On the Pepe Society of Crypto Bros
Jan 07,2024 Written by New Society
Pepe the Frog, the beloved meme character, has taken a wild ride through the realms of art and crypto culture. From a simple comic character to a symbol with a significant impact on digital culture, Pepe's journey is nothing short of extraordinary.
Pepe art is like "Internet Graffiti," a decentralized and often overlooked subgenre of crypto art that has played a significant role in the crypto art landscape. The NFT project Rare Pepe, which encompasses over 1,700 artworks centered on Pepe, has been a driving force behind the evolution of Pepe art and its intersection with crypto culture.
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The repercussions of Pepe's disruptive influence are yet to be fully understood, but we anticipate that they will surpass the transient nature of lifeless formalism and other art trends.
In the meantime, here are some of our favorite Pepe artworks.
The RarePepe project, centered on the popular meme of Pepe the cartoon Frog, has played a significant role in the development of crypto art. Created by American artist Matt Furie in 2005, Pepe is one of four post-collegiate slacker roommates, described by Furie as "little critters who represent my early-20s lifestyle." The character rose to viral fame when Furie scanned the comics and shared them on his Myspace account.
The Rare Pepe project ultimately evolved into a collection of collectible digital trading cards that explore the life of the irresistibly memetic Pepe. In 2021, history came full circle for the Rare Pepe community when Matt Furie created his own Rare Pepe card, ''FEELSGOODMAN'', emphasizing the enduring impact of the project.
The project has been featured in exhibitions and documentaries, highlighting its influence on the intersection of art, culture, and technology, particularly in the crypto art landscape.
2. Homer Pepe
Homer Pepe originated within the Rare Pepe Collectibles platform, a creation by Joe Looney in 2016. This unique card showcases a blend of the well-known Simpsons character, Homer Simpson, and the infamous Pepe the Frog meme.
At the inaugural live auction dedicated to blockchain art, Kell successfully acquired the card for a notable $38,500, marking it as the highest-priced NFT at that time.
Additionally, its prominence was elevated as it became a featured subject in the award-winning documentary "Feels Good Man," presented at the Sundance Film Festival. This further underscores its recognition as a significant piece within the realm of crypto art. (Source: Cointelegraph)
3. The great Pepe 🐸 Khan by bigcomic
Pepe's strength lies in its adaptability, allowing users to modify and personalize it to express a myriad of emotions and sentiments. Its straightforward yet expressive design serves as a canvas for individuality, becoming a medium for shared experiences and collective expression.
This meme, with its unapologetic and dynamic nature, acts as a cultural catalyst. It fosters a sense of shared identity and humor among internet users, weaving a common thread that brings people together irrespective of language, nationality, or online subcultures.
Such as the king, the Khan.
4. Van Pepe Studio by Afonso Caravaggio
Pepe, a cultural chameleon, can be a king… and oh yes, it can also be Van Gogh.
We believe its rise in internet culture is driven by the direct connection artists have with their audience. On the web, artistic expression flows freely into diverse subcultures, reflecting the dynamic relationship between creators and communities. Pepe's journey exemplifies the democratization of creativity in the digital realm, where it evolves into a symbol shaped by the collective imagination.
So here we go, let's meet fictional artist Vincent Van Pepe by Afonso Caravaggio.
5. RARE PEPE WALLET ReDux by Coldie
And oh well, we have to admit… the final piece is our favorite: not the one that guided us into the rabbit hole of PEPE art, but the one that made us stay.
“Collaboration by Rare Scrilla and Coldie. Celebrating the 5-year anniversary of DJPepe minting on XCP, this collab showcases a variety of Rare Scrilla's Rare Pepe creations as well as the voice of Matt Furie.” – By Legend Coldie on Superrare.
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So that's enough Pepe for today.
And just to finish, we asked ChatGPT to: “Type the word “PEPE” 100 times”.
As responded by the ChatGPT guy: