March 8, 2022
By Anjali Kochhar
Former Ukrainian boxer Wladimir Klitschko and legendary artist WhIsBe have partnered to launch NFTs in support of Ukraine amidst an unprecedented crisis in the country, NFT creative agency Metacurio announced Tuesday.
All proceeds will go to Red Cross Ukraine and UNICEF, ensuring that funds from the NFT sale go directly to the resources most direly needed by Ukraine in its current defense against the Russian forces.
The NFT series, which drops Wednesday, features four NFT editions of the artist’s “Vandal Gummy” bears in the colors of the Ukrainian flag. The collection will be titled “Vandalz for Ukraine: WhIsBe x Wladimir Klitschko.”
Leading NFT marketplace OpenSea will be hosting the drop. Three editions of “Vandal Gummy” bear NFTs will be available at different price points of $100, $1,000, and $10,000. There will be a 1-of-1 NFT selling for $1MM.
All funds from the drop will go directly toward supporting the people of Ukraine during this crisis, with participating partners waiving their fees. The drop sale will last for three weeks starting Wednesday.
“This is not just a chance to own an astonishing piece of art history but, more importantly, an easy way to directly support the people of Ukraine who are in crisis right now,” said Metacurio Founders Sophie Watts and Jeff Hood in a joint statement shared with Blockchain Asset Review.
“It is a magnificent initiative: a support through art, a superb “suppart” at the service of people who suffer,” said Wladimir Klitschko. “Art can be beautiful on many levels when used to serve humanity.”
Wladimir Klitschko, founder, lecturer, and longest-reigning heavyweight boxing world champion, and his brother Vitali Klitschko, Mayor of Kyiv and former world boxing champion, have been the faces of Ukrainian resistance to Russia’s invasion along with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
WhIsBe entered into the crypto space back in 2017 and became one of the first fine artists to enter into the NFT space in early 2020. He has since made his mark in the community by selling the first non-auction 7 figure NFT and becoming one of the top 10 NFT artists in the world.