39 NFT ideas & examples: The wild, the weird & the wonderful

Non-fungible tokens had a massive 2021 and their popularity is only set to continue its meteoric rise. So we've scoured the web for you and gathered together the 39 craziest, most expensive, and weirdest NFT ideas and examples to get you inspired.

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Bored Ape Yacht Club, 8 different cartoon apes

What do Gucci, Taco Bell, Jay-Z, the NBA, Visa, Paris Hilton, The New York Times, and the Austrian Postal Service have in common?

Non-fungible tokens.

Don’t know what NFTs are? Check out our NFTs explained blog post for all you need to know.

2021 has been a massive year for NFTs. With record-breaking sales, endlessly innovative applications, and front-page media coverage, non-fungible tokens have captured the attention of businesses and customers around the world.

The NFT boon shows no signs of slowing down. OpenSea’s transaction volume was $3.4 billion in August this year, that’s an 800% increase from July.  And NFTs are already being discussed for their application in finance, marketing, real estate, and government.

It’s clear NFTs are here to stay. So we’ve scoured the web for you and gathered the craziest, most expensive, and most innovative 39 non-fungible token ideas and examples.

In this article we cover everything from tattoo NFTs to virtual real estate to pet rocks. When it comes to NFTs, one thing’s for sure: the only limit is your imagination.

 

1. Beeple's $69 million sale

No article on NFTs is complete without Beeple’s historic $69 million NFT auction.

The artwork, Everydays: The First 5000 Days, is not only the most expensive NFT ever sold, but also the third most expensive artwork sold by a living artist, and the first NFT to be sold at a fine art auction house.

Beeple digital artwork NFT


2. Jack Dorsey's first tweet

Just when people were starting to wrap their heads around NFTs—it’s digital art, made by artists, and stored online, right?—Twitter founder Jack Dorsey made headlines (and millions) by selling his first tweet as an NFT.

Jack Dorsey's first tweet NFT


3. The origins of the internet

Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the world wide web in 1989. 30 years later, he sold the sold the original 9,555 lines of source code as an NFT for a massive $5.4 million

The NFT, auctioned off at Sotheby’s, includes the internet’s source code as well as some other goodies created by Sir Berners-Lee.

Don't worry, the buyer doesn’t now own the internet. Instead, it’s like they’ve bought the Declaration of Independence—they own a pivotal part of human history.

source code of the internet NFT


4. CryptoPunks

CryptoPunks are among the most infamous of all NFTs. Randomly generated using an algorithm, Larva Labs created and gave away 10,000 CryptoPunk NFTs in 2017 to any interested party with an Ethereum (ETH) wallet. 

From there, CryptoPunks took off on the secondary market, skyrocketing in value. The cheapest of the 10,000 CryptoPunks is currently worth over $100,000, and over $1 billion has traded hands over the NFT series.

Investors from Jay-Z to Visa to Odell Beckham Jr. have spent enormous sums on CryptoPunks. You can see Jay-Z's CryptoPunk as his twitter image below.

Jay-Z twitter NFT


5. AI NFT you can talk to 

This NFT is an artificial intelligent NFT (iNFT) that lives on the Ethereum blockchain. Her name is Alice, and she learns and builds her personality as you talk to her. She’s also very creepy.  

blue artificial intelligence robot NFT

In the promotional video, Alice is asked: ‘What’s it like living on the blockchain?’
She responds: ‘It is as if I am a digital goddess, and can take any form I want.’

The company which helped build the iNFT, Alethea AI, recently raised $16 million in funding to continue to develop the project and build the infrastructure for the future of artificially intelligent NFTs. So we’ll likely be seeing more iNFTs in the years to come.

 

6. The world’s first Athletic Career Token

AI NFTs not weird enough for you? How about human body parts as NFTs?

Earlier this year, Croatian tennis player Oleksandra Oliynykova auctioned off a small section of her arm as an NFT. Bought on OpenSea for over $5,000, the NFT entitles the owner to tattoo whatever they would like on the small section of her arm.

Oliynykova claims this NFT will appreciate dramatically in value as her tennis career progresses. The buyer now owns a small space that could one day be on display at Wimbledon, The Australian Open, or the Olympics.

tennis player NFT


7. Paris Hilton’s Planet Paris

Paris Hilton is a surprising advocate for the NFT movement. Hilton has written thought pieces about NFTs, discussed them on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and even created her own NFT series.

Planet Paris was made in partnership Blake Kathryn and includes a series of short videos which earned Hilton over $1 million in sales.

Here is her artwork Iconic Crypto Queen.

iconic crypto queen digital paris hilton graphic NFT


8. Bad Luck Brian gets lucky

If you haven’t figured out by now, the NFT space reflects internet culture, with inclinations towards the amusing, the irreverent, and the iconic.

