1. Space name / team name:
MONOLITH Gallery (aka Superniftyfan)
NOTE: Please use this exact title/name (including the capitalization, punctuation, etc.) when entering it into the token race entry on mirror.xyz. I used the name “Superniftyfan” in the Space Race #1, so I want to make sure voters make that connection. Also please use the following wallet ID for the token race entry: 0x3cd378C9B1cB5f147eBF1b2c2564118946AE4ba1
2. Name and email of primary contact:
3. Names of additional Space admins:
None. It’s just me.
4. SuperRare username(s) of everyone involved with your Space:
5. Short bio of you and/or your team:
My name is Chikai Ohazama. I was one of the co-creators of Google Earth and this past year I dove head first into NFTs. I started by buying one NFT and then another and another. And with each purchase, I started to uncover one of the most incredible communities I have ever seen in my life. I quickly became an active collector, but honestly I just saw myself as merely a fan. A fan of art. A fan of artists. A fan who can’t believe he gets to hang out with all of these amazing brilliant people. And that’s it. That’s the core of why I’m here, I love the art. I love the artists.
And when you love something, you want to find ways to support it and help it succeed. So I took the skills I developed building and scaling Google Earth and put them to work. I built Superniftyfan, which began as a tool to help me organize the NFTs I wanted to buy and it has grown into a platform and a brand that I am using to help bring more visibility to more artists. It has spawned several projects like GMGN, which is a social network built for NFTs from the ground up (currently in private alpha), and MONOLITH Gallery, where I am reimagining what a gallery should look like and pushing forward the importance of curation within the NFT space (launching soon). The core idea behind MONOLITH Gallery is very well aligned with SuperRare Spaces, which is why I adopted this new name with my second entry into the Space Race. Superniftyfan also includes a merchandise store, rankings for upcoming categories, and many projects and collaborations with artists.
And for the moment, it’s just me. There is no team of people behind me. I’m doing all the coding, designing, social media, networking, deal making, collaboration, as well as all the dirty grungy work to make this all happen. Even though this is a lot of work, it has allowed me to be incredibly independent both in choosing what I do, but also in my role within the community. It has allowed me to have a much closer relationship with artists and support them in a way that I don’t think I could have done had I been part of a larger organization.
I have also grown into a community leader role, which I really did not expect. As I mentioned before, I started as a collector, but over the course of this past year, I’ve spent more and more time advising artists and working with other leaders in the community. I’ve also spent more time helping educate people and providing them with a better understanding of everything that is happening in the NFT world. I’ve started a Twitter Space called “NFT Coffee Break” where I spend an hour each week answering questions. I’ve started writing a weekly Twitter thread of the same name that is a “week in review” of all the major NFT news and events. It was never my intent to become a community leader, but I have grown into it organically. At first I didn’t really think much of it, but I’m starting to take it more seriously and I hope to be a vocal advocate for the values and principles that many of us believe in.
6. Website & Social Media Links:
7. Summary/manifesto of your Space (~500 words). What is your unique value prop / elevator pitch? What type of art will you focus on? How will your Space stand out among the crowd?
I am a champion for the unseen artists and the underappreciated art forms, the diamonds in the rough, the ones that sometimes aren’t the loudest voices on social media, and I want to give them the attention and respect they deserve. In order to accomplish this, I need to look where nobody else is looking. I need to reach out to artists that nobody else cares about. I need to look under the rocks where everybody else is too lazy to look. These are the artists I want to support, these are the artists I want to help shed more light upon.
But among those artists, there will be a few that will make a breakthrough in their work and they are the ones that I want to recognize and lift up with my SuperRare Space. I want to be the first person to tell that artist that they deserve to be in a top tier gallery and their work is worthy of its own exhibition. I want to be the first person to tell them that their art should be worth so much more than their current reserve price. And I want to show them this respect by inviting them to my SuperRare Space. The space will be highly curated. The space will be an exclusive group of artists. The art will be exceptional and it will lean towards up-and-coming art forms that have not yet reached the mainstream.
