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Flore Drops “Unidentified Foreign Objects” NFTs

The one-of-a-kind, acclaimed artist Flore is joining forces with Art Angels to drop a new line of NFT designs on Nifty Gateway. The collection will release on Thursday, January 13, featuring a group of collectible pieces titled “Unidentified Foreign Objects.” Flore’s inspiration for the pieces of work stem from the Atomic Era, a period where curiosity of outer space ventures and mid-century modern design came together.

The collection of NFTs includes six assets with a physical piece that is currently held in the LA-based gallery of Art Angels. The drop is sure to attract collectors across the metaverse to engulf themselves in Flore’s point-of-view throughout the space-time continuum with six new UFOs. The physical piece of art will become that of the owner of the NFT ‘Invader.’

Art Angels

Art Angels is the admired, female-owned contemporary art gallery in Los Angeles. Known for their provocative style, collectors are attracted to the diverse collections of art at the gallery. The gallery has gained success swiftly, appealing to high-profile businesses and individuals, offering a VIP experience paired with a sociable vibe. Housing an array of avant-garde pieces by Hollywood elites like Elizabeth Taylor and Simon Cowell, Art Angels is a luxury brand that houses truly eccentric pieces of art.

How to start selling NFTs online

NFTs have, without a doubt, taken the world by storm in the last year (2021), with people around the globe spending millions of pounds to purchase them. There were also those who started producing their very-own NFTs to sell. You can use a free ecommerce website to sell your NFTs and begin to build up a loyal following. These free eComm sites will come with specialised built-in tools that can help you organise your NFT sales effortlessly. The code is done for you, you can plug in social media, and much more.

NFTs – what exactly are they?

NFTs are non-fungible tokens which are non-interchangeable, basically meaning that they are unique and can not be replaced with something else of its kind.

An NFT is a unit of data, stored on a blockchain, and can come in a number of different formats, including digital files such as artwork (drawings, paintings etc.), photos, videos, audio files, and even memes, which are usually humorous pieces of content that are popular amongst large audiences.

These non-fungible tokens come with a certificate of authenticity, or proof of ownership,  which is provided through the use of a digital ledger. This is what makes NFTs unique – and one of a kind.

How do you start selling NFTs? – where to begin

If you are looking to get into the selling of NFTs and not quite sure where to start, here is a brief guide to the steps that you should take.

Step one – Set yourself up with a digital wallet

The first thing that you should look to do is set yourself up with your own digital wallet.

So, what is an NFT wallet?

Basically, an NFT wallet is an online digital wallet that allows you to store your NFTs, as well as cryptocurrencies, all in one place.

What is the best NFT wallet?

Each NFT wallet offers something a little different, and so it is important that you decide upon the wallet which best suits your NFT needs and requirements.

Here is a list of some of the most-popular digital wallets that are being used by those who buy and sell NFTs, including a brief explanation on the specifics of each one:

  • Metamask – known to be one of the best Ethereum-based NFTs
  • Trust Wallet – a great choice for those looking to collect Cross-Chain NFTs
  • Math Wallet – an excellent multi-stage choice, enabling you to buy and sell NFTs from multiple platforms
  • Enjin Wallet – the best choice for those looking to store ERC-1155 tokens
  •  Coinbase – a world-renowned name with a simplistic, yet successful, interface
  • Kukai – an open-source NFT wallet, and a great choice for those new to the world of NFTs

Step two – Choose a marketplace to sell your NFT on

There are a lot of websites out there offering you the opportunity to open a digital wallet, and the same goes for NFT marketplaces – for those looking to sell NFTs, there are many options to choose from.

Here is a list of some of the more popular NFT marketplaces: 

  • OpenSea – the current leading marketplace for NFT sales
  • SuperRare – an excellent choice for those looking to sell art, videos, as well as 3D images
  • Rarible – allows users to sell NFTs in the form of collectibles, art, videos and music
  • Foundation – a marketplace that has sold more than $100 million of NFTs

The above list represents just a few of the marketplaces that are available in the world of NFTs.

It is important that you study each one to ensure that it offers what you need, and suits your NFT storage needs and requirements, whether your NFT comes in the form of a particular collectible, digital asset, or a piece of art.

And with more and more marketplaces looking to establish themselves in the world of NFTs (including one of the world’s largest e-commerce websites, eBay), there is certainly a plethora of choices for those wanting to sell their very-own NFT.

Step three – Connect your digital wallet to your chosen marketplace

First of all, you should make sure that the NFT marketplace that you have chosen to use for selling NFTs accepts your digital wallet.

If the marketplace is compatible with your digital wallet of choice, then the next step of connecting both should be pretty straightforward.

It is highly likely that connecting your digital wallet to an NFT marketplace website is going to be reasonably simple, as most of the marketplaces have a clearly visible button or link to click on and start this process.

Once you have completed this step and successfully connected your digital wallet and the marketplace you are going to use, you are ready to start selling your NFTs.

Step four – Creating – and uploading – your NFT

This step involves the creation of your NFT, which will require you to format and upload it to your chosen marketplace.

Most NFT marketplaces are likely to have a ‘create’ button on their site, which allows users to begin the creation of your NFT, and this will usually be a step-by-step process with clear instructions.

Step five – Setting up a listing to sell your NFT

By this point you should have your NFT uploaded to your marketplace, so now be ready to advertise it to potential buyers.

When listing your NFT for sale, you will need to consider whether to sell it at a fixed price, or to opt for a timed auction, which will allow for potential buyers to bid on it during a set timeframe.

You will also be required to give your NFT listing a title, an external link (which could be to a specific website or social media profile), as well as provide a brief description of your NFT.

