-in floor pricing increased by 48 percent in part as a result of Christie’s head of digital sales taking over as the Punks’ new brand lead this month.

The unique blockchain tokens that represent ownership over digital art are still being bought and sold by NFT traders; they’re just purchasing less expensive tokens and “aping” into free mints like Goblintown, which launched a wave of free-to-mint NFT collections centered around bodily waste, nihilism, and memes.

According to data from CryptoSlam, the typical sale price for an Ethereum NFT dropped from $2,463 in May to barely $703, a 71% reduction. While a result, NFTs are often more expensive to buy as the crypto bear market persists.

OpenSea reported 1.478 million NFTs were sold on its platform in May. As of Wednesday, 1.476 million NFTs have been sold in June, thus it’s entirely probable that this month will see an increase in NFT sales over May. The Otherside NFTs from Yuga Labs, which saw $561 million traded in just one day, also significantly helped May’s results.

According to Dune data, the total number of registered users who have completed at least one transaction on OpenSea’s marketplace increased by a modest 6.5 percent. With a 16 percent drop from roughly 422,000 to 354,000, the number of active traders for Ethereum NFTs has only marginally decreased.

Nansen data show that there hasn’t been much of a reduction in the number of weekly active NFT projects that are seeing revenues. Three NFT collections—the same number as last month—have seen more than 10,000 sales. Only 30% fewer collections this month—from 109 to 76—saw more than a thousand sales in a given period. Therefore, NFT designers are still making sales, especially in collections with the biggest market caps.

Consequently, traders are still making trades even though overall volume may be down 55 to 70 percent in ETH and USD, respectively. Despite the fact that they are currently buying and selling for less, it appears that NFT aficionados still have hope.

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GIVENCHY PARFUMS, AMAR STUDIO, REWIND COLLECTIVE & VEVE REUNITE FOR THE CREATION OF AN NFT IN SUPPORT OF THE LGBTQIA+ CAUSE FOR PRIDE 2022

Fashion House, Artists and NFT Platform Team Up Once Again for Pride Month

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PARIS, June 23, 2022 – To mark Pride Month this year, Givenchy Parfums states its support for the LGBTQIA+ cause by reuniting with LGBTQIA activist Amar Singh, artists Rewind Collective & NFT platform VeVe, the largest mobile-first digital collectibles platform, for the release of a new digital collectible to be sold for charity releasing on Wednesday, June 29 at 12 p.m. PT. The release of the digital artwork, Pride II by Rewind Collective, will be sold for the benefit of the Le MAG Jeunes association, on VeVe’s digital collectible platform, available to download on the App Store and Google Play.

Drawing inspiration from the House’s Prisme Libre, combining four shades of colors, as well as the Rewind Collective’s Pixelated Heroes series, this original virtual artwork is being sold on VeVe in a limited series of 1952 editions. After the sale, the proceeds will be entirely donated to the Le MAG Jeunes association.

Titled “Pride II”, the artwork created by Rewind Collective for Givenchy Parfums is a series of animated portraits symbolizing diversity, the assertion of identity, and the fight for equal rights. Innovative photos, which the collective reinterpreted digitally in the colors of the Rainbow Flag, expres Givenchy’s commitment to a more diverse, more inclusive, more universal kind of beauty.

Through this initiative, Givenchy Parfums, Amar Studio & VeVe are proud to support Le MAG Jeunes (Movement for the Assertion of Young Gay, Lesbian, Bi & Trans people), a French association founded in Paris in 1985. Amar Singh continues to lead India’s national effort at the supreme court to abolish LGBT+ conversion therapy.  Aimed at the LGBTQIA+ young population (15 to 30), Le MAG Jeunes focuses on support and accompanying: it carries out awareness-raising missions in schools, offers cultural and educational activities, and provides psychological support to all those who need it. It also lobbies international institutions, so as to promote the implementation of more inclusive public policies, for today and tomorrow.

