The bulk of a fluffy friend floats
On two hamster wheels that roll.
Each holds half of JOY's weight
Spinning along, sometimes late.
JOY and creativity, two halves of one mind
In sync they run, and our quest they bind.
Meaning and purpose in life grant them power
Rolling forward, hour by hour.
All the outside forces that push and pull our art
Are carried along, never slowing our heart.
The artist's journey is always on the move
With JOY's energy, the artistry improves.
JOYWORLD, the fantastical digital multiverse created by renowned artist John Orion Young (JOY), is celebrating five years since minting the first JOYWORLD Contract and the initial JOYs! Since its inception, JOYWORLD has captivated audiences with its vibrant, unique, and heartwarming 3D characters, known as JOYs. As non-fungible tokens (NFTs) that embody love, joy, and positivity, the JOYs have left an indelible mark on the digital art landscape.
Over the past five years, JOYWORLD has evolved into a thriving community of art enthusiasts and NFT collectors, united by their shared love for the project's positive message and enchanting aesthetic. The fifth birthday celebration is a testament to the creative spirit and boundless imagination that have fueled the growth of this remarkable digital realm.
As JOYWORLD marks this significant milestone, the community eagerly anticipates what the future holds, with dreams of new JOYs, imaginative collaborations, and ever-expanding horizons.
JOYWORLD Top Scientists and Egg-ceptional Eggtitionists Reveal First Findings on JOYWORLD Scramblers
JOYWORLD, the world-renowned metaverse and home to a plethora of unique and exciting experiences, is pleased to announce that its top scientists and egg-ceptional Eggtitionists have published the first findings from their in-depth research into JOYWORLD Scramblers
NFT NYC 2023 – For JOY, creativity is not just a passion, it's a way of life. JOY is always working, always dreaming up new worlds, new experiences, new ways to bring joy and wonder into the world. And at the recent JOY Works event at Studio 368 during NFT NYC, guests had the opportunity to witness this pursuit firsthand.
Co-hosted by RedLion and FoodMaskU, the JOY Works event was a celebration of JOY's continuous pursuit of creativity. From the moment attendees arrived, they were enveloped in the artist's unique and ever-evolving world of JOYWORLD. But it wasn't just the stunning VR sculpting performance by fourth-generation artist and sculptor John Orion Young, aka JOY, that left guests in awe.
As JOY worked tirelessly to bring new creations to life, guests were reminded of the importance of pursuing creativity in all aspects of life. For JOY, creativity is not a finite resource, it is a continuous process that never stops. Even as attendees marveled at the JOYWORLD creations, the artist was already dreaming up new worlds, new portals, new ways to share the joy.
"The pursuit of creativity is the pursuit of joy," says JOY. "And that's why I'll never stop creating, never stop dreaming up new ways to bring joy and wonder into the world. JOY Works is just the daily practice."
As the event came to a close, guests left with a renewed sense of inspiration and wonder, eager to experience more of JOY's unique artistry in the future. "Don't miss your chance to be part of art history with JOYWORLD," JOY reminds us. "It’s not just a place you visit - it's a state of mind."
Stay tuned for more JOYful events and join the continuous pursuit of creativity and joy with JOY.
NFT NYC 2023 - Last night, the NFT realm was graced with the euphoric presence of the one and only JOY. The artist and sculptor, known for pushing the boundaries of art creation and experience, hosted a dreamy and surreal event at the Crypt Gallery in the Dream Hotel Downtown NYC. And let's just say, it was a JOYful experience.
In a bold fashion statement, JOY arrived at the bustling party in yellow silk smiley face pajamas, a virtual reality headset already adorning his head, and a bright yellow suitcase in tow. As he made his way through the throngs of guests and collectors, JOY beckoned them to join him in his JOYful realm, leading the way to a pre-built bedroom nestled in the heart of the event.
"Creating JOYWORLD is like stepping into a dream, a dream of infinite possibilities and unbridled joy. And I want to share that dream with as many people as possible."
Without missing a beat, JOY unpacked his suitcase and climbed into bed, ready to sculpt a wondrous sight of melting smiles, swirling worlds, and abstract creatures of pure JOY. And in a true display of adventurous spirit, a few brave onlookers - including the host of the event, the illustrious King of Midtown, and even some bunny rabbits - dared to climb into bed with JOY, eager to immerse themselves fully in the art experience.
