April 02 2021

Beeple: His Story, The Future of NFTs, His Favorite Digital Artist, and More.

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Beeple: His Story, The Future of NFTs, His Favorite Digital Artist, and More.

Beeple: His Story, The Future of NFTs, His Favorite Digital Artist, and More.

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About the episode

Kevin speaks with Beeple, the world’s most popular and successful NFT artist. “Everydays: the First 5000 Days”, a collage of images from his “Everydays” series, sold for $69,346,250 on March 11, 2021, making it the third most expensive artwork by a living artist.

About our guest
Beeple

Beeple

@beeple, aka Mike Winkelmann is a graphic designer who has worked on concert visuals for Justin Bieber, One Direction, Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, Eminem, Zedd, deadmau5, and many more. He recently made headlines when he sold a collage of his first 5,0000 “everyday” pieces of art as an NFT for $69,346,250 — making it the third most expensive artwork by a living artist.

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Show notes

Where’s Beeple based, and where’s he been? He’s in Charleston, SC, but he’s from Wis-con-sin.[01:54]

Why does Beeple view sports and art as similar constructs?[02:56]

Why did Beeple choose art as a career over programming, and how did he start?[04:54]

Would you buy O’Reilly classic cover art as NFTs?[07:18]

How Beeple clips became ubiquitous in the VJ world (which was as surprising to him as anyone).[08:35]

What’s the difference between an artist and a designer?[13:21]

When did Beeple really start to feel like he could make a legitimate living from his art?[14:49]

How was Beeple introduced to the world of NFTs and cryptocurrency?[16:09]

Where did Beeple sell his first NFT, and what were his early impressions of the format?[20:25]

Why the “everyday” pieces are perfectly made for collecting, and how Beeple justifies their value to the collectors.[23:30]

Imagining the possibilities: what NFT collecting might look like in the future.[29:36]

Who were the subjects of Beeple’s earliest work, and how did his process evolve over time?[36:08]

What drives Beeple’s more topical work?[37:59]

So…the Dick-Milking Factory. What’s that all about? And will it incite a future Hot Pockets vs. Beeple ruling by the highest court in the land?[40:54]

What’s next for Beeple?[43:33]

How can an art collector of modest means pick up a piece of Beeple’s work nowadays, and how does this compare to what his art was selling for just a few months ago?[44:21]

At the end of the day, how does Beeple feel about copyright infringement?[47:42]

Other NFT artists Beeple thinks we should keep an eye on.[49:16]

Digital art isn’t new. Only the ability to quantify and commodify it is.[50:19]

Parting thoughts.[52:16]

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