‘I Don’t Want to Defend Him’
Kanye West in a hoodie next to a Ye tattoo

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You thought Kanye West’s views – on slavery, abortion, Jewish people; take your pick – couldn’t get any worse, but then he went and said bluntly “I like Hitler” on Alex Jones’s Infowars Show. “Everybody has something of value that they brought to the table,” he told the sometimes visibly uncomfortable right-wing conspiracy theorist, “especially Hitler.”

Ye’s spiraling behavior, including public harassment his ex-wife Kim Kardashian and fraternize with Trumphas caused many fans to give up on the once acclaimed rapper and producer. Still, his music has inspired millions of young people, and it’s not unusual to have a Kanye tattoo – though people understandably now feel significantly differently about inking the rapper’s face on their body. London-based tattoo removal company NAAMA Studios even went viral after they offered to remove Ye tats free, or, in their words, “Yeezy come, Yeezy go”.

VICE spoke to some of Kanye’s biggest tattooed fans and biggest ex-fans to see how they now feel about having the rapper permanently etched on their skin.

Chance, 20

I got my tattoo about a year ago, I was a Life of Pablo fan and the higher tattoo is art of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. I watched all his interviews. I just liked that he hasn’t taken no for an answer in a long time, but now he’s definitely taken it way too far.

An arm of a Kanye West fan showing off My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy tattoo art

Photo: Courtesy of Chance

He was really a visionary to me, started a church and a school, even though many people told him he couldn’t. But when I heard the comments he made on the Alex Jones show, I was just like, damn. There aren’t many different perspectives on mass genocide. There is really only one right side. Personally, I wouldn’t get it covered because the album is deeper than the person. If I had a tattoo of Kanye’s face [though]I would be tempted to get rid of it.

An arm showing a Kanye West face tattoo

Zee, 23

I got my tattoo almost six years ago in 2017. I was just 18 and this was my first tattoo. I was obviously a big Kanye fan, but three months after I got it, he said slavery was a choice and my fucking jaw dropped. That’s when it all started.

I’ve been looking for ways to cover it for the past three years, but the only option seemed to be a black rectangle. I got this because I thought it was funny but now it’s getting quite serious – it’s not funny [anymore]i don’t enjoy it

I don’t wear waistcoats much, I wear baggy shirts. If it’s visible, I get a lot of questions about it. Since 2017 it has been just constant [from Ye], his words are not a one-off. There’s no fucking way I’m getting a person tattooed again – only inanimate objects. I started removing it this week. It will take a number of sessions, but it already feels like massive relief. I took advantage of these free sessions offered by NAAMA Studios, otherwise I couldn’t afford it – I wouldn’t be able to shell out four rand to get it removed.

Side by side photo of Kanye West leg tattoo art

Liam, 31

The first one I got was Kanye’s name tattooed on me in 2012. I have another on my leg and then a Donda piece most recently, two months ago. I don’t think anything he said is going to ruin my opinion of him and his legacy, but I can understand other people’s frustrations. I think some people jump on the bandwagon without reading the full details. He usually explains after a while what he really meant. Things are a bit more extreme right now – like, can we appreciate Hitler and Putin? In what sense? But I don’t believe that’s what he really thinks.

Leg tattoo of Kanye West's face as a tattoo next to Graduation bear

I’ve been listening to Kanye all day. I think download his music from streaming services is ridiculous when there are many people who have committed real crimes who are still around. I get a lot of people questioning my tattoos, but I take it with a grain of salt. I had many discussions and almost arguments about it.

Arm Showing My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy Ballerina Tattoo

Photo: courtesy of Arthur

Arthur, 30

I have a ballerina tattoo of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy – I got it in 2020 because he is a genius, I love how he puts jazz and soul music into rap songs.

For me, it is especially difficult to see his current behavior as a black person. It’s hard to see him being friends with Marilyn Manson. He has health problems, but that’s no excuse – since the pandemic, his mental problems have kind of gotten worse. I don’t agree with his politics.

Ever since that Alex Jones video I stopped listening to him. It’s the only thing I can do, unfortunately. Right now I don’t think I’ll listen to the song I have tattooed on me. In ten years I don’t know, but not now. I like the cartoon of the art – if someone asks me, I’ll just say it was a random ballerina from Google.

Arm Showing Kanye West Fan Tattoo Art

Jack, 37

I have this tattoo on [Kanye’s] 40th birthday, it was an impulsive decision and I got comments on social media like “Well that’s a waste of a very good arm”. I didn’t care, all I cared about was the world knowing that this is what I love about music. I thought it was no different from your Metallica wrist logo, your John Lennon “Imagine” shoulder sketch.

I’m not sure what to think now – has he taken it too far? Absolutely, his comments lately are those of someone who hasn’t fully experienced the effects of what it’s really like to be completely abandoned by your previous forms of support and income. We as a society have always just written the whole thing off as “oh that’s just Kanye being Kanye” and he’s certainly self-aware enough to know that he’s still got a few of those cards in his hand.

Arm tattoo of Kanye West's Graduation bear

Photo: Courtesy of Parker

Parker, 23

I have the Graduation ceremony tattoo about a year ago. I can separate art and artist but when the artist [is spreading] this level of hate, it’s very difficult. The album is from 2007 – it wasn’t the same Kanye in 2007. It’s a nice visual thing, but I don’t support him as a person. I don’t follow a celebrity too much, so for years I didn’t have much of an opinion, but more recently what he said touched me more. I probably wouldn’t get that tattoo again or have it so clearly on my forearm. I’m more detached from his music now – it has a huge feel to it now.

