nft wtf

NFT… WTF? Yes, it’s been a weird week filled with news articles about digital art selling for millions of dollars. Huh? Exactly. Well, after reading way too many articles that still didn’t really help me understand what an NFT is {Non-Fluffy-Towel?}, I invited my good friend, artist Trey Speegle, to come on the podcast to give us the inside scoop, because if anyone can put the FUN in “Non-FUNgible Tokens”, it’s Trey! He dipped his toe into the NFT pool this past Wednesday, so we talked on Tuesday for the “I wonder what’s going to happen” conversation, and then we hit record again on Friday for the “did anything happen or not” follow up! You can listen on the player above, or subscribe on Apple Podcasts and/or Spotify.

First up, here are a few of the vintage shadow boxes Trey was talking about… ah, where it all began:

This was the first of Trey’s work I ever saw… obviously, I fell in love immediately! Here are a few of his more recent pieces, from his “Political Animals” show:

GRAB is my favorite. So clever.

Alright, let’s get into it shall we? Here are a few of Trey’s freshly minted NFTs:

I really like the statement Trey wrote on the subject, so I popped that in there too. Wait, could he mint and sell that too!? Probably.

So, wanna see the NFT that sold for over $69 million at Christie’s on Thursday? Here you go:

“Beeple, EVERYDAYS: THE FIRST 5000 DAYS, 2021”. Congratulations, Beeple… this is definitely one for the art history books!

And finally, a quick peek at a couple of things. One: the piece I did for Trey’s “69/19” show at Gallery 52. One of the theme’s the artists could choose was Woodstock, and it called to me. Two: baby Lamonte and Lamonte celebrating his Sweet 16 in January:

Boobs, and an Ewok in a bowtie. You’re welcome. Thanks so much to Trey for coming on and sharing his NFT experiment with us, and thank YOU for listening! There will be a brand new episode of ART FOR YOUR EAR next weekend.

Other links:

  2. Trey on Instagram
  3. YoNo Mints
  4. Rarible 
  5. Christie’s Auctions
  6. Beeple, Artist
  7. Trey’s Post on NFTs
  8. Gallery 52 on Artsy
  9. My piece at Gallery 52 {boobs!}


comments (3)

  1. Marc Cardwell /// 03.15.2021 /// 1:09pm

    I’m listening to this podcast now. It was only 2-3 weeks ago Jessica Hische was asking about NFT art (on twitter), then a few days later she asked about the associated greenhouse effects w/ mining NFT, and the intervening week or so it’s all the news. Replying to her tweet about the environmental cost of mining, some posted the link below, which (as best as I can recall now) was about 2 weeks of energy usage for 1 person to mine an NFT.

    If you compare the cost of a single transatlantic flight, that’s more like what a small country uses in a week (I’m probably exaggerating, but the comparison is accurate). Anyway, I suspect this “ermahgawd, NFTs are gonna kill the planet!” is just sour grapes. Anyway that site’s info was removed and the site owner updated it w/ why they stopped providing in the information.

    We live in a crazy fast-moving world.

  2. the jealous curator /// 03.16.2021 /// 8:33am

    we sure do! thanks for the info, marc : )

  3. myron gilbert /// 03.31.2021 /// 11:41am

    Very interesting

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