The hype around NFTs took off in 2021 and shows no signs of slowing down in 2022. Here are some of the notable celebrities who have got their hands on the NFT pool.
You can’t escape it: Every day someone talks about NFTs, the metaverse, or why cryptocurrency is the future of money. And since the release of Bored Ape Yacht Club, CryptoPunks, and other recognizable NFTs, the world of digital art has grown tremendously.
Whether it’s your coworker, a family member, or a global superstar like Leo Messi, it seems everyone, everywhere, is jumping on the trend. Even K-pop supergroup BTS would launch theirs. In Hong Kong and around the world, here are some of the biggest celebrities who have boarded the hyped NFT train.
Celebrities who entered the NFT world
Shawn Yue Man-lok
Hong Kong singer and actor Shawn Yue Man-lok entered the world of NFT through a collaboration with Christie’s. The former model built her personal collection and presented them at an online auction in September 2021. The collection included highly sought after NFT pieces from Bored Ape Yacht Club, Cryptopunks and Meebits. On D-Day, Yue celebrated her 40th birthday and raised income that will be donated to the Make-a-Wish Hong Kong Foundation.
If, like millions of others, you follow Justin Bieber on Instagram, you’ve probably seen his collection of NFTs, especially inBetweeners; Biebs showed his love for the variety of colorful bear illustrations. The newly created collection of 10,777 images created by artist Gianpiero, inBetweeners has also seen a lot of love from other celebrities, including Tom Holland and Snoop Dogg.
The NFTs not only caught the attention of artists, but also attracted many athletes. Golden State Warriors star Steph Curry has personally released a collection of 2,974 NFTs, each priced at US $ 333. Curry’s collection features digital replicas of his shoe line, Genesis Curry Flows, showcasing the exact pairs he wore for his incredible exploits on the court. With the collection already sold out, the virtual sneakers promise their fans to use them and show them off through several metavers and virtual games.
Atlanta rapper Gunna is the latest in the rap scene to buy his own BAYC NFT. Revealing his buying and tattooing process on Instagram, Gunna posted a video of how he did it through the MoonPay cryptocurrency, for US $ 300,000. His love for the digital artwork runs deep enough that he names the Bored Ape monkey in green sunglasses “Butta” – he’s even tattooed it on his calf.
Metaverse? More like Messiverse. The man many call ‘the world’s best footballer’, Lionel Messi launched his NFT collection in August 2021. The collection included three digital art pieces: ‘Man from the Future’, ‘Worth the Weight’ and ‘The King Piece ”, all created by artist BossLogic and depicting historical moments in the footballer’s career. His star fame was on display as NFT sales soared to US $ 3.4 million on the first day of launch.
Celebrity and Tonight show Host Jimmy Fallon has been part of the NFT clan for quite some time. Fallon took to Twitter to share the latest addition to his collection, a simple bored monkey, dressed in what appears to be a sailor’s outfit. The NFT was purchased for just over US $ 225,000.
Snoop Dogg entered the NFT space with an introduction to his collection titled “A Journey with the Dogg”. The collection should include a journey through the rapper’s experiences and best memories – think quotes and moments captured in pictures. It also includes an original track titled “NFT” and a Dogecoin-inspired cryptocurrency, “Snoop Dogge Coins”. The artist expressed his passion for the launch, saying, “I’ve seen the game change over the years from analog to digital, and I’m always happier when technology allows fans to connect with them. artists. NFTs are an amazing innovation, and it’s an honor to make my first drop with Crypto.com/NFT.
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