Forearm tattoo of Kanye West's Graduation bear

Jay, 23

I was 18 years old, had just graduated. I won’t deny that he was a musical genius for the 20 years he produced. I loved that he was outspoken about the bigotry in the design industry and music industry. Within the past years and months, it has become much more difficult to defend him.

I don’t want to defend him. There is no reason for him to continue the hate that he is. I wouldn’t say it’s absolute regret [for the tat] because I know what it means to me personally, but I do feel that it might leave a bad first impression on someone. If I could go back and not find it I probably would or if I could remove it completely I probably would. Usually when people ask I say I enjoy the music and it was a while ago – but a lot of the time people think it’s a teddy bear or a care bear so I let them think so.


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What I Buy and Why: Collector Dede Wilsey on Why She Prefers to Hang Her Kandinsky Sideways and How She Helps Museums Acquire Art

Dede Wilsey has been a supporter of the de Young Museum in San Francisco since 1998, but she only started collecting art for herself a few years later, when she was looking for a place to put her energy after the death of her husband, dairy and real estate magnate Al Wilsey.

Since then, Dede has built up a formidable collection of Impressionist art, and has continued to help the de Young and its sister museum, the Legion of Honor, grow their own. In October she financed the museum’s acquisition of Canalettos Venice, the Grand Canal looking east with Santa Maria della Salute. The Venetian scene was to be auctioned as part of another prominent San Francisco collection, that of Ann and Gordon Getty, with an estimate of $6 million to $9 million — but the San Francisco Museum of Fine Arts spotted it hours before the sale. to begin.

Since 2019, Wilsey has also endorsed the museums’ Free Saturday program, which provides free general admission to the de Young and Legion of Honor for Bay Area residents every weekend.

Wilsey recently spoke with Artnet News from her home in San Francisco, where commissioned portraits of her dogs share wall space with Monet and Kandinsky.

Giovanni Antonio Canal, Il Canaletto, Entrance to the Grand Canal looking east, with Santa Maria della Salute on the right. Image courtesy of Christie’s.

What was your first purchase (and how much did you pay for it)?

The first serious photo I bought was right after my husband died. I was in Maastricht to lead a group from our museum [the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco]—a building committee, because we were building the de Young Museum at the time. I was absolutely miserable. I kept looking around and finally I thought, maybe I’ll feel better if I buy a happy painting. So, I bought a late Monet of Giverny with lots of pink flowers and trees. I didn’t feel better. I thought if I bought another one, then I would feel better. I bought a [Mary] Cassatt – a woman with a baby. I installed that one and I still felt sad. I can’t even remember what I bought after that. After about 10 years I was no longer sad and had many paintings. That’s how I started collecting.

What was your most recent purchase?

My most recent purchase was a Kandinsky. I hung it on my powder room door—vertically, instead of horizontally. You can’t tell the difference. Once it’s yours, you can do whatever you want with it.

For the Fine Arts Museums, I recently purchased a Canaletto at the Getty auction. It is a museum picture and it really belongs in a museum. Everything in the Getty’s home was just as special. We really didn’t want it to leave San Francisco. I bought it in memory of Ann Getty.

What works or artists are you hoping to add to your collection this year?

I do not know. I recently bought a Gerome, a portrait of his daughter. This is something I never thought I would buy. But the little girl is so cute that I couldn’t resist her. And I typically react when I see something and it affects me. Kandinsky is also not something I would normally buy. But it’s great, I love it.

What is the most expensive piece of art you own?

A Monet water lily.

Where do you buy the most art?

At an auction—Christie’s or Sotheby’s.

Is there a job you regret buying?

Well, I’m sure there are several and I’m sure I’ve sold them by now. I think everyone makes mistakes in the heat of the passion to buy something. Then you suddenly say to yourself: Why in the world did I do that?! I bought a Koons egg. It is on loan to the Dixon Gallery and Gardens in Memphis. It is very heavy. It’s fuchsia with a purple bow. I actually really love it, but it’s just not very practical.

The Koons egg in Dede Wilsey's collection.

The Koons egg in Dede Wilsey’s collection.

What work do you have hanging above your couch? How about in your bathroom?

I have two sofas in two rooms—one has a Hockney and the other a Picasso above it. In my bathroom I have dog portraits and Chinese export porcelain. I just bought a new dog photo. It looks just like my little Maltese. The first dog photo was requested for my Jack Russell, Melissa, and my first Maltese, Serena. Since then I have been buying 19th century or early 20th century Maltese or terriers. I now have an entire bathroom, dressing room, bedroom at my house in Napa covered in these paintings—just wall to wall.

What is the most impractical piece of art you own?

Definitely the Koons egg. I buy a lot of Chinese export porcelain. Every once in a while I’ll buy something that’s so big I wonder where I’ll put it—or so small I can’t really see it.

What work do you wish you had bought when you had the chance?

