Croatian tennis player sells his own arm on NFT

Charlie Taylor

Professional tennis player Oleksandra Oliynykova got into the non-fungible tokens (NFTs) craze, but in an unconventional way. On March 16, 2022 she sold the rights to part of her right arm. A user named JumpHigh purchased the NFT for 3 ETH, about R$56,700 at the time of purchase, and was given the right to choose a tattoo for the area. 15×8 cm on the player's arm. Oliynykova is only 20 years old, but he already ranks among the top 30 tennis players in the world, having participated in 19 sporting events. According to her, her career is on the rise and she will likely participate in the biggest tennis events in the world. Literally putting her skin at risk, she offered a part of her arm for the token holder to “put his art object in the form of a tattoo or artwork body”. It is also allowed not to choose any tattoos and leave the space blank to resell later.

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Finally, as she explained in her NFT auction ad video, it's also possible to simply burn the token, the buyer is the one who decides. But as for the tattoo, it's not worth anything.

“Although I am very liberal about tattoo image or content, some restrictions apply. First of all, it should be quite normal, without extremism of any kind. Secondly, as I am a professional athlete, it should NOT contain anything related to gambling, betting, etc. That's it.” reads the description of the auction on OpenSea.

The tennis player still opens up the possibility of a henna tattoo (temporary), but for each new tattoo cycle the NFT holder must pay 1 ether.

How far is the tokenization wave going?

As shocking as it was, the sale of an arm part on NFT wasn't the most bizarre thing the Ethereum network has ever seen. In 2020, a young Frenchman decided to raise money by tokenizing his entire body. The idea was that, through a governance token, holders could vote on the best decisions for Alex Masmej's life, as if they were corporate decisions taken by shareholders. You can read more about this story in the article “Man lets you control your life with token on Ethereum“. Stay on top of everything that happens in the world of NFTs by following the Cointimes channel on Telegram.

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