It took a little longer than I wanted, but I’m finally producing the images for Love Machine Shorts #2. The first three are now listed on Genesis House, a relatively new NFT auction house and marketplace on Cardano.
There will be different versions of Shorts #2 — one for each blockchain network I’m eyeballing in the expansion of the project. Cardano will get the first set. By the end of the year I’ll release them on Tezos. I was planning to branch out to a second blockchain network in January, but I’ll be ready sooner.
My challenge was how to take the Love Machine project to multiple blockchains knowing that, someday soon, interoperability projects like Polkadot will make our CNFTs tradable on other networks.
Obviously, minting the same images would be bad for my Cardano collectors, who’ve bought my CNFTs in good faith that those images will remain unique, not duplicated as NFTs on other blockchains. Don’t worry. I’ve got something else in mind.
Shorts #2 on Cardano
These are the three CNFTs I released on Cardano last night.
Here’s my nefarious plan.
When I create these for Cardano, I stop after the sketch and save it as a new file so I’ll have a good starting point to redraw it for another network. In other words, they will be the same compositions. The compositions have to do the heavy lifting of storytelling since there are no supporting passages of text except for the metadata descriptions.
Because it’s impossible to draw them exactly the same way again, there will naturally be many differences. But that’s not good enough for me or my collectors.
I’m keeping track of details that I can easily change. Like the color of Stanislav’s appliances, the papers taped to his fridge, etc.
The Cardano version of Stanislav the Chef has a recipe on the paper taped to his freezer and a childlike drawing of a stick figure standing under a rainbow on his fridge.
The Tezos version will be different in all the ways associated with drawing the same composition twice, but will also have more purposeful, noticeable differences.
Other differences will include:
- Teal fridge and cabinetry
- To-do list (instead of a recipe) taped to the freezer
- A different crude drawing on the fridge (probably a unicorn)
They will be easily distinguishable from one another, even at smaller sizes like those in a grid on a marketplace website.
It’ll be a lot of work, but this is the most ethical way I can think of to expand this project to other networks and still preserve the value of my NFTs for those who buy from me.
why am I taking Love Machine NFTs to other networks?
I have several reasons.
This project is blockchain-agnostic. Its message, in fact, is that decentralization will make a better world only if we stop letting tribalism tear us apart. That message will do no good if it doesn’t get out to other networks. I’m not the only one saying it, but it’s better if my little scratch-and-dent bots deliver it for me.
The NFT community at large still doesn’t seem to know we have NFTs on Cardano, even though all it takes is following a couple of hashtags to find that out. I’m sending Love out all over the cryptoverse to let them all know we’re here and the FUD about Cardano is utterly baseless.
No set of reasons is truly complete without one or two selfish ones. I’m trying to diversify my crypto portfolio, reach a new market, and find more buyers for my work. I’m relatively new to business, but that just seems like a no-brainer.
beware the bad actors
Crypto art is in an odd predicament. Blockchain technology provides us a trustless payment system for buying and selling. I load my NFT into a smart contract to list on the marketplace, the buyer sends payment to the smart contract, the smart contract executes and sends the NFT to the buyer and the crypto to me. The transaction is validated and added to the blockchain.
Done and done.
But not all NFT creators are scrupulous individuals. Some mint work they stole from others. Like this person, who ripped off images from an enormously successful CNFT project called GOAT Tribe and is promoting it on OpenSea as their own project.
Some project founders create huge collections, hype them up on social media to attract buyers, and then abandon their work, leaving collectors holding the bag.
transparency is the way to go
Trust is still required in this “trustless” environment, simply because technology can’t always tell when someone’s trying to do something wrong. Crypto people are loyal to their preferred blockchain(s). I get it, and don’t want to surprise anyone with this news. I’ve already publicly declared my intentions a few times and will never leave anyone in the dark.
In my next post, I’ll show the Tezos version of Stanislav the Chef next to the Cardano one to demonstrate exactly what I mean when I say they’ll be compositionally the same, but visibly and noticeably different.
In the meantime, I’ve got to go to work on the new website, lovemachineCNFT.com.
By the way, if you signed up for my email newsletter, I’ve decided not to do that right now. I’m getting too many spam sign-ups and don’t have time to bother with it, anyway.
In the meantime, have a productive day.