How much is a really good replica of a Mona Lisa worth? It might only be worthy of wiping your rear with — which should come as no surprise to you. This is because she’s a one-off work of art, or “non-fungible”. The digital realm has brought many great things with its advent, but until recently, freely replicating information made digital ownership very fungible. This has changed with the introduction of Web 3.0.

We were joined by the Iranian artist, Nightwatcher, who recently shifted from being a regular real-world artist to an NFT artist. The NF part stands for non-fungible, and the T is for token. This means, his art is minted using certain technologies and made available for people to own the rights to. Control-C and Control-P his stuff if you like, he doesn’t mind. You won’t own it in the true sense.

This gentleman joined us to chat about the changing world of art with respect to NFTs, but also shared with us his experience of the Iranian art scene. He explains these changes are affording Iranian artists—especially—with a new means to be able to avoid restrictions. During our discussion, we also touched upon how emerging technologies, seen with Web 3.0 for example, are changing people’s association with the internet and each other.

So, listen to this episode to get au fait with all things NFTs in Iran.

DISCLAIMER: Ask An Iranian and Nightwatcher are not investment advisers. All opinions are our own. There are risks involved in placing any investment in securities or in Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies and NFTs… or in anything for that matter. None of the information presented herein is intended to form the basis of any offer or recommendation or have any regard to the investment objectives, financial situation, or needs of any specific person, and that includes you, our dear listener or reader. Everything you’re going to hear or read is for informational entertainment purposes only.

Questions we also get answers to in this episode

  • What is an NFT?
  • How do I sell NFT artwork in Iran?
  • Who are the best Iranian NFT artists?
  • Is NFT just money laundering?
  • Who is Crypto Punk?
  • How do I mint an NFT?
  • Which platforms sells NFTs?
  • Did the CIA fund Modern art?
  • What is the Metasphere and how do I get into it?

List of the top Iranian NFT artist you should probably know about

We ask prominent Iranian NFT artist, Homadokht, to provide us with a list of top Iranian NFT artists. Listed below is what she came back with.

If you know of an Iranian NFT artist that should be mentioned, please add their details in the comments below.

10 of the best Iranian NFT artists (in no particular order)

We’d like to extend a huge thank you to Homadokht for helping us compile this list of Iranian NFT artists.

Buy the Ask An Iranian x Nightwatcher, Acid Ajam remix 1/1 NFT art piece

For our episode collaboration with the Iranian NFT artist, Nightwatcher, we combined forces to create a one-off NFT art piece. This piece is an extension of the existing collection created by Nightwatcher and Homadokht, entitled Acid Ajam. The collection is of uniquely handcrafted 1/1 NFTs inspired by ancient Persian miniatures from masters such as Behzad and Reza Abbasi with a psychedelic touch.

Buy Ask An Iranian NFT artwork

If you missed out on purchasing this one-off collaborative piece, fear not. We will be introducing our podcast artwork, as NFTs. Follow this link to see what you might be missing out on.

Purchase Untitled No.2 by Nightwatcher, here.

Follow the Iranian NFT artist, Nightwatcher

For our podcast episode about NFT art in Iran, we were joined by an Iranian artist known as Nightwatcher. You can follow Nightwatcher on Twitter, where you’ll be regularly updated about his exciting artwork, as well the Iranian NFT art scene.

To see a full listing of Nightwatcher’s NFT artwork, we highly recommend you check out his OpenSea collections, linked here. One such NFT is this portrait to the right. Some have said it’s a self-portrait, but we cannot confirm this.

How to become an NFT artist and mint your first piece.

If you are a budding artist and are looking to make bank on the NFT art thingy, read on. We at Ask An Iranian have chosen to go with a platform called OpenSea, but others exist. We’re by no means experts at this, but from our discussion with the Nightwatcher, we learned this:

List of NFT platforms for minting and selling your art

    This platform has a pricy entry point but comes with premium perception.
    This platform has a lower barrier to entry, but you may not sell as well.
    Yeah, there are way more, but we didn’t discuss those in the episode.

Learn about how to get bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies in Iran

Translation of Persian (Farsi) used during this episode

PersianEnglish translation
Gallery gardi:Something like, gallery touring. Usually done on Fridays in Iran
Sheytoon:“The Devil”, or a way to say somebody is naughty
“ā” appearing like this, is pronounced as a long-a, as used in the word “water”

Image credit: NightwatcherXHomadokht + Ask An Iranian, Acid Ajam remix NFT artwork, 2022. Copyright… to whoever buys it here.