NFT mania hits "SNL"
"Saturday Night Live" took a spin at explaining NFTs over the weekend through a music video parodying Eminem’s “Without Me.”
- It can be difficult enough to understand NFTs as a digital "certificate of authenticity" on the blockchain, let alone why one NFT could be worth so much.
- Pete Davidson, dressed as Eminem, and rapper Jack Harlow, dressed as a janitor, get the basics down with this line: "NFTs are insane, built on a blockchain. A digital ledger of transactions, it records information on what’s happening."
What they’re saying: The explosion in interest in the crypto art market has caught Duncan Cock Foster, co-founder of NFT marketplace Nifty Gateway, off guard.
- “The last time we talked [in December], I think I got it so wrong. I said it will become mainstream in the next few years and it was just a few months,” he tells Axios.
Yes, but: The skit on "SNL" featured mockups of NFT artwork, adding to the perception that digital art can be easy to make and sell.
- “With NFTs, people tend to see big sales and they think anything can be sold as an NFT,” said Cock Foster.
- But before starting a career as a digital artist, people should be aware it’s competitive and difficult like any other field, he added.
- “Beeple has been making a work of art every day for [over] 13 years. That’s 13 years of daily effort.”