📰 Printed Punks (#91)
Prints and postcards, collabs and crises.
This week’s newsletter is turtles all the way down except, instead of turtles, it’s news posts. Because there’s a lot of news this week. Or it feels that way because I’ve been on vacation for two weeks. Either way, here’s what I’ve missed, and you might’ve.
The Good 😇
Avant Arte has partnered with CryptoPunks to allow Punk holders to order high-end, one-off prints of Punks they hold. Prints cost $647 unframed or $944 framed. Holders can register interest now and order prints for 48 hours, starting October 26 (and if you don’t hold a Punk, you can still buy a print of all 10,000 of them if you so wish):
So you wanna know what’s in the box?
@cryptopunksnfts x @avant_arte announcement 📣
— Avant Arte (@avant_arte)
Oct 5, 2023
Instagram head Adam Mosseri is “still bullish on NFTs,” nft now reports. Mosseri made the comment during a conversation with tech reviewer Marques Brownlee at Instagram’s Creator Innovation Summit.
NFT marketplace OpenSea announced a new no-code "one-stop shop” for creators to launch and manage digital art and collectibles projects called OpenSea Studio.
New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is releasing the MoMA Postcard project featuring more than a dozen renowned digital artists. The museum’s partnered with Autonomy for the project, and if you’re confused about how it works, Autonomy has an explainer:
📬 Dear everyone,
Here’s how MoMA Postcard works.
— Autonomy (@AutonomyWallet)
Oct 6, 2023
The Saatchi Gallery in London is hosting its first crypto art exhibition this week, curated by IHAM Gallery’s Grida.
Hardware wallet-maker Ledger has partnered with Sotheby’s to create a limited edition wallet for collectors emblazoned with the auction house’s branding and tied to educational content on Ledger Academy.
❤️🔥 an announcement about love ❤️🔥
starting monday october 2, every weeknight @ 5pm PST / 8pm EST a brand new first date *THAT YOU CAN BET ON* will be streamed on unlonely.app/channels/loveo…
— 🟢 Live on Unlonely (@unlonely_app)
Sep 21, 2023
Over 2,000 Walmart stores are now carrying Pudgy Toys, plushy renditions of Pudgy Penguins. The toys were originally launched in May and were previously available from Amazon, but having them in a bricks-and-mortar chain is a massive step towards mainstream awareness and (potentially) adoption.
"THE EXPLORER" CLAIM IS LIVE! 🔥
🌌 A @Moncler x @adidasoriginals masterpiece. Limited to 3000 NFTs and digitally mountain-proof.
➡️ Start the journey here to claim:
Secured? Show us! 🔽 twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
— ALTS by adidas (@altsbyadidas)
Oct 5, 2023
On November 2, a statue of Kabosu, the Shibu Inu pupper who inspired the doge meme (and, hence, Dogecoin), will be unveiled in one of the late pooch’s favorite parks in Japan.
Paris’s second-biggest museum, the Musée d’Orsay, this week started offering visitors NFT souvenirs tied to a new Van Gogh exhibition.
Coffee behemoth Starbucks is selling virtual pumpkin spice lattes to members of its NFT-powered Odyssey loyalty program.
The Bad 👿
I’m sure many of you have seen the news that Yuga is undergoing a restructure today. Shit day obviously. Hurts to part ways with team members who have been in the trenches with us. But we needed to make some changes to the company in order to make sure we’re set up for longterm… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
— Garga.eth (Greg Solano) (@CryptoGarga)
Oct 6, 2023
Messari’s Q3 State of Crypto Fundraising report shows that investments in Web3 dropped to the lowest point since late 2020.
Digital art platform Versum is shutting shop later this year. The company announced it will halt minting on October 20 and market listings on November 1. The site will be shut down completely on December 1:
The Ugly 👹
Reviews for Going Infinite, the book about disgraced (and likely soon to be incarcerated-for-a-long-time) FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried, are starting to surface, and Bloomberg’s Matt Levine has a great take(as usual). Meanwhile, testimony from his former romantic partner, roommate, and business partners are rolling in and the TL;DR is SBF is screwed, and not in the polycule way:
Update from @SBF_FTX#SBFTrial:
Questioning Gary Wang, co-founder of #FTX :
Q. Did you commit financial crimes while working at FTX?
Q. What types of crimes did you commit?
A. Wire fraud, securities fraud, and commodities fraud.
Q. Did you commit these crimes by… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
— MartyParty (@martypartymusic)
Oct 6, 2023
Connect for more 🔌
Once more, you’ve made it to Friday, dear reader. If you’re in the US (and your time-off policy doesn’t suck), we hope you have a wonderful long weekend. Remember, the third day is for hobbies. So go and make something beautiful. Or something ugly. The joy is in the making, after all.
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Until next time, see you in the metaverse… or the hobby shop. 🪚