NFT project creates 10,000 „digital pizzas“ – in reference to Bitcoin’s „Pizza Day“
Pizzas were the first real-world item that could be bought with Bitcoin. And an NFT project now wants to pay tribute to that.
RarePizzas, a Chainlink-based non-fungible token (NFT) project, is paying homage to Bitcoin’s „Pizza Day“ – by selling over 10,000 unique digital pizzas, according to the press release.
Why pizzas as NFTs?
Pizzas were the very first real-world item purchased with Bitcoin after developer Laszlo Hanyecz paid over 10,000 Bitcoin to buy two pizzas on 22 May 2010. The purchase is now worth $566 million – but it has shown that the Bitcoin Circuit technology works and that Bitcoin can be used as a legitimate, reliable means of payment.
RarePizzas now wants to pay homage to that day. It wants to sell over 10,000 NFTs (with digital pizzas) to fund a giveaway of more than 10,000 real pizzas on 22 May.
Over 300 artists and 30 developers from around the world are said to be working with what is called a „pizza mafia“ to help promote and market the project.
For the uninitiated: NFTs are cryptographic representations of real or intangible assets on the blockchain. They help prove true ownership of the underlying assets, and use cases range from digital art to real estate, cars to pizzas.
From the designs on the boxes to the individual ingredients of the pizzas, all concept graphics for RarePizzas were contributed by volunteers. The designs are managed by VFX artist Anthony Shafer, who is supported by a team of designers to manage the algorithms for distributing the „topping“ art.
„Shafer uses professional cinematic VFX software to create unique composite images that cannot be mimicked with consumer tools, bucking the pixel art trend to create visually stunning artwork never before seen in the NFT space,“ the blog says.
How Chainlink fits in
To ensure that each digital pizza is verifiably unique (how can you trust that all 10,000 NFTs are unique without checking each one?), RarePizzas has integrated Chainlink’s verifiable random function (VRF).
Chainlink’s VRFs, introduced last year, make blockchain applications that rely on randomness both provably fair/equally unsafe for all contract participants, while successfully reducing the risk that an adversary could exploit the contract by predicting outcomes. This helps ensure that no two pizzas are the same for the Bitcoin Pizza Project (go to buy bitcoin with credit card guide).
Apparently, the RarePizzas project is succeeding. The project claims to have sold over $500,000 worth of digital pizzas within hours of launch. This, it says, helped achieve the project’s first goal – to fund the donation of at least 10,000 free pizzas to the public.