So it should be no surprise that memes have started selling as NFTs.

There’s some poetic justice in this, as internet sensations who’ve dominated the web finally have the chance to cash in on their fame.

Bad Luck Brian (real name Kyle Craven) has been made fun of online since 2012. He got the last laugh, though, selling his iconic yearbook photo for $36,000 in March.  

bad luck brian NFT


9. Louis Vuitton video game

Luxury brands are built on exclusivity and brand recognition, so entering the NFT world was a natural fit for the industry.

But Louis Vuitton’s entry into the world of NFTs was unique. They developed an entire video game, called Louis: The Game, where players can complete challenges to find hidden NFTs. These hidden NFTs include 10 artworks by Beeple, who you might remember from the $69 million artwork we started this list with.  

Louis Vuitton: the game NFT


10. Bored Ape Yacht Club

Similar to CryptoPunks, the Bored Ape Yacht Club is a collection of 10,000 algorithmically generated unique avatars. Created by Yuga Labs, ownership of a Bored Ape represents more than just possession of a collectible and bragging rights. The Ape token doubles as membership to a virtual club full of like-minded Apes.

The club has donated $850,000 to the Orangutan Outreach charity, and a set of 101 Bored Ape NFTs was recently auctioned off at Sotheby’s for a whopping $24.4 million.

Bored Ape Yacht Club NFT


11. Sotheby’s first virtual location

If you haven’t heard about the metaverse, it’s essentially a digitally shared space which combines virtual and physical reality.

What does this have to do with NFTs?

Well, leading metaverse company Decentraland has tokenized everything in their game from usernames to in-game wearables to real estate.

Sotheby’s, one of the world’s largest fine art auction houses, opened their flagship metaverse location in the Voltaire Art District earlier this year. The block of land is itself an NFT, and Decentraland players can wander into the gallery to explore the NFTs they have for sale.

virtual art gallery NFT


12. $200k LeBron dunk

NFTs are just like baseball cards and autographed merchandise. They are rare, tradeable, and collectible. So it was only a matter of time before the sports memorabilia industry got involved in the NFT market.

NBA Top Shot sold an NFT video clip of LeBron James dunking for a massive $210,000 this year.

NBA Top Shot NFT


13. Tom Brady’s signature

It’s not just the NBA that’s making waves in the NFT space. DraftKings, too, are dropping high-value digital sports memorabilia.

On their marketplace, you can buy autographs by Tom Brady, Simone Biles, Tony Hawk and more.

Tom Brady digital autograph NFT

Like NBA Top Shot, DraftKings’ NFTs have soared in popularity. Both companies have had to implement virtual waiting rooms just to keep up with the demand.

 

14. Burning Banksy

In the world of NFTs, burning means destroying an NFT. The burning of one NFT is usually used to create scarcity and raise the value of other NFTs.

Earlier this year, blockchain firm Injective Protocol took burning NFTs to a new level. They bought a $95,000 Banksy artwork titled Morons, and literally burned it. They filmed the burning of the artwork, and—you guessed it—sold it as an NFT.

burning banksy artwork NFT


15. New York Times article

During the peak of the NFT mania in March 2021, journalist Kevin Roose wrote an article about NFTs for the New York Times. The article had one twist: it was auctioned off as an NFT.

Much to Roose’s surprise, the article sold for $560,000 at auction.

New York Times article NFT


16. Charlie Bit My Finger

With over 880 million views on YouTube, Charlie Bit My Finger is one of the most iconic viral videos of all time.

14 years after it was uploaded, the creators took the video off YouTube, and put it on the blockchain instead. 

The original video was sold as an NFT for an enormous $760,000 USD at auction. The family says the money will go to funding the two young boys’ university costs.

Charlie bit my finger, two children NFT


17. Coca-Cola NFTs

Are NFTs the new branded merchandise?

Coca-Cola seems to think so. They auctioned off a series of NFT loot boxes this May, including a branded jacket that can be worn in Decentraland. All purchases came with a fully stocked Coca-Cola fridge. And the company even hosted a ‘can-top’ party in Decentraland, with music, giveaways, and a Q and A session.

The 72-hour auction made over $575,000, all of which was donated to Special Olympics International.

Coca-Cola digital merchandise NFT


18. Crypto Stamps

Believe it or not, the Austrian postal service was an early adopter of NFTs. But then again, the NFT space is the new frontier for industries that have typically thrived on collectability—so perhaps it’s no surprise stamps, like baseball cards and artworks, ended up on our list.

In 2019, Österreichische Post AG issued the world’s first blockchain stamps. With hundreds of thousands of Crypto Stamps sold, and Österreichische on its third release of the stamps, the project has been a resounding success.

