We’re back with another project in this month’s Proton May #BetterNFTs campaign. As a reminder, our goal is to introduce the incredibly talented creators behind the projects you know and love to help you learn more about the Proton ecosystem.
As part of the campaign, we publish a ‘Meet The Creators’ interview everyday, alongside an NFT giveaway from that creator, so you can learn more about their project, the inspiration behind each series, what’s next for them, and why they chose Proton.
Don’t forget: Proton allows users to mint NFTs instantly and without paying gas fees. Intelligent smart contracts ensure that creators earn royalties on future sales of their NFTs, allowing a pathway for artists to continue to earn income from their creations. And because Proton Market has an open-source template, talented creators can customize their own storefront to create a truly unique experience for their communities.
Please meet the team from another community favorite project, SquaredApe!
Meet The Creators – SquaredApe
Tell us a little bit about yourself, and your background before getting into NFTs.
Lebanese digital artist, photo editor and photography enthusiast, started my journey in digital art on instagram, just posting photos that I edited or some of my drawings and doing some pencil drawing portraits for friends for free, later I heard about some platforms where you can sell your art but cannot work on anyone because I don’t have a bank account and due to some economic reasons no bank accept to create a usd account for me, they inform me that business account is ok but personal account no
How were you introduced to NFT’s?
The first time I heard about NFT was in an instagram advertisement for a newly created platform, in order to signup as a creator on this platform you need to be a known character and at least you have 10 thousands followers on a social media account (later they changed it to 1000) and because I have already more than 10k on instagram I signed up and tried it but it didn’t work for me because they newly started and they are just about test it. I left this platform but didn’t left the NFT, I started making researches and watching YouTube tutorials to learn how things work, later I created many collections and tried maybe all platforms available without any good result.
Why did you choose Proton Blockchain to host your collection?
During my google search about NFT platforms I read about protonmint.com and directly I visited the website to try it, I uploaded a photo but didn’t sell, later I tried it again with new collection but also it didn’t work because it was multi chain collection and maybe the character itself is not attractive
Tell us about your collection and the inspiration.
I used to draw new sketches daily using my phone and always trying to draw new character to post it on a new platform, it was a random work without any plan or strategy I thought it’s all art so you create an item and sell it directly.
Later in February when I was about recording YouTube tutorial teaching my friends how to create a collection on protonmint and mark an item for selling, I uploaded 4 items and writing a description to make it easier for them but listed each item for 500 in order to not sell quickly because nothing was planned for a new project, 2 days later I received a comment on twitter from Tobias which is Pingutrade asking me about the price and saying (it ain’t work that way, Hunter X when started he sell items for 40 and 50 with a mention for Hunter x himself, and this is what make Hunter x replying to Tobias comment and says that he start for 60 and later the price increased) directly after this comment I visited my collection and changed the prices by removing 0 so now the price is 50 instead of 500
Later I received new message on twitter from Chicago informing me that he bought 3 items from 4 and he let the 4th item for another member with a long message supporting me to take the collection seriously and keep working on it, in same day I received another message from Aaron also supporting me to keep working and saying he bought the 4th after seeing Chicago get the first 3 and asking me about telegram group, I promised them to create telegram group next week because my phone is full and can’t work on it but I think Ed about it again and said to myself I should create telegram group as quickly as possible before losing their trust, I asked my sister if she can gave me 30 dollars and she did and my father gave me 100 to buy new phone and install telegram and transfer the wallet from my sister phone to my new phone and this is how SquaredApe collection start
What benefits do your NFT holders have? (Passive Income, DAO, Airdrops)
The current rewarding program is easy to understand without any complication
30 percent from direct sale goes for holders (auctions exception)
Another 10 percent goes for holder of 5+ (auctions exception)
Holding 5 items mean 10 percent discount on any direct sale and 10 percent cashback on any minted auction
Holding 10 items mean 20 percent discount on any direct sale and 20 percent cashback on any minted auction
What’s next for your project?
The current reward program is not everything because the more holders the more decreasing in passive income
I will start again recording YouTube videos about art and NFT and monetize the channel and give percentage to the holders, this in addition to an XPR staking for next year and also will be divided between the holder (each NFT count)