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Move over NFT gaming make way for<br />

storyline NFTs<br />


Wait, what? Where are we going in<br />

the space?<br />


Eth has $SOS, Solana...welcome<br />

$HELP<br />

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Up and coming mint using mouths as<br />

the muse.

McNatt<br />

THIS<br />

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From<br />

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the Editor<br />

FINAL issue for 2021. Wise<br />

words or ramblings?<br />

Gooney TOONS<br />

What better way to<br />

launch your NFT than<br />

with a backstory!<br />

18 GAMING & DEFI Is this the future of 42<br />

38<br />

Beginner Investor<br />

17<br />

@RabeehK tells it as it<br />

is as a newcomer to the<br />

crypto space.<br />

40<br />

23 hoping<br />

24<br />

27<br />

blockchain? Which chain<br />

can achieve this?<br />


Dropping, holding and<br />


Ethereum has $SOS and<br />

now a Solana project is<br />

developing $HELP<br />

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Dropping, holding and<br />

hoping<br />

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48<br />

60<br />

64<br />

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7D Volume rankings<br />

MOVERS<br />

SolsWatch analysis of<br />

current NFTs on market.<br />


Interview with an up and<br />

coming NFT project worth<br />

keeping your eye on.<br />

ALPHA Mints<br />

Keep an eye out for this artist!<br />


The one-of-one mints you<br />

wish you had ALPHA about!<br />


Sam Bankman-Fried reflects in<br />

crypto as a broader market.<br />


Insight into the birth of an<br />

NFT.<br />


Interview with fully doxxed<br />

Gage about his ‘living’ project.

the<br />

from<br />

EDITOR<br />

@Pixeltoy<br />

Here we are. The final issue if #Shill zine. For. The. Year. 2021!<br />

2022 here we come! Markets are about to pick up through January,<br />

onboarding new, unsuspecting traders ready to turn their hard earned $<br />

into $$$. Come February - REKT! Never invest more than you are willing<br />

to lose. Golden rule.<br />

<strong>Issue</strong> <strong>25</strong>, and what better way to see the year out than with a SUPER<br />

BUMPER issue. Over 70 pages! You don’t want to know the hours that I<br />

put into this issue! Hopefully, you - reader think that it is worthwhile. Over<br />

1900 weekly readers you would think that this zine IS doing something<br />

right?<br />

HUGE issue with too much to mention. I will mention one artist though<br />

that, although I don’t own a piece (gold class NFTs) I have the utmost<br />

respect for this person. As an artist, As an entity. As a sage. @Dat_a_<br />

bstract who recently I had the pleasure of listening to on Twitter Spaces.<br />

Databstract is not about keeping the knowledge in one place, they are<br />

about sharing it with the broader community. A true sage. It was during<br />

this Spaces that he spoke some true wisdom. Wisdom that, I am sure<br />

if I asked them to repeat it would be hard to recall but it was captured.<br />

Recorded. Typeset. To you Databstract goes the final cover for 2021!<br />

Would love to chill and drink a Hibiki one day in your company.<br />

I had a quick glance over at https://www.solanalysis.com/upcoming<br />

while researching content for this issue. All I can say is ‘OMG’. The only<br />

way these mints can be supported is if the Solana ecosystem grows.<br />

Exponentially. Hold on to your Sol, people are going to get REKT!<br />

#Shill zine is looking for artists/projects that would like to support this<br />

zine with giveaways for our readers. If you would be willing I would love<br />

to hear from you: pixeltoy.sol@gmail.com #Shill zine also appreciates<br />

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every RETWEET of the pinned Tweet on @Pixeltoy profile. No joining<br />

Discord. No tagging your friends. Just RETWEET. Roadmap for 2022<br />

is to have 5k readership by end of year. 5k readers weekly. Shill<br />

readership is at 1900+ right now. Why not 5k?<br />

Ok, now go read! Enjoy. And remember, there is no COMMNITY<br />

without U!<br />

Pixeltoy<br />

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Continued in the next<br />

issue of<br />




@RabeehK<br />

Lesson: HODL!<br />

Where do I begin… I guess I’ll start from the beginning. A few years back, enjoying a<br />

cigarette outside of my workplace during lunchbreak, I’d often hear from @Pixeltoy<br />

about the rise of cryptocurrencies. The benefits and the infinite opportunities to make<br />

