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IMG UNVEILS NYFW PROGRAM

IMG, the official organizer and operator of New York Fashion Week’s central event, New York Fashion Week (NYFW): The Shows presented by Afterpay, today announced its slate of programming and events for the September 2022 season. NYFW: The Shows is produced by IMG FOCUS. and will take place Friday, September 9 – Wednesday, September 14, 2022, live at Spring Studios and virtually at NYFW.com.

For the fifth season in collaboration with IMG, The Black in Fashion Council Discovery Showrooms returns with a new line-up including Ajovang, Atelier NDigo, HARBISON, IZAYLA, Jessica Rich, Kwame Adusei, Madame Adassa, Muehleder, Sammy B and VAVVOUNE. Additionally,BIFC Designers, IZAYLA, Kwame Adusei, Atelier NDigo, Muehleder and Sammy B will create a capsule collection and pop-up shop in collaboration with Mailchimp, which will be available at Spring Studios and online.

Afterpay, the leader in “Buy Now Pay Later” (BNPL) payments, unveiled limited edition NFTs The Keys to New York Fashion Week – which gives consumer access to limited edition NFTs from ALTU by Joseph Altuzarra, anOnlyChild, Jonathan Simkhai, Kim Shui, and The Blonds only at Keys.NYFW.com. Each designer’s unique NFT serves as a digital collectable and also unlocks real world product drops and exclusive experiences during NYFW: The Shows. All proceeds from the sales of the designer NFT Keys will be donated to Free Arts NYC, bringing art and mentoring programs to children in underserved communities in New York City. Afterpay will also partner with Area and Kim Shui to unlock consumer access to their runway shows.

NYFW: The Talks, IMG’s series of conversations beyond the shows at New York Fashion Week, will feature industry thought leaders discussing compelling topics in fashion this season including:

 

  • Navigating the New Phygital Age of Fashion and Artpresented by Afterpay: Natalie McGrath, VP of Marketing at Afterpay; Elise Swopes, NFT Artist; and Michelle Reeves, Co-founder and CEO of MAVEON world, will discuss decentralizing fashion in the phygital age.
  • Cultivating the Future for Latinx Creatorspresented by UPS: Moderator Karla Martinez de Salas, EIC of Vogue Mexico; will talk with AWAKE NY Clothing Designer Angelo Baque; Gil “Thermal” Tavernas, Designer, Cofounder of Whensmokeclears; and Carlos Cueto, UPS Senior Manager Digital Commerce & Experience, on Latinx diversity and inclusion in today’s world, as well as the importance of corporate efforts including UPS’s Proudly Unstoppable campaign.
  • Mindfulness in Fashionpresented by ALO: Model Hilary Rhoda; Singer, Songwriter Bianca Quiñones; Wellness Professional Christa Janine; and Contemplative Guide & Therapist-In-Training Kirat Randhawa with moderator Chrissy Rutherford, Brand Consultant & Founder of FWD Joy, will discuss how mindfulness plays a role in your mental health when you work in the fashion industry.
  • New Faces of Indonesian Fashionpresented by Erigo X Tokopedia: Pasoari Widiastuti, Brand Executive of Erigo X; will share how varied creative practices and rich cultures inform approaches to fashion.
  • The Long-Term Luxury of Sustainabilitypresented by Lovesac: Abrima Erwiah, Co-founder, Studio One Eighty Nine & Director of Gromek Institute for Fashion Business at Parsons School of Design; IMG Model Olivia Ponton; Laura Hodges, Founder and Principal of Laura Hodges Studio; Shawn Nelson, Lovesac Founder & CEO; with moderator Kerry Pieri will discuss Lovesac’s ‘Designed For Life’ philosophy and the importance of eco-consciousness in home + design.
  • Ten Years of Costuming the New York City Ballet Fall Fashion Gala: Ahead of NYCB’s decade anniversary of its iconic Fall Fashion Gala, a collection of the events’ key collaborators, Designer Zac Posen; Designer Humberto Leon; Marc Happel, New York City Ballet Director of Costumes; and Choreographer Gianna Reisen, reflect on designing for dance with moderator Donya Archer Bommer, Board of Directors, New York City Ballet.

This season, there are a variety of ways guests of NYFW: The Shows and consumers can participate and experience the excitement and creativity of some of their favorite fashion brands. Guests of NYFW: The Shows can stop by the Alo Yoga Wellness Sanctuary to receive complimentary wellness treatments during the busy fashion week in celebration of the debut of its Aspen Collection, the brand’s first premium collection. Keds, will be unveiling it second exclusive capsule collection on the runway. UPS, returning to NYFW for its second season, will collaborate with Awake NY designer Angelo Baque to celebrate the creative pursuits of exceptional designer talent with a connection to the Latinx community. Additionally, throughout Manhattan fashion fans should be on the lookout for the Lovesac and alice + olivia co-branded Mobile ConciergeLovesac also enlisted alice + olivia to reveal their limited-edition Sac Cover collaboration at the alice + olivia NYFW presentation.

As the official partner of NYFW: The Shows, On Location, IMG’s premium experience provider, will offer fans access to once-in-a-lifetime moments that only take place at NYFW. Fans can now purchase tickets to shows including Badgley Mischka, The BlondsDur Doux, among others, at https://onlocationexp.com/new-york-fashion-week-tickets.

Afterpay is the presenting sponsor for NYFW: The Shows. This multi-year partnership, which kicked off in September 2021, champions American fashion designers, supports the U.S. retail industry, and unlocks access for more consumers to the brands and experiences they love.

