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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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A YouTuber has Exchanged his Tesla Roadster for an NFT

“Looking back in a year, two years, or three years, this could be a monumentally idiotic decision, but it could also be a fantastic decision,” Dan Markham said.

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Dan Markham, the creator of the What’s Inside YouTube channel with seven million subscribers, has swapped his Tesla Roadster for a single nonfungible token.

Markham traded a blue Tesla Roadster — which he claimed may be worth “a quarter-million dollars pretty soon” — for a nonfungible token of a “positive porcupine” in a video posted to his What’s Inside Family channel on Sept. 15. The NFT was created as part of the VeeFriends project and is owned by Eli Burton, the creator of the graphic novel The Adventures of Starman.

“Looking back in a year, two years, three years, it may be a monumentally idiotic decision, but it could also be a fantastic decision. I feel these automobiles will hold their worth for a long time, and I am a firm believer in NFTs.”

YouTuber added:

“It’s a picture for a car — clearly he’s getting the better end of this deal.”

Before learning of Markham’s offer, Burton said he had planned to sell the digital painting for more than $100,000. But, according to the graphic novelist, trading the NFT for the car was “as simple as supply and demand,” as there were 10,000 tokens available at a starting price of $60,000 apiece. VeeFriends has a list of 40 porcupines that seem alike in a range of settings.

“Having it makes practically no difference in terms of money – whether it’s in a collector automobile or a collectible NFT — it’s still collectible,” Markham said.

Even though the two collectors exchanged NFTs on the blockchain, the transaction was primarily conducted in the real world, with Markham physically handing Burton the Tesla’s paper title and key. The porcupine is presently listed on OpenSea with a top bid of 16.339 Wrapped Ether (WETH) — around $56,445 at the time of publication — but Markham stated that he intends to keep the NFT in order to obtain access to a VeeFriends token holders-only conference.

NFTs have also been linked to physical collectibles by certain cryptocurrency users. For example, in July, an entrepreneur held simultaneous auctions for an Apple co-founder Steve Jobs job application and an NFT. The actual paper sold for $343,000, while the NFT received a final bid of 12 Ether (ETH), or $27,460 at the moment.

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NFTs Inspired by Freddie Mercury is Being Released to Benefit an AIDS Charity

On the 75th anniversary of his birth, the renowned musician is honored with a special NFT collection.

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Four digital collectible artworks inspired by the late Freddie Mercury will be auctioned soon. On what would have been the singer’s 75th birthday, the auction will take place.

Blake Kathryn, Chad Knight, Mat Maitland, and MBSJQ contributed artwork to the collectibles. SuperRare, a digital art marketplace, will host the timed auction. It will go live on September 20th and will last 75 hours, according to the organizers.

Furthermore, the auction earnings will benefit the Mercury Phoenix Trust, an AIDS charity. The nonprofit was formed in remembrance of the singer by Queen band members Brian May and Roger Taylor and band manager Jim Beach.

Three of the NFTs in the collection feature images of the performer himself. The fourth image depicts a white grand piano with a crown on the seat and a goldfish pond in the background.

Both SupreRare and the charity linked the effort to Mercury’s inventiveness in a joint statement. “When Freddie Mercury died, he left the world an obvious artistic brief. ‘You can do whatever you want with my work as long as you don’t bore me.’

NFT Commemorations

The popularity and activity of the NFT market has exploded in the recent year. These digital collectibles took over key mainstream industries, resulting in the emergence of a digital metaverse. Some, such as Tether’s co-founder, predict that in the future, “every consumer product will have an NFT.”

Like the Freddie Mercury NFT, various examples of this technology have been deployed in space for commemorative and charitable objectives.

Beeple, a well-known digital artist, sold an NFT for $6 million and donated the earnings to the OpenEarth Foundation. Pele, a Brazilian footballer, also sold NFTs as digital trading cards and donated the proceeds to his charity.

