CryptoArtNet Founder Clyde F. Smith Launches NFT Entrepreneur: A Business Newsletter

letters NFTs in pink on a reddish purple backgroundNFTs are popular! Newsletters are popular! So why not an NFT business newsletter?

Earlier this year I launched NFT Entrepreneur, a newsletter and related website focused on the business of NFTs.

At the time I was exploring a number of writing options related to NFT business news and analysis.

Now that I’ve settled in, I wanted to officially share the news.

The NFT Entrepreneur website also includes notices of my writing for The Defiant on a variety of cryptoart and NFT-related topics.

You can also find NFT Entrepreneur on Twitter and LinkedIn.

See you there!

NFT Topics covered at NFT Entrepreneur include:

AcquisitionsArt ~ Assets ~ Business Strategy ~ Funding ~ Investment Funds ~ Law
Marketing ~ Media ~ Real Estate ~ Social Media ~ StartupsStocks ~ Trading

CryptoArtNet Launches Fundraising Campaign In Gitcoin Grants: NFT Category

Logo for CryptoArtNet - A colorful Letter CWe’re currently fundraising on Gitcoin Grants for expenses including hiring a WordPress dev!

CryptoArtNet is participating in Gitcoin Grants Round 9 in the NFT category.

The grant program went live today and runs through the 25th.

Note: Early donors are remarking on the gas fees. If you’d prefer a direct donation there’s info at the end of this post.

The CryptoArtNet grant proposal is for operating expenses and the hiring of a WordPress dev.

Fortunately we don’t need extensive services from the WordPress dev plus they’re cheaper to hire than Solidity devs!

But we do have a number of small tweaks that the theme and plugin creators have not been able to help us with and that are beyond my reach as a WordPress plugin wrangler.

Resolving these issues will improve the site but since they’re all a bit odd and with solutions that are not obvious, there is always the chance they will take more time than anticipated.

So we don’t have a set funding goal but I believe we will do just fine if a bunch of folks that want to support CryptoArtNet make small donations.

Small donations are matched in a process called quadratic funding which means that a lot of small amounts can lead to a larger funding match than will a few large grants.

I guess that’s decentralized crypto math?

In any case, I’m excited about trying this funding route which I think can be used periodically to take care of CryptoArtNet’s financial needs.

So please check out the grant request and do your part without having to empty your pockets!

And if you’d prefer to donate crypto directly or even make a tax deductible fiat donation in the U.S., please let me know via the CryptoArtNet Contact Form.

Currently, CryptoArtNet has a dedicated MetaMask wallet for Ethereum:

If needed, we can create wallets for other cryptocurrencies or establish a fiscal sponsor for tax deductible contributions.

Thanks for your support and let’s keep building our own new art world in NFT Land.

Your friend,
CryptoArtNet Founder Clyde F. Smith

CryptoArtNet Offers Entry To Emerging Crypto Art Market for Digital Artists, Collectors and Traders

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New Beginnings by squirterer

[Press Release Originally Published at PR Web, January 5th]

The emergence of the crypto art ecosystem offers a new market for digital artists, collectors and traders. Now art investing is no longer limited to physical forms. The creation of the NFT enables digital art works to be uniquely identified, offered for sale and treated as an investment. CryptoArtNet provides an entry point to this new art market.

Digital Art Collectibles Are Known As Crypto Art NFTs

Crypto art refers to any form of digital art that has an associated NFT or non-fungible token which functions as a certificate of authenticity. Using the NFT, one can buy and sell digital art on a variety of platforms that merge art gallery and trading floor. This new crypto art market is showing surprising growth in a few short years of existence.

Artists at all levels of development receive new sources of income as well as becoming part of a unique community. Collectors find engaging artwork at price points ranging from a few dollars to six figures. For those seeking to profit from art trades, secondary markets offer an increasingly profitable opportunity. To artists’ surprise, many of these secondary markets also offer royalties to artists on all resales.

2019 Infinite Hydro Colonies by Gisel X Florez

How Does One Enter the World of Crypto Art?

Getting started in crypto art can be a bit confusing for artists and traders alike. The platforms and marketplaces rely on emergent blockchain technology and rapid innovation means there is much to learn.

