Last month, we introduced you to Gajesh Naik, a 13-year-old boy from Goa, India, who drummed up his own investment management program for cryptocurrency.
Apparently there’s quite a market for tweens looking to get into crypto. This past week, a 12-year-old sold a series of original NFT icons for over $160,000.
The NFT collection is Weird Whales—a set of pixelated whale icons inspired by a stock image—and the kid is Benyamin Ahmed. He’s based out of a London suburb that one of Decrypt’s English staffers described as “small, quaint, and dull.”
“I got interested in the NFT space because originally I thought it was cool as an online flex,” said Ahmed. It was only later, after developing a “respect” for the digital-first art style of popular NFT collections like CryptoPunks and Bored Ape Yacht Club, that he decided to make a collection of his own.
For the uninitiated: an NFT is a kind of cryptocurrency that can be attached to files on the internet and sold as proof of ownership. They’ve been around for years, but it’s only the past six months that they’ve achieved mainstream recognition; in March, the $69 million sale of an NFT by the digital artist Beeple made the front page of the Wall Street Journal.
As with CryptoPunks and Bored Ape Yacht Club, each Weird Whale image comes with a set of…
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