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The Outer Realm

The Outer Realm

By Eric Paul Rhodes
WTF is an NFT? The Outer Realm Podcast is here to answer this question. I'm Eric Paul Rhodes and every week I interview people from around the globe about what it takes to become a successful NFT artist on this exciting new frontier for art sales. In each episode, my guests will reveal their creative process, discuss the intricacies of blockchain technology, and inspire you to create your first NFTs!
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Darren Cullen: Founder of Graffiti Kings, Graffiti Artist, and Former Train Station Conductor

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Matt Szczur on His Baseball Career and Using NFT Art as a Way to Change Lives
Matt Szczur made his MLB debut in 2014 playing for the Cubs, but did you know he also excelled at college football? I invited him to discuss his career in sports and find out how he went from a professional baseball player to an NFT artist. We chat about his path through professional baseball, the role art played in his life, how he sold art to baseball legends like Mark McGwire, and how he saved a little girl’s life by donating bone marrow. Matt also shares his artistic process, how he comes up with out-of-the-box ideas, and why it’s important to own your personal journey. Key points discussed Art as a way to wind down and de-stress (01:15) The beginnings: college football and baseball (12:55) How Matt started doing art as a way to give back (15:48) Digital art helps you make great connections (28:07) Matt’s art techniques and his creative process (30:17) On being competitive and having a strong mind (35:13) How to save a life: Matt’s goals in the NFT space (39:01) The artistic thought process never really ends (44:51) Additional Resources Check out Matt’s art at SuperRare, follow him on Twitter, and consider donating to his foundation Szcz the Day. If you want to stay in the loop and learn about exciting NFT artists, make sure to follow The Outer Realm on your favorite podcast app. You like our talks? Leave a rating and a review! To stay in touch and connect with me, follow me here: 🔥 Twitter 🔥 LinkedIn 🔥 Outer Realm Blog
May 3, 2021
Shaolin Shoppe on Vaporwave, Crypto Art, and the Best Kung-Fu Movie Ever
Shaolin Shoppe is a crypto artist, bass player, and one of the OGs in the trash art space. He got into crypto art before it was cool, spending only 3$ to mint his first NFT. Shaolin’s style is influenced by vaporwave, trash art, and glitch. Today we discuss his art background, the future of NFTs, what makes crypto better than fiat, and why cities are overrated. Shaolin also shares his favorite kung-fu movie, plays bass, and shares valuable advice for NFT newcomers. Tune in to find out what the NFT scene looked like way back in 2018 and what’s next for Shaolin Shoppe. Key points discussed If Shaolin didn’t become a crypto artist, he’d be a cowboy (00:00) The coolest bass lines in the history of music (09:48) How Shaolin creates music and why he has more bass guitars than he needs (13:13) Shaolin’s art background and the best kung-fu movies (22:35) What’s an NFD and what’s Shaolin’s tongue-in-cheek statement behind it (31:35) Shaolin’s crypto art aesthetic and the most exciting collaborations (37:08) What’s next for Shaolin and the crypto art world (45:04) Who are Shaolin’s biggest collectors and how to get involved in the community (50:44) How Shaolin got into NFT and the case for spending crypto in the real world (01:00:15) Advice for NFT newcomers: You got to play the game (01:09:23) Additional Resources Follow Shaolin’s Twitter and get his art on here and get his art at MyBAE. If you want to stay in the loop and learn about exciting NFT artists, make sure to follow The Outer Realm on your favorite podcast app. You like our talks? Leave a rating and a review! To stay in touch and connect with me, follow me here: 🔥 Twitter 🔥 LinkedIn 🔥 Blog
April 27, 2021
The Artist Coach, Molls: Mental Health Coach, Author & Artist
My guest today is Molls and in this episode, we talk about growing up in the 70s, her hedonistic lifestyle on the island of Ibiza in the 90s, and her awakening experience after a mental breakdown in 2008.
April 8, 2021
'Stache - Bitcoiner, Blockchain Gamer, Content Creator, Entrepreneur, Musician, & Designer
My guest today is 'Stache and we talk about everything from being an architectural designer, the impact the 2008 financial crash had on him, and his role as an educator in the crypto community. 
April 4, 2021
St. Heresy: Artist, Gamer, and Graphic Designer
My guest today is St. Heresy and we talk about everything from her love of puzzles as a child, to the excitement of her first NFT sale, and the pressures and expectations put on women as NFT artists. 
March 17, 2021
Gary Vaynerchuk: Entrepreneur, Investor, Influencer, and NFT Artist
My guest today is Gary Vee and we talk about the cultural impact of digital collectibles and NFTs over the next 20 years. 
March 8, 2021
Colborn Bell: Founder of The Museum of Crypto Art (MOCA)
