Humans Love Collecting Things
"About 40% of humans collect things — baseball cards, shoes, artwork, wine. And there’s a whole bunch of psychological reasons why. Some people have a need to complete a set. Some people do it for investment reasons."
"Some people want an heirloom to pass down. But we could only collect things in the real world because digital collectibles were too easy to copy." says David Pakman in a TechCrunch article on dumbing down NFT's.
The Digital Art Creation You Already Know
Creating digital artwork isn't difficult. Grab Photoshop or Canva and you'll be able to create something within a few minutes. Sure. Now let's say you're ready to share it.
Add To Insta. Done. Now fast forward.... your image has become famous! ...valuable even... or at the minimum, you want to prove you made it first. All you've got is a filename timestamp from Photoshop or maybe an upload date in your Instagram. It kind of works....but let's now throw in an extra level of desire.
You receive a comment on your artwork "Wow, this is amazing artwork Steve! How can I buy a copy?" How do you sell your digital artwork? What if a number of people want to buy a copy...support your work... get the skiting rights to say they saw your talent first?
There's no native way on the Web 2.0.
Protecting Digital Rights
Digital assets and collectibles have been too easy to copy on the Internet for the last twenty years. Digital art and collecting digital art hasn't had a natural digital home...until now.
The introduction of Web 3.0 provides three new layers of technology that provide the digital infrastructure for trust and authenticity. Let's look at each of these three layers and try to stay as non technical as possible, for as long as possible!
Marketplaces For Digital Artwork
Here are three marketplaces for digital artwork worth looking up. I'm pretty new to each so will add more information here as I get to understand their behaviour.
SuperRare is invitation only for artists so that digital art offered for sale is curated to maintain the quality level of the artwork. I haven't spent a lot of time there yet.
Rarible is a marketplace where anyone can create digital art on and where I minted my first NFT digital artwork (5 of 5 are now up for sale). It's the wild west of digital artworks at the moment on Rarible and auctions of visual art and animations are doing the best, at least for now. It feels very similar to how Web 1.0 of the Internet felt, back in 1996 when I was at Victoria University paying $2.00 per Mb to upload my photos of Shihad to a website I had built.
OpenSea is the world's first and largest digital artwork marketplace. OpenSea has a cool ranking system for digital artwork ranked by volume, average price and how many owners there are of each collection.
If you prefer the regular kind of marketplaces to buy goods, you'll be pleased to know that Ebay has announced support for digital goods in May.