The available options for buying and selling crypto art are quite diverse ranging from high-end platforms like Nifty Gateway and SuperRare to wild and woolly marketplaces like Rarible. And the range of artists is even broader from absolute beginners to professionals with decades of experience prior to crypto art.

Let CryptoArtNet Be Your Guide

CryptoArtNet is the first directory of crypto artists creating digital art NFTs and an excellent source of information for beginners and professionals alike.

CryptoArtNet resources include:

Crypto Artists Directory with gallery images and links to crypto art sales galleries.

NFT Art Releases offering the latest art for sale from CryptoArtNet Member Artists.

Crypto Art on Twitter featuring a combined feed of CryptoArtNet Members Twitter accounts.

The Crypto Art Web Directory with links to introductory guides, diverse platforms and useful tools.

CryptoArtNet’s services are free to both artists and collectors and additional features are in the works. With the help of CryptoArtNet, digital artists, collectors and traders can achieve greater success through deeper knowledge of the artists and ecosystem.

About CryptoArtNet

CryptoArtNet is headquartered in Chattanooga, Tennessee. It was launched in April 2020 by Clyde F. Smith as a passion project to support the emerging crypto art scene. As the commercial components of this new ecosystem continue to grow, Smith has decided to seek nonprofit status for CryptoArtNet to solidify its role in support of artists functioning in a new marketplace.

CryptoArtNet can be followed on Twitter at @cryptoartnet.

Art Credits: Video by Gisel X Florez, Digital Painting by squirterer

CryptoArtNet to Present at the Blockchain Game Alliance Demo Day

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In 2020 CryptoArtNet founder Clyde F. Smith joined the Blockchain Game Alliance (BGA) as an individual member for a couple of reasons. In particular, he hoped to spread the word about CryptoArtNet to folks in blockchain gaming. The return of BGA’s Demo Day has created just that opportunity.

Smith has long been interested in the primacy of art in NFT Land. One of his early blog posts for Crypto Art News asked the question, “Aren’t NFTs Mostly Cryptoart?” Meant, in part, as a provocation, the post also addressed the fact that many blockchain games centered around art. For example, one might consider CryptoKitties a game designed to produce art NFTs.

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The upcoming BGA Demo Day gives CryptoArtNet a chance to introduce itself to the blockchain gaming community. This revival of a popular event will take place the last Friday of every month beginning January 29th.

The event will be broadcast live on YouTube. It is a free event but you can register via Eventbrite and be included in the competition for prizes and airdrops.

The January 29th edition of BGA Demo Day kicks off at 10 am Eastern U.S. time which is 4 pm CET. CryptoArtNet is currently scheduled for 11:05 am Eastern time but come early and check out a rich assortment of demos.

You can also follow @BGameAlliance via Twitter.




NFT Art Releases Relaunches to Promote CryptoArt Available for Sale

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NFT Art Releases has relaunched to promote cryptoart available for sale from CryptoArtNet Members.

Current features include:

Posts by CryptoArtNet members of cryptoart available for sale;

A Twitter feed featuring a link to each post soon after posting;

Daily emails of fresh posts delivered each morning; and

An RSS feed of posts via CryptoArtNet or via FeedBurner.

Planned features:

Live links directly to art sales outlets in emails and RSS feed.

Front-end editing to correct or update posts.

Logged In Artists:

A simple posting form is available but is currently not editable. Please Contact CryptoArtNet if changes are needed.

Note: All needed links for CryptoArtNet business are now available at the bottom of each page via Member Options.

CryptoArtCoin To Pause CryptoArtNet Rewards Program

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In 2021, CryptoArtCoin holders will assume governance of CryptoArtCoin. Since CryptoArtCoin is not and will not become a governance token for CryptoArtNet, it seems appropriate to establish a clear separation between the two projects.

The history of the two has been intertwined and CryptoArtCoin is often referred to as CryptoArtNet’s social token. While a close relationship will continue and CryptoArtNet will provide support and promotional services for CryptoArtCoin, the future is open-ended beyond that relationship.

So, for the time being, CryptoArtNet will pause the process of awarding new members CryptoArtCoin at the end of this calendar year. Current members who have not claimed CryptoArtCoin may do so by year’s end at the level offered when they created a profile at CryptoArtNet. These rewards, part of a Proof of Participation program, may return after a decision-making process by CryptoArtCoin holders in early 2021.

