Issue #28
Week 12 2021

Xcopy
story

It seems like every week that passes we cover a new NFT sales record. It also seems like every week I keep repeating this exact line! On Wednesday March 24 2020, a new record was set on SupeRare. The piece 'Death Drip' by XCOPY sold on the secondary market for 1,000 ETH.

QmPVw2vcVnj7vYHc6Esk1kRpQTVxL6KEgc5bmF6PFjR4Xi

Who bought it?

The piece was bought by  4156, the same person who previously bought Ape Punk #4156 for 650 ETH. The piece was minted back in 2017 and is considered an OG to SuperRare. Back then, it was purchased for only 0.7 ETH by Jmahh. Talk about hodling! Jmahh made over $1 million just by holding onto the piece for three years.

This isn’t just a big sale for XCOPY and 4156 either. ‘Death Dip’, the latest record-setting NFT sale on SR, marks yet another considerable milestone for the SuperRare team, their platform, and the community as a whole.

This record sale helped make this the highest sales volume day ever on SuperRare. It is incredible how much it appreciated by.  

Of course it’s no longer just participants of the NFT space who are familiar with these once obscure crypto artists. Christies $69 Million Beeple NFT sale blew the doors off of all previous NFT sales records. Seemingly paving the way for more and more compartmentalized record setting action to follow. Even now, in the days following the ‘Death Dip’ sale, SuperRare volume continues to impress.

XCOPY-OpenSea

Who is XCOPY? 

XCOPY, the London-based crypto artist and enthusiast, is among the latest groundbreaking talents in the NFT space to gain significant recognition. He is one of the pioneers of the crypto art scene. In fact, his works were some of the first mints on SuperRare, dating all the way back to 2017. A time when people didn’t even know what NFTs were. Long before the cash grab of celebrities like Soulja Bitch.

His most limited edition works have all recently been scooped up on secondary markets, though some pretty awesome low count editions on Known Origin might still be available. You can also check out his Rarible drops as well as OpenSea listings.

One of his most interesting collections is the “lost” xcopies. These three pieces are survivors of a now-defunct Digital Objects platform where they were minted. Somehow, Opensea has been able to keep them alive. 

Last-Human-Police-2039-
New-Teeth-2033-
Hackproof-2049

After this newfound success XCOPY is a shoe-in for the next Christie’s auction. It would sure be great for the crypto art community to have an OG like XCOPY recognized there!

We can't express just how important this sale is.

We love XCOPY for his dedication to the craft, his amazing art, and his true support for freedom of speech and expression!

We certainly are not the only ones interested to see which of the obviously revolutionary, long-followed crypto enthusiasts and artists get the attention we know they deserve next...

SHARE

Moxsly

The Legend of Straybits

How many people have seen this CryptoPunk account?

CryptoPunks-Sold

Most people who have can’t help but wonder.
‘Where is he now?’
‘Does he know what they’re worth now?’

Well wonder no longer. We were recently given a special chance to sit down with perhaps the original OG CryptoPunk, Moxsly.

Dr.Terminus: Thanks for taking the time to talk with me Moxsly. I know you have a very unique story which a lot of people are curious to know. I’m sure you have a lot to go over so please, start by telling us about how your journey began.

Bird-Friends-Play

Moxsly: Well, in early 2017 my romantic partner and I split ways, my cat died, and my rental lease was up. I decided to take some time doing the digital nomad thing for a while. I quit my security engineering job, sold a bunch of stuff. Then I used about half of my savings to buy as much ETH as I could. I'd returned from visiting some family in Alaska for a few weeks and was staying with some other family before I took off for Southeast Asia. That’s when I came across a Mashable article about the first art on the blockchain: CryptoPunks.

Masthead-CryptoPunks

Dr.Terminus: I read that article too. Only I think you found it a little sooner than I did! So you quickly decided you were going to claim?

Moxsly: I loved the idea and what they were about and I almost immediately started claiming Punks. The first one I claimed was 2077 since Cyberpunk 2077 had just been announced. After taking note in the project description that there was exactly one Alien with a Pipe, I set to work sifting through all the Punks to find him (it was very manual in that day...no easy attribute categories or anything) and to my surprise he was unclaimed!

