an origin story of a “normal” guy getting into NFTs

My Baby Kaiju (KaijuKing #3485)

I am a typical 30-something year old dude with probably the most common name for guys in my generation. I have a wife, a few kids and some dogs. I’m a product manager by day and have tossed around way too many hobbies to try and keep up with after work. The only “hobbies” (if they can be called that) that has really stuck with me has been crypto and, more recently, NFTs.

Although I plan on writing about my experience with NFTs and other various crypto adventures, I’m in no way an expert. I’m also not that great of a writer. So, if you choose to read this, you are bound to cringe at my improper use of grammar and punctuation, my lackluster storytelling abilities and my minimal technical expertise around crypto. Can’t knock a guy for trying…

My aim for these posts are to share learnings from my experience that others may relate to. Even better, I’d be ecstatic if these posts helped other noobs begin their own journey into the world of crypto and NFTs (hopefully with a lot fewer mistakes than I made). Down the line, I envision that some sort of open dialogue could be established: a place where all of us noobs can share our individual experiences, discuss current/upcoming projects and learn from each other’s strategies. We can cross that bridge if/when we reach it.

To begin what is the first of potentially many posts, I feel it’s best that I set the stage with my NFT-origin story…

The apes that got away

My first NFT purchase was in late October with the Desperate ApeWives (DAW) drop. It seemed like a slam dunk: the art was clean and unique, and even with my limited NFT knowledge I knew one thing:

apes + NFTs = good (e.g. Bored Apes Yacht Club)

So on mint day I went to the site, connected MetaMask and minted one at 0.08ETH. After I went back to the hype machine DAW server.

“🔥🔥🔥🔥 🚀🚀🚀🚀”,



“💎💎💎💎 ✋✋✋✋”, they said.

Beautiful. That was all I needed to hear. I went back and minted two more.

Then I was ready to take it to the next level… I went to to see what I should ape into next. This time I decided I would go outside of my cramped up comfort area of apes + NTFs = good and branch into the unknown. I found some badass, intergalactic, anime-style project’ upcoming projects list and decided I’d degen. WAGMI.

I hopped in the Discord to get some details and not too long after I got a direct message letting me know that that very project was minting RIGHT NOW. Must be my lucky day. I clicked the link they provided which directed to the site and I clicked mint. A delay in the action though… I must have logged out of MetaMask at some point, as it was asking for my password. No biggie.

Password = typed. Mint button = clicked.

No new NFT in my OpenSea account, though… So I pulled open my MetaMask wallet and looked “Assets”… nothing. Refreshed and checked again. Still nothing.

Then, it all hit me. I looked at the site where I minted and began to look around. The nav bar told me there was an “About” page, but when I clicked, nothing happened. Same thing for the “Roadmap” page. With my stomach dropping, I went back to OpenSea to find that my 3 DAWs were missing. Each had been transferred from my address to some piss ant that had multiple other DAWs and like 100 other NFTs sitting in their account.

One of the three that got away…

As much as I’d love to relive the embarrassing, frantic messages to OpenSea support and to Discord pals with you, it really would do nothing but damage my self-esteem. What I can tell you though is that this experience, rather than pushing me away from NFTs, drew me in even more. I may have felt a little sick, but I also felt an odd sense of nostalgia for the late 90’s / early 2000’s internet. The excitement and freedom found on Discord felt similar to early chat rooms and messaging on AIM. Even getting ripped off by some fake-NFT project gave me a bit of nostalgia. Remember the email scams telling you that you could make $1 million if you just wire this dude some cash so he could make it to the US?

For whatever reason, those feelings of nostalgia got me all amped up on NFTs and crypto, and have since been jotting down notes from things I’ve read and experiences I’ve had in the space. Now that I’ve hit a few pages, I figured I have plenty of thoughts to share with anyone that wants to listen and/or converse.

Feel free to comment with your thoughts, experiences or whatever else you want. I can also be found on Twitter @ mikeRstank




product manager by day. web3 wanderer by night.

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