Until now the governance of both CryptoArtNet and CryptoArtCoin have been operating under a sole proprietorship functioning on a continuum that ranges from Wise Shepherd to Mad King. You can call that one for yourself!

CryptoArtNet will continue under my direction and I will also oversee the process of CryptoArtCoin’s transition in early 2021. If CryptoArtCoin holders decide on a path that includes my involvement, I will continue to serve to the best of my abilities.

CryptoArtNet members know where to reach me with questions and comments and the CryptoArtNet Contact Form remains open despite its primary use as a conduit for sp@mmy business outreach.

Your Wise Shepherd/Mad King,
Clyde Smith

[Note: Golden CryptoArtCoin version of CryptoArtNet logo courtesy Jeff Davis.]

CryptoArtNet Awarded William M. Peaster $WHALE Grant

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[Image Courtesy DeFi Arts Intelligencer]

I am excited to announce that CryptoArtNet is the recipient of a generous William M. Peaster $WHALE Grant. Given that CryptoArtNet currently has no payroll, these funds will cover our operating expenses for some time as well as helping us move beyond “good enough” to higher quality services for the NFT art community. In addition, I’d like to sketch out the bigger picture for CryptoArtNet as context for our first funding event.

The $WHALE Grant

When William contacted me to let me know he was giving us a $WHALE Grant, I was delighted. It’s a very generous gesture that provides real support for CryptoArtNet and for myself. In the most basic sense, it means that CryptoArtNet is no longer funded out-of-pocket and decision making can be less restrained financially.

This grant is part of a larger program of $WHALE grants initiated by WhaleShark.Pro that began in August. The program has continued to grow and has been a way for members of the $Whale Community to support and engage a broader circle in the world of NFTs.

The $WHALE grant program is an excellent example of how community building can go beyond one’s individual walls and help grow the larger pie.

Roughly speaking, this grant is likely to fund:

A year of CryptoArtNet’s web expenses from hosting to WordPress plugins, such as the Directories Pro plugin powering our Directory of CryptoArtists, to additional third party services.

The cost of incorporating in early 2021. Currently CryptoArtNet is a sole proprietorship. Unless we find it likely that we will be taking on investors in 2021, an LLC seems the most practical path forward.

A low-cost press release to reach out to conventional media. We’ve gotten close to zero interest from crypto media outlets. I think that will change over time but a lot of these operations only see numbers and we don’t have big numbers yet. It’s time to expand our presence on the web beyond this limited neighborhood.

A modest chunk of $WHALE to use for liquidity when $CRAC officially launches beyond CryptoArtNet. $CRAC, aka CryptoArtCoin, is the social currency of CryptoArtNet with emerging aspirations to become a key token for the larger NFT art world. Plans are to list on a DEX in 2021. Being able to launch with support for $WHALE/$CRAC pairs would be a very cool thing.

The Bigger Picture

The above may sound like a lot for a single grant to accomplish but CryptoArtNet is a very lean organization. At this point, the primary constraint is my time since I do everything at CryptoArtNet. That will change as we move into 2021, The Year of $CRAC, and community members will have many opportunities to participate and help create our future.

For now, members are updating their profiles, spreading the word and posting new art releases on our extremely beta New NFT Art stream. $CRAC is dispersed for Proof of Participation and there will be many more such opportunities for community members to help grow the site and make The Year of $CRAC a big success!

I haven’t spoken much publicly about CryptoArtCoin, saving most such news for artists holding $CRAC, but my hope is that it can ultimately provide funding for CryptoArtNet as well as financial rewards for members.

My motivation, in addition to rewarding our work, is to have a form of funding directly related to CryptoArtNet membership that can set the stage for community ownership. I don’t know exactly what that looks like but I’m closely following developments from DAOs to governance tokens to coops to “exiting to community” as a theme.

If you’re in cryptoart and interested in such things, let’s talk. There’s room for investors but my experiences in that realm to date feel like Web 2.0 all over again and I’ve already been down that road.

New horizons beckon!

I believe CryptoArtNet can do a lot more for artists. The William M. Peaster $WHALE Grant is a big vote of confidence for that future and a very real and practical show of support.

