Welcome to the 20th issue of the DeFi Arts Intelligencer, your weekly source for key happenings around blockchain art, collectibles, and games. Subscribe here.
For this dispatch:
🎨 Digital Art & Collectibles
InfiNFT, a decentralized minting platform that hosts all metadata on-chain, launched today 🥂
Artist Trevor Jones debuted on MakersPlace with “All That Remains,” a digital interpretation of the first piece Jones ever sold at his inaugural commercial solo exhibition. At press time, the work’s high bid was 14 ETH by moderats …
Per NonFungible.com, the Cryptopunks market topped NFT Land again this week, with the OG crypto collectibles project having brought in over $133,000 USD in 7-day volume. Punk 6487 sold for 100 ETH in that span, for example.
Async Art unveiled a series of new usability updates to the platform and held a series of high-profile auctions this week, including for the initial Layer tokens of XCOPY’s signature “DOOM Party” piece …
Cryptovoxels creator Ben Nolan gave a presentation during this week’s WIP meeting …
NFT minting platform Mintbase transitioned to Arweave as its metadata solution provider.
The ever-wise Jin offered us a peek into the future of virtual reality …
DAOrecords is hosting a “MintTape Release Party” on June 6th and 7th.
🕹️ Blockchain Games
Axie Infinity provided an update on how its Land system is maturing. The team detailed progress on collecting in-game resources, building structures, and the game’s map editor.
Ethereum trading card game Gods Unchained unveiled new prize draws for its upcoming season.
♦️♦️ DeFi News
Meet Yiedl: a new DeFi project that lets you take out a “mortgage” on your NFTs in non-custodial fashion.
Now live on the Ethereum mainnet, mStable is a new protocol for unifying stablecoin activities. The project’s first offering, mUSD, will be backed by USDT, USDC, TUSD, and Dai.
Want to use your Uniswap Liquidity Provider (LP) tokens as collateral in DeFi? Now you can via lending project Aave.
The price of MKR, MakerDAO’s governance token, acutely surged some 50% amid the news the token was being added to Coinbase Pro.
DeFi lending platform Compound identified how it will be distributing the COMP governance token in the months ahead.
“Behind the Art with Josie - Hackatao” - Josie Bellini
“Introducing What the Frac” - Mick de Graaf
“The Ghost Of Satoshi — Issue No. 96” - Ben DiFrancesco
“[Special Interview] DeFi Dad, Ethereal Summit” - matthew.cent.eth
When I first started diving into the cryptoart scene, the first pieces I fell in love with were from Jason Bailey’s SAMOGAN series. This week, I sold SAMOGAN #30 on SuperRare’s secondary market, and the coolest part is that Bailey instantly received a 10% royalty. I definitely think this is the future of art.
Thanks for reading, and stay creative on- and off-chain!
Keep an 👁️ out for the 21st issue of the DeFi Arts Intelligencer this time next week, too. Cheers ✌️
About DeFi Arts Intelligencer
The DeFi Arts Intelligencer is curated by me, William M. Peaster, a professional writer and editor who’s been tracking the Ethereum and Dai beats in recent years.
I’m passionate about art and a DeFi optimist, so putting together this newsletter is both fun and informative for me. I hope others may find the content helpful, too. But be mindful, the information herein should not be construed as investment advice. I’m not a financial adviser, and these are my opinions. Always take care to seriously consider the various layers of risk you face in participating in the still-maturing cryptoeconomy.
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