money by trading said currencies. At first I was apprehensive, sceptical, and often<br />

questioned my friend trying to unearth any rational reason not to invest my hard-earned<br />

money. That is of course, until he showed me his earnings and his well-established<br />

portfolio.<br />

You see, I like to take good care of my money. I began by investing 30 dollars across<br />

three of the major cryptocurrencies: Bitcoin, Ethereum and of course, Solana. Not bad<br />

for someone who once thought “hodl” was a misspelt word of hold. I purchased an<br />

incredibly small portion of all three currencies. My returns were paltry, disheartening<br />

and filled my head with dejection and despondency. I pressed on and continued to<br />

invest money.<br />

A couple months have passed since and I now own a total of 8 coins. Riding a roller<br />

coaster of emotions each day that passes. Waking up to gains upwards of 30 percent,<br />

only to lose <strong>25</strong> in a matter of hours. Often enraged, I’d message @Pixeltoy complaining,<br />

infuriated at the prospect of losing my hard-earned money. To which he constantly<br />

refers me to his charts. This would ease my frustration, if only a little. My journey<br />

continues…2 months in and I feel as though I am beginning to make some incredible<br />

gains. My advice #frens is rather simple. HODL! And no, this is not a spelling error!<br />

Lesson: Patience<br />

It’s safe to say that patience has never been one of my stronger attributes. Nothing<br />

has changed there. Cryptos are like that ex-partner who you keep going back to. The<br />

sex is great but every so often she treats you poorly. Doesn’t cook, doesn’t clean, just<br />

lays in the bed until you have your way with him/her. The constant shift between the<br />

highs and lows wearing heavy on your mental state. Waking up in the morning after<br />

a substandard purchase the night before, leaving me with agonising feelings of guilt<br />

and buyers’ remorse.<br />

Two hours pass and that guilt slowly changing to feelings of glee and content. These<br />

feelings of course, are very short lived. Watching the charts spike only to plummet a<br />

mere hour later. Feeling like Mike Tyson in his prime, I’d love nothing more than to bite<br />

the ears off all my coins. Teach them a lesson, you know… either rise or get out of my<br />

life.<br />

Once again, I found myself seeking advice from my friend better known as the “pixeltoy”<br />

at my workplace. The author of this magazine. I sought out his expertise in ways to<br />

remain calm during a strong dip. He reassured me, as usual, that it is all a part of the<br />

process and again showed me his charts and his very successful portfolio. Feeling a<br />

little better, and admittedly jealous, the upwards trajectory of my earliest coins began<br />

to show. My patience starting to pay off. Literally. As I write this now, a strong dip is<br />

among us. Time to buy. Remain patient. Reap the benefits. Repeat!<br />

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blockchain<br />

GAMING<br />

DEFI<br />

cryptogamingexperts<br />

Let’s start off with a disclaimer: the future will be multichain and<br />

crosschain with many winners, losers, and strange participants who<br />

just stick around.<br />

Today we’ll be making the case that Solana, an emerging Layer 1<br />

blockchain, is quickly being chosen as the “default” blockchain when<br />

it comes to multichain and large-scale cryptocurrency projects.<br />

Let’s Be Brave with DeFi<br />

The first example of Solana being chosen as a default came at their<br />

recent Breakpoint conference in Portugal, where javascript creator<br />

and Brave browser CEO Brendan Eich announced that Brave would be<br />

using Solana as the “default” for DeFi in the Brave Wallet.<br />

You can read more about their relationship on the Brave partners with<br />

Solana article on Brave.com. Our important takeaway from that article<br />

includes the following: “Brave will integrate the Solana blockchain<br />

into the Brave browser, providing default Solana ecosystem support<br />

to Brave’s 42 million monthly active users and 1.3 million verified<br />

Creators. Brave will soon default to Solana for cross-chain and<br />

Solana native DApps.”<br />

Let’s Be Social Globally<br />

for<br />

If the news about Brave isn’t enough to sell you on Solana’s<br />

upcoming default status, let’s have a chat about another upcoming<br />

market sector, web3 social media. This user-first, decentralized and<br />

permissionless dream social platform is being built out by many<br />

small and large development teams. What those teams need to scale<br />

include funding and a platform to scale on. Solana can be a perfect<br />

platform for web3 social, especially compared to other blockchains<br />

with smart contracts, due to very affordable transaction fees (under 1<br />

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penny USD), and a goal to make<br />

