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Silly Daddy Cookie Bake Off

This comic is loosely "baked" out of a real conversation I had with my wife, Denise. She, as well as my kids, have been a near-endless source of Silly Daddy cartoon material over the decades. You are welcome to join the family feast!

You can find this rare digital art and bid on it in the MakersPlace marketplace.

This particular incident happened as my wife and I came across some delicious looking cookies. Glaring at them as they were majestically placed in a store window, in all frugality, I said to my wife, "You should bake these cookies. I've had them before and I like those cookies so much that if you made them, I would even HELP you make them."

"No you wouldn't," replied my wife quickly. "I know you too well. You would just help EAT them."

Thus another true conversation during a fun date with my wife gets turned into yet another cartoon. To bake in some even deeper meaning to this artwork, this happened while we were celebrating one of our many wedding anniversaries. My wife and I thank God for the years we have had together and for receiving much more than we deserve.

Joe Chiappetta

Feed the Fun House Well

Feed the Fun House Well by Joe Chiappetta

The head is a fun house of fantastical proportions. With the same mind mounted inside, we can imagine plans to save the world or destroy it. I say we save it.

You can find this rare digital art and bid on it in the MakersPlace marketplace.

Joe Chiappetta

Deepest Art Ever

Deepest Art Ever by Joe Chiappetta

Baked fresh from a Chiappetta digital oven, this flavorful dish is such a delight to the art senses, you can almost taste it. Animating my wife thinking about Chicago deep dish pizza was a lot of fun to create. Even more fun, of course, would be eating such a pizza. For those interested in the chef's secret recipe, I drew this art entirely in the Procreate App on iPad Pro with Apple Pencil.

You can see this rare digital art and bid on it at MakersPlace.

Joe Chiappetta

Rare Dinner with MakersPlace

Rare MakersPlace Dinner animated by Joe Chiappetta

On a recent trip to San Francisco, I had the honor of sharing a meal with the core team of MakersPlace. They are an incredibly wise team running a very easy to use marketplace for rare digital art; in fact they might be the most user friendly of them all, since art collectors can purchase digital art using a credit card or Ethereum. Plus their minimal gallery design helps collectors focus solely on the art--without any unnecessary bells and whistles.

Throughout this special night, the food, conversation, and company was delicious. The place we ate at is called Zero Zero; I have no idea why it was named as such, but that never seemed to matter. To commemorate the evening, which was also a dinner celebrating the MakersPlace marketplace being 1 year old, I was inspired to draw this group portrait of the team on the spot, and animated the art shortly thereafter. It was certainly a crypto art night to remember.

You can find this artwork in a very limited edition of rare digital art on MakersPlace. Only 5 editions exist on the blockchain. There you can buy it with Ethereum or a credit card.

Joe Chiappetta

Rare Digital Art Ownership Visualization

Rare Digital Art Ownership Visualization by Joe Chiappetta
Rare Digital Art Ownership Visualization by Joe Chiappetta is available on MakersPlace

In understanding any new concept, it often helps to provide visuals. This is definitely the case with rare digital art. As a new ecosystem to release, catalog, sell and collect digital art, the growing field of rare digital art is fascinating for a number of reasons. For the first time ever, digital art can be coded to be entirely rare, sales could happen instantly and internationally through new monetary systems, royalties for secondary art sales can be built right into the market, the art can be sold for a fixed price or auctioned, artists can issue super-rare editions of only 1 or limited-editions such as 1 of 10. Mind you, I am only mentioning just a few of rare digital art's exciting features.

To illustrate what actually goes on when a person owns rare digital art, I have drawn up an imaginary universe where digital concepts are as tangible as the toes on your feet. Art collectors can buy this particular piece of rare digital art on the MakersPlace marketplace. It is a comical drawing that depicts a world lined with chains of data held in sequential blocks. That's where we get the term "blockchain." When someone buys rare digital art, they are actually buying a unit of cryptocurrency. Their account on the blockchain gives them a private key whereby only they can sell that crypto if they find a buyer. All this is packaged in an orderly and cryptographic manner on the blockchain. These blocks of ownership data are uniquely linked together so that the order and the data cannot be changed. Therefore the data on this blockchain has a decent semblance of permanence.

Is Art Really On the Blockchain?

While important data about art is permanently on the blockchain, what about the actual art's permanence? The art on the blockchain is a different, yet completely related story. In most cases, the actual art image is (gulp) not hosted on the blockchain. Rather the art is usually hosted the way most digital images are hosted: on a file hosting device called a server or multiple servers in physical locations, with the image being delivered (or "served") when someone on the Internet goes to a particular website (or image-enabled blockchain wallet). Therefore the art is as permanent as the Internet, the blockchain that holds the art data, and the servers that host the actual image.

With rare digital art, while the image does not truly reside on the blockchain, it's file name and web address are coded to be linked to a particular blockchain. So we can enjoy a little irony in the fact that art on the blockchain--in most cases--is not actually on the blockchain. Yet the art data, ownership and link to the art are on the blockchain.

Is Rare Digital Art Actually Rare?

While we are on the subject of irony, there is one more big one to cover. In the case of rare digital art, the art is... uh... not actually rare. In most cases, the art image is announced and uploaded to at least a few social media sites, plus the artist's blog, and then people share it over and over again on social media. Servers deliver the image to everyone viewing the art on the marketplace. So copies of the art are all over the place. Nothing rare about that. Yet as discussed in the previous section, all that doesn't matter--not one bit. What is rare is the crypto token that the art collector buys. That token cannot be copied, thanks to cryptography. This is where rarity comes in. When a collector buys rare digital art, it is a statement of value. It says "this art is so valuable, that I want to be on record as its owner so I can show it off in my collection, or sell it as I see fit, and I will do it all through the only economic vehicle that represents that art: its cryptocurrency token."

It is on top of these slightly ironic cybernetic rails of truth that art and tech pioneers started rolling out this new generation of artwork. We call it new, yet this was going on as early as 2014 in small groundbreaking circles. Little did people know that history was being made, and a whole industry would rise up from these humble and virtual beginnings. Yet here we are... making history... making art (kind of) on the blockchain. It seems only fitting then, since there have been movements of impressionism, cubism, futurism, and now... there is blockchainism.

So in making such a history, writers have to write about it. Artists have to make art about it. In the case of this rare digital art, the story needs to be told--or better yet shown--regarding what a person actually owns when they purchase rare digital art. What is owned? In short, it boils down to a few blunt facts:

The Short, Blunt Answer: What Do I Own When I Buy Rare Digital Art?

  • It's nothing you can touch.
  • Your purchase helps fuel a crypto crazy creative market ecosystem.
  • You bought into a crazy risk with the potential for crazy rewards that can just as easily drop to zero in value or go sky high.
  • You own cryptocurrency with a pretty face.
  • A unique crypto token is what you own; the art is what you see.
If any of this appeals to you, then we are probably destined to be friends. So all aboard the rare digital art train!

Joe Chiappetta