There aren’t many young women in the NFT space. So, when a TIME-resident artist fits within that category, everyone is bound to take notice.
We did and reached out to Nyla Hayes who has proven to be one of the few digital child prodigies in the NFT industry.
Nyla has made a name for herself with her “Long Neckie Ladies” collection and has made history with her second “Long Neckies” partnership with Zigazo, the premier NFT platform for children who want to explore the space.
What makes this important is that finally, the generation that will fully adopt cryptocurrencies and their underlying technologies is entering into the fray and holding their own.
It also brings the adoption story full circle to those that matter the most.
Many millennials and whatever is left of the baby boomers will not be able to fully understand or comprehend how these technologies have changed the world.
But Gen Z and the ones after they can, will, and shall be the ones to carry the fire for generations to come.
So while the first crypto, blockchain, and NFT evangelists may not live to see that trans-generational moment, they can at least see the impact taking root in the future today with stars like Nyla.
They give the crypto and NFT community what it needs the most: hope.
It is this paradigm that will form the next wave of adoption.
Nyla was direct (as any child her age will be), but our chitchat provided us with the opportunity to interact with someone who we are sure will become one of the leaders of the web3 industry.
Nyla Hayes, 13 Year-Old NFT Artist
What is the idea behind the Long Neckie Ladies collections?
The idea behind the Long Neckie Ladies is to show diverse women from all around the world from different cultures and backgrounds.
I think women are beautiful and elegant and brave and strong just like the neck of a brontosaurus.
Can you tell us about your being featured in TIME?
Being featured as Times First Artist in Residence has been an Amazing Experience.
I had the opportunity to use my signature style of art in a collaboration with Times 100 Women of the Year. I created 100 NFT Long Neckie Portraits of Times 100 Women of the Year, which is called Long Neckie Women of the Year.
Being Times First Artist in Residence has allowed me to be a part of present-day history and to honor women through history with my art.
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How did you get into cryptocurrencies and NFTs?
I found out about cryptocurrencies and NFTs first from my Uncle.
He texted my mom and told her I should turn my NFTs to Art.
After that, my parents helped educate me on Cryptocurrency and NFTs.
What inspires you?
I’m inspired by many things: different cultures, music, nature, colors and life experiences.
Please can you tell us about your Genesis drop with Zigazoo?
The Long Neckie Kids collection will consist of 12 characters with up to 1,500 variations.
The collection also includes 12 one-of-one NFTs of each character and one ultra-rare NFT. Kids will be able to trade derivatives of these characters within Zigazoo, where Nyla serves as the NFT community educator.
Names and backstories for each character will be chosen by both the Zigazoo and NFT communities.
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Can you tell us about the NFT kids market?
Web3 education is crucial so that the next generation has the tools to create the future of the internet.
Kids in the NFT marketplace connect through TK, and now also on Zigazoo – We are incredibly creative and are excited to use NFTs as an outlet to share our works.
How has your life changed since you became an NFT artist?
NFTs have changed my life by making me a better artist, and it has given me the opportunity to meet people from all around the world, and build professional relationships.
Most of all it has given my artwork a platform to inspire on a global scale; Men Women and children from all different ages and backgrounds.
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What are your intentions for the latest NFT drop?
Zigazoo and I share a mission to directly onboard, educate and empower the next generation of Web3 creators by primarily focusing on safety and creativity.
Through our partnership, we are evolving the NFT kids’ market from a small niche sector to mainstream relevance.
How do you think younger people can be encouraged to enter the NFT space?
I think young people can be encouraged to enter the NFTs space by understanding what digital ownership is and how it could be beneficial in the future.
Please, can you tell us about your in-app competition?
The Long Neckie Kids collection will kick off a worldwide art contest for kids that will open the door for three participants to join the NFT world with Zigazoo.
I will personally judge the winners that will be announced during NFT Children’s Day on June 22, 2022 – a holiday I started. Winners will have the opportunity to do a major art drop with Zigazoo and other top brands, similar to the one I participated in.
Together, Zigazoo and I will be able to teach more kids about NFTs, its uses and encourage them to get their own collections started.
How do you NFTs can make an impact in your generation?
I think that NFTs in the future will have an impact in my generation because as we move toward Web3, its a possibility that the Blockchain and NFTs will be essential in everyday living, whether it’s used for shopping, gaming development, access token or membership.
What are your passions?
My passion is to travel the world so I can learn more about different cultures and incorporate what I experienced in my art, and inspire as many people as I can with my art.
Is there a community of young NFT artists currently where you guys can hang out and interact with each other?
No, but Zigazoo is currently using their safest social media app to create a space for NFT artists to be educated and interact with other kids in a safe way.
What’s the story behind your interest in long-necked women as characters?
I think my Long Neckie Ladies have their own identity and personality, which I think is important because it brings my art to life in a sense and it gives women a character to relate to and be inspired by.
Do you have any plans for other projects before summer?
Currently, at the present moment, I have nothing set in stone.
But I am always creating, so please stay tuned.
How has being an NFT artist shaped your life?
Being an NFT artist has given me the courage to show my art and is preparing me for the future of web 3.
Is there anything you want to say to other kids out there?
Yes, Creativity has no limits, no matter what you want to be in life dont be afraid to take risks for what you believe in.