Images courtesy of the artist.
NFTs are gaining traction as the most-coveted ‘possession’ in the metaverse. With tech giants like Facebook (now Meta Platforms Inc.), and Microsoft (who recently acquired Activision) investing top dollar to further develop the platform, it seems that the virtual universe, including NFTs, are here to stay.
Contemporary street artist Distort Monsters is mounting a massive art “project” called Monster Mayhem. The project consists of the following:
Three (3) waves of NFT releases where each collection presents a unique trait based on a theme. The third and last wave will be exclusively available to holders of waves 1 and 2.
So far, the artist has only announced the name for the first collection, “Monsters in the Metaverse”. Each Monster costs 1 Solana (about 114 USD).
All token holders will get exclusive access to Monster Mayhem merch, access to presales, and discounts. A number of lucky “token holders” will receive special art toys and paintings.
On top of the online launches, Monster Mayhem is holding an exhibition in Manila (June) and Hong Kong (July). Visiting token holders will get free items.
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Can you tell us how this project transpired?
I’ve been observing the NFT space for some time now but haven’t really done actual engagements prior to doing Monster Mayhem. The project itself was brought about after a series of conversations regarding NFTs between myself and Parasonic. We decided to work on this project together with myself as the creative director, and Parasonic handling project planning and technical development. Much of the initial strategizing and planning were done by the both of us, and we’ve been adding members to the team as we move along.
The Monster Mayhem art project seems very ambitious. It consists of many elements: there’s three (!) waves of NFT releases totaling to 5,555 pieces, physical artworks, on-site exhibition in Manila and Hong Kong, merch, the Monster Mayhem Game, and other community projects. How long have you been preparing for this?
It really is ambitious, most especially since it’s a medium that is relatively new. If I’m not mistaken, we began discussions around Q3 2021. Our vision for Monster Mayhem was to bridge my physical works to the digital realm. It is for this reason that we decided to seed a number of physical artworks into the collection. We put heavy emphasis on the fact that this is first and foremost an art project and not simply just NFTs.
There are a lot of elements and moving pieces, but they’re all part of the same project. Utility of the NFTs has been something the team has been big on and we’re constantly exploring ways to develop it further. The technology surrounding NFTs and crypto in general is evolving at a rapid pace; it is an exciting medium with several possibilities!
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Which part of the preparations were the most difficult?
Each phase of the project has its own set of challenges. Personally though, my biggest challenge is time management. I’m thankful that the way we set this project up is that it works into the narrative of what I really do as Distort Monsters. But it can get really hectic juggling Monster Mayhem, with upcoming shows, commissions, and other collaborations and projects which were already part of the calendar prior to this one. Thankfully, Parasonic has been giving support and helping manage things together with the team.
What is your creative process for this project?
As an extension of what I do as Distort Monsters, the creative process is very much similar to how I make the rest of my artworks. It’s really an expansion of the narrative of the monsters by using a different medium.
Each wave of NFTs has its own theme. Can you give us a hint on what these themes are?
Being my first venture into the NFT space, the first wave is aptly called Monsters in the Metaverse. First wave features a number of recognizable traits found in my paintings and other physical works. Being wave number 1, I also decided to include traits inspired by some classic monsters both from film, and literature.
As for the 2nd wave, all I can say for now is that they will be monsters from far far away. 3rd wave is a special wave that will only be accessible to holders from wave 1 and 2, and will only contain 1,111 pieces.
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We noticed that the numbers 1 and 2 are showing up a lot on your website (monstermayhem.io). Your first wave launches on 02/22/22 22:22, etc. Is there a reason behind this?
Parasonic and I are both fascinated by numerology. It’s as simple as that. Launch date of wave 1 is on Feb. 22, 2022. That’s 2/22/22 and it’s happening on a Tuesday, (Two’s day) the 2nd day of the week. It’s really fun seeing numbers line up like this.
What is the message that you want to convey through Monsters Mayhem?
As mentioned earlier, Monster Mayhem is an extension/expansion of the narrative of my monsters. As a whole though, we really want to be able to bridge physical and digital, as well as explore and push the boundaries of the technology. Bottomline for us is, we just want to be able to make cool stuff.
What’s next for you?
Currently we have a year long road map, and we’re working to expand and develop this even more. There’s still a lot to be done and we’re excited to build up on Monster Mayhem together with the community.
Personally, as Distort Monsters, I’ve been working on scaling up my works and developing the narrative even further. I have a number of large scale installations planned so hopefully Monster Mayhem will be a success so I can fund these projects.
Also, really happy to say that I was finally granted the opportunity to do my first solo show overseas.
Distort Monsters is also working with a game development studio to create an NFT game, targeted for release in late 2022.