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In a Sea of NFTs, there’s a Combination of Comics, Animation, Hip Hop, and Culture coming!

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The NFT marketplace has created a modern-day renaissance allowing artists to push the boundaries of art. It makes sense as art has evolved beyond frescoes, canvas, and even pencil on paper. Art and the mediums we use to create have started to reflect the power of technology available to artists.  

With technology by our side, we are no longer held back by flat 2D art, murals on a wall, or even animation on a streaming platform. Artists love to push creativity further and further past what we are used to; that is their job, and the multitude of 10,000 derivative collections are proving it every day. Now, a team with a coder, an artist, and a smooth social media manager are creating large collections with gamified tokens, derivatives, variations, iterations, and utilities. 

The Skully series is a collection of skulls drawn with passion and love for the subcultures that have fed DTM’s imagination for decades. From the decadence of the ’70s to the pop of the ’80s and the materialistic nature of the ’90s, the inspiration for this series spans multiple genres, mediums, and categories. 

The common denominator in the Skully Series is that each part of these subcultures has fed the imagination of DTM and is evident in his renditions of each Skully. DTM has also decided to take the time to draw these iconic characters by hand, each one individually. This makes the Skully Series a limited edition of sorts; the series can only go as far as the speed of his hands. And the speed of the hands of other artists, as they have joined the project to honor those who have inspired the stories we tell in movies, TV shows, animation, and comics. 

The Skully series is initially inspired by the tradition and religion surrounding DTM’s beginnings; skulls are part of the fabric of growing up in East LA among murals that tell the stories of the Aztecs, myths of gods that raised humans from the ashes of one era to another and countless skulls. Skulls line up the art and ruins across the Aztec/Ancient Mexican landscape. 

When the formative years of DTM’s art career also include boomboxes, Adidas shell toes, and comic books, lots of comic books, the result is a mashup, a remix of art, music, and culture, and skulls.  

The Skully Series includes iconic characters from Music, Art, Film, and TV, plus Aztec and Pop Culture. First, on the list of characters you would recognize are Bob Ross, Tron, and Eazy E. Some of the characters that will take some historical digging are Tezcatlipoca and Mictēcacihuātl, the Aztec Gods. 

Oh yeah, there is a bit of Aztec flair peppered through some of these Skullys. Another of DTM’s mashup ideas to bring the old into the new, he calls the style Azteca Moderno. 

The Skully Series is like no other NFT collection. No algorithms, No Gimmicks, No Games. Just a collection of art for those who feel the connection to art, memories of moments when an icon was made, plus a deep love for building community. A community invested in seeing the Skully Series experiment grow where art always takes us beyond our comfort zone. 

Find the Skully Series on IG, Twitter, and SkullySeries.art for more info on the artists, the collection, and the NFT drop. You don’t want to miss this because there will be many more 10,000 derivative collections to come, but none will be like the 144 Skullys. 

DTM, aka DeltaTangoMike, is a 2D illustrator working in various mediums creating character art for projects from animation and comics to children’s books. The Skully Series is his first NFT project, but it is not the last. 

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OpenSea and Kakao’s Klaytn collaborate to expand NFT across Asia

Klaytn, a Singapore-based public blockchain platform, and OpenSea, a non-fungible token (NFT) market, established a cooperation on Friday to support the Asian NFT ecosystem.

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  • In order to showcase Asian NFT initiatives to a worldwide audience, the alliance involves conference collaborations and ecosystem awards.
  • The largest NFT marketplace in the world supports four blockchains: Klaytn, Polygon, Solana, and Ethereum.
  • The blockchain subsidiary of South Korean internet behemoth Kakao, Ground X, founded the Klaytn Foundation.
  • On its central bank digital currency (CBDC) pilot project, the Bank of Korea collaborates with Ground X.

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Shopify Expands Online Retailers’ NFT-Gated Options

Brands are able to increase the exclusivity of their shops thanks to the e-commerce platform.

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The future of e-commerce, according to Shopify, is in NFTs.

As a new option for brands wishing to make their stores more exclusive, the online retail behemoth, which enables small businesses to construct customized e-commerce shops, is providing NFT-gated storefronts, Shopify announced on Wednesday.

In the Shopify introduction video, which includes a skating woman who passes through a pastel portal and transforms into a Doodles NFT, a voiceover urges viewers to “invite their communities into a world that acknowledges and rewards devotion.”

The video explains that token holders can access special shopping opportunities by connecting a cryptocurrency wallet, including early access to drops and limited collections as well as one-of-a-kind experiences and other surprises.

Only individuals with existing NFT collections are able to apply for early access to Shopify’s “gm” shop, which is a gated merchandise store and a play on the Crypto Twitter acronym for “good morning.”

However, those that haven’t received approval yet can still integrate NFT token-gating apps like Shopthru or Single into their Shopify sites.

Shopify announced that it has already collaborated with the Adam Bomb Squad, Doodles, World of Women, Invisible Friends, Superplastic, Stapleverse, and Cool Cats NFT collections to develop token-gated shops as part of its token-gated business launch.

Shopify is introducing “IRL” token-gating in brick-and-mortar stores in addition to online token-gating, which restricts access to certain merchandise to authorized NFT holders exclusively.

Why is this important? The future of Web3 commerce will focus on exclusivity, for one thing. NFTs, which are distinctive blockchain tokens that denote ownership over an asset, are increasingly employed as membership cards, tickets to events, and “keys” to open benefits, despite the fact that they are frequently oversimplified as digital art or “jpgs.”

Additionally, this isn’t Shopify’s first venture into NFTs: The business has been involved with Web3 since last year, when it announced the launch of NFT sales on its platform. Brands can mine and sell NFTs on Shopify to clients using the Ethereum, Polygon, Solana, or Flow platforms.

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OpenSea, beware—Uniswap is pushing into NFTs

The NFT aggregation platform Genie is being purchased by Uniswap Labs, the organization that created the Ethereum-based decentralized exchange Uniswap.

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In a Bankless interview on Tuesday, Uniswap founder and CEO Hayden Adams said, “We’re attempting to transfer what we brought to the ERC-20 market to the NFT sector.”

You can buy NFTs—individual blockchain tokens that represent ownership—on a variety of different marketplaces, such as OpenSea, LooksRare, or Coinbase NFT. However, few allow consumers to buy many things at once, and none provide aggregation tools that let traders view listings on competing marketplaces.

According to Uniswap Labs on Twitter, “We see NFTs as another form of value in the burgeoning digital economy, and it’s a no-brainer for us to integrate them.”

The NFT aggregator Gem, which also enables customers to acquire numerous NFTs in a single transaction, was purchased by OpenSea just two months prior to the announcement of its acquisition by Genie. OpenSea intends to incorporate NFT aggregation functions into its primary platform, just like Uniswap.

A new tab dedicated to NFTs will be added to Uniswap’s main website later this year as part of the company’s push into NFTs, according to a statement from the company. Additionally, NFTs will be included in its developers’ APIs and widgets.

Uniswap Labs intends to airdrop an unspecified quantity of the stablecoin USDC to Genie’s early backers as a way to commemorate its acquisition. By April 15th, USDC will be given to everybody who had utilized the platform at least once or owned a Genie Genesis NFT. (The business had earlier tweeted that Genie Gem owners were eligible for the airdrop.)

Uniswap entered the NFT market for the first time in 2019 with Unisocks, an NFT that granted holders access to a real pair of socks.

The largest NFT market, OpenSea, has a floor price for Unisocks of 13 ETH (about $15,300) at the time of writing.

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