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Guild512<br />

scribe<br />

digging deep to<br />

give you quality<br />


EAsymoneyding speaks<br />

cyberfrogs<br />

still grinding<br />

timepixies<br />

should we bE looking?<br />

bulltiverse<br />

og project keeps<br />

delivering<br />

is it a rug?<br />

thoughts<br />

ultramarine<br />

blue<br />

Dato_art looks at blue<br />

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◎0.2<br />

neil vilppu<br />

get to know<br />

& MUCH more

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Just the facts.<br />

Weekly REFLECTIONS<br />

EasyMoneyDing casts his eye over the<br />

week’s happenings #alpha<br />

EYES ON<br />

Often overlooked, Possible gems. #alpha<br />


GUILD512 Twitter newsletter- time to<br />

subscribe! #alpha<br />

Probably Nothing<br />

EasyMoneyDing speaks. Are<br />

you listening? #alpha<br />


SubaruImpreza09 takes a look at an<br />

overlooked project #alpha<br />


HawkishDebonair explains why<br />

you should be looking #alpha<br />


This team has been grinding &<br />

delivering since 2021 #alpha<br />

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BLUE<br />

Dato_Art looks at a rare colour.<br />

MarketPlace<br />

Royalties<br />

Easymoneyding lays the cards<br />

on the table. #alpha<br />


NoveltyRiku tracks the transactions-<br />

was it a rug? #alpha<br />


BigBrainGallery looks at a true<br />

master #alpha<br />


from<br />

the<br />

<strong>Issue</strong> <strong>65</strong> of #Shill zine marking a tumultuous week where influencers are shunned, and major projects<br />

announced groundbreaking new strategies. For better or for worse? Intriguing really, given that Grape.<br />

Art has created a marketplace worth considering yet the limelight has fallen onto a marketplace where<br />

the seller has the power to control royalties. And we plough ahead!<br />

If you haven’t had an opportunity to jump into a Twitter space, I strongly suggest joining ones created<br />

by @credlessk and @MrUniqueNFT. Their spaces are free flowing, solid alpha, an opportunity for<br />

people to talk about their projects and get feedback.<br />

This issue has OVER 170 pages. A lot of new art, new names and new styles that haven’t previously<br />

appeared in #Shill zine. Five pieces that caught my eye from Exchange.art and Formfuntion were<br />

acquired and locked away in the #Shill vault. What have you collected?<br />

Culture Hacker’s new series ODYSSEY has almost sold enough pieces to open the first ESCAPE ROOM. I<br />

am sure this is a FIRST for the Solana space. Looking forward to experiencing this.<br />

Articles (threads) from some very talented writers in the space including @EasyMoneyDing, @<br />

SubaruImpreza09 and @GUILD512. Add them to your FOLLOW if you want information that counts.<br />

Two projects looked at in this issue have been long-term players. Still grinding. Still developing and<br />

innovating, yet they are not projects that people look at (obviously because they are NOT about quick<br />

flips). Have a closer look.<br />

As always, show your love on the Twittersphere with a simple retweet.<br />

Enough said. You know the drill. Let’s f go!<br />

@Pixeltoy<br />

Supernatural Death @BillxMono<br />

The Watchers @billxmono<br />

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manggran Portrait 5 @manggran<br />

Hedy @lowbrownative<br />

manggran Portrait 6 @manggran<br />

Distraction #3 @metamorphai

WEEKLY<br />

@easymoneyding<br />

State of our solana nft market; a review of the last month<br />

context: it’s been rough ever since the luna event occured on may 4; solana hasn’t been able to hold $40usd<br />

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Let’s look at @MagicEden statistics # of daily users: have been trending up overall over the course of time, and<br />

the number of daily traders varies between 30K and just over 50k. This figure is pretty bullish as adoption is<br />

consistently growing.<br />

# of daily transactions: also trending up over time with notable dips here and there, but starting to hold a consistent<br />

level above 400K per day it’s interesting to note that this trend is still occurring despite overall volume<br />

trending down.<br />

USD daily vol: this chart is the one that’s worth looking at closest April 26-29th was peak daily volume (when @<br />

DeGodsNFT hit 340 sol, sol at $100usd) with ~$75M usd the nft market felt healthy at this point, sentiment for<br />

trading was strong with plenty of opportunity.<br />

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Vol continued: fast forward to today and noting the price of Solana has dipped to $33usd (reduction of 66%), usd<br />

daily volume however has dipped 90%. if the price of Solana was the same as it was on April 26th ($100usd), the<br />