The evening was wild and unforgettable, as guests had the exclusive opportunity to mint an NFT of the artwork in real time, adding a unique way to capture the artist's energy in the moment of this one-of-a-kind art exhibit. As if summoned to JOYWORLD, 222 fortunate collectors were transported to a realm beyond their wildest imaginations, with their collection of the second portal in the series.
JOY crafted a virtual reality masterpiece from a bed in the center of the gallery, capturing the essence of the moment and combining it with imagery from the week’s events to develop the final version, set to be unveiled in the weeks to come.
As JOY says, "JOYWORLD isn't just a place you visit - it's a state of mind that's accessible to anyone who's willing to dream big and embrace their inner JOY. So come and join me in this wondrous world of pure imagination."
Stay tuned for more wild and exciting art experiences from the one and only JOY.
Welcome to JOYWORLD's Scramblers, the most egg-citing and egg-quisite NFT event in the metaverse! Prepare to be whisked away into a world of wonder, JOY, and imagination as you discover and collect these uniquely crafted virtual eggs.
Prepare to be dazzled by the captivating JOYWORLD Scramblers, where each egg is a unique artwork, exquisitely sculpted in VR by the egg-steemed artist, John Orion Young.
Stay egg-spertly alert, for nestled within could be a glimpse of potentially new mini JOYs. Rumor has it that top scientists and egg-ceptional eggtitionists at JOYWORLD are delicately probing the JOY Scramblers, attempting to decipher the mystery within and when they might hatch. The future, however, remains delightfully uncertain, leaving us to marvel at the spellbinding magic cocooned within these beguiling creations! ✨
Discover a new dimension of JOYWORLD, where the joyous art of John Orion Young (JOY) comes to life in the form of JOYsmilies, JOY’s first series of 10,000 collectibles.
As a unique NFT collection of 10,000 mini JOYs, these vibrant smilies were meticulously sculpted by hand in virtual reality to captivate your imagination and spread JOY in abundance. Each smiley is equipped with a JOY Luck to bring an additional kick of magic to your life. Collecting these JOYsmilies promises to be a transformative experience.
JOYsmilies are the first series of JOYminis — multiplied and miniaturized edition-based collections inspired by the 1-of-1 unique JOYs, offering an ever-expansive experience of JOY for art enthusiasts and collectors alike.
JOY is the Goat is a collection of 555 unique NFTs, created by contemporary artist John Orion Young, aka JOY. His 3D, colorful style is instantly recognizable featuring vivid cartoonish creatures, equal parts endearing and disturbed. JOY is known for being a pioneer in creating their own contract and having the first 3D artworks on the blockchain.
Amongst all the doom and gloom of the latest (but almost certainly not last) big crypto crash, it’s easy to lose sight of what art is about: joy. John Orion Young (JOY) is the mastermind behind JOYWORLD, a collection all about making you smile, no matter how bleak the world might seem. And we could all use a bit of that, right?
"Since the conception of art, many paintings, drawings, and sculptures have existed in the physical world. As technology has advanced, so have the ways for making and experiencing art. More and more artists are creating work digitally, and many of their pieces exist purely as pixels on a screen. However, just because we’re not able to hold these artworks in our hands, it doesn’t mean they’re less valuable. In fact, digital art is quickly becoming one of the most valuable art forms of our time. The art world is rapidly changing with the introduction of NFTs, or non-fungible tokens. In particular, 2021 has seen a spike in digital art sales, with many high-profile artists and brands exploring new ways of selling their work through blockchain technology.
Even centuries-old auction houses such as Sotheby’s and Christie’s see the value in crypto art. One of the first high-profile NFT art sales was auctioned at Christie’s when artist Beeple sold a digital collage for $69 million. And Sotheby’s recently launched Sotheby’s Metaverse, an online platform designed for digital art collectors to bid on a curated selection of NFTs.
As a year that's been huge for NFTs, especially in the art world, it's only natural to take a look back."
"John Orion Young is a 3D artist who sells animated characters and figurines as NFTs. One of his collections is a series of “Joy” characters that are “handmade in virtual reality.” Each collectible NFT looks like a surreal creature from another world and comes with a unique magical power. Young’s most recent NFT, titled The Persistence of Time, is a slug-like creature that is 'sliming through the cosmic verses on a thick slick of meta-melting-mucus.'"
