Bald Jesus as born back in May when I suddenly saw NFTs taking off and realized that I could probably build an NFT, a community, and maybe a brand in the chaos that was happening in the NFT world. I’d gotten involved starting with Doctor Who – World’s Apart in November of 2020, then with Godzilla on Wax, and finally with some Ethererum projects. “What should I make?” I thought. “Maybe I have a domain name I can do something with.” I’d bought BaldJesus.com quite a while before. I thought it was funny. I mentioned what I wanted to do in the Doctor Who Discord. I was encouraged by some and others were (I think) a bit offended by the name.
I drew my first Bald Jesus (BJ) and set up a WordPress site at BaldJesus.com on free hosting. I set up a Twitter account. Now I needed to learn how to set up a Bald Jesus Discord server, how to mint with BJ NFTs on WAX, how to get white listed on Atomic Hub, how to mint with Bald Jesus on Ethereum, and how to build a community, create drops, mint a generative project, and turn a wacky idea into something.
From the beginning until now, none of this would have happened without the support and love of the crypto and NFT communities. I’ve had help from people who wanted to help our project and from people who just wanted to help me. I’m eternally grateful. From the beginning I knew that I wanted to build a new kind of project – something that was both commercial and communal, cooperative and profitable, something that would allow for innovation and rewarding hard work, while also building a cooperative community. We have a long way to go – it’s only been three months – but when I realize that and then look at what we (to a larger extent) and I ( to a lesser extent) have accomplished – my mind is blown. None of this would have been possible without the community giving me support, helping me to learn, and also, in some cases, helping me when the lifting was too much for one person – but, that being said, one of my super powers is bringing things to life from the idea stage and another one is carrying loads that are seemingly impossible for one person – but that being said, I wouldn’t have made it without all of those who have been there for me on this journey so far. I could not have done this alone.
One more thing before I jump into the timeline so far – we’re just getting started!
6/12/2021 – First BJs minted on Wax. The Bald Jesus Discord was born. First Bald Jesii were drawn by @vagobond (aka @cryptopherjones & BaldJesus#1) 2nd Bald Jesus drawn by Gacha Sophia (aka Mushroom BJ) 3rd Bald Jesus drawn by Funestation (aka Velociraptor BJ)- a key ally in the beginning who I’d met through the Doctor Who Discord.
Whitelisting on Wax and Atomic Hub. Drop site created on Nefty Blocks. https://neftyblocks.com/c/baldjesusnft
Bald Jesus Collective formed and Bald Jesus Wax Vault established to hold all Bald Jesus #1s from our Wax Collection. https://wax.atomichub.io/profile/wzyeo.wam
6/28/2021 Bald Jesus Collective (BJC) Membership opened up to anyone who drew a Bald Jesus and donated it to to the BJC. 1000 BJ Artists initiative begins. “ #1000-BJ-Challenge Here’s the challenge. Encourage 1000 artists both new and aspiring to submit one original piece of BJ art to the Bald Jesus Collective with all rights and privileges. All 1000 artists become core members of the Bald Jesus Collective DAO (along with Staff and project boosters/contributors) Mint those 1000 pieces of Bald Jesus Art on OpenSea as 1 of 1 NFTs. Sell them all at once as a huge drop. Not animal prints, not fucking pickles, but legitimate art of the most compelling bald character in history. We’ll drop them here. https://opensea.io/collection/bald-jesus Each original buyer also becomes a member of the Bald Jesus Collective DAO for as long as they own the art. If they sell the art, they keep the proceeds and are no longer a member of the BJC-DAO. Secondary buyers do not become BJC-DAO members.. All proceeds and secondary sales will go into the BJC-DAO which will be managed and use decided upon by the BJC-DAO. Original contributing artists never lose their place unless they want to exercise the ‘Fuck this shit’ clause which allows them to cash out for 20% of their contributing art’s original sale price. Treasury funds can be used for projects agreed upon by the BJC-DAO membership.”
6/29/2021. First pack release. 100 members in Discord.
7/12/2021 First blends on Niftyblocks
8/10/2021 – We reached 100 Bald Jesii created by the BJC.
8/11/2021 Bald Jesus Major Arcana Tarot completed by Vagobond
8/29/2021 Metaverse 3-D Bald Jesus Gallery opened at https://oncyber.io/baldjesus
9/10/2021 Pack #2 released on Wax with pack art by Ammee
9/11/2021 Bald Jesus Tarot Reading packs released on Wax
9/21/2021 Bald Jesus Pack #3 released on Wax
9/23/2021 Our book of Bald Jesus Stories by BJ Artists is released as an NFT on OpenSea. Full book available at the link included in the locked field of the NFT. The cover has many of the original 114 Bald Jesii created by the members of the artist collective (the BJ Artists) https://opensea.io/assets/matic/0x2953399124f0cbb46d2cbacd8a89cf0599974963/34634632017087023982176273236947388604846201725872799140722985682329269175272