The Chi Modu Estate has today announced a unique collection of NFT photography in collaboration with LTD.INC. Aiming to connect the physical and digital experience with NFT prints and digital NFTs, this is a great opportunity to earn a piece of art from the late photographer Chi Modu. The ‘Chi Modu Trinity Collection’ includes NFC-infused prints and digital NFTs, providing instant authentication.
What’s more, NFT holders will gain exclusive access to exclusive digital content and communities. The NFTs feature iconic images of Hip Hop legends Mary J. Blige, Method Man, and Nas.
Who is Chi Modu?
Photographers capture moments and preserve them forever, but in the case of Chi Modu, he did more than that. The late artist captured a culture and is responsible for some of the defining images of the ’90s hip-hop movement. These Chi Modu images are now entering the web3 world as NFTs via his enormous archive.
He photographed artists differently, portraying them as people, not just ‘artists.’ The up-and-coming musicians he captured on camera were Tupac Shakur, Notorious B.I.G., Mary J. Blige, and LL Cool J. Significantly, his images include the world famous “Tupac Smoking” and “Biggie WTC.”
The Chi Modu NFT collection will help young people in the arts
Sadly, Chi Modu passed away in 2021. However, thanks to the Chi Modu estate and LTD.INC, his art will live forever on the blockchain.
His mission was to make art inclusive and accessible to everyone. The Chi Modu Foundation aims to provide classes and mentorship to young kids and adults in the art community. Proceeds from the NFT project will go towards the foundation.
“Chi Modu believed art should be accessible to everyone, and he owned the rights to his work so he could continue to share it with the communities that inspired him and his subjects,” said Sophia Modu, Manager of the Chi Modu Estate.
The Chi Modu NFTs focus on three artists
The new collection of Chi Modu NFTs focuses on three global superstars of hip hop. Images of Mary J. Blige, Method Man, and Nas will go on sale soon on the LTD.INC NFT platform.
There is one image of each artist in the collection. Each image has seven NFC-infused prints and 77 digital NFTs. This is a tribute to Modu’s lucky number, seven.
The seven prints in the Chi Modu NFT collection were created on museum-grade archival fine art photographic paper. They also come with a digitally animated NFT.
This digital twin copy will act as proof of ownership and provide access to exclusive digital communities. This effective instant authentification method uses a combination of LTD. INC’s unique NFC technology with smart contracts.
“We’re extremely excited to share original Chi Modu photographs with the world with physical and digital products that will both exist on the blockchain,” said Daryl Kelly, CEO of LTD.INC. “By leveraging smart contract technology, we’re giving artists back ownership over their work during its lifespan and, most importantly, creating equity for creators in an imbalanced financial ecosystem.”
What is LTD.INC?
LTD.INC is a platform helping iconic artists, creators and brands launch physical + digital NFT collections and experiences. Established in London in 2020, LTD.INC makes NFTs to integrate into all walks of life. Using both physical and virtual realms, they take on; design, fashion, lifestyle, luxury, music and sport. Furthermore, they have their own LTD.INC’s mobile app and scanning technology. These tools allow instant authentication and access to exclusive content and experiences. As a result, creators can take control of their IP through the secondary market.
The power of Web3
Finally, this is an excellent example of the power of Web3 and how traditional artists can benefit from the technology. Not only is the Chi Modu NFT collection showcasing his fantastic work to a new audience, but it also allows the estate to generate revenue streams and royalties through secondary sales.