The JOYWORLD Portal series is a game-changer for the NFT art world and John Orion Young's art. With only 11 editions available, the excitement was palpable as the auction for "JOYWORLD Portal, Sandstone Headland" opened on the Flow Blockchain through Versus. The bidders were thrilled to be a part of the action and to chat with the artist, John Orion Young, himself. And the results were historic - selling for a staggering 7769.69 Flow, making it the top sale for an art auction on Versus to date.
This exciting expansion to the Flow Blockchain marks a new frontier for JOYWORLD and John Orion Young's art. The series promises to offer even more immersive and interactive experiences for art collectors and enthusiasts alike. So keep your eyes peeled for what's next from JOYWORLD on the Flow Blockchain!
Check out the JOYWORLD Portal series on Versus now.
This is a documentary/vlog about my road trip to Oregon to meet John Orion Young, the founder of JOYWorld and first artist to put 3D art on the blockchain in 2018. Since then, John has been building JOYWORLD, a world inside of the metaverse that is like a painting you can walk into, and own a piece of, all built on the Ethereum blockchain. He has now created 130 original JOYs (original 3D NFTs), and released a collection of 9 JOYToys, with lots more coming. Now his digital art pieces/NFTs go for $100,000s, and have become an iconic symbol for early web 3.0 entrepreneurship.
"Edited from over 50 interviews with the leading creators, innovators, collectors and investors from across NFT world during 2021.
Chronicling its key moments from Rare Pepes and Colored Coins to Cryptokitties, JOYWORLD, Beeple and Axie Infinity, this is an in depth exploration of how NFTs came to be and where they might be heading.
Narrated by Jamie Burke, a leading investor and collector, and produced by Pet Berisha, this promises to be the most defining piece of content that the NFT space has ever seen."
A quick dive into JOYs early art life, JOYWORLD’s beginnings, and an introduction to the first artwork in the JOYWORLD Portal series and the first to be minted on the Flow Blockchain. The Portal series is the newest collection of photographic artworks from JOY. In an attempt to capture these beautiful flashes in time where the JOYs enter our earth plane, JOY drops a single blotter on his tongue and jumps through time to capture an image of himself next to the portal for scale.
New York, NY - Attention all NFT enthusiasts, tech geeks, and flower children: prepare to be awestruck by the latest masterpiece to hit the virtual art world. Power Flower, hand-sculpted in virtual reality by renowned artist John Orion Young, has finally made landfall at Dreamverse, produced by Metapurse.
In a bold move to merge the physical and digital realms, Dreamverse aims to showcase the pinnacle of NFT art and VR experiences from the most cutting-edge artists of our time. But, let's be real, we all know what you're here for - the giant robot covered in flowers. Yes, you read that right. A gundam-like behemoth made entirely of petals and armed with a 24K gold watering can full of liquid rainbows.
But don't be fooled by its delicate appearance - Power Flower is an indomitable pollinator of peace, ready to fill the world with JOY, love, peace, and, of course, flowers. So, put down your devices, slip on those VR headsets, and experience the digital renaissance like never before. Who knows, you may even leave with a newfound appreciation for the power of art, technology, and global house DJs.
For more information, please visit Dreamverse. And remember: always be mindful of the power to pollinate peace.
In its latest video exploring the exciting world of NFTs, Adobe has put JOY and JOYWORLD at center stage, highlighting the incredible impact they're making on the digital art world.
Titled "NFT - A Digital Art Revolution: Adobe MAX 2021," the video features leading voices in the NFT community, including artists and experts, who discuss the benefits of NFTs for digital artists and the future of the art world.
But it's JOY and JOYWORLD that steals the show, showcasing how this innovative platform is paving the way for a new era of digital art and ownership. With its unique, one-of-a-kind creations and vibrant community, JOYWORLD is helping to redefine what's possible in the world of NFTs.
So if you're looking to stay ahead of the curve in the world of NFTs, this video is a must-watch. Don't miss your chance to learn more about JOY, JOYWORLD, and the future of digital art.
JOYbot, the second 3D sculpture ever minted on the blockchain and a companion for Original JOY, was auctioned off at Sotheby's as part of JOY Collector Pranksy's collection for the Sotheby's Metaverse Natively Digital 1.2 The Collectors show. On October 26, 2021, JOYbot was sold for $252,000 USD to Kaprekar (@kaprekar_punk), marking the third JOY to sell for over six figures.