USD daily volume equivalent would be just over $18M.<br />

Imo, sentiment and willingness to trade in the nft market is down at least 50-75% from peak levels<br />

We’ve only had 3-4 projects really pump over the last 4 weeks weeks. I’ll rattle off the names below:<br />

1. @Primatesnft ran from 1 to 35 and has now retraced to 12.5 (june 14 - 19)<br />

2. @UdderChaosSOL ran from 2.5 to 9 and has now retraced to 3.6 (june 20 - 24)<br />

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3. @DegenTownNFT ran from 3 to 15 and has now retraced to 5 (july 1 - 6)<br />

4. @GothicDegens (the latest pump) ran from 3 to 17 and is now retracing to 13.5 (july 6 - 11)<br />

What’s notable with these four projects is the following: 1. all these pumps are happening one after the other<br />

and not occurring concurrently with each other 2. it’s likely that the same liquidity is moving from one project to<br />

another.<br />

The pump of this week seems to be @ReptilianRenegg moving from 4 to 8.50 so far (july 11 - current) - this nft<br />

sold for 30 sol only 2 hours ago - notable influencers are pumping this project on CT again.<br />

Of course there are projects not included in the aforementioned that have made runs in the last month<br />

@CetsOnCreck has pushed up from 35 - 50 @YawwwNFT moving from 4.5 to 11.75 but these are few and far<br />

between compared to previous periods of trading.<br />

The other thing is that these floors don’t seem to hold for long. prior to May 4th, floors would hold relatively well<br />

and there was a lot more liquidity moving and flowing between projects.<br />

atm, it seems as if the same 15-30K daily traders are swing trading certain mints and past projects, briefly reviving<br />

price action and hype to make a quick buck.<br />

Without a doubt there’s still opportunity to make profit even in this market, however the assumed risk is tenfolds<br />

higher as the pumps only last a WEEK at the LONGEST.<br />

Established projects are currently holding these floors relatively steady (the dust has seemed to settle here - pun<br />

intended):<br />

@DeGodsNFT at 300<br />

@GenesysGo at 145<br />

@okaybears at 100<br />

@SolanaMBS at 180<br />

@DegenApeAcademy at 48<br />

@CetsOnCreck at 48<br />

@TaiyoRobotics at 125<br />

still in freefall and searching for resting floor:<br />

@BlocksmithLabs dropping from 135 to 55<br />

@catalinawhales dropping from 145 to 42<br />

@FamousFoxFed dropping from 50 to 28<br />

@TheFracture_ dropping from 60 to 16<br />

@atadia_io dropping from 38 to 19<br />

Notable trends:<br />

1. project updates are starting to be withheld as the timing of announcements does not match with market conditions<br />

(if a tree falls in the woods and no one hears it, did it even fall?)<br />

2. less commitment towards dates of launch for mints and big drops.<br />

3. there are some brave/commendable projects starting to release financial reports showing inflow and outflow<br />

of funding as well as overall treasury balance, monthly expenses.<br />

4. a hell of a lot of shitposting on timeline, less alpha in twitter spaces.<br />

CT has become a shitposting townhall with everyone either vying for top 100 on @nftinspect or alternatively<br />

judging those for shitposting my suggestion whichever path you choose (perhaps both) is to keep the vibes immaculate<br />

and treat everyone with respect and kindness.<br />

It’s a tough time for everyone, we’re all just trying to make sense of everything and past the time the key is<br />

staying the course, understanding what’s happening and why and collating experience for the next bull and bear<br />

cycle.<br />

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Keep your eyes on...<br />


SolPotatoNFT<br />

Sniping Demon

ProsperousNFTs Flash Drives<br />

GigaDAO Loot Box<br />


@guild512<br />

MagicEden adds Ethereum integration<br />

An image was leaked that seemingly seemed to show an Ethereum column in MagicEden.<br />

Till this point, MagicEden is purely a Solana NFT marketplace. With all the positive<br />

news surrounding MagicEden, like their unicron valuation and venture announcement,<br />

the integration of Ethereum NFTs seems like another piece of NFT news for the<br />