Here are some of the other things that you are likely to be asked to upload or enter information for:

  • a preview image – which will be the ‘thumbnail’ for your NFT listing
  • unlockable content – this acts as an extra incentive to potential buyers, and could be in the form of a discount code for a future purchase or simply a message to say ‘thank you’ to the buyer for their purchase of your NFT
  • advanced settings – this section will allow you to add optional further details (properties) to your NFT listing, for example, an alternative description for your NFT listing

Once all of the above has been entered and you are happy that the information is correct and in order, you are now ready to hit that all-important ‘create’ button.

It is then time to sit back, relax and wait for your very first NFT sale.

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BITCOIN LATINUM T4PST4TS ART BASEL LAUNCH

BITCOIN LATINUM T4PST4TS ART BASEL LAUNCH BRINGS HIP HOP & COMBAT SPORTS ROYALTY TO THEIR ART BASEL LAUNCH: FIRST-EVER NFT MINTING FIGHTER DRAFT 

Leading influencers, models, and MMA superstars kicked off the next generation of Digital-Reality Sports Media on Wednesday, December 1 at Mr. Jones, with special performances by Tory Lanez & Quavo.

WHEN:

Wednesday, December 1st, 2021

WHO:

Tory Lanez

Quavo 

Dr. Don Basile (Founder of Bitcoin Latinum)

Paul Misir (CoFounder of T4pST4TS)

Mike Chandler

Erik Apple

Helen Joseph

Paige VanZant

Gable Stevenson

Brie Willett

Anthony “Showtime” Pettis

Jason White

Jorge Masvidal

Phil Hellmuth

Mayra Goñi

Austen Vanderford

Charles Rosa

Alexa Collins

WHAT:

On December 1, Bitcoin Latinum & T4PST4TS hosted GENESIS, an NFT minting and landmark sports event during Art Week Miami. The star-studded combat sports celebration brought together influencers, super fans, celebrities, icons, coaches, and more to a transformed Mr. Jones to celebrate the launch of this first-of-its-kind NFT & fan engagement platform.

The celebrity-filled event was attended by today’s best-recognized MMA fighters and tomorrow’s superstars. Landmarking this event were two intimate performances by Tory Lanez and Quavo.

Marrying the most innovative of crypto and competitive athletics, within the Metaverse, GENESIS hosts, founders Dr. Don Basile (Bitcoin Latinum) & Sensei Paul Misir (T4PST4TS), alongside UFC & MMA superstars like Mike Chandler, Eric Apple, Paige VanZant, Helen Joseph, Gable Stevenson, and noteworthies like “World’s Number One Poker Player” Phil Hellmuth,  Peruvian Model-Actress Mayra Goñi, model Alexa Collins, and rising combat sports stars Austen Vanderford & Charles Rosa entertained guests hailing from all over the world. Guests were the first ever to trade athletes, talent and coaches upon this crowd-fueled crypto and trading platform.

Hosted at Lincoln Road’s iconic nightclub, Mr. Jones, guests enjoyed hand-crafted cocktails, energetic refreshments, and passed hors d’oeuvres enjoying a color program hosted by emcees Eustace Montgomery and Eric Apple, introductions, fights, and ring girl presentations.

ABOUT Bitcoin Latinum

Bitcoin Latinum is the next generation, insured asset-backed cryptocurrency. Based on the Bitcoin ecosystem, Bitcoin Latinum is greener, faster, and more secure, poised to revolutionize digital transactions. Using an energy-efficient Proof of Stake consensus algorithm, Bitcoin Latinum plans to bring better transaction speed, lower fees, and more security to high growth markets such as Media, Gaming, Telecommunication, and Cloud Computing.

ABOUT TAPSTATS

Founded by Sensei Paul Misir, TapStats is building the future of Sport, as a totally new category of decentralized MMA organization built-off our now proven “fan-certified” automated judging system, direct user-to-athlete payment, and buying into fighters’ careers as crypto/NFT-based stocks to trade or hold longer-term as they appreciate and are gamified.

Similar to other sports that are opening up lower leagues, TapStats will open up the 19,000 events globally held annually in MMA & boxing as evergreen fresh new content to fans, as well unleash the next generation of superstars. TapStats is developing a fully A.I.-powered platform of real-time modeling and autonomous matchmaking around fan-created data, and the incorporation of secondary and tertiary data to build predictive data and help make the fight experience even more fun and engaging!

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AKU WORLD DEBUTS IN MIAMI

Miami is Aku’s first introduction to the physical world and brings friends and collaborators spanning from leaders in cryptocurrency, NFT creators, art curators and collectors, fashion and streetwear icons, A-list musicians, and Hollywood execs together in one space to explore NFTs from a range of perspectives with real world conversations that bridge the gap between crypto and mainstream culture. 