Ahhh. Caillebotte. A fantastic Caillebotte in London. I was there with John Buchanan, our director at the time. There was a very nice dealer we knew in London. She said she would like to take us to someone’s house and show us a wonderful painting. The photo was of a house, a villa. Two people in beautiful clothes, a man and a woman with a parasol, walked away from you. Just fantastic. I said, “About how much?”

“$9 million.”

$9 million dollars for Caillebotte?! I always regretted not buying it. Years later, another dealer called about the same picture and the price was $22 million. I just hope it went to a good home. I loved that painting.

If you could steal one piece of art without getting caught, what would it be?

I forgot which museum it is in, but a Degas of the ballet studio with all the dancers in tutus. You know, I’m looking at a painting in my office, which is also my dressing room. I love this photo by artist Rupert Bunny. He is an Australian. This is the most beautiful photo of a girl in a wonderful negligee lying on a couch reading a book. I keep looking at this picture. I can’t imagine doing anything but lying there and reading a book. It is very relaxing to watch her enjoy her book.

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The Ascott reveals green rebrand for Somerset

CapitaLand Investment’s The Ascott Limited has unveiled a brand refresh for Somerset Serviced Residences.

The updated concept features new experiences anchored in sustainable travel for multigenerational families.

Middle Eastern Updates

As the second largest brand in Ascott’s global portfolio, the Somerset brand is present across 70 properties, including seven in the Middle East, Africa, Turkey and Central Asia, all of which are implementing upgrades to deliver the revamped brand reflect.

Signature brand design includes a lobby wall feature, a nature-inspired centerpiece. Somerset Al Fateh Bahrain has a green wall built on the exterior of the property to create a natural ambience, while Somerset City Center Atyrau in Kazakhstan and Somerset Maslak Istanbul in Turkey are working on a living wall in the lobby install to present. guests a scenic and peaceful access to the properties. Somerset West Bay Doha, Qatar has a dedicated wall in its social room, specially designed with wall art and counters decorated with seasonal plants.

Further reflecting sustainability, Ascott’s regional properties spearhead dedicated gardens for their kitchens. Somerset Al Fateh Bahrain has planted herbs that are used in food preparation and as a way to engage long-stay guests as part of the community. Somerset City Center Atyrau will introduce an organic garden for guests to enjoy freshly grown vegetables, while the restaurant at Somerset Westview Nairobi serves an organic menu with farm-to-table meals.

Green gyms

Within Somerset estate grounds, the Eco Play Area and Gym is a child-friendly area with biophilic elements and play features powered by solar and kinetic energy. Somerset Al Fateh Bahrain specially designed an ‘ocean’ themed room for children, while Somerset Downtown Al Khobar switched its play area to one that encourages children to engage in more physical games rather than electronic ones. Somerset Westview Nairobi’s dedicated play area is equipped with toys, drawing books, colors and puzzles, displaying bright and vibrant colours.

Guests can also work out at the Eco Gym, which includes gym equipment and technology that is either energy-saving or power-generating. Somerset Al Fateh Bahrain is home to a hand-treadmill machine that generates energy when operated, powering the tablet attached to the machine. At Somerset Downtown Al Khobar, the space is equipped with wood-look flooring and non-electric consumables, while Somerset Maslak Istanbul will introduce an outdoor gym with plates and yoga supplies.

The recently opened franchise property Somerset Al Mansoura Doha will also implement the new Somerset brand signatures to offer guests a sustainable stay in the capital of Qatar. In Africa, Somerset Rosslyn Nairobi will double the brand’s site count in the Kenyan capital in Q4 2023, preceded by the 162-key Somerset Almadies Dakar heading to Senegal in Q2 2023.

Sustainability expectations

Tan Bee Leng, Ascott’s managing director for brand and marketing, said: “Sustainable travel has gained prominence in recent times as travelers become more socially conscious and aware of their environmental footprint. We are seeing a return trend towards family holidays and multi-generational trips, and Somerset has been most popular with our guests due to its flexibility to cater for different travel purposes – from long-stay moves to short-stay holidays. Against this backdrop, the Somerset brand has been refreshed to meet travellers’ growing expectations for sustainability, whilst ensuring they can immerse themselves in a truly inclusive, harmonious experience.”

Vincent Miccolis, Ascott’s managing director for the Middle East, Africa, Turkey and India, added: “We are delighted to launch the refreshed Somerset brand across our regional properties and to see the brand signatures come to life. There is no doubt that sustainable travel and consumer sustainability awareness will continue to rise, and our Somerset properties are at the forefront of providing our guests with the best hospitality experience that has sustainability at its core.”

Brand strategy

This brand refresh follows Ascott’s recently announced Ascott CARES, a sustainability framework that aligns Ascott’s growth strategy with environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations. The renewal of the Somerset brand marks another milestone in marking Ascott as one of the first hospitality groups to be awarded standard status recognized by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council.

Somerset’s brand update is part of Ascott’s Brand360 strategy, a group-wide exercise to strengthen its extensive brand portfolio through sharpened brand stories and the launch of signature experiences and programs unique to each brand. The Citadines brand refresh was unveiled in September 2022. With the tagline ‘for the love of cities’, Citadines aims to offer the comfort of a serviced residence and the flexibility of a hotel. Ascott, Oakwood and The Crest Collection brands will also introduce new brand signatures and programs in 2023.

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Dungeons & Dragons Fans Brutally Roast New Movie Poster

Social media users are tearing apart the new Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves poster for what they consider to be poor creative design surfaces.

