The highly-anticipated “Laguna Riders” collection is now available on BayardStore! This collection of NFTs features stunning illustrations of some of the most iconic supercars in history, rendered with incredible detail and vibrancy. Each NFT is a true work of art, representing a moment in time captured forever on the blockchain. In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at what makes this collection so special, and why you’ll want to add it to your digital art collection today.
First and foremost, let’s talk about the cars themselves. The “Laguna Riders” collection features 12 illustrations of four legendary supercars: the Mercedes C63 AMG, the Mercedes SLR, the Ferrari GTO, and the Dodge Charger. Each of these cars is an icon in its own right, with a rich history and a cult following among car enthusiasts. The illustrations in this collection showcase these cars in motion on the roads of Laguna Beach, California, capturing the excitement and energy of driving along sunny coastal roads.
Steve Bayard, the artist behind this collection drew inspiration from their travels in California in 2008 and carefully selected the most iconic cars to feature in this collection. The legendary Mercedes C63 AMG, coveted Mercedes SLR, Ferrari GTO, and Dodge Charger are all represented in vibrant violet, purple, warm orange, pink, and red colors, creating a unique and striking effect that will add a touch of elegance to any interior.
One of the great things about NFTs is that they offer a unique opportunity for collectors to own one-of-a-kind pieces of art that are verifiably scarce and immutable. When you purchase an NFT from the “Laguna Riders” collection, you’re not just getting a digital image – you’re getting a piece of digital art that is truly one-of-a-kind. These NFTs cannot be reproduced or duplicated, making them a truly valuable addition to any digital art collection.
“I am thrilled to present this collection to the world. Each NFT in this collection is a masterpiece, a tribute to the timeless beauty and raw power of these legends.”
These stunning Laguna Riders illustrations are available now on Ozone Marketplace as an NFT asset in an edition of 100 copies available only. Don’t miss your chance to own a piece of street culture and cyber universe history.
In addition to their value as collectibles, these NFTs also offer an opportunity for customization and integration into virtual experiences. With the ability to seamlessly integrate them into your own virtual world using Ozone Studio, you can create a truly unique and immersive experience for yourself and others.
Now, let’s take a closer look at each of the cars featured in the collection. First up, is the Mercedes C63 AMG. This iconic car is known for its sleek design and powerful engine, which produces up to 503 horsepower and can accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 3.8 seconds. It’s a true high-performance machine, and the illustration in this collection captures its beauty and power perfectly.
Next, we have the Mercedes SLR. This car was produced between 2003 and 2010 and is a true testament to the engineering prowess of Mercedes-Benz. With a top speed of 208 miles per hour and an acceleration time of just 3.8 seconds, it’s no wonder that this car has a dedicated fan base. The “Laguna Riders” illustration of the SLR showcases its sleek lines and iconic shape, making it a must-have for any car enthusiast.
Moving on to the Ferrari GTO. This car is perhaps the most famous of the four featured in the collection and for good reason. The GTO is a rare and coveted car, with only 36 ever produced. Its powerful engine produces up to 302 horsepower, and it can accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 5.4 seconds. The “Laguna Riders” illustration of the GTO captures its unique shape and vibrant red color, making it a true standout piece in the collection.
Last but not least, we have the Dodge Charger. This iconic American muscle car is known for its powerful engine and classic design. The Charger has been featured in numerous films such as Bullitt (1968), Fast & Furious (2001 & 2013), and even John Wick (2014), as well as in TV shows such as The Dukes of Hazzard (1979-1985 & 2005), cementing its status as a cultural icon. The “Laguna Riders” NFT collection captures the essence of this legendary car with stunning illustrations that showcase its sleek lines and muscular curves.
Each NFT in the collection features a unique design, highlighting different variations of the Dodge Charger. From the classic 1969 model to the modern-day Charger Hellcat, collectors can own a piece of history with these one-of-a-kind digital art pieces. The “Laguna Riders” NFT collection also offers an opportunity for customization and integration into virtual experiences. Imagine showcasing your collection in a virtual gallery for others to admire. The possibilities are endless with these high-quality NFTs.