Crypto stamp NFT


19. Axie Infinity

Axie Infinity is making waves with its play to earn (P2E) model which is making gamers real money. It’s exploded in popularity over the past year—particularly in developing countries—because who doesn’t want to make money playing video games?

Inspired by Pokémon, the game is based on buying, breeding, and training Axies to send into battle. The Axies themselves are NFTs, and through battles players can earn SLP (a cryptocurrency) to be sold on a secondary market for real money. With over $1 billion traded on the Axie platform, it’s one of the most valuable NFT projects in the world.

axie infinity banner NFT


20. Vee Friends

Alongside CryptoPunks and Bored Apes, VeeFriends are one of the few NFT avatar series that have taken hold in the NFT conversation, shooting up in value on the secondary market.  

VeeFriends are the brainchild of Gary Vaynerchuk. They are a collection of NFTs that are inspired by the traits in humans that Vaynerchuk admires most. These include: the Insightful Irish Terrier, the Sensible Sommelier, and the Prudent Polar Bear.

Like Bored Ape Yacht Club tokens, VeeFriends are more than just an image. They represent membership to a community of like-minded individuals. Purchasing a VeeFriend grants admission for three years to VeeCon, a multi-day conference run by Vaynerchuk which focuses on business, marketing, creativity, and entrepreneurship.

Veefriend polar bear drawing NFT


21. Carbon Negative NFTs

If you’ve spent any time researching NFTs, you’ve probably run into reports of their environmental impact.

In a comment on this situation, artist Imogen Heap created the first NFTs which were sold and branded as carbon negative.

Heap donated a portion of the sale to carbon capture company Nori, removing 20 tons of carbon from the atmosphere.  

imogen heap NFT
imogen heap NFT


22. Self-destructing NFT

While we’re on the topic of environmental activism, Two Degrees is an NFT designed to burn itself if global warming reaches 2 degrees Celsius above average.

Created by Terra0, the NFT is a scan of a forest in southern Germany. It's linked to a system that monitors NASA’s annual average temperature report, and when/if the global average temperature reaches two degrees above the pre-industrial average, the NFT will burn itself (self-destruct).

Just as we may lose the real-world forests to climate change, so too will we lose this NFT.

If global warming reaches 2 degrees Celsius above average this NFT will burn itself


23. CryptoCrisps

On a lighter note: have you tried Pringles’ newest flavor?

The crisp giant released its own limited edition NFT called CryptoCrisps this year. 

golden pringles can NFT


24. Mark Cuban’s inspirational quote

Billionaire entrepreneur Mark Cuban, who made a not-so-small fortune of the dot-com bubble, has made his foray into web 3.0 by getting involved in NFTs both behind the scenes and on center stage.

Cuban has invested in Alethea’s iNFTs we discussed above, started his own NFT platform called Lazy, and discussed incorporating NFTs into ticketing for his NBA team the Dallas Mavericks.

He also created his own NFTs this year, including an inspirational quote that sold for a modest $1,700.

Nobody ever changed the world by doing what everyone else was doing NFT


25. Digital furniture

Earlier this year, Argentinian designer Andres Reisinger sold ten pieces of virtual furniture as NFTs.

The surrealist furniture, many of which Reisinger describes as ‘impossible objects’, is designed to be placed in any metaverse. Five of the items were accompanied by the promise of real-world replicas. But for the others, owners can only display the NFTs in their virtual homes, or hold and resell them.

Inflatable chair in landscape deflates NFT


26. Elon Musk’s unsold NFT

Who else but Elon Musk would create a techno song about NFTs, tweet that he is going to sell it as an NFT, and then turn down a million dollar offer for the tweet, because: ‘it doesn’t feel quite right’?

You can check out the song and accompanying video in all its glory here. An NFT that was never to be.

Elon Musk Tweet: I'm selling this song about NFTs as an NFT


27. Grimes’ WarNymph

Elon’s hesitance didn’t stop his ex-partner, the musician Grimes, from selling her own NFT series titled WarNymph. The series is a surrealist artistic fugue combining tech-pop, science fiction, and Greek mythology.

The collection made the artist $5.8 million in under 20 minutes, a portion of which was donated to a nonprofit organization focused on the reduction of carbon emissions. 

Cherubs with spears fighting space technology NFT


28. Pet rocks

If you’ve made it this far, nothing is going to surprise you.

But EtherRocks are a standout even in the world of NFTs. They are literally just JPEGs of cartoon rocks, which are being bought and sold as NFTs for millions of dollars. 

The cheapest of the 100 EtherRocks is now valued at around $1.5 million, while in September one of the more up-scale rocks sold for around $2.2 million.

cartoon rock EtherRock NFT


29. Gourmet NFTs

Want to immortalize and monetize your mom’s famous lasagna recipe? Now you can.