Alien-Punk-7804

Moxsly: Shockingly, after quickly searching I was able to claim all the other Aliens except the one with the cowboy hat (claimed by someone we haven't seen again unfortunately) and the one that the Devs had claimed for their reserve. Next, I started claiming Apes. Seven on my straybits.eth wallet. Once all the Apes were claimed, I grabbed a few more assorted attributes like tiaras and hoodies. I also grabbed a few cool numbers like 3141 and 2600. I figured that was plenty and I should stop to let others claim. By the following day, all 10,000 Punks were claimed! Just a few days later I left for Sri Lanka, where I adventured for the next two months. Occasionally after days exploring, and when the internet worked in the guest house where I was staying, I'd hang out in the Larva Labs Discord channel to chat with some of the other early claimers.

01-Sri-Lanka-Lions-Rock
Lions Rock
02-Sri-Lanka-Pillars
Ancient Wooden Columns
03-Sri-Lanka-Kings-Pool
Ancient Ruins Bathing Pool
05-Sri-Lanka-Tailor
Sri Lanka Tailor

Dr.Terminus: I remember early Discord members were definitely coming at you for those Aliens...

Moxsly: I kept getting larger and larger bids on the Aliens. A few ETH here and there (which was a ton, or so it seemed to us back then, just slinging silly things called Punks). Eventually I got some pretty large bids on them, for 8 or 10 ETH. Finally, I sold one. While I was still in Sri Lanka, still very involved with Punks, I spent a day every week visiting a dutch forest buddhist monk named Nyanatusita. We talked philosophy a lot, but also we talked a lot about blockchains, cryptocurrency, smart contracts, and CryptoPunks! He was very interested, curious, and surprisingly tech oriented.

Dr.Terminus: I was stunned when I saw the price of the first Alien to sell. I had so little extra money to invest, I could only hope to have 10 full ETH, let alone be able to put 10 ETH towards an Alien JPEG! What next?

Moxsly: Eventually I sold a few more with the understanding that if I hoarded them all, it wouldn't be good for the project. Some of that Alien ETH was also donated to the EFF as part of an agreement. After long enough, I was down to just 7804, the Alien with the pipe. So I moved on to slowly selling some of the Apes during my travels. I didn't need the ETH to keep traveling and extending my stay, though I believe there were rumors this was my reasoning. I had always planned to basically travel indefinitely. So I carried on like this.

India-Driver
India – Driver
India-Holi
India - Holi Celebration
10-Per-Pop-Golden-Langur-Vietnam
Vietnam - 10 % of all Golden-headed Langurs
Komodo-Dragon
Komodo Dragon

Moxsly: Eventually, the seven Apes were all sold too. By then I was traveling to much more remote areas in Indonesia, India, and Nepal, with much less time to chat online and worry about Punks. Crypto-winter also took some of the wind out of me. So I put crypto in general out of my mind for a while and worked on getting some security certs and doing more remote consulting work. It took me a year, but I ended up earning the OSCP, OSCE, and OSWE from Offensive Security, which was a lot of fun! Since COVID began I've been hunkered down in Indonesia, waiting to move to another country. With some of my idle time, and with crypto back from it’s long winter, I dove back in. When I learned that Christie's had earmarked CryptoPunks as a historical milestone in the world of art (paraphrasing) it kind of took my breath away. I saw how much the Aliens and Apes had sold for and I can't say I didn't have some regrets. It was surreal to see the avatar I'd used for years, go from a fun little Ethereum art project, to suddenly selling for 4,200 ETH and becoming world famous… I also know it was important to have let them go. Otherwise, CryptoPunks may not be what they are today.

Dr.Terminus: I certainly agree. I believe the entire CryptoPunk community owes early members like you a tremendous deal of thanks.

Indonesia-Labuan-Bajo
Indonesia - Labuan Bajo
Punk-Ape-Thumbs-Up
Ape Punk
Indonesian-Punks
Indonesian Punks
Komodo-Island-Tokek-Gecko
Tokek Gecko

Moxsly: Once back into crypto, and diving back into my Punks, I found I still had a few tiaras, a couple others, but none on par with Aliens or Apes. Or so I thought... I was digging back through some old Txs, trying to find a smart contract I'd interacted with once. It was ‘Initial Pixel Offering’. The project is bust now, but it was there I realized that I'd claimed an Ape in a second wallet which I'd completely forgotten about! I dug it out, and sure enough, an Ape with a cowboy hat, #5577 was there patiently waiting.

CryptoPunk-5577

Dr.Terminus: Yesss!

Moxsly: So I've put him up for sale and now I am patiently waiting for someone to adopt him as their avatar. I've been hanging out with the new and lively Discord punks who have entered the world of CryptoPunks, as well as exploring other NFTs and platforms like Ether Cards and Art Blocks (run by our own OG punk Snowfro, who is a true visionary!) I've even minted some of my photography on 'The Foundation’. It’s mostly experimental long exposure light paintings and trippy color infrared film photography so far, but I'll likely mint some of my photos from more of my wanderings at some point.

