There are over 500 species of shark, 143 of these are under direct threat from human activity. Sharks have been around for over 400 million years, long before dinosaurs. By tracking sharks, BeneaththeWaves.org, on oceanic research and conservation not-for-profit organization, has discovered underwater forest beds that help create oxygen and absorb carbon from the ocean.
We aim to develop a prominent artistic brand with altruistic partners that derive value from provenance, authenticity, and community in order to create a sustainable and equitable collection of PHYGITAL and NFT art that can inspire culture through commerce, and the continual conservation of nature.
WHO IS MIRIPOLSKY?
Andre Miripolsky (born 1951) is an American pop artist based in Los Angeles, California. His career began with the design of Elton John's piano jacket in 1980, and is best known for his "Fear No Art" button, album covers, the Miripolsky Barbie, and Absolut Vodka illustrations. He also painted the backdrops for the Tonight Show hosted by Jay Leno.
Miripolsky was born in Paris, France in 1951. His father was Bert Miripolsky, also an artist and the cultural advisor for the American Foreign Service. He attended the California Institute of the Arts where he honed his style. However, he left the institution after two years and briefly pursued an acting career before dedicating himself to visual art full-time.
After his acting stint, Miripolsky became a full-time artist through the creative work he did for Elton John, most notably the "piano jacket" which the musician wore at his 1980 Central Park Concert. This ultimately led to working with other musicians including Cheap Trick, Bette Midler, Quincy Jones, Rolling Stones and Tatsuro Yamashita. He created brand imagery for Bud Light, Mattel, Spago, Superior grocers, and other global markets.
WHO IS BENEATH THE WAVES?
Beneath The Waves, founded in 2013 as a non-profit organization is dedicated to promoting ocean health and using science and technology to catalyze ocean policy. Beneath the Waves specifically focuses on threatened species conservation and marine protected areas, with a deep affinity for sharks.
Beneath The Waves research creates the conservation evidence needed to inform broad-scale and region-specific ocean policies, while also providing solutions to new or emerging conservation challenges.
WHO IS NFTG.LIVE?
NFTG is a community-governed digital auction house that enables low cost, highly scalable, digital + physical (PHYGITAL) NFT issuances and event auctions –by building on the polygon network.
NFTG (Non-Fungible Token Gallery) pioneers the first decentralized marketplace that grants creators agency through the NFTG token, a community-governed network that supports creators, collectors and community. With 90% of auction proceeds going towards the artists, and 10% going back to the community, NFTG builds the first ecosystem to stand by creators, for creators.
WHO IS REALITEMS.IO?
Real Items bridges the physical world with digital experiences using public blockchains to create NFTs for any products with a memory bank that can store recorded video and photos. One scan and two clicks provide proof of origin, exclusive content, collector rewards system, frictionless support, and digital receipts with a robust backend for artists to manage an omnichannel enterprise.
WHAT IS SHARKTALES ART?
A new communal approach to ocean conservation and art collecting through multi-tiered collections of eco-phygitals and nfts designed to inspire participation through connection to real-life animal and nature conservation.
I. SHARKTALES ART CLUB
SharkTales Art Club is the first hand-drawn collection by MIRIPOLSKY in partnership with NFTG, Real Items and Beneath The Waves. This 10,000 collectible edition was created exclusively for NFTG members.
The shark symbolizes power, fearlessness, ultimate survival and is always moving forward. Sharks never stop moving or swim backwards and these sharks are no exception. They scour the ocean with a delicious sense of humor, have plenty of sharp teeth set in gleefully ironic smiles, and have a surreal appetite for show biz!
More than just an NFT or rare piece of art, SharkTales PFPs are a badge of membership that embodies community and supports conservation.
HOW MUCH DOES SHARKTALES ART CLUB COST?
II. WATER SHARKS COLLECTION
Water Sharks are a collection is a 13-piece collectible series with 25 editions available per piece. These unique watercolors are the understudy of the sharks featured in the eco-physical collection. Designed for fair access and distribution, the first 15 editions are line priced one of the fifteen will be given away. Pieces sixteen through twenty-five will be sold along a bonding curve.
HOW MUCH DOES A WATER SHARK COST?
.05 ETH (#01-15/25)
Bonding curve (#16-25)
WATER SHARK UTILITY
10% of each shark goes directly to BeneathTheWaves.org
Collect an entire series of all thirteen (13) Water Sharks
Unlocks an NFTG membership
Founding collector limited edition air-drop NFT
Invitation to 2022 Gala
III. ECO-PHYGITAL COLLECTION
WHAT IS A PHYGITAL?
WHAT IS AN ECO-PHYGITAL?
The ECO-PHYGITAL collection consists of 20 PHYGITALS, each paired with an adopted (real live wild) shark that includes primary collector naming rights. Data, statistics, footage of and from your shark will be uploaded to the cloud-based memory system that connects the physical painting and the erc-721 NFT.
HOW MUCH DOES AN ECO-PHYGITAL COST?
Authentic original MIRIPOLSKY painting
Digital twin NFT (ERC-721)
Adopted shark with primary collector naming rights
A virtual memory bank connecting the painting, nft and adopted shark with videos, stories and statistics
SharkTales.Art Founding collector access
NFTG community membership
Invitation to 2022 Gala
10% of sale goes directly to
II. WATER SHARKS include the digital NFT of and hand-painted watercolor understudy series of 13 in editions of 25 available on opensea. Collect one of each in the series and unlock an NFTG community membership, founding collector airdrop, Invitation to 2022 Gala.
III. ECO-PHYGITALS include the physical art, the digital twin NFT, adopted shark with naming rights, and a cloud-based memory system to store photos, videos, and data that serve to archive the provenance of the art, artist, the collector, fans, and the adopted shark. NFTG community membership. Invitation to 2022 Gala.
PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT:
85% / ARTIST & PROJECT
10% / CAUSE
5% / COMMUNITY