them cheaper over time. No one<br />

would want to pay a even $1<br />

transaction fee when tipping a<br />

friend $0.50 in crypto for a good<br />

social post, or perhaps paying<br />

to share, or any other social<br />

mechanic at scale with crypto<br />

pretty much falls apart when you<br />

look at high transaction fees.<br />

This is likely one of the main<br />

reasons Reddit cofounder Alexis<br />

Alohan has picked Solana for his<br />

web3 Social media $50 million<br />

investment. That investment<br />

was matched by Raj Gokal,<br />

cofounder of Solana, via the<br />

Solana Ventures fund, bringing<br />

the investment in social web3<br />

on Solana to an impressive<br />

$100 million.<br />

“Solana fees are $0.000<strong>25</strong> per<br />

transaction, but they fluctuate<br />

over time. The fees are set by<br />

the competition for block-space,<br />

which increases when the traffic<br />

on the blockchain increases.<br />

Compared to Ethereum, Solana<br />

has 60 thousand times lower<br />

fees. This is because of the<br />

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high scalability of Solana compared to Ethereum. As Solana keeps<br />

scaling better, the fees will decrease even more in the future.” –<br />

Solberg Invest<br />

We have even already seen Solana based web3 social apps being<br />

tested in the wild, such as sosol – https://sosol.app/ (pictured<br />

below) It will be a very exciting space to watch and you can’t help<br />

but imagine what reddit would have been like it karma points had<br />

a cryptocurrency behind them at the birth of the platform. Lots of<br />

interesting questions and propositions develop when intertwining<br />

incentive-based content creation or moderation, or voting/sorting<br />

in reddit’s case.<br />

Let Us Game<br />

Our last point resides in a market and venue we know well, gaming!<br />

I love video games of all types, from my first Atari, to the NES, to<br />

the Playstation, Dreamcast, Gamecube, then Xbox, PS3, and PC<br />

gaming throughout many of those console eras. Now we have the<br />

new VR and AR gaming, as well as our favorite, blockchain gaming.<br />

One of the misconceptions gamers have about blockchain gaming<br />

is that it is simply a way for game companies to milk more money<br />

out of them via crypto. While we can’t promise this won’t happen,<br />

and likely it will at times, we want to stress that will only be a small<br />

portion of the capability of blockchain and cryptocurrency gaming.<br />

As an example, play to earn games like Axie Infinity have shown to<br />

be profitable for many thousands of players, especially at a global<br />

level of economic incentive and return. Axie Infinity had scaling<br />

issues though, and had to quickly (and likely at high cost) develop<br />

and migrate users to a Ronin sidechain L2 off their native Ethereum.<br />

With Solana, games that integrate NFTs, or pay out in cryptocurrency<br />

tokens can perform at acceptable speeds, at an acceptable network<br />

cost (fees called “gas” or “rent” in blockchains) First we look at the<br />

speed of transaction from blockchain to user wallet, and we can<br />

see that Solana has some serious advantages compared to other<br />

leading blockchain technology. With under 1 second transaction<br />

time, an average of about .4 second transaction latency, as well as<br />

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transactions per second (TPS)<br />

