After a two-year hiatus, Rolling Stone is back at the center of Super Bowl festivities with the return of Rolling Stone Live. With a star-studded guest list, one-of-a-kind fan experiences, and a packed lineup of musical performances, Rolling Stone Live is bringing the heat to Los Angeles ahead of the big game.
The event marks the beginning of an ongoing partnership between Rolling Stone and cryptocurrency platform Coinbase. Together, they’ll collaborate to mint an exclusive NFT (non-fungible token) that’ll be offered as a limited drop to the party’s Coinbase Wallet users. Later in the year, the original static design will be animated before it’s available for purchase on Coinbase NFT, a peer-to-peer NFT marketplace. The limited release will offer fans an extraordinary chance to own a piece of history created by some of the crypto space’s most influential digital artists. Below is a list of the people behind this special release, just in time for Super Bowl LVII.
With their 10,000 NFT collection minted on Ethereum, the Deadfellaz make being undead a whole new experience. Every Deadfella is unique and randomly generated using more than 400 illustrated traits such as tattoos, outfits or piercings. The Deadfellaz are also explicitly inclusive and don’t have any gender expressions tied to their characteristics, a nuance that co-founder Betty was dead set on including when she developed the idea for the NFT collection. Betty is the concept creation and community lead at Deadfellaz, who focuses on using her work to further the social and community causes she’s most passionate about.
Elise Swopes made her career exploring the contrast between urban landscapes and wild nature. She has worked with Adobe and Apple on captivating projects that push the boundaries in digital art. Swopes is also a rising star in the NFT industry. Her series “Displaced: Giraffe in the City,” a dreamy, otherworldly collection of NFTs, sold out within minutes and immediately bolstered Swopes’ name in the NFT space. She’s also a staunch advocate for getting more women of color into the worlds of crypto and NFTs, and her long-term creative project supports the Sunrise Art Club, a group dedicated to building a more inclusive and diverse crypto community.
The rise of mission-oriented NFT collections has been a welcome evolution in the emerging marketplace, and the Boss Beauties series has been one of the trend’s shining examples. The 10,000 NFTs feature digital illustrations of women from all over the globe, created using vision boards that were submitted by a global group of Gen Z women. Boss Beauties was sold out in less than an hour. A portion of the primary and second-level sales will be donated to My Social Canvas which offers mentorship, scholarships and internships to young women.
Major record labels turn to KidEight, a graphic designer and 3D artist who is able to blend the sacred with the profane. His digital collections are renowned for their highly sought-after digital collections. They have angels in Chanel-emblazed Balaclavas, futuristic rappers sporting platinum halos and a Louis Vuitton Shroud of Turin. His NFT work has been focused on his creation, EVOL. A pint-sized cherub, EVOL is adorned in Cuban links, designer ski masks, and has fetched high prices in the NFT.
Michael Grill, a Vancouver-based artist/designer who is originally from New York, displays his unique illustration style as well as heterodox inspirations from Catholic traditions to NBA. Mike’s “Rennaisauce”And “Da Burning Bush”NFT collections are fun and unmistakably New York. They combine classical imagery with contemporary flourishes, as if someone opened the space-time continuum to let a Miami hypebeast roam free in ancient Rome.
MarketheHabibi is the creator of the Habibi Workshop. He is also the artist behind Generation: Habibi. The Habibis, beautifully rendered figures featuring lightbulb-shaped heads and evoking physical materials like clay and marble, are beautifully rendered. You can even see tiny fingerprint marks on some of the models. Generation: Habibi is starting with 1,000 NFTs, but there are plans to expand it slowly and deliberately over the coming years, creating a community that’s in it for the long haul.
After more than a decade of hustle as a musician and fine artist, the multi-hyphenate artist made his breakthrough late last year. His NFT album Presessence Vol. 1 was a resounding success, giving 777 holders a chance to listen to Domino’s music along with exclusive access to airdrops, bonus content, and even VIP experiences at live shows. Domino’s success has inspired other musicians looking to dip their toes into the NFT waters, and he’s created a buzzing, supportive community in the process.
Giant Swan is both a painter-sculptor and a sculptor. However, instead of clay and canvas, his creations are digital. He’s focused on integrating virtual and 3D sculpting as a way to build his unique digital worlds, using techniques gleaned from real-world experience and inspired by his work as an art director on high-profile projects from Miami to Shanghai. His NFT work draws on these diverse inspirations, as well as his eagerness to explore everything digital from 3D models with beautiful texture and color to digital studies in texture.
Alida Sun’s art seems to exist outside the bounds of place and time. The artist and futurist splits time between Berlin and New York, and for over 1000 days and counting she’s created a new generative artwork by using algorithms and artificial intelligence to craft completely original pieces. Alida’s work spans mediums, blending installations with live performance and those generative pieces into a unique, perception-bending artistic experience.
Jeff Manning’s work tends to make you do a double-take. He is a Philadelphia-based graphic artist who has worked with 20th Century Fox and Adidas to bring their digital works to life. His art is inspired from Surrealism and Afrofuturism. Manning creates his striking compositions by mixing traditional illustration with collage and cutting edge motion techniques. Manning is also co-founder of FourNineteen Co, a creative workspace. Studio, where he creates artwork that resonates with and connects with an expanding audience.
Basquiat might have been a digital artist if he had ended up being a Chicago-based NFT creator Goldie. The emotive, raw illustrations interspersed with sideswipes of color and all-caps text are Goldies’ signature, but perhaps most exciting is his “Scary Garys” series. The NFT collection will feature Frankenstein-like, saturated drawings inspired by Indiana. They are both familiar and rough-hewn, but they feel like cartoons elevated to fine art.
Emonee LaRussa’s mantle is bursting at the seams: The Emmy-award-winning motion graphic artist has worked with superstars like Kanye West and Lil Nas X, crafting playful, dynamic animations that go anywhere her mind takes them. Emonee is also the lead artist in Voice’s NFT Residency program, where she’s helping some of the world’s best young artists bring their work to life in the digital realm.