10 reasons to collect my NFT art

by barabeke

With all this NFT hype and the multiplying of artists joining the crypto space, I feel it’s important to communicate to my existing and future collectors why investing in my art can be worth.

I don’t want to eat too much of your time so I’ll go straight to my list of 10 reasons.

1. Unique

My visual art is about transmuting reality as it appears into visionary art, like it was some form of alchemy performed through digital means. Often I use only one source photo and nothing else, like in my transmutations series. I am not aware of others doing the same. I am not a painter nor an illustrator, more of a darkroom wizard who has been refining his techniques for 15 years. When I create I feel like a shaman summoning spirits.

2. Thought provoking

I am genuinely independent, a free thinker who is not afraid of riding against the wave, ignoring the latest trends, challenging mainstream views and provoking thought (not just with my visual art but also with my speech). My main goal is not selling, it’s pursuing artistic freedom and evolution, it’s being honest, inspire, provoke, and amuse people, and hopefully manage sometimes to provide a good example. This may not be the best attitude for short term success, but it’s what gives an artist identity and credibility for the long term.

3. Messianic (but fun)

I am vehicle of a spiritual message, the Ten Commandments for the Digital Millennium (aka 2kTenCom), which I ultimately aim to turn into real life monoliths. I don’t push this stuff on people, but I like to play with it and I think it can be meaningful.

Me presenting the prototype for the monolith containing the 2kTenCom.

4. Crypto humanist

I see in crypto an opportunity to build a more efficient, sustainable, fair, and just world for humans. Crypto can allow us to experiment with economic and societal models that were previously unthinkable. Unfortunately we risk to miss this opportunity due to greed, to the old world with all its flaws colonizing the new, and we risk this technology to be used to build a robotic, oppressive, totalitarian world.

I have been pushing in the bright direction since before becoming a cryptoartist, participating in very early stage crypto humanitarian projects. I have also written an article, How to build an economy based on kindness, in which I explain how we can actually do that through crypto, in the hope of inspiring others.

Barabeke’s Salvator Mundi, 2020. Sold out.

5. Freedom fighter

I fight for the preservation of liberal values, reason, and free speech against the mounting populist and totalitarian wave. I oppose the extremisms that are poisoning and dividing us, with special attention to the most powerful today: wokism. I am all for equal rights and opportunities and non discrimination, but I am not a Taliban like them, and I am not fine with being persecuted if I criticize or make fun of their most extreme manifestations. Beware of those who lack humor and take everything damn seriously, especially if they are blinded by a vastly irrational ideology and consider themselves superior, more pure…

If you are tired of being afraid to speak your mind like you were living in Orwell’s 1984, that’s a good reason to support one of the few artists who dares to oppose these new oppressors.

Barabeke, Crimes of the Present/Future, 2021. The satirical piece that attracted me persecution.
Thanks to the blockchain it can’t be censored, and it’s available to collect here.

6. Generous with collectors

I am gifting to my first 108 collectors my Diamond Sutra (scroll edition), which only them can have (it’s not on the market, but once you own it you can obviously decide to sell it).

Differently from most cryptoartists, I typically allow collectors to unlock the original full 4K resolution of my NFTs (where possible).

I consider those who support me as friends, I am very approachable and available to them.

Barabeke, Diamond Sutra (scroll edition), 2020.

7. Magical buddy

While I don’t publicize it much nowadays, I have been studying and practicing healing arts since 2003. I have been trained in qi gong, reiki, shamanism, hypnotherapy (including past life regression and spirit release) and NLP, and had the luck to have some truly remarkable teachers around the world.

I belong to a niche of artists who are also healers. My favorite is Jodorowsky, whom I consider a teacher even if I have never met him.

I don’t use my skills professionally for several reasons, including not being credible nowadays for favoring Dead Pony beer over kale smoothies… I am still a buddy who can provide some wisdom and positive inspiration to friends, collectors, and supporters seeking for them.

Barabeke, Interdimensional Lady II, 2016. Available to collect here.

8. Business advisor

In my previous life in London I have been head of marketing for tech startups. I gave up my career since I grew tired of the increasing hypocrisy and bullshit dominating the industry. Plus nowadays being a white, straight, and charismatic dude who’s allergic to wokism makes you a pariah… But I am still sharp and happy to provide advice and inspiration to entrepreneurs who invest in my art.

9. Supporting other artists

I support other artists by promoting them, advising them, and invest part of my earnings in collecting their art. I just love discovering talent and help it emerge (something you rarely see overhyped cryptoartists doing). I have built an NFT art collection I am proud of, which you can visit here.

10. Here for the long term

I have been around as a digital artist since 2006, creating with freedom out of need of self expression, never trying to please others or following trends. I did it consistently when earning was not an option. I’ll keep doing my thing and evolve no matter how the market goes and I’ll do it on crypto because I believe in the blockchain.

That’s all folks. I hope I have managed to convey why it can be worth investing in my art. I hope you like it and believe that it will increase in value in the future. I hope you also see in me a genuine artist with an original voice that is worth preserving/empowering, a potential agent of positive change, and a wise and honest buddy you can eventually rely on.

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