XCOPY - True Original
XCOPY is one of the oldest artists in the NFT space. Oldest as in OG. I’m honestly not sure how old he is, but he makes creating NFT art look easy. He’s been a consistent contributor to SuperRare ever since its creation, and his work is uniquely his own. The seizure-like intensity of vibrant colors and dull tones, clashing around with both uniformity and chaos, is a style that’s tailor-made for NFTs. XCOPY became a master at this, and his art reflects his talent. He has hundreds of works made in the past four years, not including the lost works, and no two are very much alike, but they all contain a kinetic energy that is unmistakable. XCOPY has been pumping out art on his tumblr page since 2010, but it wasn’t until 2018 that he sold his first GIF. Back on August 18, 2010, he posted this GIF using the tags #noise and #collage, cementing his style on the internet for over a decade. Known as glitched artworks, the unique energy of motion picture combined with still imagery creates a hypnotic, and sometimes nauseating, effect.
Recently, XCOPY made $23 million in about 10 minutes as his work MAX PAIN sold 7,394 NFTs for about 1 ETH each. Not everyone was thrilled about this high price point, but art is only valued at what someone wants to pay for it. If every edition sold in under 10 minutes, I’d say it was priced appropriately. In a recent interview with Cozomo de’ Medici, he disclosed his most famous work, Right-click and Save As guy, is now public domain saying, “Once the image is on the internet, it’s kind of absurd to tell people what they can and can’t do with it.” Agree or disagree, he’s a massive influencer in the space and a force to be reckoned with in the art community.
At the time of this writing, XCOPY has raked in over 17,034 ETH valued at almost $54 million. Quite ironically, his all time high sale was for All Time High in the City for 1,630 ETH. Some of his other popular works include A Coin for the Ferryman, Some Asshole, and Death Dip. Personally, I’m a big fan of Loading New Conflict…Redux 5 and Us and Them.
As executors of archiving culture, we here at Redlion felt like it was our duty to create catalogue of the canon of work that XCOPY has produced over the past four years. Our intention is to keep a live record that is both organized and accessible for years to come.