Mad Dog Jones X Phillips: A Multi-Generational NFT

REPLICATOR is the story of a machine through time. It is a reflection on forms of past groundbreaking innovation and serves as a metaphor for modern technology’s continuum.

By Balthazar Malevolent

Mad Dog Jones X Phillips: A Multi-Generational NFT

Michah Dowbak aka Mad Dog Jones is a multidisciplinary artist from Thunder Bay, Ontario, where he still resides. His works deftly interweave cyberpunk, dystopian imagery exploring themes of beauty, nature and technology. As a lover of the wilderness, which was ever present where he grew up, he brings a fresh thematic to the metropolitan aesthetic, done up in citrus and neon tones of technology somehow rendered as a space naturally human. Dowbak rose to fame in the world of crypto art with the recent success of his Crash + Burn series of NFT artworks, and he is now a headliner in the first major NFT art exhibition at UCCA Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing.

Designed by artist Mad Dog Jones, REPLICATOR has the ability to generate new NFTs from itself every 28 days, resulting in seven unique generations of artworks. Generation 1, to be sold at auction, begins as a singular Genesis illustration of a photocopy machine in an office space. This first generation NFT will produce six NFTs at the rate of one per month, with each generation being unique from those before and after it. Each subsequent generation will produce one less artwork in its lifetime until it reaches Generation 7, which will produce no new NFTs. Note, after any artwork is sold the new owner will possess all subsequent replicants or jams from said NFT.

Much like a photocopier, REPLICATOR can also jam. When a “Jam Artwork” is produced, it is unique to its generation but will no longer replicate. The jam rate is between 50-80% for generations two through six, which also serves to curb exponential growth. Each generation may have up to three unique Jam pieces. Due to statistical variance, it is impossible to predict the exact number. After 1 million simulations, the average is approximately 220 with a 99% chance that the total artworks generated will be between 75 and 300.

An NFT – or non-fungible token – is a one-of-a-kind digital certificate of authenticity, or smart contract, used to secure units of currency on the blockchain.

As Forbes explains: “When purchasing an NFT, you acquire both the unerasable ownership record of an asset and access to the actual asset. These assets can be anything. At the moment they’re mostly works of digital art or trading cards. Some are virtual goods existing only within the marketplace selling them, and some come packaged in familiar formats like a JPEG or a PDF. A small minority of NFTs are digital records of ownership of an actual, physical object.”

Mad Dog Jones x Phillips: Replicator

In other news, Rick Owens Fall 2021 fashion show. On the subject of underthings, the pentagram briefs from the January men’s show reappeared here wrapped around evening clutches, the implication being that these alien females had handled the “unhinged male aggression” that those briefs signified.

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