Moxsly: I’m thrilled to be welcomed back, and even been gifted an incredible Raster Eyes hand crafted avatar + GIF commemorating my return! It is great to be back with the Punk’s community, more vibrant than ever! While I am selling my rediscovered Ape, I will always hold some Punks, and will never be Punkless!

GeorgeTown-CryptoPunk

Dr.Terminus: Absolutely incredible story Moxsly. I am so happy you claimed that Ape Cowboy in a second wallet! ‘Stray bits’ for the win right?! Thank you very much for sharing with us all.

legend-of-moxsly

You are a living legend Moxsly, and a true punk for life. I’m sure we’ll be seeing you around :)

SHARE

Profile:

Max Osiris

Max Osiris is one of the most intriguing people I have ever talked to. On his website, he describes himself as “A traditional artist turned (best selling) cryptoartist, and an advocate for psychedelics.” But I think he is much more than that.

maxosiris-profile

Let me give you a quick backstory about him.

He’s a law school dropout turned entrepreneur turned full-time artist. He left law school because it was very “vampiristic” and felt if he was successful enough, he could hire lawyers to do the shit that they do.

He decided to take his talents elsewhere and started studying SEO (Search engine optimization). This eventually led him to become affiliated with companies like Verizon Fios, HDR photography software, and WordPress.

He traveled the world and partied it up. In 2018, he eventually found his way to the cryptoart scene and has since been banned by multiple platforms for his art.

Here is my discussion I had with him about his art and the cryptoart scene:

What got you into cryptoart and the DEFI space, and how did you discover it?
My friend Jacob (DrFUN) showed me the ICO / blockchain space in 2017, and I got super fascinated. So I dove deep and learned as much as I could about crypto for like three months, trying to wrap my head around it. Then in August 2018, I learned about Superare, KnownOrigin, and Art labs, and I just knew I had to be in this game. Intuitively I knew this was the future of everything. Jacob sent me $10 worth of Ethereum to get started. And at that time, that was more than enough to set up profiles and tokenize a bunch of art.

What was your experience in the early days of cryptoart?
It was a lot more experimental, and there wasn’t anywhere near as much focus on money (as compared to now). So, artists gave away art to other artists, didn’t produce as much. It was a freer scene, in a way. It felt a lot more punk and wasn’t as influenced by headlines.

What are your thoughts about how much the scene has evolved?
I think the saddest but inescapable thing is watching the media / old-world bullshit moving in and corrupting the space just like every other part of it. My hope is that people resist that and focus on what moves them.

Basically, Hollywood and existing power structures will try to make this into the same old bullshit, and they have a lot of firepower, so that will happen. But I think the spirit of what made this interesting and exciting will survive but will probably be the purview of people who are able to discern the hype from the art long term, I hope at least. I’m not trying to be big. I wanna be appreciated by people who see past the trendy hype shit.

It’s a formidable force to reckon with. I have to cut away all that shit (but I’ve always had to do that honestly) and refocus on what stimulates me as an artist. The siren calls of popularity are formidable tho. My OG status hopefully makes me a bit more impervious to that. Because I stood by my principles, even when the scene was small and there was a lot to lose (like the first time I got banned from SR for disagreeing with their policies). In a way I feel like the OG’s hold down a certain respect from where this came from and have dealt with more things that the younger audiences are just now starting to experience or will be experiencing as some powerful players try to control the market or steer the space in their own interests.

low-effort-nft

What would you like the scene to turn to?
Direct heart to NFT, the truest reflection of a person’s creative manifestation of what they feel and are thinking about.

The scene is so huge now that I hope there’s plenty of space for every type of expression. And people keep supporting each other, an antifragile network of creators supporting creators, cutting out not just the middleman, but the sort of vampires that used to dominate the old-world galleries and music scenes who would screw over everyone and take huge cuts because they achieved some sort of market control. A true democratization of expression and the ability to create something that doesn’t curtail the trendy shit.

There’s an electric Renaissance happening, a true revolution that rewards the best aspects of human expression and not just acquiescence to dominance by a larger force meant to control your creative output for the benefit of a corporation or whatever. At Crypto Art Show 2019, I felt that what we were doing was so much bigger than anything we even knew or thought about. This is even bigger yet hard to put into words.


What was Crypto Art Show 2019, and what was the whole idea around it?
We were all experimenting with this thing that was hard to explain to people but felt was important. I wanted an IRL show that bridged the gap between the world as we know it and what was brewing in this online space.