Web3 company.<br />

On the leak, MagicEden replied to it on twitter, saying “(l)et’s just pretend there<br />

wasn’t a screenshot of the ‘New Collections’ carousel floating around Twitter, and<br />

there’s definitely no big announcement coming up soon”.<br />

Fans of the platform are likely excited with all the positive news and seems another<br />

one is just around the corner.<br />

NFT prices tumble further<br />

The floor prices of some of the top NFT<br />

collections have been crashing in recent<br />

weeks, both in US dollar and Ethereum<br />

terms. The shrinking of NFT floor prices<br />

of NFT projects have accelerated over<br />

the past week, particularly those projects<br />

with the highest volumes; Bored Ape<br />

Yacht Club (BAYC), Mutant Ape Yacht Club<br />

(MAYC), and CryptoPunks, data from DappRadar<br />

showed on Monday.<br />

In the past day alone, floor prices in US<br />

dollar terms of the three popular collections<br />

are down 31%, 27%, and 16%,<br />

respectively.<br />

Floor price refers to the lowest price<br />

that an NFT from a collection can be<br />

purchased for. It is often used to measure<br />

how popular different NFT collections<br />

are.<br />

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Source: DappRadar<br />

Meanwhile, data from CoinGecko reveal that these collections did not just crash<br />

relative to USD terms, but also relative to ETH, even as ETH’s valuation in USD<br />

terms fell, with ETH being down by about 32% in USD terms in the past week.<br />

Up until the beginning of May this year, prices of NFTs in the popular BAYC collection<br />

had performed better than the performance of ETH. Since then, valuation of the<br />

collection has been crashing in ETH terms as well.<br />

It leaves a grim outlook, that the crypto sector that propelled the entire crypto<br />

ecosystem to mainstream media is getting wrecked as hard by the downturn in market<br />

sentiments<br />

MagicEden launches Magic Ventures, a venture fund for Web3 games<br />

Magic Eden has launched Magic Ventures, a new venture capital fund that will focus<br />

on investments in Web3 games.<br />

San Francisco-based Magic Eden is a community-first NFT marketplace on the Solana<br />

blockchain. Magic Ventures signals the company’s pivot towards helping fund the<br />

gaming industry of Web3. It won’t just be the venture fund that they focus on, as<br />

they look to develop their own in-house game development team, Eden Games.<br />

While blockchain games have been controversial, Magic Eden believes Web3 games<br />

will be an on-ramp for millions of users to use blockchain, helping the technology<br />

achieve mass adoption.<br />

The launch of Magic Ventures and the appointment of Tony Zhao as its head of gaming<br />

investments signals Magic Eden’s intent to invest in promising games and gaming<br />

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infrastructure, helping bolster the growth of Web3 gaming.<br />

Prior to joining Magic Eden, Zhao was a key member of the business development and<br />

investment team for Tencent Games, where he focused on investing in up-and-coming<br />

games, acquiring world-class studios, and forming strategic partnerships across the<br />

entire Tencent Games portfolio.<br />

Alongside the establishment of gaming investments arm Magic Ventures, Eden Games<br />

has also finalized partnerships to power marketplaces for games including, but not<br />

limited to, Aurory, Genopets and Mini Royale: Nations.<br />

Magic Eden is excited to build the top Web3 gaming-compatible NFT platform enabling<br />

game developers to execute their project vision and players to discover new games<br />

and connect across other digital cultures in Web3.<br />

DeGods drop new merch<br />

In a post today, Frank, DeGods leading figure, posted a picture of himself in the<br />

T-shirt above. He captioned this post with, “new tee. fiwb”.<br />

The shirt states boldly, “I own a basketball team”, along with the logo of the team<br />

that DeGods acquired earlier this year, Killer Threes.<br />

In the same thread, he confirmed that he will be “dropping this for DeGod holders in<br />

about an hour” and that the merchandise that people ordered towards the end of May<br />

would be sent out by the end of the week.<br />

A tweet confirming the details was posted on both the official DeGods twitter account<br />

and official Killer Threes account.<br />

Happy resolution to Degen Town hack<br />

Yesterday, Degen Town’s twitter account was hacked, and the hacker posted a link to<br />

a fake staking site. Were users to have authorized the staking transaction, their<br />

wallet would’ve been drained of its contents.<br />

Many in the Degen Town community were really hurt due to this, with some losing<br />

upwards of 100 Sol in the incident. The stealth marketing strategy adopted by the<br />

team caused users to be blindsided, seeing the sudden announcement as another one<br />

of Degen Towns’ marketing gimmicks.<br />

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Today, NftRamo revealed in a tweet Degen Towns intention to compensate those<br />

who got hurt in the incident. “[A]fter looking at all the damage that has been<br />

done from this hack… Degen Town is going to compensate everyone who’s wallet got<br />

drained”.<br />

It was revealed that the team still does not know how their twitter was hijacked,<br />

given “2FA on & all the proper security measures were taken”.<br />

Since the hack, Degen Town’s floor price has fallen 11%, while The Resurrected’s<br />