But these new artists will not only need attention and a platform to recognize the value of their art, but they will also need great mentorship from those that have blazed the path before them. So to that end, I will be inviting legendary artists into my SuperRare Space to help bring visibility but also their knowledge and experience to this exclusive community of artists. And in this wonderful new world of NFTs, who is new and who is legendary may not always be mutually exclusive. A legendary artist who has never minted an NFT could be invited into the space and so learning will be shared all around.
This is my vision for my SuperRare Space. I want to make the unseen seen. I want to bring together the old and the new. I want to bring together artists who have reached that next level of excellence and create a warm and supportive community that will lift up all parties involved.
8. Describe you/your team’s experience curating and promoting artwork:
I think there is no better way to show my experience curating and promoting artwork than to give you concrete examples of each. NFTs are such a brand new medium that I believe it will take a brand new approach to find and promote artists, so much of what I’m going to highlight are experiments. They are not traditional approaches to art promotion, they are as much about seizing an opportunity as it is about creative brainstorming. But at its core, it’s about building trust and support from the community. Without that, no artist will work with you. No collector will listen to you.
My approach to curation and promotion has evolved a lot from when I started, especially since the first Space Race. In the beginning, I was very scrappy, using whatever resources I had to help bring visibility to artists.
I featured artists on the Superniftyfan homepage:
I did special collaborations with artists like the Superniftyfan Hero Series.
I used my Twitter profile banner and even did a fun profile photo to showcase art and artists.
And sometimes it wasn’t just artists that I highlighted, but also other collectors. I read a great interview of Bharat Krymo by Dave Krugman on his Allships blog and I loved a one-liner that Bharat said in the interview: “Fade the herd”. So with Bharat’s approval, I created a custom hoodie with his quote.
But as I mentioned, my approach to curation and promotion has evolved from this initial grass roots approach. The two key tools I use now are Twitter threads and Twitter Spaces. I’ve always written Twitter threads, but some of it has become more formalized by my recent “NFT Coffee Break” series. Twitter Spaces however has been a more recent addition for me. After Omar Z Robles invited me to one of his Spaces, I’ve slowly used it more and more as part of my interaction with the community. In addition to my weekly “NFT Coffee Break” Space where I do an “office hours” Q&A show, I’ve also been invited as a guest on other people’s Spaces as well as asked to host Spaces for artists who are dropping a new piece. I’ve hosted Spaces for the Metascapes launch, Joanne Hollings SuperRare genesis drop, Julia Sky’s SuperRare genesis drop, and Caitlin Cronenberg’s “The Endings” collection drop. I’ve been surprised how effective Spaces have become to promote and bring visibility to artists, so I’ve started to participate and use that medium more and more.
One other unique way I’ve promoted artists is creating trailers. I don’t use it often, but sometimes I’m so inspired by an artist and their work that I create a trailer expressing how much I love what they do. I think the first time I did this was with Billy Dinh.
But then more recently, I did it for Cait Cronenberg and her collection “Figure Studies”. I truly loved the collection and I wanted to help her get the last piece sold and so I created a trailer for it. In less than 24 hours, the piece got a bid and she was able to sell out the collection.
9. Describe you/your team’s experience organizing exhibitions, making art sales, running auctions, networking with collectors, etc:
I think the core of this question is to show that you have the network and the skills to sell art, which at the end of the day is the fundamental service that SuperRare provides and SuperRare Spaces will provide. But let’s first start with the question about networking with collectors. As I mentioned in my bio, I am a collector. It’s the role I started out with in the NFT world and I am still a very active collector. So being a collector, you naturally start to make friends with other collectors. I often reached out to more established collectors to get their advice and later it was with peers to share artworks and what we’ve learned. But collectors and artists are not mutually exclusive, you may identify yourself as one or the other, but many participate as both. I’m more of a collector, but I have minted some NFTs, though most have been collaborations with other artists. So in that sense, my network of artists is also a network of collectors. And all of this came from just being part of the community. If you are inquisitive and friendly, it is not hard to meet great artists and collectors in the NFT world. I’ve been so surprised by how warm and welcoming the community has been. I could not be more thankful for all the friendships I’ve made. So the network is there, the key is how to use it properly and effectively.