Conceived by Micah Johnson in February 2021, Aku has since become the first NFT to be optioned for film and television projects and is the first NFT to travel to space. Aku is a conduit to empower the next generation of explorers and dreamers. The visually-stunning, multilayered event showcases the otherworldly dimension of Aku and allows guests to step out of reality and into the metaverse through carefully curated exhibits that blur the lines between NFT technology and IRL experiences:

  • Unique NFTs: Through a partnership with leading cryptocurrency exchange FTX US, attendees will be able to sign up for their own crypto wallet, collect NFTs throughout the space via hidden QR codes, and purchase digital artworks by legendary 3D artist, Raf Grassetti, as well as unique Aku digital works
  • FTX Minting Room: Top-tier ticket holders will have exclusive access to the Minting Room presented by FTX US, where they can create their own 4D-scanned avatar that lives within the Aku universe and mint them into NFTs, which they can later trade, sell or display in their digital wallets.
  • Aku’s Merch Room: Attendees can shop on-site via the Merch Room, which will host three days of exclusive merch collaborations with VIP guest collaborators Pusha-T, Jérôme LaMaar and Aleali May, with each day dedicated to a single limited time, limited edition collection, available for pre-order at the event and online. PORTL, the holoportation and NFT hologram showcase leader, will present the merchandise in four epic hologram units.
  • Aku’s Collection: Aku’s Collection, curated by Art Angels, will tell more of Aku’s story through an art installation for guests to explore and interact with. A special curation of young Black artists including Jade Yasmeen, Asiko, Floyd Strickland, and Solomon Omogboye will be exhibited alongside two new original paintings by Micah Johnson, as well as three screen prints by Jean-Michel Basquiat. Guests will have the opportunity to view and purchase original artworks on-site.
  • Aku’s Helmet: Conceptualized by renowned creative and experiential studio MATTE Projects, the 30,000 square foot space will house a futuristic lifesize art installation of Aku’s Helmet, where guests can experience three otherworldly dimensions of Aku.
  • Blue Room: The Blue Room will host daily panel sessions and conversations led by leaders in art, fashion, music and crypto.

AKU WORLD | DAYTIME PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE

Open daily from 12-7 PM

Wynwood Arts 29 |  95 NW 29th St. Miami, FL 33127

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3rd

1:00 PM | Traditional Art and Web 3                                                                                              

Micah Johnson and experts from renowned art galleries and institutions will address the opportunities and challenges surrounding Web 3 and the art world.

Moderator: Micah Johnson (Creator of Aku)

Panelists: Ronnie K. Pirovino (Art collector, Curator and Appraiser), Sophia Cohen (Sales Associate and Artist Liaison, Gagosian)

3:00 PM | Designer Talk                                                                                    

Micah Johnson and Summer Watson will be joined by exclusive Aku World: Miami merch collaborators to talk about all things designer, creativity, streetwear, drop culture and more.

Moderators: Micah Johnson (Creator of Aku) and Summer Watson (President, Vol. 1; Exec Producer, Aku World: Miami) 

Panelists: Pusha-T (Musician), Aleali May (Style Consultant, Model and Designer), Jérôme LaMaar (Creative Director, Designer and Stylist)

4:00 PM | Music and NFTs                                                                                

Summer Watson will be joined by artists and industry execs to discuss NFTs, crypto and the music industry. 

Moderator: Summer Watson (President, Vol. 1; Exec Producer, Aku World: Miami)

Panelists: Mike Spitz (Founder & CEO, Vol. 1), Haleek Maul (Musician), Hugo Renaudin (Co-Founder and CEO of P00LS), SassyBlack (Musical Artist), Latashá Alcindor (Artist Community Lead, ZORA)

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4th

1:00 PM | Future of Media: Web 3                                                                                  

Clint Kisker will be joined by leading film and media executives to discuss the opportunities in web 3.

Moderator: Clint Kisker (Co-Founder, Madison Wells Media)

Panelists: Kiri Hart (Film Executive, Writer and Producer), Logan Coles (Writer, Producer and Director), Stephen Feder (Film and TV Producer)

3:00 PM | Fireside Chat                                                                     

One-on-one conversation between Micah Johnson (Creator of Aku) and Roham Gharegozlou (CEO, Dapper Labs)

4:00 PM | ‘The Wolf of All Streets’ Podcast                                                                                   

Scott Melker, aka the Wolf of All Streets, will speak with prolific leaders from the worlds of crypto, trading, finance, music, art, and more.

Moderator: Scott Melker (Host of The Wolf of All Streets Podcast)

Panelists: Special guests to be announced

ANTARA MOVIE OWNERS TO SELL RIGHTS VIA NFT

In a groundbreaking move, film distributors must pay the owners of the Antara Movie NFT to distribute the film in theatres and streaming channels

Arabian Camels today announced the launch of an ‘Antara Movie NFT,’ that will grant buyers up to 50 percent of the intellectual property rights to “Antara,” a $50 million dollar feature film. Antara is based on the life of Antarah Ibn Shaddad, an ancient Arabian knight and poet, famous for his adventurous life. Prospective film distributors would pay the owners of the Antara Movie NFT to distribute the movie in theatres and/or streaming channels, tying the Arabian Camel community into millions of dollars worth of value in the real world. The NFT drop is anticipated this December.

The Arabian Camels envision merging Movies and NFTs with DeFi, Gaming, and the Metaverse, with a focus on community, extracting value from the booming transmedia space, and sharing the value entertainment properties with the Arabian Camel community. 

“While other NFT projects were busy manipulating their floor price and buying up their own NFTs, the founder of Arabian Camels, stayed low key, quietly working on building long-term quality. The result is game-changing tokenomics and strategies that enable the Arabian Camels to define a new era of the movie business,”  said Alexander Amartei, Producer of Antara, and inventor of Movie NFTs. “The Arabian Camels is the only NFT community that has managed to position itself uniquely between movies and NFTs. As a new pop culture brand, we are now ready to launch our movie strategy, gaming strategy, and token launch on major exchanges.” 

