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EXCLUSIVE: VUELE Co-Founder Cameron Chell Discusses NFTs and the Global NFT Platform’s First Feature Film Grossing Nearly Six Figures

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VUELE Co-founder Cameron Chell Discusses NFTs and the Global NFT Platform’s First Feature Film Grossing Nearly Six Figures
VUELE Co-founder Cameron Chell Discusses NFTs and the Global NFT Platform’s First Feature Film Grossing Nearly Six Figures
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Cameron Chell is sharing how VUELE has become a top platform for young filmmakers to win NFTs since he introduced it after realizing the growing demand for digital currencies, digital assets, and security tokens.

The co-founder of VUELE tells GLAMOUR BUFF he has “always been passionate about creating companies with purpose and value.” 

With that drive, he initially started CurrencyWorks, an award-winning, full-service blockchain platform provider, followed by the highly-rated NFT platform, VUELE, which he founded together with Rick Dugdale.

Chell and his team are also more than happy for the success of their first film Zero Contact, starring Academy Award-winner Anthony Hopkins, which was an important step towards their goal of developing VUELE into the largest platform.

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In a groundbreaking venture, they apparently grossed nearly six figures bringing in $93,435 with the release of 11 total NFT drops of feature film thriller Zero Contact.

In this exclusive interview, the man, who holds great experience and wisdom about the digital platforms and NFTs, shares his journey in the digital world, the impact of NFTs, and VUELE’s first feature film grossing nearly six figures.

With VUELE, many young filmmakers and fans have been able to win NFTs. But how did you first come up with the idea of VUELE? Who is associated with the platform as founders? Or anyone you would love to specifically mention and talk about their role?

Chell: “I have always been passionate about creating companies with purpose and value. With demand growing for digital currencies, digital assets, and security tokens, I started CurrencyWorks, which is an award-winning, full-service blockchain platform provider.

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VUELE was created through discussions with Rick Dugdale, President, and CEO of Enderby Entertainment. We both live in Los Angeles and have been talking about the impact of blockchain on the film industry for years.

The more we looked at the distribution of digital content and the use of blockchain in doing it, it became clear that films in Hollywood had all the characteristic traits of collectibles. Diehard fans have proven time and again that they will go to great lengths to acquire exclusive memorabilia connected to their favorite actor, film, and franchise. We see NFTs as a way to help studios keep that spirit alive while forging deeper and more personal relationships with their audiences.

We are beyond thrilled that VUELE’s very first film features such a high-profile star. Zero Contact, starring Academy Award-winner Anthony Hopkins, is a massive endorsement for what we see as the next frontier for Hollywood and how studios will premiere feature-length films and merchandise collectibles surrounding the films produced.

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Before Zero Contact, Anthony Hopkins and Rick Dugdale worked together on the 2015 film Blackway. Watching NFTs surge in popularity, the pair decided to break new ground with Zero Contact. Instead of a traditional theatrical release, they chose to make history and have the film premiere exclusively as an NFT on VUELE.”

You are the co-head of VUELE and Executive Chairman of CurrencyWorks. Can you explain your role and responsibility for the platform?

Chell: “The VUELE platform is powered by CurrencyWorks. We are extremely proud of the first 11 Zero Contact NFTs that our team created on VUELE, which grossed more than $90,000.00 USD. The NFTs include the feature-length film that the purchaser can watch on VUELE as well as highly sought-after content such as crypto art and behind-the-scenes footage. CurrencyWorks also receives an ongoing fee every time these NFTs are bought and sold on the secondary market.

CurrencyWorks has been in the digital collectibles space for some time. We recently launched the Motoclub.io platform, which is basically NFTs for car collectors. Partnering with WAX and Topps, CurrencyWorks helped create the $100,000 Garbage Pail Kids Series 1 inventory into non-fungible digital collectibles. The first release of the card packs sold out in just over 24 hours.

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We are excited to bring our expertise to the film industry to create a unique home for films to thrive. Zero Contact is an important step towards our goal of developing VUELE into the largest platform, marketplace, and community for film NFTs. We are determined to make VUELE a new cornerstone in the film industry ecosystem.”

