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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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NFT Show Europe was all about innovators of the Future of the Internet: web 3.0, metaverse, blockchain, and digital art

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Valencia, October 10th 2022: NFT Show Europe, the leading event on Web 3.0, Blockchain, Metaverse and Digital Art took place in the futuristic venue of the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia, Spain. From the 17th to the 18th of September 2022, #NFTSE attracted over 2300 visitors from 59 countries.

The show featured a packed conference programme with world-renowned speakers. Topics covered included the use of Blockchain and Web 3.0 oriented technologies in traditional businesses, gaming, sports, fashion, art and collectibles, among others.

First edition beyond expectations

“The event showcased the very best in European talent, demonstrating the unstoppable growth of these technologies and its potential in both business and artistic innovation.” explains Patrick Cyrus, Marketing Manager of #NFTSE22.

“We already count with the support of big players such as Tezos, Polkadot, Zeroframe, Crypto Page, Block Ape Scissors or Wert. All of us were equally impressed with the level of potential collaborations and we are already looking forward to the next edition.”

NFT Show beyond Europe

#NFTSE gathers some of the most influential companies and artists to discuss the latest trends and developments. The event was a major boost for the web 3.0 industry companies, fostering new partnerships and collaborations, which helped to solidify its position as a major meeting point in this world.

With visitors from 59 countries attending, the event showcased the latest in blockchain and web3 technologies and its potential applications in the real world.

The speaker line-up was formed by industry leaders such as Takayaki Suzuki, CEO of Metatokio and Esen Tümer, Founder of Metaverse Hub. Other notable speakers included Hide Uehara, Director of Business Development for Square Enix or Sam Hamilton, the Creative Director of Decentraland Foundation.

Showcasing more than 170 artworks by artists such as Zancan, Solimán López, Pablo Alpe, Ulysses, A.L. Crego or Jenni Pasanen, the art exhibition included exclusive minting by fxhash.com, workshops, interactive installations, panel discussions and XR experiences.

Conclusions & Trends

“Web 3.0 technologies provide a way for users to create and interact with digital assets in a virtual space. These technologies have the potential to revolutionize many industries, including gaming, art and finance. NFT Show Europe provided a platform for leading experts to share their insights on those industries in a futuristic business-art atmosphere.” adds Esen Tümer, Founder of MetaverseHub based in Turkey, Istambul.

NFTs and crypto are transforming the art industry by providing creators with a new way to monetize their work and by giving collectors a new way to invest in art. They can be used to track and prove ownership of everything from digital art to in-game items. One of the barriers is the acquisition of cryptocurrencies which is already approached by companies such as Wert.

“We enable the consumers to purchase NFTs with credit or debit cards just like normal or virtual goods … if you’re in the NFT, Generative Art and Web 3.0 space (NFTSE) is just the perfect spot to do that.” explains George Basiladze, Founder of Wert.io.

There is no doubt that the web 3.0 users have the potential to change the way we live, work and play. By harnessing the power of the internet, these technologies can help us to connect with others in new and innovative ways and help us to access information and services that were previously out of reach. With the right support and investment, web 3.0 content will help us to create a more inclusive and connected world.

The producers of NFT Show Europe are already planning the next stages for 2023.

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Logan Paul’s unsuccessful NFT Investment: Over $620K to $10

Logan Paul, a well-known YouTuber, has lost millions of dollars as a result of the current crypto winter.

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Logan Paul, an American YouTuber, actor, and social media star, holds a $623,000 unrealized loss as a result of his investment in an NFT from the Azuki line.

Also unsuccessful is his involvement with cryptocurrency. The market collapse has reduced the value of his possessions by more than $500,000.

Losses in Logan Paul’s Critical Papers
The well-known YouTuber joined the cryptocurrency bandwagon last spring when the values of most assets were surging, just like many other people. A few months later, he spent almost $2.5 million on NFTs, joining the trend. The most expensive thing he bought was a piece from the Azuki collection, which cost him $623,000.