of over 65k, Solana can deliver<br />

in-game rewards without waiting<br />

up to 5 minutes for confirmation<br />

(Ethereum) or even up to 2 min<br />

for layer 2 solutions (Polkadot),<br />

or up 10 minutes (Cardano,<br />

Bitcoin) Anything over a few<br />

seconds from transaction start<br />

to confirmation finality will be<br />

a horrible user experience and<br />

interrupt the engagement and<br />

focus of the game. Why with<br />

web3 and new technology would<br />

we want to reintroduce loading<br />

screens and waiting times?<br />

Seems backwards and we think<br />

the user will demand more, and<br />

gravitate towards those games<br />

with better user experiences.<br />

Next let’s look at network fees,<br />

referred too as “gas fees” on<br />

Ethereum and other blockchains,<br />

and called “rent” on Solana.<br />

Network fees on blockchains<br />

range from $0.0015 (Solana) to<br />

$0.01 (Binance Smart Chain) to<br />

$0.<strong>25</strong> (Cardano) to $1 (Polkadot)<br />

to $15 (Ethereum) Obviously<br />

fees over $1 make many<br />

transactions of micropayments<br />

and microrewards unfeasable.<br />

I would even arge that even<br />

pennies per transaction, such<br />

as Cardano, Polkadot, and<br />

Avalanche, are limiting to global<br />

adoption of any ingame economy.<br />

If you’re getting paid pennies or<br />

$0.<strong>25</strong> for an in-game action, how<br />

would it make sense to pay $.<strong>25</strong><br />

or $1 fees? Or even $0.01 could<br />

be a limiting factor if the payment<br />

is only $0.05, which could be<br />

the case in some economies<br />

of scale. These factors explain<br />

why Solana Ventures, Forte,<br />

Griffin are investing $150<br />

million in blockchain gaming.<br />

In addition, we’re seeing games<br />

like Aurory and Star Atlas, using<br />

SPL tokens (cryptocurrencies<br />

on Solana blockchain) gaining<br />

huge amounts of community<br />

funding via NFT projects as well<br />

as outside investors. Some may<br />

say they have chosen Solana<br />

as the future default blockchain<br />

for cryptocurrency integrated<br />

gaming.<br />

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcXcqIYflv8<br />

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@solana_daily<br />

Last 7D, @Aldrin_Exchange has taken the<br />

lead with 28% growth in terms of TVL of<br />

the Solana ecosystem. This phenomenon is<br />

contributed by the stable pool on Aldrin which<br />

provides up to <strong>25</strong>% APR! What a reward for a<br />

stable pool!<br />

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@OpenSolDAO<br />

OpenSol<br />

DAO<br />

We got the $SOS and $HELP is on the way! Inspired by @The_<br />

OpenDAO<br />

OpenSol will be a 100% community driven DAO with a fair distribution.<br />

We have a developer team donating their time and resources to build<br />

a claim site that will distribute tokens based on trading volume on all<br />

major Solana NFT exchanges including, @MagicEden_NFT,<br />

@SolanartNFT, @AlphaArtMarket @DigitalEyesNFT and @holaplex.<br />

The team will have zero stake in the $HELP token. The primary<br />

goal will be to launch fairly and then set-up initial DAO governance<br />

elections in 1-2 weeks post launch. The goals of the OpenSol DAO<br />

will be determined by the DAO, but the original focus will be on safety<br />

in cryptocurrency and NFTs as well as supporting emerging artists.<br />

We will seek council from the biggest names and organizations in<br />

the Solana NFT space to help craft a group that’s primary focus<br />

is improving the quality and safety of the Solana ecosystem. To<br />

start, the OpenSol DAO will function with a group of volunteers until<br />

elections will be held.<br />

The tokenomics are listed in the discord listed below.<br />

$HELP Tokenomics<br />

100 Trillion Total supply<br />

HELP Token Distribution<br />

• Airdrop based on volume traded on all major Solana NFT exchanges<br />

50%.<br />

• Liquidity 10%<br />

• Staking rewards 15%<br />

• OpenSolDAO initial funding <strong>25</strong>%<br />

OpenSol DAO<br />

-DAO will vote on all major initiatives which promote safety and<br />

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support for the Solana NFT community.<br />

-Support verified victims of scams and rugs<br />

-Promote education for safety in cryptocurrency and NFTs<br />

-Support for emerging 1/1 artists<br />

-Collaboration with NFT communities<br />

-Grants for developers that integrate the $HELP token into their<br />

ecosystem<br />

-General charity drives<br />

-A multi-signature wallet will be used to manage the DAO funds<br />

The initial group that is creating OpenSol and $HELP have no financial<br />

interest in the $HELP tokenomics. SolNet is donating the developer<br />

time and resources and SockDAO is helping to manage the discord,<br />

twitter, and rally support through the Solana community to ensure a<br />

smooth launch and see the community through to a DAO vote on a<br />

council to manage the project after token launch. A temporary DAO<br />

Council of 11 trusted members will be formed to see the DAO to the<br />

formal election. Formal DAO Council votes will be set for 1-2 weeks<br />

after token launch.<br />

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TONGUE<br />

tied<br />


I am really excited for this issues interview. A new project launching soon<br />

with fantastic artwork! I won’t take @AllyGrounds thunder away so…<br />

welcome @tonguetiedsociety. Let’s start with a little about you as an artist<br />

