Steve Aoki confirms he has purchased a Moonbirds NFT in an announcement that has sent shivers throughout the community. Talk of the ‘Aoki curse’ soon spread across Twitter, and people are buying into the strange myth. Many are now asking if this is a top signal for the new popular NFT project.
It has been an eventful week or so for the MoonBirds NFT project. After launching last week for 0.25 ETH, it is on the way to becoming one of the most significant NFT collections in the world. In the six days since it arrived, the MoonBirds price has been climbing rapidly.
The floor price for these 10,000 pixelated bird NFTs now stands at a staggering 35 ETH. It tops the OpenSea NFT marketplace volume rankings. It has made almost 9,500 ETH (over $28 million) in trade over the last 24 hours.
After almost a week of upwards trending for the new project, world-famous DJ Steve Aoki has purchased one of these glorious birds. However, after hearing this news, NFT Twitter was full of people sounding the alarm and proclaiming MoonBirds to be doomed.
One user, @steezysloth, said, “if steve Aoki single-handedly takes down MoonBirds with his purchase, this might surpass the drake curse AND the Lil b curse”. It appears as though many people believe in this curse and are it is becoming a part of NFT lore, whilst others on Twitter were quick to dismiss the Aoki curse as nonsense.
Steve Aoki buys MoonBirds NFT but is the curse real?
Steve Aoki is a colossal NFT collector and has a massive collection of NFTs, including several BAYC, CryptoPunks, World of Women, Doodles and other popular NFTs. In fact, according to DappRadar, the global DJ has over $3 million worth of NFTs.
He has also released his own NFT collections, and he is building the ‘Aokiverse’. He is an influential figure and uses his celebrity status to showcase NFT technology.
Additionally, in the last year alone, he has created NFT music, partnered with the Sandbox and launched an NFT marketplace. Indeed, someone who is this successful in the NFT community cannot have a curse on them.
Significantly, the curse (according to Twitter) is that it is a top signal whenever Steve Aoki buys an NFT, such as MoonBirds. In the past, Aoki has purchased NFTs that have peaked; this is true.
Most people in the NFT space have bought an NFT at the top.
Many NFT projects start well, and at the peak last year, there was a clamour to buy into every NFT project. However, many in the NFT community have made some questionable NFT purchases, myself included (thanks, CryptoRugs).
Perhaps, it is more a fact that Aoki was buying multiple NFTs at the peak last year. Naturally, many NFT collections did not survive the NFT fever of 2021.
One user, @Abbasshaikh42, believes that with the MoonBirds NFT purchase, the Steve Aoki curse has now reached self-fulfilling prophesy levels of hysteria.
They state, “If you want in on a project, get Steve Aoki to buy into it first. Steve buys>Everybody assumes floor is going to tank>Tries to front-run the sell-off>Panic amongst other investors>They start selling too. The Aoki curse lives on!”
It seems that the trendy MoonBirds NFT collection will not be another victim of the so-called Steve Aoki curse. But, who knows, only time will tell if the curse is real or not for MoonBirds.