TALKING WITH DICKY AGUSTIADY ON BEING AN NFT ARTIST IN INDONESIA
Have you ever thought to create your NFT art?
NFT art, what comes into your mind when you heard NFT art? According to Forbes, An NFT is a digital asset that represents real-world objects like art, music, in-game items, and videos. They are bought and sold online, frequently with cryptocurrency, and they are generally encoded with the same underlying software as many cryptos.
There are a lot of artists that eventually jumped into the NFT art fandom. One of the reputable artists who created his NFT art is Takashi Murakami. Takashi Murakami has released his first-ever NFT artwork, which was apparently inspired by the landmark $69 million auctions of Beeple's purely digital work. During the pandemic, Murakami watched the way his children interacted with Animal Crossing: New Horizons and how the reality of the virtual world was changing.
Obviously, NFT art is a bit different from real art as they are in the form of digital. But there are people who actually love it. Just remember, there is nothing wrong or right about collecting art.
But don't you know that there are NFT artists in Indonesia too? We're talking to Dicky Agustiady, one of the NFT artists from Indonesia. But Agus is more than just an artist. Take a look at our short interview here.
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Hi, Dicky Agustiady, could you please tell us about yourself a little bit as an NFT Artist?
I am actually an engineer but I’ve always been into art and It is my passion. I’ve been dabbling in digital art for years now and I designed a few T-Shirts for a fashion brand in Indonesia, and also created limited edition packaging for Beauty care products. Got into NFT because it’s just fun making instant art. Plus a lot of my favorite artists are doing NFTs now.
Do you have any other venture aside from being an NFT artist?
Yes, I am one of the owners/co-founders of a whisky lounge in Menara BTPN, Mega Kuningan FLOW Jakarta (@flowjakarta). I am also the founder of the Body care product Shapelyne (@shapelyne).
Who inspired you the most to be an NFT artist? What was the most exciting thing about being an NFT Artist?
Well, my art style is very diverse and I have always wanted to sell digitally because of the low starting cost and less headache. I don’t have to do much other than just concentrating on my art.
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How long have you been working as an NFT artist? Have you ever sold your highest selling art yet?
I am actually quite late jumping into NFTs. I think I started joining the fray around March. Sold my NFT already but I think when the price of bitcoin went down demand cooled down a bit.
What was your view about the NFT art platform?
There’s a lot of diversity and quality. Because everyone can join, and it is quite daunting to be recognized or discovered. There’s a lot of crap out there.
How has NFT art changed the perspective of the art world?
I think the concept of ownership has completely changed. Because now owning something doesn’t mean physically owning anymore. Also, the barrier of entry for casual art collectors is lower because they can just own a piece of art, which can be more affordable. And you still own it, albeit just partial ownership. It’s quite exciting.
What was the most interesting part of being an NFT artist?
I find that I can just do whatever I want without worrying if I can translate it into something physical (form). I think it’s quite liberating.
Do you think that NFT Art would be a sustainable art industry?
Yes. NFTs are more recognized now, more common. I think maybe in 5-10 years it will be a norm.
Being an NFT artist is such a new thing in this 21st century. In your opinion, what kind of unique occupation might pop up in the future and would you try it if you have the chance? Do you think there will be more NFT artists from Indonesia in the future?
Definitely. There’s an artist that basically copied Basquiat and made it 3D who managed to keep selling out his art for $20 to $30,000. He’s Indonesian and he’s doing quite well. Indonesian are very artistic people and now that there’s an outlet for their creativity with a low barrier of entry, I believe there’s gonna be a lot more Indo NFT artists for sure.
Do you have any tips for the younger artists who would like to venture the NFT art?
Hmm just be patient and stick to your style and make sure it’s different from the rest I guess. There are way too many new artists that are flooding the scene.
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