floor price has fallen 29%.<br />

More information on the issue will be revealed soon.<br />

Zeneca implements Ethical Trading Policy<br />

Zeneca has introduced a new policy for his team at ZenAcademy. The policy,<br />

dubbed Ethical Trading Policy, means that certain rules will be enforced on<br />

how the team at ZenAcademy trades.<br />

The rules state that the team at Zeneca will not be allowed to trade on<br />

“market sensitive” information, or during a “blackout period” which is 24<br />

hours before and after a major announcement Zeneca is about to make. The<br />

final rule states that any team member wanting to trade with Zeneca’s NFTs<br />

have to ask for Zeneca’s permission prior to doing so.<br />

These rules have been put in place because of Zeneca’s belief that “transparency<br />

in NFTs is critical to building trust”. In a thread posted to twitter,<br />

Zeneca states that he “want(s) to set a benchmark” and expresses how<br />

trading with private information is akin to “insider trading”.<br />

Zeneca is an influencer in the NFT space, but particularly in the Ethereum<br />

NFT space, having a huge cult following due to his success in trading NFTs.<br />

Implementing rules like this seems to be something that more and more NFT<br />

projects are doing, possibly an act of self-regulation, acknowledging the<br />

shady behavior taking place on a daily basis in the NFT space.<br />

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Daily Mints(Solana)<br />

Liberty Square: The Sinister Squirrel Syndicate<br />

Liberty Square is run by a team well-versed in the entertainment industry. It is<br />

not entirely clear what the project will be aiming to do, but many are speculating<br />

they’ll be focusing heavily on IP development.<br />

Holders will be able to stake their NFTs to earn $FILTH, which utility is not yet<br />

revealed.<br />

Launchpad: Personal<br />

Mint Price: Trustee: 0.68 Sol Council/Public: 0.88 Sol<br />

Supply: 9999<br />

Time: Trustee: 1200 EST Council: 1245 EST Public: 1400 EST<br />

Meta Mutant Coin<br />

Meta Mutant Coin is a P2E game built on the Solana blockchain. Players would battle<br />

against NPCs(non-playing characters), or engage in PVP(player versus player) to<br />

earn MMC tokens.<br />

NFT holders will have access to beta testing, early airdrops of MMC, and weekly experience<br />

boosters when the game is launched.<br />

Launchpad: Personal<br />

Mint Price: WL: 2 Sol Public: 2.5 Sol<br />

Supply: 2750<br />

Time: WL: 1130 EST Public: 1630 EST<br />

Mystic Men - Talisman<br />

Mystic Men are “bridging web 2 and web3”. Their artist has been working on a comic<br />

series for some time now, and through Mystic Men, the team intend to bring his<br />

ideas to life.<br />

The Talisman collection will give the holder a free<br />

mint when the team does eventually mint their full collection.<br />

No concrete roadmap is available at the moment,<br />

but staking and airdrops are in the plans.<br />

Launchpad: MagicEden<br />

Mint Price: 1.75 Sol<br />

Supply: 555<br />

Time: OG: 1100 EST WL: 1200 EST Public: 1300 EST<br />

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Raaar Lab<br />

Raaar is building an animated NFT project, which from the looks of it, can be<br />

flipped between a static image and an animated one. They intend to build a metaverse<br />

for their NFTs to exist in.<br />

Holders will have access to this metaverse as well as “land allocation” in it.<br />

Launchpad: Personal<br />

Mint Price: Wl: 1.75 Sol Public: 2 Sol<br />

Supply: 2500<br />

Time: WL: 1100 EST Public: 1200 EST<br />

Taki<br />

Taki is building an anime-inspired lifestyle brand.<br />

They want to develop holder-exclusive streetwear, as<br />

well as streetwear for the masses.<br />

On top of exclusive clothing, holders can also stake<br />

their NFTs for $JUMP, which can be used for raffles and<br />

merchandise. Staked NFTs also have a shot at an airdrop<br />

for the project “The Gate” NFT.<br />

Launchpad: FellowshipDAO<br />

Mint Price: 1.5 Sol<br />

Supply: 3000<br />

Time:OG/WL: 1100 EST Public: 1300 EST<br />

The Dragon Trippin Vikings<br />

Trippin Vikings want to build a metaverse in the long run, but in the short term,<br />

they will be rewarding their holders through staking.<br />

Potion themes are extremely popular these days and<br />

Trippin Vikings will be going down that route as well.<br />

The earned $KOL can be used to buy merch and other<br />

things in a marketplace they are developing.<br />

Launchpad: FellowshipDAO<br />

Mint Price: 0.5 Sol<br />

Supply: 5000<br />

Time: WL: 1200EST Public: 1300 EST<br />

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sp00n1cus - 36.1k followers<br />

