A-Mashiro is a Tokyo based photographer, painter and digital artist. He started out trading in the crypto space and later found Tezos’ NFT ecosystem during 2021 where he later minted his first NFTs.
In August 2022 A-Mashiro reached an all-time high, selling his piece ‘Delight’ for 6.49 ETH.
In August 2022, A-Mashiro achieved a record sale when he sold his work 'Delight' for 6.49 ETH.
Could you tell us about your story and how you got introduced to the NFT space?
I have always painted physically and am now a commercial photographer and painter. I was trading cryptocurrencies as an investment and first learned about NFT through pfps. However, I thought that many of the works were cartoonish which I had no interest in.
What inspired you to start creating NFTs?
When I discovered the Tezos community and learned that there were NFT art that would be exhibited in a museum, I knew I could be a part of the growing space.
What was the first NFT you created?
My early works were photo manipulations, but I soon switched to painted pieces.
Which tools do you use to create?
Initially, I created using an iPad and Photoshop, but now I also use a Wacom pen tablet.
What are your biggest influences or sources of inspiration?
I grew up in a very old Japanese house on the countryside with lots of nature. I still go back from time to time, but it always fills me with fresh creative energy.
What has been the most rewarding part of being involved in the NFT space?
When I was showing my physical works in galleries in Japan, I received some recognition, but my works did not sell enough for me to make a living. I think this is what many Japanese artists feel. I was very happy when I found my way into the NFT space and realized that my work was so well accepted.
What advice would you give to someone starting out as a creator within the NFT space?
I believe that we should not be in a hurry to create a work of art that is uniquely our own. And that there is nothing to fear. As far as I am concerned, the NFT space is filled with so much goodwill. If you feel that your work is not being properly appreciated in your country or region, you should definitely give NFTs a try. It is a wonderful space where people from all over the world can see your work.
How do you cultivate a relationship with collectors?
I generally communicate with most collectors via Twitter DMs. Of course, we also communicate in the posting section, but I find that many collectors prefer personal communication. I feel that we can talk to each other without hesitation that way. We have very personal conversations, not only about the purchase of the artwork. Perhaps they want to know not only the work, but also who the artist is and what he or she thinks.
What do you think are the biggest opportunities within the NFT space in the coming 5 years? Culturally, artistically and financially?
As you know, in recent years, museums and auction houses have dipped their toes into NFT art. I do not think this trend will stop. Of course, there will be price fluctuations, but that’s the case on all markets, including the physical art world.
Cultural, artistic, economic, these seem to be separate things, but I think they are all interlinked. When one element is enhanced, the others are also enhanced. I think there are so many opportunities as there are so many elements that make up the NFT space.
As a creator, is there something that you feel is missing in the current NFT space?
Rather than something currently lacking, I believe there is still a lack of participation. I think it is just a matter of time, but I would like to see more artists and collectors participate.
What’s the best piece of advice you have been given?
This is not directly related to NFTs. There is a saying that I always remember in my daily life and in my work. There is the saying, “If you have to do something at some point, you might as well do it right away.” It was said casually by a business acquaintance, but it has become a guideline for my actions.