CRAFTING A UNIQUE BRAND OF WEIRD
“The crew is unashamedly obsessed with what they do, deriving great pleasure from creating upmarket animations that appeal to even the most fastidious of audiences.”
In a world often filled with stark blacks and whites, Super Dope is an effervescent sprinkling of unicorn dust.
A Portland-based creative collective, the Super Dope crew prides itself on its core ingredients: first-generation Americans, foreigners, women of color, and fierce, unapologetic creators.
After completing their respective animation studies, the crew found themselves scattered across Manhattan, working as staff and freelance artists for nearly a decade. Hypothetical musings and impassioned brainstorming sessions resulted in the birth of Super Dope in 2020.
Super Dope’s animations are a smorgasbord of sugar and spice, consisting of characters that range from somewhat awful to awfully nice. The crew is unashamedly obsessed with what they do, deriving great pleasure from creating upmarket animations that appeal to even the most fastidious of audiences.
When it comes to NFTs, there are two distinct camps in creative circles. Super Dope elaborates: “There’s definitely two camps in our industry. The one camp is excited about the prospects of art on the blockchain. They are rejoicing that digital artists finally have a meaningful place in the art world. The second camp, however, thinks that NFTs are an evil ruining the ecosystem.”
Thinking of how to enter the space, the crew agreed that it was time to introduce ‘Booty Shakers’ to the world. Growing into a 25-piece collection, the series celebrates some of the coolest NFT artists, including the likes of Mike Shinoda, Mumbot, Yum Yum, and Pablo Stanley.
Is the AI scene really all doom and gloom? “As humans, we naturally resist change,” Super Dope remains optimistic. “Unfortunately, this is not always in our best interest. We can’t just look at AI and decide it is evil without exploring further. We should rather embrace it and see how we can use it to our own benefit.”
Quitting their day jobs and moving to Portland, the Super Dope crew became fully invested in their burgeoning creative collective. They have collaborated with esteemed artists like Mumbot and are inspired by the work of Pablo Stanley and Seneca, among many others.