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The Starving Artist's Guide to NFTs

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John's reminder that the poor people are being left behind and we should all help "starving artists" like the mentally ill, chronically homeless, and abandoned humans of all ages create NFT art in the blockchain. Also, John gives working artists a few simple tips about entering the NFT/Twitter arena for the first time — tips that may save your sanity. Follow @johnemotions and @jlillyproject .... For a good time, call (405) 440-3330

Can you believe they sponsor this show? Like, don't they read through the transcripts and see how many times Isay fuck and how little I care about corporatism? Jesus Christ, play someof that rock music. Well, Hey, welcome back. It's the Friday afterThanksgiving, you know, the long holiday weekend in America. How areyou? I hope you survived. Well, clearly you did survive. You're here. So Hey, now what's up? Yeah, so I got an emailfrom my podcast hosts, sounder DOT FM, and it said change ofterms, blah, blah, blah. We've now turned on monetization by default. You have to go turn it off if you don't want to. It'sfor whatever, like what the fuck cheese? So it turned out to be easierto turn on the ads then to turn them off. So we'll see. I'll let the ADS play. I don't know what fucking ads play beforethis show or after the show. I have nothing to do with that.I just know that if enough of them play, they'll give me some moneyand I can pay to fucking host the podcast. So the podcast will thenpay for itself. If the ads bother you, let me know. We'refor free to make fun of all these fucking companies. I heard the gap, I heard a McDonald's AD. You know, fuck all those companies whatever. So it's fine, just let it go. The old thing I didn'tlike ads because I listened to podcast in the car and the particular car Iuse has really crappy interface. I'm into good interfaces. Well, this onethere's no fast forward in ten seconds or...

...thirty seconds. It's there's one fastforward button and it goes completely to the next episode. So if I'm twothirds the way into an episode and I think the back button will take meten seconds back because I missed something, no, it takes me all theway back to the fucking Intro, like God damn it. So I don'tlike ads for that reason because I don't know how to skip them in mylistening environment. But apparently most people have a little skip button. So ifyou hear an ad, just fast forward through or something whatever. It's notlike anything I say is that important. Anyway, I digress. Today I'mtalking about so yeah, I've been talking about the past few episodes and FT's, which probably dry and you fucking crazy. I know when it's you know,like a topic on Saturday night live and probably half the dinner tables inAmerica whatever. So I apologize if it sounds like over and again. SoI won't talk about them as much, but I do like talking to theartist who create them, and there's you know, there's plenty of artists creatingnfts that have mental illness in their history, so that's kind of cool. There'stons of people I can have on the podcast now. That makes ita little exciting for me, and you right, but I have to apologizeto my friends, my real life friends and a couple of my friends ontwitter who have been harassing to make their art into nfts. I Apologize,like you. Nobody you don't have to turn your art into nfts. Andthere are some downsides to the NFT world, as I call it, like especiallynft twitter, and we'll get into those in just a minute, becauseI know when I edit some of these podcasts they say things like Oh,what's not to like about nfts? Well, speaking in context, what I'm talkingabout there is the mechanics of locking...

...your art onto the blockchain and gettingroyalties from it whenever anybody wants to buy it into the future. That's thepure context. But now there's so much toxic behavior on nft twitter and that'swhere you have to go, particularly to sell your art. But let's backup a little bit, because the title of this episode is basically nft forstarving artist, so we need to get back to the origin of that statementhere. So here's what's up and a little background. The idea that anybodycan put their art up and lock it down and profit from it is amazing. The problem, though, not anybody can do that, and a lotof people that are making nft's are pretty privileged and they don't understand how manypeople maybe are left behind already simply because they don't have the very necessities oflife, let alone a tablet and a stylust or a computer or, youknow, away calm fucking IPAD. You know, pick your pick your tool. These things all cost money. Oh, and electricity. That means you haveto have a place to live that has power, that's turned on,and none of that makes a difference if you don't have any food because you'rehungry and you have to steal food from the grocery store. You following me? Not Going to get too dark just to start reality. So my heartis kind of near and dear to those underdogs, or also people that kindof society has forgotten, because when I was young, like thirteen, fourteenyears old, I was kicked out completely. I had nowhere else left to live, so I bounced from home to home forevermore until I got in mylike twenty, twenty one year old, got married, started off, gotlucky, you know, had a good life for a while, that kindof thing. So that was all good, but my heart's always been out therefor people that are just been shunned or just kicked out, scapegoaded,however you want to frame it, from...

