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Not All Heroes Wear Capes; From Homeless to NFT Artist

This is the story of Deborah “GypsyOwl” Bryan, who went through quite a few obstacles in her life and is now helping others in need with her NFT art.

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Deborah has been an artist for as long as she can remember. In college, she discovered that art was her pathway to inner balance and, ultimately, inner joy. She began professionally creating art in the early ‘90s during a difficult transition in her life. Deb did not plan to become a professional artist. The opportunity evolved from her creating, sharing, and being open to doing commissioned work. 

“As my art evolved, I realized I enjoyed creating abstract pieces, using nature for inspiration. I consistently learned from nature, took countless photos, and used the photos to create my own different mediums.” Today, her work combines acrylics physical, multiple app photo art digital, and crafting creations. “I believe life is art, and art is, for myself, the path to inner peace. Therefore, I choose to create daily.”

“I have been homeless more of my life than seems possible. During some of these times, I created digital art to continue my daily creative time, when supplies and space were not available.” In 2015 she secured a semi-permanent shelter as a caregiver and built a Creativity Time Today network to support others who are also using art as a personal development tool. She recently completed certification and training and started The Joy Broker (a coaching service).

“When I discovered the emerging NFT Art concept, I knew extraordinarily little about cryptocurrency or blockchain. I became increasingly interested in being a part of it all. I realized I had already created digital pieces that translate well into the NFT Artspace.” They have not been released before now. When asked, she honestly had no idea why she was not ‘doing anything with them. There were times she would criticize herself for not doing something with them. “Now I know why I was saving them! “She fired away as the NFTs grow more popular in the mainstream culture.

Some of her digital art is being minted, while others are becoming the inspiration for new work to mint. Her NFT Art Gallery is on OpenSea.io/accounts/GypsyOwl, where pieces can be purchased before the official drop by making an offer. 

Her Genesis Drops are now part of a lifetime desire to facilitate a Homeless Support Funding project to help the homelessness support services in the area. From all the proceeds and royalties collected throughout 2021, she will be disbursing 50% to one of three charities (including PATH, Empower Tehama, and Habitat for Humanity). This will allow her to give back to the community so that others, who are still experiencing difficulties, might benefit.

“I, too, once felt overwhelmed by homelessness and did not believe I could overcome it. I have, by Grace, and adopting a ‘never give up attitude and practice. Now I desire to give back.”

All NFT Art pieces she creates are meaningful to her, and a description of each piece in the gallery summarizes this. So far, her top favorite pieces are Super Powers Activated, Infinity Owl Copper, and Wish Cycle. 

“Super Powers Activated is symbolic of the process I have experienced while discovering and activating my talents and learning skills I needed to develop in my life, business, and inner journey. I believe we all have superpowers. This is an inspirational piece to remind us to activate them. Sometimes it is as simple (yet not easy) as the process of sitting still, breathing, and summoning them.”

Deborah created infinity Owl Copper with a copper ornament photograph. She made the ornament after her mom passed away, and she was processing the inner emotional overwhelm. The ornament is still in her collection. She translated the photo into the results she experienced through long hours of sitting, creating, exploring, and accepting another significant change in her life. 

“The Wish Cycle piece is a study of the natural inspiration I use to understand the stages of claiming abundance. The seeds, small plants, a bud, a bloom, and the promise of the cycle of stages, that ultimately allow for the abundance that allows us to use and to share with others.”

Her fondest hope is to create art in all areas of life that inspire and serve. She is passionate about helping the poor and homeless in the community as she was supported during her own homeless experience. “By creating NFT Art, I hope to provide an asset for collectors while also funding my cause.”

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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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