Updated: Sep 30, 2021
Quick backstory - I paid somebody on Fiverr to create a logo I would use to represent "Paper Ape" and this was the final product:
I quickly changed my Twitter profile picture to this new Paper Ape logo and continued my day as usual. A few days passed and I began feeling that the logo I commissioned wasn't getting the reaction I envisioned. Having a logo represent me online felt disingenuous because it had a "corporate" look and I wouldn't describe myself as a "corporate" person.
Never did I think a community would help me find an identity online. This is where Bored Ape Yacht Club enters the story.
Bored Ape Yacht Club
I joined the Bored Apes a few days ago and have been absolutely blown away. Bored Ape Yacht Club was founded April 2021 and began by allowing users to mint unique NFT Apes for 0.08 ETH each. Owning an Ape grants you membership into the Bored Ape Yacht Club, giving you exclusive access to members-only events.
I was skeptical of the project at first because it launched so close to Meebits that I assumed the creators were just after a cash grab. About a month later I revisited the project after experiencing my aforementioned identity crisis.
So how did I find identity in a NFT ape?
Each of the 10,000 apes were generated from over 170 possible traits, giving each their own uniqueness and rarity. It allows people to choose an ape based on rarity, what they find aesthetically pleasing, or just personally connect with. As great as their designs are, the apes alone are not what give owners a sense of identity after purchasing.
The special part about owning an ape is the BAYC community. Once you purchase an ape you are welcomed by a community of like-minded individuals who share a love for NFTs and are immediately able to connect with them through members-only events. It's easy to engage with other community members due to sharing the common-interest of BAYC - I gained over 500 Twitter followers within a week of purchasing my first ape!!
The BAYC network includes some notable members from Daryl Morey (76ers Basketball Ops President) to BossLogic (Digital Artist/Art Director) to Wuki (Grammy nominated producer). The community's culture is unique and difficult to replicate. It reminds me a bit of the "cult-like" university I attended. *cough* gig em *cough*
I snagged the two beauties below. Here's why I personally find value in them:
Amazing color scheme
DMT fur looks sick
Love the pattern contrast between the fur and caveman's pelt
I felt an immediate connection with this ape
Love the clean look
Sailor hat, robot eyes, and rainbow grin look great individually & even better together
This ape was originally created by American EDM DJ, 3LAU
On May 29th BAYC released a members-only merch drop that sold out in just 2 minutes.
On May 30th BAYC passed both CryptoPunks and NBA Top Shot as the NFT project with the highest 24h volume.
Apes Together Strong - The Sandbox
If you aren't familiar with The Sandbox, it's a Minecraft-style VR world built on Ethereum. Users can purchase plots of land and bring their creations to life in the game. The Bored Apes banded together during The Sandbox's most recent land sale and purchased a bunch of real estate near each other. The plans for the land are still TBD but the possibilities are endless when the apes share a common goal. Each spot marked with an ape in the screenshot below represents a plot of land in The Sandbox owned by a BAYC member.
I'm excited to be a part of this community and watch it grow as crypto and NFTs continue to gain public traction. There will be more BAYC articles in the future so stay tuned!