Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Can someone else use my NFT

I'm making my own NFT project called the Apes of Tomorrow. It's a project that will include books and audiobooks for children that teach them about empathy.

I made $57,000 in a month designing art for NFT collections — here's how

Left: Damian Augustyniak, Right: an NFT

When I was 20, I got my first job, making furniture in a factory in my home country of Poland. The job was mind-numbingly boring. I loved to draw in my spare time, so I started to draw some T-shirt designs for bands. I found some local heavy-metal bands and some in the UK and United States and offered them my designs for free. I just liked their music.

A few bands liked the stuff so much they decided to pay me, even if I didn't want any payment. I got fired from the furniture job, which was a blessing. I could now freelance for metal bands full time.

For five years I worked alone, designing T-shirts for the likes of Slayer and Sabaton. But it got very busy, so I set up my own company, called Guzikart, and hired an assistant in July 2017. Every six months, I needed to hire someone else. I built up a team of five assistants who were able to create and manage the design process for T-shirts. By October 2021, my t-shirt design business was making $15,000 a month.

OpenSea is a peer-to-peer marketplace for crypto collectibles and non-fungible tokens. To access the artwork that you just minted you have to sign into the opensea using your wallet address and inside the profile section, you will see your artwork waiting for you. You can use this platform to sell or auction your NFT in return for some ETH. Also, note opensea takes time to load all the details and artwork so in case you don’t see the image is loaded you can hit the refresh meta button inside the NFT page

BlogToNFT was Born

With great powers come great responsibility

The idea was amazing but when it comes to implementation and make something for the crowd I know the journey would be bumpy. Being an experienced developer I was aware of how to layout things and make it is useful for the community. After researching and developing for almost 3 months I finished my project blogtonft.com.

BlogToNFT is kind of a decentralized application that helps writers or bloggers who have writeups hosted on the internet to create an NFT of their blog. This NFT can be kept as collectible or can be sold or can be auctioned at OpenSea.io. All the NFT’s minted at blogtonft.com are available inside one parent contract known as BLGNFT which can be seen here.

So you might wonder what if anyone else makes NFT of someone else blog?

There is an ownership verification process, where I ask the owner/writer of the blog to add a specific tag inside the blog(Which I will also explain in the latter half of this blog) with which I verify the actual ownership. Once the ownership is verified user is presented with NFT Artwork which can be modified and then later can be minted on the blockchain. Even at the contract level, I have made sure that no 2 blogs with the same URL ever get minted, So there can ever be one unique URL inside the smart contract.

NFT GO is the world's largest collection of NFT art and digital assets on mobile!

Not 5 stars *SCAM ALERT*

Had to get a refund instantly, the developers are good at responding but they are also good at leading you absolutely nowhere, I bought an NFT from here using the apps currency “diamonds” and like every other person you can not transfer your NFT I tried everything and then after going back and forth with emails they assure you it’s not a SCAM then tell you how to do it properly and when you try to do it the exact way they tell you, the option isn’t even available, I bet on this review they are going to reply that this is in fact not true and give me the same excuse that I’m just doing it wrong. I’ve gotten my refund and don’t need any feed back this is just for anyone trying to use this app, do not buy NFTs from here I promise you, you will have the same outcome. Also if you fell victim to these guys I highly encourage you request a refund because a lot of people just decided to let these people take advantage of them but I promise you if you request a refund through apple they will not hesitate to refund you! So please if you are a victim of these people GET YOUR MONEY BACK! DON’T LET THEM WIN!

Spent 300$ was super excited ! I own it and it even says I own it cause it has my meta mask address but it doesn’t allow me transfer to my meta mask , Apple shouldn’t allow people to create false apps , Apple make the world a better place and sue this company cause in the pandemic we are still in people can’t afford to lose money or be scammed ! Whoever owns this app is very greedy

Developer Response ,

Hello, thanks for your review! You can very easily transfer NFTs to MetaMask. You can transfer your NFTs by pasting your NFT GO private key into MetaMask. You can find the Private Key in the My NFTs page, by tapping the Lock Icon.

If you have any additional questions please email us at hello@nftgoapp.com, we're happy to help!

Scam Scam Scam

I wish I would have read the reviews first. I bought three NFTs. Was wondering why I can’t transfer to MetaMask. I’ve tried every said solution. But, just like everyone else; same results. I try to Google some of the NFT’s for sale or on other websites and they are hard to find. If you type In a NFT sold on the app, in google, you’d get known and official versions of these NFTs. That makes me think this app is a scam. The NFTs has no utilities, and they are easily minted. I’m not gonna even try to ask for a refund or any other solution to getting them moved. Just gonna take this loss and learn from it. Deleting the app as well. Can’t do anything with the NFTs anyway. Avoid this app, do not buy anything.

