Retired pro skateboarding icon Tony Hawk is the latest celebrity riding the NFT boom, announcing the imminent release of a tokenized video depicting his final ever 540-degree ollie via Ethernity Chain. This will be the last time fans will be able to see Hawk perform the trick, after landing his first one 32 years ago in 1989.
Now 52, Hawk became one of the world’s top skateboarders at 16 years old and is renowned for completing the first ever 900-degree spin at the 1999 X-Games. He also holds a place in many people’s hearts for the highly successful Tony Hawk’s Pro-Skater video game series.
He revealed the NFTs will drop in the coming weeks and shared a video showing him practicing the stunt which left tears in his eyes after completion. The former pro noted that at his age, the 540-ollie has “gotten scarier in recent years’ and his “willingness to slam unexpectedly” into the bottom of the half pipe has “waned over the past decade.”
However there’s no shame in retiring a stunt that most 20 year old’s can’t perform, and potentially cashing in on the process.
New York man sells tokenized farts for $85
Through the power of blockchain technology you can now fart for cash. A Brooklyn-based artist and his pals have just sold an NFT depicting a year’s worth of farts for $85 on NFT marketplace OpenSea.
The project started last year during quarantine, with no aim to tokenize it until the group saw the ridiculous prices that were being thrown around for NFTs online. The main man behind the farts, Alex Ramírez-Mallis, told the New York Post, ““The NFT craze is absurd — this idea of putting a value on something inherently intangible.”
Ramírez-Mallis’ ability to make a profit from breaking wind might actually be possible on OpenSea, as they don’t take gas fees upfront to mint tokens.
“I’m hoping these NFT farts can at once critique [the absurdity], make people laugh and make me rich,” he said.
Artist will burn Star Wars and Marvel NFTs for you, literally
Mogul Productions, a decentralized film financing platform will release a series of NFTs in collaboration with Marvel and D.C comic book artist Rob Prior. The first drop will include three pieces inspired by Star Wars, Marvel and Wolf of Wall Street, which will be auctioned off on the Mogul platform in late spring.
As part of the NFT auction, buyers have the option of receiving the original artwork or watching it get set on fire by the artist via video. NFT depicting an incarcerated painting from UK street artist Banksy fetched nearly $400,000 through auction.
Ripple looking for ways to incorporate NFT’s in XRP ledger
Ripple CTO David Schwartz has stated he is looking at potential ways to incorporate non-fungible tokens into the XRP ledger. In an interview with Thinking Crypto released on YouTube on March 17, Schwartz noted that he is intrigued by NFTs, especially the “drive that people have to collect things”:
“If you look at NBA Top Shot, which is a great NFT project — they have a fantastic user experience, but the important thing there is like I have a relationship with something that means something to me that nobody else has.”
Schwartz also sees the potential for NFTs to reform digital rights and ownership, and notes that consumers on platforms such as Hulu, Netflix and Apple don’t own any songs or movies, which leaves them victim to subscription pricing fluctuations and losing their content if the platforms go out of business.
NFL Star Patrick Mahomes NFT is going for more than $80,000
NFL star Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs has followed Rob Gronkowski, with an NFT auction on MakersPlace that is due to close on March 20.
The NFT drop “Museum of Mahomes’ ‘ depicts the greatest sporting moments from the player’s career, such as GIFs of Most Valuable Player trophies and in-game action shot illustrations. The drop has six open editions and a single one-of-one which is due to close tomorrow with a current bid of more than $80,000.