Arabian Camels have also collaborated with Dominic Ryder, CEO of vEmpire, whose token has recently rocketed 1500 percent and reached a market cap of $100M. Dominic Ryder’s protocol is in the process of designing and creating the ANTARA Play-To-Earn game, which has already gotten the attention of very prominent VC firms. The multiplayer raiding game is expected to plant the Arabian Camels brand and the Antara IP firmly into the Metaverse, and add another layer of value for Arabian Camels holders. The game is set to bring fun and reliable income to thousands of players in developing countries and will run off a scholarship model. The Arabian Camels NFTs are now to be a commodity and have functionality within the game. In conjunction, they will also be launching their very own gaming token, the in-game currency that is set to be listed on major Cryptocurrency exchanges.

The production of the movie was meticulously put together with the help of professors of Arabic Literature from Oxford, Cambridge, Yale, and the School of Oriental and African studies, meaning it’s not another Marvel. It has a very rich, intelligent, and powerful historical appeal. It was originally set to be shot in NEOM, Saudi Arabia, but Abu Dhabi, as a modern tech hub, has also shown a keen willingness to accommodate the production, to be credited as the ones that helped to bring this epic story to the world. The production team is currently assessing which of the Middle Eastern regions can offer the best incentives and working conditions for the production.

The story of Antara is reminiscent of both Alexander the Great and Romeo and Juliet, of the Middle East. His story has been told repeatedly for the past 1,500 years. He was a black slave in ancient/pre-Islamic Arabia, who won his freedom and became a lofty knight. He rose to stardom in the 5th century, not only due to his character and prowess on the battlefield but also, his miraculous talent as a poet. His poetry was held in such high regard, that it was actually sewn in gold, and suspended on the Kaaba in Mecca before the days of Islam. To this day, if one studies Arabic Literature in Oxford or Cambridge, the poetry of Antara is still studied and revered.

ABOUT ANTARA 

Antara is a feature film directed by one of the most sought after Hollywood Directors, that covers the life and adventures of Antara Ibn Shaddad, a desert warrior from ancient pre Islamic Arabia. The film is the first big-budget film to be funded by an NFT, before its theatre and streaming debut, as well as the first NFT to facilitate this type of royalty sharing. As part of the ‘Antara IP’ a transmedia rollout, the film is a part of a franchise that includes 3 sequels, a crypto infused ‘Assassins Creed Styled’ multi-player game, a comic, and a strong brand with a long term merchandising and licensing strategy.

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MERGING VERSES NFT

The future of fashion is the merging of two verses, the virtual world (metaverse) and the physical world. We explore this through the unity of traditional photography and animation—where humans and AI co-exist.

The NFT world is something that is growing and still confusing for many people not directly involved in the producing and purchasing of these new age art pieces. 360 MAGAZINE was able to interview several people directly involved in the production side of NFTs, including producer and model Bee Davies and photographer Jacques Burga.

Interview with Bee Davies

  • What made you become interested in NFTs?

I became interested in NFTs when I started doing virtual production and realized that there was no marketplace for digital art. More than that, there was no fan base. We know famous photographers and people who collect their photographsbut there’s not the same kind of hype surrounding animators. An NFT marketplace not only legitimizes their work, but provides a platform that opens up the door for a whole new kind of collector.

  • How do you respond to people suggesting NFTs are overly expensive and pointless?

Couldn’t you say that about all collectibles? Digital art, like any art, is meant to be enjoyed; the NFT marketplaces and wallets allow you to do that much more easily.

  • What is your favorite NFT?

The one I produced with Jacques for 360, because it exemplifies the merging of the real world and the metaverse.

  • Was it odd to see yourself become an NFT?

Not at all. Since the dawn of social media we have all had virtual versions of ourselves, this is just an overt way of expressing it.

  • What are your biggest artistic inspirations?

I would like to create and produce a completely virtual fashion show for the industry’s top fashion houses (this means AI talent, virtual runways, and digital clothing/accessories…as well as an audience attending in VR). And of course, mint every bit of the digital experience so it can be enjoyed in the metaverse for eternity.

  • What are some upcoming projects you’re looking forward to?

I have a bunch of NFTs that will be dropping soon that I’ve collaborated on with different animatorssome of which feature the actors from the SciFi TV Pilot I created.

Interview w/ Jacques Burga

  • What made you become interested in NFTs?

It’s a whole new way of making business. I enjoy pushing boundaries when it comes to projects related to my field. It also makes me feel there’s always a next step to follow and to explore disciplines that I wasn’t precisely an expert in.

  • How do you respond to people suggesting NFTs are overly expensive and pointless?

To keep the mind open to new ways of mixing technology and creativity may be good advice.

  • What are your inspirations as a photographer?

I am inspired by People and Beauty

  • Why did you decide to blend photographic elements with virtual ones?

Our world has become very virtual. Photography gets elevated when it’s blend with other disciplines such as Art or Technology (virtuality.)

  • What is your relationship with digital artwork?

I’m working on digital projects related to Fashion and NFT. My relationship is continuously growing.

  • When did you become interested in photography?

When I left an internship at a high profile magazine in Paris and decided to become independent and nurture my desire to create fashion.

  • What, in your opinion, is your best piece of artwork/photography?

I cherish every project since it is composed of pieces that create a nice puzzle for me.

  • What projects can we expect to see from you in the future?

I will always want to explore and collaborate with new technologies and artists that share my vision of fashion and people.

NFTs available on OpenSea.