NYFW: The Shows is presented by Afterpay with official partners Alo YogaCash AppGrand MarnierLovesacMailchimpKedsPerrierTRESemmé, logistics partner UPS, innovation partner Yahoo!, and media partner E!.

Through NYFW: The Shows, IMG supports designers in various capacities, including runway and fashion presentations, content, programming and premium experiential hospitality through NYFW: The Experience. The official expanded programming schedule for NYFW: The Shows September 2022, which features more than 140 designer activations is now live on NYFW.com/schedule.

The digital destination of NYFW: The Shows is NYFW.com, the go-to destination for exclusive designer content, livestreamed fashion shows, cultural programming, and commerce surrounding New York Fashion Week. Shows and presentations will also be presented on Runway360, CFDA’s centralized digital hub. Followers can also get a front row seat to Fashion Week by following @NYFW across TikTok, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

About IMG:

IMG is a global leader in sports, fashion, events and media. The company manages some of the world’s greatest athletes and fashion icons; owns and operates hundreds of live events annually; and is a leading independent producer and distributor of sports and entertainment media. IMG also specializes in licensing, sports training and league development. IMG is a subsidiary of Endeavor, a global sports and entertainment company.

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Louis Vuitton introduced LV diamonds campaign via 360 MAGAZINE

LV DIAMONDS

Louis Vuitton continues its journey into the world of jewelry with the LV Diamonds collection.

This new chapter celebrates the LV Monogram Star diamonds and offers a unique vision of diamonds through unprecedented creations that spark universal emotions and transcend individual personalities. As symbols of commitment, these pieces of jewelry pay homage to our bonds with other people, both to loved ones and to ourselves. They are there to celebrate each facet of our lives. The LV Diamonds collection reaffirms our attachment to ourselves and others, and to those precious moments spent together. 

LV Monogram Star, A Revolutionary Cut 

The monogram flower, Louis Vuitton’s iconic pattern, resonates throughout the House with its timeless and bold design. With the LV Monogram Star diamonds, the motif confirms its status as a symbol of eternity. Innovation, tradition and technology, combined with creativity and jewelers’ savoir-faire, have inspired the Maison with this specific cut, named LV Monogram Star. Instantly recognizable with its fifty-three facets with pointed ends, it repreises the star-shaped monogram flower created by Georges-Louis Vuitton in 1896. A bold, graphic cut, with a brand new outline to make the sleek authentic jewels sparkle like never before. 

The Creations

The exclusive pieces in the LV Diamonds collection designed by Artistic Director for Watches and Jewelry, Francesca Amfitheatrof, showcase LV Monogram Star and brilliant diamond cuts. Rings, unisex bands with understated yet bold designs, earrings and pendants are all tributes to the Mainson’s signature aesthetic. The platinum, rose gold or half-aveed rings rekindle the Art Deco-style V with the Gaston-Louis Vuitton would have adorn his suitcases in the 1920s and 1930s. An even more precious version is enhanced with a central LV Monogram Star diamond, while another one dominates over other rings made of platinum, encrusted or entirely paved with diamonds. THanks to the Louis Vuitton jewelers’ expertise, this monogram flower is turned into a bezel, with tiny V-shaped claws embracing the curves and edges of this rare gem. Playful and graphic, irresistible bands complete the collection with a sparkling checkerboard that calls to mind the Damier canvas created by Georges Vuitton in 1888. Finally, a pendant and earrings, new daily essentials combining the must-have brilliant cut with a flower paved with diamonds let a double motif in diamond and gold resolute on the hollow of the neck or the ears. The new jewelry sets are highlighted by the harmonious use of the same colors and materials – the white and pink of gold, the purity of platinum and the intense shine of diamonds. These exclusive unisex cfreations were designed to be worn by themselves or in conjunction with other pieces, combined, stacked, or mixed or matched in an eternal dialogue. 

The LV Diamonds Certificate 

Louis Vuitton presents the first LV Diamonds certificate. This document reflects their commitment to transparently sourcing their gemstones. Provided with each LV Diamonds creation set with a central stone, this unique file lists each diamond’s weight, color, purity and cut quality. It also tracks its journey, from the country where the diamond was extracted until its arrival in its case, through the workshops where it was cut, polished and mounted. Each chapter in the story of an LV Diamonds creation is written down, thus carefully documented. In order to reinforce such a certificate’s security, Louis Vuitton uses blockchain. This modern technology, operated by Aura Blockchain Consortium – a platform dedicated to the luxury industry – allows for the recording and issuing of forgery-proof data thanks to decentralized storage. This solves many issues related to responsible sourcing, as well as the diamond’s durability since the platform provides direct access to the stone’s history, and its life cycle from its creation to its distribution. 

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Hunter Abramson via Otter PR for use by 360 MAGAZINE

NFT Ticketing on the Blockchain

Many have claimed that the NFT craze has come and gone, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Rather, NFTs are currently experiencing an evolution — the next stage in their development from a digital asset class that derives its value from its novelty, to one that boasts a genuine use for consumers and businesses. This next stage of NFTs has the potential to disrupt numerous industries, starting with the event ticketing industry.

When NFTs were first introduced to broader consumer markets, they were little more than a few strings of code connected to a JPEG image. “Although hardcore blockchain investors found value in these digital assets, convincing the general public that these assets were worth anything to them was a significant challenge,” explains Hunter Abramson, CEO of innovative NFT ticketing company Relic Tickets. “That is, if you could even get the average person to understand what an NFT was in the first place. But with newer NFTs, it is much easier to show consumers why they are valuable and important.”

