So, how do I get an Alimo NFT?
Once you create an account, buy some Ethereum. The MetaMask plugin has a button that will allow you to transfer money from you bank into Ethereum. Easy Peasy.
Once you have the plugin installed, head over to OpenSea or other marketplaces to purchase from any artist, maybe an Alimo painting :)
An NFT stands for "non-fungible token" It is called this because it is verifiably unique and its value is not fungible, or cannot be traded for another token of equal value, therefore it is one-of-a-kind. This type of token is made possible through blockchain technology that ensures fraudulent claims for or against this authenticity are statistically impossible.
It was confusing for me at first too. In a nutshell, it’s a way for artists to be empowered and a way to finally get value where it’s due. It also surfaces transparency for both artist and buyer. I’ll share a few examples of why:
Art gallery market: In the past, when artists work with galleries, the gallery always takes 50% of the sale. Which in a way can be reasonable (they market, bring in buyers, etc) but it’s a huge take on the sale nonetheless. On top of that, if I sell a painting for say $1,000 and then the buyer sells that same painting for say $20k, the artist never profits from that value created. NFT solves this. You can set royalties for your work for its entire life. Most artists set a royalty between 5-10%. This way, they can earn cash for their work > helping them with their career.
Transparency: Within the current model, you never see who’s has ever owned your painting after that first sale. With blockchain, there is 100% transparency. You can track where the painting is, who owns it, and see where the money is going, etc. That is so cool for any artist.
Hoarding: Folks like myself collect prints. In fact, I have prints in a drawer right now with no frame and no foreseen future on when they will be hung. That’s okay. By holding an NFT, you can hold as many prints, objects, tickets, you name it in this digital space. Cool thing is, you can look at it anytime you want and once the metaverse is built out, you can have those in a space to view, share, and use anytime you want. We are consumers at heart and feel the need to buy. By fueling this digital economy, we can give Earth a break to repair herself. Think: less production to be made in the real world (clothing, random gifts for holidays, you name it). Give that gift in the digital world for Earth.
Giving back: Within each NFT, you can build a contract where a percentage of the sales can be split to other folks like our partners Sea-trees.org. By selling one NFT painting, its impact can be huge. Instead of planting one tree per item sold, we could contribute 5-10% of the NFT sale plant trees. So if one painting sells for thousands of dollars, that impact gets funneled over to plant a huge amount of trees! How cool is that?
Exposure: This is the era where artists finally get recognized. Businesses continue to take advantage of artists by offering them exposure with no payment in return. It’s a terrible model and web3 / NFT solves this. Give the artist their value b/c they put in the same amount and time as a normal job who gets a salary. Let's equalize the market.
Once you purchase through our direct link or via OpenSea, the NFT will get sent to your wallet, such as MetaMask. If you log into OpenSea or another marketplaces, your NFT will automatically appear.
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