MEET THE TEAM

Media Partner: 360 MAGAZINE

Studio: Daylight Studio

Producer: Bee Davies / Hive Global Media

Photographer: Jacques Burga

Make-up Artist: Sarah Tweedy

Hair Stylist: Christine McManemi

Wardrobe Stylist: Yash Joshi

NFT Marketplace: Opensea

Digital Designer: Edward Harber

Model: Bee Davies 

Animator: Vizzee

Virtual Model Creator: Vizzee

Metaverse Creators: Vizzee / Mercedes Luna Larrahona / Zoë Jane Bernet

PA: Stefanie Murza / Aleko Syntelis

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GCG: The Outpost

The Gutter Cat Gang (GCG), a leading NFT collection in the crypto space, announced their long-anticipated event, “Gutter Cat Gang: The Outpost,” slated to take place during Miami’s Art Week at Ace Props + Studios located at 398 NE 78th Street Miami, FL 33138. In collaboration with Gutter Cat Gang partners and sponsors Sandbox, REEF Technology, BarLab, Nicky Diamonds of Diamond Supply Co., Lot 11, and Blackdove, the event will bring the metaverse into reality throughout the back alleys of Gutter City. The three-day immersive exhibition runs from December 2-4, 2021, with events from 4:00 PM to 12:00 AM ET.

Showcasing members of the GCG community, the event will feature a curated selection of rare NFT’s from The Gang’s members, among other NFT collections. These collections will be seen in the real-life space alongside numerous community-centric activities. Additionally, various auctions and displays by Pop Wonder, Felix Semper, Mark Watts, Pindar Van Arman, Gxng Yxng, ARTIS4LOVERS, Alien Queen, Mokibaby, and others will be available.

Thursday, December 2, 2021

  • Beginning at 4:00 PM daily, the Kibble Klub, a themed social hub where the Gutter Gang can socialize and let off steam, will be open to the GCG community members and their guests. Kicking off with sounds by Spottie Wifi + Bun B and Richard Vagner. Nearby, at the Gutter City SkatePark, the Diamond Supply Co. x Gutter Cat Gang Pop-up will unveil a limited edition Miami Art Week Merch for purchase alongside the unveiling of an Exclusive Surprise for Gutter Cat Gang and Diamond Crypto Dunk Holders.
  • At Carl’s Contraband Van those who wish to partake can get their fix from friendly neighborhood Carl’s Contraband, where Limited Edition Gutter Cat Gang Merch will be available for purchase, that is if you can find Carl’s elusive Van.
  • As the sun sets, the Kibble Klub will transform into Gutter City’s Premier Venue. Opening night features Miami’s award-winning Party, Peachfuzz, “Your Girl’s Favorite Party”, set to take over Gutter City with a Miami Art Week special edition “Get Down” hosted by Nicky Diamonds of Diamond Supply Co. from 9:00 PM to 12:00 AM at the Kibble Klub. Complimentary Kraft Kocktails prepared by BarLab accompany R&B and Hip-Hop music flowing from Peach Fuzz’s usual suspects.

Friday, December 3, 2021 

  • Teeing off at 8:00 A.M. at Normandy Shores Golf Club on Miami Beach, consider a trip up to the attic to dust off your set of golf clubs because the Gang is hitting the links for their inaugural golf tournament.
  • REEF Technology will host an exclusive and private late-lunch featuring its limited-time-only “Bling Wings” from “Another Wing” by DJ Khaled and burgers with vegan options at the Diamond Supply Co. x Reef Technology x Lot 11 from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM ET with sounds by DL Los de la Vega.
  • Gutter Grub (GG), a collaboration between Gutter Cat Gang and REEF Technologies, the largest operator of delivery restaurants and parking real estate in North America, will be bringing a specially tailored selection of their signature bites from Burger Fi, Krispy Rice, and Another Wing by DJ Khaled. Guests can purchase these all day. GCG will also provide the community with complimentary vegan and traditional burgers from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM ET. daily.

Saturday, December 4, 2021

  • Adjacent to her NFT debut and a presentation of her continuing body of work as an installation artist, Mokibaby, known for upcycling vintage TV’S + found beach plastics and archive videos, will teach you how to give your trash a second life + make unique collectible art using discarded items from 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM ET.  Four (4) exciting original NFTs encapsulated within Gutter City collateral will be available at an exclusive auction.
  • Other immersive experiences that will be part of the Gutter Cat Gang event at The Outpost for Miami Art Week include:
  • Exclusive GCG back alley meet-ups will bring together sponsors and those selected for the best bites, hot releases, and insider introductions.
  • Species Stretch Feeling tense after a long week? Release that tension with a species-specific stretch session.
  • Gutter Cornhole Tournament hosted by Pawl Wall for all community members in Gutter City’s Back Alley. Saturday, December 4, 4:00 – 7:00 PM ET.
  • Shrimp Society will host a private high-glass Gutter Dinner that will introduce Miami’s community of Tech entrepreneurs to those visiting the Magic City. Expect other secret gatherings from more private street gangs to emerge from within the city.
  • Those interested in attending can learn more HERE.

About Gutter Cat Gang

The Gutter Cat Gang launched in June 2021 as a generative art avatar collection of 3,000 NFTs consisting of 123 unique traits. Since its inception, GCG has grown through organic and grassroots marketing built by the community for the community. The Gutter Cat Gang includes three additional species and cats as part of the Gang: rats, pigeons, and dogs bringing the Gutter Cat Gang brand to 12,000 NFTs. The Gutter Cat Gang is a luxury web3 social club that brings together a new generation of digital social entrepreneurs that use their Gutter Cat Gang NFT avatars for collectability, IP development, IRL experiences, social status, and worldwide virtual reach.

About Diamond Supply Co. 

Diamond Supply Co. was founded in 1998 when Nicholas Tershay (aka Nicky Diamonds) created a skateboarding hardware line in San Francisco. Today, the brand remains one of the few owner-operated skate brands from the era. Diamond designs and manufactures a full range of skateboarding products along with a large assortment of clothing, accessories, and other limited edition products. Diamond also houses some of skateboarding’s most prominent names on their skate team, such as Shane O’Neill, Nyjah Huston, Paul Rodriguez, Eric Koston, Guy Mariano, Boo Johnson, Torey Pudwil, and a host of others. Under Nick Diamond’s signature design and aesthetic, Diamond Supply Co. maintains a strong focus on delivering skateboarding goods with high integrity and matching the quality, and always keeping true to its roots while pushing the envelope forward.

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Willow Smith and Harry Hudson – X8 Eyewear

Gen Z Icons Willow Smith and Harry Hudson Unveil an Eyewear Collection – the First Project of X8

X8 is a new venture company building a creative hub for artists and avatars who will meet In Real Life (IRL) and The Metaverse.

Gen Z stars Willow Smith and Harry Hudson are the faces of X8 Eyewear, the brainchild of X8, a paradigm shifting, creative projects platform, and seed-stage venture fund based in New York, Seoul, and Singapore.

X8 Eyewear draws its inspiration from psychoanalyst Carl Jung‘s Animus and Anima, a theory in analytical psychology that describes the feminine and masculine duality of our unconscious minds.

X8 created a 23-piece collection that transcends gender labels with fluid cool oversize shapes and architectural flourishes.

“I was honored to join the X8 Anima/Animus campaign because I loved the messaging of gender fluidity and the duality of masculine and feminine energies that I believe exists inside every one of us. I had so much fun shooting this concept with my dear friend, Harry,” said Smith, who is an actress, singer-songwriter, and talk show host known for her progressive personal style.

“I was inspired by X8’s creative vision of two forces working together in harmony with one another. A lot of my music has been about balancing the light, dark and the masculine, feminine energy of life, so that idea of true duality really spoke to me and made me want to be a part of this campaign. Also, shooting with my friend and genius Willow was too much fun,” said Hudson, 21, a singer-songwriter famous for documenting his battle with cancer on social media.

While this is Smith and Hudson’s first foray into working with eyewear, it isn’t for X8, which was recently co-founded by Won Lee, the former CEO and CCO of Gentle Monster USA—the South Korean eyewear company—overseeing its rapid rise as one of the biggest eyewear brands in the world.

ABOUT X8
X8 is at the nexus of all things creative (fashion, art, entertainment, technology) and the future. It is Co-founded by Won Lee from South Korea who, outside of his tenure at Gentle Monster, has had an eclectically creative background developing hospitality projects with mega real estate groups such as CBRE, Prodigy and Soho House, as well as a $50M Media/Light Art project in Jeju Island, South Korea, and Nikhil ‘Ra’ Sharma, an Indian entrepreneur, producer and creative projects specialist who has also had a diverse background working with brands such as Louis Vuitton and Chanel Beauté, producing shows with talents such as David Bowie and Prince, Executive Producing a film by Oscar nominated director Fernando Meirelles, and working on projects with personalities such as Silicon Valley icon Sean Parker (Napster, Facebook, Spotify) to Fashion photography legend, Ellen von Unwerth.

Lee (Creative Director, Real World) and Ra (Creative Director, Metaverse) will be working as brothers in arms to morph the present into the future; the real with the virtual. They will oversee two core teams—an artistic, creative, manufacturing team in South Korea; and the Metaverse, NFT, Gaming, AI, Future Tech Studios in India.

X8 is actively developing the X8 Neo-Circus (X8NC), a members-only creative hub/platform for artists, celebrities and influencers in Jeju, and Decentraland: the first decentralized metaverse. This will go hand in hand with a secret character-based NFT project driving the platform. All X8 products will be showcased and sold in X8NC—in both physical and digital forms.

X8 has collaborated with Xelpmoc Design & Technology, a BSE/NSE listed company (XELP:IN). They will join X8 to build X8M (X8 Metaverse) in India to develop and invest in technologies to scale the X8 proposition globally. The core team of X8M are Sandipan Chattopadhyay, Suman Bose and Monce C. Abraham. Sandipan is the founder and MD of Xelpmoc; the co-founder of MoneyControl; and the ex-CTO of Just Dial. Suman Bose—Director and Chief Evangelist at Xelpmoc—was the former Managing Director of Siemens Industry Software. Sandipan and Suman will spearhead the tech and investment strategies for X8M. Monce C. Abraham—Director at THEV—will be focusing on operations and growth strategies for X8M. Abraham, at 24 years of age, was the youngest individual ever to head Marketing and Research at IVCA (Indian Private Equity & Venture Capital Association).

X8’s mission is to empower those who dare to dismantle the past, unsettle the present, and create a new and more exciting world for all. “We do not think in boxes,” say Lee and Ra. The founders see a world which will be driven by cross-industry innovation where an electric car can be built from the ground-up. Such a universe brings together fashion/textiles design, digital art, sustainable materials science, AI tech, rocket science and automotive engineering and Metaverse gaming. “We are driven by a passion to discover the unknown and see the world through the eyes of the new generation and beyond. Today, we may be considered a special projects and venture capital company. Yet our vision is set on tomorrow. The future will define us.

X8’s venture fund is led by Lee-Woong Yeol, Honorable Chairman of Kolon Group, South Korea. A visionary, Lee has invested in a wide array of businesses and ideas with an intent to create a think-tank. He coalesces solutions, services and products of the future.

Other X8 ventures include the following: 1) SLFF Kaimin—a brand by the New York designer Kaimin—whose futuristic cyber goddess looks have been worn by some of the most outlandish women in entertainment including Björk and Lady Gaga. 2) KLAW—a new sneakers collection for the “universal activity of walking”. 3) 1PEACE—a conscientious fashion and textiles brand that upcycles deadstock for new use.

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Aku Comes To Life

Aku comes to life for the first time with leading crypto exchange FTX US as the official partner of Aku World: Miami

The interactive three-day event and experiential exhibition will immerse guests into the world of crypto-native NFT character, Aku

Aku, the digital explorer and crypto-native NFT IP created by artist and former MLB player Micah Johnson, will come to life for the first time since its inception with Aku World: Miami presented by FTX US from December 2-4, 2021 in the vibrant Wynwood Arts District.

Aku World: Miami will be Aku’s first introduction to the physical world and bring friends and collaborators across art, music, fashion and technology together in one space. The visually stunning, multilayered event will showcase the otherworldly dimension of Aku and allow guests to step out of reality and into the metaverse through carefully curated exhibits that blur the lines between NFT technology and IRL experiences.

Aku World is a world built around dreams. It was imperative to incorporate talented artists and designers who have achieved their dreams into the world and it’s our mission to inspire everyone who walks through the door,” said Micah Johnson, creator of Aku.

Through a partnership with leading cryptocurrency exchange FTX US, attendees will be able to sign up for their own crypto wallet, collect NFTs throughout the space via hidden QR codes, and purchase digital artworks by legendary 3D artist, Raf Grassetti, as well as unique Aku digital works. Top-tier ticket holders will have exclusive access to the Minting Room presented by FTX US, where they can create their own 4D-scanned avatar that lives within the Aku universe and mint them into NFTs, which they can later trade, sell or display in their digital wallets.

Attendees can shop on-site via the Merch Room, which will host three days of exclusive merch collaborations with VIP guest collaborators Pusha-TJerome LaMaar and Aleali May, with each day dedicated to a single limited time, limited edition collection, available for pre-order at the event and online.

Aku’s Collection, curated by Art Angels, will tell more of Aku’s story through an art installation for guests to explore and interact with. A special curation of young Black artists including Jade Yasmeen, Asiko, Floyd Strickland, and Solomon Omogboye will be exhibited alongside two new original paintings by Micah Johnson, as well as three screen prints by Jean-Michel Basquiat. Guests will have the opportunity to view and purchase original artworks on-site.

Conceptualized by renowned creative and experiential studio MATTE Projects, the 30,000 square foot space will house a futuristic lifesize art installation of Aku’s Helmet, where guests can experience three otherworldly dimensions of Aku. The Blue Room will host exciting, informal panel conversations led by leaders in art, fashion, music and crypto, and The Patio will provide food and beverages for guests. Aku World: Miami will also host an invite-only VIP opening party on December 2nd with an intimate live musical performance by Kehlani.

Conceived by Micah Johnson in February 2021, Aku has since become the first NFT to be optioned for film and television projects and is the first NFT to travel to space. Aku is a conduit to empower the next generation of explorers and dreamers.

Aku World: Miami is a ticketed event and will be open to the public on December 2-4 from 12pm-7pm daily. Tickets are on-sale now. Visit aku.world for more information.

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For The Love of Comic Con 

By: Rodney Ramlochan × Elle Grant × Vaughn Lowery

New York City’s Comic Con is a key annual fan event dedicated to Western comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, movies, television and more. First held in 2006, this classic event was canceled last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, devastating fans who look forward to this mainstay of popular culture. Yet this year, Comic Con made its triumphant return, though it looked a little different in the attendance of both its exhibitors and fans. 360 MAGAZINE got the full scoop from well-versed fan Rodney Ramlochan on how this event has changed. He offers comments on the good, the bad, the Covid, and the in between for 360 readers. Read Ramlochan’s full testimony below:

To say that I love New York Comic Con is an understatement. For over a decade, as a pop-culture geek, I’ve enjoyed the fantastic guests, panels, original art, unique exhibitors, industry merchants, and one-of-kind exclusives. It has always been one of my favorite events to cover, and as a die-hard fan, I was deeply disappointed that the pandemic caused last year’s convention to go virtual. However, I was thrilled to hear that the event was coming back in person this year. Since much had changed over the past eighteen months, I thought it would be cool to experience the event as a fan rather than cover it as press. I also wanted to test-drive ReedPop’s Metaverse membership for ordering in-person tickets and focus on the overall fan experience, including Covid safety precautions and notable differences between this year and cons from yesteryear. Here are my post-Comic Con impressions. 

I purchased tickets a few months ago in July using the MetaVerse presale process. Of course, this was before the uptick caused by the Delta variant strain. I didn’t expect any issues with purchasing online as I’ve never really had a problem buying 4-day or single-day passes in the past. Still, I was interested in trying out the new Metaverse Membership that gives you first access to NYCC badges, photo ops & autographing tickets. My mission this year was to get both an autograph and photograph with William Shatner, epic space captain of the Starship Enterprise and now a real-life astronaut. In addition to getting first dibs on NYCC in-person tickets, the Superfan membership allows you to buy MCM Comic Con, Emerald City Comic Con, and C2E2 tickets. You can also get paid digital experiences, exclusive access to video content and celebrity panels, access to exclusive NYCC merchandise online. 

The Superfan Membership process was relatively seamless. I signed up at the end of June using the Metaverse Membership email and bought tickets using a dedicated link on my profile page within a few days. I purchased single day passes for each day of the convention, and I was contacted for the opportunity to purchase photo ops and autographs in addition at the end of September. Overall, I’d say the membership was worth it. It’s perfect for the fan who would rather have a more significant window of time to purchase tickets. Outside of remembering to click on the notification reminder emails and follow the presale, photo ops, and autographs links, ordering is straightforward.  There are no worries about getting tickets for the exact days you want to attend. If you are good with the allotted time frame afforded by the standard ordering process, then paying for the Superfan membership may not be beneficial at this time. However, I do wonder what the future holds for purchasing tickets in the future. Suppose the Superfan method of buying in-person tickets becomes more popular. Will it impact the standard order process and make it more challenging to obtain single-day passes post-pandemic?  Only time will tell. 

