Written by Logan Smith

On May 21, 2022

Day 21 – IKONIK | Proton May #BetterNFTs

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, IKONIK!

Meet The Creators – IKONIK

Tell us a little bit about yourself, and your background before getting into NFTs.

I’m a UK based designer/artist with over a decade’s worth of experience developing AAA video games for some of the largest games publishers in the world. I’ve since changed careers and now work in a less creative role within the engineering industry, NFTs have been a great outlet for me to tap back into my creative side.


How were you introduced to NFT’s?

I was introduced to the crypto space just before the infamous bull run of 2017, I was instantly hooked and have considered myself a crypto enthusiast ever since. I’ve wanted to get more involved in the crypto space for a long time, but my skillset restricted me to sitting on the side lines observing the market from a distance and making the odd speculative investment from time to time.
That was of course until NFTs hit the scene, NFTs offered the perfect opportunity to combine my skillset and passion for blockchain. I felt uniquely positioned to make the most of this emerging phenomenon, I had to get involved!


Why did you choose Proton Blockchain to host your collection?

It was a simple choice… I’ve been an admirer of Marshall’s (Metal/Proton CEO) work ever since discovering MTL in 2017. I share his passion for simple, clean UI/UX and love his vision. He and the team are true disrupters, relentlessly innovating to change how the world interacts with money.
I was already aware of the many benefits of building on the Proton Blockchain such as negligible mint fees, but I mainly just wanted to do my bit to help promote/expand the Proton ecosystem.


Tell us about your collection and the inspiration.

I’m a follower of contemporary fashion and streetwear, AKA ‘HYPE culture’ hence the name of my latest collection HYPEBULLS. The collection’s inspired from said ‘HYPE culture’ with influences from premium collectable figures such as KAWS, Be@rBricks and BAPE.


What benefits do your NFT holders have? (Passive Income, DAO, Airdrops)

Apart from having the opportunity to own some killer art 🙂 our holders benefit from a passive income system. 20% of all sales revenue is stashed in the HYPE Vault, then distributed to holders monthly based on a tiered holder ranking system.


What’s next for your project?

Due to my background in games development, the natural progression for the project is to take things 3D and make the BULLS metaverse ready… HYP3DBULLS !?!
It would be a dream to see them made into actual physical figures… maybe one day? watch this space 😉


If you want to give a shoutout, now is your chance!

I’d love to take this opportunity to thank Marshall and the team for building what I truly consider to be the peoples blockchain. Being able to finally utilise this revolutionary technology and interact with the chain daily has been a thrill.
I’d highly recommend anyone starting an NFT collection to consider ProtonChain, come join us and help build the Gasless Economy!


Project Details

Main Website | https://hypebulls.club/
Twitter | https://twitter.com/HYPEBULLSnft
Collection | https://protonmint.com/422242214423

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