By owning a piece of the “Laguna Riders” NFT collection, you not only own a unique and valuable piece of art but also a piece of automotive history that can be passed down for generations to come. The NFTs are available for purchase exclusively on BayardStore and are priced competitively to make them accessible to collectors of all levels.
In addition to their collectible value, NFTs also offer a new way for artists and creators to monetize their work. By creating unique and verifiably scarce digital art pieces, artists can sell their work directly to collectors and fans, bypassing traditional gatekeepers and middlemen.
As the world continues to shift towards a digital-first economy, NFTs are poised to play a significant role in the future of art and collectibles. The “Laguna Riders” NFT collection is just one example of the incredible potential of this new technology.
In conclusion, the release of the “Laguna Riders” collection is a significant event for collectors of digital art and automotive enthusiasts alike. These high-quality NFTs offer a unique opportunity to own a piece of automotive history and showcase it in virtual environments.
With its stunning designs and accessible pricing, the “Laguna Riders” collection is a must-have for any serious collector. Don’t miss your chance to own a piece of this incredible collection – visit BayardStore’s Metaverse section today to start building your collection.
As the night falls in the bustling city of New York, the sound of roaring engines fills the air. It’s a sound that has captured the imagination of countless artists and creators over the years, and now, in 2023, a new artist has emerged to pay homage to this iconic symbol of urban culture.
Swiss-born artist Steve Bayard has created a stunning collection of NFTs called Pro Street that celebrates the raw power and high-octane energy of classic supercars. Each car in the collection has been meticulously reimagined in Bayard’s signature Pro Street style, with widened body kits and aggressive styling that harkens back to the golden age of street racing.
Bayard’s passion for cars began at an early age, thanks to his father’s love of motorsports. Growing up in Switzerland, Bayard was surrounded by the beauty of the Swiss Alps, but it was the roar of the motor engines that captured his imagination in the early 80s.
His father, an avid driver, and collector of oldtimers, would often take Bayard to races, and it was there that he fell in love with the speed, power, and raw energy of these incredible machines.
“I wanted to capture that raw, unbridled energy of the street racing scene, the cars I’ve created are a tribute to that era, with their wide body kits and aggressive styling.”
These stunning Pro Street illustrations are available now on Ozone Marketplace as an NFT asset in an edition of 100 copies available only. Don’t miss your chance to own a piece of street culture and cyber universe history.
Bayard’s parents were both involved in the car business and racing occasionally in race tracks such as Lignière, Magny Cours, or even Dijon which are the closest to Switzerland, and this creativity was instilled in him from a young age. He would often spend hours in his father’s garage, helping him for changing wheels and tires, watching him work and experiment with different projects, or simply contemplating with fascination the esthetics and lines of supercars and sports cars while doing his homework for the high school.
It was this love of art and design that the Swiss artist had the pleasure to discover each year at the Geneva’s Car Show that eventually led artist Steve Bayard to pursue a career in graphic design in the hope to design his own car later. After completing his studies in Switzerland, Bayard traveled to New York City, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Toronto, where he collaborated with several top creators starting in early 2007.
“I’ve always loved cars and the culture that surrounds them,” Bayard explains. “But it wasn’t until I started freelancing that I realized I could combine my two passions and create something truly unique.”
The Pro Street collection is the culmination of this passion, a stunning collection of NFTs that celebrate the raw power and energy of classic supercars. Each car in the collection is a work of art in its own right, with stunning attention to detail and a level of realism that is truly breathtaking. Bayard’s signature Pro Street style is inspired by the street racing scene of the 1970s and 1990s and revisited in a futuristic era.
“I wanted to capture that raw, unbridled energy of the street racing scene,” he says. “The cars I’ve created are a tribute to that era surviving in a tremendous future, with their wide body kits and aggressively beautiful styling”.
But the Pro Street collection is not just about the cars themselves. It’s also about the world in which they exist. Each NFT in the Pro Street collection is set in the streets of New York City at night, a nod to Bayard’s friends staying there and a city that has captured the imagination of countless artists and creators over the years.
The backdrop of each NFT is equally impressive, with iconic landmarks and neon lights that pay homage to the city that never sleeps. It’s this attention to detail that sets the Pro Street collection apart from other NFT collections. But what really sets the Pro Street collection apart is the way it can be integrated into the world of virtual reality.