“Art remains one of the most powerful forms of self-expression, we’re honored to further the LGBTQIA+ cause so that everyone can present their authentic self,” said David Yu, Co-Founder of VeVe. “We are proud to support the LGBTQIA+ community and help fund the fight against LGBT phobias and sexism through the sales of this unique digital collectible.”

Last year the companies came together to sell the digital artwork, “Pride”, as a sign of support for the LGBTQIA+ cause and MAG. The $128,000 raised led to the organization:

  • Moving to a bigger space in Paris and opening of two new local centers for LGBT+ youth inclusion, to overcome isolation and that offers support and multiple activities. The Paris local group is now in the heart of the capital Quincampoix Street, Paris 4th, with a great space to welcome LGBT+ youth. And the two new branches are in Lyon and Clermont Ferrand. 
  • An increase of LGBT+ youth supported by the organization to 529. The foundation aims to support 1,600 youths thanks to the new spaces and new members of staff. 
  • Building and recruitment a team of professionals to accompany youth and fight LGBT phobias and sexism.
  • An increase of interventions in school from 3,000 students in 2021 to 11,360 in 2022, to prevent LGBT phobia and sexism in the education sector.

About VeVe:
Founded in 2018, VeVe was created by collectors, for collectors to bring premium licensed NFT digital collectibles to the mass market. With millions of active users and over 6      million NFTs sold, VeVe is the largest mobile-first digital collectibles platform and one of the top-grossing Entertainment Apps in the Google Play and Apple stores.

Utilizing both blockchain and augmented reality technologies, VeVe offers premium licensed collectibles from leading brands including DC Comics and Warner Bros, Cartoon Network, tokidoki, Ghostbusters, Back to the Future, and more. For the first time, these brands can provide customization to collectibles after their initial sale, creating endless revenue possibilities for products both new and previously offered. In addition, VeVe’s 3D augmented reality photo mode allows collectors to interact with every digital collectible, as well as share their collectibles through VeVe’s in-app social feed, or on external social platforms including Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, and more.

In March 2021, VeVe committed to 100% carbon neutral NFTs and provided $7+ million in grants to environmental nonprofits to raise money for causes through NFT promotions. In addition, VeVe uses Ethereum’s layer 2 scaling protocol, Immutable X, which provides instant trade confirmation, scalability (over 9,000 trades per second), zero gas fees, and a 99.9% reduction in environmental footprint.

The VeVe Digital Collectible app is available on both iOS and Android.

Learn more: VeVe.me | Twitter | Discord | Facebook | Instagram | Medium

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Salvatore Ferragamo, an Italian luxury brand, has an NFT booth in SoHo

Customers can create and mint their own Ethereum-backed non-fungible tokens (NFTs) on OpenSea at a booth set up by Salvatore Ferragamo, an upscale clothing company with its headquarters in Florence, New York.

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The Salvatore Ferragamo concept store in the city’s SoHo neighborhood opened its doors on Friday, and the booth is a part of a bigger debut of the business. All visitors are eligible to receive free NFTs, which are limited to 256 in total. The brand will pay all associated costs up front to mint an NFT.

For the launch, the company is collaborating with artist Shxpir, who has previously created holographic handbags for businesses like Coach. Shxpir has produced 3D digital graphic elements for the NFTs for Salvatore Ferragamo.

Just one day after NFT, there will be a launch.

After a week of discussions about how fashion businesses may tap into the Web3 and NFT arena, NYC, a conference about non-fungible tokens in Times Square, comes to an end. Famous companies have lately debuted their own NFT collections, including Gucci, Prada, Bulgari, and many others.

Salvatore Ferragamo has previously entered the online space.

The company collaborated with Obsess, a virtual and augmented reality software platform that aids businesses in the establishment of interactive online storefronts and virtual experiences, last year. Customers could explore a virtual mansion that featured Ferragamo goods at the online store dubbed “House of Gifts.”

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