...their families, from their lives,whether they already had a mental illness or whether that situation, being abandoned likethat or neglected, caused a mental illness. It doesn't really matter, because youget locked into the same cycle regardless and it takes a lot to breakout. Fortunately I broke out. So I always had the idea that Ishould give back, like because I'm like yeah, I made it through,I can give back. So I worked in Juven Hall when I was youngerfor like five years, worked as a as an activities coordinator there, andthen most recently I was the director of a nonprofit, what they call hotelin San Francisco, and that place had a hundred and sixty apartment units init, and in each of those, well, I'd say eighty percent ofthem were people that were, for lack of a better term, crazy,mentally ill of some sort, fresh out of homelessness. So they hadn't beentaught how to live in a home or a homed environment, in shelter.They didn't know how to live in shelter. And you sprinkling about twenty percent ofpeople who were able to tolerate that environment just to live in a cheapspot, in a killer location in downtown San Francisco, which otherwise cost afortune. But by living and working in that hotel, man, I sawso many stories and heard so many, you know, vibrant lives, sharewhat they had to give that are not being captured, will never be captured, and that just leads me to think. Imagine all of the senior citizens rightnow who live alone. They don't know how to capture a name ofthis, but they want to express they have art inside them waiting to comeout, but they have no way to get it out because they don't havethe funds that are on fixed income. They you know, any little bitof income over a certain amount they have to report and then they lose theirgovernment funding and it's just the whole shit show. These people are kind oflocked into a fucked up lifestyle and they have no way to create. Yetthey have lifetime decades and decades, and...

...there's we're talking people from like sixty, seventy, eighty up towards of ninety years old. Some are even older, that have so much art and creation stuck in their soul that they couldget out that they're not able to. So I think it's kind of incombentupon us that do have the means, or are generating the means through ouryou know, crappy new gifts and pet J pegs, maybe to help onboard some of the people who have absolutely nothing. So for sure that meanssetting up, you know, classrooms and places where there are computers for peopleto use or even take home or give them, you know, tablets andthings like that. Just needs to be organized. But man, if therewas a nonprofit that was specifically geared toward getting the poorest of poor people withthe right gear in their hands and the connections and, you know, teachthem how to on board, on to open see or object or wherever,and just show them how to do it and then give them grants so theycan fund a wallet for a little bit, teach them how to buy art,how to sell their art and those kind of things. That's as ahuge audience we're missing right now. It's people that just aren't on computers rightnow. To begin with. Those people all have art inside of them.That's far more valuable than somebody who just picked up a tablet in the stylusthree months ago and started drawing Jay pigs. It's just not possible to have tenzerohours of experience in six months. So just two heads up. That'sgoing to be kind of ongoing theme. Like what do we do about thepoor people? What do we do about the poor people? How do wehelp the poor people get their computers together and get their, you know,creative setups going so that they can start creating the art, telling the stories? I'm sure they've got poetry, they've got painting that could be digitized,you know, real life painting that we could take photos of. They've gotcameras. We can give them cameras. They can take pictures of things oftheir lives. There's so many things that would just enrich the Internet, enrichweb three, if we just had better...

...access for them and to on boardpeople with absolutely nothing. I'm not talking about poor folks that use Tz I'mtalking about people that don't have any money to put into a wallet, toeven open a bank account, to get a coin base account, you know, those kind of folks. We need to help those people and in mymind I can envision it all the way through the end. It seems prettystraightforward and I may actually turn Emo Dojo from like a drum Dojo to andnft on boarding Dojo where it's just a nonprofit that exists to on board superpoor people into the NFT world. Let me think about it. All right, this next part is for artists of you that have a couple hundred bucksthat want to try to get into NFT's that's easy. Wait, let meclarify. It's simple. It's not easy because there's some mental gymnastics that goon in the nft world. So it is simple, but don't get carriedaway. I think I've described earlier. Or you can figure out how toget involve with the you know, the setting up the thing. Basically justput a couple hundred bucks into a etherory and wallet or a Tes Wallet.I've tried out this new money. It's called Tz because it doesn't the transactioncost are next to nothing, whereas the transaction cost using etherium can be upwardsof a hundred hundred fifty bucks just for the transaction cost. Even if theitem only cost five dollars, the transactions a hundred and fifty bucks. Sohere's a some things right from the beginning. If you're an artist and you wantto get involved, I would recommend following the music industry into the teszscoin. So get a tes Os Wallet,...

...you know, put like fifty buckson there. Go Get yourself a dot tes name. You can just, you know, Google Dot tes domains or tess domains, tesz Os isTezos, and then go to a place like objectcom, oh B J Katiecom, you know, kind of clever way of spell it object, and getyou a little account set up. And it's basically as simple as like anyother social media platform is. You simply upload a JPEG or a gift ora little small, you know, movie five I'Le and it could be anything. Could be you, you know, dancing in your living room. Itcould be a logo you designed, could be a guitar riff you just played. I don't know. Anything. You want to like lock into eternity onthe blockchain, basically, and that's the fun part. So basically, thehardest part is just getting set up, and what you're set up, youcan put your postep now. The second hardest part is promoting or even havingto be on social media, twitter, for example. So the idea thatmakes crypto and blockchain in particular so awesome is that the technology is decentralized.That means no one party isn't charge of the technology. Everybody is in chargeof it, everybody can see it, and that whole thing's great, verytransparent. However, decentralized does not mean democratic and it doesn't mean fair.It just means the software is decentralized and it also means everything's transparent. Soyou think that would make there be less crime. However, that's not thecase either. There's no more or less crime in Crypto, in the blockchainworld than there is in real life.

