Showing support for your favorite author, photographer, or emerging artist you’ve been following online has never been easier. With the rise of Blockchain cryptography technology and the growing acceptance of cryptocurrency as a mainstream payment system, authors and artists are turning to NFTs to supplement their creative careers and connect with readers, fans, and art investors.
A Non-Fungible Token (NFT) is a unique digital identifier that cannot be copied, substituted, or subdivided. It’s an original piece of art you can own. The concept of NFTs may seem silly at first glance, but owning an original NFT created by Hemingway would be a coveted item in my investment portfolio. What about owning an original “E=MC2” from Einstein?
NFTs are unique, one-of-a-kind, items that cannot be altered by anyone but the creator. It represents a tangible line item of unique code that’s recorded on a digital ledger of blockchain technology; just like Bitcoin.
By nature of the blockchain ledger cryptography algorithms, each authentic artwork will remain on the ledger for as long as there’s electricity to consume. Advanced cryptography will keepsake your digital slice of real estate forever. It’s yours to sell, trade, or safeguard as an investment. Buy low and sell high. The free market determines the sale price of NFTs.
NFTs are akin to a digital original signature. They’re loaded with additional content embedded within the artwork. You don’t need to own the NFT to read the supplemental storyline. Context turns a bland monochrome article into a technicolor tale of literary art. To accompany this article, and to set the standard for others to follow, I created and uploaded unique article cover artwork for every piece I’ve published. See the new “NFT” tab on my website to access my NFT collections. Or click HERE. (Writing the additional content is a work in progress.)
Feel free to explore my unique NFT collections linked below. The collections are titled, “Electric Nights in a Lawless City,” and “Article Artwork.” From now forward, I’ll mint 10 cover art NFTs per published article. Ten is all there ever will be in that series.
In the “Electric Nights in a Lawless City” collection, I document a 6-month high-risk contract security job located in South Minneapolis, Minnesota. I worked a mile away from George Floyd Square during a surreal time in American history. I turned my perspectives and written wordplay into immortal line items on the Blockchain.
The welcome summary for the ‘Electric Nights’ collection paints a grim state of affairs. It reads:
“Welcome to the new dystopian nightmare city of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Where up is down, right is wrong, and fairytale ideologies replace reality. A photojournalism project spanning six months.
The vacuum created by failed private businesses, defunding the police, and corrupt politicians, is filled with homeless drug addicts, schizophrenics, and violent predators.
A city in decline or a city that’s flat-lined? Join the journey to document Electric Nights in a Lawless City.”
In the “Article Artwork” NFT collection, you’ll find original cover article artwork for every story I’ve published. You’ll also find a bit of foreshadowing when you spot the cover art for an upcoming article titled, “Afghanistan: 24 Months Later.” Russ Pritchard and I team back up to give an update on exciting happenings and sharp insights from Behind the Wall.
It’s always juggling season in my world. I’m pushing big chess pieces around the board and I aim to release this sizzling new article on the state of Afghanistan on the 24-month anniversary of the collapse. It’s time for some sour medicine and shocking revelations.
There are unbelievable updates inbound and I’m paddling as hard as I can to write it all down. Buy and trade my NFTs to help fund my writing career and keep the words flowing!
Scott “Longboard” Chapman served in 2nd Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment from 2001-2005. He deployed to Iraq during the 2003 invasion and then to the Afghan theatre 4 times. After the military, Scott worked in the executive protection space and then as an OGA security contractor. Providing security support to the Intelligence community where he deployed 17 times; mostly to the Forward Operating Bases (FOB). He provided security support for Intelligence personnel and operations. Scott continues to work in the contract security area.
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