NFTs also allow for the creation of a digital capsule or a remembrance of something or someone. For example, Russel Simmons and Snoop Dogg just released an NFT anthology honoring hip-hop music pioneers. Never-before-seen artwork and music from industry giants were featured in The Masterminds of Hip Hop.

Commemorative NFTs are popular outside of the music industry as well. Unreleased images of Kobe Bryant were put up for auction as NFTs in August. Bryant was photographed while he was an 18-year-old basketball player.

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Do you Aspire to be President? You Can Now Purchase the White House as a Virtual Property NFT

For decades, the White House has served as a symbol of the American people and democratic values. Until today, the public could only fantasize about possessing an actual model of the White House for their house. However, you may now own a piece of history—as well as home decor—by purchasing an NFT powered by Next Earth.

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Who is the owner of a piece of history?

Many well-known landmarks have historical significance for the cities in which they are located. Maybe one day, you’ll be able to “purchase” a section of the Great Wall of China or a space on Mount Rushmore. The public, however, now has that ability with the purchase of an NFT on Next Earth. Likewise, on the Ethereum blockchain, you can own land tiles of the White House by simply picking them from a map of the world.

What is the value of it? No one knows how the digital real estate replica phenomena will develop because the notion is still in its early stages. Virtual properties, on the other hand, have been sold for large sums in past virtual worlds. As a result, it’s possible that an NFT version of the White House could one day be sold for a considerable sum—much like a house—in the future.

Putting Together a Virtual Real Estate Portfolio

Although the White House serves as the residence of the President of the United States, it is also a significant piece of real estate. The same may be said of numerous famous properties worldwide, whether or not they are political milestones.

Take a glance at any large city on the earth, and you’ll see that it has its own set of valuable assets, whether virtual or tangible. Furthermore, because you can develop nearly anything on land, it is the place to be.

So, what if you could purchase a plot of land in a major city? In a world where everything is now a piece of digital real estate, a plot of land that would be yours to develop – yours to do with as you please? That is precisely what Next Earth is constructing.

The Metaverse’s Implications

The White House NFT is just one of several high-profile real estate properties available for purchase in the metaverse. The metaverse represents the ability to own digital real estate in virtual environments. Virtual real estate can be owned, developed, and monetized in the metaverse.

We’ve already seen many significant business leaders tweet about buying NFTs and other virtual real estate assets in the metaverse, such as sports memorabilia. As more organizations and individuals get on board with investing in digital real estate, this trend will only continue to increase.

The Metaverse in the Future

These days, the metaverse craze is all the rage, and virtual real estate is no exception. One of the metaverse’s possible futures is similar to Ready Player One but without the dismal components. Virtual real estate based on NFT is already a reality, and Next Earth is leading the way.

Second Life and The Sims were among the first to provide Metaverse 1.0, which is a centralized virtual world that you can explore, construct, and play with. But, of course, at the end of the day, the centralized firm in the middle would be in charge of your assets.

For the first time, Metaverse 2.0 integrates blockchain technology with a digital duplicate of Earth, allowing users to hold rare digital assets that can be brought to life. Within the metaverse, users form communities that provide chances for interaction with other users and the construction of virtual structures.

Metaverse 3.0 is the way things will be in the future: It’s a hybrid of virtual reality, metaverse 2.0, and blockchain technology. This is a digital rendering of what our home planet would look like if we turned it into a virtual reality experience. People will interact with the real world via digital avatars, communicate as if they were in person, and construct virtual reality-only objects. The infrastructure required for this new version of the metaverse to operate safely, securely, and transparently is provided by the blockchain, the technology that allows bitcoin to act as money rather than merely a digital currency.

In their metaverse, Next Earth is now selling virtual land tracts. The NFT-based metaverse is already an amazing development and yet another illustration of how blockchain and NFTs are transforming our lives, with more intriguing innovations in the pipeline, such as pixel-based land art.

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