Rare NFT Jewelry Inspired By Pieces Worn by Tupac Shakur Set for Release Via MakersPlace
By Gabrielle Pharms | December 9, 2021
NFT marketplace for rare digital art, MakersPlace, has partnered with the estate of iconic artist Tupac Shakur for The Immortal Collection. Set for release on December 15, 2021, this drop will feature a four-piece NFT jewelry collection based on some of Tupac’s most well-known pieces, from his 2PAC and diamond solitaire rings to his Makaveli bracelet and the medallion he wore in the last photo ever taken of him.
Shakur remains one of the most top-selling artists of all time, with over 75 million albums sold globally. In 2017, Shakur was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, making him the first solo hip-hop artist recognized for inclusion in his first eligible year. His belief in exercising the right to express oneself through various artforms from writing to music and acting to fashion and beyond remains respected throughout the world. For Shakur, jewelry was another form of self-expression outside the entertainment industry.
Prior to fame, Shakur wore leather pieces. As he began to prosper, he progressed to silver. Then, once he reached greater levels of success, he upgraded to gold. In the last year of his life, he not only could afford more luxurious pieces, but he began designing them himself in detail. Working in close collaboration with the Shakur estate, NFT artists Impossible Brief and curators Digital Arts & Sciences selected pieces from his personal archives to highlight in the drop. Keeping Shakur’s unique vision and ideas at the forefront, they carefully created this digital assortment of the jewelry he designed and wore, marking the world’s first NFT authorized by the Shakur estate.
This artifact-based capsule also serves as the first glimpse at some of Tupac’s personal items being featured in the upcoming museum experience Tupac Shakur. Wake Me When I’m Free, an immersive museum experience exploring the life of Shakur, which will open January 21, 2022, in Los Angeles’ The Canvas at L.A. Live.
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