Even before I made my way to Tokyo, I’d reached out to Edofuku to explore the possibility of a collaboration. I’ve admired his work and felt it resonated with my identity as Vandal. Now that I’ve taken on a new identity as the Rare Vandal, I’m even more inclined to explore my Hip Hop roots with a visual piece to match.
Edo is old school, so his work is all done by hand on paper with marker pens. The plan is not to try and convert him to a new process of “digital art” but to help facilitate the digitization of his art so that he can create NFT products.
This collaboration aims to be the beginning of this process and will act as an onboarding session.
The idea is to sit down and have him do his illustration of a photo of the Rare Vandal in a similar style to the piece in the image below. We will document the process and I will do the following:
Set up a wallet for him
Set up a dedicated contract for his work on Mintbase
Create a front page store on Gorilla Shops
Mint the output of the collaboration and make available for sale
It’s like a bounty. But specifically for this particular artist, as I feel they could be greatly benefited by being onboarded into the Near ecosystem. Rewarding the artist for their work is an important part of what we’re doing and through this collaboration we have not only tap into a network of Japanese artists, but also the amazing people he’s collaborated with.
No, this is not an event. It’s not something that has been proposed for funding before. I went to visit him at the gallery. I’m just sharing our meeting and what he’s done. We will be meeting up again and I will be onboarding him. Not sure where the confusion was, but please do point it out so I can make the necessary edits to the proposal. Cheers!