In this episode, we talk about growing up in California, his experience as a trader, and the origins of The Museum of Crypto Art.
March 4, 2021
Bittty: Bitcoin Artist, Glitch Artist, and Sculptor
My guest today is Bittty and we talk about everything from the struggle with a mental health journey, to having a 10-year creative block unlocked by crypto art, and being interested in the mechanics of data manipulation in glitch art.
February 17, 2021
[Trash Art Week 2021 - Panel #5] The Hashmasks with Allen Hena (Unedited)
Talked with the community manager of The Hashmasks, Allen Hena, about the project, big questions, and the mystery surrounding it. 
February 16, 2021
[Trash Art Week 2021 - Panel #4] Trash Artists: One Year Later (Unedited)
Trash artists involved with the movement since its inception talk about their roots, what inspires them, and what they're looking forward to. This crypto artists panel includes Second Realm, and Cryptoyun, Synoptic, WGMeets, Bruce the Goose, Bitjamin, and Kamisama.
February 16, 2021
[Trash Art Week 2021 - Panel #3] Trash Art: One Year Later (Unedited)
A panel featuring transdimensional artist Max Osiris; the founder of Avastars, Jim “j1mmy” McNelis; and the god-father of trash art Robness Cumba. In this panel, we reflect on the last year of NFT art through the lens of trashart.
February 16, 2021
[Trash Art Week 2021 - Panel #2] Alt-chain NFT Platforms for Artists (Unedited)
We had Julia Ponsford from NFT Showroom (HIVE); Nate Geier from Mintbase (NEAR Protocol); Vincente from GhostMarket (Phantasma chain); and Lee from WAX Blockchain talk about the challenges and benefits of creating new market places for digital collectibles.
February 16, 2021
[Trash Art Week 2021 - Panel #1] Art Curation on the Blockchain (Unedited)
Jay Delay and Sascha Bailey talk about the opportunities and challenges related to art curation broadly throughout the history of art and more specifically about curation as it impacts artists, collectors, and platforms in a decentralized ecosystem.
February 16, 2021
Max Osiris: Transdimensional Artist, Crypto Art Provocateur, and Time Traveler.
My guest today is Max Osiris and we talk about everything from growing up in Lithuania, to the pitfalls of success, and pushing the boundaries of crypto art.
February 15, 2021
Collin Dyer: Art Collector, Lawyer, and Metal Artist
My guest today is Collin Dyer and we talk about everything from the influence of his high school teacher on his art education, his experience writing patents for a law firm, and the mental models he uses to value digital art. 
February 9, 2021
Crypto Yuna: World Traveler, Mom, OG Trash Artist, and Collaborator Extraordinaire
My guest today is Crypto Yuna, and we talk about traveling the world in her youth, to being a mom during the pandemic, and her preference for K-dramas over crypto art drama.
February 9, 2021
How to Reframe Your Past Experiences and Build Confidence as an Artist
In this quick-take episode, photographer and crypto artist Cyber Shakti talks about reframing her past experiences and building confidence in herself as an artist: “Everything in my life has culminated to this….standup comedy taught me how to make people feel at ease, marketing taught me how to be professional, photography gave me aesthetics, glitch art gave me expression. So I think that everything I’ve done in my life is culminating so that I can be a crypto artist.”
February 5, 2021
Darren Cullen: Founder of Graffiti Kings, Graffiti Artist, and Former Train Station Conductor
My guest today is Darren Cullen, and we talk about everything from his path into graffiti, to a stint as a station conductor so that he can paint the train stations, to being endorsed by the British Government for his graffiti work.
February 3, 2021
Two Ways Artists Can Grow an Audience
Sascha Bailey is the CEO of Blockchain Art Exchange. He is also an artist representative and art curator. And even though he's in his 20's he has over 10 years of experience in the traditional fine art industry. In this quick-take episode, i asked him, "If an artist in the cryptoart space is looking to grow an audience, what do you recommend they do?"
January 29, 2021
Jay Delay: Arts Educator, Punk Rocker, Trash Artist, $SPAM Founder, and Environmentalist
My guest today is Jay Delay, and we talk about everything from his role as a youth art educator, the impact that punk rock has had on his life, and his artistic exploration of NFTs as a communication platform.
January 27, 2021
Cyber Shakti: Glitch Artist, Comedian, Crypto Artist, and Photographer
My guest today is Cyber Shakti and we talk about everything from how The Devine Feminine shows up in her work, to how she got her start in glitch art in 2016, as-well-as a 2-year stint as a stand-up comedian.
January 22, 2021
Sascha Bailey: CEO of Blockchain Art Exchange (BAE), Artist Representative, and Art Curator
My guest is Sascha Bailey, CEO of digital art platform Blockchain Art Exchange, and we talk about everything from growing up in a creative family, curating an erotic art show at 18, and the role that Blockchain Art Exchange plays in cryptoart.
January 15, 2021