By Hannah Perez
Jimmy Fallon hosted renowned digital artist Beeple on his show and revealed that he now owns a NFT of bored apes
Famous American comedian, TV host and actor, James Thomas Fallon, better known as Jimmy Fallon, has joined the non fungible token
(NFT) craze after sharing with one of the biggest digital artists of the moment and announcing to his fans the investment in a first collectible.
The comedian has become the latest Hollywood star to dabble in the crypto space and even changed his Twitter profile picture to an NFT he owns from the ‘Bored Ape Yacht Club
‘ series. Now his more than 50 million followers, as well as the millions of viewers of his show, probably know what an NFT is.
Beeple and the NFTs on ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’
Last Wednesday, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon hosted Mike Winkelmann, the digital artist best known by his nickname Beeple, as a special guest. Beeple
, who sold the most expensive NFT artwork in history so far, shared a bit about his story during the interview and talked about how he went from selling art for $100 to becoming one of the highest selling living artists of all time.
The Wisconsin native artist explained to the audience that NFTs blockchain-based technology had allowed him to monetize ownership of his digital art pieces for the first time. Winkelmann said he had become aware of the technology earlier this year following feedback from some followers of his art and that since then “things have gotten a little crazy
He added that the emergence and explosion of NFTs this year had changed the dynamics for digital artists, allowing them to claim profits on their work.
– The Tonight Show (@FallonTonight) November 11, 2021
Prior to his iconic NFT piece, “Everydays: The First 5,000 Days,” which sold in March of this year for an exorbitant $69 million, Beeple’ s most expensive works had hovered around $100, as he recounted during the show. Fallon referred to Winkelmann’s success as the realization of the “American dream” and hinted that his most valuable work was a sort of premonition.
The “Everydays” JPG image, featured on NFT, is a collage of 5,000 images created by the artist over a 14-year span. Beeple told the presenter that he had begun in 2007 – before the emergence of Blockchain– to capture images, some hand-drawn, others computer-generated, to construct the collage.
“But you had no idea that NFTs were going to exist![…] What was your wife saying to you about it, something like, “Honey, what are you doing with all these digital paintings?” [It’s unbelievable,” Fallon said.
During the interview, the host showed the audience some of the first images Beeple made for “Everydays“. They also discussed the artist’s most recent NFT piece, titled “Human One,” which sold for nearly $30 million last week.
Bored apes are favored
Beyond the interview, which represents the first time the artist has appeared on such a massive public show identifying himself as the face behind the growing NFT trend, Fallon was passionate about the trend and revealed that he had made his first investment in the space.
He noted that he had become the proud owner of an NFT from the ‘Bored Ape’ series. Fallon explained during the show that he used MoonPay to make the purchase, which he further described as PayPal for crypto. Shortly after, the actor took to Twitter to share with everyone his new digital piece: a bored ape in sailor’s garb and heart-shaped sunglasses.
“Permission to come ‘bored’?” the presenter wrote, punning on “come aboard” and “bored” (after the name of the collection).
– jimmy fallon (@jimmyfallon) November 12, 2021
Fallon’s foray into the vast universe of digital art seems to have worked in his favor.or monkeys. As reported by journalist Colin Wu, sales of the ‘Bored Ape Yacht Club‘ collection increased by 94% after the announcement. Also another NFT jumpsuit series, called ‘Mutant Ape Yacht Club‘ experienced a sales spike of over 100% following the news.
As of press time, both collections remain among the top two collections by sales volume in the last 24 hours, according to DappRadar. Based on Ethereum, ‘Bored Ape Yacht Club‘, or BoredApeYacht Club, is one of the most popular and successful NFT collections today with over $700 million in historical sales volume.
Article by Hannah Estefania Perez / DiarioBitcoin
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