Edit: As I’ve said before, I tried every said solution to move my NFTs. The solution you offered doesn’t work. Everyone else is saying the same thing.

Why isn’t there a settings button?

How come the NFTs you list can’t be found on any other NFT site?

Why do we need gems to buy? As far as I know, thats not how NFTs are sold.

How come the NFTs I search for on your site, through google are never found in Google?

If this isn’t a scam, then I don’t know what is.

Developer Response ,

This is not true. You can transfer your NFTs by pasting your NFT GO private key into MetaMask. You can find the Private Key in the My NFTs page, by tapping the Lock Icon. Also, if you tried making a purchase and someone bought the NFT right before you did, please email us at hello@nftgoapp.com for a full refund of gems.

It is true that, unlike, say, a painting that has exactly one physical incarnation — there is only one Mona Lisa, not two — a digital picture of the Mona Lisa can be replicated as many times as one wants. And so, while it makes sense to say that the original Mona Lisa is one of a kind, and therefore is scarce and can command millions of dollars ($860 Million), one just can’t say the same thing about a picture of the Mona Lisa. You download that picture to your laptop as a PNG file, create 100 copies of that file, and now you have in your possession 100 copies of that picture!

An Answer to the Big NFT Question….

And here’s the big question: ‘Someone created an NFT of a video that is readily available on the Internet and now claims that “they own it.” And yet, I can download that video onto my laptop, watch it as many times as I want, send it to my friends, embed it in my PowerPoint presentation, and basically do whatever I want to do with it within the constraints of copyright law. Heck, just to prove a point, I go ahead and create an NFT of that same video and offer it for sale in an NFT marketplace like OpenSea.io. So, what’s the point of that first NFT that someone else created or, for that matter, the NFT that I just created, or NFTs in general?’

Yes: NFTs are confusing. In this article, I attempt to explain them as plainly as possible.

It is true that, unlike, say, a painting that has exactly one physical incarnation — there is only one Mona Lisa, not two — a digital picture of the Mona Lisa can be replicated as many times as one wants. And so, while it makes sense to say that the original Mona Lisa is one of a kind, and therefore is scarce and can command millions of dollars ($860 Million), one just can’t say the same thing about a picture of the Mona Lisa. You download that picture to your laptop as a PNG file, create 100 copies of that file, and now you have in your possession 100 copies of that picture!

NFTs were created to take care of exactly this issue: how does one introduce scarcity in the digital world, where fungibility is the name of the game — e.g., all of the 100 images that you created of the Mona Lisa are the same and one is as good as the other one?

To really understand what work an NFT does for us — how they are useful and what problems they solve and opportunities they introduce — let’s continue with the Mona Lisa painting example for a moment to dig a bit deeper into what renders something valuable.

It is true that there is only one Mona Lisa painting. But it is also true that many physical copies of the Mona Lisa do exist (probably in the hundreds of thousands, or probably many more), and that some of them are of such high quality that unless you are an expert, you just would not be able to tell which is the original and which is a copy.

Now assume that you are a rich person and that someone came to you and told you that they owned the original Mona Lisa and that they are willing to sell it to you for not a cent more than $300 Million. They show you the painting, and by God, it really feels to you like it could be the original painting! But since you are no fool and are an informed person, you push back and tell that person that what they are saying could not possibly be true and that the original painting is safely residing in The Louvre museum in Paris, France. But the person insists that what they have is the original and that the one in The Louvre is a fraud. They show you some paperwork that looks very official and assure you that they are not attempting to defraud you. Since you are a rich person, you pull in your expensive lawyer and you task them with getting to the bottom of this curious matter. The lawyer then does what they need to do: they contact some of their connections, who connect some of their connections, and at some point, someone gets hold of the Louvre and asks them if they are sure the Mona Lisa they have is the real one. They answer that, yes, it is the real one. The connections pass the information back to the lawyer who then passes that information on to you, and you go back to the person who approached you and you politely tell them, “Thanks, but no thanks.”

Now, here’s the interesting question: Why did you turn the offer down? Was it because you knew for a fact that the painting was not the original Mona Lisa? No. You don’t know enough to be able to determine this for yourself and on your own. Did your lawyer, who you trust fully, have first hand information? No. Instead, you trusted your lawyer, who himself trusted his connection, and so on down the line, all the way to the person in The Louvre who answered the query: someone who speaks on behalf of an authority — The Louvre — that everyone trusts is an authority on the matter. And once that authority spoke, the matter was settled and closed once and for all.

