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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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In the Largest-ever NFT Drop, WAX will Distribute Ten Million Free NFTs

WAX will give out free NFTs to commemorate its success with a variety of companies on board and rising play-to-earn games.

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Despite the recent NFT market surge, WAX has received little attention. Solana and Flow have both had considerable accomplishments in the field, but Ethereum has high-dollar, headline-grabbing sales and most of the overall trading volume.

Despite the lack of publicity, WAX has quietly racked up impressive numbers. It now has the greatest smart contract transaction volume of any network, with DappRadar having recently reported about 18 million daily transactions. In addition, major brands such as Funko, Mattel, AMC, and Sony Pictures have used it for NFT drops.

WAX—short for Worldwide Asset eXchange—has also recently passed the 10-million-to-11-million-total-wallet-accounts-on-the-platform-mark and will celebrate by airdropping a total of 10 million free NFT collectibles to those wallets. It’s the most significant single NFT drop to date, and the first 10 million WAX wallet holders will get it for free.

The free NFTs are distributed across ten different digital pins, commemorating a different period in WAX’s history. The 10 million NFTs jointly mark the platform’s success up to this moment, from its mainnet launch in 2019 to its carbon-neutral accreditation, and even its recent cooperation with AMC and Sony Pictures for “Spider-Man: No Way Home.”

WAX CEO and co-founder William Quigley told Decrypt that the company planned to commemorate the wallet’s one-year anniversary with a large-scale drop that would be unfeasible on other major platforms. While the airdrop represents WAX’s history, he also wants it to demonstrate to companies that they can use its platform to execute initiatives involving millions of NFTs.

“Most individuals familiar with NFTs recognize that minting Ethereum NFTs is slow and expensive,” he explained. “So we reasoned: Well, no one has ever attempted to make 10 million NFTs. We’ve only done about 2.5 million Topps MLB baseball cards, but even that much outnumber anything done by other chains.”

According to Quigley, WAX had roughly 500,000 registered members at the end of 2020, so the current 10 million record implies a 20-fold growth in users in just over a year. Furthermore, according to data from DappRadar, the larger NFT market surged considerably in 2021, going from over $100 million in trade volume in 2020 to $23 billion last year.

He said that minting 10 million NFTs on Ethereum’s mainnet would be too expensive and that the “chain would have collapsed” due to the network’s low transaction throughput. He also chastised competitor chains: Solana experienced extended downtime in September. In addition, Ethereum sidechain scaling solution Polygon recently suffered rising costs due to a now-defunct play-to-earn game called Sunflower Farmers.

On DappRadar’s list of the most popular decentralized applications (dapps) by user count, WAX offers several play-to-earn games and other applications. While increased demand can put WAX to the test, Quigley says the blockchain platform has stayed online and functional.

“We’ve made it through, although it’s been quite difficult at times. WAX is still standing, “he stated. “You’ve got chains like Solana and Polygon whose entire raison d’être is their ability to scale. And [Polygon] couldn’t even handle one of the most popular learn-to-play games. There isn’t one. And there are many of them.”

WAX plans ahead

According to Quigley, WAX’s growing reputation as a destination for brands—which includes Reebok, Mattel, Capcom, and Atari—is partly due to the platform’s scalability and inexpensive pricing. But it’s also because of his team’s experience working with brands, including his previous role as Chief Financial Officer of Disney’s licensing division.

“When we communicate to brands about intellectual property management, we speak their language,” Quigley said. “We can safeguard their brands, and a lot of it boils down to trust.”

He expects interest in WAX’s “vIRL” NFT format, which stands for “Virtual in Real Life,” to rise in the future. It’s essentially an NFT digital twin that can be redeemed for a physical version of the product, and companies like Funko and Mattel have already used it in projects.

It’s excellent for high-demand products like shoes and streetwear, according to Quigley, because it eliminates some of the expenses and environmental effects of shipping things through many parties before they reach the end-user.

He also anticipates increased crypto gaming activity on WAX, especially as the nascent play-to-earn genre matures and expands into more affluent, more appealing game experiences. He understands why AAA game companies have been chastised for launching in-game NFT products and believes that such items have yet to add value to games.

