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Crypto Futurism Converged Pop Culture Rolling Stone Live: Los Angeles

By on February 23, 2022 0

You may have blinked and missed a multidisciplinary artist Domino among the crowd of revelers at rolling stones pre-Super Bowl party. As hundreds of LA’s most influential people strolled between the event’s star-studded performances, cordoned-off areas and red carpets, digital art darling Domino could be found examining the non-fungible art adorning the walls of main sponsor Coinbase, well, base. Of course, IAnne Dior maybe the outside stage was 100 feet up, but here’s a room showcasing some of the most exciting contributions to the NFT landscape…including Domino’s.

The allegiance between rolling stone and Coinbase served as further evidence of the “Crypto Bowl” – so named because the coveted Super Bowl commercial airtime was virtually dominated by new advertisers: cryptocurrency companies. Coinbase itself was no exception. Not only its bouncing QR code promotion afterwards crash the appbut the brand refused to allow an early convergence of sports, technology and entertainment without including NFTs – the newest and hottest way to diversify its investment portfolio.

As such, Domino is among 12 creators recruited to collaborate on an exclusive coin available to Coinbase Wallet users in the party. This type of release represents exclusive access to the major NFT leagues, or for long-time collectors, the chance to get another piece of history. But for Domino, musician, magician and artist, who sold his first NFT in 2021, the market is much more than a cash grab.

“A lot of people still see a chance to get rich quick, but for me it’s always been about community,” he explains. “While I trained in so many different trades; performance, design, film, all of which taught me a lot, I owe my NFT momentum to community events like Twitch streams and building relationships with other artists.

Atmosphere at Rolling Stone Live: Los Angeles presented by Coinbase held at Academy LA on February 12, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.

Wes and Alex for Rolling Stone

Domino sold 20-25 NFTs in the first two months, the first for one ETH (around $3,000, which takes 96 days to mine), the second for two, and so on. He would go on to generate $120,000 in sales and over 3 million interactions for his music project, Presence, Vol. 1, in three weeks. He acknowledges his stratospheric growth in his works for the Coinbase collaboration: a series of self-portraits depicting his journey.

“It was interesting to watch because it went from digital art to joke to sale at Chrysties [for] $60 million. I feel like the next step is the music – how will the Grammys recognize that kind of movement?

Surrounding Domino in the Coinbase camp are submissions from his peers. There are KidEight, a graphic designer and animator whose cherub EVOL creation sells in minutes for tens of thousands. In this case, a threatening EVOL is a rolling stone cover star, adorned with his signature ski goggles and Cuban link chain. Then there’s the Emmy Award-winning animated graphic artist Emonee LaRussa, which counts among its collaborators Kanye West and Lil Nas X, with a mind-blowing holographic. famous surrealist Jeff Manning continues his exploration of Afrofuturism with a golden harp, while industry darling and Apple favorite Elise Swopes abstractly reinvents an urban landscape.

Atmosphere at Rolling Stone Live: Los Angeles presented by Coinbase held at Academy LA on February 12, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.

Atmosphere at Rolling Stone Live: Los Angeles presented by Coinbase held at Academy LA on February 12, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.

Rich Polk for Rolling Stone

In full color-block glory is a standout piece of Boss beauties. Unlike other offerings, Boss Beauties is led by a wife-husband duo, who work in conjunction with an artist to portray female empowerment. Co-founded by Lisa Mayer to benefit My Social Canvas, her non-profit organization that provides young women with mentorship and scholarships, the Boss Beauties collection features female role models throughout history alongside women simply living their truth. For Rolling Stone x Coinbase, they conceptualized a “Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll” – with a WAGMI pin (an acronym rallying cry for the crypto community meaning “We’re all gonna make it through”). Co-founder Anthony Furlong hopes Boss Beauties is just the beginning when it comes to mission-focused NFTs.

“A lot of these projects will give back to charities after their initial launch, but that’s not really integrated into what they do – whereas that’s where we come from,” he explains. “We want people to sell the Boss Beauties and pay off their student loans.”

“It’s still the original mission, but we want to expand it globally,” adds Lisa Mayer. “We want to empower women everywhere to be whatever they want to be.”

Collaborative NFT will soon be animated and re-released on Coinbase’s NFT Marketplace. Contributors are excited about their public availability and the evolution of the NFT Ethereum blockchain, which they believe will soon adopt a “proof of stake” system that is more environmentally friendly, more circulatory and requires less time. electricity. As for the suite of non-fungible tokens, like many of us, they can’t really talk about what’s in store for them. But for now, they’re just happy to be in the room.