Recent marketing efforts for Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves may have backfired as social media users grilled the film’s new poster. The Paramount project takes place in the Forgotten Realms campaign setting by Ed Greenwood, one of the most popular locations in the Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) franchise. The movie’s original story revolves around a party led by Chris Pine’s Bard, tasked with retrieving a dangerous relic that could destroy the world in the wrong hands. Since the exclusive preview at San Diego Comic-Con 2022, Paramount has begun to further build the marketing campaign for the fantasy adventure.


Unlike the movie’s SDCC 2022 trailer, the official Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves poster is fried online by D&D fans. Answers to the Dungeons & Dragons Movie Twitter posts sharing the new poster art are cheeky, with some users calling it “disgusting,” criticizing the composition, even asking if an intern designed it. But despite the poster’s poor response, many fans are showing continued interest in seeing the film. Check out the poster and user reactions below:

Related: The Party In Dungeons & Dragons’ 2023 Movie Promises a TTRPG Problem

Why DND fans are excited about movie

Dungeons & Dragons- Honor Among Thieves Chris Pine Michelle Rodriguez and Justice Smith

At first glance, the Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves poster looks like the group-style posters of Marvel and Star Wars fame. However, according to users, it needs more symmetry and overall composition, with some even calling it cheap and bland, implying that more effort should have gone into it. On the other hand, the poster manages to showcase Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves‘ all-star cast, but not always in the best way. For example, some users compare Sophia Lillis’ character design to Black Widow and point out the poor makeup on the Red Wizard in the upper left corner.

Regardless of the poster’s apparent flaws, many reactions indicate how excited D&D fans must see the movie. Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves is Hollywood’s first significant attempt at a live-action blockbuster D&D film since the 2000 adaptation, Dungeons & Dragons, which was a critical and box office bomb. Audiences are excited about the upcoming film’s spectacular cast, the visual effects and the level of detail given to iconic D&D elements such as the dragons, displacers and mimicry, and the various spells, are all featured throughout the trailer.

Although the new poster is typical of big Hollywood projects with a notable ensemble cast, the lackluster design has not yet D&D faithfully of will to see Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves. However, its unimaginative and poorly constructed adaptation may put off general audiences, who could simply see it as representing a generic Hollywood blockbuster, or an uninspired fantasy epic. A better poster design would appeal to more potential viewers and set the project apart from similar ensemble films, but apparently hardcore franchise fans are still going to see it when Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves arrives in theaters on March 31, 2023, no matter what.

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Africa & Middle East NFT Market Intelligence Report 2022: An $18.21 Billion Market by 2028

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Dublin, Dec. 06, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The “Africa & Middle East NFT Market Intelligence and Future Growth Dynamics Databook – 50+ KPIs on NFT Investments by Key Assets, Currency, Sales Channels – Q2 2022” report has been added to’s sacrifice.

The NFT industry in Africa and the Middle East is expected to grow by 48.3% YoY to reach US$3420.4 million in 2022.

The NFT industry is expected to grow steadily over the forecast period, with a CAGR of 34.3% during 2022-2028. The NFT spending value in the country will increase from US$3420.4 million in 2022 to reach US$18215.7 million by 2028.

In the Middle East and Africa region, particularly in the UAE, there has been a surge in NFT-related activities. In 2022, Art Dubai – the largest contemporary art fair in the MENA region – welcomed nearly 100 international and local art dealers and a digital collection of 17 platforms and galleries dedicated to exhibiting and selling NFTs. As more and more countries seek to impose strict regulatory measures on NFTs, there has been a notable increase in the buying, selling and creation of the NFTs in the UAE.

Over the past 12 months, several innovative NFT marketplaces have also sprung up in the country, making it relatively easier for the general public to buy, sell and trade NFTs. From NFT-based startups to cryptocurrency exchanges, various players are entering the UAE NFT market; the presence of various NFT marketplaces has also supported the rise in NFT trading transaction value and volume, a trend that is expected to gain further momentum over the next three to four years in the UAE.

The rise of blockchain-based gaming is expected to drive NFT market growth in the UAE

With blockchain-based games, people are often awarded cryptocurrencies or NFTs for participating in game tournaments.

The United Arab Emirates has always welcomed new and emerging technology. Also for NFTs, the UAE has adopted the NFT technology. For the UAE’s 50th birthday celebration, the postal operator in the country has issued NFT stamps to celebrate the federation’s national day.

Dubai Culture has also ventured into the NFT space with the NFT curatorial platform MORROW. Therefore, the growing adoption of NFTs has led to a thriving NFT scene in the UAE, and the trend is expected to further accelerate over the next three to four years as global players seek to capitalize on the growing UAE market.

Large firms entering the NFT sector to capitalize on the growing market and boost their growth

With Dubai and Abu Dhabi announcing that crypto-related activities and businesses are legal in the UAE, major firms are entering the NFT sector to capitalize on the growing global market and boost their growth.

In April 2022, Emirates Airlines announced its entry into the metaverse and NFT sector. The firm is expected to bring services and a range of digital collectibles to enhance flyers’ metaverse experiences. The firm also announced that the NFT and the metaverse projects are already underway and expected to launch in the coming months.

The firm has also repurposed its Emirates Pavilion at the Expo 2020 site as a point of contact for people who can contribute to the firm’s forward-looking projects, including those related to NFTs and metaverse.

