Golden Unicorn: Luck

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The Golden Unicorn was inspired by the historical Gold Rush in California and the Startup Community.

As a Chinese-American who lives in San Francisco, this Golden Unicorn piece is particularly significant to me. Chinese people historically referred to California as Gold Mountain, as evidenced by maps and returned-overseas Chinese. However, as … (read more)

The Golden Unicorn was inspired by the historical Gold Rush in California and the Startup Community.

As a Chinese-American who lives in San Francisco, this Golden Unicorn piece is particularly significant to me. Chinese people historically referred to California as Gold Mountain, as evidenced by maps and returned-overseas Chinese. However, as a gold rush subsequently occurred in Bendigo, Australia, the then-colony of Victoria was referred to as “New Gold Mountain” (新金山), and California became known as Old Gold Mountain. In fact, San Francisco’s Chinese name literally translates to “Old Gold Mountain” (Simplified Chinese: 旧金山; traditional Chinese: 舊金山).

Also, as an artist who has been working in the startup world for the last 12 years, I always wanted to capture the spirit of entrepreneurship in a visual form. The Unicorn is a term in the business world to indicate a privately held startup company valued at over $1 billion. The term was coined in 2013 by venture capitalist Aileen Lee, choosing the mythical animal to represent the statistical rarity of such successful ventures.

This piece is my tribute to people and the spirit of those in the past who immigrated to San Francisco and California to find gold for a better future and celebrate the people and spirit of entrepreneurship and startups today, creating digital gold in the metaverse as the Makers of Magic! 🪄🦄

After working in the startup world for the last 12 years, the news of NFT marketplace MakersPlace's recent Series A raise got me thinking about the world of startups and what it takes for founders to be successful in such a competitive space: Resilience (Phoenix), Strength (Griffin), Imagination (Pegasus), Courage (Winged Lion), Creativity (Hippocampus), Magic (Unicorn in Color), and even Luck (Unicorn in Gold). And then, I realized that those are many of the same attributes of successful artists. So I created a new NFT collection, "Makers of Magic," that embodies what I see as the 7 vital qualities above of creators, artists, startup founders, and makers of all kinds.

Before NFTs, digital art was either free or in a supportive role to facilitate selling products in the business world. We all know it has intrinsic value, yet it can not be manifested without attaching to a business or product. However, the existence of NFT adds the financial layer to digital art. It makes the artistic content immutable digital collectibles, which can protect and help monetize digital creators' work. This digital asset class is empowering creators and revolutionizing how they can create real value from their work. NFT can change my life and other creatives like illustrators, animators, musicians, and even entertainers, to leverage digital collectibles to engage their community authentically, supplement their existing revenue streams, and truly become the makers of magic ✨🦄✨.


Additional Details:
  • 5000 x 5000 px, GIF (1.3 MB)
  • This is a signed and limited edition digital creation.
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Comments

Arte Love
2021/09/07

Thanks for this awesome Makers of Magic set! 🦄❤️🤍🧡🤍❤️

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The Pilaterie
2021/08/26

SHINYYY

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