In other words, the assertion of the authenticity of the painting, it turns out, has effectively little to do with the painting itself, but rather with whether the people involved in the translation chain will believe that it is authentic or not. In other words, if in a fit of madness you were to buy that painting that was being peddled to you and then you had taken that painting to an auction house, with the claim that it was indeed the original Mona Lisa, no one would take your claim seriously. Your painting would be declared a fraud. How come? Because the Louvre said so.

So, then, the bottom line really is this: the value of that painting was not determined by anything inherent in it, but by the fact that trusted and recognized authorities declared that it was or was not authentic.

In other words, the concept of a legitimating authority is at the heart of the matter here.

In the art world, there are many experts who can help you determine whether or not something is what it is claimed to be. When you need to certify that something is what it has been claimed to be — that it is the real thing — you need to find one of these experts who knows how to determine authenticity. And not only do you need to find one of these experts, you also need to make sure that these experts are real experts and that they are recognized as real experts by the potential buyers that you may want to approach. So you need to authenticate not only the object, but also the people who are authenticating your object!

NFTs elegantly solve this problem by leveraging a crypto public ledger for a given cryptocurrency. (In the world of NFTs, that cryptocurrency happens to be mainly Etherium, but it can be some other currency, such as Helium.) Think of this public ledger as a digitally accessible record of all transactions conducted using a cryptocurrency that shows who bought what when for how much and from whom.

So: say I create an audio. I mint an NFT and provide information that goes along with that NFT (the audio itself, when it was created, who the artist is, when the audio was recorded, where it was recorded, and anything else that the artist wishes to include in the Meta data). That transaction has a unique ID — a token — that is now recorded on the public ledger, along with the Metadata, and is available for the whole world to see. I have now created a digital asset that is not only absolutely unique, but, crucially, unique in a verifiable way, and unique in a way that is impossible to replicate.

Now, say someone gets hold of my audio and creates an NFT and gives it exactly the metadata that I gave it. Does this not now introduce two copies of the same audio?

The answer is no. The first NFT, whose owner is you and which was minted at a certain time — in this case before the second one — is an entity that exists and continues to exist separately, uniquely. The second one is another entity and has nothing to do with the first one other than the audio and perhaps some of the meta data that describes it.

Now, let’s say that three years after you mint your NFT, you become a famous artist, or at the very least, build a solid following that believes in you and your promise. Now, all of a sudden, that NFT that you created, which was initially worth very little and that anyone can go to the public ledger and verify that it’s really yours, is all of a sudden worth something! Maybe you signed a Netflix contract, or appeared in a hit movie, or won an award, and you are now someone that has a whole new world of fans. People believe that you are someone who is going places and are therefore eager to invest in you. One way for them to do that is to buy whatever NFTs that you may own and are ready to sell. (Oh, by the way, that very first NFT that you minted — the one that came into existence when you were a nobody — well, that one is a very special one — since it was the very first one — and you probably can now ask a pretty sum for it from people who are interested in your NFTs.) And why would they do that? Because they believe that if they hold on to it, it will turn into a much tidier sum in the future as your brand grows. In a nutshell, you are now akin to a public company: people are buying equity from you (instead of stocks they are buying your NFTs), speculating about your value, and you, in turn, are able to benefit from the speculation by selling NFTs and raising funding. In a nutshell: they are financing you, in a sense, and with that money, you may perhaps be able to focus on delivering the best art that you can create.

But how about that other NFT that the other person created? The one that was identical to yours, but not created by you? Wouldn’t that person also be able to sell their NFT for a tidy sum and cash in? The answer is: probably not. Why? Because they are not you, and since it’s the fact that the art was created by you that is in this case the main thing — what gives the NFT its value — then the one that was created by you will be the one that people want, not knock off imitations. (Why “probably”? Because maybe it was created early on, when you were nobody and such NFts about you were scarce at the time, or maybe that person is a person in their own right, or a well know fan of yours, or a company — whatever could make that NFT valuable has probably little to do with the content.)

Now let’s say that now that you are famous, some rich person makes you an offer that you just can’t refuse and you sell them your NFT, so that now, you no longer own the NFT. Someone else owns it. Does this mean that now that you no longer own the NFT, that that NFT is now not worth much anymore?

The answer is, of course, no. First, the fact that that NFT is authentic — that is, that it was created by you and originally owned by you — is easily verifiable through the public ledger. How come? Because all transactions are logged into the public ledger: the first one, when you created the NFT, and then the second one, when you sold it to the rich person who made you that offer that you took. So, down the line, when the rich person wants to sell the NFT that they bought from you, the potential second buyer will be able to see that you, the very hot artist, did indeed create that NFT and that you sold it to the person from whom the new buyer is buying it.

