Twelve years Nyla Hayes’ inspiring story in the NFT world earned him coverage on TIME for children and the title of TIMEPiece‘s first artist in residence.
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Hayes won $ 3.4 million in digital currency with his Long Neckie Collection, an NFT coin series featuring various elongated-neck women inspired by his favorite dinosaur, the Brontosaurus, People of color in technology reports.
At just 12 years old, Hayes is breaking new ground and making history for black tech girls. She helps educate young people about NFT (non-fungible token) and even started NFT Children’s Day to help other kids launch careers in the emerging tech space.
“I started drawing when I was 4. When I was 9, my parents bought me a smartphone to do digital art,” she told TIME for Kids. “I made pictures of people with long necks, whom I call Long Neckies.”
“Last March my uncle told my mom about DTV. We looked at YouTube to learn how to create and sell them, ”she explained. “Soon people were buying NFTs from my long necks. I made over 960 ETH. (It’s a digital currency worth around $ 3.4 million.) Being a part of the NFT community is amazing!
Now, as TIMEPiece’s first artist in residence, Hayes will help develop “an intimate and focused art collection” and work on other initiatives featured in his Genesis Build a Better Future collection.
“These artist-in-residence collections will continue to enable TIME to bring art to the blockchain that marries the artist’s signature style with a renowned TIME franchise,” the company said in a statement. “This extends TIME’s nearly 100-year tradition of showcasing great artists and photographers of a given era while leading the brand into innovative new spaces, in this case NFT and Web3.
The Hayes collection will be released on November 17, 2021, to holders of TIMEPieces and TIMECats.