Each NFT can be purchased on the Ozone Metaverse marketplace and seamlessly integrated into a virtual world created by the purchaser with the Ozone Studio. This means that collectors can not only own a piece of stunning artwork but also create their own immersive virtual experiences around it, and display their Pro Street NFTs in unique worlds or digital twins in the metaverse.
The Pro Street collection is an exclusive limited edition, with only 100 copies of each NFT available for purchase for only 0.1 FLOW per NFT. Bayard’s goal is not to make a profit from this collection but rather to share his passion for cars and design with others and create a community of like-minded individuals who share his love for these iconic machines.
The Pro Street collection is a nod to the past and a vision of the future. It’s a celebration of cars, design, and the limitless possibilities of this new frontier in the world of art. Bayard’s unique perspective on cars and design, combined with his passion for tuning, drift, street racing, and the underground culture that surrounds it, has resulted in a stunning collection of NFTs that is sure to be cherished by collectors and enthusiasts alike and raise up in popularity while the market opens in Ozone Metaverse.
In conclusion, the Pro Street collection is not just a collection of NFTs that will continue to grow over time, but a work of art that celebrates the raw power and high-octane energy of classic supercars. It’s a tribute to the culture and lifestyle that surrounds these iconic machines and a vision of the future of art and technology. If you’re a fan of cars and design, the Pro Street collection is definitely worth checking out.
With some 24,600,000 search results in 0.43 seconds only for the word necromancer and about 16,500,000 search results in 0,41 seconds for the words “necromancy in art”, you can see that this is a really hot topic that has grown tremendously over the past few years and has been growing ever since with the appearance of artificial intelligence (AI) which makes it possible to generate a multitude of unique images within a few minutes already, so we taught about sharing with you what we have learned from it.
When it comes to human history, death and the act of dying have always been a big topic of discussion, often giving rise to many tragic occasions. With the development of more complex and elaborate ideas about the afterlife and the underworld, humans began to think of methods to contact the dead. The reasons can vary, ranging from emotional to purely pragmatic, but the effort remains the same. A multitude of rituals has developed over time aimed at reaching the deceased and summoning him to the land of the living. Thus was born the function of the necromancer who is the person capable or knowing the means of speaking to the inanimate.
Over time, people have always been fascinated by death and the afterlife. Funerary practices, tomb decoration, post-mortem rites, and rituals have accompanied humanity from the threshold of civilization to our living rooms, exhibiting proudly such types of art on our walls, and have not left us until modern times. The permanent departure of an individual has always had a shattering effect on the socio-economic structure of a society, going even further if the society was composed of only a small number of members.
Indeed, the closer the ties are between the ancestors or other dominant figures in our community, the more it is necessary to preserve these ties in one way or another, even after death. Dealing with a subject as complex as the necromantic manipulation of the dead can be a difficult task, especially if the facts provided by the story are often vague and based in the realm of myth and legend. Although it would be tempting to focus on the times when necromancy had already “flowered”, the earliest period in history, with some recorded evidence by several authors, can be dated to Hellenic Greece around 323 BC.
In our world of art, it is with the illustration “The witch of Endor conjures the soul of Samuel in the name of Saul” that one of the first testimonies concerning the apparitions and the witches that we can trace back to Joseph Glanvil in 1682 in London. Thereafter is an engraving of John Dee and Edward Kelly summoning in “the act of invoking the spirit of a deceased person” in the book Astrology by Ebenezer Sibly in London in 1806 that this practice will be illustrated again and more precisely.
Our research showed us that the oldest and one of the most important works mentioning our civilization the existence of necromancy is no other than Homer’s “Odyssey”. This Greek epic poem, fundamental to the Western canon and the second oldest complex written work of Western civilization, dates from the 8th century BC. The work describes the journey of the Greek hero Odysseus in Roman tradition.
The reference is as follows:
“With prayers and vows, I called upon the families of the dead. I held out the sheep above the hole, slit their throats, and let the dark blood flow. Then out of Erebus came swarming up shades of the dead, brides, young unmarried men, old ones worn out with canvas, young tender girls, with hearts, still new to grief, and many men wounded by bronze spears, who’d died in battle, still in their blood-stained armor. from all sides of the pit, with amazing cries. Pale fear seized my heart. Then I called my comrades, ordering them to flay and burn the sheep still lying there, slain by cruel bronze, and pray to the gods, to mighty Hades and Persephone.”
