The infamous Internet meme â€œPepe the Frogâ€ will be immortalized in non-fungible token (NFT) collectible form by the frogâ€™s original creator Matt Furie. Of course, Pepe has been featured in blockchain art before and a series of cards were created via Counterparty in 2016. However, despite the number of NFT rare Pepes on the web, Furie says when it comes to his famous frog, â€œEverything else is a bootleg.â€
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â€œNothing beats the real thing,â€ the creator of the notorious Pepe the Frog Internet meme told the Washington Post (WP) this week. Matt Furie is well known for creating Pepe the Frog back in 2005 in a comic called â€œBoys Club.â€ When the picture hit the web, it went viral on Myspace, Reddit, 4chan and Tumbler, and later was recognized as one of the most popular memes of the last decade. Now Furie is getting into the non-fungible token (NFT) collectibles game and heâ€™s bringing Pepe with him.
Furie has launched a web portal called pegz.fun and it features animated 2-D and 3-D creatures that Furie crafted. Users can even sign up for â€œplopsâ€ which seem to be an airdrop of some kind featuring Furieâ€™s NFTs. One of the NFT pegz features a colorful depiction of Furieâ€™s famous Pepe the Frog character. While speaking with WP, Furie said a lot of NFT artists were creating interesting pieces.
â€œThe NFT world is new, and there are a lot of optimistic people creating cool things,â€ Furie said during his interview. â€œPepe does not have the baggage here that he does in the â€˜real world,â€™ and I like working with utopians and optimistic freethinkers. There are so many possibilities,â€ the Pepe creator added.
Pepe the Frog Creator: â€˜Nothing Beats the Real Thingâ€™
Now, Pepe is no stranger to blockchain as Bitcoin.com News has reported on the crew who created a series of Rare Pepe blockchain-based trading cards in 2016. The creation of these cards on Counterparty was after the Anti-Defamation League deemed Pepe as a â€œhate symbol.â€
When NFTs started making headlines again in 2020 and into 2021, an NFT called â€œHomer Pepeâ€ sold for $320,000 in February 2021. Furie briefly touched upon the flurry of Pepe NFTâ€™s that were invoked before his pegz concept during his WP interview.
â€œEverything else is a bootleg, and Iâ€™m very inspired by bootlegs in my life and in my art,â€ Furie said. â€œBut nothing beats the real thing,â€ he added. Pepe the Frogâ€™s creator further noted:
The popular NFT artist Matt Kane spoke about Furieâ€™s entrance into the NFT space and applauded the meme pioneer. â€œMatt Furie created Pepe, which inspired Rare Pepes, which provided us the proof-of-concept on which the modern NFT scene became based,â€ Kane remarked. â€œSo for Matt to have had such a successful entrance to NFTs, it created a beautiful circle.â€
Of course, Furieâ€™s other colorful pegz designs are just as fun as the frog, according to the Internet meme creator. â€œWe want to throw a rave in the metaverse for disco Pepes, lizards, tongue-waggling-whachamacallits, blobbies, gooies, pricklies and everyone,â€ Furie concluded. â€œViral media is inside of our heads, our subconscious. It never ends. Itâ€™s best to make friends with the worms in our minds and to dance with them.â€
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