There are lots of major artists and art collectives getting involved in the NFT movement. From those who got famous for their NFT initiatives, like Beeple, through to established artists creating new collections like Grimes or Aphex Twin, NFTs are an appealing and enticing prospect within the art space for the ways in which they potentially boost creator revenue and put control back in the hands of the artists. It’s not just musicians, either; webcomic artists are also getting involved, which is where Mindblowon comes in.
You might already have heard of Mindblowon through Tahilalats, an Indonesian webcomic that’s been around since the mid-2010s and has delighted many on its website, as well as on social media platforms like Instagram. With its distinctive art style and long history, Tahilalats is the ideal subject for an NFT collection, which is exactly what creator LickPalik is looking to get into now. Here’s our breakdown of exactly what Mindblowon is, what it’s looking to create, and why you should be interested in this exciting NFT initiative.
What is Mindblowon?
On its official website, Mindblowon describes itself as “a metaverse for creators, dreamers, doers, jokers, and everything in between”. It’s a little tricky to pin down exactly what “the metaverse” actually is; many creators define it differently. However, loosely speaking, it’s a virtual space in which creators can hang out, create, and theoretically get paid for creating their work. Mindblowon is aiming to create its own version of the metaverse, one in which the community consists of “random everyday fellas with awesome ideas”, according to Mindblowon itself.
What’s the first Mindblowon NFT collection about?
LickPalik says that Mindblowon Universe, which is the full name of his metaverse project, will begin with collectible profile picture NFTs and will move on from there. The NFTs will launch in the coming days using the Fair Dutch Auction method, which Mindblowon says it considers to be the fairest way to mint and auction NFTs. The first two auctions will take place on May 6th-7th and May 7th-8th, with a public auction then occurring on May 8th “if there are any left over”. Looks like you’ll need to be on your toes for this!
What can we expect from Mindblowon NFTs?
Mindblowon’s first NFT project will be a series of profile pictures using LickPalik’s distinctive art style. It’s worth taking a look at the official Tahilalats Instagram page to see what kind of art you’d be looking at if you picked up a Mindblowon NFT. The Mindblowon Teams page also gives a good impression of what kind of art style the collection will espouse; you could own an NFT with LickPalik’s adorable everyday comic book stylings and use it as your social media profile picture, so make sure to keep an eye on this one as it launches.
What could the Mindblowon metaverse look like?
As we said earlier, the trouble with the term “metaverse” is that it effectively means different things to different people. Each metaverse looks different, and given that Mindblowon hasn’t really specified exactly what its metaverse could look like, it’s difficult to speculate or envision what the comic book geniuses might be planning.
Here’s what we do know. Mindblowon says it will start with collectible PFP NFTs “and many more”, indicating that it intends to branch out into other aspects of the metaverse. This could mean hosting brands within a virtual space to sell products and bring a service to customers, such as a concert, a fashion show, or an art gallery display.
We also know that Mindblowon’s collection will be a place to “share, laugh, talk, listen, laugh again, learn, earn, and have we mentioned laugh?”. This suggests that Mindblowon’s metaverse will be a shared collaborative art space in which users can contribute and create their own content, making money from minting NFTs within that metaverse in the process. All told, it looks like if you’re a proponent of webcomic art, you should definitely be looking at Mindblowon as a potential space in which to create in the future.
What’s the history of Tahilalats?
Tahilalats is an Indonesian webcomic created by the pseudonymous artist LickPalik, whose real name is Nurfadli Mursyid. The word literally translates to “skin mole”, thanks to a mole that Mursyid has on his face; it was intended to showcase his unique personality and individuality. Mursyid himself describes the mole as “a mark of identity”. Since its inception back in 2015, Tahilalats has published over 3000 comic strips online and has branched out into various other areas including brand licensing, content development, merchandising, toys, and other items. As such, the comic’s move into the Web3 space makes perfect sense. We’re looking forward to seeing what Mursyid achieves with his move into NFT minting and metaverse concepts!
As you can see, the Mindblowon metaverse project and NFT collection is definitely something you’re going to want to watch if you’re interested in the NFT space. We’ll almost certainly learn more about this exciting initiative within the coming weeks and months. In the meantime, you can check out Mindblowon on Twitter, where Mursyid posts updates and content relating to his metaverse adventures. You can also join the official Discord server, which is growing rapidly as we speak, and head to the official website if you want to keep up with all the Mindblowon happenings. We foresee a bright future for Mindblowon’s Web3 project.