In December 2021, Falcon Society also announced the launch of the UAE-based NFT line. The Falcon Society is a collection of 4,000 unique Falcon Humanoid NFTs that reside on the Ethereum blockchain. Each NFT serves as the user association membership card and provides access to members-only benefits.

These emerging technologies have revolutionized the art and pop culture world, creating a dynamic market for creators and fans in the Middle East and Africa region.

In Saudi Arabia, the NFT market has recorded strong growth over the past 12 months and is expected to gain further momentum over the next three to four years as the country looks to become a creative hub in the Middle East, and the publisher expect NFTs to play a very important part as the country seeks to become a creative hub in the Middle East. With several regional and global players entering the NFT market in the country, the market is expected to witness strong growth over the next three to four quarters.

The government’s efforts to promote the NFTs are also expected to drive the popularity of the digital asset among the general public, further aiding market growth in Saudi Arabia. Additionally, amid strong demand for NFTs among Saudi Arabians, NFT marketplaces are raising funding rounds to further accelerate their growth.

Although there are no specific regulations regarding the buying, selling and trading of NFTs in Saudi Arabia, the government’s support in favor of the NFTs is expected to drive the market’s growth from the short to medium term perspective.

To further promote the NFT market and raise awareness among collectors, artists and curators, the Ministry of Culture in Saudi Arabia has launched an NFT Digital Art Forum in partnership with Sotheby’s and the Visual Arts Commission.

In Egypt, non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are becoming increasingly popular among digital artists. While the NFT market is still in its early stages of development and not as mature as some other markets, the industry is growing as more and more artists introduce their innovative art collections as an NFT.

As the hype and interest in the market continues to develop well, the country’s NFT sales volume and value are also increasing. Several thousand digital artworks created by digital artists in the country plan to trade on NFT platforms. In Egypt, digital assets referred to as NFTs are mostly limited to digital real estate, games and works of art. However, as the market matures over the next four to eight quarters, the publisher expects more innovation in the Egyptian NFT industry.

Various NFT project launches inspired by Egypt’s history and monuments drive industry growth

Over the past 12 months, many projects inspired by ancient Egypt’s history and monuments have been launched. For example,

Sphynx Cats, the NFT project inspired by ancient Egyptian history, is a collection of 9,099 NFTs, with one having different characteristics than the others.

These project launches in the country drive industry growth and awareness among the general public in Egypt. The publisher expects the trend to continue from the short to medium term perspective, further supporting market growth over the next four to eight quarters

Similarly, prominent South African figures introducing NFTs drive market growth and awareness. All movie stars, singers and sports players have entered the NFT space worldwide; similar trends are visible in South Africa, where many prominent figures are launching NFTs.

Big names include cricketer AB de Villiers, influencer Diipa Khosla, musician Goldfish and the Kiffness, and filmmaker Dan Mace. The entry of these big names in South Africa has driven the popularity of NFT among the general public and thus driven the market growth over the past 12 months.

Art galleries in South Africa are trying to capitalize on the global trend in the NFT market

  • In March 2021, Worldart, the South African art gallery, became the first in the country to auction the artwork as NFT.

Firms are raising funding rounds to further accelerate their growth in South Africa

  • In November 2021, NFTfi, the firm that allows users to use their NFTs as collateral for loans, announced that it had raised US$5 million to further accelerate its growth in the country.

Auction houses work with wine producers to offer wine NFT in South Africa

  • In April 2022, Strauss & Kie, the most important South African auction house, announced that it had entered into a strategic collaboration with five of the most respected wine producers in South Africa. Under the strategic partnership, the auction house offered fine wine NFTs.

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This report provides an in-depth, data-centric analysis of NFT Market and below is the summary of key market segments:

NFT Market Size and Forecast by Key Assets, 2019-2028

  • Collectibles and Art

  • Property

  • Sport

  • Games

  • Utility

  • Fashion & Luxury

  • Other

NFT Market Size and Forecast by Key NFT Collectible Assets, 2019-2028

  • Digital art

  • Music & Soundtrack

  • Videos

  • Memes and Poison

  • Other

NFT Market Size and Forecast by Currency, 2019-2028

  • Ethereum

  • Solana

  • Avalanche

  • polygon

  • BSC

  • Flow

  • Wash

  • Ronin

  • Other

NFT Market Size and Forecast by Sales Channels, 2019-2028

User statistics, 2019-2028

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The 9 best Google Photo editing tricks you need to try today

Google Photos started as the default gallery app on Android and eventually became a one-stop solution for backing up media files, editing images and videos, and creating beautiful memories. Google Photos’ editing capabilities have evolved to a point where the majority don’t need a separate photo editing app to make small adjustments. Most Google Photos editing features are limited to Android or iOS apps, so you won’t find the same features on Google Photos for web on Windows, Mac, ChromeOS.


Not every Google Photos editing feature is available for free accounts. Some Google Photos editing features carry a colorful circular icon, which requires an active Google One subscription. You must subscribe to one of the Google One plans to unlock more storage and editing features.

1. Enhance your photos

Google Photos has a default Suggestions tab that offers editing options based on an image. You can check suggestions like Luminous, Radiant, Stormy, B&W Portrait and Color Pop to make changes with a single tap.

