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When Thinking About a Genius, the Name Dino Tomic Comes to Mind

Salt, gun powder, tattoos, color pencils, UV lights, water…are just some of the mediums in the repertoire of this incredible artist that lately added NFTs to his portfolio.

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Dino is originally from Croatia, but he moved to Norway when he was just 15 years old. He says he’s been an artist for as long as he can remember, so art is what he lives and breathes every single day. Literally every day. There is a story behind that; when he was 16, he decided that he wants to become the best artist in the world in ten years by creating at least one art piece every day, whether it would be a drawing, painting, tattoo, etc…it didn’t really matter what, as long as his art game would be evolving. And boy, did it evolve! Dino became worldwide known with a sheer amount of practice and vast talent and got a huge following.

Dino is a strong advocate of hard work and going outside of your comfort zone, which is precisely what he did. He worked hard, especially on things that were challenging him at the time. For him, it was portraits. He was good at drawing monsters, but he states, “I was very bad at drawing portraits, and they looked terrible.”

I’m not sure I believe the guy, considering his masterpieces, but I guess his bar is raised so high that only perfection is deemed to be good enough. The number of art pieces he did over the years is unknown because there are so many that it’s almost impossible to get an exact count. The most mind-boggling thing about it is that all the available online pieces are just the ones Dino creates in his “spare time,” others are for clients that are not accessible to the public. Where does he find the time? Like said before, Dino’s inspiration for creating art are people who work hard, so the harder the work is, the better results. If you are passionate about something, you don’t consider it work, and you will always find the time to get better and eventually become really good at it. He says that it is funny how some people think it all just comes naturally because he is talented, but that is just wishful thinking.

“People see a painting and say, ‘wow, that’s a cool painting; I wish I could do that.’ Well, freaking stop wishing and start doing!”

Most of us don’t see all the sweat, blood, and tears that he had to put into his work to be in the position that he is in now. Speaking about that, his creations get millions of views online every day, and that became normal for him: “The first time, when my art got a million views, I remember my heart was beating fast, and I didn’t know what to do with myself, I didn’t know how to feel now, I mean, ‘a million people have seen what I’ve done!’ It is such a rush, such a strange feeling, that very, very few people get to experience. After a while, you kind of get numb to it, so today, if one of my pieces gets a million views, it’s just another day, it doesn’t really matter, I don’t even think about it; it just becomes so normal to you, that you get disconnected from that huge number.”

So, what Dino did, was only drawing portraits until he got them down to a tee. His goal was to become versatile and good at everything that concerns art, but even so, Dino is different than your average artist. By that, I mean he uses all kinds of mediums, from “normal” ones to really extraordinary ones. We’re talking salt, gunpowder, and dust on dirty cars, neon lights, artworks on the pavement using water, and “some kind of magic trickery”; you name it, and he will do it! He plans to do even more grandiose stuff in the future, like art on water and in the sky. We can’t wait to see it!

If you thought that this is all…think again! Dino also owns a tattoo shop with his girlfriend, Mina. It really seems like the day has 30 hours for this guy. His tattoo journey started when he was 17 years old and did a tiny tattoo on himself. He was practicing it like any other artwork. He would do it in layers, in different techniques, and he would take the knowledge he learned from other mediums such as color pencils and oil paintings, then he would try to apply it in the tattoo space. That was a little bit challenging because obviously, human skin is not the same as a sheet of paper, but with time he improved vastly, and his tattoos look just as awesome as his other artwork. Dino being Dino, his tattoos are a lot different and unique compared to other tattoo artists since his art background covers so many different mediums. The craziest fact about it is that he does it free-hand! That means he doesn’t use stencils, just the needle directly onto the skin and consent, plus the customer’s trust. Sign me up!

Slight confession here: I am in no way an art guru or connoisseur, but I am so amazed by Dino and his artwork that I cannot emphasize enough what a genius this man is. His artwork is so out of the box that it kind of reminds me of a sci-fi movie or a vision that only the most talented and hardworking artist can paint in their mind and then transfers it into an art piece. We at NFThours don’t know what the future holds for him and his artwork, but we know one thing for sure…when thinking about a genius, visionary, pioneer, one name comes to mind: Dino Tomic.

Check out Dino’s amazing work:

https://www.dinotomic.com/

https://opensea.io/assets/venomized-card-collection

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3yWCfvAbFSeP-bW35lfJsg

https://twitter.com/AtomiccircuSart?s=09

https://foundation.app/dinotomic

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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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