Brooklyn artist is selling audio clip of a FART as a cryptocurrency called NFT for $89, or a 52-minute mash-up of farts for almost $200
- Alex Ramírez-Mallis, 36, began recording audio clips with his friends over WhatsApp when quarantining began last March
- The clips are being sold in Ethereum, a bitcoin cryptocurrency
- NFTs are digital assets encrypted with their creator’s signature to prove their authenticity and they’ve been growing in popularity at a rapid rate
- Elon Musk almost sold a tweet as an NFT for $1.1 million before backing off
- Nathan Apodaca is selling a clip of his viral TikTok of him skateboarding to Fleetwood Mac’s Dreams for a starting bid worth $500,000
A man in Brooklyn is attempting to sell audio clips of farts as non-fungible tokens, the cryptocurrency gaining popularity.
Alex Ramírez-Mallis, 36, is selling clips of farts as non-fungible tokens
NFTs are typically a ‘creative’ work that is a unit of data on a blockchain and can help commodify things such as art that were sometimes difficult to commodify in the past.
Prominent NFTs include highlight packages sold through NBA TopShot and When You See Yourself, the latest album from rock band Kings of Leon.
They are encrypted with the signature of the creator, which helps to prove their authenticity.
Alex Ramírez-Mallis, 36, is trying to capitalize on the craze by selling audio fart clips that have been made during quarantine.
The NFT is aptly named ‘One Calendar Year of Recorded Farts,’ so buyers know exactly what they’ll be getting.
One master file, recorded by Ramírez-Mallis and four friends over WhatsApp and lasting 52 minutes, is currently up for auction, with a bid worth $196 leading the pack with two days remaining.
The top bid for his 52-minute mash-up of farts is currently going for over $196
Additionally, individual and unique bouts of flatulence are available for approximately $89 a fart, or 0.05 Ethereum, a cryptocurrency. One has been sold so far.
‘If people are selling digital art and GIFs, why not sell farts?,’ the Brooklyn film director told the New York Post.
‘The NFT craze is absurd — this idea of putting a value on something inherently intangible,’ he added. ‘These NFTs aren’t even farts, they’re just digital alphanumeric strings that represent ownership.’
Ramírez-Mallis is one of many to join the recent craze for NFTs
‘The art is just an avatar for value,’ he continued.
‘By purchasing an NFT, you become part of the in-crowd of a technological novelty that masquerades as revolutionary but operates in the same tired old way of the existing art market,’ said Grayson Earle, a friend of Ramírez-Mallis and creator of his own cryptocurrency project.
On Monday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk offered to sell a tweet of his as an NFT for $1.1 million, before later changing his mind.
Additionally, Nathan Apodaca is selling a clip of his viral TikTok of him skateboarding to Fleetwood Mac’s Dreams for a starting bid worth $500,000.
Whether or not selling farts works for Ramírez-Mallis remains to be seen, but he seems it’s worth the try.
‘I’m hoping these NFT farts can at once critique [the absurdity], make people laugh and make me rich.’