When I first started getting into NFTs, I had no previous experience or career in the art world. So how do you learn to “sell art” when you start out with nothing? I wasn’t a whale and so I couldn’t buy my way into it. It was just me, my laptop, and a little bit of ETH. If you were selling art in the physical world, you would probably need to rent a space and set up a gallery of some sort, on top of cultivating relationships with artists and operational things like processing payments. In the NFT world, you don’t need any of that. The ERC721 smart contract has pretty much everything you need to start selling art and there are numerous NFT platforms to help you set that up. But that also means that artists don’t really need anybody else when they want to sell their art and that has been a large part of the value and power of NFTs. It has totally cut out the middleman. So how do you learn to “sell art” in the NFT world?
I did it for free. I did it without even asking the artist about it beforehand. I’d just find an artist I truly loved and started tweeting about why I loved them. And that’s how I started. Initially I focused on collections and my goal was to do whatever I could to get that collection to sell out. It was sort of a test to see if I could make it happen and had the ability to “sell art”.
I did it with Michelle Viljoen’s “From The Other Side” collection by writing an in depth thread about her collection and it sold out just one day later.
I did it with Tom Quan’s “Shapes of Japan” collection by simply asking questions about his work and it sold out a few days later.
I do not in any way claim to be the sole reason that these collections sold out, but I do believe I was a catalyst. I began to have enough successes that artists started reaching out to me for advice and help. And so I offered to help some of those artists promote their collections. I did my first Superniftyfan logo feature and top featured section take over with Tommy Quak and his collection “NYC (for Louis Vuitton)”, plus did a custom t-shirt that I sold in the Superniftyfan store. The collection sold out the next day.
I worked with Tony Sellen and his “White Lines” collection and offered a free t-shirt with the “White Lines #1” on it if it sold out. It sold out 8 hours later.
And you’ll notice with all of these, I focused on a very specific segment of the market and in this case it was photography collections, which were just starting to pick up at the time. It allowed me to learn that market well enough to understand how to navigate it and put more successes under my belt than I would have if I were too broad in my scope.
But I also continued to pick artists out of the blue and tweet about how much I loved them with no notice to the artist, especially if they were in categories I had not really established myself in and if the category seemed to have latent potential.
One example of this is Trippy Headz, which was 100 hand painted abstract portraits. I can’t remember how I came across them, but I bought a few and did a long thread on why I loved each one that I bought. I featured them on the top featured section of Superniftyfan and continued to tweet about them. I even predicted that the collection would sell out in 24 hours and then it actually did sell out in 24 hours.
I’ve also done numerous collaborations with artists, where usually I had a crazy idea for a project and then I’d get an artist to sign on to do it with me. My very first one was with George Williams and it was called “Portrait of a Collector”. You can read about the full details of the project in my blog post. There were 10 pieces and we launched each one, one by one, and they all got bids in less than 24 hours. The pinnacle of this series was when we sold the one I was planning on keeping for myself for 43 ETH.
Another collaboration I’ve done was with the incredible painter Tania Rivilis and it is probably one of the best examples of how I would work with an artist to promote their art and manage it towards a successful sale. She originally came to me asking for feedback on an idea and as we started talking about it, the idea evolved into an even bigger idea that we were both very excited about. I offered to collaborate with her on the project, sort of like I did with George Williams, and she immediately agreed. The next thing I know, she was sending me photos of all the materials she had just bought for the project.