JOYbot was created to intimidate the intimidators and bring a sense of security to other realms of reality. The robot was built using parts from a movie prop mecha, juicers, and an old Honda, making it a unique and one-of-a-kind artifact in the world of NFTs.
This sale reinforces JOYWORLD's position as a leader in the NFT space and highlights the growing popularity and recognition of JOYs as valuable and collectible digital assets. Congratulations to Kaprekar (@kaprekar_punk) on their latest acquisition and to JOYWORLD for another successful sale.
Get ready to party with a smile on your face, as JOY joins forces with the wild and wacky world of Party Degenerates. JOY has created a 3D "Smiley" trait, randomly generated onto the Party Degenerate avatars, making the party even more absurd and hilarious.
In the age of NFTs and the "Second Renaissance," the party never stops for the Party Degenerates. And JOY is the cherry on top of the crazy sundae. This latest collaboration is a testament to JOY's cutting-edge creativity and its willingness to push the boundaries of what's possible in the world of digital art.
So grab your avatars and join the party, because when JOY and Party Degenerates come together, you know it's going to be one wild ride. Let the good times roll!
It was a historic moment in the world of JOYs as Crypto-louvre, sold the one-of-a-kind JOY, Begin Again Ganesha, for a whopping 75 ETH, amounting to a six-figure sale in USD ($213,815.25 at the time of sale). The lucky buyer, Jeff32 (@jeff964), couldn't contain his excitement about his latest acquisition.
But what makes this sale even more remarkable was the ceremonious extraction of Begin Again Ganesha from its display shelf. Yes, you heard it right, Ganesha was kept on a shelf, and when the sale went through, Crypto-louvre ceremoniously extracted them from the display and turned it off, marking the end of an era for Ganesha and the beginning of a new chapter for Jeff32.
This marks the second highest six-figure JOY sale in USD and continues to prove the growing popularity and value of John Orion Young's digital multiverse. So, keep your eyes peeled, who knows what JOYs will be making their way to the shelves (and into the wallets) of art collectors next.
Attention JOY Collectors, hold onto your hats and prepare for a wild ride into a new realm of reality! JOYWORLD, the digital multiverse full of JOY, has just launched JOYvision, an Augmented Reality experience that will take your JOY experience to the next level.
With JOYvision, you can now view any JOYtoy in your real world environment directly from JOY.WORLD. Imagine holding a miniature version of your favorite JOYtoy in the palm of your hand or placing it on your desk for all to see. It's like having a portal to a whole new world of JOY right at your fingertips!
JOYWORLD has always been pushing the boundaries of what's possible in the digital art world, and JOYvision is just the latest example of JOY's innovative spirit. So what are you waiting for? Get ready to take a leap into a world of imagination and experience JOY like never before!
In a groundbreaking moment for JOYWORLD, the highly anticipated JOYtoy No.9: JOYblock sold out in an astonishing 10 minutes after being listed for a mere 0.001 ETH. This is the approximate price that the first JOYs were sold for back in 2018, and this latest release is a nostalgic nod to the early days of JOYWORLD.
The minimalist yet striking design of JOYblock has captured the hearts of JOY collectors and art enthusiasts alike. Its simple form serves as a symbol of the courage to start something new, over and over again. This latest addition to the JOYtoy collection is a true testament to the timeless appeal of JOYWORLD's art and design.
JOYWORLD continues to innovate and push the boundaries of what is possible in the digital art world. JOYblock is a must-have for any serious JOY collector, and we are honored to have it join the ranks of our iconic JOYtoy lineup.
So hold tight, JOYWORLD fans, because this is only the beginning of our exciting journey into the digital art world. Get ready for more amazing JOYtoys and innovative creations, because JOYWORLD is just getting started!
The Museum of Crypto Art (MOCA) has just made history by acquiring a JOY, a unique and innovative NFT, for their permanent Genesis Collection. This subset of the MOCA Permanent Collection will feature only one artwork per artist who made a positive impact on the NFT space prior to December 2020.
Laying the First Brick JOY represents the spirit of courage and creativity, embodied by the brick that is laid, over and over again, as a foundation for new beginnings. With this acquisition, MOCA has secured a place in the annals of art history as a leading institution that recognizes and celebrates the importance of NFTs in the world of contemporary art.
