by R.A. Rowell
Thanks to a follow from their Twitter account, I discovered KnownOrigin.io, a marketplace for original digital artwork from top digital artists and illustrators. Using the Ethereum blockchain, buyers can collect their favorite pieces knowing that the work is one of a kind and a true digital asset. Digital artwork has been gaining more of a market on the blockchain, and KnownOrigin has plenty of artists with excellent works on offer.
The great news about KnownOrigin is that you can purchase items from the marketplace with either ETH (Ether cryptocurrency) or with a credit or debit card. So, if you're short on crypto, no worries! You can make offers on pieces you like for as little as 0.01 ETH or just few US dollars. Of course, you'll need an Ethereum wallet to store your digital artwork tokens, but many great and easy options exist for that. (I use Enjun Wallet on mobile and MetaMask on PC.)
Another cool feature of the KnownOrigin site is you can see the latest activity on the site, which is updated every 5 minutes. This shows you when a listing is created, a bid is placed or refunded, or if a price change occurs. That's a really nice feature of decentralized blockchain collectible marketplaces: transparency.
How Popular is KnownOrigin.io?
KnownOrigin began in early 2018 with just a concept and it took off quickly. The KnownOrigin project began with a simple concept: "Can we use the power of Ethereum blockchain and the integrity of digital assets in the art world to improve the proof of ownership, provenance, authenticity, and reducing forgery of artwork?" It was a success, deploying to the Ethereum mainnet in April 2018.
As of late October 2019, KnownOrigin has about 10 to 20 daily active users (DAUs), peaking at about 5 ETH in daily trading volume. The user base is slowly growing. There's been a lot more steady trading activity lately in the second half of 2019. Pieces appear to be trading hands daily. As the investment interest in digital artwork grows, I'm sure that volume is bound to increase!
If you like collecting digital artwork, definitely go check out KnownOrigin. It seems like a great way to get started in crypto collectibles, since you can use your favorite fiat currency (such as the US Dollar or Euro) by credit/debit card to purchase. If you’re a digital artist, it could be a great way to be compensated for your work. This is definitely a cool project and one the Digital Collectibles Journal will be happy to follow.
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R.A. Rowell is a collectibles enthusiast who comes from a long history of collecting trading cards in both sports and in Trading Card Games. He is passionate about educating the world about the future promise and benefits of digital collectibles, both on the blockchain and off.
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