Tania is an incredible painter and it is just stunning how fast she works. She went from idea to finishing 36 separate portraits in just 3 weeks. And as the project progressed it went from a collaboration to more of a curator/artist relationship. She just took our idea by the horns and rode it to completion. I helped to develop the release and pricing strategy and I worked with her to promote the project. So in the end it was actually a nice practice run for how I might manage artists in my SuperRare Space. The project was called “We The Punks” composed of 36 portraits and it sold out in two hours.
So it’s not a traditional path of learning how to sell art, but I’ve definitely learned it by the seat of my pants in this fast moving world of NFTs.
10. Are there new artists you’d like to bring into your Space in the first six months? What is your relationship to them?
If I understand this correctly, the key part of this question is “new”, where “new” is referring to artists who have not yet minted an NFT and are not yet in the CryptoArt space.
I have two specific artists in mind. They are world class artists in their respective fields and they are close personal friends. I have talked to them and they have both agreed to participate in my Space if I were to receive one.
Benny Gold is a legendary street wear designer. He started with just a sticker of a paper airplane and the words “Stay Gold” and built it into a global brand. He has done collaborations with Nike, Jansport, designed the original HUF logo, and worked with brands like Supreme. Benny and I have been talking about NFTs for a while and how to do his first NFT, so this was a perfect opportunity and I’m very thankful that he agreed to participate.
Julie Chang is an extraordinary contemporary artist. She uses intricately woven patterns and images to create beautiful works of art that have so many layers of meaning and symbolism. One of the most public displays of her work is the Grand Hall terrazzo floor of the Salesforce Transit Center in San Francisco. It spans 20,000 square feet and it is truly stunning to see. I’ve always wanted to work with her on a project and so I asked her if she would be willing to participate in my SuperRare Space if I were to get one. She instantly said yes. I had to make sure she understood what I asked, but she is one of those incredible people who will jump in head first into something new, half knowing what it is, just because you are right there with her jumping in.
11. Are there any artists already in the CryptoArt space that you are planning to work with? Have they committed to participating yet?
It’s always very humbling to ask people for a favor, especially in large numbers, which is what I had to do to pull together a respectable roster of crypto-artists to work with me for this Space. I asked those I had a long standing relationship with, across a wide range of artists both in terms of their style as well as their careers.
And I must say I was blown away by the response. I could not be more grateful to the following artists who agreed to participate.
Reuben Wu, Caitlin Cronenberg, Omar Z Robles, Brandon Lillibridge, Rizacan Kumas, George Williams, Tania Rivilis, Selay Karasu, Daria Antypenko, Natalie Shau, Local Machine, Rik Oostenbroek, Alberto Seveso, Arnaud Montagard, Christophe Tritz
12. If selected, how soon could you launch your first exhibition?
Reuben Wu, Caitlin Cronenberg, and Omar Z Robles all have incredible depth in their personal catalogs to bring together an exhibition fairly quickly. But I’d still like to give them at least a few weeks to a month to prepare. Reuben and I have been chatting for a while on what we could do, so I imagine that will come together fairly quickly.
Selay Karasu and I have been collaborating on a piece together for a while and we had planned to drop it in my SuperRare Space if I had won in Space Race #1. I think this one would come together pretty quickly too.
Tania Rivilis, Daria Antypenko, and Natalie Shau are all incredibly prolific. Tania painted 36 pieces in 3 weeks. Daria created the beautiful GMGN logo in less than a day. Natalie is always minting new works on multiple platforms. I can’t predict at this moment what their timeline would be, but I would not be surprised if they could be ready in less than a month with either work they already have in process or new work that they may want to do.
13. Please provide any additional details about how you plan to operate this Space; e.g. cadence of releases, auction strategy, number of artworks, other ideas for promoting your art and artists, etc.
