So of course I bought an NFT, because how could I not when everyone was suddenly talking like crazy about it. Fortunately, I did it before stones were sold for millions, so I only paid $ 35 gas fee on my $ 75 NFT.
If you’re used to buying art on Etsy it might seem like a lot, but believe me, it’s not for an Ethereum veteran. And well, the NFT I bought wasn’t just because of its artistic value – which it certainly has, I just can’t judge it. I got it because it promised to give me access to community resources that detail how to start an NFT project, how to manage NFT giveaways, and more. Useful Things To Know If You Are In Marketing.
So I picked the banana that I liked the most. As you can see it has candy in its mouth (I have a sweet tooth) and a chopstick in the bun. It also had a very nice green background – one of my favorite colors. That was it. I connected my MetaMask to Opensea and clicked on Buy. A few minutes later, I was the proud owner of a Banana NFT.
Did I feel completely different than before? Nope. I was wondering what to do now instead of just bragging to people on social media about owning this NFT.
Art should be enjoyed – not just on the screen. I thought I should turn my NFT into a t-shirt. And that’s how I did it.
- Buy an NFT, it should be obvious, but you could technically of course just do the NFT of another screenshot. Will you find out? I don’t know, but you probably feel better when it’s your own 😉
- Find out what type of shirt you want. Would you like to print it on the front, maybe just as a small symbol above the breast pocket or as a full-blown pattern?
- To simply print the image as it is on a t-shirt, simply find a local print shop or online and then it is easy to do. I didn’t have to tell you, did I?
- Anyway, we’re here for the fancier stuff. Simply printing on your t-shirt is nice, but also easy. We strive for a bad bitch, not an easy bitch. So let’s get to the challenging part:
Create a design / pattern
Are you a designer? Yes, me neither. Fortunately, we don’t have to put together a pattern with our NFT inspo. A couple of tools you can use to make a pattern (outside of Adobe Illustrator because … not a designer).
- Creative possibilities: endless
- Difficulty: a little challenge
If you need to create visual content and are not a designer, Canva is your best bet for looking a lot smarter than you are. Trust me; I do that all the time. The tool is great for putting together graphics for social media, presentations, birthday cards, and putting together a pattern. I would rate it a little more sophisticated because if you want to use your own NFT you may have to paste it in multiple times and figure out what angles to put it at. On the other hand, Canva has plenty of other elements that you can add to your own pattern to spice it up and make it even more fungible.
A great video on how to create a pattern with Canva:
Patternico & Pattern ninja
- Creative options: Decent
- Difficulty: medium
I am putting these two together because they are very similar in what they offer. Both give you the option to create your custom pattern starting with a blank sheet of paper. You can upload SVG files, choose background colors and add different symbols to the mix.
They’ll also show you a “standard” pattern so you can try to get the hang of it first before you start. You choose the size of the canvas you are working on and the pattern is then replicated across the screen. Great options to make any custom pattern, but not for the impatient like me. So what did I end up using?
Creative options: limited
The Repper app is a pattern maker that makes it super easy to create seamless geometric patterns from an image. Best of all, you can try it for free. With all the gasoline I spend on Ethereum, I have to save somewhere.
So I uploaded my Banana NFT image, selected a few different effects until I found one that I liked, and ended up with:
It would be a fun bathroom tile too, but that might be something for next time.
T-Thirt printer goes brrr …
This time I just wanted a t-shirt. With an exported version of the pattern that just contained 4 bananas, I looked for a print shop that would let me print a pattern on a shirt. It turns out that Contrado is one of the few in the UK where you can get an all-over pattern. And no, they haven’t paid me (yet) to endorse them.
All I had to do was pick a size, upload my picture, and then choose how to replicate it all over the shirt, front and back, to make sure it was seamless. 10 minutes later I clicked the order button and started waiting for my shirt to be delivered.
2 days later I had a very non-fungible, unique t-shirt. The print quality is impressively good, and I’m definitely enjoying my NFT a lot more than just a screensaver.
What should i try next An NFT dress? Maybe a bathroom tile or a shower curtain? Would you eat from an NFT printed plate? For guys, I think NFT-ies might be cute too. 👔
What better way to prove yourself a BAYC (Bored Ape Yacht Club) member than wearing a tie with your monkey at VC meetings. Or socks … NFT fashion to the moon.
If you have anything you want to print your NFT on, please let me know. I would love to see the digital assets make it into the offline world.
In the meantime, I’ll keep an eye out for other NFTs to add to my collection. Or maybe YOLO more gas on some Ethereum DeFi experiments.