An additional side, but very important, benefit of the fact that every transaction that is made with an NFT can result in artists being compensated when their art becomes valuable. This is not how things work in the real world today: the starving artist sells their painting to someone for $200. A few years later, that painting is worth $200 million. The buyer cashes in handsomely, but the artist gets none of the $200 million. Fair? No. NFTs solve this by establishing what are called contracts that have stipulations that any increments in value of the NFT as it gets bought and sold accrue to the original artist, and since every transaction is logged, such payments happen automatically.

NFTs are here to stay. They not only solve current problems much more cheaply (verification of authenticity without expensive middlemen — lawyers, authenticity certifiers), but open new possibilities, the most important of which is the ability for artists to create a new revenue stream, enabling the creators themselves, and not just the speculators, to reap the financial rewards of their creations.

Technical aspects aside, Azzarello said that, essentially, "it is a transaction among a number of parties to agree on ownership."

It's all in the metadata

When people talk about owning an NFT, they often describe it in terms of owning an original painting. Sure, the argument goes, there might be millions of copies of that painting hanging in dorm rooms around the world. But if you own the associated NFT, then you own the original piece digitally signed by the creator.

This is, in fact, the argument made by MakersPlace — the company which both minted and published Beeple's record-setting NFT, and, like Rarible and Foundation, serves as a form of digital gallery as well as NFT shop.

"There are hundreds of thousands of prints and reproductions of the Mona Lisa, but since they are not the original 1/1 Mona Lisa created by Da Vinci himself they are far less valued," MakersPlace CEO Dannie Chu said over email. "The same principles are applied to NFTs, you can copy and paste an image but only the original, digitally signed by the artist, holds value."

Beeple's "Everydays: The First 500 Days" NFT is the most recent, and perhaps most notable, example of this idea in practice.

"The buyer of this artwork is purchasing an 'NFT' (non-fungible token) which contains the high resolution digital artwork file itself, as well as an indelible signature of the artist and all transactions associated with the artwork — basically digital proof of authenticity and uniqueness," Chu said.

In other words, MetaKovan got a bunch of metadata in addition to the art. The former, it turns out, may be where the real value lies.

According to Lee Azzarello, a former Ethereum smart contract security auditor and artist looking into NFTs, that's partially because the NFTs themselves, in many cases, don't actually contain the art in question — i.e., the original or a copy. The item represented by the NFT — whether that be a painting, GIF, song, or book — may not always be encoded into the Ethereum blockchain itself.

Often, those items live somewhere else entirely.

"What [an NFT purchaser is] becoming the owner of is a smart contract on the Ethereum blockchain that has some metadata in it," he explained. "And that metadata points to the name of the work, a longer description of that work, and what's called the [Uniform Resource Identifier]."

The ERC-721 Non-Fungible Token Standard, which describes in technical terms how NFTs work, notes that the URI in question "may point to a JSON file," a format which stores and transports data.

On March 10, Foundation minted a Grumpy Cat NFT. Two days later, that NFT of the famed image of a grumpy cat sold for 44.20 ether — worth around $77,000 at the time.

Here's what that tens of thousands of dollars of metadata looks like in practice.

That sweet NFT metadata.

Or, to put it another way, Azzarello said most NFTs are "like directions to the museum."

So where, to continue the analogy, is the museum that typically holds the "original" art in question? In the case of many NFTs, as well as with Beeple's "Everydays: The First 500 Days," the museum is somewhere in the InterPlanetary File System (IPFS). This is a protocol which allows for "immutable, permanent links in transactions — time stamping and securing content without having to put the data itself on-chain."

In other words, it's a way to link files to blockchain transactions without having to put those files on the blockchain itself.

Chu explained that this safeguards the investment. So even if down the line MakersPlace stops paying its bills or goes out of business, that doesn't mean the end for the NFTs it minted.

"Because the artwork is hosted on a decentralized file system (IPFS), the artwork is hosted by multiple computers and users around the world, including MakersPlace," Chu said. "If MakersPlace no longer exists, as long as there is another online host to serve this file, the file will continue to live on."

As to whether there will be a new sectoral law based on NFT, let’s look forward to it together.

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When you sign into your TicketMaster account to see your Mavs NFTs for the first time, we automatically create a wallet on the Polygon Blockchain for you.

Frequently Asked NFT Questions

NFT stands for “non-fungible token” – it’s a unique digital item with proven authenticity on the blockchain. This is a fancy, technogobbly gook way of saying that its a Digital Collectible that can be confirmed as unique at anytime by looking it up on the blockchain!

What is a Mavs NFT?

Mavs NFTs is a specially created NFT to reward Mav’s fans who have an account with (which accounts work ) and who attend Mav’s games. Each NFT will be special in it’s own way and created (In the NFT world they call this “minting”) exclusively by Mavs fans for Mavs fans!

