You don’t have to be X Æ A-Xii to go shopping for the art world’s latest digital crypto obsession.
It took me a minute to understand cryptocurrency. I mean, the Dogecoin, blah blah, Elon Musk, I get it, but I still think a non-fungible token (NFT) sounds more like a kind of mushroom trade run by a bridge troll than the future of odorless, tasteless currency. What, you don’t lick your pennies?
“NFTs are proofs of ownership stored on the blockchain,” Ekin Genç explained for VICE, “that are supposed to show whose wallet owns which digital file, how much it cost to receive it, and who has previously owned it.” The price of NFTs, as they are attached to unique images, he continues, have skyrocketed recently with everyone from musicians to CryptoPunks, and other creatives churning them out. Consider British producer Mura Masa, who participated in an NFT art exhibition at the beginning of March 2021. “It’s fair enough saying, ‘Oh yeah, NFTs are a way for finance bros to buy crypto art for ridiculous money,’” he told VICE, “[but] the devaluation of art, music, creative work in general in the digital age is in my opinion a huge problem, and NFTs present a potentially interesting alternative to music streaming, etc.” So, call it what you will, but you can’t say that the art of crypto isn’t trying.
You can use various currencies to buy NFTs, including ye olde credit card, although the most common way they’re purchased is, unsurprisingly, with crypto. If you’ve never dabbled in crypto, check out well-vetted sites like Coinbase that will walk you through the steps of investing in currencies like Ethereum and Bitcoin. Above all, we’re here to dispel the myth that you have to be super rich or partake in Finance Bro Fall to dabble in the world of NFT art collecting. Turns out, there are tons of digital sellers and marketplaces for crypto art that feature rad pieces by people like you and me (so, bad! JK) and offer a range of themes and price ranges.
If you’re looking to cop some NFT art, the following vendors are a solid place to start, both for their range in price and content, and their familiarity. I mean, who doesn’t love eBay? Hop on the hoverboard, and let’s go shopping for some pixels.