The unique “I Can Has Cheezburger?” meme has develop into the newest image of common tradition to be immortalized as an NFT.
The meme’s creator, Eric Nakagawa, introduced his foray right into a collection of lolcat NFTs on Feb. 23. “Happy Cat” — the crown jewel of Nakgawa’s NFT launch — is being auctioned on NFT market OpenSea, with the very best bid at present sitting at 0.25 ETH.
Cool to see all crucial web historical past turning into NFTs https://t.co/EclycEXupY
— Micah Baldwin (@micah) February 22, 2021
The ten piece collection, titled “No Fries In the present day,” includes early lolcat memes and meme-inspired art work. Some proceeds of the gross sales can be donated to charitable organizations, together with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the Web Archive, and the World Wildlife Basis.
Every NFT contains the backstory explaining how the meme it represents was initially created, with Nakagawa stating he exhumed picture information from his “historic private archive” for the collection.
Whereas Nakagawa tells Cointelegraph that he “positively jumped the gun on Comfortable Cat,” he says he has a few different collections rearing to be launched.
What if NFT however lolcats? https://t.co/56T1H8voT3
— Eric Nakagawa (@ericnakagawa) February 24, 2021
NFTs have been on a tear throughout 2021, pulling $60 million in daily sales on Feb. 23, with many common tokens drawing inspiration from well-known memes..
A NFT model of “Nyan Cat” — the closely memed video of a flying toaster-shaped feline — sold on Feb. 21 for practically $580,000, on the Basis market app.
In January, American collectibles big Topps launched a collection of caricatures based on a meme-able picture of Bernie Sanders, promoting 8,876 packs of NFT playing cards over a 3 day sale.
Nakagawa is not any stranger to cryptocurrency, at present working as head of Open Supply within the Blockchain division of Novi Monetary — the Fb subsidiary overseeing development of its crypto asset project, Diem.
After co-founding the favored image sharing web site icanhascheezburger.com in 2007, he briefly joined Ripple Labs as Director of Development in 2013, earlier than taking a place as Startup Outreach on the Dogecoin Basis the next 12 months.
Whereas working with Dogecoin, Nakagawa organized “doge4water,” a fundraiser that collected 40 million DOGE for a Kenya-based charity — value $33,000 on the time.