In this evolving world, digital platforms play huge roles. So do you feel VUELE is changing all the rules of fan engagement in filmmaking? If yes, how?

Chell: “The success and growing popularity of NFTs demonstrate that people are looking for ways to prove ownership over certain digital assets. NFTs are valuable because they are designed to be digitally scarce. Each one has a unique data entry and none are interchangeable.

When a consumer wants something, they have connected with that good or service and assigned it a certain value. We live in a world full of talented and creative people who are building a following based on their works. NFTs give people a chance to support these creators and own pieces that resonate with them. If there is demand for something, then there is a market for it.

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That is why CurrencyWorks and Enderby Entertainment joined forces to create VUELE. We are focused on providing filmmakers with an exciting new way to connect with fans and celebrate their work as a community.”

I came to know that VUELE recently grossed nearly six figures bringing in more than $90,000 with the release of 11 total NFT drops of feature film thriller ‘Zero Contact’ starring Oscar-winning actor Anthony Hopkins. How was that experience for you and your team? 

Chell: “We are absolutely thrilled by the successful sale of the first 11 Zero Contact NFTs. The one-of-one Platinum Edition NFT sold for $56,860.00 USD, and the 10 Elite Edition NFTs sold for a total of $36,575.00 USD. CurrencyWorks also receives an ongoing fee every time these NFTs are bought and sold on the secondary market.

This is a significant advancement for film distribution and digital collectibles. Each NFT is designed to uniquely capture this historic moment in film history. We are excited to make more Zero Contact NFTs available on VUELE and add other high-profile films to the platform.”

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While VUELE is one of the biggest platforms for NFT distribution and viewing platforms in the global market, the idea of NFTs is still something new for many people. So would you elaborate on how you describe NFTs in general?

Chell: “I think a useful way to help people understand non-fungible tokens or NFTs is by comparing them to traditional DVDs.

Before the advent of streaming, we bought DVDs associated with our favorite actor, film, and franchise. We would get a disc inside a case that would contain the feature film as well as special features. Once you own the DVD, you can enjoy the movie and any exclusive entertainment content whenever you want.

However, if you were to exchange your DVD with a friend’s copy, is one DVD more valuable than the other? The answer is no. They are identical copies of the original movie, which makes them interchangeable or fungible.

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The NFTs made by CurrencyWorks on VUELE include the feature film and exclusive entertainment content just like you would get on a traditional DVD. However, unlike a traditional DVD, NFTs are completely digital and designed to not be interchangeable or non-fungible – meaning each copy of the movie is unique and could be more valuable than others.

NFTs are continuing to grow in popularity because they are allowing people to truly own certain digital assets. In a world where images, music, and videos can be downloaded and shared across the internet in seconds, NFTs provide a way to protect assets and ensure they do not lose value. The first 11 Zero Contact NFTs are a good example of this. Unlike traditional theatrical releases where anyone can pay to go see a movie at our local cinema, Zero Contact is only available on VUELE to the 11 people who purchased it.

These people now own a movie starring a major Hollywood star that the rest of the world cannot watch unless they decide to sell or trade their specific NFT on VUELE. If one of the purchasers did decide to part ways with their copy, they will always be remembered as the original owner since NFTs are units of data stored on a digital ledger or blockchain. This is crucial in an increasingly digital world where many assets are easily reproducible. VUELE and other NFT platforms are protecting against piracy by ensuring creators are properly compensated for their work and fans are able to truly own these authentic and personal offerings.”

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What value can a new creator obtain from the NFTs?

Chell: “When it comes to the film industry, VUELE is setting a new standard for how filmmakers can celebrate their work with their fans. We are focused on building communities where people genuinely care about the digital collectibles being offered and what they represent.