Recent trends have seen a shift towards “utility NFTs,” or NFTs that have some real-world value associated with them beyond their value as digital assets. From Bored Apes that serve as their holder’s membership card, to NFTs that can be redeemed for some exclusive reward, these utility NFTs have been taking the world of blockchain by storm. As Abramson tells us, NFT ticketing is only the latest innovation to apply the technology in exciting ways.

The utility of NFT tickets

From the perspective of the user, NFT tickets function virtually the same way as a standard digital ticket. To attend an event, ticket holders simply scan the ticket on their phone and then enter the event in question. What makes an NFT ticket different for the user is what occurs once the event has ended. After the ticket is scanned, it becomes an NFT in the holder’s Ethereum-based crypto wallet, which can then be kept as a digital souvenir, traded, or sold to other users.

The main similarity between live events and NFT projects is that they both depend on a strong community to succeed. Concerts are attended by a group of fans of the performing musician, giving NFT projects a built-in audience. These fans are the type of people who will sometimes spend hundreds of dollars on tickets or tour merchandise, so the digital collectible that is their NFT ticket has an intrinsic value to them.

However, the purpose of NFT tickets is not just their utility to consumers — they also provide safety provisions for both consumers and event organizers that are simply beyond the scope of standard ticketing procedures. The inherent security features offered by blockchain technology will remedy many of the complaints those on both sides of ticketing transactions have about the safety of their tickets.

Many of the ticketing industry’s issues can be attributed to the fact that the technology currently being used is quickly becoming out of date. QR code technology was invented almost 30 years ago, and barcode technology decades before that. Although some more traditional facets of ticketing will still be useful in the next stage of its evolution, such as revolving QR codes, since the industry has been mostly dependent on the same tech for so long, it’s time for a change.

Making the ticketing situation even more urgent is that both consumers and enterprises suffer from the existing technology’s shortcomings. For example, if consumers are scammed, they lose money and are upset at having received a fraudulent ticket that will render them unable to attend a particular event. For the event organizer, that scammed consumer is a ticket that could have been sold, but ultimately equates to lost revenue. 

Furthermore, consumers are more empowered than ever to speak out about their frustrations with technologies in the most powerful way possible: with their wallets. “If a potential customer does not feel comfortable making a ticket purchase because they don’t think that the transaction is safe enough, they simply won’t buy the ticket,” explains Abramson. “Consumers have dozens of events to choose from. If you aren’t investing in the safest, most up-to-date ticketing technology as an event organizer, you risk losing sales to your competition.”

Why NFT tickets are safer

Consumers will recognize the benefits of NFT ticketing for the safety of their transactions, especially its potential to reduce fraud. Fake QR codes and barcodes can be produced, but blockchain code cannot be faked. Given the publicly verifiable nature of blockchain technology, NFT ticket holders can rest assured knowing they hold a genuine ticket to an event.

NFT ticketing also virtually eliminates the possibility of scalping. “Scalpers attempt to purchase tickets at a massive scale to resell them at prices above face value, leaving people who genuinely want to attend without the opportunity to see it,” Abramson adds. “Blockchain technology prevents these scalpers from buying up tickets at massive scales by keeping a verifiable record of every transaction. If certain buyers are acting with malicious intent, event organizers can know.”

However, this does not mean that the secondary market is eliminated. In fact, NFT technology enables a much safer secondary market in which fans can buy and sell tickets from one another without fearing whether or not the transaction is genuine. Once sold, sending a ticket is easier than ever, simply changing hands between Ethereum wallets.

Additionally, from the perspective of event organizers, it is much safer to know exactly who holds these tickets at any given time. Every time a ticketing transaction occurs, it is added to the blockchain. Event organizers can then access these blockchain records to communicate important information with attendees, or even keep track of who will attend the event for safety reasons.

NFT ticketing is the proverbial lightning in a bottle for both the world of blockchain and the ticketing industry. By using the technological advantages of blockchain and NFTs to address the needs of an event ticketing agency that has been running on life support for so long, companies like Relic Tickets are breathing life into both. The result is a ticketing experience that is not only far safer for consumers and event organizers, but one that also offers them unique value in the form of a digital NFT collectible.

Prada third nft drop via 360 MAGAZINE

PRADA DROPS THIRD NFT

PRADA DROPS THIRD EXCLUSIVE TIMECAPSULE NFT COLLECTION

  • On August 4, 2022, Prada will reveal the third in its series of limited-edition Timecapsule Collection drops with a corresponding gifted NFT
  • This drop will offer Timecapsule NFT holders in the ‘Prada Crypted’ Discord community access to unique events and experiences, such as a full Prada journey in Milan with an exclusive invitation to the brand’s fashion show in September. 
  • Following the theme of previous months, August’s Timecapsule shirt is made using upcycled fabrics from Prada’s extensive archive of luxury textiles

Prada announces the release of its third Timecapsule NFT Collection. On August 04, there will be an exclusive drop of gender-neutral physical products, each accompanied by a gifted NFT. This fifty-piece drop follows two successful Timecapsule NFT drops: June, in collaboration with artist Cassius Hirst and July, both immediate sell-outs.  

The Timecapsule NFT Collection underscores Prada’s commitment to circularity by creating new and unique garments using existing textiles from their archive, while Timecapsule NFTs also allow Prada to explore new ways to engage customers in the digital realm.

Prada Timecapsule NFT holders will also gain access to unique events and experiences. This includes a full Prada journey in Milan with an exclusive invitation to the brand’s fashion show in September. More details will be shared on the Prada Crypted Community on Discord. 

