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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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Instagram Issues A Warning To A Colombian NFT Artist For Selling Cocaine NFTs

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NFTs have increased in popularity to the point where they are now one of the most well-known selling methods online. Due to the ease with which these NFTs may be minted, people are now selling photos of everything. People have sold everything from terrible rock photographs to NFTs. To a $250k Instagram influencer who is selling her love as an NFT. The NFT craze has even reached children. For example, 12-year-old Benjamin Ahmed made six figures selling an NFT series called Weird Whales that he designed.

There appears to be no limit to what can be marketed as NFTs on the Internet at this time. Camilo Restrepo, a Colombian artist, has now demonstrated no limit to what can be coined and sold as NFTs.

Cocaine NFT For Sale

Medellin-based On June 17th, Restrepo began minting and selling cocaine NFTs. The NFTs were 3D images of white rectangles offered as part of the NFTa series, dubbed “a ToN oF coke” by the artist. The white rectangles represented one-kilogram cocaine bundles, which are commonly used to sell hard drugs. Buyers also get to keep the cocaine packs’ NFTs. About 1,000 of these NFTs were produced by Restrepo and were intended to be sold as part of the same series.

Every “bag” of NFT cocaine that the artist sold was supposed to be documented on social media. Restrepo, on the other hand, quickly discovered that his main issue would be marketing. Specifically, he is using social media sites to advertise his art.

Every time the artist posted a sale of an NFT on platforms like Twitter, Restrepo would find that the post was soon after taken down or his account shut down. This happened after the artist had his account reported after posting the sale of cocaine NFT. Moving to Instagram, the artist ran into pretty much the same problem with the image-dominated social media platform.

Restrepo has already had two of his cocaine NFT posts removed. With a warning that if he made the third post, his account would be removed forever if it was taken down. As a result, the artiste’s social media promotion is practically impossible. “I guess the algorithm doesn’t get the difference between crypto cocaine and the actual thing,” the artist told Input Mag of the Instagram warning.

Money Laundering?

It has long been assumed that the widespread acceptance of NFTs is due to their use as a means of money laundering. In addition, cryptocurrencies have been linked to the illegal drug trade. As a result, Colombian banks have made it challenging to purchase cryptocurrency in the country. Although the artist devised a workaround by having the Ethereum used to pay for his NFTs returned to his buyers, who would then send Colombian pesos to his bank account in exchange for the cryptocurrencies.

Mr. Whale, a well-known crypto expert, brought attention to the usage of NFTs for money laundering last month. According to the analyst, wealthy people were merely utilizing these NFTs to shift their ill-gotten money through a channel that cleaned it up and made it look legal. Mr. Whale likened the approach to how money is laundered through the use of physical art. And it’s easy to see where the analyst is coming from, given the high quality of the art being sold for millions of dollars as NFTs.

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A YouTuber has Exchanged his Tesla Roadster for an NFT

“Looking back in a year, two years, or three years, this could be a monumentally idiotic decision, but it could also be a fantastic decision,” Dan Markham said.

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Dan Markham, the creator of the What’s Inside YouTube channel with seven million subscribers, has swapped his Tesla Roadster for a single nonfungible token.

Markham traded a blue Tesla Roadster — which he claimed may be worth “a quarter-million dollars pretty soon” — for a nonfungible token of a “positive porcupine” in a video posted to his What’s Inside Family channel on Sept. 15. The NFT was created as part of the VeeFriends project and is owned by Eli Burton, the creator of the graphic novel The Adventures of Starman.

“Looking back in a year, two years, three years, it may be a monumentally idiotic decision, but it could also be a fantastic decision. I feel these automobiles will hold their worth for a long time, and I am a firm believer in NFTs.”

YouTuber added:

“It’s a picture for a car — clearly he’s getting the better end of this deal.”

Before learning of Markham’s offer, Burton said he had planned to sell the digital painting for more than $100,000. But, according to the graphic novelist, trading the NFT for the car was “as simple as supply and demand,” as there were 10,000 tokens available at a starting price of $60,000 apiece. VeeFriends has a list of 40 porcupines that seem alike in a range of settings.

“Having it makes practically no difference in terms of money – whether it’s in a collector automobile or a collectible NFT — it’s still collectible,” Markham said.

Even though the two collectors exchanged NFTs on the blockchain, the transaction was primarily conducted in the real world, with Markham physically handing Burton the Tesla’s paper title and key. The porcupine is presently listed on OpenSea with a top bid of 16.339 Wrapped Ether (WETH) — around $56,445 at the time of publication — but Markham stated that he intends to keep the NFT in order to obtain access to a VeeFriends token holders-only conference.

NFTs have also been linked to physical collectibles by certain cryptocurrency users. For example, in July, an entrepreneur held simultaneous auctions for an Apple co-founder Steve Jobs job application and an NFT. The actual paper sold for $343,000, while the NFT received a final bid of 12 Ether (ETH), or $27,460 at the moment.

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NFTs Inspired by Freddie Mercury is Being Released to Benefit an AIDS Charity

On the 75th anniversary of his birth, the renowned musician is honored with a special NFT collection.

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Four digital collectible artworks inspired by the late Freddie Mercury will be auctioned soon. On what would have been the singer’s 75th birthday, the auction will take place.

Blake Kathryn, Chad Knight, Mat Maitland, and MBSJQ contributed artwork to the collectibles. SuperRare, a digital art marketplace, will host the timed auction. It will go live on September 20th and will last 75 hours, according to the organizers.

Furthermore, the auction earnings will benefit the Mercury Phoenix Trust, an AIDS charity. The nonprofit was formed in remembrance of the singer by Queen band members Brian May and Roger Taylor and band manager Jim Beach.

Three of the NFTs in the collection feature images of the performer himself. The fourth image depicts a white grand piano with a crown on the seat and a goldfish pond in the background.

Both SupreRare and the charity linked the effort to Mercury’s inventiveness in a joint statement. “When Freddie Mercury died, he left the world an obvious artistic brief. ‘You can do whatever you want with my work as long as you don’t bore me.’

NFT Commemorations

The popularity and activity of the NFT market has exploded in the recent year. These digital collectibles took over key mainstream industries, resulting in the emergence of a digital metaverse. Some, such as Tether’s co-founder, predict that in the future, “every consumer product will have an NFT.”

Like the Freddie Mercury NFT, various examples of this technology have been deployed in space for commemorative and charitable objectives.

Beeple, a well-known digital artist, sold an NFT for $6 million and donated the earnings to the OpenEarth Foundation. Pele, a Brazilian footballer, also sold NFTs as digital trading cards and donated the proceeds to his charity.

NFTs also allow for the creation of a digital capsule or a remembrance of something or someone. For example, Russel Simmons and Snoop Dogg just released an NFT anthology honoring hip-hop music pioneers. Never-before-seen artwork and music from industry giants were featured in The Masterminds of Hip Hop.

Commemorative NFTs are popular outside of the music industry as well. Unreleased images of Kobe Bryant were put up for auction as NFTs in August. Bryant was photographed while he was an 18-year-old basketball player.

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