I wanted to legitimize this movement in a way. To have a dope gallery, one that was respected and had an edge in one of the most respected cities in the world-famous for its ability to bring out the next best... do this thing. I printed out the art on canvas and on museum-quality Pima cotton archival prints. I wanted to memorialize and pay homage to the moment, to who was making the scene what it was. Xcopy, Jivinci, Coldie, myself, Brandi Kyle, just the pioneers in the space. It was awkward superimposing digital art into printed out still, but I knew that whoever got one of these pieces, they were going loom as sharp and fresh (even if pixelated) over a hundred years from now. It was a way to create a decentralized time capsule for people who would hopefully preserve the legacy of what we were all experiencing by saving this in a way that we’ve all known - archival prints.

cryptoartshowwide

What are your thoughts on being banned from art platforms?
I make art. I’m not the Pier 1 of crypto art. Good art fucks shit up, and if we are mature enough to have a conversation about it, then we progress as a species. And if not, then obvious aspects of the thing get hidden, and the powers that be get to still control shit. The foundation invite piece that got me banned is a perfect example of something that just be virtue of making art about it, I got published for exposing the truth.

foundation

How would you describe your art to other people and what would you want to be said about your art?
Everything is politics, and we’re collectively unwilling to look at the truth of what’s happening. My art is hopefully a knife that cuts through that. To me, all good art scoops something from the unconscious and makes you look at it


Max is an OG of the cryptoart scene, and his insight on the scene shows he makes NFTs for the right reason. He pushes boundaries and is one of the reasons why he keeps on getting banned from platforms. It's always been proven that art goes faster than what the curators can accept as art. His art is an expression of himself, and we at the gazette really respect that. Make sure to check out his art; you won't be disappointed.

SHARE

NFTs Before They Were Cool

With all of the old school Ethereum prototype NFTs coming back in style we thought we’d cover some of the especially early projects which have been resurfacing in the wake of the recent NFT tidal wave. You might even be surprised how far back some of these date!

About-Interfaced-Etheria

Very cool stuff! I really wish I heard of Etheria back when it launched. I searched around a bit and found there are some pretty funny property names in Etheria. I found Mount ‘Vitalik Buterin’ pretty quickly.

Etheria-Map

I also found a little place called ‘Your Mom’s House’. Really :)

One of our own RLE Gazette developers AlexxShadow is also the developer of Etheria Exchange. He was kind enough to give me a bit of his input regarding all the recent excitement.

It’s been a significant discovery for the NFT community. A lot of people stumbled across this project at the same time last weekend. It’s been good that the OG Cyrus has involved himself with the community that has sprung up around the exchange, and it’s been incredible for me to see as a relative newcomer to the scene. Amazing how quickly such a talented bunch of developers can come together to resurrect such an old project and make it accessible to the current market.

Etheria-Exchange

Participants should be sure to note the difference between Etheria Exchange 1.1 and 1.2.

Interfaced-Etheria-1-1

Also note the difference between Interfaced Etheria V1.1 and V1.2.
(One of the V1.2 entries is marked for removal from OpenSea)

Etheria-1-1

Might be too late for me to find a nice place in Etheria. October 2015 was a long time ago now. This project really did have a significant head start on the other Pre-NFTs reviewed this week, and all of it’s creators and community certainly deserve credit.

Not that you need me to tell you, but well done! Etheria is awesome!

As best we can tell, the next NFT project launched was Curio Cards, over a year and a half later!

About-Curio-Cards

That’s right! Curio Cards actually did launch about a month before CryptoPunks.

Check out the Curio Cards contract. As you can see, the original release of Curio Cards predated the ERC-721 NFT standard we know today. Only after ‘wrapping’ Curio Cards in an even more modern NFT token standard, ERC-1155, could they be traded on marketplaces like Opensea.

Curio-Cards-02

There is some pretty fun stuff here! The brand knock offs remind me of Wacky Packages :)

Curio Card's was an online art show for digital artists and collectors. It created a new form of digital artwork ownership, one without artist fees or restrictive platform DRM, using a distributed network called Ethereum.

Curio was the first Non-Fungible Token (NFT) marketplace for artists on mainnet Ethereum. With it you could own a rare and collectible piece of digital artwork.

The Curio art show ran in 2017 with 30 different artists. The original cards still work and are transferable.

Curio-Card-18

Bad Dogs! They’re chasing MoonCats!

That’s right, MoonCats. Which have grown fast in popularity over the past weeks since being rediscovered. This project dates back to only about a month after CryptoPunks. Here you can see the Mooncats Contract Creation.