My thinking around the operation of my Space has evolved quite a bit since Space Race #1 both in terms of the mechanics, but more importantly the philosophy behind it. I have come to believe that curation will be a critical component in keeping the NFT ecosystem healthy as it faces tremendous growth in this coming year. Curation needs to be valued, it needs to be compensated, and it needs to happen at scale. Curation is often equated with gatekeeping because that’s the way it worked in the traditional art world. But in this new world of NFTs, I think we have the opportunity to redefine it as advocacy.
I think SuperRare was very prescient in launching Spaces back in August 2021 both in terms of decentralizing curation on their platform but also in establishing the idea that curators should be paid by being able to take a commission. The SuperRare Space immediately connected with me in a deep way and I was instantly on board from the moment they said go. At first I was just excited to participate, but now I have a more focused mission in mind for my participation.
I want to show that it is possible to win a Space as an independent person. I want to show you can be successful running a Space as an independent person. I want to show it can be very lucrative running a Space as an independent person. By showing all of these things, I want people to realize that they can do it too, just on their own and they don’t need to be a big gallery or a whale to succeed. Curation needs to scale from where it is now and even from where SuperRare has leaped ahead to. MONOLITH Gallery has ambitions along these lines and will be making steps towards democratizing curation. But first people need to value it and we need a success story that seems attainable by most. My hope is that my SuperRare Space will be one of those first success stories that will show others that they can do it too.
As for the mechanics of operating the Space, the key evolution since Space Race #1 is the creation of MONOLITH Gallery. It was partially inspired by SuperRare Spaces (and the SuperRare Monolith at Art Basel!) but it is reimagining what a gallery space should look like and pushing forward curation by democratizing access and finding innovative ways of making it expansive versus restrictive. MONOLITH Gallery is meant to be more of a museum versus a personal gallery. It will have multiple “halls” for exhibiting work and it will not just be exhibiting work from my SuperRare Space, but it will be exhibiting work from anywhere and from anyone. The core concept and functionality is still continuing to evolve, but I hope it will help people rethink how to approach curation, exhibiting art, and selling art.
As for cadence, auction strategy, and number of artworks, what I’ve found from working very closely with many different artists is that those elements need to be in service of the art and the artist and not the other way around. Keeping that in mind, I imagine I will still try to keep some kind of consistent framework for MONOLITH Gallery as a whole. In addition, I will try to play to the strengths of the SuperRare platform and be mindful of the collector community surrounding it. Given the “halls” structure of MONOLITH Gallery, I plan to utilize a computer science concept called instruction pipelining, which is a technique for implementing instruction-level parallelism within a single processor (i.e me!). The basic idea is that each step of exhibiting and selling art pieces can be staggered in parallel, so that I can manage several artist exhibitions at the same time.
14. How do you plan to structure commission rates for the artists who release in your Space?
My plan is to follow SuperRare’s lead and keep the default 10% commission rate that was mentioned with the updated fee structure in the SuperRare 2.0 announcement. I like it because the take home amount for the artist remains the same whether they list on the main SuperRare site or in the SupeRrare Space. Also given that Superniftyfan (i.e. myself) runs incredibly lean, it will hopefully be enough to keep my efforts at least sustainable if not growing.
15. To you, what is the importance of NFTs as a medium/technology? Where do you see the NFT and CryptoArt space in five years?
NFTs have opened up a global market for the incredible work of artists who have long been ignored. It has put artists in the driver’s seat and allowed them to take control of their future. I also think that NFTs have in a weird way created this new kind of “social network” that forms strong bonds and intimacy between the artist and the collector, the likes we have never seen before. I would have never anticipated that a cryptocurrency could create such a wonderful and supportive community, yet it truly has.
In five years, I expect to see at least a couple downturns in the NFT market and with each downturn there will be a purge of those who were just in it for the money and the quality NFTs will remain. This will only increase the overall value of NFTs and therefore bring in more participants into the ecosystem after each downturn. I also think there will be a change in the values of the average consumer with a strong shift towards digital assets. I think the majority of people will care more about their digital identity than their physical identity, and NFTs will be the dominant way to express this new identity. To meet this demand, I think NFTs will evolve into a new form. Avatars and virtual spaces are what people currently think will be the future. I predict it will not be any of these, but something totally different and unexpected. The metaverse will be a real place where people hang out and to Mark Zuckeberg’s chagrin it will not be owned by Facebook or any other company for that matter. It will be owned by everyone.