“A lot of gamers dislike NFTs because they see them as money grabs,” he stated. “When it comes to AAA titles, I’d say that’s not far off.”

In the end, he believes that conventional, big video game publishers will lose out in the play-to-earn market. Instead, indie developers will create games with NFTs at their core, considering how the technology benefits users and experiences.

He anticipates rapid and significant evolution, much as he did with mobile and browser-based games.

“Indie game creators who embrace this technology will start building games that progress from primitive–almost like DeFi mechanics rather than games—to full-fledged video games,” Quigley added. “It’s very much a work-to-earn situation right now—there isn’t a lot of playing. Finally, however, we will be able to play-to-earn.”

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Mercedes-Benz Collaborates with NFT Artists to Commemorate the G-Class Series

Mercedes-Benz has enlisted the help of five NFT artists to create their unique interpretations of the G-Class.

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According to a tweet from Mercedes, the luxury automaker has teamed up with Art2People to produce a unique Mercedes-Benz NFT collection based on its G-Class car line.

Five NFT artists were commissioned to create G-Class-inspired works in various media, each unique design.

Music, fashion, graphic design, architecture, creative marketing, luxury design, and real estate are participating artists. Charlotte Taylor, Anthony Authie, Roger Kilimanjaro, Baugasm, and Antoni Tudisco from Germany are among the artists. The NFTs will be launched on Sunday by Nifty Gateway and Mercedes.

Mercedes isn’t the first major manufacturer to experiment with NFTs. McLaren announced its aim to use NFTs to produce virtual copies of its renowned F1 cars in June 2021. In addition, Coca-Cola created a one-of-a-kind NFT campaign to collect money for Special Olympics International in July 2021.

Mercedes-Benz isn’t the first company to experiment with blockchain technology. The automaker has launched a trial with blockchain company Circulor to ensure that cobalt emissions are traced throughout the supply chain.

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Participants in the NFT Market in the United States may Face Harsh Tax Penalties

As the NFT market grew in 2021, so did the tax questions for the next tax season.

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The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) wants a piece of the NFT loot. There is uncertainty over how NFT holders should be taxed, although tax experts estimate that taxes could be as high as 37%. According to James Creech, a tax attorney in San Francisco, “you don’t get to report earnings or losses because the IRS has failed to provide guidance that satisfies your expectations.”

According to Chainalysis, the NFT business would see $44 billion in transactions in 2021. Some artists made large profits, with one American artist selling an NFT for $69 million-plus royalties. This raises some concerns about how they ought to be taxed. Although the taxation of NFTs is not apparent at the moment, that does not mean they should not be declared on your tax return.

Those who failed to declare quarterly earnings from NFTs may be in for a rude awakening when penalties are imposed the next tax season. NFT owners can sell their NFTs on NFT marketplaces like Opensea or Rarible, and they may be liable to income tax of up to 37 percent when they do so. In addition, if NFTs use another cryptocurrency to purchase the NFT, they will owe capital gains taxes to the IRS.

Experts on taxation weigh in

NFT taxes are estimated to be worth billions of dollars, according to Arthur Teller, CEO of TokenTax. However, aside from the 37 percent income tax, the tax requirements are murky. For example, should they be taxed at the same rate as capital gains on art collectibles, currently 28 percent? Moreover, in light of Joe Biden’s proposed tax infrastructure package, the Treasury Department provides no detailed guidance on how NFTs will be taxed. According to Jarod Koopman, a director of the criminal investigation at the IRS, as a result, tax evasion may become a distinct possibility.

The IRS has issued general crypto tax guidelines

Notice 2014-21, 2014-16IRB938, Rev. Rul 2019-24, 2019-44 IRB1004, and ILM 20214020; the IRS explains how bitcoins are taxed. It should be noted that none of these include any mention of NFT. Section 61 of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) may necessitate the inclusion of creator income on the revenues of NFT sales and royalties. In contrast, Section 197 may allow amortization to buyers who use the NFT for business purposes. Buyers from other countries will be subject to local taxes. At the same time, if the copyright owners are citizens of the United States, they may be required to pay state and federal taxes on any royalties received.

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