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史蒂夫·伊斯兰’s cat Kayla was the star of an internet meme called “Kitty Cat Dance,” created in 2004. (Screenshot via YouTube)

十七年前,史蒂夫·伊斯兰was getting ready to leave his house when he noticed his cat, Kayla, sprawled on the bed. Amused at her dance-like pose, Ibsen snapped a series of photographs of the cat.

The aspiring animator, who was 17 at the time, stitched the images together and wrote and performed a short song to create a simple video that he uploaded to his high school blog, G-shack.com. In the time since,“凯蒂猫舞”已成为互联网庞大的MEME文化的众所周知的一部分。并且已经被许多不是ibsen的人偷来了,复制了,上传和创业。

周三的所有变化都是伊斯兰,他住在西雅图的白中心社区,是auctioning off the original digital file试图将他的工作永生化,并以某种方式利用数字艺术和收藏品,非娱乐令牌(NFTS)和区块技术的利益。

“I don’t know a lot about blockchain technology,” Ibsen said Tuesday, laughing and rattling off what he called his “art school understanding” of the phenomenon.

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NFTS使用BlockChain技术 - 类似于比特币 - 跟踪艺术,体育亮点,歌曲等独特数字资产的所有权。人们可以在市场上拥有验证,限量版数字资产和购买,销售或将其交易。NFTS利用传统收藏家的相同兴趣和习惯,但在现代版本中。例如,它基于数字稀缺的想法 - 例如,新的交易和收集棒球或神奇宝贝卡的新手。

“Kitty Cat Dance”拍卖是最近在HashTag下开始的最近运动的一部分#memonomy由克里斯托雷斯,另一名病毒猫艺术品的创造者,“喵喵猫。”那个动画的飞行猫与一个流行队的身体留下彩虹踪迹售价约60万美元狗万平台上个月。

包括IBSEN的几种拍卖,正在平台上发生基础本星期。Meme“Bad Luck Brian”星期二出售对于20 Eth,或以太,平台的加密货币。美国美元相当于销售额为38,850.20美元。

史蒂夫·伊斯兰as a high school teenager with his cat, Kayla. (Photo courtesy of Steve Ibsen)

在2004年创建猫视频后,IBSEN继续在华盛顿大学和西雅图艺术学院学习艺术。熟练的动画,视频制作,图形设计,音频/视频编辑等等,他在谷歌和他自己的创意工作室度过了时间,然后在西雅图的大鱼游戏八年内登陆。伊斯伦,一个父亲到两个幼儿,因为持续的大流行而下秋天放弃了大鱼。

准备潜在的Crypto意外收获,IBSEN在旧硬盘上发现了他原来的“Kitty Cat Dance”文件。在第一个iPhone发布之前三年,图像拍摄了3.2MP的索尼网络拍摄数码相机。

“我刚刚买了高中摄影课的相机,”伊斯坦说。“我只是拍摄[Kayla]的照片,躺在她的背上,露出她精彩的肚子。当我刚刚来回穿过相机上的照片时,它看起来像是她正在跳舞,只有又抢在一起。“

Ibsen recorded the song in one take on his four-track, with lyrics including “Cat. I’m a kitty cat. And I dance dance dance and I dance dance dance.”

他上传的博客不再存在了。易卜生有A.YouTube上的版本(上图),已经被浏览1800万次,但是that’s a small fraction of the meme’s reach.

“This has been uploaded and it’s deprecated millions of times over the internet in all sorts of different formats with all sorts of different watermarks and everything,” Ibsen said.

史蒂夫·伊斯兰上Tiktok.calling out his claim to fame. (TikTok screenshot via Steve Ibsen)

零售连锁热门话题一旦出售T恤,没有IBSEN的许可。这首歌和一个敲门猫出现在一个普遍的视频游戏“Roblox”“fortnite”也创造了一个模仿

Ibsen graduated from art school into a recession and worked less-than-minimum-wage jobs in Seattle while trying to figure out how to pay rent. He’s tried to cement his ownership of the meme over the years and make a buck where he can, selling his own T-shirts onAmazon这个专门的商店。他吸引了超过40,000名粉丝Tiktok.where he’s discussed the meme and now randomly does doodles of his followers’ pets.

但他对17年的原始创作令人沮丧,基本上被视为公共领域。

“以nft格式把它置于一个伟大的方式,有点为自己提出旗帜,”IBSEN说。“我不知道其他艺术家是否有同感。这是一个巨大的荣誉。它感觉就像它在数字博物馆里差不多。“

托雷斯,#memeconomy创造者,告诉知道你的模因新闻NFT Space是一个完美的地方,让他们对已经努力获得对互联网文化贡献的认可的艺术家的理想场所。

“Growing up in the memeverse, I’ve seen so many good artists lose out because their memes just get so big that they get stolen by large corporations,” Torres told Know Your Meme. “These artists never see a dime for their work, and it’s always just resonated with me.”

IBSEN的auction on Foundationwent live Wednesday morning. He listed “Kitty Cat Dance” at a reserve price of 3 ETH, meaning someone will have to put up about $5,600 to get the bidding started.

Kayla是“Kitty Cat Dance”的明星,不会围绕着她们在加密艺术市场上销售的动作。IBSEN说,她于2011年左右去世了。他现在有两只18岁的猫,他通过了他被他在西雅图所租用的公寓的前一个公寓抛弃的时候通过了。

Neither of those cats is a meme star — yet.

Update, Friday, March 12:“Kitty Cat Dance”在周五早期出售2 Eth,或约3,500美元。狗万平台IBSEN表示,随着收益,他被“超级满意”。

“Obviously more money is always more money but that is a good chunk of cash for an artist like me,” he said. “The biggest relief I’ve had through all of this is being the one to mint my own NFT of my work, not somebody else.”

买方仅被标识为匿名代码行。

Ibsen said the money will help him upgrade some of his equipment, and purchase a decent camera for new projects.

“我已经有一些东西烹饪,”当被问及他是否会跟上NFT和Crypto艺术空间时说。“我肯定会看着以太国追随他们的承诺,以便对NFTS这样的事情彻底减少能源使用,但我相信他们会随之而来。”

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