Darren Kleine, known to most by the handle Smallis an NFT artist with a very specific niche – zombies. We’re talking about cryptozombies, political zombies, and Salvador Dali zombies with mustaches. Zombies of all shapes, sizes and orientations! If it’s green and chopped up and loves the hearty taste of a good brain, it’s ripe for tokenization (and charity) for Mr.
What began as a quasi-political statement a few months ago (his first zombie NFT was a decaying Donald Trump who was still running for president in 2040) has now evolved into a fully developed signature aesthetic. And with his creative achievement that is becoming more and more popular on blockchain marketplaces day by day Open sea and Known originKleine concluded that the holiday season was a great time to practice a little peace on earth and goodwill for all.
On December 12th, Kleine will list the first of twelve Christmas-themed NFTs in a row entitled The 12 Days of Zombie Christmas with 80% of the proceeds in favor of children’s charities. Each artwork in the single-edition series depicts a scene from a classic vacation movie, but with a deliciously gruesome twist – all of the characters are either undead … or soon will be.
A Zombie Brown Christmas from DKleine.
“I don’t change them very much. I change them so much that it’s just a little uncomfortable, but it’s still kind of a joy to do with it. There’s still something beautiful about it, ”said Kleine in an interview with Cointelegraph. He went through a preview of his upcoming pieces and continued:
“Here’s the ‘Christmas Vacation.” Clark Griswold and his cousin Eddie shop at Walmart. I like that awkward moment on Elf when he eats the spaghetti with gummy bears. So I took that, but I got it in my gut Star Wars Holiday Special is still in progress. “
You are really something to see.
To explain his personal brand of phantasmagoria, Kleine started by describing the unintended psychological effect known as the “Eerie Valley” – a term used to describe creations that flesh and blood people are supposed to realistically imitate, but the illusion does not often capture funeral routes. Robert Zemekis’ adaptation of The polar express? Eerie valley. Those creepy Japanese fembots with airbrushed silicone skin and glassy, dead eyes? Eerie valley. He argued:
“I think it’s the same with zombies. There is something about them that is only instinctively repulsive. But then you put it in the context of this adorable Christmas scene and your natural reaction is to laugh. “
At home alone (except for the zombies) by DKleine
Here you can bid on the first part of the Small Series.
He clarified this point and made a more serious comparison with our current socially distant reality. “It’s also related to the whole COVID thing, isn’t it? Because the idea of zombies is obvious that they are that impending viral threat that always looms over us. ” Indeed.
“I think this has been a coping tool for me with regards to COVID. Just the humor of it. I was the type of person who, as a kid, would joke if I saw a movie and there was a sad or uncomfortable part – because it made me feel more comfortable. I have a feeling that something is happening here. “
Creating NFTs actually led to a kind of rediscovery for the artist. Kleine, once an art major and creative mind, shied away from such endeavors for years and advocated the analytical security of his job as a full-time math teacher in elementary school. As a child, however, his passion was pencil and paper:
“When I was a kid I couldn’t stop drawing. I got to the point that in class I got into trouble with it when I should have been doing my schoolwork. Then I started teaching and just never did it again. Only with this digital art did it grab me again. “
His work took on a new level of excitement when he decided to create something The 12 Days of Zombie Christmas as a charitable effort. The series, to be sold auction-style on the Open Sea NFT marketplace, will distribute 80% of its proceeds to 12 different charities. He works with The Giving Block – a nonprofit specifically focused on helping charities accept cryptocurrency donations – to ensure funds are distributed correctly.
“As a teacher, I wanted to focus on charities that deal with opportunities for children and opportunities for girls in places where they normally don’t have access to education,” said Kleine.
“I chose 12 different charities, one for each piece. I’ll be auctioning off a piece every day on ‘Open Sea’ starting December 12th, and all of them will expire on Christmas Eve. “
With a carefree feeling of joy in his work, Kleine said: “My favorite Christmas film is actually one of them. It’s ‘Christmas Vacation’. Chevy Chase. Every time I look at it I laugh. I see the squirrel scene with the dog chasing them around the house and I see them carving the turkey and he is heading towards this carcass. It’s just fun. I love it.”
The charities included in the campaign are: 1000 Dreams Fund, Children International, Pencils of Promise, FIRN, Mona Foundation, SOS Children’s Villages, Many Hopes, She is the First, Count Basie Center for Art, Code to Inspire, Save the Children, and family promises.
The 12 days of zombie Christmas starts today with a unique NFT called Home alone (except for the zombies). Interested parties can find this piece and all future tokens in this series on the artist’s Open Sea page. Have fun bidding and a scary Christmas to everyone!