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NFT Mints for Crypto Blues 😁

Crypto prices are down, but cool NFT mints are up!
William M. Peaster William M. Peaster Jun 15, 20234 min read
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NFT Mints for Crypto Blues 😁

Dear Bankless Nation,

In the throes of this current crypto bear market, prices are down and teams are closing up shop left and right.

Just this past week, I personally said goodbye to my passion project on the side, JPG, which has gone into stasis for now as we didn’t reach the numbers we wanted to see. Other NFT efforts that have recently pumped the brakes include Tessera, Abacus, and Backed.

But now’s no time to despair! If you do, you might miss out on all the interesting things that are still happening all around us here.

It’s instead a time for doubling down and having fun where you can. And for the onchain pioneer types like ourselves, nothing quite scratches both those itches like minting cool new NFTs.

We’re in luck, then, because there are many light and interesting drops happening right now. I’ve curated a list of some for you to consider below, but read closely, as some of the drops are ending soon!

-WMP


1) Manifold-Ethereum blockchain.View Profile" class="stubHighlight">Optimism Creator NFT 🔴

Link: app.manifold.xyz/c/manifold-optimism-creator-nft

Announcement: twitter.com/manifoldxyz/status/1669044370673401857

Price: Free

Chain: Optimism

Eligibility: Must have deployed a Manifold Creator Contract prior to June 12, 2023 to mint. (If you followed my “Minting on Manifold 101” guide back in Jan. 2023, you qualify!)

End date: N/A

Summary: To commemorate Manifold’s newly launched support for minting L2 NFTs on Optimism, Manifold creators can now collect the “Manifold-Optimism Creator NFT.” Those that do will automatically be sent 0.004 ETH on Optimism, an amount that’s more than enough to start deploying your first L2 NFT projects.

2) V Buterin 🎶

Link: sound.xyz/optimism/v-buterin

Announcement: twitter.com/soundxyz_/status/1668287069783834624

Price: Free

Chain: Optimism

Eligibility: Must be signed in on the Sound platform.

End date: June 19th, 2023 at 12PM EST

Summary: An open edition released by Optimism co-founder Ben Jones and Sound co-founder Gigamesh, this track was dropped in celebration of Sound’s recent addition of support for L2 mints by way of Optimism.

3) Building 🎨

Link: app.holograph.xyz

Announcement: twitter.com/holographxyz/status/1668654011493543936

Price: Free

Chain: Ethereum, Optimism, Polygon, Avalanche, BNB Chain

Eligibility: Must be signed in on the Holograph platform.

End date: June 15th, 2023 at 12PM EST (🚨~8.5 hours from the time of this article’s publication🚨)

Summary: An open edition released by artist Amber Vittoria in collaboration with Holograph, a multichain NFT protocol. 10 mintable at a time. It’s an accessible and lovely entry to the world of multichain NFTs, but if you want in you better act fast because the drop window’s almost over!

4) Nouns Short Shorts - Season 1 🎬

Link: zora.co/collect/eth:0xd64ce3231839fed12c0ee132d6b33b4238ff9929

Announcement: nouns.wtf/vote/180

Price: 0.009 ETH per short film

Chain: Ethereum

Eligibility: N/A

End date: July 13th, 2023

Summary: A series of short films created by the Nouns Stories team, currently minting on Zora. The series notably just had showings this week in Los Angeles and Melbourne. Not only are these varied animations delightful and thought-provoking, they also point toward a new Nounish way to fund films.

5) EigenLayer World Builder 🌐

Link: zora.co/collect/eth:0x36b73d268a441164ea0e4e5560a579573a475ebf

Announcement: twitter.com/eigenlayer/status/1669065156427681792

Price: Free

Chain: Ethereum

Eligibility: N/A

End date: June 18th, 2023 at 12PM EST

Summary: EigenLayer is a promising “restaking” protocol. I recently wrote about how to try it in Bankless, and it has big potential going forward. The project just launched on the Ethereum mainnet, so to commemorate the occasion and the fledgling EigenLayer community the builders have dropped this free mint on Zora.

6) Wisdom Vessels 🧠

Link: neknel.world/mint

Announcement: twitter.com/neknelworld/status/1668664537489321993

Price: Allowlist 0.05 ETH, public sale 0.08 ETH

Chain: Ethereum

Eligibility: N/A

Key dates: Allowlist minting June 13th-15th 2023, public sale starts June 15th at 1:00PM EST

Summary: Created by artist collective Keiken, Wisdom Vessels is a drop of 1,111 generative NFTs that constantly produce and stream $WISDOM ERC-20 token to their holders. Over time, these tokens can be claimed and exchanged for 1/1 pieces and other unique experiences via the Neknel Marketplace.
William M. Peaster

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William M. Peaster, Senior Writer, has been with Bankless since January 2021. Immersed in Ethereum since 2017, he writes the Metaversal newsletter on the onchain frontier, covering everything from AI projects to crypto games, as the team’s lead NFT analyst. With a background in creative writing, he writes fiction and publishes art on Ethereum in his free time. He lives in Washington.

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