There will be at least one minted for every game and will come in all shapes and sizes! It may be art, it may be a photo, it may be something crazy that we dream up! We won’t know till we send it, but we promise it will be fun to have and fun to collect.

But wait, there is more!

You know how people always say they were at Moody Madness, or Dirk’s 30k point game, or 41-21-1 or when the Mavs won a finals game or Vince hit that amazing shot against the Spurs? Well now you will finally have proof that you were there. Your Mavs NFT from the games you attend are your way of showing the world that you were there when Luka did something amazing! Or maybe when Boban was just being Boban and made everyone love him!

The more games you attend, the more Mav’s NFTs you will get. The more game NFTs you get, the more rewards you will get from the Mavs! Go to all 41 regular season home games and you may get a 1 of a kind Mavs NFT. We plan on having a ton of fun with Mavs NFTs and so will you!

Why am I getting a Mavs NFT?

Because you are special of course! You are getting a Mavs NFT because you have a TicketMaster account and you scanned in when you arrived at the American Airlines Center and got yourself all ready to get Rowdy Proud and Loud and cheer on Luka, Kristaps and the entire team. We need you to bring the energy and are rewarding you for getting loud!

How Do I Receive My Mavs NFT?

When you scan in, it starts the process of creating your NFT and placing it in your Mavs Wallet. What’s a Mavs Wallet? A Mavs Wallet is a special digital account that will hold all of your Mavs NFTs. You don’t have to know anything about how it works. You just have to go to mavscollectibles.com and sign in using your TicketMaster account and it will magically appear there just for you!

What is Mavscollectibles.com?

https://mavscollectibles.com is what is known as a marketplace. It is where we host your wallet with all of your Mavs NFTs. They all show up there when you login using your TicketMaster account.

But wait there is more!

Not only can you see your Mavs NFTs there, but like other marketplaces, you can buy and sell MavsNFTs with other Mavs fans! We are not recommending MavsNFTs as investments or that you even sell them, because remember, the more games you go to, the more Mavs NFTs you collect. The more Mavs NFTs you have the more fun stuff you may get from the Mavs!

And let’s not forget the bragging rights! You soon will be able to connect your Mavs Wallet to lazy.com and show off all your Mavs NFTs on your social media accounts .

What do I have to do at a game so I get my NFT?

To get your NFT, you will need to be signed into your Ticketmaster account and have your mobile ticket scanned when you go to the game. The scanning of your ticket is what initiates the NFT Process and sends the NFT to the wallet in your account. You must get there before the middle of the second quarter in order for it to count. After all this is for people who actually saw the game!

THIS IS IMPORTANT : NO PERSON CAN GET MORE THAN ONE NFT PER GAME!

If you own more than one ticket and you gift them, or share them or just bring friends with you, NO MATTER WHAT, you will only get ONE NFT .

Because we want the NFTs to be a record of everyone that comes to the game, you should have those attending the game with you set up their own ticketmaster account , send the ticket to them and have them scan the ticket. Because they attended the game and had a TicketMaster account, they will receive the NFT associated with that ticket.

The same applies to anyone who attends with you, or that you send a ticket to, or sell a ticket to. They can not get their MavsNFT unless they have a TicketMaster account and ACTUALLY ATTEND THE GAME.

What if I print out a ticket or or scan a screen shot, will I get an NFT?

No. In order for us to deliver your NFT to you, you need to be use a TicketMaster SafeTix so we know who you are and your TicketMaster account so we can securely deliver your NFT to you . So please make sure to remember to use your SafeTix (our secure barcode system)

What if i miss a game and no one uses my ticket?

Unfortunately there is nothing we can do to get you your Mavs NFT. Each NFT is specially created exclusively for those who attend the game. So we strongly recommend that if you can’t attend, that someone goes for you!

How do I access my MavsCollectibles.com Account?

Your MavsCollectibles.com account is already set up based on your Ticketmaster account, so simply sign in using your Ticketmaster credentials — no new password to remember!

Where can I buy additional Mavs NFTs?

Currently you cannot buy a Mavs NFT, unless someone who attended a game sells theirs. We of course don’t like it when anyone sells theirs. But we can’t stop them. So if you want to pick up an NFT for a game you missed, or just because you loved it so much or maybe you want to send it as a gift to a Mavs fan who collects NFT and missed a game, you can buy it from someone else on the Mavscollectibles.com marketplace.

How Can I Connect My MetaMask Wallet to MavsCollectibles?

When you sign into your TicketMaster account to see your Mavs NFTs for the first time, we automatically create a wallet on the Polygon Blockchain for you.

You are able to take that wallet and import it into MetaMask by choosing “Import Account” in MetaMask.