Powered by CurrencyWorks, VUELE is an all-in-one platform that handles the creation, distribution, viewing and exchange of feature film NFTs. Studios can decide how many NFTs of the film they want to distribute and if they want to package it with highly sought-after content such as crypto art or behind-the-scenes footage. They also have control over the price and the timing of the NFT drops. It is then up to fans and collectors to pay for the digital collectibles, which they can watch, collect, sell or trade on VUELE.

A lot of work goes into each film. VUELE allows studios to celebrate the entire process with their fans rather than just the final product. Each NFT drop helps them better understand the types of offerings their target audience is interested in.”

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Are there any disadvantages for an original creator after they sell their products’ NFTs?

Chell: “VUELE allows filmmakers to celebrate their work with their fans and be properly compensated for it. In an increasingly digital world where images, music, and videos can be downloaded and shared across the internet in seconds, creators are turning to NFTs to protect their assets and ensure they do not lose value.

In addition to security, NFTs are incredibly versatile. Studios can debut a film exclusively as an NFT on VUELE like Zero Contact or distribute digital collectibles on the platform alongside a traditional theatrical release.

The successful sale of the first 11 Zero Contact NFTs shows that digital collectibles are an effective marketing tool for the film industry and a significant revenue stream. A number of major studios are closely following the Zero Contact NFT drops – excited for the next round of NFTs CurrencyWorks is making on VUELE.”

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Where can we see VUELE in near future? What is the end game for the global NFT platform?

Chell: “The successful sale of the first 11 Zero Contact NFTs was extremely encouraging. We are proud of the digital collectibles CurrencyWorks created on VUELE and excited to make even more Zero Contact NFTs available on the platform soon.

Zero Contact is an important step towards our goal of developing VUELE into the largest platform, marketplace, and community for film NFTs. We are determined to make VUELE a new cornerstone in the film industry ecosystem.”

Is there anything you want to tell an aspiring creator/fan who is thinking about getting their film NFTs from VUELE?

Chell: “VUELE is a place to explore and celebrate our collective love for film. In a world full of talented and creative people, we are focused on creating a unique home for films to thrive.

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To the creators, our direct-to-consumer model is laying the groundwork as an additional channel for film fans to engage with stories and actors. We know a lot of blood, sweat, and tears go into each project, and we want to ensure you are able to share it the way you want on the platform. From the amount of NFTs distributed to the price and timing of the drops, you are in control. We are grateful for the opportunity to help you forge a deeper and more personal relationship with your audience.

To the diehard film fans, owning a special copy of a movie or exclusive memorabilia is not a thing of the past. NFTs are creating exciting opportunities to acquire one-of-a-kind items associated with your favorite actor, film, and franchise. Fans of Anthony Hopkins are already experiencing this following the debut of Zero Contact. A limited number of copies of the film will be available during each drop. VUELE offers a chance to truly own a piece of film history.

Since the dawn of cinema, technology has reshaped how movies are made, viewed, and shared. With NFTs changing the world, CurrencyWorks and Enderby Entertainment are honored to be leading the charge in the film industry with VUELE. We hope you will help us usher in a new and expanded frontier for Hollywood.”

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This interview has been lightly edited and condensed for clarity. If you have any inquiries, email us at glamourbuff@gmail.com.

A graduate of social work, Arun specializes in covering stories happening on and off the camera. He has been active as an entertainment writer since June 2019. His life outside of work sees him volunteering in various social welfare programs, going on long trips, making vlogs, and exploring eateries.

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Mimi Ikonn Building Hefty Net Worth with Husband Alex Ikonn

Mimi Ikonn and Alex Ikonn’s shared commitment and diligence have led to their financial success.

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Mimi Ikonn Building Hefty Net Worth with Husband Alex Ikonn

Mimi Ikonn is a Canadian entrepreneur who has established several successful businesses with her husband, Alex Ikonn, who is also an entrepreneur.

The duo are also angel investors and have invested in great companies like Brex, Calm, Curlsmith, Grove Collaborative, WeCommerce, and others. 

They have made a significant amount of money while providing their clients with the satisfying products they promised, thanks to their combined hard work and devotion.

