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Bobby Hundreds

The Early Years: 2020-2023

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    WTF are NFTs?

    Before we dive in, here’s a quick rundown of everything you need to know if you’re new to the weird, wild world of NFTs.

    To start, what the heck is a non-fungible token anyway?

    Put simply, it’s a certificate confirming that you’re the sole owner of a digital asset. That digital asset can be one of many different things – a piece of original art, a collectible trading card, an investment that behaves like a stock, or a membership card that lets you accrue loyalty points or gives you access to an exclusive club, to name just a few. 

    Often, an NFT will perform more than one of these functions. For instance, have you heard of those Bored Ape NFTs that every second celebrity seems to be purchasing these days? They’re unique works of digital art that also grant their owners access to an exclusive digital space called the Yacht Club.

    So … a receipt? Is that really all an NFT is? Well, yes. The easiest way to think about it is like a proof of purchase, which is securely stored on the blockchain. OK. And what’s that again?

    Blockchain is a data storage system, where data is stored in so-called blocks – kind of like the cells in an Excel spreadsheet. These blocks are encrypted and linked together in a huge database that’s totally decentralized and spread across multiple networks. This means it can’t be tampered with – someone trying to change any data in one location would immediately be detected by all the other networks that store that same data. Because all the transactions are encrypted, they remain anonymous. But the blockchain itself is transparent, so individual transactions can be easily traced.

    And all of this has to do with something called the metaverse, right?

    The metaverse – not to be confused with Facebook’s Meta venture – is a version of the internet augmented by virtual reality tools. People can access and interact in virtual worlds, including selling and purchasing goods like NFTs. A lot of experts think the metaverse, which is still in its nascency, will become the next big revolution in digital technology. 

    So. Can I buy an NFT?

    Sure! But not with cold, hard cash. You’ll need a form of cryptocurrency, like Bitcoin or Ethereum. NFTs are typically released through their creator’s web platforms, and they tend to sell out quickly. There’s also a booming secondary sales market on auction sites like OpenSea.

    And are NFTs a secure investment?

    Nope! In the few short years NFTs have been around, the market for these assets has proven volatile, a number of high-profile creators have already withdrawn from the scene, and a number of scams around the buying and selling of NFTs have been reported. 

    But this doesn’t mean investing in the digital assets you love or value won’t pay off big-time in the end. It’s still early days for NFTs – the risks are high, and so are the rewards.

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    What is NFTs Are a Scam / NFTs are the Future about?

    NFTs Are a Scam / NFTs Are the Future (2023) is a bold, provocative take on what is either another scam-ridden, superficial digital trend or the future of art and entertainment – depending on who you ask. It considers NFTs from every angle to help you make up your own mind.

    Who should read NFTs Are a Scam / NFTs are the Future?

    • Techheads sitting on a tower of NFTs
    • Digital enthusiasts craving NFT gossip and insights
    • Anyone wondering what an NFT is – and why they should care

    About the Author

    Bobby Hundreds is the cofounder of the cult streetwear label The Hundreds, which has recently branched into the NFT space. He’s also an artist, photographer, and the author of This Is Not a T-shirt.

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