MetaMask will ask for your “Private Key String”. You can get this Private Key String” by:

1. From MavsCollectibles.com, go to the hamburger menu to the top right

2. Choose Manage Wallets

3. It should show you your “My Mavs Wallet”

4. Click right next to where it says “My Wallet”

5. It may take a minute buy you will soon see your Wallet Address. It will look something like this:

Click on “Private Key” and a series of numbers like this will show up

6. Cut and paste the Private Key into the MetaMask field for Private Key

7. Then Click Import

8. WARNING: This number controls your account. It is the security for your account. DO NOT SHARE THIS WITH ANYONE!

9. This will import your Mavs Wallet into MetaMask (Or any other Polygon Compatible Wallet)

10. From here you can transfer or do whatever you like with your Mavs NFTs!

How Can I Move My NFTs to My MetaMask Wallet?

  1. Go to manage wallets and choose the account you want to use.
  2. Copy the private key of the acct and use it to jmport that wallet into meta mask. (This only works with mobile )
  3. Go to that account in the MetaMask wallet. Go to the nft columb.
  4. Click on import nft.
  5. Go to a tab with your nft on mavscollectibles and select view.
  6. Copy the contract number to the first field under the inport nft page.
  7. Copy the token id to the id field 8. Click on import.

Sending or transacting NFTs often take more gas than the default. If you receive an error message try increasing your gas limit.

I’m Having Issues Seeing My Mavs NFTs in My Coinbase Wallet

There are currently speed issues with Coinbase and OpenSea, the API the connects them. Right now it could take up to 2 days for your MavsNFTs appear in your Coinbase Wallet. But dont worry , they are there!

What can I do with my Mavs NFT?

Collect Mavs NFTs, transfer them to friends, or share them on social media! We highly recommend that you post your latest Mavs NFT as your social media profile. Tell the world you were at the game! Plus ,there will be Mavs-related rewards in the future for those who decide to hold all their NFTs.

What can I NOT do with my Mavs NFT?

You do not have any commercial rights with your Mavs NFT. You can use it how you wish for personal use , but they can not be used in any commercial endeavor or any personal, revenue generated efforts

There may be times when we release or award NFTs and include all IP as part of the release , and allow or encourage those to be commercialized. Those will have specific and explicit guidelines on how they may be used.

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Did I feel very different from before? Nah. I was wondering, what should I do now instead of just bragging about owning this NFT to people on Social Media.

Create a Design/Pattern

Are you a designer? Yeah, me neither. Luckily, we don’t have to be to put together a pattern with our NFT-inspo. A few tools you can use to create a pattern (outside of Adobe Illustrator because…not a designer).

  • Creative options: endless
  • Difficulty: a lil’ challenging

If you have to create visual content and aren’t a designer, Canva is your best bet on making yourself look a lot more skilled than you are. Trust me; I do it all the time. The tool is great for putting together graphics for social media, presentations, birthday cards and works to put together a pattern. I’d rate it a bit more on the challenging side because if you want to use your own NFT, you might have to insert it various times and figure out at which angles to put it. On the bright side, Canva offers many other elements you can throw into your own pattern to spice it up and make it even more non-fungible.

For a great video on how to create a pattern with Canva:

  • Creative Options: Decent
  • Difficulty: Medium

I’m putting these two together because they are very similar in what they offer. Both of them give you the option to create your custom pattern starting with a clean sheet. You can upload SVG files, pick background colors and add various icons into the mix.

They will also show you a “default” pattern so you can first try and play around to get the hang of it before starting. You pick the size of the Canvas you work on, and the pattern is then replicated across the whole screen. Awesome options to create any custom pattern, but not for someone impatient like me. So what did I end up using?

Repper App

Creative Options: limited

Repper App is a pattern maker that makes it super easy to create seamless geometric patterns from an image. The best part, you can try it for free. With all the gas I spend on Ethereum, I have to save somewhere.

So, I uploaded my Banana NFT image, picked some different effects until I found one I liked, and ended up with this:

It would make for a fun bathroom tile as well, but that’s maybe something for next time.

Shared contracts are inferior to custom / verified contracts in almost every way.

HOW TO SPOT SCAMS IN THE NFT SPACE: YOU MAY REGRET NOT READING THIS

The NFT space is getting hotter and hotter by the day. Just 124 days ago, you could have bought a Bored Ape Yacht Club NFT for around $189.57 USD plus around $40 in gas on the Ethereum blockchain. Today that single NFT is worth over $120,000 with the current floor price of around 38 ETH. That is fucking astronomical! That is a life-changing amount of money for most people.

With astronomical gains comes the irresistible call to the darkest parts of the interwebs who want to take everything they can get from you, and they will.

