If you’ve been using social media sites like Twitter or TikTok, you must have come across the profile picture (PFP) NFTs. They seem weird, but they are quickly becoming part of our digital culture.
NFTs created a buzz throughout 2020 and 2021. Although the hype has toned down a bit, digital assets are still a big deal. PFP NFTs are a huge example of this. If you’ve been curious about the concept of profile picture NFTs, then this piece is for you.
What Is a PFP?
Profile pictures, or PFP NFTs, are little works of art people place as their profile on social media sites like Twitter. You can say PFPs are digital art designed to be used as profile pictures. Such digital art has been used by top influencers and celebrities. Some even sell for incredible amounts. CryptoPunks, which launched in 2017, was the first PFP NFT. Some of the world’s most popular NFT collections, like Doodles and Bored Ape Yacht Club, are PFPs.
PFPs reside at the intersection between generative art and collectibles. They resemble trading cards in that they frequently appear in large quantities (10,000 or more) and have varying rarity levels, making them collectible.
PFPs are also generative because they are a part of the NFT art market. They are made using a straightforward plug-and-play technique, in which users input various traits such as body shape, face form, background color, and other features into an application, which then assembles a sizable number of NFTs at random.
The PFP trend caught the attention of some top stars and celebrities, including the likes of:
- Ashton Kutcher (Stoner Cats)
- Jake Paul (Lazy Lions)
- Jordan Belfort (CryptoPunks, BAYC)
- Jay-Z (CryptoPunks)
- Prince Royce (Lazy Lions, Doodles)
- Mike Tyson (Cool Cats)
Coolest PFP in the World
NFT art usually make for good profile pictures. You can use them across platforms like Discord, Twitter, and even LinkedIn. Now, let’s look at some of the cool PFPs in the world.
CryptoPunks: You can call CryptoPunks the OG of NFT avatars, and you won’t be wrong about that. The project was launched in 2017 by Larva Labs. It is also the first-ever NFT avatar collection and features zombies, apes, aliens, and pixelated humans.
Cool Cats: This is another high-profile PFP NFT project to watch. The project has enjoyed massive patronage from collectors around the world for its straightforward and adorable 2D artwork.
Doodles NFT: Doodles has gained significant attention despite being a more recent project compared to the others. It is also one of the most popular NFT avatars in the area, with 10,000 NFT collections that include pickles, cats, humans, and aliens.
Bored Ape Yacht Club: This project enjoys a cult status in the NFT space and is also the most successful. Asides from having a large community, Bored Apes has also captured several celebrities, such as Snoop Dogg and Jimmy Fallon.
Where to Find PFP
Strategic planning is required to run a successful PFP project. Some of the efforts needed include marketing, community building, business model creation, technical assistance, and more. You can find your PFP from any of the projects listed below.
- Mutant Ape Yacht Club
- Bored Ape Yacht Club
Most Popular PFP
CryptoPunks remains the most popular PFP. The CryptoPunks collection will forever be known as the PFP NFT OGs, regardless of what the future holds for current PFP projects. The project is a collection of 10,000 pixelated Punk NFTs. CryptoPunks invented the concept of generative trait combinations, which other projects still take inspiration from.
That’s it for now. We have another part where we dig deeper in the subject of PFP NFTs.
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