There’s many histories of Art on the Blockchain out there. Here I analyse the very early evolution leading almost up to mass(-ish) adoption. Where did it all start and how did we get here?


Counterparty was a pretty innovative platform in it’s day. It was a very early crypto project, which utilised the Bitcoin blockchain to store it’s own data. The data was a ‘distributed ledger’ protocol, with a decentralised exchange (DEx) and super easy 3rd party token creation, it was regularly a top 10 market cap coin.

With the general positivity and optimism surrounding Bitcoin, crypto communities attracted creative developers and it was inevitable that such interests as gaming and trading cards would be brought to the new technology. And with that came game design, graphic design and art.

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