As far as Covid safety protocols, enforcement, and logistics, the ReedPop and the Javitz Center team did a great job managing this. Before attending, I was uncertain why New York Comic Con needed a partnership with CLEAR Health Pass. Especially since vaccination proof was a requirement for attending and could be validated using vaccine cards and existing apps like the NY Excelsior Pass. In hindsight, standardizing the application that everyone uses for admission was a smart move. At the very least, it streamlined the process and expedited entry for most. I picked up my green ReedPop vaccine wristband at the Javitz Crystal Palace a few nights before opening. It took me less than 5 minutes to show the CLEAR app and retrieve the band, and in many ways, this process foreshadowed the overall feel and attendance for the convention. NYC began requiring proof of vaccinations in early September, and the event was following suit. The mandate may have impacted attendance, as I read many social media comments from individuals that stated they wanted to return or sell their tickets because they didn’t know the vaccine would be mandated before purchasing. But, as a whole, most people in attendance complied with the requirements. I was there all four days and only encountered two individuals not wearing masks on the main floor. I didn’t notice security enforcing the mask mandate, but I did hear that a vendor and few individuals had been removed from the showroom floor for not following the rules.  At my William Shatner autograph and photo ops sessions, plexiglass partitions protected Shatner and the fans. Partitions were used at all reserved signings and photo op sessions. According to ReedPop, 150,000 paid in-person attendees were at the event this past weekend compared to 250,000 in previous years. Even with 100,00 fewer people, this was the largest indoor in-person event held in New York since 2019, showing a great evolution from where things were at the start of the pandemic. It was good to see that all of the proper safety protocols were in place. 

One of the most significant differences between this year’s Comic Con and past shows was the notable absence of large exhibitors like Disney, Marvel, DC, Image, Sony, Amazon, SYFY, and distributors like Funko and Midtown Comics. Of course, it didn’t come as a surprise, as we had been receiving no-show notices practically every week leading up to the event. I’m sure it deterred some folks from attending, but I think it helped provide a unique experience for those who did. It minimized the crowd and offered other smaller exhibitors an opportunity to showcase their properties and spend more time with fans. As a result, I spent a lot more time than I would typically have at smaller booths. For example, I met the great folks at Plunderlings, a boutique toy line presenting a fresh take on fantasy universes from a Caribbean perspective. Although some of the major players weren’t present, there was an excellent turnout for anime fans from Toei Animation, Funimation, VIZ Media, and Tamashii Nations. Without having to compete for floor space, it seemed as if their exhibits doubled in size. If you were a fan of these companies, it was probably the first time in years that you could casually stroll through their exhibits without waiting in line. Although it was less crowded, the show floor did not feel empty. As expected, Saturday and Sunday saw an increase in volume of attendees, but nothing compared to the previous years. 

One of the most extraordinary changes this year was the unveiling of the new Javits Center expansion project. It took a few minutes to figure out exactly where floors 4 and 5 were, but once you found them in the building adjacent to the old center, you were treated to the fantastic skyline and river views on the way up to the panel rooms and the new Empire Stage. There were a few blockbuster live panels, including Ghostbuster and The Boys; however, many panels like Sandman Act II and Wheel of Time were pre-recorded videos. I did sit in on the Sandman panel, but post-viewing, I felt a bit underwhelmed – watching a video of writer Neil Gaiman, audiobook director Dirk Maggs, actor James McCoy (who voices the title character), and actor/filmmaker Kevin Smith (who voices Merv Pumpkinhead) was not the same as seeing them in person. In addition, ReedPop introduced a new reservation system for the larger panels instead of the “badge tap-in” process used in the past. I have mixed feelings about this, as it didn’t appear that anyone’s reservations for the panels were being checked. It may have been because there was excess capacity remaining at the events I attended. However, I will note that the folks at the Tamashii Nations booth to purchase their exclusive Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Son Goku figure did check for reservations. 

Overall, expanding the panels to the new venue resulted in two significant outcomes. First, it allowed more space to return to smaller fan-focused panels, which featured creators interacting with their fandom instead of pitching major studio events.  Second, moving the panels out of the main building allowed for Artist Alley to take back a prominent role I felt it had lost over the past few years. This year, the Alley was front and center, featuring principal mainstays like Fabian Nicieza, Chris Claremont, Rob Leifeld, and Scott Synder amongst many others. I especially enjoyed chatting with Ben Bishop, one of the key artists on TMNT’s The Last Ronin. 

Undoubtedly, many of this year’s Comic Con changes resulted from how best to host an event during a pandemic, but many of the changes also focused on improving the fan experience. As a result, NYCC 2021 felt more like the NYCC of 2011, but with a few notable improvements. Creators were able to connect more with their fandoms, fans were able to stop and appreciate exhibitors and artists more, and ReedPop unveiled a few new processes to streamline crowd control and help fans maximize their time at the event. It wasn’t perfect, but as a fan, it exceeded my expectations, and I’m even more looking forward to a pandemic-free NYCC next year. 

360 MAGAZINE covers NYCC
360 MAGAZINE covers NYCC
360 MAGAZINE covers NYCC.
Rodney Ramlochan attends NYCC on behalf of 360 MAGAZINE and meets William Shatner.