However, the YouTube celebrity has suffered significant financial losses as a result of the unstable state of the bitcoin market and the NFT niche, at least on paper. The Azuki NFT currently trades around $10, as Paul recently made known, a drastic decline that sparked debate in the cryptocurrency world.

Many Twitter users made fun of the celebrity for using non-fungible tokens to transact at a time when there was obviously excitement in the industry. Others asserted that digital collectibles are frauds and should not be purchased. Some, however, contend that the price decline is a result of the current bad market and that once the next bull run begins, the valuation will rise.

It’s important to note that the NFT transactions were booming at the time he purchased the things. OpenSea’s trade volume spiked to almost $500 million for a single day at one time last summer, but in recent months, it has struggled to reach $10 million.

Paul has added bitcoin and other alternative currency to his portfolio in addition to NFTs. He recently acknowledged that he had lost almost $500,000 on such investments when he first entered the ecosystem at its peak last year.

Unfortunately for others that followed suit, this year has seen a significant decline in the value of the cryptocurrency market, which now has a total valuation of less than $1 billion (down from $3 billion a year ago).

Millions are Lost by KSI
The British rapper JJ Olatunji, a.k.a. KSI, was another prominent YouTuber who was severely hurt by the crypto market decline.

When Terra’s native token, LUNA, began to fall in price in May, he took the chance to predict that the price will eventually rise again. When the asset was going for about $25, KSI invested $2.8 million of his wealth in it.

He had no idea that the token would keep declining and eventually fall to almost nothing, wiping away the rapper’s multi-million dollar investment.

KSI is a strong supporter of the cryptocurrency market, especially bitcoin. He claimed that BTC will be crucial to the monetary system of the future last year. The rapper continued, claiming that he would have given each UK citizen £100 worth of bitcoin if he were the Prime Minister.

BTC is the ideal investment vehicle in KSI’s opinion. He believes that after ten years, individuals who have some exposure to the asset will “be laughing”:

“I feel like a lot of people are trying to search for quick money like, ‘Oh, I want to get in and out,’ but they’re not really seeing that. I’m prepared to travel a considerable distance for this.

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Ford is getting ready to enter the Metaverse with digital cars and NFTs

A month after the company announced significant personnel reductions, it has filed a trademark application covering its future initiatives in the Metaverse and NFT space.

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Ford Motor Company, an American automaker, has filed 19 trademark applications across its key automobile brands as it prepares to enter the realm of nonfungible tokens (NFTs) and the Metaverse.

Mike Kondoudis, a trademark attorney licensed by the United States Patent and Trade Office (USPTO), disclosed in a tweet on Wednesday that the business had submitted a total of 19 trademark applications covering its car brands, including Mustang, Bronco, Lincoln, Explorer, and F-150 Lightning, among others.

The trademark applications include a projected online marketplace for NFTs and virtual versions of its businesses’ automobiles, trucks, vans, SUVs, and clothes.

Ford intends to produce digital images of its vehicles, SUVs, trucks, and vans that will be verified by NFTs, according to USPTO filings submitted by the automaker on September 2.

The business also disclosed plans for “downloadable virtual commodities,” or “computer programs,” that would include apparel, accessories, and parts for vehicles for usage in “online virtual environments,” such as virtual and augmented reality trade exhibitions.

Additionally, there are plans to develop an online marketplace for “others’ digital artwork” as well as “online retail shop services featuring non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and digital collectibles.”

Less than a month after Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford and CEO Jim Farley announced significant personnel reductions from its global workforce to decrease corporate expenses; Ford has decided to enter the Web3 area.

Ford isn’t the first automaker to enter the Metaverse market.

While premium automakers like Bentley and Lamborghini have already launched NFT collections, automakers including Nissan, Toyota, and Hyundai have indicated ambitions to enter the fast-expanding Metaverse market.

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