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Profile Picture NFTs (PFP): The Generative NFT Avatars Reinventing Fashion Exhibition

Updated: Sep 16



How do you represent yourself on your social media profiles? For most people, it's their favorite selfie, picture with a pet, loved one, or even some abstract jpeg. It's a highly subjective decision.

The advent of Non-Fungible Tokens has disrupted conventional ways of representing ourselves on social media profiles. These digital arts continue to bring more value to users since they stole the show from tech-savvies enthusiastically watching Bitcoin's price or passionately discussing cryptocurrencies with a bated breath. One of the newest derivates of NFT technology is Profile Picture NFTs or PFP NFTs.


Profile Picture NFTs is a new trend that dominates the NFT ecosystem through various generative avatar projects. This latest iteration offers something similar but more valuable than just a profile picture on the internet, and best believe, it is cool enough to stick around. Let's find out more.


What is a PFP NFT?


PFP stands for Picture for Profile, Profile Picture, or Picture for Proof which all refer to the established use of NFTs as literal profile pictures on various social media accounts.

The shoulder-length artworks can be hand-drawn or designed to reflect different traits through images of their owner(s), apes, aliens, ducks, robots, and many other characters, as seen with the Cryptopunks, BAYC, among other PFP projects.


If you recall the last time you saw someone drive a Lamborghini or flex a Rolex, you had probably reflected on their status and affluence. PFP NFTs are analogous to these status symbols we experience in the physical world.


These days, social media users seek unique, statement-making, or value-laden jpegs to represent their persona, status, and ideas. This technology brings new technical capabilities and applications that have created a more comprehensive range of value for its users through cutting-edge applications. One of the active use cases can be seen in the immense utility PFP NFTs provide through their partnership with some fashion brands.

PFP NFTS and Fashion Brands


Fashion giants are investing in PFP NFTs to espouse scalability, which enables their loyal customers to change their avatars from images created by an issuing party to valuable and customizable assets. By inventing technology that allows PFP holders "dress" their avatars in brand apparel, fashion brands engage users in a thrilling experience that lets them create in a formerly impractical mechanism.


Companies like Adidas are ramping up aesthetic and flexible innovations that place importance on web3 profile's avatars and their possibilities. Adidas, for instance, partnered with Ape closet to authorize any Bored Ape holder to dress up their PFP NFTs in Adidas apparel and create derivatives of their original NFTs while changing their rarity. Champion Athleticwear recently unveiled digital apparel and accessories that allow holders to "upgrade" their PFP outfits and costumes. Other sportswear giants like Puma and Nike also have their pieces of the PFP NFT cake.


Louis Moinet is another luxury fashion authority tremendously working in tandem with this new iteration of digital art to proffer revolutionary concepts of upgrading PFPs. In this context, PFP owners can buy an NFT version of a Louis Moinet wristwatch and then use them to upgrade their PFPs. In selling those accessory-added PFPs, their owners still get proprietorship rights on the standalone NFT watch; how cool!


PFP NFT isn't all about aesthetics. By changing the rarity of your PFP, your once singular NFT can automatically produce four unique NFTs with distinctive layers of complexity and value! This Profile Picture NFTphenomenon creates a propitious adventure for its users, where they can benefit through a passive revenue stream that stretches even to their PFP derivatives.


So, what's in it for these brands?


Asides from adding clout to celebrity or Web 3.0 profiles on social media, PFP NFTs present a lucrative, productive, and largely untapped room for brands to remain relevant and visible in the Web 3.0 community. As the Metaverse edges closer, nifty artworks would mean a great deal for these brands. In other words, a well-dressed and accessorized PFP has the potential to increase the value and status of not just fashion or luxury brands but any brand at all.

In Conclusion


Just like our Rolex watches and Gucci belts validate who we are and what we are capable of, PFP NFTs seamlessly offer us credible bragging rights or, as I like to call it, “Extravagant Meta-Flexing” in the online world. Profile Picture NFTs have stood out as one of the first social implementations of the NFT sphere to bring decentralized proof of digital ownership online as we gravitate towards Web 3.0.


PFP NFTs have not gained enough traction yet and might still seem like a fad or perhaps an expensive status symbol. Still, with some of the world’s largest social media companies like Twitter and META (early-stage plans) leading the metaverse charge, NFT PFPs are poised to go mainstream.


Having gained insights into the essence of these generative arts, would you consider this futuristic innovation a fad or an inventive concept for your future investments?


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