This interview should of happened last year but never did and took another artist to help get it sorted lol and I am very happy to bring it to you this artist brings A.I and other types of art to Wax and his pieces looks amazing and have a look of Alienworlds
Things are well, just coding some smart contracts right now. How about yourself?
Took a day off from the fiat mines lol just relaxing doing some crypto clicks . You long in crypto?
Yeah I'm super bullish on crypto I started back in 2017 & took a 4 year break until 2021
What made you get back in 2021?
Saw an ad for Alien Worlds & fell in love with Wax
So it was the gaming aspect that brought you back?
That's definitely an aspect of it. But to be honest, having the opportunity to earn crypto by playing games was incredible
Of course and what made you start creating?
As a child, I've always adored video games with virtual economies & digital items. The Borderlands saga, Diablo 3 (back when the auction house was around) & Path of Exile are all huge favorites. Having put in over 10k hours in the ARPG genre, I felt that the technology behind NFTs wasn't being used to it's fullest extent; figured I'd give it a shot.
And was Wax the only blockchain you looked at for it?
I looked at many blockchains when I was deciding where to start building, but having experience from gaming on Wax, I felt that I had the best chance of success building here. The crypto gaming community on Wax is unparalleled & the Antelope blockchain architecture seemed like the best out of the lot as well. Having free, gas free transactions for users, as well as being super affordable to develop & deploy smart contracts on is a Web3 developer's dream come true.
How would you describe your project?
It's a melting pot of cutting edge technology. A futuristic clash between AI generated art & NFT-FI.
When did you launch the project?
I believe the official launch was sometime around October 2021; started working on it early July 2021
What was the first NFT you launched?
The Shroomicopter. It was an airdrop distributed to the earliest supporters of the project.
How did they react?
Well I'm guessing
How many NFTs have you dropped since?
Thousands. Nowadays, the NFTs come in packs that people can craft using game tokens.
Oh nice how often do you try drop something new?
As often as I can, but I'm currently spending most of my time developing. I try to aim for at least once a month.
How do you create your NFTs?
I use AI to train a large batch of images, somewhere between 300 to 10k. Then I sift through them several times, getting rid of lower quality generations, until all I'm left with is the best of the best. Afterwards, I frame them (which are made by hand), name them, upload & setup the pack for distributing them.
So its a mixture of A.I and hand drawn?
Sort of. Not hand drawn, but made by hand using software.
What programs you use for creating?
Photoshop & Figma. Wide array of models for machine learning.
How long does it take to create a new NFT?
It's tough to say, because it's highly dependent on how many I'm trying to make & if I'm trying to create a new style or one I've already got the params for. For my most recent pack of 33 NFTs, it took around a week of training to generate a batch of 600~ images, which is mostly a passive process that's running in the background. Took around 3 hours to sift through & curate. Followed by 6 hours of framing, uploading & setting up the pack. So I guess you could say around 15 minutes of active work per NFT.
Is there a favorite you have created?
Too many to count. The collections currently well over a thousand unique pieces, so it's tough to choose a single favorite. If I had to choose, I'd say Palpable Magic.
Ripley Reincarnate is a close second.
Have you done any collabs?
Nope, always been an independent project but there are plans underway for incorporating other projects into TFMW. The project would be nowhere right now if it wasn't for the support of the community. Many have made contributions in developing TFMW, both directly, through active development and indirectly, through knowledge & feedback.
I meant about the collaborating another project?
Yeah, it could be cool, but I'm just sticking to development for now. Got a lot of exciting stuff planned for the near future. But if I were to, I'd focus on generative art. I think Wax could use more generative art collections
So your a strong believer in AI art?
Sure, but I meant generative as in with layers on the Art matching the metadata on the NFT
Is there a dream collab out there for you?
Not in particular
Do you collect NFTs yourself?
What's your favorite project?
Too many to mention, but I think 0xmusic on Eth definitely takes the cake and Alien Worlds is pretty killer too.
What's the long term plan of the project?
What has been the hardest part of doing the project?
Making it simple
What's been the best part of doing the project?
All of it
What your family think of the project?
They think it's cool
Have you brought many people into wax?
Yeah I have, but I've found it's been difficult for people to integrate Web3 into their lives
What you like to do to relax?
Play video games
Where is the best place to keep up with the project?
Definitely in the Discord
Twitter not so much
Where can we buy your NFTs?
When the next drop?
Nothing planned for now, but I announce them in the Discord channel.
Any chance of a competition for the readers?
Nothing for right now. Tell them to check back in two months, should be ready to launch the next phase of the project by then; will feature many giveaways at that point in time.
Brilliant is there anything you would like to add before we finish?
I think that'll be all, thanks for having me!