So Who Is William M. Peaster?

If you’re very deep into NFTs and cryptoart you should be familiar with William. He is the leading business writer in the NFT and cryptoart space both in terms of quality and knowledge.

Peaster’s a very busy writer. His DeFi Arts Intelligencer newsletter is a key read. He’s also currently the writer behind TokenSmart’s weekly newsletter which comes from the nft42 fam. They’re a nice pair if you’re trying to keep up with the rapid pace of change in NFT arts land.

Peaster can also be found on Twitter as well as Cent.

And if you’re looking for high quality work, here is his writing portfolio.

Thanks So Much!

I want to not only thank William but also the cryptoart community as a whole. To be honest, I was on my way out of web publishing when cryptoart drew me in as both an artist and web publisher.

The generosity and friendliness of so many folks in the scene has made 2020 quite rewarding despite the pandemic. It’s crazy to have found something so perfect for this time at just the right time.

Cryptoartists and NFT art are not just resilient. This early stage of development has shown us to be antifragile with bigger and better things ahead.

I look forward to making the journey with all of you!

CryptoArtNet Updates: New NFT Art Releases, CryptoArtists on Twitter

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Art by Stefan Keller aka KELLEPICS from Pixabay

I have a couple of updates at CryptoArtNet to announce. In particular, we now have a stream of new NFT art releases to which members can post. Hopefully this feature will get more attention on members’ art for sale.

New NFT Art Releases

All members can now post one announcement a day of new cryptoart releases or of related events.

It looks pretty cool already. I want to pull the pinned tweet once people know what’s up so there’s art at the beginning of the feed.

One of the nice things about New NFT Art Releases is that it gives one an easy way to keep up with new art across platforms without all the noise of Twitter. I do love Twitter but it makes it hard to keep up with art sometimes.

However, I want to see if I can set up a Twitter feed for the posts. I think I can also set up social media sharing links. So there’s more to come.

The plugin I’m using is a social network plugin from Peepso. It has a lot of other capabilities but I’ve hesitated to launch a social network given that we have things like Twitter and Discord.

You can find more of the features of Peepso here. I’ve got all the add-ons, from a previous project that imploded, and you can find additional features under the Plugins menu or by clicking on screen navigation elements.

Here are some questions I have for you along with contact points and markup tips. If you want something, tell me about it!

I’d be happy to hear from non-members, including collectors, about any features that would be helpful such as non-member accounts for commenting as well as such features as direct messaging, etc.

CryptoArtists on Twitter

I also added a stream from the CryptoArtNet Artists list on Twitter.

Basically anytime anybody completes an Artist Listing on CryptoArtNet I add their Twitter account to the list. It is a good place to find new art but it has a lot of other stuff as well.

William M. Peaster $WHALE Grant

So CryptoArtNet and I received a quite generous William M. Peaster $WHALE Grant!

I’m writing a separate post about how that changes the game in important ways for CryptoArtNet and myself and will link when that’s done.

Till then, check out William’s Twitter account and his awesome newsletter DeFi Arts Intelligencer.

Thanks William!

CryptoArtNet Launches CryptoArt Web Directory

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Away Directory by geralt aka Gerd Altmann via Pixabay

This weekend I launched a simple resource, a link directory to web sites related to cryptoart, CryptoArt Web Directory.

This is one of the reasons I queried folks on Twitter about what terms they use for the hybrid gallery/platform/marketplaces that are central to cryptoart practice.

To be honest, people held such divergent opinions about terminology that I just went with my own preferences that fit as well as any other. But the discussion is worth checking out because folks went deeper than simply clarifying usage.

The web directory is meant to be as simple and practical as possible. Now that it’s launched I can add links and new categories as needed.

I think both newcomers and folks who simply want to check in for resources they haven’t yet encountered will find it of use.

If you have a suggestion for a resource, please use this form to let me know about it.

CryptoArtNet Announces Second Wave of CryptoArtists Plus Increased $CRAC Distro

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Join the Second Wave at CryptoArtNet!

CryptoArtNet’s first 13 members are dubbed the Baker’s Dozen. They and the rest of the first hundred are called Founding Members. As we head to 250 members, CryptoArtNet has decided to honor the next 150 as the Second Wave.