16. If your Space were a cocktail or a dish, what would it be and why?
“The phrase omakase, literally ‘I leave it up to you’, is most commonly used when dining at Japanese restaurants where the customer leaves it up to the chef to select and serve seasonal specialties… Customers ordering omakase style expect the chef to be innovative and surprising in selecting dishes, and the meal can be likened to an artistic performance.”
This dish speaks to my Japanese heritage. Both of my parents are from Japan and they immigrated to the US before I was born. It is a common story I hear amongst artists, many are immigrants, or children of immigrants. One person I know grew up in Russia and is now living in Germany. Another had parents who were from Bangladesh, grew up in London, but now lives in Japan. Another grew up in France, but now lives in the US. It speaks to how international everybody is in the NFT community and it is often a mix of multiple countries. Omakase speaks to the highly curated nature of the SuperRare Space I want to develop, just like the sushi chef chooses the best fish of the season to present to the customer and sometimes it’s not even fish but something totally unexpected. It is also a dish that is one of the highest forms of Japanese cuisine, speaking to the focus on quality, while the Japanese component speaks to the focus on specific art forms that may currently be underappreciated and overlooked as omakase once was in the food world. I think this dish is the perfect choice for a highly curated SuperRare Space and it has deep personal connections to myself. Omakase is also my absolute favorite food and is often what I have for my birthday dinner every year.
17. Anything else you’d like the community to know/consider?
The strongest voice I can offer for my consideration for a Superrare Space are those from the community. I asked for recommendations from artists and colleagues who I have worked with and they were generous with their time to write some kind words in my support.
I was first introduced to Chikai in a tweet he posted showing an NFT he acquired of mine, displayed on an impressive array of screens. I was surprised and flattered. We didn’t actually converse until a little later when I DMed him asking his opinion on my pricing strategy after he had posted a thread. I knew from the beginning that he was a powerful ally, and a real advocate for artists. Since then, we have kept in touch, we discuss ideas, and we have talked about possible plans for the future. I strongly recommend him for Superrare Spaces and know it will be a valuable partnership!
– Reuben Wu
The one thing we value in Web3 above all else is community. There is nobody who better exemplifies the idea than Chikai. His sincere desire to connect, support, nurture and help is unmatched by any other collector I have connected with. He is generous with his time and knowledge, and has been my greatest cheerleader in all aspects of my NFT career thus far. In addition to being a friend to artists, he also has impeccable taste, which is clear when you view his collection. I can only imagine the beauty that will exist within Chikai’s SuperRare Space, and I will be thrilled to be featured among the other artists he will feature.
– Caitlin Cronenberg
Chikai is a personable and canny art fan/enthusiast and collector. His keen eye for beautiful art in the NFT space combined with a genuinely warming and inquisitive character are magnetic. He’s an invaluable member of the NFT community and understandably held in the highest regard by those who connect with him, and rightly so. I personally found him empathetic and refreshing to chat to, and am truly honoured to have crossed his path. I couldn’t think of a better choice of curator for a SuperRare space.
Our chance connection via Marishca Becker’s retweet led to the single most exciting, fun and inspiring collab I’ve had the pleasure to work on in my career as both a traditional and digital artist. It was a true highlight in not only my artistic career but life in general, and it’s all thanks to Chikai’s ideas and inspiration,. To see this explosive energy in a curatorial form through SuperRare spaces would be incredible!
I’m indebted to know Chikai and amazed by the enthusiasm and support he brings to the community.