and nft creator.<br />

Thank you so much for having us! I am based in NYC and have been a painter<br />

for about 7 years. I’m 23, and really started my painting career when I was<br />

in high school. I’ve never really taken the traditional art path, as I started so<br />

young that most of the time, I haven’t really known what I was doing while<br />

doing it. When I discovered NFTs and the opportunity it provides artists, I<br />

was immediately drawn to them.<br />

What bothers me about the traditional art world is that artists don’t get<br />

properly compensated for their talent and work. In splitting 50% of their<br />

profits with galleries, it becomes incredibly difficult for artists to make<br />

a living. NFTs give artists agency back, allowing them to take control of<br />

their own careers. They are not only able to keep all the profits for their<br />

work, they’re also able to make a royalty on secondary sales. I also think<br />

it’s incredible that artists can now connect directly with their collectors and<br />

people interested in their work, eliminating any sort of middleman.<br />

I’m interested in how you came up with the concept. Tongue Tied Society.<br />

Have you created lore for this project?<br />

I have painted<br />

mouths for quite a<br />

while. It does seem a<br />

bit strange, but really<br />

mouths are the most<br />

powerful part of<br />

one’s body. Mouths<br />

are where human<br />

expression comes<br />

from, and how we<br />

communicate. It’s<br />

how we express<br />

love, and for me it<br />

represents what it<br />

means to be alive.<br />

Our society is a<br />

place for creatives,<br />

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innovators, and people who break boundaries - it’s a place where one goes<br />

to feel truly alive. The Tongue Tied Society and the artwork on the cards<br />

represent all that makes us human, and in being human, we sometimes get<br />

tongue tied. This also ties into the legend we created behind the artwork.<br />

What do you see as your biggest accomplishment so far? Considering the<br />

project’s presence began in November on Twitter.<br />

I think that our biggest accomplishment is just being able to grow to this<br />

size and have the opportunity to connect with such incredible people. Our<br />

Discord is full of insanely talented members who choose to come and<br />

share their story with our community. It’s a daily occurrence that you’ll see<br />

someone sharing their career goals and accomplishments and asking for<br />

advice in our chat.<br />

We feel super lucky to be in a place where our members feel supported,<br />

safe, and open with us. While we aren’t a project that has tens of thousands<br />

of members on Discord and Twitter, we make up for it in the strength of our<br />

community ties. We do plan to keep growing and building our community<br />

as we get closer to launch but are keenly focused on maintaining a healthy<br />

and happy community.<br />

Now that we have the foundation of our community, we are looking forward<br />

to launching our website and announcing our official mint date soon!<br />

The Lit Jesus project has a team of artists working on their artwork that is<br />

then scanned to create NFT. You are working on a project of 5200. How are<br />

you able to hand paint this volume?<br />

In this collection, there are actually 100 unique, hand painted layers. It’s a<br />

generative project so the artwork is algorithmically layered to make 5,200<br />

one-of-a-kind cards.<br />

The developer on our team<br />

has created a program to build<br />

these unique cards based on<br />

the rarities of each layer that<br />

I assigned. Each of the layers<br />

were painted over the course<br />

of my career, along with many<br />

painted in the last few months,<br />

so a ton of time went in to paint it<br />

all. Many of the layers come from<br />

my large-scale oil paintings, so<br />

their original size can be around<br />

5ft (1.5m) tall, and other layers<br />

come from smaller paintings<br />

that I created specifically for this<br />

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This project is incredible to me because it creates so much variety on pieces<br />

that I have painted and loved over the course of my painting career so far.<br />

