SXSW 2022

MemEconomy: How Meme NFTs took over the Blockchain


With the NFT sale of the original Nyan Cat GIF for $600,000 in February, 2021, memes claimed their spot in art history. Since then, numerous memes have followed in the footsteps of Nyan Cat creator Chris Torres, with combined sales in the millions of dollars. Whether it's Nyan Cat, Disaster Girl, Doge, Grumpy Cat, Overly Attached Girlfriend, Keyboard Cat, Harambe the Gorilla, Charlie Bit My Finger, or Pepe the Frog (among others), headline-grabbing NFT sales have legitimized these important pieces of internet culture into the pop art of the internet era. This panel of experts (and memes themselves!) will discuss how it all came to be, why NFTs and memes were a perfect match, and how the two will be inextricably linked going forward. If you've ever shared a meme, this panel is for you.

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  1. How did Memes help bring NFTs to the forefront of internet culture?
  2. Why are memes and NFTs the perfect match?
  3. What is the future of Memes in a post NFT world, and how will the two be interlinked going forward?



Ben Lashes, Founder, A Weird Movie, Inc.

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Culture
  • Track 2 Tech Industry
  • Level: Beginner

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