John Orion Young (JOY) is a character-based contemporary artist exploring new ways of creating, distributing, and experiencing art through innovative technologies of AR, VR, and blockchain.
JOY creates virtual muses called JOYs that can only be owned by one person at a time. Each JOY has a unique magic power to help you achieve your wildest dreams and happiest potential! When you collect a JOY, you gain their magic to guide you through pathways in your life.
Each JOY is sculpted by hand in virtual reality and verified by the Ethereum blockchain to be an authentic 1:1 original.
JOY believes there is beauty in authenticity of ownership and the symbiotic relationship between artist and collector.
JOY minted the first piece of digital art in early 2018 on an original smart contract he coded to sell each JOY for the ethereum equivalent of $1. The contract would then automatically increase the value of each JOY after each trade, and immediately relist it for sale again. Somebody could always steal your JOY from you—if they were willing to pay more than you!
At the end of 2019 all the JOYS were migrated to a new JOY contract with a full ownership model (increasing the value of JOYs by 700% overnight). Everybody can view this online digital art, but only one person can own it at a time.