Seeing two pieces layered together that I never imagined would be together<br />

really changes your perspective on the amount of creative freedom you can<br />

have!<br />

BTW, we are inspired by the Lit Jesus team and have actually gotten to be<br />

friends since we announced the Tongue Tied Society!<br />

What’s your long-term vision for the community on Discord which currently<br />

stands at 6000 members?<br />

Our long-term vision for our Discord community is to become one of the<br />

foremost places for art enthusiasts and collectors in the digital world to<br />

congregate and meet one another. The ultimate goal of our community is<br />

to become like a Web3 Soho House, where our members feel at home and<br />

inspired within our digital Discord home and at our in-person events.<br />

We also plan to<br />

highlight other female<br />

NFT artists within our<br />

platforms and hope<br />

to source new artists<br />

from our community<br />

members. This means<br />

that we’ll be creating<br />

channels for new<br />

artists to share their<br />

work, their process,<br />

their vision and ask for<br />

advice and feedback.<br />

As I’ve broken into the<br />

NFT space, especially<br />

as a female artist on<br />

Solana, I haven’t been<br />

able to easily find a<br />

place like this. Where<br />

I would be able to<br />

learn, ask questions,<br />

and find collectors<br />

for my art. I want our<br />

community to be this<br />

space for new artists<br />

in the future who want<br />

to learn about NFTs!<br />

Do the Tongue Tied<br />

Society NFT’s allow for<br />

future expansion? Can<br />

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you let us in on where the roadmap may be heading?<br />

We’d love to do another collection after we launch the TTS collection in the<br />

future! Our team’s current priority, though, is ensuring that the launch of this<br />

first collection goes smoothly. Once we launch, we’ll be able to plan more<br />

accurately what’s next ;)<br />

Roadmap wise, we’re planning to make prints of the NFTs available for<br />

holders post mint. We’re also working on planning some awesome events<br />

for our holders to meet in person!<br />

Apart from this, will there be ‘utility’ for the TTS NFT range? What could this<br />

look like?<br />

The utility of the Tongue Tied Society project lies in community. Here are<br />

some of the major benefits that we are building out for holders and our<br />

community:<br />

- Physical artworks: We will be making physical prints of your<br />

unique NFT available to order<br />

- Exclusive Tongue Tied Society Events: We will be hosting<br />

exclusive members-only events in major cities where Tongue<br />

Tied Society members will be able to meet one another in<br />

person! Your NFT will be your key to access these events<br />

- The Tongue Tied Society Female Fund: We will be using a<br />

portion of our mint to support other female founded projects<br />

on Solana and sourcing leads from our community<br />

- Exclusive Partnerships: We are working to partner with other<br />

projects to offer our members special access to collaborations<br />

and more. We are also working to collaborate on special 1/1s<br />

with other popular projects<br />

Thanks for your time. I am sure <strong>SHILL</strong> readers are going to love your<br />

project. Is there something I may have missed that you would like to add?<br />

Any concluding thoughts regarding the NFT space at large?<br />

Our founding team is overall excited to be able to participate in this space<br />

in any small way. We are highly encouraged by some of the recent interest<br />

in Solana from investors across the space and are looking forward to the<br />

future growth of this market. We hope that this project can encourage other<br />

types of traditional artists to branch out into NFTs and generative works.<br />

We also are working to bring traditional art collectors into the NFT space<br />

with this crossover collection. Thank you so much for taking the time to<br />

interview us!<br />

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NOT<br />

investment<br />

ADVICE<br />

SBF @SBF_FTX<br />

I’ve written a bunch about FTX’s roadmap. But I haven’t written<br />

much about crypto’s. So, here goes.<br />

So: what do I think crypto _should_ do, as an industry? Well,<br />

let’s look at where we are, and at where we want to be.<br />

What crypto already has:<br />

a) A solid userbase. There are probably ~200m crypto users<br />

worldwide.<br />

b) Smart contracts. I think it’s hard to overstate how important<br />

this was for the space: it’s what brought crypto from digital<br />

gold, to web3/metaverse/defi/etc.<br />

c) potential use cases: remittances, payments, store of value,<br />

NFTs in the metaverse, information transfer, social media,<br />

tokenized assets, disintermediated finance, etc. d) the start to<br />

scaling solutions: new L1s, L2s, lightning, rollups, etc.; tx/sec<br />

is now ~50k<br />

e) An enormous amount of attention. Seriously, crypto<br />

punches _way_ above its weight on this one. Crypto market<br />

cap is ~2.5T, less than Apple or Microsoft. Which gets more<br />

attention, though?<br />

So, overall things have been going well the last few years.<br />

What’s still missing?<br />

Well, let’s start with the obvious: regulation. There has been a<br />

lot of tension between industry and regulators, and both sides<br />

have, in many cases, left feeling frustrated.<br />

On the one hand, it’s not clear what the process is for<br />

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token issuance, platform<br />

