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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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NFT Show Europe was all about innovators of the Future of the Internet: web 3.0, metaverse, blockchain, and digital art

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Valencia, October 10th 2022: NFT Show Europe, the leading event on Web 3.0, Blockchain, Metaverse and Digital Art took place in the futuristic venue of the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia, Spain. From the 17th to the 18th of September 2022, #NFTSE attracted over 2300 visitors from 59 countries.

The show featured a packed conference programme with world-renowned speakers. Topics covered included the use of Blockchain and Web 3.0 oriented technologies in traditional businesses, gaming, sports, fashion, art and collectibles, among others.

First edition beyond expectations

“The event showcased the very best in European talent, demonstrating the unstoppable growth of these technologies and its potential in both business and artistic innovation.” explains Patrick Cyrus, Marketing Manager of #NFTSE22.

“We already count with the support of big players such as Tezos, Polkadot, Zeroframe, Crypto Page, Block Ape Scissors or Wert. All of us were equally impressed with the level of potential collaborations and we are already looking forward to the next edition.”

NFT Show beyond Europe

#NFTSE gathers some of the most influential companies and artists to discuss the latest trends and developments. The event was a major boost for the web 3.0 industry companies, fostering new partnerships and collaborations, which helped to solidify its position as a major meeting point in this world.

With visitors from 59 countries attending, the event showcased the latest in blockchain and web3 technologies and its potential applications in the real world.

The speaker line-up was formed by industry leaders such as Takayaki Suzuki, CEO of Metatokio and Esen Tümer, Founder of Metaverse Hub. Other notable speakers included Hide Uehara, Director of Business Development for Square Enix or Sam Hamilton, the Creative Director of Decentraland Foundation.

Showcasing more than 170 artworks by artists such as Zancan, Solimán López, Pablo Alpe, Ulysses, A.L. Crego or Jenni Pasanen, the art exhibition included exclusive minting by fxhash.com, workshops, interactive installations, panel discussions and XR experiences.

Conclusions & Trends

“Web 3.0 technologies provide a way for users to create and interact with digital assets in a virtual space. These technologies have the potential to revolutionize many industries, including gaming, art and finance. NFT Show Europe provided a platform for leading experts to share their insights on those industries in a futuristic business-art atmosphere.” adds Esen Tümer, Founder of MetaverseHub based in Turkey, Istambul.

NFTs and crypto are transforming the art industry by providing creators with a new way to monetize their work and by giving collectors a new way to invest in art. They can be used to track and prove ownership of everything from digital art to in-game items. One of the barriers is the acquisition of cryptocurrencies which is already approached by companies such as Wert.

“We enable the consumers to purchase NFTs with credit or debit cards just like normal or virtual goods … if you’re in the NFT, Generative Art and Web 3.0 space (NFTSE) is just the perfect spot to do that.” explains George Basiladze, Founder of Wert.io.

There is no doubt that the web 3.0 users have the potential to change the way we live, work and play. By harnessing the power of the internet, these technologies can help us to connect with others in new and innovative ways and help us to access information and services that were previously out of reach. With the right support and investment, web 3.0 content will help us to create a more inclusive and connected world.

The producers of NFT Show Europe are already planning the next stages for 2023.

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Logan Paul’s unsuccessful NFT Investment: Over $620K to $10

Logan Paul, a well-known YouTuber, has lost millions of dollars as a result of the current crypto winter.

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Logan Paul, an American YouTuber, actor, and social media star, holds a $623,000 unrealized loss as a result of his investment in an NFT from the Azuki line.

Also unsuccessful is his involvement with cryptocurrency. The market collapse has reduced the value of his possessions by more than $500,000.

Losses in Logan Paul’s Critical Papers
The well-known YouTuber joined the cryptocurrency bandwagon last spring when the values of most assets were surging, just like many other people. A few months later, he spent almost $2.5 million on NFTs, joining the trend. The most expensive thing he bought was a piece from the Azuki collection, which cost him $623,000.