The third NFT drop is the #32 shirt in the Timecapsule collection. Constructed from black poplin, the shirt is embellished with a selection of exclusive Prada fabrics, including a Frankenstein-inspired print created by artist Jeanne Detallante. It also features a flower-motif silk lurex brocade, a fabric sourced from a 1950s archive, and a silk lampas from a 1920s archive textile. The shirt is also decorated with a Lattice Badge featuring a graphic created by OMA studio.

The Timecapsule is a monthly online event. For 24 hours, on the first Thursday of every month, Timecapsule Collection products are made available on prada.com in very limited quantities in selected markets. 

Each limited-edition Timecapsule item has its own unique serial number and is prepared for delivery with custom packaging. As such, Prada maintains harmony between the exclusivity of the Prada Timecapsule and the scarcity of the corresponding NFTs.

Each NFT includes the drop serial number and the serial number for its accompanying physical item, so there is a direct relationship between the physical and virtual products. NFT owners are eligible to participate in exclusive benefits and experiences, as well as gain priority access to future drops. 

Prada Timecapsule NFTs are issued on Ethereum infrastructure, offering a secure and user-friendly experience. The Aura Blockchain Consortium provides the underlying NFT solutions and technology. 

DETAILS: 

  • The Prada Timecapsule drop is open to customers in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China Mainland, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong S.A.R., Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Luxemburg, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan (China), Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States for 24 hours only, starting from August 04, 2022 at 3pm CEST. 
  • Each drop is limited to 50 items. 

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Prada third nft drop via 360 MAGAZINE

About Prada 

Since 1913, Prada has been synonymous with cutting-edge style. Its intellectual universe combines concept, structure and image through codes that go beyond trends. Its fashion transcends products, translating conceptuality into a universe that has become a benchmark to those who dare to challenge conventions focusing on experimentation. The Prada brand is part of Prada Group, a global leader in the luxury goods industry, which owns the Miu Miu, Church’s and Car Shoe brands as well, and produces and distributes luxury leather goods, footwear and apparel. It also operates in the food sector with Marchesi 1824, and in the eyewear and fragrance industries under licensing agreements.

www.prada.com

Prada NFT via 360 MAGAZINE

PRADA NFT TWO

PRADA DROPS SECOND TIMECAPSULE NFT AFTER SELLOUT DEBUT

● Released on July 7 2022, Prada will unveil its latest monthly Timecapsule Collection drop, accompanied with a gifted NFT

● July’s Timecapsule item is made from upcycled fabrics from the Prada archives

Prada announces the release of its second Timecapsule NFT Collection, which is linked to both a gender-neutral physical product and a gifted NFT. This NFT drop follows the launch of the first Timecapsule NFT Collection on June 2nd in collaboration with artist Cassius Hirst. The Timecapsule NFT Collection debut resulted in an immediate sell-out of the collection. The launch also coincided with the creation of the “Prada Crypted” server on Discord which gained a large following solidifying the brands commitment to building an inclusive Web3 community, but this is just the beginning of the journey. A key design element of this latest Timecapsule shirt is that the garment is made from upcycled fabrics from the Prada archives. By turning iconic printed textiles into a unique design, these materials are given a new life, perfectly in line with the Brand’s sustainability strategy and approach to circular thinking.

This shirt, which is #31 drop in the Timecapsule Collection, is emblazoned with the calendar month of “July”. It features a black color pipeline matched with the Holliday & Brown tulip print on a cotton poplin base. It also features a ‘Jacquard Animalier’ silk brocade and lurex fabric; as well as Jacquard Thrush (flower), a silk fabric produced from an early 20th century French archive. The final details of the design include a ‘Poplin Loto’ printed fabric with deco inspiration. The Timecapsule is a monthly online event: for 24 hours, on the first Thursday of every month, an exclusive item is made available on prada.com in very limited quantities, in selected markets.

Each limited-edition Timecapsule item is associated with a unique serial number and is delivered with custom packaging. By purchasing the Timecapsule, customers will be able to redeem the related NFT which will be available, in a second phase, also for those who bought the Timecapsule dating back to the first launch in December 2019. As such, there is a synergy between the Prada Timecapsule and the scarcity and desirability of NFTs.

The NFT includes the drop serial number and the numbering of each physical item in order to have an exact correspondence. NFT owners are then offered exclusive benefits and experiences as well as access to future drops.

Prada Timecapsule NFTs are issued on the Ethereum blockchain, offering a secure and user-friendly experience.

The drop is facilitated by leveraging the Aura Blockchain Consortium’s NFT Solution and technology.

DETAILS:

● The Prada Timecapsule drop is open to customers in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China Mainland, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong S.A.R., Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxemburg, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan (China), Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States for 24 hours only, starting from July 7, 2022 at 3pm CEST.

● Each drop is limited to 50 items.

www.prada.com/prada-crypted

www.discord.gg/prada

About Prada

Since 1913, Prada has been synonymous with cutting-edge style. Its intellectual universe combines concept, structure and image through codes that go beyond trends. Its fashion transcends products, translating conceptuality into a universe that has become a benchmark to those who dare to challenge conventions focusing on experimentation.