At this point, we’re already over halfway to 250 member artists with 33 in the Second Wave to date (plus one test account). In addition to a special designation, the Second Wave will receive $2500 each in CryptoArtCoin. CryptoArtCoin or $CRAC is CrytoArtNet’s social money created in partnership with Roll.

This amount was raised from the original $1000, in part, because some of the Founding Artists passed on this disbursement. Instead of raking in the undistributed $CRAC, CryptoArtNet decided to share the wealth with more new members. The first disbursement will be during the last week of July.

Another consideration is that our first monetization opportunity, now under development and launching later this summer, will require a $2500 CryptoArtCoin buy-in. Though there will be ways to earn that back by publicizing the site, we decided to get everyone off to a solid start from the beginning.

If you’re interested in being part of the Second Wave, please apply here and we’ll get you started.

Keep in mind that our founder, Clyde F. Smith, is periodically unavailable to create accounts due to his return to the workforce but can still respond to questions via email [clyde(at)cryptoartnet(dot)com] or via twitter DMs at Flux Research and CryptoArtNet.

Join Us!

[Image by Tim Marshall via Unsplash]

May CryptoArt News: It’s Raining Tokens!

Logo for CryptoArtNet - A colorful Letter CWelcome to the first edition of CryptoArtNet’s CryptoArt News Roundup. I start with acknowledging our own launch and then dive a bit into the growing social currency and personal token scene powered primarily by Roll. This isn’t limited to cryptoart and I stray a bit in covering the phenomenon.

Generally speaking it’s tough to focus on cryptoart news alone because it overlaps with a lot of developments. But I’ve mostly cut out cryptocollectibles including those cats and stars even though they are pretty darn relevant to the future of cryptoart markets.

I also managed to almost completely ignore the growing Decentraland/Cryptovoxels scene which is very important to cryptoart and is also quite hot right now. No disrespect intended!

Biggest News of the Month!

What’s newsworthy is a matter of perception. I saw one new art-oriented NFT marketplace announced widely this week in secondary crypto media outlets and it looked like it was basically a paid press release distro. The Block covered it but didn’t link to a site and I can’t find one nor a Twitter account so I’m treating is as not yet happening.

But CryptoArtNet launched this month and that’s big news to me!

I blogged about it on the CryptoArtNet blog with one of my typically prosaic headlines:
CryptoArtNet Launches Directory of Artists Making CryptoArt

Sacks of $CRAC

I also connected with Roll, which is powering a number of personal token releases at the moment, and CryptoArtNet now has its own social currency called CryptoArtCoin or $CRAC. This token is meant as incentive for signups and for promoting the site and will primarily be used to participate in monetization opportunities on the site. More on that topic in a month or so!

I wrote a number of versions of the $CRAC launch announcement that can be found on the CryptoArtNet blog, on Cent, on the CryptoArtNet Buy Me A Coffee page and in a press release.

Each one of these is a bit different and I’m probably going to write a couple more. Usually I post the same thing everywhere but I guess I’ve been on a roll this week, so to speak!

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Are Social Currencies and Personal Tokens Securities?

The more I think about it, the more I’m concerned about how the SEC is going to view personal tokens and social currencies. I’m treating $CRAC as a utility token akin to loyalty points that can be exchanged for future services. That’s why I will not be involved with secondary market activity of any kind until I see how the SEC weighs in on this topic. But what about those tokens that literally offer shares in an individual’s future production of wealth and are already trading on Uniswap?

As with most legal questions, the answer is “it depends.” Aaron Wright shared some tweets on the topic (via Jake Chervinsky) from the perspective of personal tokens whose contracts are somewhat ambiguous and mostly about finding a “way to organize and incentivize a network around an individual, brand, group, etc.”

Wright initially mentions Alex Masmej’s $ALEX token which has been getting a lot of the attention as one that is “just meaningful between the parties in a purposefully amorphous way.” However, his initial perception was not the case, people informed him of that and he backpedaled on $ALEX which does look a lot like a security and may ultimately catch the attention of the SEC which is my biggest concern about such tokens.

WhaleShark.Pro Launches $WHALE

Noted cryptoart collector WhaleShark.Pro released a unique Roll token this month called $WHALE. It’s both a personal token, due to its partial reliance on the WhaleShark.Pro brand and community, and whatever you’d call an opportunity to buy shares in a basket of assets.

