Fuck the market; let's art.
The Skeleton Kings project started as an experiment. I was tinkering with AI when the first skeleton king grabbed my attention. I was like, "this is dope," and I knew I had to make more. From 10 to 100, then 1,000, 10,000, and eventually, over 100,000 AI skeleton kings. It took a lot of effort to handpick the top 8,888, assign them individual names, and work out how to generate meaningful traits, but without AI, this wouldn't have been feasible.
I know it's heresy in NFTs, but honestly, I don't want this shit to moon. The whole idea of speculative PFPs as an investment is kind of retarded; we all know it, but we just don't want to admit it. I get it, I'm the same, so I don't blame anyone. I just want Skeleton Kings to become a way for artists, designers, and creative thinkers to recognize each other online based on how dope they are as people, not how much internet money their JPG is worth. It's my cool side gig to test new AI techniques and give back to the community on DRP and our associated servers. Even though I'm going out of my way to add as much value to the collection through free mints and community development, I hope it's always valued based on my efforts, not market shenanigans.
Skeleton Kings is a reflection of my passion for art and belief in the potential of AI. I want this project to contribute to the web3 community and stand as a symbol of resilience and determination that got us through tough times like 2022.
Long live the new fresh.
KOAN, aka Alexander Mitchell, is a renowned curator and artist manager with over 20 years of experience in the art world. He has produced 300+ exhibitions, including shows at prestigious institutions like the Tia Kwun Museum in Hong Kong and the National Gallery of Victoria. He founded DRP and the 0x.collection, a cutting-edge digital art collection with a yearly acquisition budget of 10.5 million euros.
At KOAN's core is a hands-on approach to art and dedication to helping artists achieve their potential. As a manager and curator, he's known for close collaboration with artists and taking risks to realize their vision and potential.
As an artist, KOAN's unique "interdisciplinary collage" combines digital and physical techniques. His analytical process uses photography, digital manipulation, and animation to bring physical collages to life digitally. His art follows the traditions of technical precision, composition, and perspective in classical art.
KOAN's art and projects reflect his belief in an interconnected, malleable modern world. His interdisciplinary collage techniques and technology experiments encourage viewers to engage with classical archetypes in a contemporary context, creating a powerful and immersive artistic experience.