Mimi Ikonn and Alex Ikonn’s net worth revealed

The success of Mimi and Alex’s several businesses over the previous few years is reflected in their estimated net worth, which ranges from $1 million to $5 million.

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Mimi Ikonn with her husband Alex Ikonn and their daughter.

Mimi Ikonn with her husband Alex Ikonn and their daughter. (Source: alexikonn/Instagram)

The married couple developed into business partners when they initially started Luxy Hair with the intention of helping people who have suffered from hair growth issues to look and feel beautiful every day.

Because the two “just were not attached,” they decided to exit their multi-million-dollar company Luxy Hair. Afterward, in 2013, they launched Intelligent Change and Love Hair in 2018.

Mimi Ikonn and Alex Ikonn’s initial investment was $20,000 for Luxy Hair

The couple’s $20,000 personal line of credit investment in Luxy Hair evolved over the following eight years into a premium beauty lifestyle business. It currently has over 250,000 customers and is present in more than 165 countries.

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Luxy Hair was their first start-up project which became one of the largest Direct-to-Consumer (D2C) beauty e-commerce brands online.

The majority of Luxy Hair’s growth came from social media, particularly its YouTube channel, which had more than 3 million subscribers and half a billion views. 

Mimi and Alex successfully exited the company when Beauty Industry Group acquired it in late 2018. Mimi explained that they had to let go of the company since it simply did not fit their long-term goals.

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“It was a big decision. A decision that we knew for many years we wanted to make eventually because we’re very honest with what excites us,” Mimi reasoned during an Interview with London Real.

The duo also asserted that they wanted to concentrate on other lucrative businesses they had started that were bringing in more clients and revenue.

Mimi Ikonn and Alex Ikonn’s present business

Mimi and Alex were eager to carry out their aim of providing value to the world after departing their first project. 

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They were overjoyed to devote more of their love and energy to their business, Intelligent Change, with the purpose of helping others realize their potential and live happier, more fulfilling life.

The pair used premium sustainable materials for their products, like The Five Minute Journal and the Productivity Planner.

The Five Minute Journal is the first journal and iOS/Android app to apply the principles of positive psychology. It has sold more than 1,700,000 copies worldwide.

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Productivity Planner helps prioritize and accomplish the vital few tasks that satisfy your day, which has sold more than 300,000 copies.

Similarly, Mimi created Love Hair in 2018 when she couldn’t find haircare products that met her high standards.

It was founded with an emphasis on healthy, ethical ingredients that deliver on their promises and are packaged beautifully but sustainably.

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Exclusive: Candid Conversation About NFTs, MusicFX, And a Parker McCollum Launch With Cameron Chell

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Exclusive: Candid Conversation About NFTs, MusicFX, And a Parker McCollum Launch With Cameron Chell

In the digital industry, there are only a few like Cameron Chell, who is quick to learn and even quicker to implement learnings into a concrete plan.

I first spoke to him last month to discuss his NFT platform Vuele’s first feature film grossing nearly six figures. Afterward, he went on to launch Motoclub Digital, a premier space for car enthusiasts and fans of automotive memorabilia.

Meanwhile, Chell has been serving as the founder of Currency Works and CEO of Draganfly Innovations Inc. for some years.

Is he stopping? No, he is not.

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He is now the co-head of MusicFX, the latest NFT platform from CurrencyWorks, and set to make history along with country singer-songwriter, Parker McCollum, with the release of the latter’s 2022 Fan Club NFT on the new NFT platform.

Parker is the singer-songwriter behind the platinum-selling single ‘Pretty Heart,’ and has just released his latest music video, ‘Falling Apart,’ from his acclaimed hit debut album Gold Chain Cowboy.

To talk further about his latest work with Parker and the vision behind launching MusicFX, I again had a candid conversation with Chell, and he had some great information to share.

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Arun Katuwal: This is our second conversation in the last month. So, let’s start with a hello! How are you doing these days?

Cameron Chell: Hey Arun, great to speak with you again. Thank you so much for your interest in what we are doing. I am doing great.  Super excited about what MusicFX is going to do in the NFT space. 

