NFTs, short for non-fungible tokens, is an irreplaceable token which is linked to a smart contract platform such as Ethereum. More simply put, NFTs make it possible to gain ownership over a digital item. For example, a (digital) work of art, a photograph, or an album by a musician. For example, the Amersfoort-based (a city located in the Netherlands) musician named POSTIE released his new album 'Loopstation leipo' through an NFT. Five albums have been issued and buyers not only get access to the 14 songs, but also all the accompanying videos, two previously unreleased tracks and a song which was made especially for the buyers of the NFT. Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones also recently used an NFT to raise money for the music industry because of the lost revenue from corona. The smart contracts, which are used to create an NFT, are recorded with ETH (this is the currency) on the Ethereum blockchain. NFTs are currently wildly popular because this new technology allows value to be assigned to digital items. In addition, just like normal art, it can be very profitable to trade the right type of digital art.
Beeple's collage, Everydays: The First 5000 Days, sold at Christie's for $69 million. | Photo: Beeple
With the current technological evolution, it's no surprise that digital items are gaining more meaning in our lives. This is especially true when these items exist as NFTs. This is because the blockchain has a number of high-tech advantages: verifiable scarcity, unique identity and security during trading.
Digital pieces can benefit from characteristics people deem valuable through NFTs that were usually limited to the physical. Such as:
Digital artist Trevor Jones takes inspiration from the style of Picasso.
The Bitcoin Bull sold for $55,555.55. | Photo: Trevor Jones
As you read, NFTs offer many opportunities. Especially for artists who are looking for a new way to offer their works.
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