Coldie is a digital artist based in California. At the age of 4, he was using his grandparents’ early Macintosh cube. He draws inspiration from every facet of life, such as live music, graffiti-covered walls, and podcasts. In Coldie’s perspective, art serves as an expression, with each creation carrying a statement or meaning, sometimes intentionally left unexpressed to honor individuals’ diverse interpretations and the freedom to discover or not find meaning. Additionally, he has a fondness for collecting vintage stereoscopic items.
NFT Granny: “Dear Coldie, I want to thank you ever so much for dedicating your precious time. It is amazing to know that you have been immersed in the Cryptoart world since 2017. Could you kindly share with me a brief description of your past six years – BUT here is the challenge: Encapsulating each year in a single sentence?”
Coldie: 2017 – Holy shit, this is gonna be huge, but not many are making art about the revolution. 2018 – Can’t believe I’m selling art around the world and finding people who appreciate my odd style. 2019 – I can tell there are collectors who share the vision. 2020 – I’m hitting my stride and making art I’m proud of. 2021 – Holy shitballs, this place is out of control with digital art mania. 2022 – Back to work, the journey continues, and the road is long. 2023 – Time to make my best art yet and get back into physical art I was doing before pixels took over.
How did you first become interested in art, and how did you get started with it yourself?
Coldie: The first time I became interested in art was through digital means. My grandparents owned one of the early Macintosh cubes, and when I was 4 years old, I would use Mac Paint to fill the screen with a brick wall, and then create my doodles on top.
Could you tell us more about the story of your work “DecentralEyesMashup”?
Coldie: DecentralEyesMashup (DEyes) is a a generative series that combines the faces of my most iconic Decentral Eyes portraits spanning from 2018-2021. They were released at the launch of ASYNC Blueprints in 2021 alongside XCOPY and Alotta Money (RIP).
Which of your artworks are you most proud of?
Coldie: I am most proud of everything, because I think art is art. Some of the pieces I hold dearest haven’t necessarily received critical acclaim. As a creator, my primary focus remains on the artwork I’m currently crafting. I give it my utmost effort and attention in that moment. Once it’s released, it takes on a life of its own that I cannot control.
Is there an artist you would like to work with? Like a collaboration?
Coldie: I would like to collaborate with Kandinsky. I worked on an early GAN project in which I fed his artwork and created surreal animated collages. However, I believe that if he were alive today, it would result in a fantastic collaboration.
We are curious 🙂 Would you be willing to share any plans of upcoming projects?
Coldie: I am releasing a new experimental series called DEyes Legends that takes my ASYNC blueprints DecentralEyesMashup portrait series and brings the same collaged faces into mixed reality metaverse as 3D GLB statues and interoperable VRM avatars.
I am also assisting the legendary album designer John Van Hamersveld with his first AI art release, which re-imagines his album cover designs from over 40 years of work. He is renowned for his designs for The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Grateful Dead, as well as the iconic Endless Summer poster.
Who or what are your biggest influences or sources of inspiration?
Coldie: I draw inspiration from every aspect of life. I’ve been influenced by live music, graffiti-covered walls adorned with torn paper signs, podcasts, advertisements, and even old 3D photos from a century ago. Anything has the potential to be influential.
Is there something specific you are trying to express with your art?
Coldie: Art in itself is an expression. Everything I create has a statement or meaning. Often I do not express what that is, as I think everyone should be respected to interpret art on their own to find meaning, or not find meaning.
What do you feel when you are creating new art?
Coldie: When art hits the mark, I feel overwhelmed with emotion and a buzzing excitement. Often, I don’t know where I’m headed, and the freedom to float and experiment frequently leads to the most rewarding outcomes.
What do you feel the moment a project you’ve created dropped?
Coldie: The next piece I create, because it will be the best I’ve got.
Do you remember the first time you heard about NFT Art?
Coldie: I typed ‘blockchain art’ into Google in 2018.
How do you enjoy the NFT Art you have collected? Do you have a way to display it for example at home?
Coldie: I love all the art I have collected; each piece tells its own story. I have several digital screens onto which I rotate artwork.
What would be your biggest wish for the NFT Art scene? What is currently missing / not fully developed to reach full potential out of it?
Coldie: I wish people would collect art that they want to enjoy without the idea of what it could be worth. Flipping art is rewarding when you strike it big because you had a good eye, but if that’s the primary reason for buying art, you might not truly appreciate the art itself. Some of my favorite pieces I bought for $5, and I’ll probably never be able to sell them, which is just fine with me.
What is the most disturbing thing when it comes to NFTs and cryptoart in your opinion?
Coldie: Grifters and scammers who take the persona of an artist and rug people. Being an artist is a really fucking hard life and when someone comes in and shits all over that experience just so they can make some money…. makes me sick.
We would really like to know, where do you see the NFT Art scene in the future?
Coldie: NFTs will become a part of ‘art.’ NFTs are essentially distribution and authentication tools. Art is what matters, and over time, the term NFT will merely signify that it’s art utilizing blockchain technology.
Which tools do you use to create your art?
Coldie: My brain and an array of physical and digital objects.
What does a typical day for you look like, and what do you like to do when you’re not busy with NFT
Coldie: I have a personal life that is just as important to me as my art life.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
Coldie: My grandmother told me to find a job that I love, because then it does not feel like you’re working.
Is there something aside from art or NFTs you collect?
Coldie: I love collecting vintage stereoscopic stuff.
Where do you like to travel?
Coldie: Places that are totally unique and do not feel familiar.
- Full Name: Coldie
Current hometown: California
Languages he speaks: English
What did you want to be when you were a child: Detective
Education: Art School
Your first job: In-N-Out Burger