Behind the Artist: Hunter x Labs

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In this series of articles, we will speak directly with the artists and get to know them a little bit more. We focus on what got them started, why they are in the NFT world, what style of art they like and create and much much more.

Let’s begin with Hunter X Labs who comes into the NFT world with a lot of ambition.

How did you get started with art?

My parents put me in art school when I was a child. That’s how art was introduced in my life. Time has passed and I never took art as a professional career for me but after discovering NFTs this year, I started making arts and stuffs again.

How did you discover NFTs?

Crypto Punks were the first NFTs I heard about. Went to find out what is so special about it. Read about its history and it was clear to me that NFTs gonna change the world. Utility in NFTs brought a new kind of segment the came to the gaming NFTs which blew off the market.

What made you decide to get involved with NFTs?

Non-fungible tokens are revolutionary. What we are seeing as JPEGs will be totally different in years to come. From birth certificates to movie tickets, everything will be on the blockchain in the next decade. NFTs would be in forefront of changing the identity game, forging documents would be impossible if it’s an NFT.

Gaming NFTs and VR NFTs would open a huge market and an influx of money would be around. All these positive signs gave me the impulse to get involved with NFTs.

Can you tell us about your NFT journey so far? Any high’s and low’s to share?

I started making NFTs in late May this year. I remember minting my first NFT on Nervos and it was sold for 300 $CKB. That was the first NFT I made. Then, I minted on Binance but it didn’t go well because there were too many artists and I didn’t have that much money to mint constantly if the first one was unsold.

Then I continue to mint on Nervos as it was a cheap option for me. Nervos punk was most successful from that period, then I tried my luck with fantom. I made fantom pizza series and sold two of my 4 pizzas! I made some NFTs and gave away on different occasions in the Nervos community.

Fast forward, an idea came to my mind in late August to release a PUNK series on Nervos like the legendary crypto punks on eth blockchain. So, I started “Hunter X Labs” in October following the path of “Larva Labs” (creators of CK Punks, Meebits etc.) I wanted to start something revolutionary on Nervos.

Many artists can’t mint NFTs or can’t reach the audience they need to sell their NFTs, HXL (Hunter X Labs) caters to that issue and want to give unknown artists a place to showcase their work. Three artists joined so far, and we have already dropped two series under HXL, first one was “CK Punks” which was a great success.

All the 100 punks were sold out in less than 72 hours! The second series was “The Great Indian Arts” by Artist who goes by the name “Bhaskar”. It didn’t perform that well on the scale of CK Punks but it still gave some room for the artist to showcase his artwork to the international audience.

We have opened our discord server recently and there is a private channel for CK Punks holders named “CK Punks Holders Club”, I have plans to make HXL a distinct name in the Nervos NFT community and we are trying to improve ourselves daily.

How would you describe your style? Where does your inspiration come from?

I don’t stick to any particular style. I mostly use pixels in my work. More than an artist, I would like to call myself a dreamer. I like to dream about what else can be done on Nervos that hasn’t been done before.

When I find the answer, I work on it and make the dream/idea real. I take inspiration from all the artists around there. It doesn’t matter an artwork is good-looking or dull, the thing that attracts me more is the uniqueness of the NFT.

What is your creative process when creating an NFT?

No as such, as I don’t follow a specific style or process to make NFTs. But yeah, You need a proper idea in mind of what you gonna make. Relax mood is also required. It shouldn’t be that you’re making NFTs just for the sake of it, you need to love the time while making it too and enjoy it the most.

What are your thoughts on the future of NFTs? 

As I mentioned earlier, from recording the birth of a child to passport, everything would be NFT in the future. Imagine, a drug patented on blockchain as NFT, it would be hard to forge.

College degrees would be presented as NFTs. There would be a revolutionary change in Art and music industry because of NFTs. So, I am very hopeful about the future of NFTs for sure.

Are there any drops that you are looking forward to?

Our first drop on Kollect would be a Loot project (it will be totally different from what is already there in different blockchains as Loot project). Our Next drop would be from HXL’s another artist TOM.

He is working on a series, we are calling it “AlienVerse”. Next to that would be a series from an artist called Nervy. He has a unique style of art. We might drop these two series simultaneously or one after another, we will decide this later.

What would be 1 piece of advice that you would give to a new NFT artist?

It’s hard to get noticed in this industry. Don’t lose hope if your first, second, third projects don’t go well. Keep pushing, if you love what you’re doing, success would come one day ­čÖé


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