Bluethumb Digital Is Coming!
Bluethumb Digital is launching later this month! With this new exciting venture, we’ll be helping artists and collectors crossover to the digital space. True to that promise, in this post for those of you keen to collect NFTs from our Genesis Drop, we’ll be revealing more details about our lineup of incredible artists, how to get priority access (join the whitelist!), the timelines, exciting plans for the future and more.
- What is the Genesis Drop?
- What is a Whitelist and How Do I Join?
- What is an Ethereum Address?
- What Happens if I Don’t Join the Whitelist?
- Future Plans
1. What Is the Genesis Drop?
Bluethumb Digital is a new curated NFT marketplace showcasing the cream of the crop of Australian digital artists. The Genesis Drop is Bluethumb Digital’s first – and most important – collection. Any Genesis artwork held will give the owner priority access to future collector pieces in Bluethumb Digital drops, plus other exciting benefits across Bluethumb’s physical and digital offerings. The Genesis collection is expected to be highly collectable and sought after.
The drop will feature 25 of Australia’s best emerging and established digital artists, ranging from big names like Marble Mannequin – who has a mind-blowing 4.2 million followers on TikTok – and Tammy Kanat, a fibre artist whose works have been represented by the NGV, to Bluethumb favourites such as Andrew Rovenko and Dave Court. Watch the video below for a sneak peek and the entire awesome line up of artists:
2. What Is a Whitelist and How Do I join?
As discussed in our previous blog post, we’ll be opening up a whitelist. That’s NFT speak for priority access, so your cryptocurrency wallet address (in Bluethumb Digital’s case, Ethereum) will be one of the early few approved to mint (or purchase) artworks from an upcoming drop. There are some advantages to this, such as avoiding high transaction (or gas) fees when site traffic is high.
Do note that for our whitelist, you’ll need to be able to pay in Ethereum (ETH) with a digital crypto wallet (more on this in the next point below).
Click here to join the whitelist for the Genesis Drop by simply providing your Ethereum address and email.
3. What Is an Ethereum Address?
An Ethereum address (or ETH address) is a 42 character code beginning with zero e.g. 0x71C7656EC7ab88b098defB751B7401B5f6d8976F. It’s a public address that people can transfer funds with, similar to your bank details.
For those interested, you can easily set up a crypto wallet for free using Metamask here. Once you’ve set up your Metamask wallet you’ll be able to see the ETH address linked to your account underneath your account name. Simply copy and paste and then sign up to the whitelist here.
4. What Happens if I Don’t Join the Whitelist?
You’ll still be able to get your hands on a piece of the Genesis Collection after we’ve opened access to the wider public. We’ll be launching our very own credit card payment option, which means you won’t have to sign up for a crypto wallet. More details will be released closer to the launch!
Signups for our whitelist closed on February 21st at 7 p.m. AEDT. Those registered on the list get early access to the Genesis Drop on February 24th at 7 p.m., whilst all others who have ETH addresses and are paying by crypto will be able to start purchasing from 25th Feb at 7 p.m. (all timings follow AEDT).
Credit card payment options will be made available soon – stay tuned!
6. Future Plans
Future planned drops designed to help more artists start their digital journey include a collection of generative artworks by Bluethumb’s Indigenous artists and an all female artist collection to counter the male-dominated scene.
As Bluethumb has done for traditional art, Bluethumb Digital will make collecting NFT art easier than ever with the aim of demystifying the scene with easy to understand comms and simple payment methods (you can pay by credit card). Collectors will also be able to choose to have their artworks arrive in a digital frame to display in their home.
There are lots of exciting things in the works, including a digital exhibition at our new Melbourne gallery in the near future. Watch this space for more updates!