– George Williams
Name a more supportive and involved community collector than Chikai - I’ll wait. It’s admirable that he humbly started by simply sharing what he loved. It reminded me of my own conservation journey and how we are naturally drawn to protect the places we love so it’s nice to see this organic passion overflow into a curator’s world. His curiosity and inquisitiveness strengthen the bond with artists and transforms him from a collector to a true fan! I support Chikai’s application to host a SuperRare Space even more after seeing his proposed lineup including legendary Reuben Wu and Rizacan Kumas and am curious to discover who else he has under his wing.
– Gabriella Morton
Chikai is such a great guy! The passion, drive, and support this man has is everything this community needs. I have big love and appreciation for Chikai as he’s shown tons of support for me and many other great artists who truly deserve it, and his GMGN platform is very well done and a genius idea! A hard working and very likable person that I would be honored to mint my work in a Space of his…hats off to Chikai!
– Brandon Lillibridge
Chikai is a visionary in the art of curation. He sees curation as an art and a tool—a way to empower creators and see art in ways that inspire. Superniftyfan and Monolith gallery are just two examples of his dedication and innovation in the web3 space. Chikai should win the Space Race: his vision, dedication, and innovation are so desperately needed in the curation world.
– Pastel Papi
In this space I’ve met only a handful of people who truly embody the sense of community and selflessness. Chikai Ohazama is definitely at the top of that list. I’m honored to count him as one of my collectors but our relationship in this space began way before he collected any of my works. He takes time to listen to artists and colleges in the spirit to building tools for the betterment of the marketplace. I fully support this new initiative of his to provide a space within the SuperRare platform for artists from underrepresented communities.
– Omar Z Robles
Chikai is a beacon in the NFT community, and I feel fortunate to have connected with him. His love of art, curation, and community focus permeate through all his actions. He has invested time into building products, collections, and relationships in the NFT community that truly stand out. I can’t think of anyone more deserving of a SuperRare Space than Chikai.
– Local Machine
Chikai is always one of the first people I talk to when I am sharing new work or new concepts - he has such a strong eye and ability to build a community of support around artists in a genuine and affable way.
– Marc Hemeon
Chikai proposed to me a collaboration and I gladly accepted as I found it a very interesting and even fun way to expose my art. The whole process went smoothly and despite my language limitations, Chikai made it easy for me to bring it all to a successful conclusion quickly. My two works were sold almost instantly and that gave me great satisfaction on an artistic and personal level. Chikai would be the right person to impeccably manage a platform in Superrare.
– Ada Crow
Chikai is definitely one of the brightest stars in the NFT sky. I don’t know anyone who puts so much love and effort into their projects to advance the community. Countless collaborations and friendships have been created through his talent to recognize the special and bring us together. He is a supporter, friend and mentor and I am sure he will make many uncut diamonds shine.
– Beka Gwarliani
Being very fresh to the NFT world can be a very overwhelming experience, especially as it’s nothing like the traditional art world I am used to. But I am fortunate enough to have met Chikai through my friend Reuben Wu. Chikai helped explain certain aspects of the space, laid out the best practices, answered all the questions we had, and even helped promote our genesis collaborative series - A Tribute of What is Always Present w/ Arnaud Montagard. He is one of the most helpful people in the space - especially for artists entering it, which makes him one of the most important in my eyes.
– Dino Kužnik
I met Chikai at the very beginning of my career and he was my first multiple collector. He is very caring to artists and one of the most important person in our community. Chikai always amazed me with his thoughtful approach to everything including people he cares about. He’s always wants to help this industry and make something new for all of us, to make some unideal things working better, for example Superniftyfan where you can storage all your favorite NFT. So he’s not only support artists with purchasing art and kind words, that always cheering up, but he really do amazing global stuff for all of us and help our community grow. He’s loyal support already change lives of many artists and mine as well. I am proud to know him and be a part of his beautiful collection.
– Daria Antypenko
Chikai is the first collector I connected with, and that’s through him that I discover how human and kind could be the artist/collector relationship. He’s a huge support for me and many other artists!
