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Dear Bankless Nation,
This issue brings with it the final d’ART Drop in our collaboration with The Rug, featuring that mysterious, and nigh infamous, figure, Rugstradamus. Read all about it below, collect your edition before it’s no longer available, and prepare for the next step in the evolution of the Rugstradamus experience on the blockchain.
Pudgy Penguins is making moves into the mainstream with an iconic deal that may find both holders and non-holders alike experiencing the project in ways never before considered. Kouros provides an overview.
Chippi endears us to unrealistic expectations and Dusty Eye is back with another update to the ongoing saga of the Legion of 444.
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Pudgy Penguins Sign Deal with Talent Agency WME
Pudgy Penguins, arguably the most adorable NFT project, has signed a deal with the Hollywood talent agency William Morris Endeavor (WME) as they expand into mainstream entertainment. Pudgy Penguins aim to leverage their intellectual property to create exciting movies, TV shows, and video games.
This ambitious collaboration with WME brings together the artistic vision and expertise of Pudgy Penguins with the extensive network and influence of one of the entertainment industry's powerhouses. By partnering with WME, Pudgy Penguins aims to expand its reach to new audiences.
Weekly art drops done in collaboration with up and coming NFT artists, for the Bankless community, presented by Decentralized Arts.
This is the fourth and final digital asset serving as a reproduction of recently revealed lithographs from the mysterious—and some may call him infamous—Rugstradamus, produced and made available to the Bankless community in collaboration with The Rug. From The Rug:
In this fourth lithograph of Rugstradamus we hear the future presidential echoes of FDR, who coincidentally issued executive order 6102, which made holding gold illegal. Well have no FUD anon, for bitcoin is here.
This is available now, for the next seven days, via Rarible. Grab your edition today, before they drop off or sell out. 70% of each sale will go to The Rug and their contributors, 5% will go to the DA and bDAO collaboration with ThriveCoin, 10% will be returned to BanklessDAO, and 15% will be retained by Decentralized Arts.
As a special incentive with regard to this collaboration, collectors who mint all four lithographs will be able to exchange them for a Warhol-style Super NFT. Collect them all and don’t miss out on this feature!
THE LEGION OF 444 – Part 16
Nanda Vigo Experience Chrono report
Dear BanklessDAO Readers,
what follows is the (Redacted) time report of the night spent in the shop window of XX Century Thematic Archives headquarters, on Nanda Vigo's Rainbow Bed.
Thursday 20 April 2023
1.44 pm – Wake up call. I'm usually up at 7.00, but it's a long night ahead.
3.02 pm – I prepare my suitcase by first selecting the readings: the biography of Nanda Vigo YOUNG AND REVOLUTIONARY, but also a collection of essays by Kary Mullis. They seem to me figures as distant as they are complementary. Then the usual stuff: red-blue-lens 3D vision glasses. Soft trousers with a pajama-like t-shirt and sweatshirt, a technomagic stick to test, a notebook, some digital demon ready for migration, a toothbrush and of course a towel.
4.28 pm – I head towards via Gorani, an hour's walk at a brisk pace. Milan roars for Salone, Fuori Salone and Sul Ciglio del Salone, but a storm whips the city. Thanks to the storm, the sidewalks are clear. Even outdoor design has to fall back on the interior for an afternoon.
In the XX Century Thematic Archives headquarters, in Milan, the Rainbow Bed by Nanda Vigo dominates at the side of her Esoteric Gate. On the walls are works from the exhibition Walks Intergalactic by Anna Franceschini and space machines by Renato Volpini.
7.00pm – Everyone leaves. Thrown into bed I start reading. Against my will, the corner of my eye watches the reactions of passers-by. Smiles, a couple of photos. A few knocks, but only to wave goodbye through the glass.
9.51 pm – Notebook on my knees and pencil in hand I take some notes on the situation. I sketch out a list of projects to work on overnight, but with total flexibility. Then I take some photos to document the experience.
I realize I'm in that situation to embark on an intergalactic/time/dream journey. So I put work aside, lie down and sleep.
11.36 pm – Woken up by a couple knocking, they ask me if I can open the door and give them explanations. They are kind, polite, and he is more smiling than her. They turn out to be worried that someone might break the glass to attack me. I explain to them in a fatherly way that being exposed while sleeping is frightening due to an instinctual legacy, it is the furrow left in the collective unconscious by the time when wild beasts attacked the first Sapiens in the night. I reassure them, those times are over.
I don't see them convinced, so I relaunch giving away 60 Ukron each. We say goodbye as they finger their new banknotes.
11.59 pm – I sleep.
4.44 am – An alarm sounds. In about sixteen minutes, thanks to the technomagic stick, I transfer eight Demons from the digital simulacra mediated by L.Elrah to a solid wooden box. And back to sleep.
9.52 am – Wake up, morning ablutions, glass of water. The bed is unmade, but not destroyed, denoting a peaceful sleep.
On the floor, two overlapping cards that I don't remember from the previous evening. Sketches of space machines it would seem, but turning them over I discover that they are a cyberdog and an android.
Everything went smoothly!
…see you next week,
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