Blockchain technology and removing the middle man makes YOU responsible for your own security. There is no customer service you can call to reverse a mistake you made so pay attention. I am going to go through some of the top scams I have identified and share some common sense tips to hopefully help you stay safe from the spider’s web of scams just waiting for you.



1. Never FUCKING EVER share your seed phrase with anyone, EVER!

Metamask support will NEVER ask you for your seed phrase. I don’t care if Jesus Christ himself comes down and asks you for your seed phrase, thou shalt NOT tell Jesus, Mary, Joseph Jehovah, Gandhi, Buddha, your therapist, or your favorite rapper any of those 12 or 24 words included in your seed phrase. Do I make myself clear?

Anyone with that set of words has full access to all of your assets. Anyone asking for that seed phase is 11,999% going to steal any money or assets you have associated with that wallet.

  • WRITE DOWN your seed phrase and keep it in a safe place, write it down twice and keep it in two separate places
  • DO NOT take pictures of your seed phrase, private keys, or mobile sync QR code and store this on your phone or worse than that send it to yourself via email, text, or save it on your computer if it’s connected to the internet and in digital form, it is liable to be sniffed out in some way.
  • WRITE. IT. DOWN. Seriously, do not be lazy this could cost you millions of dollars in the future.

Consider the enhanced security of a hardware wallet connected to your Metamask like a Trezor or Ledger Wallet but ONLY buy them from their official websites NEVER buy from Amazon or some other third party, because wallets can come tampered with from untrusted sources.

Do NOT EVER share your screen and click on sync with mobile under your Metamask Settings!

A newer social engineering exploit that has been very successful for scammers is they prey on people looking for help with Metamask, especially on Discord or Telegram groups.

They will pose as the admins of the group as they are able to spoof or fake the usernames in those applications so you think you are speaking with someone trustworthy, but you are not and they are about to rob you while you help them do it.

If you click on your Metamask settings > Advanced > and then “Sync with Mobile” while sharing your screen, congratulations you have just been robbed , and you helped them.

The scammers now have full control of your funds and assets and will remove them as quickly as possible maybe even right there in front of your face during the screen share.

They may even be more clever and wait till later while you are sleeping and siphon everything of value out of your account.


Sync with mobile is supposed to be a convenient way to sync your Metamask wallet with your phone, but if someone else is watching and gets even just a millisecond glimpse at the QR code that comes up on the screen, that account is now fully compromised, and you just got robbed.

Metamask needs to do a better job of WARNING people before they press the sync with a mobile button instead of showing the warning with the QR code already on the screen. Big RED Flashing screen that says can anyone see your screen right now? If so, DO NOT click this button; this could be solved with a better user interface.



Read this awful story below of how this just happened to someone. They stole over 250 ETH in valuable NFTs worth nearly $1,000,000…

I was scammed / socially manipulated / hacked on @Discord and @OpenSea and lost three @BoredApeYC, four @0n1Force, and three @worldofwomennft totally roughly 250 eth in value by getting tricked into exposing the Metamask QR Code in the Chrome Browser Extension. I’ve never felt pic.twitter.com/aiaENpwLVP

— Sohrob Farudi 🍌 (@sohrobf) August 25, 2021

I know 2 other people personally who have fallen for this as well. The worst part is that they were experienced and knew how important security is in this space, but still fell for it.

Often times during a moment of panic, or frustration, or trying to solve some problem with a transaction is when you don’t catch the tiny little detail that ends up costing you dearly.

How to Spot Possible Scam NFT Projects

To understand this part I will need to explain a few things that may sound nerdy but could save you THOUSANDS of dollars in fake NFTs. There are two main types of smart contracts on popular NFT marketplaces. They are:

  • Shared Contracts
  • Custom Contracts

One is superior to the other HANDS down, don’t let ANYONE at any marketplace tell you any differently, no matter how smart they sound. It’s all about transparency.

Shared contracts are inferior to custom / verified contracts in almost every way.

Opensea is the largest NFT marketplace and everything minted on Opensea is done so in a shared contract and while there are some cost benefits to dumping all the NFTs into one single large collection in one contract, there are some serious downsides for artists and collectors to consider.

This is what a shared non verified open sea contract looks like in Etherscan:

Opensea Shared Storefront Contract

This is how you find the contract link on Opensea:

Where you see “editable,” or it will say “centralized,” this means it is an Opensea Shared Storefront contract. You can click on the contract address, and it will take you to Etherscan.

Custom Contracts are Better and the Details are different:

When you click the contract address it will take you to Etherscan, and on the right-hand side of Etherscan, after clicking on the contract address again, you will see the token tracker name of the custom contract.

