The artwork for Trump’s NFT is based on photos of online clothing | Popgen Tech
In creating his NFT collection, former President Trump appears to have borrowed images from all over the internet, including clothing brands on Amazon and Walmart.
On Thursday, Trump began selling his first-ever NFT collection, dubbed the “Official Donald Trump Digital Trading Card Collection.” The former president released 45,000 of them, each individually priced at $99.
However, journalists noticed(Opens in a new window) that at least some of the images for the NFTs relied on photos of clothes that can be purchased online. For example, the NFT of Trump wearing a cowboy outfit appears to be based on a Scully Leather puffer jacket sold on Amazon(Opens in a new window) and Walmart(Opens in a new window).
(Credit: collecttrumpcards.com/Men’s Warehouse)
Another Trump tuxedo NFT borrowed images from a suit sold at Men’s Warehouse.(Opens in a new window) Meanwhile, a separate NFT included a photo of a $49 Western Sports coat(Opens in a new window).
Journalist Matthew Sheffield added that other NFTs appear to be based on photos from stock image provider Shutterstock and a news article.
However, many of Trump’s other NFTs are simply the former president standing in the same pose, but with slight variations that could include raising a fist, wearing a hat, or even clutching a basketball.
To create the art for the NFT, the Trump Organization hired a contract artist named Clark Mitchell(Opens in a new window), who has done projects for Star Wars, Disney, Hasbro, as well as other NFTs, including athletes. Mitchell did not respond to a request for comment, so it is unclear what process he used to create the Trump NFT. At the moment, Mitchell only has tweeted(Opens in a new window): “It’s definitely a unique day,” after Trump announced NFTs.
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But we wouldn’t be surprised if Mitchell used stock images to simplify the production of hundreds of individual images for the NFT collection. In many cases, the art for NFT looks like Trump’s head was photoshopped onto his body.
Already derided by critics, including Trump supporters(Opens in a new window) former president for promoting his NFT collection when he announced plans to run for president again in 2024. But even then, the digital collectibles sold out quickly, according to Trump’s website(Opens in a new window). About 6% of NFTs are also oversold(Opens in a new window) on OpenSea starting at around $180 in Ethereum.
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