Artchick.eth, or @digitalartchick has apologised on Twitter for shilling the Crypto Chicks NFT collection. This collection was discovered to have had stolen art. Artchick had said to many people on many occasions to buy, she also said she owns 25 (as of February 19th at 12:30 PM EST).
The Stolen Art Situation and Artchick.eth’s Apology
Crypto Chicks was a project on the rise, with the average sale price being at an all-time high of 2.75 ETH. This was until rumours surfaced of the project stealing art, which has caused the price to plummet since then to a current floor price of 0.599.
The artist which art was stolen from is Amanda Costa, who is big on Instagram, with over 100,000 followers. Amanda hasn’t yet stepped into the NFT space, but has been a respected digital artist for some time. Her artwork often portrays women. The stolen work was originally made in 2018.
After ‘shilling’ the project, NFT influencer Artchick.eth apologised. Saying “I advised many to buy CC this month, so I had a duty to share this news. I can’t hold something like that back”. Also, the original artist, Amanda commented on the situation. “I have seen all the messages you’ve sent me and I would like to thank everyone who took the time to explain to me what you’ve seen all along. I am already receiving information on the matter to take all necessary measures.”
Finally, the creator of Crypto Chicks, Ms_polly, took to the project’s Discord to explain the situation: “I wasn’t familiar with Amanda or any of the other artists who created such original work. I thought these were all images I could learn from”, as well as “I don’t want it to be plagiarizing or taking advantage of other women artists”.
Overall, this has potentially taught people many lessons. As always, people just have to do their own research before apeing into collections. Unfortunately, sometimes it’s impossible to know whether something negative will happen in an NFT project.