At the beginning of the practice named “Nekyia”, Odysseus digs a trench with his sword, and around it they pour libations for all the dead, first mixed with honey, the second time mixed with sweet wine, the third time mixed with water and then they sprinkle white meal over it.
Odysseus promises the hordes of the dead, that when back in Ithaca he will offer them a barren heifer in his palace and build for them a huge sacrificial pyre. Especially for Tiresias, he will sacrifice an all-black sheep that excels among other sheep.
In this part of the short story, Tiresias also advises Odysseus, that the spirits he would like to question should also be allowed to drink from the sacrificial blood. Here we observe what would later infamously become a dominant trait of necromancy, the practice of blood sacrifice needed for interaction with the underworld.
The roots of necromancy can be positively traced back to early Antiquity, with documented practices of several cultures and frequent interactions between them mutually influencing each other.
The necromancers of the past are mentioned by many sources, including the Bible and the Quran. A multitude of Greek and Roman historians described the rituals of their own contemporaries, as well as foreigners from different lands.
The belief which accounted for the dead to be wise, because of their closer proximity to god, and thus able to provide visions and prophecies beyond the ability of mother mortals was present in several cultures of Antiquity.
Nevertheless, the origins of the conjuration of the dead are probably older. Similarities reaching back to the practices of shamanism, or even to the ancestor cult can be traced back to the Stone Age.
But whether the unusual burial customs and the handling of corpses and bones were really part of an elaborate “necromantic” practice, as a means of placing oneself under the protection of an ancestor, or to appease his needs in reaching forth to the land of the living, will likely remain uncertain.
A necromancer is a person who practices necromancy, a discipline of dark magic used to communicate with the dead in order to predict the future.
Among the best known, we can find Sauron, a character from the legend of JRR Tolkien, nicknamed “the Necromancer” in the film “The Hobbit”, the Necromancers (Dungeons & Dragons), a class of characters from the fantasy role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons Dragon game. Dragons, but also Necromancers, a class of recurring characters in the Diablo action role-playing game franchise that greatly influenced the artist in his youth playing Diablo 2 & 3 and still on television screens with for example the flying android class in the Atheist/Mithraic Wars in Ridley Scott’s American television series Raised by Wolves.
Homer, Lucan, or Horace mention that necromancers used blood in order to call the dead. Blood is the life force sustaining them and making them able (or willing) to speak which explains the red dark tones in the backgrounds of the artworks in this new art collection presented by the artist.
The importance of blood is one of the most noticeable rites in almost all religions and cults even today. The ochre color in the graves of the Stone Age, blood rituals in Antiquity, Aztec and Mayan beliefs in the concept of the universe, the importance of blood in Judaism and Islam (the disposal of blood during the preparation of meat), the Matam of the Shia or the Holy Blood of Christ are just a fraction of all the blood-related practices and ideas that accompany the religious beliefs of mankind.
No wonder then that the most important fluid also finds its way into the communication with the deceased. The renown this practice gained was also the foundation of the later infamous linking of all the occult practices to blood rituals and sacrifices, rendering occultists outcasts who were active in practices harmful to the general public.
The veneration of the dead, which also includes the ancestors, is one of the oldest religious practices in human history and, surprisingly, this idea still survives today. However, the similarities in the goals the practitioner is trying to achieve with necromancy cannot be disputed, they are now widely pictured on the web.
Not only did the Greeks and Romans have an elaborate belief in the underworld and with it a strong connection to necromancy. Several other nations, mainly from the Middle East region, also had their own means of communication with the dead. On several occasions, practitioners of this art from other regions have also been mentioned by Greek sources, often even claiming that the knowledge came from the nations of the East. Strabo, in his work Geography, reports that magicians, among others also diviners of the dead, originated in Egypt, Babylon, or Etruria.
Among the most eminent Shamans, besides the necromancers, were the Chaldeans, and especially the Sabians who were magi from Persia and who are said to have taught the art of divination to several of the Greek and Roman sorcerers already mentioned, without forgetting of course the priests of Babylon and Egypt as mentioned by Isaiah 19:3. We could therefore ask ourselves, could the origins of necromancers be shamanic?