About-MoonCats-1

People are excited about this one! I do wonder though, can there be be too many cat NFTs? If so, then in all fairness, MoonCats were here first! Dating all the way back to August of 2017, this project predated the NFT standards we enjoy today. Details about this project can be found at MoonCat Rescue. I think their About page sums it up nicely.

This project is an exploration of the ability to release tradable collectibles and record their ownership on the Ethereum blockchain. This feature of blockchain technology has been demonstrated by recent projects such as CryptoPunks. We have expanded on the idea and added a few novel, and what we think are exciting features.

MoonCats-01-1
  • Mining off the chain - An off chain algorithm, the MD5 checksum of which is stored in the contract, parses the catId into its unique corresponding MoonCat image.
  • Procedural generation - There are over 4 billion unique MoonCats possible. However, only 25,600 MoonCats can be added to the contract.
  • Irrevocable naming - MoonCats can be named, but they can only be named once. Owners have to decide whether they want to name their MoonCat or keep it unnamed
MoonCat-34
CryptoCat-402
Crypto-Kitty

What will peak cat NFT saturation look like? Uncertain. Though I’m not convinced we’re there yet…

Big Thanks to DeGenData for all the great recent charts! But there’s more going on in the cat NFT space than one chart can reveal.

About-CryptoCats

Is it just because MoonCats came a little earlier than CryptoCats that they’ve enjoyed a steeper rise in recent popularity?

I don’t think so.

You can have a look at the CryptoCats contract address, launched November 2017, but more importantly, have a look at these cats.

Notice anything different about them?

CryptoCats-01

It’s the outfits.

Personally, I think it’s kind of mean to dress up animals. I don’t think I’m alone here either. These outfits are certainly uncomfortable and confusing for any cat.

CryptoCat-363

Does this cat look happy to you?
How about we give him a bath next?
Perhaps take him for a ride in the car?


Yeah, I’m beginning to think that you can really learn a lot about a person by the kind of cat collecting they do! :)

All kidding aside, there are some neat pixel cats here. The CryptoCats team were early movers and clearly created something special. They give a special thanks to the Larva Labs team on their website worth noting.

The idea for the CryptoCats was inspired by Larva Labs. They released the 10,000 8-bit original collectible images of CryptoPunks on the Ethereum Blockchain. Look them up!

John and Matt from Larva Labs are pioneers and leading the way creating this interesting use case for Digital Collectible Art ownership using decentralized apps. Plus they are incredibly cool 8-bit artists, and super super awesome guys.

Thanks so much John & Matt!


I wonder if just about all of the NFT artifacts have been discovered…

See you all next week!

SHARE

Real Nice Vice

Back in January, Australian Youtuber/comedian Lewis Spears was able to trick Vice news into covering a made-up story about him getting his dick trapped in a chastity cage by a hacker. This whole fake story skem was set up to promote his comedy standup show, Back in the Trenches. 

lewis-spears

How did he do it?

He told Vice that he and his partner decided to get a Cellmate chastity cage to spice up their love life. He then said it ended up being hacked and held for ransom for around $1,000 in Bitcoin. After paying the ransom, the hacker started to ask for more. In the fictional, Lewis said he used a bolt cutter to free his jewels.

Without researching anything, Vice picked up the story and published it. The story went viral in an instant, being picked up by more news publications. The best part of this story is Cellmate, the chastity cage’s creators, came out with a statement saying they fixed the hacker vulnerabilities and made their system more secure. Nobody has any clue what vulnerabilities they were talking about, considering the hacker was fake.

So why did he do it?

Lewis’s whole goal was to promote his comedy standup show in which he did when he released a video this week explaining the entire skem. It is a brilliant video that shows the reality of news today.

Since the video’s release, his first two shows sold out, and many more tickets have been sold. The video has also exposed the fact that the Vice journalist and others that reported on the event did not do their research and just took Lewis on his word. This has angered many journalists who praised the story, and it’s super funny them trying to blame it on Lewis for tricking Vice.

This isn’t the first time Lewis has gotten a news publication to print a fake story. He has done it so often in his native Australia that he has been called a “serial pest.” He also has made an appearance on ABC nightline news posing as a fake photographer. 

Lewis exposes what’s wrong with the news media today. They are all in it for clicks and are willing to take the most outlandish stories without questioning it or doing any research. He was able to troll the whole planet just because he found a lazy journalist. The moral of the story, Lewis is a genius for doing this and for how many times he has been able to troll the news media.

SHARE