“I want people, if they care about the art, to share the art. I want them to bring it into our museum to showcase it.”
Colborn Bell is a fully-fledged multihyphenate in the NFT space and beyond: artist, collector, humanitarian, and founder of The Museum of Crypto Art (MOCA).
Dabbling in crypto and NFTs since 2017, Colborn collected Mooncats, Cryptokitties, and art within the Editional app and even acquired land in the Metaverse.
By February 2020, he was asked to consider SuperRare as a possible equity investment.
Established in the Somnium Space Metaverse back in 2020, MOCA functions as a community-driven digital museum. At present, it is home to ‘The Genesis Collection,’ which consists of a singular piece per artist, minted before December 2020. Colborn seeded the first 150-plus works, “and an additional 30 people added 100-plus to our Genesis Collection. The museum also received another contribution of 76 works from one individual that we are integrating.”
Of MOCA, Colborn says: “I want people, if they care about the art, to share the art; I want them to bring it into our museum to showcase it. We want to be a cool suite for showcasing and demonstrating and getting people to care and have a conversation about it.”
In February 2021, Colborn released a series of NFTs called ‘Magic Internet Money.’ Depicting single dollar bills sporting watercolor marbling, the series is every bit as candid as it is funny and relaxed.
As a collector, Colborn likes to be early and relies on his instincts. He says: “I like to be early. I never chase, and I never follow. I just do what I do and trust my intuition.”
With thousands of one-of-one NFTs in his collection, Colborn admits that he never understood the PFP craze. “I never understood any of it. Probably because I don’t want people to huddle together in these communities and pump the life out of everything; I think that does nothing but create fake value.”