01/08/2021 Ovechkin announces NFT release to commemorate time in DC

Alex Ovechkin is going all-in on NFTs, announcing his own collection will drop on August 8.

The Great 8's announcement follows Monumental Sports & Entertainment's own release of NFT collections for the Washington Wizards and Capitals. Other sports figures who have jumped on the trend this year include Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and San Diego Padres star Fernando Tatis Jr.

Ovechkin partnered with Eternity Chain, a marketplace platform for limited-edition authenticated NFTs endorsed by notable figures, and Impossible Brief, a London-based design studio that creates NFTs in addition to other artwork. Ovechkin's NFT is in celebration of his new contract with the Washington Capitals. 

NFTs, or non-fungible tokens, are unique digital and collectible assets representing a moment or item that can be electronically bought, sold or traded through a decentralized marketplace. (Think trading cards, but all digital.)

Ovechkin signed a five-year contract with a $9.5 million AAV during free agency so he can finish his career in DC. The Capitals captain is 164 goals behind Wayne Gretzky in pursuit of the all-time goals record.



Interesting NFTs
Art Is The Currency of the Infinite
This still-life, titled after one of Pablo Picasso's infamous quotes, was made solely using 3D softwares and apps, in an attempt to bring this often forgotten artistic genre into the 21st century through the use of new artistic mediums and technologies. This piece is also an invitation to meditate on the role of "value" throught the ages and how it's been radically altered by the coming into existence of technologies and concepts like cryptocurrencies and digital scarcity.
Domestic - 2017
“Domestic is the manifestation of the cultural patriarchy in my home. The wooden "woman's" tragedy of false desire. It was done in a moment of breakup. The hollow 3d body & its lost eyes, invites you to fill up. Trying to reach out, encumbered and wrapped in its own fragility, the new mother rises."
José Delbo sent me his striking pencil sketch and powerful inked work, which I then interpreted in oil on canvas. I wanted to create a very painterly piece with obvious brush marks etc, but I was also aiming for a nostalgic feel, a kind of 1980’s superhero comic book look, the kind I grew up with. My goal with this animation was to try to recreate, in part, the creative process that both artists went through with the visual information I had. I was able to showcase my painting process more accurately as I could take photographs of my progress throughout. Consecutive images could then be layered like brush strokes over José’s drawing to create the impression that this was one continuous artwork from pencil, to ink, to completed painting. The representation of the line sketch at the beginning, then pencil/ink and lastly the paint layers being applied demonstrate both artists’ struggle for the right lines, tone, form, and colour until the work is finally completed. As the oil was still wet with each photograph the glare of my studio lights can be seen in the brush strokes. Eventually, the figure emerges and as it does, our hero comes to life, looking directly at the viewer -- but is he grimacing in approval or disgust? We will never know for sure as just before he can say anything, white paint is brushed across the canvas entirely and the process begins again. Only the bat is quick enough to escape.
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