Szabotage in the metaverse

NFT Urban Art

“NFTs, or as I like to call them, New Found Territories, allows us artists to think beyond the canvas or walls. Who knows where the art will end up?! One thing that is certain... art can survive a lot longer on the blockchain than in reality.”

HONG KONG’S FIRST NFT URBAN ARTIST

Szabotage was the first urban artist in Hong Kong to offer NFT art back in November 2020 on OpenSea. This collection digitised his street art murals meaning they can live on forever even after being painted over in the real world.

Pot of Gold - NFT Street Art Collection - 2020 - NFT Video Of Street Art

POT OF GOLD

Clearwater Bay, Hong Kong, 2020

This is a video NFT and is a Szabotage street art piece painted using one of his infamous graffiti gadgets he makes. The inspiration behind this piece is a social observation reply to the rise of the Bitcoin and how the crypto world is changing the financial system

Hong Kong on My Mind - NFT Street Art Collection - Original 2016 NFT Minted 2020 - NFT Street Art Photograph

Hong Kong On Mind

Square Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, 2016

Hong Kong on my mind was inspired by the intensity and complexity of Hong Kong living, and how at times it overpowers your mind. Sometimes you need to take the lid off, let go and flip it over. The mural playfully uses the infamous Hong Kong cityscape, with it appearing to emerge from a person’s head. One of a few pieces created in a monochrome palette, Szabotage stepped away from his usual explosion of colour to explore the light and shadows to give depth to the artwork. As with many great works created on the street, the original artwork is no longer visible.

2021

In October 2021 Szabotage’s second collection was displayed at the Digital Art Fair Asia in Hong Kong. This tongue in cheek collection marked Bitcoin hitting a value of $40,000 for the first time. Each NFT used animation and sound to bring the visual story to life and came with their foundation physical artwork. There is just one piece still available from this sell-out collection.

The Future is Bright - DAFA Collection - 2021 - NFT Digital Stencils

The Future is Bright

Minted - DAFA Collection - 2021 - NFT Animation with Sound

Minted

Bitcoin Bandit - DAFA Collection - 2021 NFT Animation with Sound

Bitcoin Bandit

2021

In December 2021 was two unique car art NFTs were launched at IMXpoHK. The artworks celebrated Szabotages fanatical love of cars a self confessed gearhead the pieces were an insight into his supercar obsession.

Hyper Drive - IMXpoHK Collection - 2021 - NFT Digital Stencils
Sunday Drive - IMXpoHK Collection - 2021 - NFT Digital Stencils

2022

There is lots more to come in 2022: Szabotage is working with Animocabrands and Blank.art who are trailblazers in the NFT space, collaboration projects with Unicly, Revs Motorsports and NRT-1 plus an exclusive digital artwork collection for Roger Dupuis Hyper Horology.

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NFTs EXPLAINED

Szabotage and Animoca Brands Chairman Yat Siu discuss art and NFTs with Cocoa Zhou Nov 2020

What are NFTs?

NFTs are taking the art world by storm.  NFT stands for “non-fungible token”. This token represents a unique digital asset, such as a piece of art, that you own and is recorded on the blockchain. It creates provenance by logging your ownership and smart contract on a publicly accessible blockchain ledger forever. Just like physical artwork, NFT art can be bought and sold. 

NFTs have opened up a new world for art in the digital space. Whilst a piece can still be copied or reused, it is now possible for the original piece to be owned and traced which in turn creates a value for that piece of art, just like in the physical art world.

As the potential for NFTs continues to unfold, the art world is set for a huge digital explosion.

Gustav Szabo aka Szabotage Urban Artist with Koi Signature

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