Takashi Murakami Has Created His First NFT

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If you’ve been under a rock, NFTs are the latest acronym, and they’ve been making headlines. If you have absolutely no idea what an NFT is, it stands for non-fungible token. Simply stated, they can be anything digital, but they’re always one of a kind, and you can trace their ownership back through blockchain. If you’re still not following, we broke it down further for you in a previous article.

In the latest NFT news, Takashi Murakami, the infamous Japanese contemporary artist, has released his first digital piece in collaboration with Yoshihisa Hashimoto, the former director of Sonic Unleashed and the Hedgehog Engine. The dynamic duo created 108 variations of a digital work that's 24 by 24 pixels that feature flowers signature to Murakami’s style. Why 108? The number refers to spiritual completion.

But why did the renowned artist decide to break into the NFT world in the first place? He found inspiration in his kids and their love for the ever-popular game Animal Crossing. He found it astonishing that his children could find genuine beauty within a virtual world and realized the generational shift in creative approaches to art.

So, while NFTs might sound like another acronym to most people, it is astonishing to learn more about the transformation we’re all witnessing in real-time. They authentically sit at the intersection of digital art and cryptocurrency, and it’s wildly captivating.

Anyway, if you want to get your hands on one of these Murakami’s, the time to act is now and will likely set you back thousands.