  1. Launch Google Photos on your phone and select an image you want to edit.
  2. Type Edit on the bottom.
  3. Try the suggestions to improve your photo.

  4. We have the Color Pop proposal. Check out the final image in the screenshot below.

Dozens of photo editing suggestions can overwhelm you. If you are unsure which option to use, type the Improve button and let Google Photos make relevant adjustments to enhance an image.

2. Try Google Photos filters

Filters have become a norm for gallery apps, and Google Photos is no exception.

  1. Open the Google Photos editing menu (refer to the steps above).
  2. Scroll left to the Filters menu.
  3. Check the available filters to use. Tap a filter to check the live preview.

  4. Filters are set to 100% intensity. You can tap the same filter button to adjust it with a slider.

3. Crop or rotate a photo

Want to remove your annoying friend who makes a weird face in a photo? You can easily crop or rotate a photo in Google Photos.

  1. Open an image in Google Photos and tap the Edit button.
  2. Choose Washed and tap the first rectangle icon to check the available aspect ratios.
  3. Tap the third icon to manually crop an image to your preference.

You cannot resize an image in Google Photos. The company should add the feature in a future update.

Google Photos has several tools to change the appearance of the sky, apply a blur effect, remove unnecessary objects from an image and enhance portraits.

  1. Open the Google Photos editing menu (see the steps in the first section).
  2. Scroll to the Tools menu.

  3. Select an instrument.

The available tools are:

  • Portrait light: Adjust the position and brightness of portraits.
  • Faded: Add a background blur to your images. You can adjust the depth and blur intensity.
  • Magic eraser: Remove photobombs from images. It is limited to a few devices.
  • Color focus: Saturate the background and keep the foreground in color.
  • Heaven: Select several palettes to adjust the color and contrast of the sky.

5. Adjust photos

With Google Photos, you can adjust saturation, shadows, skin tone, white point, HDR, contrast and more.

  1. Select an image in Google Photos and tap the Edit button.
  2. Scroll horizontally Adapt.
  3. Select the option you want to customize. Use the slider to adjust the intensity.

You will have a lot of fun once you know how to use all the tools. For example, the Saturation tool is a great way to create eye-catching food photos.

6. Annotate or add text to photos

Google Photos has a dedicated markup tool for adding annotations and text to images. You can also use a highlighter to highlight important details in an image.

  1. Go to the editing interface in Google Photos (refer to the steps above).
  2. Choose Remark and then select Pen, Relieveror Text.

  3. You have seven color options to choose from. However, you cannot change the thickness of the pen and highlighter.

  4. Tap the Save copy button once you make changes.

7. Export a frame from a video

Google Photos’ video editing features are mostly identical to photos. With the Google Photos export frame feature, you don’t need to press the shutter button while taking videos. The app suggests top shots in a video to easily locate and execute a frame. Follow the steps below to check it in action.

  1. Open any video in Google Photos.
  2. Play the video or use the timeline slider to jump to a specific part. You may see white dots above the video slider. It suggests top shots in a video.
  3. Tap a white dot and select Perform top shots.
  4. Choose Export frame and save the image in the camera folder.

  5. Use the video timeline below to export any video frame to your phone gallery.
  6. Go to the Library menu and make the Camera guide to check your exported frame.

Google Photos also shows editing suggestions based on the photo or video. You need to upload media to the Google Photos servers for it to scan the image and show suggestions accordingly.

8. Stabilize your shaky video

If your phone doesn’t have OIS (Optical Image Stabilization), you might end up with shaky videos. Shooting videos in dark scenarios is challenging without OIS or gimble stabilization. You also get blurry videos due to shaky hands. Google Photos has a neat add-on to stabilize such videos on the go.

  1. Open any video in Google Photos.
  2. Tap the Edit button at the bottom.

  3. Tap the rectangle icon and let Google Photos stabilize the video.

It may take some time to complete the stabilization process. The estimated time depends on your phone’s CPU power. Once the video stabilization is complete, tap the Save copy button in the lower right corner.

9. Edit the date and time

If you want to change the date and time of a photo or video, you can easily do so in Google Photos.

  1. Open any photo or video in Google Photos.
  2. Tap on the kebab menu (three dots) in the top right corner.
  3. Tap the pencil icon next to the date and time.

  4. Select the date or time from the bottom menu and make adjustments.

When you change the date, the application adjusts the day accordingly.

Google Photos is more than enough for most of us

After the development on Snapseed slowed down, Google gradually brought its features to Google Photos. Besides editing images, you can create new collages and movies and even hide confidential media in a Closed folder.

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Internet goes wild for mid-century modern house for sale in Green Bay

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‘As welcoming as the shadow under a tree’: the new home for the man who built Houston | Architecture

Fnew figures shaped the shape and fortunes of a city as much as Jesse H Jones shaped Houston’s. Beginning in the early 1900s, the lumberyard owner turned real estate developer, banker, and Democratic politician built more than 35 skyscrapers across the Texas “bayou city.” Known as “Mr Houston”, Jones was instrumental in obtaining funds to build the ship canal that connected the city to the sea, creating an inland port connected to 17 railroad lines, which changed its outlook.