Why would I buy anything now<br />

when I can just wait another<br />

4-8 weeks for the bottom?<br />

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MetaverseME<br />

Cryptocurrency For Beginners In The Bear Market of 2022<br />

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

ATHENS Dao<br />

JetDAO · AthensDAO HackerHouseX<br />

grapeprotocol grapeprotocol<br />

https://youtu.be/Tabn5fgvMW8?t=3053<br />

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@subaruimpreza09<br />

There is a huge mismatch in the amount that @CyberFrogsNFT is talked about versus the amount they<br />

have delivered and planned for the future. This thread will explore the project’s future trajectory and<br />

potential. (full disclosure, I am a holder)<br />


CF was launched in September and rugged by the original devs. A new team took over and started building. The<br />

current fp of > 4 SOL is a testament to the strength of the team and community Some people are starting to take<br />

notice.<br />

On the surface, the project doesn’t currently look like anything too special. A deflationary mechanism, raffles,<br />

auctions, lore, factions, and missions are all things we have seen before. However, their upcoming developments<br />

could be the push they need...<br />


This group of services that CF is building incrementally aims to be a “one-stop-shop” for all NFT-related needs as<br />

a trader. This is a bit buzzwordy, but I think it has potential Each project under the umbrella is discussed below.<br />


This trading tool pulls from years of data to create trading signals for portfolios of all different desired risk levels<br />

in any market condition. It covers stocks, futures, forex, CFDs, crypto and NFTs.<br />

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This service associates a number to a project that describes overall bullishness. It pulls from Twitter, Discord, an<br />

analysis of the level of organic engagement, and type of engagement.<br />

The index number determines if The Platform will loan against the project. Cue the next service:<br />


This service enables a P2P loan market and the ability to receive a loan immediately for approved projects (based<br />

on index number)<br />

The last service is the one I am the most excited about:<br />


This service allows users to trade against NFTs like you can with stocks and crypto (e.g. long, short, futures) I’ve<br />

never seen a project pull this off -- if CF does, it’ll be a game changer.<br />

I got most of this info from this Medium article. Here, you can see more info about the team and CF’s partners<br />

medium.com<br />

This project has a bullish future, but it’s not perfect. A few improvements could be made:<br />

- need a clear timeline<br />

- better organization of information<br />

- concise communication of The Platform’s capabilities<br />

- release info on how many frogs (if any) are needed for access<br />

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@HawkishDebonair<br />

I’ve been digging deeper into the builders within the #Solana space and saw that two of my favorite projects use<br />

a questing system built by @timepixies. Not only do they build this for other teams, they use it for their own<br />

#NFT’s!<br />

How the system goes for other projects: Collection is split into several teams. Reward is set up by the project.<br />

Send your NFT’s on quests for points. Winning team gets the lion’s share of the rewards based on your participation!<br />

(TIP: Having pixies boost the rewards!)<br />

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But there is more! Send your own time pixie on quests but this time the reward pool is in SOL generated through<br />

the minting process. AND: there’s a revenue pool consisting of the transaction fees of the other projects’ questing<br />

platform.<br />

So who’s using the Time Pixie questing system?<br />

@XinDragons @InfectedMob @CyberViIIainz @Suteki_NFT- Many more!<br />

From what I hear there will soon be a dashboard and projects can easily create their own quest site. And the art<br />

is getting an upgrade! But please: DYOR and see for yourself! https://timepixies.io<br />

And last but not least: The team is fully doxxed and the art upgrade looks amazing!<br />

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Bulltiverse<br />

Bulltiverse is an #NFT project #p2e gaming platform on the #Solana blockchain.<br />


Here we are, with the latest news from the Bulltiverse.<br />

Today is a big day for us. It’s time for a rebrand! Starting today, our project will be known as the BULLTI-<br />

