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Sunday, 21 April 2024

NFT Artist Spotlight: An Interview with Barciocco an Italian creator and admin of one of the most active NFT communities in Italy (NFT spaghetti)

Introducing Barciocco visionary creator of NFTs such as The Dip Collection.

Barciocco’s art style is based on the research of holographic special effects, unusual points of view and fresh and dynamic animations.

Interview with Artist Barciocco

Can you tell us a story about what brought you to the world of NFTs?
I have a crypto-trader friend who, knowing my creative skills, encouraged me to discover NFTs at the end of 2020. I didn’t listen to it right away but when Beeple auctioned it off with Christie’s for 21 million, my nerves shot up.

What or who inspired you to pursue your career as an artist?
Before NFTs I believed digital art could only be a machine for likes and engagement. I started to mint on Tezos because it’s cheap and seeing that I was able to sell a few editions my enthusiasm skyrocketed.

What are some of the most interesting or exciting NFT projects you are working on now?
I love doing collaborations with other artists and think it’s the best way to connect in this world. I also like to create a safe space for beginners who want to discover the potential of this technology, which is why I created and manage the Italian NFT spaghetti community (@nftspaghi). 

Was there a time when you did not believe in yourself? How did this impact your choices?
self-esteem is an asset, especially for artists. So, when things go wrong, I treat myself like I treat my investments, resisting the urge to sell out. HODL!

So, how are things going today? What is your recipe for success?
I’m not so important that I can lecture anyone. But I have spoken to several big players in the sector and what they have taught me is to always remain humble and keep working head down.

Can you share a story about a mistake you made when you first entered the NFT space?
Over-minting for sure. When I started selling some editions I was seized by euphoria and minted many works that going back perhaps I would not mint.

Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?
Minting a token is an irreversible operation. Even if you own all editions and decide to burn them, the blockchain history will still be tainted with your decisions.

Which tips would you recommend to NFT artists starting out?
Take all the time you need to study the market, understand what works and why. Ask many questions to those who you believe know more than you. None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. 

Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?
I thank my friends Nico Granz, RagingTaz and Maver0 who have supported me over the years in creating and managing the NFT spaghetti community.

What are your “3 things I wish someone told me before I minted my first NFT,” and why?
Minting a token is an irreversible action. Do it with extreme awareness. Don’t let the fomo pinch you. In the web3 space many opportunities are created in a very short time. Analyse everything well. Don’t be discouraged if no one buys your NFTs, you have to be patient and get involved in the community.

Can you tell our readers what it is about the work you’re doing that’s disruptive?
My artworks are a unique cocktail of introspection and special effects. If you let them, they will speak directly to your soul. My Italian community is one of the few that doesn’t ask anyone for money and doesn’t offer financial transactions of any kind. We are a healthy group of online friends who help each other out and I am very proud of that.

In your opinion, what are the biggest challenges faced by artists and the NFT industry today?
The scepticism of those on the outside. NFT technology is still hand in hand with cryptocurrencies and therefore every scandal that overwhelms them also affects this sector. Perhaps when it can be minted on a globally trusted blockchain, the NFT market will become truly sustainable.

All my socials and marketplaces links can be found here.

Jillian Godsil
Blockchain Advocate, Founder, Conference Chair, Women in Blockchain Advocate, Keynote Speaker, Crypto Journalist, Broadcaster, CEO, Writer, Homelessness Advocate, Former European Parliament Candidate, Law Changer, Mother, Choir Member, Hill Walker, Dreamer

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