The Prada brand is part of Prada Group, a global leader in the luxury goods industry, which owns the Miu Miu, Church’s and Car Shoe brands as well, and produces and distributes luxury leather goods, footwear and apparel. It also operates in the food sector with Marchesi 1824, and in the eyewear and fragrance industries under licensing agreements. www.prada.com

MM Collaborates With Snowcrash via Falcon Publicity for use by 360 MAGAZINE

MAXIM × SNOWCRASH × CRYTO.COM

MAXIM OF PIONEERING ELECTRONIC ACT THE PRODIGY (AKA VISUAL ARTIST MM) TO RELEASE THE LEPIDOPTERROR COLLECTION

NFT COLLECTION FEATURING 888 STILL IMAGES OF FOUR DIFFERENT BUTTERFLIES TO RELEASE JULY 27 ON CRYPTO.COM NFT IN COLLABORATION WITH SNOWCRASH

Lepidoptera is an order of insects that includes butterflies. For the “Lepidopterror Collection” from contemporary British artist MAXIM, also known as MM (Double M), beautiful butterflies are mixed with skulls and deadly weapons that will be released as an NFT curated collection via Crypto.com/NFT in collaboration with innovative NFT platform Snowcrash on Wednesday, July 27.

Well known for his outstanding paintings, sculptures and ceramics, Maxim often uses a mixture of sinister and beautiful images. This collection features 888 still images of four categories of butterflies, in varianting quantities. There are 50 Royal Butterflies, 50 Warrior Butterflies, and 50 Worker Butterflies. The remaining 738 butterflies are Citizens. They all belong to the eldest family of butterflies, the Lepidopterrors, and have their role to play in defending the magical Golden Pollen from the Clown Wasps.

Maxim’s musical background in The Prodigy (the pioneering electronic music group that has smashed genre perceptions for more than two decades) has helped feed his wider art practice. It is witnessed in pieces that are always based in a surreal world, inspired by special effects creator Ray Harryhausen and artists H.R. Giger, MC Escher, and Hieronymus Bosch.  At the heart of his approach is a love and appreciation of freedom. “The one thing I’ve learned about art is there aren’t really mistakes in art, are there?” he shares.

These butterflies were first conceptualized by Maxim in 2009 after he recalled a childhood memory of an advertisement that showed a young girl running through a cornfield, waving a net as she tried to catch an elegant butterfly. He thought to himself, “What would it be like if I armed that butterfly?” The butterfly is seen as a frail and gentle creature. He wanted to give it the ability and strength to defend itself.

That is how the butterfly rebellion was born. Maxim took this inspiration and produced a collection of artworks entitled “Lepidopterror.” In collaboration with Snowcrash and Crypto.com/NFT, he is taking these pieces into the metaverse and creating NFTs, which he sees as a natural progression for this collection.

The Story: 

A long time ago, a child from one of the eldest butterfly families, the Lepidopterrors, found a source of magical Golden Pollen. The child consumed some of the pollen and, in an instant, all of his worries and ailments vanished into thin air. Realizing the healing powers of the pollen, the child told this to his family, the leaders of the Lepidopterrors, the Royals. They decided that the Golden Pollen had to be protected from their enemies, the Clown Wasps, to ensure that enough of the pollen was always available to heal the sick. 

As a result, some of the Lepidopterrors were trained to become Warrior Butterflies, to protect the Royals and their Workers and Citizens from the vicious Clown Wasps. The Warriors are highly respected, but that doesn’t mean the Workers and Citizens have less important roles to play. The Worker Butterflies actually collect the Golden Pollen and bring it to the center of their home where it’s safest. 

The Citizens are the largest portion of the Lepidopterror community. They are either too old to work and fight or they are too young to choose a path as a worker or warrior. They help take care of the larvae and caterpillars as they become ready to enter their chrysalises to transform into butterflies. The butterflies all display a side of strength regardless of their circumstance.

About MM:

Hailing from Cambridgeshire, U.K., Maxim has been a creative artist since 2002 after he was inspired to create artwork to hang in his home. Since 2012, he has displayed his mixed media artworks in various exhibitions around the world. He is self-taught and has been known to use many different random objects in his work: spray paints, bullets, blades, and pills to name a few. His artistic images have also been used on fine bone china crockery embellished with 24ct gold. He uses acrylic and ceramic paints along with anything he can get his hands on that will add to the texture of his work. Often his pieces are finished with resin which he feels gives a certain beauty and preciseness to the images, keeping them locked and untouchable behind the resin. Paintings are a journey into MM’s mind and have a surreal edge that takes you somewhere deep into his imagination. Certain pieces show rebellion and the rise of the underdog and the weak. All of MM’s paintings contain signs of strength and positivity while putting a “spin on things” and seeing them from different angles. Grenades carried on the breeze by a raft of red balloons; skull-faced butterflies brandishing Samurai swords, and gun-toting cats are just a few of the surreal fantasy worlds created by MM.

In May 2021, MM collaborated with mixed-media artist Dan Pearce on the powerful and poignant, pandemic Hope project, which included the launch of 50 limited edition sculptures, an exclusive, four-track MM EP as well as the release of an accompanying short film, featuring MM, his new music and starring Pearce’s son, to tell the story behind the pair’s sculpture. Since 2012 MM has supported various charities and donated artwork to raise money for research into Breast Cancer, BT ArtBox for ChildLine, Shelter, NHS Charities Together, Young Minds, and Chain of Hope (cardiac care for children around the world). MM continues to work relentlessly and is now planning exhibitions that will take place in the last quarter of 2022.  

As a founding member of world-renowned explosive dance music band, The Prodigy, Maxim is widely associated with the band’s fierce lyrics and vibrant sense of style in videos, explosive live shows and genre-defying hits like “Smack My Bitch Up” and “Firestarter.” He is also known as a solo artist, producer and DJ. He currently lives and works in Essex, United Kingdom.

