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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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The Ethereum Metaverse’s NFT Real Estate Sells for a Record $913K

For Ethereum-based open world crypto metaverse game Decentraland, Republic Realm establishes a new all-time high-value LAND sale.

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In the open-world metaverse game Decentraland, a virtual plot of land sold as an NFT for a record amount: more than $913,000, based on the price of the game’s Ethereum-based MANA money at the time.

For 1,295,000 MANA, the estate NFT, also known as a LAND token in the game, was sold. According to NonFungible’s data, this is the highest-valued LAND sale to date in terms of money. However, sales for greater MANA have occurred in the past when the currency was significantly less valuable. In November 2018, the record was set with 2,772,000 MANA, which was valued little under $211,000 at the time.

Republic Realm, a firm that invests in virtual real estate in crypto games, has claimed the new record purchase. Republic Realm is a division of Republic, an online investment platform that itself has notable investors, including AngelList, Binance, and Galaxy Interactive. Republic Realm has not yet disclosed how it plans to utilize the Decentraland estate, which is located in the game’s Dragon Kingdom district.

The business tweeted, “We can’t wait to disclose our enormous plans for this estate.” “We are more committed than ever to constructing and expanding the metaverse.”

Decentraland is an Ethereum-based online metaverse where players can freely explore the realm, engage with other players, and play games. The 3D game resembles a hybrid of virtual world pioneer Second Life and blocky sensation Minecraft, but with a blockchain-based twist of actual item ownership and a player-driven economy.

Decentraland isn’t the only blockchain-based game that revolves around digital land plots marketed as NFTs. Other Ethereum-based games that have made millions of dollars selling virtual real estate include The Sandbox and Axie Infinity.

In this example, Decentraland shattered an estate sale record set only a few weeks prior. Boson, a blockchain protocol, said earlier this month that it had purchased a Decentraland estate in the game’s valuable Vegas City sector for roughly $704,000, with ambitions to develop a virtual shop to market its decentralized infrastructure products.

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Tezos Joins McLaren Racing as a Blockchain and NFT Partner

McLaren Racing has announced a multi-year technical agreement to develop the NFT fan experience platform on Tezos, an energy-efficient blockchain network.

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Tezos has been named as McLaren Racing’s Official Blockchain Partner in a new multi-year technological cooperation spanning Formula 1, INDYCAR, and esports, according to a press release.

McLaren will establish a non-fungible token platform with a focus on the fan experience, using the energy-efficient and upgradeable Tezos network.

Tezos NFTs

Tezos is an open-source asset and application blockchain that is constantly expanding and upgrading itself through efficient on-chain governance.

McLaren will create a specialized platform that will bring together its illustrious racing history and famous driver lineups across all of its teams to provide an unsurpassed NFT fan experience.

Tezos and McLaren believe that innovation is the key to long-term success. By embracing clean NFTs and energy-efficient networks, the impact of this new medium for sharing creative expression will not be diluted by excessive energy usage.

Tezos’ pioneering Proof of Stake mechanism is a substantially more energy-efficient technique to securing its network than typical Proof of Work blockchains, consuming two million times less energy than Proof of Work networks like Bitcoin and Ethereum.

This enables Tezos to run in an environmentally friendly manner, with little energy use and a low carbon impact.

Teams With Tezos Branding

Tezos will be represented across the McLaren Formula 1 and Arrow McLaren SP teams as part of the agreement, including on the race suits of McLaren F1 drivers Lando Norris and Daniel Riccardo, as well as AMSP drivers Pato O’Ward and Felix Rosenqvist.

“Tezos and McLaren Racing joining forces to build a unique fan-focused NFT platform is an exciting and quickly evolving industry,” said Lindsey Eckhouse, McLaren Racing’s Director of Licensing, eCommerce, and esports.

She went on to say that the new relationship allows McLaren to enter a market where fans can own essential components of the team, and that the firm is excited to launch the platform with Tezos to create bespoke NFTs with our Formula 1, INDYCAR, and esports teams.

In the meantime, Hubertus Thonhauser, Chair of the Tezos Foundation, issued the following statement:

“We are pleased that McLaren Racing has opted to extend their NFT fan interaction platform to the Tezos blockchain, as it has one of the longest and most prestigious legacies in Formula One racing.”

“Blockchain as a concept is changing, getting faster, more secure, and more efficient,” he continued. This necessitates a blockchain capable of keeping up with the current rate of innovation. Tezos, the first and fastest-evolving blockchain, stays at the vanguard of innovation, providing real-world solutions in a robust and fast-growing ecosystem as brands explore for new ways to engage with their fans.”

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The Original Code of the World Wide Web Will Be Auctioned as an NFT by Sotheby’s

The luxury auction house Sotheby’s announced on Tuesday that it will auction off a non-fungible token containing the original source code for the World Wide Web next month.

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Digital files such as music, video, and artifacts are represented by NFTs, which are one-of-a-kind collectibles. On June 23, the NFT for the code, which was created by British computer scientist Sir Tim Berners-Lee in 1989, will go on sale, with bids starting at $1,000. Berners-Lee has signed this NFT, which includes his original time-stamped files.

“What is the purpose of an NFT? It’s a natural thing to do when you’re a computer scientist and you’ve been writing code for a long time.” He went on to say, “It feels natural to digitally sign my autograph on a purely digital item.”

The NFT also includes an animated visualization of the code, a letter written by Berners-Lee about the code and his process of creating it, and a digital “poster” of the entire code generated from the original files using Python, which includes a graphic of his physical signature and is all digitally signed.

The NFT files comprise around 9,555 lines of code, which incorporate components of the three languages and one protocol established by Berners-Lee: HTML (Hypertext Markup Language), HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol), and URLs (Uniform Resource Locators) (Uniform Resource Identifiers).

Berners-Lee said in a statement, “Three decades ago, I built something that, with the subsequent cooperation of a great number of partners around the world, has been a significant weapon for humankind. NFTs, whether they are artworks or digital artefacts like this, are the most recent playful creations in this area, as well as the most acceptable method of ownership. They’re the perfect method to package the origins of the internet.”

The entire sale earnings will go to causes that Berners-Lee and his wife support.

The auction is Sotheby’s third featuring NFTs. In April, the auction house sold its first NFT by unknown digital artist Pak, and only last week, it sold its second NFT, a rare CryptoPunk, for nearly $12 million.

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