🦢 GoosePunks (#92)
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We love pixel art, we love CC0, and we love CryptoPunks (especially the zombies). This week, we decided to combine all three into a fun, free mint in honor of the spooky month. Taking inspiration from Dmitri Cherniak’s Goose Generator, we’re proud to present GoosePunks.
Inspired by @dmitricherniak's Goose Generator, CryptoPunks, and Halloween, we have created GoosePunks! A free mint of 879 randomly generated geese, complete with punk traits, Ringer palette backgrounds, and of course, zombies.
— balon.eth (@balon_art)
Oct 12, 2023
It all started when Metaversal investment analyst Matt Miller talked to creative producer Patrick Lawler about creating a PFP project based on Cherniak’s Goose Generator but with CryptoPunk traits and a Halloween feel.
While Lawler’s previously created pixel art, GoosePunks offered a unique challenge: a workspace of only 10 × 10 pixels (compared to Punks’ comparatively expansive 24 × 24 pixels).
Lawler manually drew a range of Punk traits to achieve the right look and feel and chose ones that worked at a lower resolution.
Various Goosepunks. (Image: Patrick Lawler)
“Our 1/1 micro Zombie Punk was quite difficult to perfect,” Lawler explains. “I ended up turning off aliasing and shrunk down our punk image from 24 to 10, which looked awful in most cases, but I noticed when I’d move the shrunken image left, right, up, or down by 1px Photoshop would completely reinterpret the pixel distribution and leave me with parts of a punk that looked good.”
That process enabled Lawler to work out the basic head shape, and within 24 hours, he’d finalized the art for the collection.
My favorite piece from the collection is Micro Undead Fred inspired by our wonderful ugly zombie punk we at @HelloMetaversal bought for a million dollars @punk8531
— PATRICK LAWLΞR (@PatrickLawler)
Oct 12, 2023
Lawler used the no-code platform Bueno for trait distribution and rarity, and with some help from other members of the Metaversal team, he took the project from the drawing board to minting out in just over a week.
If you want a GoosePunk of your own, you’ll have to turn to the secondary market, because it minted out in seconds… and topped OpenSea’s charts yesterday. We’re delighted to share a little silliness with the world, and we hope you like GoosePunks as much as we liked making them.
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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) acquired Refik Anadol’s Unsupervised and added it to its permanent collection. It’s massive news for Anadol, but also for the wider Web3 world, as it’s the first piece of tokenized art MoMA’s added to its illustrious vaults:
I’m deeply honored to announce that our artwork Unsupervised has been acquired by MoMA and is now in the museum’s permanent collection!
This acquisition marks a grand milestone in our studio’s journey and also for digital art. It inscribes a historic chapter as… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
— Refik Anadol (@refikanadol)
Oct 11, 2023
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Annual Web3 conference NFT Paris launched a token called $NFTPARIS, that it’ll distribute to ticket holders to encourage early bird ticket sales and reward loyalty:
$NFTPARIS token airdrop is coming.
Drop your address in the comments👇
— NFT Paris (@nft_paris)
Oct 8, 2023
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Yes, generative art tattoos are here
— Tyler Hobbs (@tylerxhobbs)
Oct 12, 2023
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DeGods kicked off the first chapter of what it’s calling “The Comeback” by resetting all DeGods art and allowing holders to customize it on-chain.
Nike’s making real-world versions of the RTFKT Dunk Genesis sneaker that only holders of the Dunk Genesis NFT can order.
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Until next time, see you in the metaverse… or the lobby at MoMA. 🖼️