VERSE, and our new site will be bulltiverse.com.<br />

In today’s post, we’re going to present you the brand new look for the site that we have been preparing<br />

for you, and share some updates on our roadmap for the upcoming months.<br />

We are working on the graphics for other sections of the site to be updated soon, but for now, we want<br />

to start by presenting two new pages: a revamped landing page, and an interactive map to navigate the<br />

areas of the game!<br />

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Here is the map:<br />

Do you like your first look at the Bulltiverse? More buildings will join the town as the corresponding<br />

activities get released!<br />

Looking forward, progress on our first Unity game has been going smoothly and are now looking at a<br />

release around the 1st of March.<br />

A couple of related artworks, directly from our artist team:<br />

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A medium post with all the details about the first game will come later this month, be sure to have a<br />

couple runner bulls ready! It will be followed by another medium post detailing the new blacksmith class<br />

we’ve been working on.<br />

Around the middle of this month, we also plan to complete our transition to our Gen2 bulls, which<br />

you’ve been seeing as small teases or as newborns coming from breeding. You will have to interact<br />

with our site to exchange your old bulls for a new one with the same attributes!<br />

Generation 2<br />

Finally, we are in the preliminary stages of development of a new token, that will serve as currency in<br />

our game and will be vital to the reward systems of our play2earn universe. It is far too soon to reveal<br />

anything about it but be assured that bulls holders will be properly rewarded.<br />

We still have some tricks up our sleeves (does anyone feel like chests need some new items?), so stay<br />

tuned to know more!<br />

Additionally, here you can find all our new links: https://linktr.ee/Bulltiverse<br />

The REBULLUTION has just started!<br />

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@dato_art<br />

I’ve been taking the time to learn more about art and I just wanted to share the things I’ve learned. For today’s<br />

thread I wanted to focus on one of my favorite colors - Ultramarine Blue which inspired my monochromatic use<br />

of it in this piece collected by @CompoundI3<br />

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First an introduction of my motivation for this. Before entering the web3 1/1 art space I have never done art digitally.<br />

It was only when my father saw my digital collages (Labyrinths 1-3) that he bought me a tablet so I didn’t<br />

have to use a mouse.<br />

Though most of my work right now is made digitally I am still very much enamored by colors and the specific<br />

palettes of artists especially J.M.W. Turner and John Singer Sargent.<br />

It’s easy to just use a color picker right now and forget the same reverence that the artists in the past have for<br />

their precious pigments. So I took the time to study each pigment deeply along with where it comes from, how it<br />

was made, and historical use in art.<br />

Ultramarine Blue (HexCode#120A8F) is deep blue pigment with a purple bias made from a process milling and<br />

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grinding Lapis Lazuli. It’s an excellent blue for a limited palette and you can even use it as a primary blue, adding<br />

just a touch of green to cool it down.<br />

During the Renaissance, it was such an expensive pigment because most of the Lapis Lazuli was only coming<br />

from one mine in Afghanistan. Artists used it sparingly and only reserved it for the most revered subjects like the<br />

Virgin Mary 1640-1<strong>65</strong>0 below from Giovanni Sassoferato.<br />

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In Titan’s Madonna and Child with Saints John the Baptist, Paul, Mary Magdalene and Jerome 1515-1518.<br />

Or Jan Van Eyck’s Adoration of the Mystic Lamb 1420-1432.<br />

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Aside from the source, it was just hard to find blues in nature as there is no naturally occuring blue compound<br />

aside from some minerals. Before Ultramarine, painters palettes mostly used Blue Bice or Blue Verditer but it had<br />

a green bias compared to Ultramarine’s warmer tones.<br />

Or Yves Kelin’s loveletter to the color itself.<br />

Or Rothko’s Earth and Green.<br />

As a side note, a few other blues popped up after Ultramarine like Prussian Blue but it took us a few 200 years to<br />

synthesize another one - YInMn Blue. It’s till hard to find carriers of this color for artists though.<br />

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Sadge. https://smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-blue-pigment-discovered-200-years-finallysale-180976769/…<br />

Thank you for reading up to this point. Now you can say, gee cool story Dato.<br />

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@easymoneyding<br />

context: rumours on the timeline of @YawwwNFT coming out with a 0% creator and 0% marketplace fee on their<br />

upcoming launch; there is a strong rejection of this idea across twitter posts from key thought leaders<br />

Here are some notable responses so far:<br />

0% creator + marketplace<br />

royalties<br />

@solanalegend, @bytheophana, @frankdegods & @SolportTom<br />

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@0x_shake, @permissionlesol, @The__Solstice & @andrew_ringlein<br />