Cooper Turley’s piece for DeFi Rate has a nice overview.

While I wasn’t that surprised that $CRAC raised little interest from the media outlets I contacted, one would think the unique nature of the $WHALE offering would have generated more response. This is an innovative offering but WhaleShark.Pro’s celebrity seems to be primarily based in the cryptoart scene rather than the larger tech and media scene in which swim those releasing more highly visible personal tokens.

Then again $WHALE is backed by a bunch of art while the more media-worthy personal tokens are from young guys with bright futures aka the usual tech media darlings.

Ben Elliot: First at Being Ben Elliot

Influencer Artist Ben Elliot has announced a personal token pegged to his art career that will debut in either late 2020 or sometime in 2021.

Apparently he considered releasing it via Roll, which uses the Ethereum blockchain, and is now talking Stellar, which has its own blockchain. He’s also claiming a first though I doubt it will be a first of any kind by late 2020 except to have Elliot’s name attached. At least that gives him some time to release actual cryptoart!

Tokenized Cassette Tapes!

Wish I had more time to talk about $TAPE. Cool project and the coverage gets into what’s happening in the music scene a bit as well some news of Zora. Definitely worth checking out for artists making physical product:

Tokenized cassette tape by Grammy winner DJ RAC launches on new Ethereum-based marketplace Zora

How to buy $TAPE on Zora

Crypto Duo Hackatao on Nifty Gateway

Celebrity NFT platform Nifty Gateway included Hackatao in Drop 5. Blue chip former street artist Kenny Scharf also made the drop.

As Nifty Gateway notes, Hackatao are known as actual cryptoartists:
“Their involvement in the crypto art scene and their contribution to its community – one of the most remarkable and special aspects of the space – are crucial.”

Other cryptoartists to appear in recent Nifty Gateway drops include Twisted Vacancy, Coldie and Josie Bellini.

Of course, all artists releasing cryptoart can be considered cryptoartists. I’m not as interested in the celebrity space but I am hoping such activity will spur more mainstream adoption without undermining the grassroots community of cryptoartists. At least, not too much since that process is inevitable. Everything that’s happening to date is fairly predictable except for the personal token aspect though that’s already falling into a narrative arc.

Hackatao was also recently featured on Josie Bellini’s Behind the Art with Josie podcast on Twitch.

Josie’s been on a tear this month with all sorts of great artists including Skeenee, Coldie and Katy Arrington as well as Conlan from Async Art.

CryptoArt as a New Asset Class

Speaking of narrative arcs, we’re seeing more CryptoArt 101 coverage that recognizes a new asset class is emerging. Daniel Kuhn has a nice piece at Coindesk that uses Nifty Gateway as a jumping off point for a discussion of various aspects of the emerging market. Cryptoartists Max Osiris and Coldie both make brief appearances but the piece largely sidesteps the cryptoart community to focus on everybody else that’s getting in on the action.

Yonatan Ben Shiman of Virtual Humans tries to reframe the growing cryptoart movement as Virtual Art since that fits the site’s Virtual Influencer focus and business model. My only problem with the use of the word virtual is that it has become a stand-in for digital. The reality is cryptoart is not virtual. It’s real digital art. Beyond that, frame it however you need to make that money!

Speaking of Virtual, L’Atelier has a stylish and relevant report on the Virtual Economy. Much of it is about adjacent territory but it’s worth a look and definitely worth passing on as a form of legitimation for the space.

Turner Wright has a bit about the cryptoart market from the perspective of artist Vesa Kivinen. It would be nice if the piece linked out to Kivinen’s web presence however that’s an ongoing issue with crypto media outlets just like it is with mainstream and tech media outlets. But, hey, plenty of internal links to strengthen SEO!

So Much More CryptoArt News

Honestly, I’m running out of time for creating this post. That’s what I get for sharing my opinion and being good at gathering news. Here are some links out to various happenings from the month which has been quite rich. There’s much more of note that I don’t get to in this post.

Over at Cent

Hidden Gems – 2 including Art Reviews by Fabin Rasheed

BruceTheGoose is Rethinking The Goose Nest

Decentraland and Cryptovoxels

Introducing the Decentraland Content Creator Program

Open Sea and Decentraland Make The CoinDesk 50

There’s a Virtual Billboard/Cryptoart Convergence Happening – More on that next time!

