PFP NFTs: A Beginner’s Guide

PFP, or profile picture, NFTs are likely to become popular as the metaverse gains wider adoption. This guide gives you the basics.

Written by Michael Koller
Published on Sep. 30, 2022
PFP NFTs: A Beginner’s Guide
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The brave new world of crypto-collectibles has introduced NFTs to the field. NFTs (short for non-fungible tokens) are unique digital assets minted or bought and traded for on secondary markets. This guide will explain PFP NFTs and why they’re surging in popularity.

PFP NFTs: What Are They?

A profile picture, or PFP for short, is a type of NFT that has grown in popularity. They’re tiny pieces of art you might see as a Twitter profile photo. Celebrities and influencers are getting attention for their large purchases. The first PFP NFT was CryptoPunks, which launched in 2017.

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What Is the Metaverse?

This is where things start to get a little science fiction-y if this is your first time hearing about the metaverse. The word combines “meta” (beyond) with “universe.” In practice, it’s a cross-over term that refers to a location where the internet, augmented reality, and virtual worlds collide.

As the metaverse gains traction, you won’t exclusively be using the internet via your computer or smartphone; instead, you’ll be immersed in it. Your working day will feel as if you’re playing a video game. You’ll be able to look around your kitchen while grocery shopping. Is this notion of the future becoming increasingly clear?

NFTs are the seeds that will help grow the metaverse. What appears to be a simple JPEG file might be the face of the next unicorn startup in this virtual space.

 

Why Are PFP NFTs Popular?

A profile picture, or PFP for short, is a type of NFT that has grown in popularity. They’re tiny pieces of art you might see as a Twitter profile photo. Celebrities and influencers are getting attention for their large purchases. The first PFP NFT was CryptoPunks, which launched in 2017.

On the Ethereum blockchain, 10,000 unique avatars were generated and distributed for free. Because some features are rarer than others, these avatars were initially seen as collectibles. Blockchain evangelists began to use them on social media, indicating that they had joined the crypto tribe.

Today, purchasing a CryptoPunk has become much more difficult. The cost might range from six figures to millions of dollars, depending on the item’s rarity, if you can even locate one. In fact, Visa paid $150,000 for one

Don’t worry if you didn’t get in on CryptoPunks, however. All is not lost since upcoming projects have copied the CryptoPunk approach.

 

Why Would You Want to Own a PFP NFT?

This is where we should return to our earlier discussion on the metaverse. Many of the things we require in our physical world will be necessary in a virtual world as well. A CryptoPunk avatar, for example, is a fun way to flex in the metaverse. It’s the digital equivalent of a Lamborghini, a method to announce your presence to everyone.

Of course, not everyone can afford to purchase an exotic car. Nor do all people want one. NFTs allow you to express yourself while also belonging to a community that shares your values.

There’s no better illustration of how a community drives NFT value than Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC). The project used the CryptoPunks approach of minting 10,000 different avatars that served as memberships to their club.

They then joined forces with Decentraland, a 3D-virtual world run on Ethereum, to create a casino hangout. This was a groundbreaking occasion since these communities were no longer isolated on Discord and Zoom; instead, they met in the metaverse. BAYCs creator, Yuga Labs, has since been working on its own metaverse, Otherside, with a beta version expected to go live in 2023.

If that all sounds too good to be true, they also offered members the option of claiming an NFT dog, commonly known as the Bored Ape Kennel Club. This is similar to a membership dividend since the value of the dogs increased in tandem with BAYC’s value.

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Collect PFP NFTs

The crypto space is fueled by speculation, but it’s vital to understand that PFP NFTs are difficult to sell. They’re analogous to physical art. It’s not something you can quickly sell if you need the cash. Instead of looking for something to flip, find something that speaks to you and that you’ll enjoy using in your own unique ways.

This content is for informational and educational purposes only. Built In strives to maintain accuracy in all its editorial coverage, but it is not intended to be a substitute for financial or legal advice.

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