Actor Johnny Depp has launched an NFT collection – called Never Fear Truth – on the Ethereum blockchain featuring portraits of his friends, heroes and family. Twenty-five per cent of the sales will be donated to charities.
Depp, who portrayed Captain Jack Sparrow in The Pirates of the Caribbean films, is distributing 11,111 non-fungible tokens (NFTs) with 10,000 available for purchase. The remaining 1,111 will be distributed ‘at his discretion’ to ‘those fans who have supported him most’ as well as his team.
According to the Never Fear Truth website, the actor created the project to share his art as well as establish a creative community of fans and friends through ownership on the Ethereum blockchain.
Elizabeth Taylor, Tim Burton, Heath Ledger and Hunter S. Thompson are among those whose portraits have been turned into animated artwork by Depp and ‘energised with his characteristic freehand flourishes’.
Within minutes of launching the collection, Depp’s Never Fear Truth Discord server appeared to crash due to high demand with his official Twitter account for the Collection stating: ‘we knew you would love The Truth, but we didn’t think it would crash the whole of Discord..!!’ with 10,000 members joining within hours. Meanwhile, Discord has reported a ‘widespread API outage’.
The community on Discord has been billed as an ‘intimate environment for Johnny to express his creativity through; and provide access to unique works, experiences and future projects in art, music and film’.
The Never Fear Truth NFTs will be distributed via a raffle conducted up to a maximum of three times before any NFTs not redeemed will be deployed into public sale. All artworks will be generated randomly and revealed after the final sale.
Twenty-five percent of all proceeds from the sales will be donated to charities, including the Los Angeles Children’s Hospital, Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital and the Elizabeth Taylor Aids Foundation.