| Let’s talk Game of Shrooms, shall we?: For the most part, I wheel and deal in relationships over widgets. My primary currency is not the almighty dollar, it’s social currency. And, I’ve long thought about how to make the concept of social currency more tangible. It comes from a personal place, wanting to “feel” and “touch” my own unique worth. For a while, I thought about making Blazenhoff Industries-branded money that people could earn from doing kind deeds, that they could then spend in an online store (that I am yet to build) or gift to someone else.
With Game of Shrooms approaching and the recent rise in popularity of NFT (non-fungible token) digital art, I started to rethink my idea of a tangible social currency a bit. After connecting some dots, I got a little punny by minting “Fungi-ble Tokens,” an eight-piece series of quirky mushroom-themed art coins. Their backs are covered in a layer of vintage paper ephemera, which makes each one unique and unreproducible. They have no cash value, or do they? Dunh dunh dunh!
I didn’t stop there. Plot twist: The finder of each of these Fungi-ble Tokens will be given the option to claim the digital component of their art, i.e. the NFT (art is free, some ETH gas fees may apply). Two mints in one!
The first NFT I’ve minted (ever) is called “Tender Tinies” and you can see it now on Opensea.io. I’ll be minting the other seven non-fungible Fungi-ble tokens there throughout the week. Then, early on Saturday morning, I’ll be hiding their tangible counterparts individually in to-be-disclosed East Bay (Alameda and Oakland) spots. Want one? Keep an eye out on my Fluff-Insta @TheRealLynneWhite for further updates and game-day clues.
Let the experiment begin.