About the project:

Maxim is an extraordinary musician and fine artist from the fury of the Prodigy to now these incredible weapon-wielding butterflies,” shares Snowcrach co-founder Jesse Dylan. “Crypto.com is an acknowledged leader in the web3 space and we are thrilled to collaborate on this.”

“I am very excited about my upcoming Lepidopterror NFT Drop,” says Maxim. “I previously released NFTs as a collaboration with two other artist friends, but this is my first solo NFT drop and I can’t wait for it to be released. I am thrilled to be working with the Snowcrash Team as we have forged a great partnership.”

About Snowcrash: 

Launched on March 2, 2022, Snowcrash is a web3 studio that empowers leading artists, publishers, and brands to build community, value, and ownership with NFTs in the web3 ecosystem. It includes a digital creative studio, marketing services, a curated exchange platform, licensing / IP management, and web3 engineering capabilities. Look for NFTs from cultural icons like Bob Dylan and Miles Davis to be announced later in 2022.

About Crypto.com NFT

Crypto.com NFT is a carefully curated platform for collecting and trading non-fungible tokens by creators, celebrities and brands from the worlds of art, design, entertainment, sports and fashion — including the Aston Martin Formula One Team, BossLogic, Boy George, Lega Serie A, Lionel Richie, Mr. Brainwash, Snoop Dogg and the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), among many other high-profile artists and clients. Crypto.com NFT was founded on a principle of sustainability, with artworks minted using a proof-of-stake model, and is powered by Crypto.com.

art battle

Support Your Local Artist Tour

Secret Walls, an art and entertainment brand, announces their first-ever Support Your Local Artist Tour. The tour will be a multi-city tour bringing renowned art pieces and design battles across North America. Each spot will depict different illustrations from the local talent followed by a head-to-head art scrabble competing for Secret Walls Glory. 

To kick off the tour, Secret Walls assembled a preview to give the guests a sneak peek of how the excursion would look in their art studio based in Korea Town. Right outside the locale, guests could browse some of the artwork from Secret Walls family and affiliates staged along the walls of the parking lot.

360 Magazine had the honor to speak to the creative director of Secret Walls, Jimi Zendrix. Jimi mentioned that he studied graphic design at Brighton University, but dropped out because of an opportunity that arose at a graffit art gallery in the UK. As creative director, he wants to continue to grow the secret walls family, and keep their status of being the biggest and best live art party. 

After indulging in the variety of food, attendees took their seats for the art battle. Usually the contestants are given a total of ninety-minutes, but for this press event they wanted to add a little pressure to the competition and only provide a thirty-minute time frame. The duel was one for the books. As the time came to an end, Joon the Goon and Allison Bamcat took the victory with their mural of a punk rock grim reaper. 

Secret Walls is taking things to the next level. Especially having partners like Moonwalk and Palm NFT Studio who are just as passionate about supporting the native talent in the harboring areas. To learn more about the Support Your Local Artists Tour, please visit www.secrewalls.world

ABOUT SECRET WALLS 

Founded in London in 2006, Secret Walls is the world’s premier live arts entertainment brand, where artists take a stage to show off their talent and compete to win. We exist to entertain fans, support local, develop artists and showcase the best creativity on the planet. We operate across the realms of physical and digital art – IRL + URL – and we are always expanding our universe in exciting new ways. 

ABOUT PALM NFT STUDIO 

Palm NFT Studio is a technology company that partners with leading artists, creatives, IP owners, and entertainment companies to onboard them into Web3 and NFTs. To date, Palm NFT Studio has executed “The Currency” with Damien Hirst and HENI, launched Pace Gallery’s metaverse platform Pace Verso, and delivered NFT programs in support of DC FanDome, Warner Bros. “Space Jam 2,” and “The Batman”, among others. Palm NFT Studio is also one of the contributors to the development of the Palm network. Palm NFT Studio was brought together by ConsenSys founder and Ethereum co-founder Joseph Lubin; film producer and owner of Heyday Films, David Heyman; and founder of world-class art house HENI Group, Joe Hage. The venture is being led by co-founder and CEO Dan Heyman, former General Manager of protocols at ConsenSys. In December 2021, Palm NFT Studio announced a Series B raise of $27MM led by Microsoft’s venture fund M12, and including Griffin Gaming Partners, RRE, Third Kind Venture Capital, Sfermion, the LAO, Warner Bros., SK Inc., among others. Learn more: www.palm.io; Discord: Palm NFT Community; Twitter: @PalmNft 

ABOUT MOONWALK 

Moonwalk is the leading no-code NFT and Web3 platform for brands, creators and communities. Moonwalk’s platform is the easiest way to enable brands, creators, and communities to create their own branded Web3 economies. The Moonwalk platform drives engagement and revenue by interconnecting NFTs, social tokens and utility across a brand’s digital ecosystem, from social to content and shopping. Moonwalk’s core offering centers around branded Web3 wallets that enable users to interact with brands, purchase and unlock NFTs, and earn and use social tokens throughout the brand’s ecosystem. It also facilitates the creation and minting of NFT collections that enable communities to form and unlock content, access, and value. Moonwalk works with iconic brands in sports, music, media, and gaming. For more information, visit www.moonwalk.com

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Marc Seal

Listen to Marc Seal on the 360 MAG Podcast HERE.

Marc Seal is a successful entrepreneur and seasoned technologist focused on applying blockchain and NFT technologies to the digital sports and entertainment spaces. He leads innovative teams to create world-class products with partners like Disney, Marvel, Fox, Lucasfilm, Toho, MLB, and more.