Data News Announces “New Era”

Platforms and Galleries

Announcing InfiNFT!!! A Token Minting Platform with Images & Metadata on the Blockchain!!

infiNFT Alpha Artists including Giant Swan

Mintbase <> Arweave

MakersPlace + Grow Your Base

MakersPlace Introduces Collaboration (BETA)

Cargo Invites Everyone to Test Drive V2

Virtual Rare Art Festival

The Virtual Rare Art Festival involved a large number of cryptoartists including some with CryptoArtNet profiles:
Martin Lukas Ostachowski
Peter Bock
Gisel X
Matt Kane

Are you a cryptoartist? Get a free profile on CryptoArtNet! Plus $CRAC!!!


CryptoArtNet Artists Directory Launches CryptoArtCoin Social Currency $CRAC In Partnership With Roll

a gold colored C with swirlsCHATTANOOGA, TN (May 26, 2020) – The emerging directory of artists making cryptoart, CryptoArtNet, announces the launch of CryptoArtCoin, a social currency also known as $CRAC. Created with the help of Roll, CryptoArtCoin is a form of social currency designed to be used for services at CryptoArtNet by its growing community of artists.

Social currency is a relatively new concept though it has many forerunners. From airline points to in-game credits, social currency is designed to give those who are most involved with an online community something extra.

As CryptoArtNet founder Clyde F. Smith notes:
“My interest in social currency grew from my involvement with the cryptoart community. A number of artists worked with Roll to create their own tokens and caused me to recognize the potential for encouraging and rewarding the CryptoArtNet community.”

At CryptoArtNet, early adopters are especially valued and are currently provided with an extra big bag of CryptoArtCoin aka $CRAC. Though CryptoArtCoin does not offer ownership stakes in CryptoArtNet, it does provide artists with the means to trade precious $CRAC for monetization and promotional services.

Artists that have created listings on CryptoArtNet will also be provided with many free promotional opportunities while HODLing $CRAC. Beyond listings, early adopters receive special designations that will allow them to stand out as the directory of artists making cryptoart grows.

The first 13 artists with live listings have been designated The Baker’s Dozen and receive heightened attention in the directory. The first 100 will be known as Founding Artists and receive a similar distinction as The Baker’s Dozen if they create listings by June 30.

Baker’s Dozen members will also receive 10,000 $CRAC while Founding Artists receive 5000!

After that point, new artists creating free CryptoArtNet listings will receive a payout of 1000 $CRAC each for the foreseeable future. That leaves but one question. What can artists do with their bags of $CRAC?

Without spilling the magic beans, CryptoArtNet wants artists to know that the site is planning monetization opportunities that go beyond art sales and tip jars. Of course, the site itself is intended to help increase artist sales and tip jar buttons are planned as an option for artist listings.

However, additional monetization features that will be announced soon will offer new possibilities for cryptoartists to make real money in addition to current revenue streams. These opportunities will require a setup fee payable in $CRAC.

Keep an eye on CryptoArtNet for further developments!

About CryptoArtNet

Founder Clyde F. Smith launched CryptoArtNet as a way to help build the cryptoart community.

Says Smith:
“I began meeting cryptoartists on Twitter last year and found it to be the most supportive and the friendliest online network of artists I had encountered to date. Their positive energy inspired me to create my first pieces of digital art and, now, to launch CryptoArtNet. Together I think everyone from artists to cryptoart platforms to startups like Roll are building something very special.”

CryptoArtNet can be found at and at

About Roll

Roll is a social currency company powering the development of social and personal tokens. Without Roll CryptoArtCoin and a number of other social currencies would not be possible.

Roll can be found at and at

Press Contact:
Clyde F. Smith, CryptoArtNet Founder

CryptoArt News Announcements:

CryptoArtNet Launches Directory of Artists Making CryptoArt

CryptoArtNet Artists Directory Rolls Out CryptoArtCoin – $CRAC

Background Resources:

What Is CryptoArt?

What Is Roll? What Is Social Currency?