– Christophe Tritz
When I started NFTs, I reached out to many collectors in the NFT Twitter community for advice. Chikai was one of the few who graciously replied and offered his time to check out my work and answer any questions I had. He is a collector with a sharp eye, is active in the community, and all around good guy who supports emerging artists.
– Tommy Kwak
Chikai is an amazing collector and a person - kind, friendly, supportive! He inspires and gives wise advices, he guides new NFT artists and supports them. I’m very thankful to Chikai and I’m lucky and proud to have my NFTs in his collection. I actually started my real NFT path after reading Chikai’s tweet that inspired me to create something unusual for me (a traditional artist) and to start being a real NFT artist!
I love the way Chikai promotes artists and puts them in the spotlight in an honest and humble way. He really takes the time to promote, to talk to artists and he is putting much energy in his own platform too. Simply super community minded with a good spirit.
– Rik Oostenbroek
I met Chikai on Twitter, after discovering his unique NFT photography collection.
Later I was lucky to have my pieces in his collection as well. But I want to recommend him not because he collected my works, but because of what roles he plays in the NFT community. I really love how meticulous his approach to collecting is and how he introduces photography and art collections to the public.
His input and guidance is really helpful not only to NFT artists, but I am sure to many collectors as well. The NFT world may seem chaotic and difficult to navigate both for seasoned and beginner collectors, but Chikai brings some structure and curation to it, which is really needed in my opinion. And it is quite unique what he is doing with Superniftyfan.
– Natalie Shau
Having to meet Chikai over the NFT community has been one of the greatest surprise I’ve encountered with. Such a great inspiration and a pioneer for the whole world with a humble personality; always supporting those around and directing artists such as myself to pursue their ambitions and dreams without any expectations in return is something absolutely rare to come across with. During our creation process, I had the opportunity and the privilege to get to know him closer and pick his brain while seeing his approach and point of view. He is the kind of a leader who not only respects and encourages your process but smoothly and respectfully guides you through the course of creating.
– Selay Karasu
Chikai is one of the most active and supportive influencers in the space that I know of - always collecting, curating, and collaborating with artists big and small. He’s one of the community figures who genuinely cares about pushing the people and the space forward, and does so with skin in the game. I recently collaborated with him on a small project and would love to work with him again.
– Michael Yeung
What can I say about Chikai? Well he is one of the brightest and most supportive person I know in the NFT space. As far as I know, being a collector requires a set of skills like being an artist and Chikai has all of it. His collection is amazing, full of beautiful and carefully chosen artworks. Beside collecting he finds creative ways to move this space even further into success and support new and already successful artists even more. I would confidently recommend Chikai for SuperRare space and I’m sure that he will be one of the most valuable members in the SuperRare community.
Chikai has become an integral part of the NFT and art community. His passion, enthusiasm and support of other artists is utterly infectious and highly valued by many. I absolutely see Chikai and SuperRare spaces as a perfect fit.
– Tom Quan
Chikai has been a big supporter, investor, and leader in the NFT space with his brand Superniftyfan. He’s definitely helped me many times with his knowledge and guidance throughout my journey so far as a photography in the NFT space. I would highly recommend allow Chikai to have his own SuperRare Space to continue to promote, support, and share the work of other artists.
– Billy Dinh
I met Chikai on Twitter and as a collector of one of my NFTs. A really nice and open person to the art world. I was very happy when he asked me if I would like to participate in a little project. The collaboration was wonderful. I can imagine that he will bring a valuable contribution to art and the NFT world with his vision and next projects.
– Sutthiwat Dechakamphu (TheRafa_Arts)
Chikai is one of the most supportive people in NFT’s. He is always happy to give feedback and suggestions, not only on artwork but marketing it too. He created Superniftyfan for us artists, and it’s a great tool. I really hope I get to work with Chikai again, everything he does is a class above.
– Tony Sellen