registration, and stablecoins<br />

in many jurisdictions. This<br />

makes is hard for the industry<br />

to move forward as securely,<br />

and hard for institutional<br />

players to get involved.<br />

On the other hand, many<br />

regulators have found it<br />

very difficult working with<br />

crypto companies: instead of<br />

working collaboratively, we’ve<br />

seen a ton of examples of<br />

tension boiling over.<br />

What else? Well, blockchains<br />

are starting to scale, but<br />

it’s not enough yet. We’re at<br />

~50k TPS; industrial scale<br />

applications often require<br />

millions. And, while digital<br />

assets hold huge promise for<br />

payments, in practice very few<br />

are done with them today.<br />

So, how do we get there from<br />

here? As we close down the<br />

most explosive year in crypto’s<br />

history and look forward to<br />

2022, what does the industry<br />

need to focus on, and get<br />

right?<br />

Let’s start with regulation.<br />

The biggest thing here is to<br />

work collaboratively on ways<br />

to address current regulatory<br />

gaps while allowing liquidity<br />

to move onshore -- to the<br />

US, and to Europe, and other<br />

jurisdictions.<br />

Stablecoins are maybe the<br />

most straightforward: create<br />

a reporting/transparency/<br />

auditing based framework to<br />

ensure they are backed as they<br />

say they are: https://ftxpolicy.<br />

com/stablecoins This would<br />

solve 80% of the problems<br />

while allowing stablecoins to<br />

thrive onshore.<br />

It’s important, while doing<br />

so, to make sure that an<br />

open network can grow; if<br />

the network is restricted to<br />

existing banks, it defeats<br />

most of the purpose.<br />

Second, there should be<br />

standard markets oversight,<br />

in a unified regime that<br />

creates similar standards for<br />

spot, futures, etc. And third,<br />

a disclosure, registration,<br />

and anti-fraud-based regime<br />

for token issuances. https://<br />

ftxpolicy.com/areas-forcrypto-regulation…<br />

The goal of all of this is to<br />

come out stronger. To emerge<br />

with customer protection and<br />

regulatory clarity in a way that<br />

consumers and institutions<br />

alike feel comfortable<br />

interfacing with the digital<br />

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And I’m optimistic that we might get there in the next few<br />

years; that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. How about<br />

use cases? Well, the biggest blockers are network effects: for<br />

crypto payments to work well, both the buyer and seller need<br />

to support it.<br />

This means slow, hard work; building out the network until it<br />

approaches transition points where enough merchants and<br />

consumers use crypto that payments and remittances start<br />

flowing. And, similarly for blockchain based social media and<br />

information flow.<br />

Tapping into the existing userbase of video games could be<br />

huge--billions of users and hundreds of billions of dollars each<br />

year. But this only makes sense if it makes the virtual worlds<br />

more engaging, not less.<br />

The real goal, here, is to take a great game, and integrate NFTs<br />

in a way that makes the game better. And, meanwhile, networks<br />

need to keep scaling. I always laugh when a blockchain says<br />

they’re already fast. None are! Fast means millions of TPS. No<br />

one is there yet.<br />

What matters the most is having a concrete roadmap to scale<br />

to millions of TPS and executing well on it. So, there are some<br />

concrete things that the crypto ecosystem needs to manage<br />

well over the next year. But more generally, everything matters.<br />

I may write more on this later, but one of the core theses I’ve<br />

come to believe over the last few years is: Everything is the<br />

same; everything is commensurable. If you want to grow trust<br />

in the industry, regulation matters. But so does UI/UX; and each<br />

scam detracts.<br />

Every time we can do something great and beautiful and useful<br />

as an industry, we move everyone forward. Every time we fuck<br />

up, we all take a step back.<br />

Let’s keep putting one foot in front of the other.<br />

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Welcome to #Shill zine. To begin with,<br />