However, the YouTube celebrity has suffered significant financial losses as a result of the unstable state of the bitcoin market and the NFT niche, at least on paper. The Azuki NFT currently trades around $10, as Paul recently made known, a drastic decline that sparked debate in the cryptocurrency world.

Many Twitter users made fun of the celebrity for using non-fungible tokens to transact at a time when there was obviously excitement in the industry. Others asserted that digital collectibles are frauds and should not be purchased. Some, however, contend that the price decline is a result of the current bad market and that once the next bull run begins, the valuation will rise.

It’s important to note that the NFT transactions were booming at the time he purchased the things. OpenSea’s trade volume spiked to almost $500 million for a single day at one time last summer, but in recent months, it has struggled to reach $10 million.

Paul has added bitcoin and other alternative currency to his portfolio in addition to NFTs. He recently acknowledged that he had lost almost $500,000 on such investments when he first entered the ecosystem at its peak last year.

Unfortunately for others that followed suit, this year has seen a significant decline in the value of the cryptocurrency market, which now has a total valuation of less than $1 billion (down from $3 billion a year ago).

Millions are Lost by KSI
The British rapper JJ Olatunji, a.k.a. KSI, was another prominent YouTuber who was severely hurt by the crypto market decline.

When Terra’s native token, LUNA, began to fall in price in May, he took the chance to predict that the price will eventually rise again. When the asset was going for about $25, KSI invested $2.8 million of his wealth in it.

He had no idea that the token would keep declining and eventually fall to almost nothing, wiping away the rapper’s multi-million dollar investment.

KSI is a strong supporter of the cryptocurrency market, especially bitcoin. He claimed that BTC will be crucial to the monetary system of the future last year. The rapper continued, claiming that he would have given each UK citizen £100 worth of bitcoin if he were the Prime Minister.

BTC is the ideal investment vehicle in KSI’s opinion. He believes that after ten years, individuals who have some exposure to the asset will “be laughing”:

“I feel like a lot of people are trying to search for quick money like, ‘Oh, I want to get in and out,’ but they’re not really seeing that. I’m prepared to travel a considerable distance for this.

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Ford is getting ready to enter the Metaverse with digital cars and NFTs

A month after the company announced significant personnel reductions, it has filed a trademark application covering its future initiatives in the Metaverse and NFT space.

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Ford Motor Company, an American automaker, has filed 19 trademark applications across its key automobile brands as it prepares to enter the realm of nonfungible tokens (NFTs) and the Metaverse.

Mike Kondoudis, a trademark attorney licensed by the United States Patent and Trade Office (USPTO), disclosed in a tweet on Wednesday that the business had submitted a total of 19 trademark applications covering its car brands, including Mustang, Bronco, Lincoln, Explorer, and F-150 Lightning, among others.

The trademark applications include a projected online marketplace for NFTs and virtual versions of its businesses’ automobiles, trucks, vans, SUVs, and clothes.

Ford intends to produce digital images of its vehicles, SUVs, trucks, and vans that will be verified by NFTs, according to USPTO filings submitted by the automaker on September 2.

The business also disclosed plans for “downloadable virtual commodities,” or “computer programs,” that would include apparel, accessories, and parts for vehicles for usage in “online virtual environments,” such as virtual and augmented reality trade exhibitions.

Additionally, there are plans to develop an online marketplace for “others’ digital artwork” as well as “online retail shop services featuring non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and digital collectibles.”

Less than a month after Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford and CEO Jim Farley announced significant personnel reductions from its global workforce to decrease corporate expenses; Ford has decided to enter the Web3 area.

Ford isn’t the first automaker to enter the Metaverse market.

While premium automakers like Bentley and Lamborghini have already launched NFT collections, automakers including Nissan, Toyota, and Hyundai have indicated ambitions to enter the fast-expanding Metaverse market.

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