The Orignal Money Mouth Smiley: A Crucial NFT Drop For The Culture
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October 8th, 2021

The issue around placing a set value on Black art especially within the NFT space has been a conversation heard way too often. The NFT drop for the OG Money Mouth Smiley looks to point that conversation in one direction, towards respect.

In an effort to give the original copyright owners of the OG Money Mouth Smiley what they deserve an auction for the OG Money Mouth Smiley NFT is currently live on KnownOrigin.

Who are the OG owners of the Money Mouth Smiley?

Founders of lifestyle brand Under the Bottom scanned up the original sketches of the Money Mouth Smiley in 2007 in a world before emojis. From there the creation took on a life of its own.

In 2007 Tyga wore the UTB Rehab Hoodie on his way to the MTV VMAs

Tyga wearing UTB hoodie
Tyga wearing UTB hoodie

Taylor Gang Lifestyle apparel official releases with Wiz Khalifa in 2010

Wiz Khalifa rocking the Money Mouth Smiley
Wiz Khalifa rocking the Money Mouth Smiley

The Money Mouth Smiley was everywhere by 2015/2016

The Money Mouth Smiley on Apple, Google, Samsung, Microsoft, WhatsApp, Twitter, Facebook, and OpenMoji.
The Money Mouth Smiley on Apple, Google, Samsung, Microsoft, WhatsApp, Twitter, Facebook, and OpenMoji.

Now in 2021, the “emoji” is embedded in the culture

Jack In the Box advertisement
Jack In the Box advertisement

It’s time to give Black creatives the respect they deserve and this NFT drop is doing just that. It’s great to see the blockchain at work and working towards giving artists of color their flowers.

Left to Right: UTB co-founder Dre Skywalker, UTB recording artist Jae Harp and others rocking UTB gear, with a “1,000,000” UTB trademark, Taylor Gang collab, and “#BetAMill” UTB hashtag on full display.
Left to Right: UTB co-founder Dre Skywalker, UTB recording artist Jae Harp and others rocking UTB gear, with a “1,000,000” UTB trademark, Taylor Gang collab, and “#BetAMill” UTB hashtag on full display.

Tap in, place a bid on KnownOrigin today, and give black creators the respect they deserve.

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