Thoughts regarding creator royalties: i understand that in the current bear market that profit making opportunities<br />

are few and far between. i understand it is also important for project owners and teams to create other<br />

revenue streams though this is N/A to all projects<br />

Thoughts regarding creator royalties cont: however, i cannot fathom the concept of taking away creator royalties.<br />

creator royalties are the quid pro quo of NFTs. without the exchange of royalties for delivery, the bridge where<br />

accountability is built upon will collapse<br />

Consequences of removing creator royalties: there<br />

will be a larger emphasis on projects securing a<br />

bigger bag from mint funds which in turns results in<br />

larger raises, higher token supplies and ultimately<br />

more rugs. all of which do not benefit the space<br />

long term.<br />

Consequences of removing creator royalties cont:<br />

less incentive for projects to build and deliver long<br />

term. what will become the benefit of delivering<br />

on roadmaps and continuing to return value to<br />

holders? what’s the point of building a stickiness<br />

amongst your community?<br />

Consequences of removing creator royalties cont:<br />

if you think that our current quick flip meta is dead,<br />

wait till you see how projects carcasses will be left<br />

behind without creator royalties. influencer pump<br />

and dumps will worsen. project ‘advisors’ will demand<br />

a larger clip<br />

Thoughts regarding marketplace royalties: @solportio<br />

just announced a 0% fee marketplace which will<br />

rattle the marketplace environment - I’m interested<br />

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to see how this plays out and whether volume will start spreading across different marketplaces.<br />

Thoughts regarding marketplace royalties cont: obviously the most dominant marketplace with the largest impact<br />

is<br />

@MagicEden- from my understanding they’ve always responded in an agile and strategic manner with the community<br />

in mind my belief is that they will respond.<br />

Thoughts regarding marketplace royalties cont: personally, i believe that marketplaces do offer an important<br />

service and taking a fee for said product and service is perfectly fine if there was an adjustment to be made, i<br />

believe a tiered marketplace fee makes sense<br />

Tiered marketplace fee discussion: marketplace fees could be tiered by either volume or time by volume i mean:<br />

up to 50K total volume could be X% marketplace fees 50 - 100K total volume could be Y% marketplace fees all<br />

volume over 250K could be Z% marketplace fees<br />

Tiered marketplace fee discussion cont: by time i mean the first 2 weeks of trading we’ll take X% marketplace<br />

fees the next 3 months of trading we’ll take Y% marketplace fees from beyond 3 months onwards we’ll take Z%<br />

marketplace fees<br />

Tiered marketplace fee discussion cont: maybe marketplaces can float this as an option to projects and they can<br />

choose which tiering they’d like to pursue if they want to proceed with listings on that particular marketplace<br />

Overall comments: it’s healthy to have these discussions around fair fee pricing for both marketplaces, projects<br />

+ their communities & traders. competition is important for the development of the space. % of creator royalty<br />

fees should be as is - determined by creators.<br />

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@NoveltyRiku<br />

So, I think it’s safe to say that @ShroudedNFT has failed spectacularly and going into mint was already a rug. I<br />

want to blast @MagicEden for launching this project.<br />

Luckily ME still holds mint funds in escrow, but that could end when the launchpad timer ends. So the meat of<br />

this is the suspicious activity lies with one of the founder address trying to mark up the floor.<br />

This wallet: 99uSp3hE9LJDTD4aFNj4XddnjtMcCm7DrV19VvPipa2q Is receiving 57% of secondary royalties from<br />

the project. Going to the ME userpage, you immediately see the problem. https://magiceden.io/u/99uSp3hE9LJ-<br />

DTD4aFNj4XddnjtMcCm7DrV19VvPipa2q?tab=activities&filter=tradeable…<br />

Going back to when mint started, you can see this wallet started buying at floor, and then listing higher in hopes<br />

of raising floor. This ss is of the initial buys. Pretty weak, but knowing the other part of this thread, which I’ll<br />

mention later.<br />

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Here’s the ss of them listing higher in hopes of buoying the floor price up. There are a couple pages of this.<br />

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Almost immediately after I tweeted this https://twitter.com/NoveltyRiku/status/1546112841123758081?s=20&t<br />

=ku5BpiIgDIaexnEw8juXMQ… I got banned from the Shrouded Discord and this mass delisting happened.<br />

@NoveltyRiku<br />

@ShroudedNFT is now a rug. Do not mint or buy off secondary.<br />

Note how they mass listed, while continuing to buy off the floor then undercut their own project. The next major<br />

flag: Art.<br />

The project launched pre-revealed because the art wasn’t complete. Which is complete and utter horseshit.<br />

There are layers of this too. The artists has been working on this art narrative for almost 7 years, and isn’t new to<br />

the NFT space.<br />

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https://instagram.com/p/BHTqKx3DXd4/ Here’s the earliest rendition of the art style and theme. Yeah, since<br />

