3 days with an NFT consultant making Mutant Ape rolling papers

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Name: Matt L.
Age: Early 1930s
Location: New York
Industry: Technology
Number of NFTs: 313
First cryptocurrency purchased: Ethereum in November 2017
Number Discord servers: 97
First NFT project: top-shot
Proportion of total assets in crypto and NFTs: 25%


6 a.m. — Waking up and starting my day with a walk in the park to get some fresh air, because I’ve been working late the last few days. I grab a coffee, check work emails and watch Discord updates from the NFT communities I’m part of – it’s so hard to keep up!

I debated buying 3 Essence tokens from FVCKRENDER. He’s a major artist and I’ve heard a ton of buzz about his FVCK_AVATAR NFTs but trying to save ETH for the Moonbirds mint. If I burn the Essence tokens, which means they can’t be used anymore, I will have the chance to get 3 NFT FVCK_AVATAR. Check OpenSea – too high a floor, it will probably drop after all FVCK_AVATAR NFTs are revealed.

The Cool Cats NFT project has their weekly update tomorrow so I need to check back and see if I have time to do the beta test for their video game Cooltopia.

9am – Two of the NFT guys I follow on Twitter, GratefulApe and Beast, post about an interesting project with LTD.INC’s Wrangler and Leon Bridges jeans called the Mr. Wrangler NFT collection. It’s a project that celebrates Wrangler’s 75th anniversary by mixing digital and fashion. Hmm… NFT, VIP pass for a show, and a jacket signed by Bridges? Maybe I should join this project. I see in the Budweiser discord that NFT holders have been airdropped new NFTs made by artist Jason Naylor – I’ll have to investigate later. Leave degen headspace and start my work day.

1:30 p.m. “I’m hungry, so I’m heating up some leftover chicken and rice from last night. As I’m warming up my food, I see that crypto platform Moonpay is hosting a panel at the Bitcoin conference in Miami, so I decide to check it out and see what happens later. Moonpay reminds me of my Ape Fest 2021 poster, which they sponsored and distributed at BAYC Ape Fest. There were only 2,000 posters. Many monkeys will pay a lot of money for some of these items they forgot to get during the event. I have seen some of these posters sell for hundreds of dollars.

This reminds me – I’m texting one of my collaborators to get an update on design work for a collaboration I’m doing with his rolling paper company called Elephant Rolling Papers. I licensed two of my Mutant Ape NFTs – Mutant 8112 “Puff” and Mutant 2782 “Smoke” – to create our own rolling papers. Production and designs are almost done, but I have to work to get the word out.

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