let’s find out a little about you Gage. How<br />

did you come to the blockchain space<br />

and the Solana ecosystem?<br />

One of my close friends is a slack<br />

channel with a few people who were<br />

hardcore lovers of solana. At the time<br />

I was primarily on eth and polygon<br />

networks. My friend convinced me to<br />

try solana for the ignition hackathon<br />

they hosted and honestly, I never looked<br />

back. It felt stupid of me to be paying<br />

200$ a transaction on eth when it’s a<br />

franction of a cent on solana. Even the<br />

5$+ fees on polygon seem like a joke in<br />

comparison, and anyone into NFTs tends<br />

to understand the possibilities once they<br />

get cheap instant transactions for the<br />

first time.<br />

Your concept for your NFT offering is a<br />

novel one. NFTs that can have any audio<br />

from your computer and make them<br />

come alive. Can you tell us a little about<br />

this idea and how it works?<br />

Of course! Once I saw solana rolling out<br />

nft support for html based nfts I realized<br />

nfts had just hit their 2.0 moment. If an<br />

nft can be a standalone html file it means<br />

it no longer has to be an un-interactive<br />

piece of art! Meaning instead of just<br />

looking at a photo I could actually PLAY<br />

with an nft and have it be interactive.<br />

Like an nft that's a full blown video<br />

game for example. Because gamedev is<br />

seriously hard, I decided to have a toneddown<br />

version of interactivity for my first<br />

collection. Audio visualizers seemed to<br />

be the obvious choice when I considered<br />

my own passions.<br />

Once you buy a cryptolizer(as the mint<br />

is already over). You can play any sound<br />

THROUGH it. The nft itself processes<br />

that audio into visualizations. This is all<br />

done via html, css, javascript. That code<br />

is baked together into one standalone<br />

html file and minted onchain.<br />

Gage, you have taken a bold step<br />

with doxing yourself early on. Is this<br />

a personal belief you have given the<br />

current trends across NFT projects?<br />

(lots of rugs, soft rugs, NFT projects that<br />

fail to deliver etc)<br />

Honestly the crypto space can be<br />

dangerous at times. I used to be a full<br />

time streamer on twitch under the alias<br />

abrownbag (now gagebachik there too).<br />

It basically came down to two things.<br />

The fact I was already doxxed from my<br />

time playing video games professionally<br />

and the fact I always planned on making<br />

cool ass shit.<br />

I figured people would appreciate<br />

projects made by someone they could<br />

talk to and interact with. Someone they<br />

could potentially meet up irl with and<br />

not just see behind an anime profile pic<br />

(which I also have nothing against btw).<br />

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Your Youtube video, the latest one,<br />

guides the minter through creating<br />

their #Cryptolizer. Have you found that<br />

the Cryptolizer community are picking<br />

the concept up and running with it?<br />

What are some of the ‘wow’ moments<br />

you had during the first creations<br />

made by minters?<br />

cryptopunks. They now sell for millions<br />

of dollars but when they launched,<br />

they were completely free. Since I<br />

feel I’m doing something similar with<br />

cryptolizers (first ever dynamic nft set<br />

or nft2.0s) I decided to follow suite and<br />

make the entire first mint free.<br />

I found that my project was extremely<br />

hard to explain to people since there’s<br />

never been anything like it in the nft<br />

space on ANY blockchain really. It took<br />

lots of education for people to have<br />

their… OH SHIT moment. I’d highly<br />

recommend taking 6mins of your day<br />

to watch this video: #Cryptolizers NFT<br />

Tutorial<br />

I recorded that video live on stream and<br />

that’s when most of my community<br />

started to realize just how cool these<br />

NFTs are.<br />

Let’s talk about roadmap. Where do<br />

you see Cryptolizers going? What<br />

are some future developments the<br />

community can look forward to?<br />

Right now, cryptolizers are pretty<br />

exclusive. There’s only been 100 ever<br />

minted! I’d like to future of the project<br />

to be collabs with musicians and<br />

artists to bring even cooler versions<br />

of these visualizations. I would also<br />

like to do a public mint. All of this will<br />

depend on the hype we can generate<br />

as a community. I hope as people start<br />

to take note of these, I’ll be able to get<br />

them in the hands of more people.<br />

I’d like to touch on a statement you<br />

published on the Cryptolizers website<br />

“I'm going to take a play out of the<br />

original nft and make them all free.”<br />

Can you elaborate on the reasoning<br />

behind this?<br />

One of the biggest and original<br />

nft collections was obviously<br />

Because honestly, just as I imagine<br />

cryptopunks back in the day, I wanted<br />

people to have them! I figured once<br />

they could use and see how awesome<br />

they are they’d become believers. Then<br />

more people would follow suite for<br />

a public mint. (so far everyone who’s<br />

minted is quite excited for the future of<br />

cryptolizers. I’ve never seen my discord<br />

more active lmao)<br />

Thanks for your interview today with<br />

#Shill zine. I look forward to where<br />

Cryptolizers takes us.<br />

Thanks for having me


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