Author : Mark
Date : Jan 02,2023
The collection's images were generated using an AI image generator or poorly done photoshop
Donald Trump, a former US president, recently published a collection of non-fungible tokens (NFTs), but it has received harsh criticism for its shoddy production, editing, and usage of stock photos, among other things.
There are two main charges brought against Trump and the individuals responsible for the collection:
The collection's images were generated using an AI image generator or poorly done photoshop; they were directly downloaded from the internet and are of terrible quality.
For instance, there is a picture of Trump dressed like a duck hunter (or something similar), wearing clothing from a well-known online apparel store.
There are claims that Shutterstock photos were used in the collection in addition to reportedly using branded clothing.
Furthermore, users assert that Adobe is included, not simply Shutterstock. Some suggest leaving the project immediately.
The Washington Post reported that,
The Trump cards will feature awkward Photoshop images of the former president's face grafted onto reasonably fit male bodies, dressed in various costumes of masculine bravado, including sporting garb, a sheriff's duster, and lots of blue suits, if the images seen on the website are comparable to the digital images that will be transferred to anyone who pays the $99 fee.
But the piece also included a warning:
"The joke will ultimately be on the $99 purchasers of his NFTs, which, despite what might first seem to be an uptick in demand, are probably exceedingly dangerous as a long-term investment. But even that fits Trump's persona well; it perfectly captures his particular brand of marketing."
The NFT website explicitly refutes claims that Trump or his businesses own, manage, or control NFT INT LLC, the business described as holding the NFT auction. Consequently, it is unclear what this company is, and much online rumor is being circulated.
According to the website, the award-winning illustrator Clark Mitchell, who has had notable working partnerships with brands including Star Wars, Hasbro, Mattel, Marvel, Time Magazine, Coors, Budweiser, Disney, Corona, and Coca-Cola, created the stunning imagery for the Trump Digital Trading Cards.
Many funny moments
The "Trump Cards" collection of NFTs, which featured Donald Trump in a variety of personas, including a superhero, astronaut, and cowboy, was launched last Thursday. A total of 45,000 NFTs were issued on Polygon, and many people consider the idea to be just another money-making scheme.
The collection quickly sold out, and as of 9 am UTC on Monday morning, the lowest price listed on the OpenSea marketplace is ETH 0.099 ($120). The most expensive card costs 505 ETH ($598,000).
ETH 6,369 ($7.55 million) in total volume, with 15,621 owners and 35% unique owners, is the current value.
However, given that Trump had hinted at "important" news that many had assumed would have something to do with US politics, the collection and its publication were widely ridiculed when they were announced.
Notably, Trump's launch of his own NFT initiative stands in sharp contrast to his position on cryptocurrency during his tenure as president. Trump has already criticized Bitcoin and the cryptocurrency market as a whole, joining a long list of politicians who have also criticized crypto goods because of their negative environmental effects.
In addition, the former President received criticism for publishing a collection at a time when the NFT market is in disarray as a result of the current crypto downturn, a string of corporate failures, and bankruptcies, including the dramatic collapse of the FTX exchange.
NFTs are not just being used by Donald Trump; less than a month after her husband described cryptocurrency as "extremely dangerous," Melania Trump unveiled her "Melania's Vision" line.
Unsurprisingly, SNL also made fun of the former president and the collection.