We're dealing with the same humans here. So humans in the real life. You know, ten percent of thetime they turn out to be criminals. Same thing in the crypto world.Ten percent of the time someone's running a fraud out there, a pyramid scheme, you know, pumping up their stupid profile picture, get everybody to spenda bunch of money on and then just you know, that's it. Takingyour money by those are all. That's all, it's all I was doing. That's the whole trick by and so the people who do that are actuallyinvestors. They're like day traders back in thecom days. They got into Crypto, they have extra money to spend and they're just having fun making more money, basically. So, as an artist, avoid all of those people. You'renot there for this. You're not. You're not starting NFT's to get richright now. You're starting and FT's to get started. Just start.This is like when the Internet first started. This is that all over again,and FT's are just starting. So just go start locking down your stuffand getting used to the tools. Don't get involved with the profile pick projects. The PFP's is they're called board apes, punks all that. Those are daytraders. Those are wealthy people trading visual examples of their wealth. Thatmakes sense. In other words, it's not for you. If you thinklike that's what you're trying to sell to that I mean, I would eventhink of selling your art at this point. I would just think of learning themechanics of locking the shit into the blockchain, because that way, ifand when somebody comes around to decides your s it is cool and it startsselling. Well, guess what? Now it's moving. Every time someone sellsit, you're getting a royalty back, regardless of what it is. Youwrote a little high coop on a on a meme. Cool, that's ifyou did that and that's original and you put it up on the blockchain.What if it came popular five years from now? What have became super popularand you could send your grandkids to college...

...or whatever they're doing, you know, thirty or forty years from now? That's what I think it's all about. It's not about day trading and getting into fights with these fucking, youknow, bro Chad fucking guys. They basically the kind of guys who arelike in Hollywood or West Hollywood or wherever, driving around in the dumb super cars. Some expensive cars obviously are really nice, but some of them areclearly stupid. Just only a jackass would drive one these. A lot ofthese are the same followers that just see somebody else having it. They gotto have what somebody else has, and that's the whole thing. It's backto MEMISSAS, like we talked about before, wanting, just wanting what other peoplehave. So if, as an artist that's the worst thing, don'tget involved in the wanting what other people have. As an artist, it'syour job to create the new things that people will want. And you seethese otherwise capable artists just chasing fads in the music business. That would belike everyone jumping on the grunge sound. Oh, just hear what's coming outof Seattle. Yeah, okay, let's all start wearing flannel. It's thesame thing with the PFP projects. Oh, let's all start having Ab so let'sall have punks or whatever the fuck's. You know, it's always the latestgreatest thing. But as an artist, why are you jumping on that bandwagonand making more more garbage? You know, like a five year oldthat's been doing art for three years has more experience than most of the nftartists have now. So the idea that they're creating art specifically for commerce,puts an artificial constraint around their art. It's not even original. They're createand basically it's design. It's design on SPEC hoping that it will sell.So do you want to be a designer or an artist? If you're goingto be a designer, get the money at front and then just sell yourass out. If you're going to be an artist, fuck all what otherpeople are doing. Just go make art...

...and don't worry about it. Butdo get yourself a wallet, learn how the blockchain works, try alternate marketplaces, like if you'd go the Etherian route, you can always go toopen see and choose the polygon option, and that's also has a far lowergas fiees as well, kind of like Tzo's. And when you do succeed, remember to give some back. We need to get the poorest of thepoor people to people that live in poverty with no computers, can't pay theirelectricity, have no food in their fridge. We need to find at least toget those people to try to make an NFT, to make a galleryof NFTS for these people so that they can maybe sell one and pull themselvesout of poverty for entire year. You know, remember all these TV commercialswhere you can adopt a kid from Africa or adopt a broken puppy like that? How about buying an NFT for one of these poor old people that's justbeen poor their whole lives? But our genius artists, we can do betterand I think if you start making art, be mindful of the toxic behavior thatgoes on in the day trading world of PFP's twitter and give back whenwe make it. That embodies the entire we're all going to make it.Mantra. Just want to say a shout out to Tony Kaya aims. Hopeyou all had a happy thanksgiving. I'll talk to you soon. Have greatrest of your weekend and now back to the wall.

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