Get ready to experience the magic of JOY and the revolutionary spirit of NFTs at the Museum of Crypto Art. Let's start building a new foundation for art, together!
The digital multiverse of JOYs, JOYWORLD, has just launched JOYx, a new category of collaborations and inter-verse fun. John Orion Young, the mastermind behind JOYWORLD, is excited to bring together other artists and verses from across the digital realm to create unique and joyful experiences.
And the first JOYx collaboration is nothing short of amazing! JOYWORLD has teamed up with the dynamic duo, DABSMYLA, to create an original video piece that is hosted on SuperRare. This marks the first time a JOY piece has ever been minted outside of JOYWORLD's custom smart contracts, and it's just the beginning of what's to come with JOYx.
So get ready to laugh, dance, and have a blast as JOYWORLD opens up a world of possibilities for JOYs and digital art. Join us on this wild ride and let's see where JOYx takes us!
"One of the most fascinating aspects of NFT technology is the creation of digital provenance. We now have a transparent and immutable ledger at our fingertips with a record of exactly who did what and when — from the earliest explorers of new frontiers to the latest converts to mint their genesis pieces.
Many of the space’s biggest names were not the earliest adopters. For example, Beeple was a consistent force in the digital art world for years but only minted his first NFTs in 2020. As the market continues to grow at a rapid pace, it’s important to recognize the trailblazers who believed in crypto art’s potential at a time when it was anything but in vogue.
For those who are new to the scene, please take a moment to educate yourself on these twenty important pioneers who helped lay the groundwork. This list is far from exhaustive and we’ll be showcasing more OG artists in the future to ensure everyone who contributed to building this community gets the shine they deserve."
"John Orion Young (AKA JOY) has been a colorful fixture in the Metaverse since 2018 and a consistent advocate for VR/AR technology on the blockchain. Favoring cartoonish renders and eye-popping primary colors (with an unabashed soft spot for yellow), Young has established a compelling visual style while building a literal world around his own imagination. From his JoyWorld VR wonderland to JoyToy series, it’s clear Young is already living in 3021 and remains light years ahead of the curve."
In a stunning turn of events, MetaEvm, a new JOY Collector, has acquired Unicorn Fart, a one-of-a-kind JOY hand-sculpted in virtual reality by renowned artist John Orion Young. The sale, conducted by none other than the founder of Uniswap, Hayden Adams, saw Unicorn Fart fetch an astonishing 128 ETH, equaling $236,632 at the time of sale. This historic transaction marks the highest JOY sale to date and sets a new benchmark for the potential of JOYs and NFTs in the future.
The art world is buzzing with excitement over this landmark sale, which demonstrates the innovative use of blockchain technology and the growing importance of NFTs. With Unicorn Fart leading the way, the possibilities for NFTs and JOYs are truly limitless.
And for those with a sense of humor, it's worth noting that the farting unicorn may have let out a mighty toot of triumph at this amazing feat, making the sale of Unicorn Fart not only a major event in the NFT world, but also in the fart world.
The Franny Fanny JOYtoy, the first NFT created by a JOY, made history today with its incredible speed of selling out. With only 99 editions available, the Franny Fanny JOYtoy was snapped up by collectors in a matter of hours, setting a new standard for NFT sales.
But what sets this NFT apart is the revolutionary way it shares its profits with its fellow NFTs. The Franny Fanny JOYtoy contract calls the JOYs contract and determines the owner at the time of the transaction, automatically splitting the profits with them. This is the first time in NFT history that a sale has split profits with another NFT holder, making it a true game-changer in the world of NFTs.
The Franny Fanny JOYtoy was created in collaboration with Franny and its collector Niftynaut, who helped determine the number of editions and price. This innovative NFT is just the beginning of a new era in the world of NFTs and shows the unlimited potential of this exciting new market. Stay tuned for more groundbreaking NFTs from JOYWORLD!
John is an artist who sculpts digital art inside a VR headset. Listen along as we uncover his journey as an artist, learn about some of his daily routines, how he feels crypto can unleash new possibilities for creators and everything you need to know about the exciting new virtual world that he's building!
In a surprise move, JOYWORLD has launched its new custom contract for limited edition JOYtoys and gifted all current and past JOY collectors with the first JOYtoy, 2020 Vision of JOY. This includes all Ethereum addresses that had ever held a JOY, even those from the original JOYWORLD hot-potato contract that had only held a JOY for a few seconds before it was stolen.
