EUR student Stijn sold his soul as NFT: ‘They say I’m going to hell now’

Students are increasingly investing in non-fungible tokens, better known as NFTs or blockchain artworks. 21-year-old student Stijn van Schaik, who is also studying advertising at Willem de Koning Academy and General Cultural Studies at Erasmus University, went a step further. He edited a picture that a friend took of him with a blue glow and a white haze that seemed to be moving. He had copied what the soul should look like from the Disney movie ‘Soul’. Thus, according to him, it became a ghostly image of his soul. He co-authored the image with a blogger by name Liminal heat a kind of deed attached to the work.


Van Schaik, who is referred to among his friends as Stinus, sees his action as a critique. “I strongly believe in the technological aspects of cryptocurrency and what it entails. I think it’s so unfortunate that when people think of NFTs, people only think of an image that can make a lot of money. All images that sell well are infinitely rendered. Bare copy-paste. When you look at it that way, it’s such a soulless project. NFTs are now also all sold on the same platform, so everything is centralized, while blockchain would make everything decentralized. So therefore I have decided to sell my soul. As criticism from within, from someone who loves blockchain. ”

For 330 euros, he sold his soul under the name ‘Soul of Stinus’ as an NFT on the large online trading platform Opensea. American tech entrepreneur Brian P. Christie bought Van Schaik’s soul and has big plans for the job. He shares Stijn’s critique of the current NFT market and calls the work unique. Much more unique than the much talked about Bored monkeyseries that have been sold for a lot of money by NFT speculators. That’s why Christie has put the work on the market for a few hundred euros more than the most expensive Bored Ape: more than 3 million euros.

Even if you get ten percent of the profits from the current owner if he sells your work, you might miss out on a few million. Do you regret it?

“It was not about the money from the start. But for the criticism of expensive NFTs without use. “

Do you think it will sell for the big amount?

“I think so. As soon as people see the artistic message behind the work, they also get behind it. I heard from Christie that the famous auction house Christie’s expressed interest in auctioning it. It happens when you also buyers who have a lot to use.”

“I will try to reach the agents there through mainstream art magazines, rather than just media that only discuss my project for its shock effect. Christie’s has often sold NFTs for millions. As far as I know, there were not many conceptual NFTs with a message like mine. In the past, they sold works that were made for hype or just because people thought they were beautiful. “

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Stijn van Schaik says he has sold his soul as NFT.

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I only see a drawing, a self-portrait with a glorified lease, what do you think makes it a soul?

“It’s my soul, I mean it seriously. Although I may look at it more scientifically than other people. According to Islam, one must not depict a soul, so I get no points with them. I see my soul itself more as an energy. All my energy goes to this project, to talking to the media and making sure that NFT is made aware of as much as possible. Yet it is an ode to ancient meanings of the soul. You used to sell a soul according to Christian myths by means of a contract signed with blood. “

Do not you think?

“No, not that. I get a lot of criticism from religious people who say it’s not too late to save my soul. And then I say: yes, it’s too late, I’ve already sold it. They say that “I have to die a painful death or go to hell. I’m not afraid of that myself because I look at it scientifically.”

“Yet I am truly convinced that I have sold my soul. Purely and solely because everything I do is about this. Because for me, a soul means energy above all else, and I have lost all my energy on this project. For example, I can no longer study or play sports. ”

According to the definition of a soul in the sales contract, namely that a soul has nothing to do with the physical reality or can legally be traced back to you, there are actually no consequences for you as a person. So what does it all really mean?

“I do not want to fill or fall from the buyer’s belief in a soul. But it is true that it is not stated in the contract that it has consequences for me as a person. I am open to any way the owner wants to use my soul. ”

Okay, but suppose the buyer thinks he or she is also buying you when he buys NFT despite the contract terms, then what?

“I have actually prepared for that person to be at the door at all times. Well, then I’m at peace with that. “

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