A Bored Ape Lawsuit Won’t Set the NFT Precedent Seth Green Wants

The first thing you should probably do if you find yourself in Seth Green’s position is not tweet about how much you’re “looking forward to precedent setting debates on IP ownership & exploitation.”

Green, an actor best known for his pouty portrayal of archvillain Dr. Evil’s disappointing son in the Austin Powers franchise, has become the butt of crypto’s latest bad joke. Earlier this month, Green lost his prized Bored Ape when he fell for a scam and made himself vulnerable to thieves by interacting with a clone of another NFT project’s website. Clone sites can be virtually indistinguishable from the originals, often with only a letter or two missing from their domain names. Green is not the first to lose an NFT this way, and he won’t be the last. Hacking and good old-fashioned con artistry are endemic in the magical world of Gutter Cats and Happy Hippos.

What makes Green unique is that he had a lot more riding on his Ape than most members [...]  read more

Meet the People Illustrating the Brutality of War in Ukraine

Paper Planes launched just days after Russia invaded Ukraine. An effort by filmmakers Alex Topaller and Dan Shapiro, it started as an attempt to connect artists displaced by the war with colleagues in the design, VFX, and production fields in Eastern Europe. The pair, heads of the US-based creative agency Aggressive, were originally looking to connect Ukrainian artists with friends in Warsaw, Poland, to help them get lodging and work. “But suddenly,” Topaller says, “we started getting messages from artists who needed work urgently but weren’t able to leave.”

Of all the messages they got, one in particular stood out—it was from a children’s book illustrator named Arina [...]  read more

4 Women Photographers on the Hardest Photo They Ever Took

It’s a common myth that creative genius comes naturally—Beethoven just understood music, Michelangelo magically knew how to paint, Denzel Washington was born ready to act. But the truth is, talent takes time. Workshopping ideas, experimenting, sketching and planning, surviving setbacks, experiencing moments of inspiration—these are all part of the job. In honor of Women’s History Month, WIRED asked four women photographers to demystify this process by telling us about their most challenging image.

These interviews have been edited for brevity and clarity.

Photographer Jasmine Clarke took this photo of her father and sister in Jamaica, where her dad is from.  
Photograph: Jasmine Clarke

Jasmine Clarke

Photographer, Brooklyn

WIRED: Tell us about the photograph you chose.

Jasmine Clarke: “Monty and Zoraya” is a photograph of my dad and sister in Jamaica, where my dad is from. I wanted to create a portrait that reveals very little about the subjects but still resonates emotionally. I wanted the image to feel warm and inviting, yet maintain a level of privacy.

Why do you consider it your [...]  read more

Black Women Photographers on Getting Seen—and Hired

Myesha Gardner: I think feminine energy is less what I aim to depict and more what the subject chooses to bring forth. I am merely there to embrace and document this energy—and provide space for it to transfer through in my images.

My explorations on themes such as vanity and the function of the woman’s body, in addition to my own self-reflections, seek to examine the profoundly complex roles and expectations assigned to women by our culture and society—with a personal emphasis on Black women, in particular. These roles and expectations are not always aligned, nor reciprocated, and through my studies I have all too often observed women stripped down to a singular value dictated entirely by others. Womanhood, both traditionally and universally, has been directly linked to singular role expectation; women are predominantly expected to conceive, carry, give birth, and sustain life, regardless of other circumstances or her own personal will.

I often question where and [...]  read more

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