What is this?

The PlottedPunks project tracks the original CryptoPunks market. Each time an original CryptoPunk is sold over the value of 50 ETH, a PlottedPunk version of it gets created both digitally as an NFT and physically as a pen-plotted piece by a machine — entirely automated and live streamed for the community.

PlottedPunks #0026 (#2476) in "Flow" style
PlottedPunks #???? (#1791) in "Circular" style
Here's how it works:
  1. PlottedPunks detects when an original CryptoPunk is sold on the market and automatically notifies the Discord channel and Twitter feed.
  2. Four unique styles based on the CryptoPunk are then algorithmically generated. A community vote via the Discord channel decides which style the PlottedPunk should be drawn in.
  3. 5 minutes later the voting is closed. The plotter randomly decides what paper and ink to use and begins to draw the chosen style.
  4. Whilst the machine is plotting (this can take up to 45 minutes for each piece), the NFT is automatically minted on OpenSea and put up for sale in a Dutch auction.
  5. The physical PlottedPunk is shipped out to the new owner, embedded with an NFC chip to serve as Proof of Authenticity and verifies the piece's provenance.
A maximum of 1,000 PlottedPunks will exist. That means not all original CryptoPunks will get plotted and entirely depends on their market activity. Voting and plotting will only happen if at least one person is watching the live stream. And for my sanity, the live stream will only be plotting between 6PM — 12PM UTC / 2PM — 8PM EDT / 11AM — 4PM PDT. CryptoPunks sold outside of these hours will be added to a queue.

... but why?

I absolutely love NFTs and what they are doing for artists; it truly is the second renaissance where creatives are in control and can share their amazing works more readily. And yet at the same time I miss the physicality of art. I miss being able to touch and feel a piece. Or just view and enjoy the art as you go about your day at home, without staring at a screen. Or the missed encounters and conversations from when visitors ask you "that's an amazing piece — whose it by?". That's why. To merge the two worlds; the digital and the physical. It's something a little different and fun. And that's what art is about.

What will I actually receive?

When you purchase a PlottedPlunk you will receive the NFT collectible, the physical copy of the machine-drawn PlottedPunk (entirely optional), and a "Certificate of Plotting" time-lapse video of the plotter drawing your PlottedPunk.

Additionally, each physical piece contains an NFC chip (scannable with your phone) which serves as Proof of Authenticity and verifies your piece's provenance. The NFC chip points to an Arweave permaweb metadata file containing cryptographic hashes of your on-chain Etherum transaction, a link to the PlottedPunk website and the OpenSea item page.

Oh and access to "The Club".

Close up of the embedded NFC chip

Is there any rarity to the PlottedPunks?

The main rarity determination will be based on the original CryptoPunks. For example CryptoPunk #7804 will probably be the most rare and therefore sought after — if it sells. But for this project to stand on it's own, three additional rarities for PlottedPunks exist:

  1. Style. Four different styles exist including "Hatched", "Circular" (for an example see the top right of this page), "Flow" (top left), and "Maze". The style to plot each punk in is chosen by the community through the Discord channel.
  2. Paper. Initially two styles of high-quality paper will exist: A4 Bristol WHITE 250gsm and Daler Rowney JET BLACK 300gsm. These choices are chosen randomly at the time of plot, with black paper being ultra-rare (1% chance). The paper choices of the physical print will be represented by the background colour of the NFT.
  3. Ink. And initially two styles of ink will exist: the archival-quality BLACK Pigma Micron with permanent, fade resistant, chemically stable, and pigment-based ink and Uni-Ball Signo Metallic Silver 0.65mm. Over time, additional colours may be added. The ink choices of the physical print will be represented by the stroke colour of the NFT.
RARE PlottedPunks #???? (#3100) in "Hatched" style

And what's the pricing structure?

The pricing structure will reward those who join the community early. For each tier, pricing will start at the higher amounts and slowly fall to their lowest over a 5 day period.

  1. PlottedPunks #0001 — #0025: Ξ0.050 > Ξ0.025
  2. PlottedPunks #0026 — #0075: reserved for special editions, giveaways, etc.
  3. PlottedPunks #0076 — #0250: Ξ0.10 > Ξ0.050
  4. PlottedPunks #0251 — #0900: TBD
  5. PlottedPunks #0901 — #1000: reserved for commissions

I own a CryptoPunk but I've got diamond hands and I'm not selling. How do I get a PlottedPunk?

A number of PlottedPunks will be set aside for commissions of punk owners. "Proof of Punk" will be required via a digital signature. Reach out to us via the Discord channel or Twitter. Soon you will be able to connect your wallet to the website to automatically commission one.

To be fair to the main collection and current holders, your commissioned punk can only sit inside the main collection if the ink and paper are randomised and the style voted by the community. You may vote on it's style yourself via the Discord channel. If you want to customise these attributes then your piece will sit in a separate collection.

What about the secondary market?

Even sales on the secondary market will be eligible to receive a physical copy of their PlottedPunk. These plots will be a replica of the first in terms of style and the paper and ink used. Secondary sale plots will be denoted with an edition number. The first buyer will receive "Edition 1", the second buyer "Edition 2" and so forth. Artist royalties will cover the cost of materials and shipping to enable this. Although private sales will need to pay a small amount of Ethereum to cover materials and shipping costs.

First editions will be sought-after and private sellers may wish to consider selling their physical piece with their NFT to command higher prices. This mechanism might even kickstart a "side market" for the physical plotted punk pieces.

What frame would you recommend?

It's mostly down to personal preference. But I would recommend an A3 sized frame with a thin black border that fits an A4 photo with a off-white mount.

What about shipping?

Your physical piece can be shipped anywhere in the world and will (usually) arrive within 10 days. All pieces are wrapped in black tissue and sent in thick black card envelopes with an cardboard backing. And of course, the address label is plotted ;-).

Any future plans?

Lots! Soon you will be able to connect your wallet to the PlottedPunks website and enter your shipping information to automatically be sent your PlottedPunk. There are plans to make the live-stream more fun, including choosing the music, controllable disco lights and allowing people to control the plotter whilst it's "sleeping". Join the Discord if you would like to share your ideas.

Depending on the success of the project, the initial community may be rewarded and receive a physical 3D printed version of their Punk. And over time, the project may expand to other collections; e.g., PlottedHashMasks and reward the early adopters.

Oh, and a special event will be happening during the Christie's auction on 13 May ;-).

Disclaimer: the plotted versions are generatively made with code. Sometimes they come out "odd", i.e. a punk might be missing a hat or an accessory such as an ear ring. Although all plots are made with the same high quality archival ink, each individual pen is manufactured differently and from different batches. And the constant up-and-down movements of the pen eventually destroys the nib. This produces different results across different plots. It might not be perfect. There might be ink "drops", fades, or inconsistencies. But that's all part of the fun and a part of the styling. It's why I love physical art. It's different and imperfect — almost organic. All pieces are quality checked before shipping and if I am personally not happy with them then I will re-plot. But if you are not happy with your physical piece then I am willing to offer another for free (Edition 1s only). You must provide video proof of shredding the original. If any of this bothers you I would advise you to not purchase a PlottedPunk.

collection by Paul Price

made with and (a lot of!) 0s and 1s