He is currently the co-founder/CEO of Sortium Blockchain Studio and a pioneer of the Play 2 ecosystem. They focus on futuristic concepts and progressive core loops, as well as emphasizing on application of blockchain technologies and non-fungible tokens to entertainment spaces and digital games. His professional goal is to create an immersive digital experience that engages and entertains fans around the world.

On the other hand, Marc Seal is founder of CryptoGene, the first play-to-win web3 game where players genetically modify creatures called “Kymera” as the world’s first 3D living NFTs with DNA on-chain. By staking and caring for Kymera, players can earn tokenized resources to sell on the market, upgrade creatures, or create new ones. As Marc points out, “These are genetically engineered fantasy creatures that appear in Shane’s DNA through using real sharp DNA that we’ve unleashed via artificial intelligence and simulation using to advance Olympic learning systems.”

The main goal is “providing high-fidelity technology and advancements and artificial intelligence simulation game engine technology or 3D engine technology,” as Marc states. Without a doubt, Marc is clear that this type of games between the simulation and the real world “will alleviate the friction between user participation and the transition between various ecosystems.”

Marc is clear that this type of game must have the quality of AAA and web 3 technology since these “really innovate, specifically the number of verse or image publications, and provide player-specific experiences.”

The most important thing is that everything is built around a high-fidelity gaming experience that’s “fun and it’s not just about how do we open something’s eyes but how do we provide value to a player in the economy to have a fun experience that’s scalable and fun,” Adds Marc.

One of the main things that Marc considers is the importance to remember that not even 1% of the population knows what crypto modes are or even the interaction that can be had with the use of NFC. Marc and his team are certain in knowing that the volume is there to learn about regarding this new technological and digital world.

While gaining more knowledge of the system, users may want to take the license to have the responsibility of managing individual accounts well. Next, you will have the ability to do so, as this is a part of the platform created by Marc and his team whose ultimate goal is, “wanting to reduce friction, but give users the freedom to evolve towards decentralized ownership over time,” adds Marc.

CryptoGene

CryptoGene is constantly developing and improving services for current and future investors. Marc adds that his profession comes from this ‘platform’, an economy and game development, AAA development that works with a type of important game design or experience design, so they work on taking principles that generate a profitable and scalable game. Today, they have concentrated on building an ecosystem infrastructure to launch with crypto Gene, “that allows players to log in and then be able to spend money the way any player would log into a game and spend money today.”

To live this experience of the virtual world, cryptocurrencies, and new technologies, you can do so by entering the Discord HERE and participating.

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TOP CRYPTOCURRENCY APPS FOR BEGINNERS

There are many ways to define the best cryptocurrency apps for beginners, but you should be aware that the final choice is only yours. One of the most excellent apps is those that allow easy trading, simple usage, and safety when trading with currencies. However, for beginners it is not easy to estimate the simplicity of the use and precisely say if the app is good for them. Therefore, you should consider a few important conditions when evaluating the best cryptocurrency apps for beginners.

Which to consider when choosing the best cryptocurrency apps for beginners

If you are a beginner in cryptocurrency, you will surely need to learn a little about the platforms where you can trade with them. Before that you should learn all about blockchain and a crypto. There are places where you can learn to create a profile, place a deposit, and deal with a currency that you have chosen. However, there is a lot of other conditions that you should consider when defining the best place for you.

Customer service

Experienced users could easily trade on different platforms and can choose the best model for them. For beginners, though, it is not easy to decide whether the platform is simple or not. However, being a beginner in any job is difficult because you need support from time to time. A good support system on the cryptocurrency platform is one of the most important features. The best are those with 24/7 model, with FAQ and fast response directly on the chat.

Security

If you are a beginner, you are not sure if the platform is safe enough for first-time traders. There are scams on the internet so that you can face those troubles. The best way is to see the number of offline assets in cold storage, have private insurance or a bounty program, and how ethical hackers can report any weaknesses. 

Location

Although apps work worldwide, it is not easy to trade on apps, not in your country. Some apps do not allow using in another country or have limited access to the countries on other continents. To avoid those problems, choose apps that are allowed in your country and controlled by your government. 

Number of currencies

Although you will not trade with many currencies at the beginning, and you will surely choose the most popular ones, it is good to trade on platforms that offer a wide range of currencies. It shows that the platform is trustworthy and provides security to a long list of users and traders. Many platforms offer more than 4,000 cryptocurrencies, and the number promises success.

Fees

It is not enough to choose a platform that is safe and simple; you will need to trade on a platform that is not expensive, though. Beginners need to choose a platform that is not expensive for the first exchanges. Thus, some platforms have different prices for different paying methods, so you will pay higher amounts for a bank account or check the withdrawal and deposit options.

Ease of use

Regardless if you are a beginner or a skilled and experienced trader in the cryptocurrency field, you will use a friendly-used and simple platform. They will make a platform that a wide range of users can easily use, so trading becomes fast and safe. It is good to read an expanded list of the 10 highest-rated cryptocurrency apps and a shortened version of the list that includes apps with the most straightforward interface. If the platform is too complicated, it could be a red flag because it shows that they do not want to trade with you correctly. 

Best cryptocurrency apps for beginners

Creating a list of the best cryptocurrency apps should include many factors, but most depend on the popularity and ease of usage. However, some apps have already shown that they are the best on the internet, and you can be sure that they will help you in cryptocurrency trading. After you read all the recommendations, you should choose the most applicable model for you and divine into the world of cryptocurrency.