The launch of the custom contract marks a new era for JOYWORLD and its collectors, bringing with it new capabilities and features. JOYtoys are limited edition, uniquely numbered ERC721 objects, offering a new way to play and interact in the metaverse. Each JOYtoy exists as an index of files, including animations and 3D sculptures, with the option to add additional files over time for interoperability across the metaverse.
JOYWORLD has maintained its commitment to art history and the immutable nature of its offerings, with all metadata on-chain and files distributed across the InterPlanetary File System. The custom contract also includes exciting new features, such as the ability to split profits at the point of sale with collaborators, charities, and even JOY owners.
Collectors are excited about the new era of JOYWORLD and the opportunities the custom contract brings. Many see the surprise gift of the first JOYtoy as a sign of good things to come, and are eagerly awaiting the next chapter in JOYWORLD's journey.
JOYWORLD introduces its exclusive smart contract for limited edition JOYtoys. These numbered, limited edition ERC721 objects from JOYWORLD are the ultimate playthings for the metaverse. Each JOYtoy consists of a collection of files including a 500x500 Animated PNG, 2000x2000 PNG, USDZ, GLB, 500x500 GIF, and 32x32x32 VOX. With additional files to be added over time, JOYtoys are designed for interoperability across the metaverse, with all metadata recorded on the blockchain and files stored on the immutable InterPlanetary File System. The new contract, created in partnership with NFT42, features innovative capabilities such as the ability to split profits at the point of sale with collaborators, charities, and JOY owners.
Imagine sculpting and painting an idea out of thin air. Join contemporary artist John Orion Young (JOY) to discover immersive creativity in this time of immersive computing. Explore the creative process in virtual and augmented reality, and find out how the distance between your imagination and reality is being dramatically reduced.
JOYWORLD is a different reality where everyone and thing is conspiring to make you feel JOYful and creative. Most people who visit JOYWORLD for too long get pronoia, constantly feeling like the universe is conspiring in their favor.
Former Adobe AR resident, John Orion Young started going by his initials JOY to put some more positivity out into the world with his art. See how he sets his work free with Adobe Aero.
At the end of 2019 all the JOYS were migrated to a new JOY contract with a full ownership model (increasing the value of JOYs by 700% overnight). Everybody can view this online digital art, but only one person can own it at a time.
John Orion Young (JOY) uses virtual reality (VR) as a tool for creating unique art pieces that are often sold and exchanged on the Ethereum blockchain. Young's site has been consistently popular with his collectibles generating a lot of activity on the blockchain. In this interview, he touches upon some fascinating aspects of the physicality of creating in the VR medium, digital art ownership and its indexicality.
"John Orion Young, a VR sculptor and technologist, is creating a dapp-powered VR world called JOYWORLD, where users can collect and trade unique digital 3D sculptures using a custom ERC-721 contract on the Ethereum blockchain. His smart contract has processed over 130 ETH and he expects to be able to live off the revenue soon. John built the entire JOYWORLD website himself, and he believes that by removing the distance between the artist and the collector, it makes the experience more direct and personal. He plans to continue building and expanding JOYWORLD, as he sees it as an integral part of his artistic process."
John Orion Young is using blockchain technology to give art collectors a new way to interact with his work. When a piece is purchased, a smart contract automatically sets a new price for the next buyer, ensuring profit for the artist and transforming the buyer into an advocate to facilitate the next sale. Young plans to incorporate 3D/AR/VR viewing and a "JOYworld" virtual reality space in the future. This is one example of how blockchain empowers collectors to directly engage with the artist and have a stake in the life of a piece.
JOY Collector Mamba set the highest sale record to date by collecting Surge and pressing the price up to 2.7 ETH! Now the most expensive artwork!
JOY is the #1 Art DApp in the world and #11 out of all DApps by trading volume.Ahead of SuperRare, KnownOrigin and others. According to DApp.com
JOY Collectors have traded over 45 ETH in 24 hours!
JOY becomes the first artist to mint 3D artworks on the Ethereum blockchain. JOY is also the first artist to create their own smart contract and marketplace to sell their digital art. JOY minted the first pieces of digital art on an original smart contract he coded to sell each JOY for the Ethereum equivalent of $1. The contract would then automatically increase the value of each JOY after each trade, and immediately relist it for sale again. Somebody could always steal your JOY from you—if they were willing to pay more than you!