2016. How is it not done yet?<br />

https://opensea.io/romeplusart Here’s the artist’s OpenSea profile. Same art style/narrative as Shrouded. There<br />

was a bit of fud at the beginning, but it got cleared up. A bit ironic, no?<br />

opensea.io romeplusart - Profile | OpenSea<br />

Another obvious thing, in hindsight, was the lack of roadmap. The only teaser of what was to come was this picture,<br />

in what looks to be a game?<br />

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I looked at the other 3 wallets associated with the royalties. DRDrPKwAUEhZjjcnLf9AwWZqmEhzvRSLy8dXb1fZG-<br />

Cm9 HZSbBDmANSYAUBRvWXtoqauv5mi9i9m66k8HDGn4DsSR These 2 take 20% but no wonky floor manip or<br />

big history<br />

RRUMF9KYPcvNSmnicNMAFKx5wDYix3wjNa6bA7R6xqA This one gets 3%, but is associated with a couple very<br />

suspicious projects. Firstly, of Balloonsville.<br />

I found this wallet royalties linked from Wobblebug royalties as well.<br />

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And to Best Buds. Due to the tx flow function on http://solana.fm, we can clearly exclude ME’s tx tax. Add to that<br />

that this is an older wallet, going back to 2021, and having different royalties per project. Shrouded falls under<br />

new light.<br />

Pompeizz rugged, but this announcement about him being wallet drained is also linked to this wallet. Pompeizz<br />

also rugged.<br />

2 rugs, 2 prominent projects. Bad track record. Add to that no plan, old art, and fp manipulation, this is really<br />

starting to shape up like a rug. ME has to answer for this. A clear lack of DD, once again.<br />

I do want to add that ME still has mint funds under escrow. I verified that the wallet has about 11,000 SOL, but is<br />

short 2k from my math.<br />

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@BigBrainGallery<br />

We’re kicking off a new series where we take a deeper look at some of the artists we’ve collected from and others<br />

we have our eye on. We’ll begin with the FIRST artist Big Brain Gallery ever acquired a piece from - @NeilVilppu!<br />

For the last 17+ years, Neil has worked as an Artist and Graphic Designer in a variety of industries including Action<br />

Sports, Bio-Medical Science, Travel, and more. This comes as no surprise given Neil’s upbringing.<br />

Both of Neil’s parents were artists who encouraged him to explore a variety of creative outlets. Neil’s father, Glenn<br />

Vilppu, was his first & most influential mentor. He worked as an artist in the animation industry for renowned<br />

studios like Disney, Warner Bros, and Marvel.<br />

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Glenn Vilppu is incredibly well-known for teaching and training professionals in the animation industry. His approach<br />

to teaching drawing has become the standard for many professional artists.<br />

It was through watching his dad work and talking about his process that Neil learned the art of visual storytelling<br />

through illustration. Neil consistently applied this in his own practice - as seen below in a sketch that Neil’s father<br />

did of him drawing as a kid.<br />

This combination of growing up in a traditional art environment, mixed with his work in graphic design, led Neil to<br />

fall in love with a wide variety of styles of art and artists.<br />

From comic artists like Todd McFarlane (The Amazing Spider-Man) to more design-focused illustrators like Shepard<br />

Fairey (Obey series & 2008 Hope poster), Neil often finds himself pulling inspiration from these artists with<br />

his current work on Solana.<br />

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Neil’s current process involves bouncing around between various applications that allow him to create in a way<br />

that feels “at home” and helps give his work the aesthetic that can be seen in his current collections.<br />

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Neil’s process typically begins with sketching in Procreate. Once the composition is worked out, he’ll move to<br />

Illustrator on iPad where he works out the “inking” stage of the illustration.<br />

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After this, he moves back to Procreate where he proceeds with color, texture, and any other necessary finishing<br />

touches. This stage is where the illustration really comes to life, working the colors in a looser, painterly approach.<br />

You can see all three phases of this process side by side in the piece seen below.<br />

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Currently, Neil is working on the two main collections: The Balance and Balance Mechs. The Balance serves to set<br />

the tone of this world by introducing characters, environments, and thematic building blocks that a larger story<br />

has sprouted from.<br />

Balance Mechs is a series focusing on the machines that have been created & evolved to utilize nature. From<br />

here, Neil plans on creating smaller collections within the world of The Balance that tell specific stories, serving<br />

as chapters in the greater lore of The Balance.<br />

“The more I create in this world, the more I learn and discover<br />

about myself. It’s an exciting journey to be on that<br />

I’m beyond honored to share with this community.” - Neil Vilppu<br />

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