Johnny Depp is an artist and his daughter, Lily-Rose, is an actress. Johnny is going to sell his portrait of my cousin, Elizabeth Rosedmont Taylor in the realm of NFTs.
Johnny Depp is selling over 10,000 unique NFTs drawn from his paintings of friends and personal heroes.
The actor is releasing the non-fungible tokens — one-of-a-kind, verifiable digital assets traded using blockchain technology — under the collection name “Never Fear Truth.”
The portraits, developed from original artwork by Depp and then embellished and animated, include Johnny himself, Marlon Brando, Elizabeth Taylor, Hunter S. Thompson, Heath Ledger, daughter Lily-Rose Depp, Tim Burton, Johnny’s late dog Mooh and a fictional character created by his son called Bunnyman.
Depp, 58, said in a statement, “I’ve always used art to express my feelings and to reflect on those who matter most to me, like my family, friends and people I admire. My paintings surround my life, but I kept them to myself and limited myself. No one should ever limit themselves.”
Depp’s style is a mix of pop and street art, with images of pop-culture figures rendered in vibrant colors. The collection is the first public look at his paintings, which are said to be reflections of the individual’s character as Depp sees it.
Twenty-five percent of all proceeds from the sales will be donated to charities including the Los Angeles Children’s Hospital, Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation and The Gonzo Trust, created in the memory of Depp’s hero Hunter S. Thompson.
Purchasing a “Never Fear Truth” NFT will grant owners access to Johnny’s exclusive community on Discord, a community platform for fans to collaborate on creative projects.
Depp added, “We decided to release a series of portraits, but in a way that could also give something back. Having the opportunity to salute my supporters and support the charities that have been so important to my family is an incredible gift. I hope we can create a new community of friends around these NFTs. My involvement in the NFT space has just begun.”
Ten thousand NFTs can be purchased via www.neverfeartruth.com — with applications opening Wednesday — and secondary sales supported by leading multi-chain NFT marketplace www.rarible.com. Each NFT is also backed by a high-resolution physical edition which can be redeemed only once.