Here is what a custom contract that is verified looks like. (Green check means verified):

Now, do you see some of the major differences? For one, a custom verified contract can be read by a human. People a lot smarter than you and I can read through them and verify what the smart contract actually says. Although with just a little digging, you can learn to read even just basic things in a smart contract as well.

The ability to lazy mint into shared contracts is one of the reasons they are so widespread. However, that free minting comes at a cost to you as the artist, and to your collectors.

For the minting of derivative projects where you have the rights to another NFT you hold such as a Bored Ape or any of the number of avatar NFT projects using a shared contract could be okay to use. However, if you are building a more serious project or buying into one, especially for collectibles, you should definitely insist on using a custom contract. For projects that use custom contracts, that is the number one easiest way to spot a fake NFT because the fakes use shared contracts.

For every major NFT drop there are always fakes being uploaded as soon as the project drops on Opensea and they almost always exclusively use OpenSea Shared Storefront contracts to create the fakes.

This is one of the many reasons why any serious collectible NFT project should be using a custom contract so that your collectors can quickly identify the authenticity of your project.

There are additional benefits to having your own custom contract for you and your collectors to include full visibility into the holders and token distribution of that NFT. This is very important for serious collectors and a good way to spot if an NFT project team is telling the truth about certain things that can be proven or disproven on the blockchain.

4. Always verify an NFT projects Contract address from an official source such as their website or in the announcement channel of their discord

Copy and paste the contract address being pointed to by the red arrow above into https://etherscan.io/

You will then see this below:

If you click on the contract (red arrow on the right side) you will see where it says, token tracker as shown below:

Verify Opensea Collection links from OFFICIAL SOURCES and TRIPLE CHECK THEM

You should be getting the OpenSea collection links only from the official website of the project and the announcement channels in the discord servers where ONLY Moderators can post.

There will often be a number of scammers in the discord server sharing fake links to get unsuspecting people to click and buy fake NFTs from fake collections. This is why checking the details section and seeing a custom contract versus an opensea Shared contract matters, and why if you are serious about collecting a project ensure they understand the difference between shared contracts and that they are building their project on its own custom contract.

This is how sneaky these scammers are, look at these two opensea collection links below:

One is real and one is fake can you spot which one is fake?

I’ll give you a hint look at how the word “battle” is spelled in the first link, that’s the fake one.

What makes this even worse is that I found this in an NFT bundle where someone was selling 5 of these Baby Battle Bot NFTs for .88 ETH which seems like a steal because each one was going for around .24 ETH right after the drop and, in my excitement, I shared this link to the bundle below with friends who were looking to buy several because the project looks so promising.

Only if you knew to look at each of the 5 NFTS in the bundle would you have spotted the above difference in the links and seen that someone paid .88 ETH for 4 FAKE NFTS and only 1 real one, this could have been one of my friends had I not checked each NFT in the bundle and spotted the fakes and told them immediately.

Assume everyone you don’t know is a potential adversary looking to take something from you, so proceed with caution.

Here are some basic tips

  • Don’t click on links from people you don’t know
  • Don’t open files and attachments from people you don’t know.
  • Discord Server Mod usernames can be faked easily (DISCORD GET YOUR SHIT TOGETHER AND FIX THIS)
  • Don’t leave the discord server you are in to go to a “support server” this is most likely a scam and they will socially engineer your money away from you.
  • Don’t send funds or NFTs without using a trusted service like NFTtrader.io , SudoSwap.xyz , swap.kiwi , or on Opensea where you can list an NFT for sale for super expensive (so no one accidentally buys it) and give the person looking to buy the NFT from you the link where you accept an offer they make for that specific NFT. In this process, you will need to know their address or Opensea username in recognizing the offer.
  • Use common sense
  • If you don’t know or are not sure, don’t be shy and ASK someone you trust that knows more than you do.

This concludes today’s lesson on how to spot scams in the NFT Space, your welcome! I hope this helps you keep your money and assets just a little bit safer.

I made this video walkthrough below for you all who are too lazy to read this all the way through and don’t pay attention to the details. I will say, the number one way you will get scammed is not paying attention to the details. So learn to pay attention because the details matter very much in this space.

Remember only you can prevent the theft of your Metamask wallet assets.

If at any point your seed phrase is exposed, consider that wallet fully compromised. You can never use that wallet ever again. And if they haven’t already robbed you, then you will need to remove all valuable assets from this wallet as soon as possible.

The problem is that the scammer could be waiting for you to transfer funds into the wallet or see the movement of the assets before making a move. For example, if you have a lot of NFTs it will cost gas to move those NFTs. If you transfer in a lump sum of money to try to transfer them out, they could be waiting for that, and swipe those funds.

You do not want to be in this situation trust me. Paying attention to security and understanding the details is important to staying safe in this crazy NFT space.

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