By: Tara Thompson
I’m sure you’ve all heard of the takeover of Non Fungible Tokens (NFT’s). It’s a weird trend artists have been following pretty closely, using it to get their artwork out there for others to see and or buy. Depp has always been an artist, before acting, before music, art has always been a way for him to express himself. His first public art pieces will focus on ‘Friends and Heroes,’ people he knew well and inspired him.
The portraits he’ll be painting include Tim Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, his daughter Lily-Rose Depp, and more. Each NFT will be a portrait of these people through his eyes, how he sees them. The art style lands somewhere between ‘Pop Art’ and ‘Street Art,’ including a personal freehand touch to each one. Unlike most NFT creators, Depp is donating 25% of the proceeds to charities including Los Angeles Children’s Hospital, Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, and the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation.
Due to popular demand, Depp’s NFT’s will be distributed via raffel to ensure fair access. The raffle will be conducted up to three times and any NFT not redeemed will be deployed into public sale. Owners of an NFT will be welcomed into Depp’s community on discord, a place where fans can come together and collaborate on creative projects. The Discord server will offer an intimate environment for Depp to express his creativity and provide access to unique works and experiences as well as future projects in art, music, and film.
Sure you could say NFT’s are getting out of hand but the truth is it’s helping a lot of undiscovered, as well as known artists. If people want to buy it, let them. There’s really no harm, especially considering the fact they’re all online. If you don’t want to take part in it you don’t have to. It’s wonderful to see so many people willing to support artists of all kinds, and Depp is a great example of that.