CryptoArtNet Artists Directory Rolls Out CryptoArtCoin – $CRAC

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CryptoArtCoin – $CRAC

Feel free to check out the  CryptoArtCoin landing page over at Roll but I also wanted to give people an explanation of what this new social currency is all about and what it means for artists with CryptoArtNet listings.

CryptoArtCoin or $CRAC is launching as a social currency for the CryptoArtNet directory of artists making cryptoart in partnership with Roll. I’m going to be releasing quite a bit of it in the early stages to incentivize artists creating listings on the site. HODLing is highly recommended.

Here’s the deal:

The first 13 members with live profiles, aka The Baker’s Dozen, will receive 10,000 $CRAC the first week of June.

The first 100 live profiles (excluding The Baker’s Dozen) or those created by June 30, whichever comes first, will receive 5,000 $CRAC the first week of July. These artists will also be designated as Founding Artists as will The Baker’s Dozen.

Artists creating profiles after that milestone will receive 1,000 $CRAC the first week of the following month until further notice.

Additional opportunities to earn $CRAC will be created in exchange for promoting the site and recruiting new members beginning in July.

$CRAC will initially be redeemable for monetization and promotion services created by CryptoArtNet.

However, most promotional efforts will be focused on the site in order to promote all listed artists and so will not require spending precious $CRAC. It should be noted that the categories of Baker’s Dozen and Founding Artists will increase in promotional value as more artists come on board.

If you have questions or suggestions, be in touch:

Contact Form ~ @fluxresearch ~ @cryptoartnet


CryptoArtNet Launches Directory of Artists Making CryptoArt

three people checking out a wall of portraits in a gallery

CryptoArtNet: A Directory of Artists Making CryptoArt

It’s still a work-in-progress but CryptoArtNet has been announced by some of the artists and has its own Twitter feed so let’s call it a launch!

There’s lots to be done but the basic concept of a directory for artists creating cryptoart is established. Now on to making it a better site for artists and for those who want to find out more about artists with whom they’re familiar or to discover artists with whom they’re unfamiliar.

My hope is that CryptoArtNet can also be a resource for bridging the gap between the cryptoart scene and the wide range of people that don’t know we exist but will find us of interest.

Any CryptoArtist Can Have a Free Listing

Artist accounts are free and always will be. Anyone with publicly posted tokenized art can apply here.

If you apply, be sure to check your sp@m folder where emails from the site are ending up despite my attempts at fixing the problem via DNS records.

Artists can upload gif, jpg and png files. Each gallery has a maximum of 6 files up to 50 mb per image.

If you have a listing or create a listing and see that the form is missing a site you want linked, you can hit me back via the email I’ll be sending you during the account creation process or via our contact form.

You can also hit me up on Twitter @fluxresearch with questions or suggestions. My DMs are open.

There is an email newsletter for this blog which will feature site updates, news about listed artists and periodic cryptoart news roundups.

Future Plans: IPFS, Monetization, Social Currency, Survey Responses

Long-term goals include a move to IPFS hosting of images, gifs and videos, most likely involving Pinata.  At that point, things should open up quite a bit in terms of the art that can be posted.

I am also considering possibilities for monetizing the site including ways for listed artists to get paid. While that will include a tip button, I’d like to see more substantial opportunities based on people’s cryptoart that will supplement gallery sales. More on that at a future date.

Currently I’m talking to the folks at Roll about a social currency for the site. I’ve been inspired by what cryptoartists have been doing with their Roll currencies and I’d like to explore the possibilities for CryptoArtNet and listed artists.

The original group of artists that I contacted to see if there was interest in a directory of artists making cryptoart filled out a survey with a number of questions about what they’d like to see and what they thought about my plans. I’m going to do a follow-up document in the Support Forum discussing how they see things and how I’ve tried to respond to their preferences and suggestions.

Be In Touch

So, on that note, if you have suggestions, ideas or questions, please reach out via CryptoArtNet’s contact form, my @fluxresearch Twitter account or the @cryptoartnet Twitter account.

The CryptoArtNet Twitter account will mainly be used for site announcements and status reports. Most of my cryptoart-related interactions take place via my Flux Research Twitter account.

Here’s to the future!

Clyde F. Smith, CryptoArtNet Founder

[Photo Credits: Human Observer Exhibition photo by Geralt on Pixabay]