A Man Just Sold Something Truly Horrible as an NFT
It's a gross idea, but there are real lessons about the NFT craze here.
In only a matter of weeks, NFTs have gone from works produced by renowned digital artists to brands shamelessly cashing in on the trend, offering up meaningless GIFs of toilet paper and pixelated JPGs of pizza slices.
And while some artists are selling elaborate pieces of digital art at Christie’s, some are aiming a little lower than that.
Brooklyn-based film director Alex Ramírez-Mallis’s NFT, called “One Calendar Year of Recorded Farts” is pretty much exactly what it sounds like. It’s a series of, well, fart recordings, with inventive names such as “The Tony Hawk Special Edition” and “Fart #0666.”
The entire edited audio file is an uninterrupted spree of emissions that goes on for 52 long minutes. The top bid for the collection is a cool 0.2 ether, or roughly $360.
The recordings are also available individually, and one of Ramírez-Mallis’s flatulent audios has already been sold for $85 or 0.05 ether.
“If the value increases, they could have an extremely valuable fart on their hands,” he told the Post.
The ridiculousness of the NFT trend didn’t fly over the film director’s head.
“The NFT craze is absurd — this idea of putting a value on something inherently intangible,” he told the newspaper. “These NFTs aren’t even farts, they’re just digital alphanumeric strings that represent ownership.”
He may have a point. Many NFTs currently being sold on the most popular exchanges are simple files that live on the Ethereum blockchain, but don’t actually include the art itself. The token is simply a link to where the NFT is being stored.
In other words, if Ramírez-Mallis were to move his fart recordings to a different server, the NFT holders would likely have very little recourse and be left, well, without a fart NFT.
“There’s that old saying, ‘Why don’t they just frame the money?'” Ramírez-Mallis told the New York Post, “and this really is the embodiment of that.”
READ MORE: NYC man sells fart for $85, cashing in on NFT craze [New York Post]
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