AK: After successful NFT endeavors in the film industry, you seem to be eying the music industry. Can you tell us how your new music NFT platform MusicFX works?

CC: Expanding our interests within the entertainment world has always been very much part of our long-term strategy for how we grow the CurrencyWorks client base, and the music and film industries are very closely connected, so music NFTs are a natural progression for us.

AK: So when did you start MusicFX?

CC: Music has been on our radar when we first began plotting out our strategy of tapping into consumer markets with NFT products. We launched the MusicFX platform on December 7. MusicFX will set the stage for new innovations for artists and fan engagement.

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The platform allows fans to become truly invested in their favorite bands and artists; while giving artists the ability to build a new type of relationship with their fans – one where they can feel completely connected. This groundbreaking approach has been made possible through a partnership created by CurrencyWorks Inc. and Crown & Ace Inc. (“Crown & Ace”) – two established leaders in their respective markets.

AK: Now, you, as the co-head of MusicFX and Executive Chairman of CurrencyWorks, are working closely with country singer/songwriter, Parker McCollum, for his 2022 Fan Club NFT. Tell us about this collaboration.

CC: I’m super excited to be working with Parker! He’s one of country music’s biggest rising stars, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he doesn’t reach the heights of legends like Garth Brooks, or George Strait. His team has been awesome to work with, and Parker has had considerable input into how his NFTs look, and most importantly the content within them.

Partnering with Parker is a massive endorsement of how we are trying to revolutionize the music industry. The NFTs offered on MusicFX allow artists to build an entirely new type of relationship with their fans – one where they can feel completely connected.

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AK: What to expect from MusicFX and Parker McCollum’s collaboration?

CC: That’s a great question, but I don’t want to spoil things for Parker’s fans. Parker is driving the vision for his NFT fan club. He loves his fans and wants to create something that would enable them to get closer to him and his music. Parker often says, without his fans he would not be where he is today. MusicFX is really going to allow him and his fans to support one another as he continues this incredible journey.

AK: Cut to the chase – How is MusicFX looking to provide music fans and collectors with the ultimate consumer-focused NFT collectible experience?

CC: MusicFX will be delivering far more than a collectible experience, and this is key to what we offer and our message to artists and fans alike. MusicFX is about creating engagement, building on the bonds of the artist/fan relationship, and taking it to a new level. With Parker’s NFT, the Gold Chain Cowboy Club Black Card, you’re picking up a 12-month membership to an exclusive community that rewards your support with truly ‘money can’t buy’ experiences.

At MusicFX the NFT is a mechanism we use to deliver these experiences and build relationships… some people may treat these as collectibles, but MusicFX is about much more than that.

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AK: Any special offer for people looking to register at MusicFX?

CC: As part of the partnership with Parker, the first 1,000 fans that register their interest in the Gold Chain Cowboy Club will receive priority access to the Black Card NFT, which will be presented as a signed edition. Everyone who purchases membership will be entered into Parker’s Golden Ticket Sweepstakes, where Parker has personally chosen some very special prizes to reward his fans. Fans can find more info here.

AK: Also, what do you think – how can a platform like yours bring a positive change in the music industry?

CC: Simple. Community. We’re building a community around each artist, bringing engagement that you cannot get through social media alone. The artist gets the support they need to get closer to their fan base, and in return, the fans receive an experience that further cement that supports.

It would be very easy to follow the path laid by others, but it’s quite disingenuous to many fans as NFT collectors, who have no vested interest in the musician, who are buying those NFTs, either treating them as an investment or trying to flip them to make a quick buck out of the genuine fans. MusicFX is for the fans and the artist, who has control over how to reward that relationship.

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AK: Is it also hard to set up a big platform like MusicFX during these testing times?

CC: Our focus has always been on the customer and the value our team brings to the project. We are lucky to have a passionate, dedicated team.  Our team has always worked remotely, and while it is always good to be able to meet clients face-to-face, we have been able to work with our team and customers remotely.

AK: Last one – predict how big NFT platforms are going to be in the next five years?

