Newsletter #147: Unexpected Trends

This week’s featured collector is RyanOuyang

RyanOuyang’s collection features a diverse array of digital art and utility NFTs with a strong focus on the convergence of art, technology, and hybrid real world-digital experiences. View the full collection at is the easiest way to create a gallery of your NFT collection. Show some love for NFTs by sharing this newsletter with your friends!


The results of last week’s poll: How likely are you to invest in a project that utilizes the ERC-404 standard?

Last week’s poll revealed a significant polarization with respect to ERC-404: a large segment (48%) shows a willingness to invest, ranging from strong to moderate, while a nearly equivalent faction (40%) voiced skepticism or outright rejection. Only a small fraction (12%) holds a neutral stance, underscoring the decisive split in opinion. This suggests the NFT community is strongly divided in its assessment of ERC-404’s promise and risks.

NFT Market Trends: From Ethereum’s Surge to EtherRocks’ Controversy

The NFT space is abuzz with a flurry of activity that has both collectors and the curious paying renewed attention. The recent surge in Ethereum NFT trading volume, an upcoming Sotheby’s auction of an EtherRock, and The Glenlivet’s foray into NFTs with their whiskey collection, each tell a tale of the evolving narrative of non-fungible tokens.

Ethereum’s NFT Volume Soars as Pudgy Penguins Climb

A noteworthy trend is the spike in NFT trading on Ethereum, reaching its zenith since the previous year. The Pudgy Penguins collection has been pivotal in this, nearly overtaking Bored Ape Yacht Club for the second spot in market cap rankings. This growth is not just a testament to the allure of the Pudgy Penguins but also a nod to the broader potential of NFTs as integral components of retail and interactive digital experiences, like the anticipated Pudgy World game. Some see the surging Ethereum volume as an optimistic sign of the market’s maturation, where the utility and community engagement are becoming as significant as the assets themselves. Others point out that the bulk of the volume has been in sales of existing NFT collections and not mints of new collections.

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The EtherRock Debate: A Stone of Contention

A debate has been sparked by the recent Sotheby’s auction of an EtherRock. These digital rocks, simple yet limited in number, have their roots in the early Ethereum days, a predecessor to the ERC-721 and ERC-1155 standards. The contentious debate around EtherRocks has intensified this week over disagreements on their perceived historical significance. While some argue that EtherRocks are merely a meme revived from obscurity, others believe they mark a crucial moment in digital collectibles. The debate underscores the community’s introspection on what truly shapes the value and narrative of NFTs. Meanwhile, all eyes are on the results of the Sotheby’s auction.

Learn more about the debates, at NFT Now.

The Glenlivet’s NFT Whiskey: A Blend of Tradition and Innovation

bottle of whisky being sold with an NFT

Lastly, The Glenlivet’s integration of NFTs and AI into their anniversary whiskey collection illustrates how luxury goods and blockchain technology are intersecting. By combining generative AI for label design and Ethereum-based NFTs as digital certificates of ownership, The Glenlivet isn’t just releasing a product; they’re exploring the ways NFTs can build communities and retail experiences. This exemplifies a broader shift in the NFT domain towards real-world resonance, a shift from pure artworks to a token of authenticity and tangible value.

Learn more about The Glenlivet’s NFT sale at Decrypt.

Conclusion: The NFT Market’s Dynamism

In this week’s developments, we observe the NFT market’s ongoing dynamism, reflecting a blend of speculative interest, a search for intrinsic value, and a pivot towards utility and historical significance. As the space matures, it is clear that innovation, community engagement, and a deeper understanding of the technology’s potential are shaping the trajectory of NFTs.

These stories unfold in a market that is as volatile as it is vibrant, reminding us that in the world of NFTs, the only constant is change—and the value of any asset is as much a product of its narrative as it is its utility.

This week’s poll: How significant do you believe EtherRocks are to NFT history?

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