Tezos Commons :: A Different Process: Exploring The World Of Blockchain-Based Art With Malachi Wright
Tezos Commons :: A Different Process: Exploring The World Of Blockchain-Based Art With Malachi Wright Digital artist Malachi Wright on his journey into the world of Web 3.0 and blockchain-powered art in the Tezos ecosystem.When it comes to emerging young artists, you’d be hard-pressed to find one more promising than Malachi Wright. Malachi has connected through his work with cultural icons from the likes of Snoop Dogg to Steve Harvey, and many more. His eye-catching work can be found gracing album covers, going viral on Instagram, and driving conversations across the booming hip-hop community.To say that Malachi Wright has taken his amazing success in stride would be dishonest. When asked, Malachi is quite frank about how starstruck he has been in his interactions with massive celebrities and how surprised he was in his journey to discover that his work struck a chord with the people whom he’s made a key part of his process. However, this doesn’t mean that Malachi Wright hasn’t remained humble throughout his impressive journey to digital art prominence…“Ultimately, I don’t think about how these moments just make me feel. I think about how it’s going to inspire the people around me. Things like this aren’t things that happen all the time, especially where I’m coming from. There’s nowhere else that people can get this kind of story from, so I’m excited to just tell it and for people to hear it and for people to be inspired and for people to know that there’s a lot of things that we can do out here to be successful, as long as we enjoy what we’re doing and are passionate about it.”Using the money generated by his early work to finance his college education, Malachi has worked hard to hone his craft — not only in his artistic works themselves but in the building of his business around them. But he doesn’t stop there, as he has refined his personal brand and the networking savvy that is required to build on his early successes. Now, with an important new partnership forged in the fires of the Tezos ecosystem, Malachi Wright has begun his journey with a new NFT-driven digital collection called “Americaz Most Wanted”. This drop is what he’s using to begin his journey and stake a claim in the Web 3.0 space in earnest.As a newly minted grantee of the Champ Medici Arts Fund in partnership with the Tezos Foundation, Malachi Wright has access to the resources and support required to bring his work to the forefront of the digital art conversation, where it clearly belongs. This partnership, rooted in mutual respect and a desire to bring exposure to artists historically left out of the traditional art world, has begun to show Malachi Wright exactly what Web 3.0 and the Tezos art community have to offer. And it all began with sending a single piece of art to hip-hop legend Snoop Dogg…“After I created the session piece, that’s when I was able to gift it to Snoop and link up with Snoop. After that moment, Cordell Broadus (Snoop Dogg’s son) reached out to me about the Champ Medici Arts Fund. We had a phone call where he was really just breaking it down for me — what the arts fund was, and how it was really just a grant that would give artists an opportunity to showcase themselves and receive help. It really felt like a golden opportunity. He was definitely somebody I wanted to work with. He put me in a position around a lot of people who were really supportive and really helpful. I have been grateful through the entire process.”Malachi’s curiosity about Web 3.0 and its potential to move his career forward has been cause for much reflection about what part NFTs and Web 3.0 might play in the digital-first world to come, something he spoke about during his recent appearance on TezTalks Radio…“Viewing the NFT space and the Web 3.0 space, it seems like it’s for a greater purpose. When NFTs first came out I feel like they were a prototype to something that’s for a bigger vision in terms of how they’re going to be utilized. Now I’ve been able to see that there’s something bigger coming from all of this.”With his first Tezos NFT collection now released into the wild, Malachi is laser-focused on his future in the space. And, while his next steps into this dynamic world aren’t completely clear just yet, what is clear is that Malachi’s journey has only just begun…After doing this collection, it’s been making a lot of things flow in my brain. How I can approach this now and how I can approach this in future collections. I feel like merging the worlds of the digital and the physical is actually very important. Offering physical things to incentivize people to be more invested into the Web 3.0 space is helpful and it’s crucial. It helps people understand more of what they’re even investing towards.”In Malachi’s case, the Champ Medici Arts fund has not only realized its stated vision, ‘to support emerging and legacy musicians and artists across the globe looking to build and create new creative and cultural works on the Tezos blockchain’, but it has also empowered artists like Malachi to connect the disparate dots between his own creative works and the digital revolution ahead, something he says that he’s eager to share with those he encounters…“I’ve been able to learn to understand the value of art more and how it grows over time. For me as a business owner and as an artist, I’m in a position now where I’m trying to get people to understand the value of art more and that if they buy a piece from me that’s limited, what that value means and how it can grow over time, how it’s not just like they’re buying something that’s here and they just spent their money and they might never see a return. Ultimately, it’s an investment.”Bringing new artists into the Tezos and Web 3.0 space is a laudable goal for many reasons, and the benefits of doing so should be clear to any stakeholder or enthusiast. There is, however, another level to all of this. These decentralized ecosystems hold the promise of lifting up important voices like Malachi’s and spreading the word about the true promise these technologies have to offer the world. It behooves every one of us to make the experience of stepping into this world a positive one. And, at least in Malachi’s case, it seems as though the Tezos ecosystem has been more than up to that challenge…“Projects like this, where I feel like OK, there’s a clear vision. I know for sure that it’s a win-win situation. There’s definitely a lot of opportunity here. There’s a lot to be learned. For me, being a digital artist, it’s something that I want to continue to learn more about.”So, let’s all welcome Malachi Wright to the Tezos art community and show this talented young man some love. We’ll all be watching closely, and I for one can’t wait to see where this journey takes him.A Different Process: Exploring The World Of Blockchain-Based Art With Malachi Wright was originally published in Tezos Commons on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.