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From a jock in Colorado, to an aspiring actor in Wisconsin, ending up in LA as an NFT creator. This is Gino Loffredo.

A real life Hollywood story, with an added taste of NFTs.

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Gino grew up in a small town in Colorado, surrounded by some of the more known ski resorts in the area, such as Vail, Keystone, and Breckenridge. Since his dad was a ski instructor, he was also into sports at the time, until he moved to Wisconsin with his mom and two siblings when he was 11 years old. That was a significant change because that is when he got interested in acting and singing. After high school, Gino enrolled in the University of Minnesota to pursue a theatre degree. After the first semester, his acting agent asked him to journey to Los Angeles, where he auditioned for several movies, tv-series, and commercials. Realizing he enjoyed this kind of lifestyle, he told his mom he’s staying in Los Angeles and dropping out of college. Until this day, we still haven’t found out what her reaction was.

Soon after, Gino got acquainted with painting. He and his roommate at the time wanted to try something new, so one night, they just bought some canvases and random paints. They were new to it, so they each picked one color and just went to work. Gino picked red and ended up painting a surreal piece that ended up being pretty good, so his roommate told him, “he gotta keep this up.” So, as they say, the rest is history.

Over the years, he experimented with many different art styles. Still, the one that stayed with him the most is surrealism, which is very similar to the one he painted first, with his roommate Patrick Flueger, now one of the main characters in “Chicago P.D.,” the TV series. When asked where his inspiration comes from, Gino mentions Salvador Dali: “I remember seeing a poster of Dali’s “Persistence of Time’ piece in college, and it just spoke to me. I had never seen art like that before, and I felt like Dali was speaking my same language. It wasn’t till I started painting and drawing that I noticed my style resembled that of Dali’s.” Usually, he starts with a small square of the size 1inch x 1inch and keeps adding to it, going with the flow. His inspiration comes from books, music, podcasts, and even just listening to people’s conversations and then adding imagery to the words he’s hearing. “I’m always surprised on what the final figure turns out to be. Often, I feel like I am being led to draw a particular animal that speaks to where I am in my life. When the final image forms, I like to look up what that animal or figure means in different cultures and see how it relates to my life. Most of the time, it aligns with something that is going on in my life.”

“I believe that art is a healing mechanism for me, where each drawing is a therapy session where I get to layout my soul and dissect the intricacies of my life story and anything that is influencing it. People who take the time to look at my piece react very positively and keep finding new things in my creations. It’s what I appreciate the most when people hang out and interact with my art.”

He gained a larger audience when he started to do large-scale murals, and people were able to interact with his art through pictures, music videos, advertising, and more. His largest mural to date is “Love Wins” in Santa Monica, California, and it is 3,600 square feet of surface. It is on the corner of a low-income housing building on Pacific and Main St. The main image is of two hands coming from each side of the building to create a hand heart symbol on the corner of the building hovering over a sunset over the ocean. You can see the whole piece if you go to the opposite side of the intersection, where you can see both sides of the building. Inside the arms and hands is an intricate, surreal portrayal of Santa Monica and the community there. He had a ton of “nuggets” of different people passing by who wanted to either be in the mural or hoped with an idea to put into it. Gino says it felt like an actual community project, which brought many smiles to that area.

 “Love Wins” in Santa Monica, California

“The first Mural I did was also pretty big; I called it ‘L.A. love story.’ I was actually on my honeymoon when I was asked to do the wall. I thought I was working on a 10ft x 10ft wall on the picture they sent me. It ended up being about 24ft x 50ft wall. It was huge, and I had never worked on something this big.”

He ended up using a 1inch bristle brush to paint the whole thing because it was the tool that most closely felt like he was drawing. He learned a ton on that first mural; how to drive a lift, how to paint large scale, about different paints, time frames, working at night, pricing, and how great the experience was when you are painting outside for hours. That mural is still around today, and he got it through the non-profit organization called Beautify Earth. Murals have been a fantastic way to give back to the city he lives in.

During the pandemic, Gino joined TMFA (The Most Famous Artist) community to hang out and learn from other artists online. The community’s founder introduced him and other artists to NFTs when he proposed they get involved with an NFT project, celebrating Beeple selling an NFT at Christie’s Auction House by having 50 artists do digital renderings of a specific picture of him. They dropped the project on OpenSea, and it took off. Gino drew his style art on the face of Beeple he printed out and then just uploaded it into photoshop to desaturate it into a black and white piece. His piece was listed as the first NFT in the project. All his 100 editions sold out in 24 hours. Thus, a decision was made to list different colored editions of his piece as rare limited pieces with only 3-5 available for each colored edition. The “Rare Black Beeple” sold for 10 ETH, and the whole project itself earned almost half a million dollars in 4 days. That made Gino start researching NFTs for his solo work.

Since then, he dropped a few collections of NFTs as a solo artist, the first being the SurReals collection of drawings. These are some of his pen drawings with a solid color background to highlight each piece and give them different attributes. Each drawing is a limited edition of 100. The next drop he did, was his CryptoChameleons and his HODLS drop on Opensea. He started using his artwork and animating them as color-changing GIFs. The next one was a Crypto Gnomies Drop. He liked the pixel art that was trending and thought he would give it a shot. He was obsessed with Trolls when he was little and wanted to do something based on his collecting habits as a kid. He collects lawn gnomes now, and he thought he would combine the two and make a pixel collection based on this. Each gnome has different attributes, style, occupation, and colors. Gino even started making personalized gnomies for anyone who sends him a picture of themselves and their instagram.

The last drop he did is called MetaPunks. It’s a homage to the original crypto punks but juxtaposing his artwork with their faces. Each one is a look into the mind of what Gino thinks the psyche of that particular Crypto Punk is thinking about in the metaverse.

Gino sold quite a few NFTs already. He uses the money he has made off his drops to support and buy other artists’ NFTs and learn more about all the different capabilities NFTs can have. He’s been impressed with some of the projects he’s seen and is excited to add this tool more to his artistic life and to learn new ways to create more exciting art that would be amazing in the NFT world. “I am always looking to help, learn, and teach what I can to any artist entering this space. It’s been a great first few months for me, and I hope to meet more and more creators to see what else we can do. I love this NFT community, and I can’t wait to dive deeper into it.”

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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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