CC: At the start of the year the market was worth a few hundred million. Going into 2022 we’re looking at billions of dollars; and it’s the consumer side that’s really expanding. Understanding of this digital technology is growing so rapidly that it won’t be the sole domain of fintech investors, everyone is going to want a piece of the action.

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Exclusive: Flash Mints Launches NFT Platform Featuring Collections from Legendary Hip-Hop & Street Photographers

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The collections will feature photographs of Snoop Dogg, Nas, Dr. Dre, Tupac, Jay Z, Notorious B.I.G., Run DMC, The Beastie Boys, and The Wu-Tang Clan drawn from the collections of photographers including Chi Modu, Ricky Powell, T. Eric Monroe, and Jamil GS.

Flash Mints Launches NFT Platform Featuring Collections from Legendary Hip-Hop & Street Photographers

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Fans and industry influencers alike will soon be able to own a piece of hip-hop, rap, and street history through the new NFT collector platform Flash Mints.

Curated and built through blockchain technology by visual artist Enrico Moses and his team, Flash Mints will allow collectors to own a piece of history featuring cultural icons including Snoop Dogg, Nas, Dr. Dre, Tupac, Notorious B.I.G., the Wu-Tang Clan, and Public Enemy.

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Initially featuring selections from notable hip-hop and street photographers including Chi Modu, Ricky Powell, T. Eric Monroe, and Jamil GS, Enrico Moses, and his team envisions Flash Mints as the premiere platform for photographers to fully monetize their work.

“Our goal is to help them enter and thrive in the NFT space by making it easy to connect with collectors from all over the world,” Moses exclusively tells GLAMOUR BUFF.

“Flash Mints is made for photographers, with the goal of helping them monetize on their own terms while protecting the value of their art for themselves and their collectors”

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Flash Mints is designed to give power back to photographers, all while making collecting visual art more accessible to people everywhere, regardless of the size of their physical space or geographical location. Each of the first five collection drops will feature 2021 NFTs with various edition/rarity sizes, with more collaborations and drops planned in the future.

The project’s inception first began when Moses introduced his late friend Chi Modu to the NFT space and helped him mint his first NFT.

Moses, an entrepreneur, tech startup founder, and graphic designer, previously launched a menswear boutique at the age of 23, where he started his friendship with Chi Modu while traveling out to NYC. Upon seeing the potential with Chi, he quickly dove into the space, eventually landing on the Flash Mints concept and design.

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Joining Moses on this project is Allen Hena, the mastermind behind the successful launch of The Hundred’s first NFT collection, The Adam Bomb Squad, which sold out of 25,000 NFTs in 40 minutes.

Henna, who is also a part of the Hashmasks and Vaynermedia’s NFT team, is an experienced software engineer and architect, focused on developing strategies, leadership, and education in the rapidly changing cryptocurrency and Web3 sectors.

Also a part of Flash Mints’ launch team is the team at NFT Media Box, led by Kelvin Troy, who previously spearheaded the sold-out Monster Rehab and the Arabian Camels collection.

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“When you see these images, you’re brought back to a time of nostalgia,” Moses says. “You think back to where you were, who you were around, what you were doing. Photographs help us remember moments in our lives, including what we love, how we felt, and who we admired.”

“I am thrilled that our team is empowering artists through a full service technology solution, while also enabling collectors to have a more accessible way to obtain a piece of nostalgic history through Flash Mints’ unique platform.”

Flash Mints’ first drop is Jamil GS’s Genesis Collection, and the full drop schedule can be found below. Fans and interested community members can keep up to date via the Flash Mints website or via social media on Instagram and Twitter.

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The team also encourages people to join the discord community to learn more about the releases, community events and also to provide feedback to photographers they would like to see next on the platform.

Drop Schedule:

  • Dec 4, 2021: Jamil G.S. (8 am PST) Click Here For Details
  • Dec 10: T.Eric Monroe
  • Dec 18: Ricky Powell
  • Dec 24: Chi Modu
  • Jan 02, 2022: Yaasmyn Fula

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