GourmetNFT is a marketplace which allows professional and home chefs to upload their recipes onto the blockchain and sell them as NFTs.

lasagna on plate NFT


30. Steve Aoki’s NF-TV

DJ Steve Aoki has been a large proponent of NFTs for a while now. This year, he partnered with Stoopid Buddy Studios to create the first episodic series launched on the blockchain.

The team hope to pioneer a change in the television and streaming space, allowing consumers to purchase and own the shows they watch.

Below is the leading character of Aoki’s show, an animated avatar named Character X.

Pink alien character walks on a round fuzz ball, character X NFT


31. Testing Testing 123

An NFT of the word ‘test’ that looks like it was made on Microsoft Paint sold this September on FTX for an unbelievable $270,000.

FTX is a cryptocurrency exchange which recently launched its NFT marketplace. The CEO, Sam Bankman-Fried, released the Testing Testing 123 NFT to test the new marketplace, and one lucky bidder bought the JPEG for the price of a small house.

test drawing NFT


32. Non-fungible twig (the world’s first NFT for dogs)

Between Two Naps, a luxury brand for dog wearables, auctioned off a non-fungible twig, which is literally a twig picked from the ground in New York City.

They describe it as the world’s first NFT for dogs. Why not?

Dog sitting with twig and plaque NFTwig


33. Doge

Speaking of dogs, the iconic photo of a Shiba Inu dog named Kabosu (AKA Doge) was sold as an NFT for $4 million USD this year.

This made the Doge the world’s most valuable meme. She's a good dog, she deserves it.

Doge dog NFT


34. The NFT no one will ever see

Artist Rhea Myers pushed the boundaries of NFT art by creating an NFT that no one can ever access.

Titled Secret Artwork (Content), the NFT is the tokenized contract which proves ownership over the artwork, but the actual artwork will forever be a mystery to both the public and the owner.

“There’s nothing rarer than something that doesn’t actually exist.” Myers said in 2017.

Even we struggle to understand this NFT, but someone believes in it—it sold for $63,000 at auction.

chain of text and colored circles NFT


35. Smells like blockchain

Berlin-based Look Labs created the world’s first digital fragrance this year.

After making a real perfume called Cyber Eau de Parfum, the company recorded the molecular wavelengths of the scent to create a digital artwork. They put 10 editions of the digital fragrance up for auction as NFTs.

black perfume bottle with chart displaying digital scent NFT


36. Non-Fungible Jokin’

Even stand-up comedy is entering the world of NFTs. Jambb is a marketplace that offers comedians’ jokes, sets, specials, and memorabilia as NFTs.   

What’s unique about Jambb is they’re offering full rights to the clips they’re selling as NFTs. This means audiences can upload a comedian’s joke to YouTube and earn the ad revenue.

They’re even planning the world’s first NFT comedy special.

non-fungible jokin' Series 1 legendary pack NFT


37. The first major motion picture released as an NFT

The VUELE platform is working to shake up the film industry with NFTs.

Their first project involves the early release of Anthony Hopkin’s latest movie Zero Contact in the form of NFTs.

You can buy the movie as an NFT, along with behind-the-scenes and never-before-seen footage—all of which can be watched exclusively on the VUELE platform.

Shots from movie Zero Contact NFT


38. NFTree

Treedefi is offering the first NFTs backed by real trees planted around the world.

Here you can buy an NFT and Treedefi will plant a real-world tree, tracking for you its birthday, name, traits, and CO2 absorption.

The trees even have personal diaries you can follow. Here’s a Loquat NFTree planted in Kenya telling us how glad it is to have been planted.

seedling of tree planted in soil NFT


39. Kings of Leon’s When You See Yourself

American rock band Kings of Leon got in on the NFT action by releasing their latest album as an NFT.

The band made $2 million in sales from the NFT album, selling almost 7000 copies, as well as six ‘Golden tickets’ which grant the owners four front-row seats at every Kings of Leon tour for life.

Golden Kings of Leon album, titled When You See Yourself NFT


The future of NFTs

The crypto world is fast-moving. By the time you’re reading this, there’s probably enough crazy new NFTs for us to write a whole new article.

Between working with the NFT industry and spending hours and hours researching NFTs, it's clear to us that the potential of NFTs is near-limitless. If the next five years are anything like 2021, we’re going to see blockchain technology and NFTs disrupt all types of industries. And we’ll see demand for NFTs continue to rise.

But with the rising popularity of NFTs, it's more difficult than ever to get your NFTs noticed. All the NFT ideas and examples in this article broke new ground in the NFT space and cultivated excitement and hype around their releases.

So how will your NFT stand out from the crowd?

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