ComplexCon has been a huge part of my life the last half decade. It is an all-out assault on the senses where music, fashion, and art come clashing together, under one roof, in downtown Long Beach, California. Fans come from across the globe and wait in line for days, just for a chance at limited and coveted items including sneakers, sculptures, and clothing galore. I have done my time in line. I have had my chair stolen. I have had my share of successes and failures. And when I mentioned an assault of the senses, it is pretty much reality. Popular music blaring from the Pigeons and Planes stage, the taste of delicious eats from the First We Feast curated food area, and the smell of weed coming from, well everywhere.
Since 2020, the hype beast centric convention has gone virtual creating their own version of the Metaverse. Attendees are given an avatar and are sent on their way to explore the virtual convention floor in search of the hottest drops.
One of the biggest additions to ComplexLand 2.0 is the introduction of the NFT Art Museum. While navigating the virtual convention, the user can bring their avatar up the giant staircase and take a peek at all of the daily, featured artwork. The museum will feature NFT releases from the uber popular Nifty Gateway, as well as NY and LA based, Superchief Gallery. While some of the Day 1 (Wednesday) releases have sold out, there are still plenty available and even more to look forward to.
Day 2 (Thursday) features a new wave of releases on Nifty Gateway, featuring some of the world’s craziest muralists. Persue, OG Slick, and Nychos headline the second day of NFT drops, and I am sure they will bring the heat. In fact, I know they will bring the heat. Have you ever seen the walls that Nychos paints? The Austrian artist crushes everything he touches with his dissected take on anatomy, featuring animals, superheroes, and even the great musician Lemmy.
Day 3 (Friday) brings the second batch of releases from Superchief Gallery, as well as the NFT debut of LA based painter Brett Crawford. If you are not familiar with Brett's work, please, please, please, take a minute and check him out. The only thing better than his raw painting skills, is his story and his passion. I have run into Brett at pretty much every gallery in Los Angeles. I do not mean this lightly when I say that listening to him talk about art is an inspiration. He is a gem and I wish his release all the success.
Lastly, make sure your avatar makes its way to the RTKFT booth in the Sunset Lagoon. There you will find a contest with a chance to win one of the sold out NFTs from the RTFKT x Jeff Staple collab that featured the notorious and legendary Meta Pigeon. So, if you missed the first chance, or possibly sold a pigeon, (let’s be honest, no one would ever sell such a unique epic timeless piece) well here is your last chance! ComplexLand is free to register and open now to explore. Daily drops start at 10:00 AM EDT and will go quick.
by Rob Newman