That doesn’t seem to be the case, because even though shamanism is considered one of the oldest religions of all time, the origins of necromancy could actually go back even further in time. Indeed, the first similarities with the necromantic rituals and practices of later periods could be rooted in the worship of the ancestors which would already date back to the Stone Age.
One person’s death was always the big unknown. Even in today’s modern society, where final departure can be explained from the point of view of medical science as a decline in biological functions, the idea of dying is still shrouded in mystery. We can only be rational to a certain extent, most likely when the question of death does not concern us directly. Social and emotional ties are severed by the death of a close friend or relative. In such a situation, it is understandable to assume that a desperate person is willing to try methods beyond the realm of logic and science.
In science-fiction, “Necromancer” or “The Necromancer” can also refer to several types of content such as fictional movie characters, video game characters, literature, and music. This type of character appeared for the first time in “Scenes of divination, including haruspication, pyromancy, and necromancy” in a drawing by Hans Burgkmaier the Elder (1473-1531) on display at the National Library of Paris in France, and then in American literature in the book “Necromancer” which is a science fiction novel by American writer Gordon R. Dickson, published in 1962. In the work of Dickinson, the necromancer follows the fortune of Paul Formain, a mining engineer at the end of the 21st century who suffers several accidents and is following the necromancer Jason Warren with the initial goal of joining the guild for the regeneration of his lost arm.
During his research, the Swiss artist Steve Bayard wanted to bring this history to life by conveying it in turn in the form of a collection of works of art that he will begin to create in 2022. The goal of the collection is to pay homage to the engineers who, like him, are engineering lines of code to create amazingly relevant NFTs today and forming the new basis for museum exhibitions in the next century.
It was by drawing inspiration from this creative essence after the artist Steve Bayard had an accident in the right wrist in August 2020 that the artist continued his research around AI and necromancy with, for example, the visioning of short movies such as Necromancer, a 1988 American horror film, and Nekrotronic, a 2018 Australian sci-fi horror film that had an average rating of 5.3/10 on Rotten Tomatoes.
Interestingly, the review site there described this second film as follows: “Nekrotonic has a lot of weird energy, but this horror-comedy hybrid mixes ingredients without quite knowing what to do with them.” On Metacritic it had achieved a score of 25% based on reviews from 4 critics, indicating “generally unfavorable reviews”. However, the 2018 film was widely picked up and republished on Youtube by users totaling more than 4K views or around 1K views per month for a film in which Monica Bellucci plays one of the main roles, which probably allowed the film to be nominated for Best Hair and Makeup at the 9th AACTA Awards.
As the artist also went through a youth filled with PlayStation video games such as Diablo, and Diablo II where the Necromancer determines that the Malefics have grown too powerful and thus allies with the forces of Light to restore the balance of the world and Diablo III, where “The Witch Doctor” is a new character reminiscent of the necromancer from Diablo II, but with skills more traditionally associated with voodoo culture not unfamiliar to her, this influenced him a lot for creating these iconic portraits of necromancers.
Like a sorcerer, using artificial intelligence (AI), the artist has recovered the ability to invoke mysterious forces to cast curses, harvest souls, and launch his production of artwork on the enemies of transdisciplinary artists while offering comfort to depressed souls looking for more mystical imagery to suspend behind glass on their walls.
Did you know? It seems like the real rise in the digital market of necromancers probably took place during the release on June 27 of 2017, which was already announced at BlizzCon earlier in 2016 with Diablo III: Rise of the Necromancer which is a second expansion for the Diablo III game. This new game expansion introduces the Necromancer class, which prefers to strike from a distance, unleashing destruction from afar.
The skeletal undead under their command overwhelmed enemies before they had a chance to strike, and the horrific curses the necromancers employed crippled even the most resilient demons. Necromancers could use their undead mobs to create diversions or simply open a path for their master to escape safely.
It is of course by listening to the song “Necromancer” by Sepultura, during the creation of this collection that the artist finally had all the elements to add the perfect touch in order to create an original collection and immerse himself in beastly pixel devastation through patterns of diffusion and machine learning.
You can discover the 24 illustrations as the first drop for this collection of prints on the BayardStore.