Recently, a new collection designed by the Bored Ape Yacht Club’s artist dropped but where’s the diversity in the Sneaky Vampire Syndicate? Greatly anticipated, the SVS collection sold out in presale and its value has risen exponentially. However, with little information yet available, the NFT scene questions if the collection is actually worth the hype. Unfortunately, some have noticed the lack of inclusivity in the SVS NFT traits.
What is the Sneaky Vampire Syndicate about?
So far, it seems the focus is purely on the vampires themselves. The Sneaky Vampire Syndicate team promise to airdrop companion bats, release merch and much more. In fact, they have a solid roadmap and 41,000 members in their discord already (at the time of writing). Everyone wants a piece of the Bored Ape Yacht club, and for those who missed out on the original drop, Sneaky Vampire Syndicate is their best chance at a Moon shot. To illustrate, each SVS NFT was just 0.08ETH at release and now the floor is already at 0.67ETH. But Sneaky Vampire Syndicate’s lack of diversity raises questions.
Is the SVS NFT collection actually worth the hype?
To be frank, we’re not sure. Despite their carefully planned roadmap on their website, it’s hard to see what the sneaky vampire syndicate actually stands for. They claim they will donate money to 3 charities. Despite that, they admit they have not chosen which, planning to let the community help decide. To some, that may seem like a great extra perk. Alternatively, it may suggest that SVS don’t actually have a solid plan as BAYC did. Bored Ape Yacht Club’s success was due to their community and although the projects share an artist, they are not directly affiliated. The question is: Can we really trust SVS to support their fans in the same way?
SVS and BAYC Vs. NFT scene Diversity
The main issue with the Sneaky Vampire Syndicate (SVS) NFT collection is the lack of diversity. Avatar projects are often used for cool PFPs (profile pics). Furthermore, collectors often scramble for the pieces they feel some connection to. However, no female representation is anywhere to be found. Representation is not only a hot topic in the world right now, but also in the NFT scene. Think of top NFT artist, Fewocious, raising awareness for trans rights. And what about World of Women, with its focus on helping women’s charities? Even the controversial TalibanPunks are raising money for displaced Afghans.
With so many projects launching to promote equality across race, sexuality and gender, why is it that the newest project from the Bored Ape Yacht club artist seems to only represent a small group of cis-gendered men? Where’s the diversity the Sneaky Vampire Syndicate Collection?
Honestly, you could argue the same with the Bored Ape Yacht club debut. However, their role in pioneering NFTs means – admittedly – not many collectors will say a bad word about them. Despite that, Bored Ape NFTs also severely lack female traits. As the collection focuses on animalistic apes, perhaps the move is excusable. But Sneaky Vampire Syndicate is a collection of Vampires: Humanistic creatures of fairytales and folklore. So, how can there be no female characteristics at all?
Women in the NFT scene (or the lack thereof)
Obviously, every member of SVS staff is male. It may seem obvious, but the lack of diversity in the Sneaky Vampire Syndicate collection is likely due to the overrepresentation of men on their team. Otherwise, I can’t see how they could have missed the opportunity.
Since the release of Twilight, The Vampire Diaries, True Blood and various versions of Dracula in the past 10 years; It’s not like Vampires are a purely masculine interest. To be perfectly honest, Vampires are accessible and relatable to pretty much everyone. So, why isn’t there one that represents me? Surely, there’s not only money to be made, but a whole community of people to reach and inspire. Hopefully, the Sneaky Vampire Syndicate forgot about inclusivity and diversity rather than choosing to directly ignore it. The latter would seem like a terrible mistake in today’s NFT scene. Especially following the whole debacle when the Fame Lady Squad devs turned out to be Russian men. Actually, transparency is the name of the NFT game.
The Future of the Sneaky Vampire Syndicate Collection
To conclude, we are sure the Sneaky Vampire Syndicate will top the charts and pull in the community it needs to thrive. Seemingly, once you’re at the NFT scene’s top, not much can touch you. However, we need to ask ourselves, is a famous artist enough to make a solid investment? What makes the project relatable? If it’s not relatable, will investors just sell SVS on for projects with higher utility? Essentially, value in NFTs comes from long term investors and trading. Perhaps, we’ll see Sneaky Vampire Syndicate 10 years into the future. Alternatively, holders may see it as a bad investment compared to a more representative BAYC or World of Women. Either way, we hope they (and any NFT creators in the scene) take this into account in the future.