The plot thickens! The issue between the Weather Report NFT Collectible’s founder and its former artist is not over. Founder and creative director Zach is receiving criticism for promising whitelist spots to the first five people who unfollow digital artist Dentin.
Backstory Behind Weather Report Founder Zach’s Comment
The issue started on February 16 when Dentin sent a tweet saying “WEATHER REPORT EXPOSED,” along with a link to a nine-page document. He accused the project of using his work after kicking him out of the team.
Then, the Weather Report NFT project released an official statement explaining that the issue is a “business disagreement.” The team confirmed that they really hired Dentin as “initial artist to bring Zach’s creative vision to life.” However, the relationship started to sour when the artist renegotiated the terms of the deals and asked for full licensing rights. They claimed that after parting ways, the team created completely separate art with four new artists.
Now that you know what led to the controversial comment, we’ll walk you through the subsequent events.
Community Reacts to the Controversial Comment
The comment of Zack didn’t sit well with NFT Influencer and on-chain analyst Okhotshot.eth. He called out the founder of Weather Report NFT for “supporting bully behavior.” He also tweeted that his actions are the “opposite of WAGMI.”
NFT Ethics, a Twitter account uncovering ethical issues in the NFT space, also cited the actions of Zach. They zeroed in on how he promised WL spots to those “who retweeted/confirmed the version of the truth that they wanted to come out.”
Zach acknowledged his actions and issued an apology. He tweeted, “I want to apologize to the community for the way I handled myself during this situation. I pride myself on maintaining professionalism. I realize that I let a lot of you as well as myself down with some of the statements I made.”
He admitted that he “let his emotions take control because he invested his heart, soul and savings into this project from day one.” However, he maintained that “this goes against everything I love about the Web3 space. I am certainly not proud of this behavior and can and will do better in the future.”
What About Dentin?
Meanwhile, Dentin has not directly commented about this new issue. He just expressed his gratitude to thank the community for the love and support, which he finds “overwhelming to say the least.”
He is busy promoting his new project, Dented Feels. The project describes itself as an emotional NFT collection incorporating all the moods and seasons. The resemblance between the Weather Report pieces is hard to miss. So the next chapter of this story will be the market’s response to the two similar-looking projects.