As Fortune magazine put it in 1940: “He built Houston from a one-night stand on Buffalo Bayou into the second largest and fastest growing metropolis in the South.” It is now the fourth largest city in the US, its port the second busiest in the country. Jones’ legacy still towers above the streets: if all his buildings were stacked on top of each other – from the elegant Rice Hotel to the art deco Gulf Tower – they would stretch two miles into the sky.

Unzoned cityscape … aerial view of the new Houston Endowment headquarters. Photo: Iwan Baan/Iwan Baan, Courtesy Kevin Daly Architects

Now, 66 years since his death, Jones’ vast fortune has spawned a more subtle architectural addition to Houston’s cluttered, unzoned cityscape. Perched atop a hill overlooking the rolling green of Spotts Park, where the bay sweeps to the west of the city, the new Houston Endowment headquarters stands as an elegant, low temple to philanthropy . A colonnade of toothpick-slender steel columns rises 12 meters to support a smooth-thin aluminum canopy that sails over a cluster of white cubic forms, shielding a staggered series of outdoor terraces from the harsh Texan sunshine. The volumes slide in and out, cantilevered above planted beds, their jagged surfaces adding depth to the play of shadows cast by the perforated louvres overhead.

“It’s essentially a giant back porch,” says Kevin Daly, referring to that classic Southern domestic social space. The 65-year-old Los Angeles architect, who designed the building in collaboration with Mexican office Productora, studied at Houston’s Rice University and knows the city well. “We wanted to create the feeling of a relaxed, open relationship with the public, and a place where discussions can spill out into the open air.”

Jesse Jones and his wife, Mary Gibbs Jones, founded the Houston Endowment in 1937, with a focus on education, health care and the arts. They funded the first building for women to live on campus at Rice, as well as hospitals for the Texas Medical Center, and a performing arts center for the city, completed after Jones’ death. Since then, the fund has grown to $2.57 billion and now awards about $100 million annually to local nonprofits, focusing on public education, civic engagement, arts, parks and social services.

Houston Endowment headquarters.
The scale of local council … Houston Endowment headquarters. Photo: Oliver Wainwright

The Endowment operates almost at the scale of a local council, with dedicated departments for each of its core programs, from improving parks and playgrounds, to increasing voter participation among immigrant communities, to supporting independent, nonpartisan local journalism. But based in dark wood-paneled offices on the 64th floor of the corporate JPMorgan Chase Tower downtown, the organization has always lacked a visible public face.

“It had a spectral presence in the city,” Daly says. “Everyone knew what it was, but no one knew what it looked like.” And those who did visit often felt overwhelmed by the stuffy, rarefied atmosphere, more cozy of an old-school Texan oil company HQ than a progressive funder of charitable community groups.

“It felt like you were in a museum,” says Ann Stern, president and CEO of the Houston Endowment since 2012. “It was a somber, serious space that made you feel like you had to lower your voice. We already have such a power imbalance with the groups we work with, and the offices have made people feel that if they’re not old and established, it’s not their place.”

In contrast, their new $20 million home feels like entering the light-flooded, airy environment of a modern art gallery, channeling the strains of the city’s 1980s Menil collection by Renzo Piano. In an unusual move for an American office building, the project was procured through an open international competition, organized by London-based Malcolm Reading Consultants, and the rigor of the process is evident in the result. The tight budget was used carefully to create an environment that works hard with minimal resources – a testament to Daly’s track record with affordable housing and public schools, and Productora’s experience with fabricators in Mexico, where much of the metalwork is made.

Large glass doors lead to an 11 meter high atrium, where a wide staircase rises to open-plan offices and a staff canteen, with an event space on one side. Bold contemporary works from a diverse range of Houston artists line the walls, while the exposed underside of cross-laminated wood floor slabs hang overhead, supported by a framework of slim, bolt-on steel sections. The whole thing appears to be assembled from a slim set of parts – and can just as easily be taken apart and reused. At every possible moment, doors spill out onto terraces overlooking the park, making the building feel like a pavilion in a garden.

In summer, the city swelters in 37C heat, with over 90% humidity, making low-energy cooling a challenge. Rather than aiming for an ultra-high-tech environmental system, which the organizations felt the Endowment Funds could never match, the architects opted for simple, legible measures that could be copied.

“The idea was to make it as welcoming as the shade under a tree,” says Wonne Ickx of Productora. “The best part of Houston is not its architecture, but the incredible canopy of live oaks that cover the city. We’re trying to expand that feeling of a sheltered canopy.”

“Somebody needs to be able to walk in and see how it works,” Daly says. There’s the canopy for shade, which is covered with solar panels for energy, while simple ceiling fans – which can be operated manually by the occupants – also reduce the amount of air conditioning needed in the summer. In a more technological touch, a series of geothermal wells have been drilled 90 meters underground, reducing the demand for cooling in the summer and heating in the winter. This is basic stuff, but it means that the building operates at net zero carbon for at least three quarters of the year.

The right size… the Houston Endowment headquarters.
The right size… the Houston Endowment headquarters. Photo: Oliver Wainwright

“It’s not talked about much, but one of the most important environmental aspects concerns the right size of the building,” adds Ickx, explaining how the original size of the project was cut down during the design process, from three floors to two. “We made it as efficient as possible by cutting out redundant facilities, such as extra meeting rooms and a gym, which they just didn’t need, right on the edge of the park.”