Which apps to choose for beginners

Among the apps that we have listed are those that are highly popular among experienced traders, too. However, each has great advantages that beginners will find the most applying for them. The final verdict is yours, so choose the apps you can easily work on. 

eToro

My Freedom Coin

Bitstamp

Crypto.com

Coinbase

eToro

It is hard to list the best cryptocurrency apps for beginners without naming eToro as one of them. Since numerous government agencies heavily control the platform, you can be sure it is safe enough for beginners. The platform fulfills all demands that average traders can have. It has a very friendly-used model on the site, with over 50 cryptocurrencies on offer and a great supporting system. The market also offers purchases on the click, with very low fees. On this site, you can buy a long list of currencies, starting from the most popular, like Ethereum and Bitcoin, to the new altcoins. You only need a deposit of $10, and the platform will charge you 0.75% for each transaction. You can use a bank account, cards, and online paying methods.

My Freedom Coin

It may be best for beginners to choose a simple platform that unites all important features in one. It is an e-wallet, trading app, and bank, so beginners can easily find whenever they need for easy trade. One of the best features is very simple apps that can be used on any phone and computer. The platform has a special invite-only model of trading, but you can become a member using a QR code that you can find on the platforms and sites. A platform is a great place for beginners for one more reason. Thanks to the special method of protecting the price, it prevents volatile pricing swings and drops in price that could happen unexpectedly. However, the platform has a little higher fee of $50 monthly access.

Bitstamp

Bitstamp could be among the greatest offers for beginners, mostly because of the low fees. New users will pay for each cryptocurrency only 0.5%, while fees could reduce to 0.25% for trading with more than $10,000 trading volume per month. The platform offers more than 50 different cryptos and all popular options between them. Although a young platform established in 2011, it has been a place for the highest investments since then. You only need to trade on this network to place a deposit of only $10, and the platform is available on iOS and Android. As the cherry on the top, the apps have different analytical tools and extremely safe biometrical authentication. 

Crypto.com

There are many reasons why Crypto.com is one of the best cryptocurrency apps for beginners 2022. First, the platform has the simplest method of using a debit card for trading, which allows buying and selling crypto. After you download the app, you will have access to even 250 assets and instantly can buy any of them with only a credit card. The platform supports Visa and MasterCard, with a fee of 2.9%. The only inconvenience for beginners is that they will ask to take a photo of your government-issued ID, but it presumes security for each member. When you place a buy order, you will pay 0.40% and only $4 for every $1,000 traded. With higher investments, you can expect even lower fees. You should get information about investing in crypto on different places. This platform could trade even those with no trading experience since the interface is very simple and user-friendly.

Coinbase

There are many reasons why we consider Coinbase as one of the best cryptocurrency apps for beginners 2022. First, the platform has a very intuitive and user-friendly interface, so even those who are for the first time on the app can learn to use it with the step-by-step guide. The first time you download the app, you will be asked to register an account, and after you complete the process, you will need to take your photo and choose a payment method. They will offer you to choose a payment method, and the process of trading could start. The only thing that could be a problem for a beginner is a little higher transaction fee of 3.99%, but do not forget that the platform has a very safe and simple interface, with options of using a card or Paypal for trading. However, you can reduce fees to 1.49% under special conditions. 

Conclusion

Choosing the best platform for trading with cryptocurrencies is difficult even for experienced and skilled traders. However, there are a few important things that you should consider when preparing for your first cryptocurrency trading; along with the fees that the platform charges, there are other conditions, like safety and simplicity of usage. Whatever you choose, remember that each platform has special demands, while each has good and bad sides. When starting with the trading, it is on you to choose the features that are good enough for you. Only after researching and learning about these features can you say which are the best cryptocurrency apps for beginners 2022.

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Miami NFT Week

Miami NFT Week 2022 was a three-day event held in the center of Miami, Florida, full of NFT/metaverse events. From the countless panels with crypto experts, to the thrilling after parties, Miami NFT Week drew in large crowds of people interested in the world of NFTs.

The 2022 conference attracted around 4,000 attendees, with about 3,000 joining in via the metaverse. Miami NFT Week was held through the beginning of April, also known as Miami Tech Month. Talks were held to discuss the future in terms of the metaverse blended with differing niches, like gaming, art, travel, real estate and more.

From politicians to NFT experts, several guests took part in the immersive weekend, ranging from the Mayor of Miami Francis X. Suarez to VaynerNFT’s President Avery Akkineni.

Founders Gianni D’Alerta, Ted Lucas and Erik LaPaglia cultivated the experience to act as an open space for individuals to learn about NFTs and exchange intelligence. The three-day event swiftly has become a hub for creators and experts to learn from each other, while evaluating what is next to come in the community.

360 Magazine had the opportunity to chat with the Head of Developer Relations at MobileCoinCollin Lowenberg about the conference, and his own experience within the crypto community. Read about 360’s chat with Collin HERE.

The three-day experience stood as such a great opportunity for networking and workshopping in crypto/blockchain. Popular, niche-based conferences allowed guests to seemingly “learn from the best” in their respective fields.

The opening panel was entitled A Voyage Through Vayner NFT, and was held by Avery Akkineni and Erik LaPaglia. Throughout the presentation, Akkineni and LaPaglia considered their thoughts on the trajectory of NFTs. Other panels like The Secret to NFT Utility with Dr. Amanda Kavner, Dogewood Captain, Peg Samuel, and Gareb Shamus educated attendees on the importance of NFTs IRL.