Given the environmental credentials of the building, and the climate-conscious campaigns the Houston Endowment funds, it seems a contradiction in terms where some of the charity’s billions are invested. Will the organization divest its dollars from the climate-destroying fossil fuel industry – following the Rockefeller, MacArthur and Ford foundations?

“No,” said Stern. “We’re in Texas, and a number of people on our board are from the oil and gas industry. We want to do as well with our investments as we can, so that we can put more money back into the community. It might come at some point, but it’s going to be an investment decision that causes us to get rid of it.”

In a conservative state where renewable energy is still a dirty word among the dominant oil-loyal Republicans, the Endowment is at least trying to send a message in its own architecture. Some may question the use of aluminum for the cladding and canopy, which comes with a high embodied energy cost, although Daly’s team assures it has a high recycled content, and a similar carbon footprint to other cladding choices. Perhaps the bigger question, in this post-pandemic world of working from home, is whether they really need such a building?

“With hybrid work, I thought I would only be in the office for the minimum amount of time,” says Carlos Villagrana, a program officer on the education team. “To get to the old office, you had to drive downtown, park in the garage, and take three escalators and two elevators to get there. But now I find myself looking forward to coming to work every day. I really enjoy the feeling of light and space, and it feels like the teams and our organizations know each other much better now.”

The history of Jesse Jones may be confined to a small room behind the front desk, but his pioneering spirit lives on in this lightweight, low-energy building. Linked to the pedestrian and bike paths of Bayou Park, it stands as a progressive beacon from which the rest of this sprawling, oil-rich, car-dominated city would do well to learn from.

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Art from the Heart, National Gallery, review

Even in our increasingly secular age (as evidenced by the latest census), Christmas remains for many a period of reflection and tradition, an opportunity to reconnect with ancient ways of doing things. Apparently not for the National Gallery, where advent has – rather brilliantly – become the season of innovation.

Two years ago, for example, it unveiled several midnight-blue dust pods, each as tapered as a wizard’s hat, in which visitors could watch a 13-minute long “experience” about Jan Gossaert’s altar piece The Adoration of the Kings on glossy screens. . Imagine if Carols from King’s tried something this funny.

Now comes its latest effort to engage a demographic of digital natives, Fruits of the Spirit: Art from the Heart, for which it has partnered with various institutions across Britain, from Plymouth to Dundee. For this virtual exhibition, which can be accessed for free on the gallery’s website, nine famous works from the National collection, including Jan van Eyck’s Arnolfini Portrait and Claude Monet’s Water Lilies, have been chosen to represent “positive qualities” (love). illustrate. , kindness, self-control, and so on) from Saint Paul’s letter to the Galatians.

Each is then paired with a picture from somewhere else (Monet’s Water Lilies, for example, is juxtaposed with an altar piece from Canterbury Cathedral), and “hung” inside an octagonal, computer-generated capriccio, with wooden floors, sage- green walls, and an enormous oculus that offers an uplifting view to blue skies above.

The functionality is impressive and user-friendly. Viewers can turn 360 degrees and look at all the paintings arranged in small, chapel-like bays beyond semicircular arches. Benches even appear here and there – superfluous of course, but strengthen the illusion – although one lesson from this experiment is that curatorial principles must still be respected. In its software-evoked corner, Monet’s expansive canvas looks cramped.

Less successful (as the exhibition’s naff subtitle might suggest) is the analysis of the works on display. Intended to “explore topics essential to well-being”, this has a swirling, meandering quality that reminded me of Radio 4’s Thought for the Day.

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Police Thwart Thieves’ Attempt to Steal One of Banksy’s Murals in Ukraine

Ukrainian police have managed to rescue an artwork by Banksy in the town of Hostomel, just outside Kiev, after it was nearly stolen by a group of eight people.

On the 2nd of December the thieves cut the work of the wall of a ruined and unused building which had been badly bombarded when the city was taken by the Russians. The image shows a woman wearing a dressing gown with her hair in curlers. These signs of comfortable domesticity are shockingly juxtaposed with two paraphernalia of war, a gas mask and a fire extinguisher.

Fortunately, the police were quickly on the scene of the crime. “Several people were detained on the spot,” Kyiv Governor Oleksiy Kuleba reported in a post on Telegram. “The graffiti is undamaged and is with law enforcement while the investigation continues.”

A woman walks near a section of the wall of a damaged building from where a group of people tried to steal a work by the famous British artist Banksy in the village of Hostomel, near Kiev, on December 3, 2022. Photo by DIMITAR DILKOFF/ AFP via Getty Images.

Kyiv police chief Andriy Nebytov said as many as eight people between the ages of 27 and 60 were suspected of being involved in the attempted robbery.

The mural was one of seven stenciled pieces that Banksy completed in November in various war-torn Ukrainian cities. They are all now under police protection, says Kuleba’s statement.

“These images are a symbol of our fight against the enemy,” Kuleba added. “These are stories about the support and solidarity of the entire civilized world with Ukraine. Let’s do everything to preserve the works of street art as a symbol of our future victory.”

This is not the first time thieves have shown an interest in getting away with one of Banksy’s public works. Earlier this year, another group of eight were found guilty of stealing a mural by Banksy painted on the entrance to the Bataclan in Paris, honoring the victims of the 2015 terror attacks.

After being stolen in January 2019, it was recovered in an attic on a farm in Italy in June 2020.

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