'Look Mom! No Artist!' - the dudes NFTs

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Greetings MSQ friends! How’s it going? You know what time it is…that’s right, it’s another killer Discovery of the Day! MSQ just moved into its Open Beta, meaning you can sign up for a profile and start exploring all the site has to offer right now! From Monday to Friday we bring you some of the best projects from across the cryptosphere. Whether it’s NFTs, DeFi or Blockchain games, you’ll find it all right here! Today we bring you a project featuring NFTs that respond to your actions! It’s…the dudes!


The world of NFTs has been nothing short of a godsend for countless talented artists, allowing them to pursue their lifelong dreams and showcase their artistic abilities to audiences across the world…

But what about all the exceptionally talented programmers?

Well, today we’re excited to share a story about an incredibly gifted programmer who goes by the name of thedude with you. Now this person is responsible for creating completely code generated NFT profile picture collections with ‘No designer, just code.’ Wild, right?

Thus far, thedude has created several PFP collections using his creative approach: the dudes , the duds , the abstract dudes and the dudes factory .

All of this has been created by one person (yup, thedude) who has been coding interactive web apps since he was 15! So it seems he’s always had a knack for this stuff, and it’s very clear that he’s…one busy dude!

When in doubt…just play it cool

the dudes, the duds & the abstract duds

the dudes is the first interactive fully code generated NFT collection to appear on the Ethereum Blockchain. In essence, the dudes is the genesis collection of the overall project. And don’t forget—no designer worked on this…it’s nothing more than a few lines of code that generates random ugly dudes (they’re not ugly actually, they’re kinda sweet and endearing!)

All traits are assigned inside the smart contract itself while each rarity score is defined on the chain. There are a total of 21,600 unique dudes, but only 512 will ever be made available to claim. That…isn’t a whole lot. If anything, that means the dudes are extremely rare, so owning one really is something special!

When I first saw these guys, I couldn’t believe they were the random product of some algorithm! It’s quite bizarre to say the least, and of course, very impressive as well! Feast your eyes on some of these ‘ugly’ dudes below (also, can we have a word count for how many times I’ve mentioned the word ‘dude’ in this article!?)

the dudes

Next up we have ‘the duds.’ Now these guys were airdropped by the creator of ‘the dudes.’ The intriguing part about this collection is that they slowly reveal themselves as time passes. After 07/28/2022, they will show their faces fully. Take a look at their current state below 👀

the duds

And finally we have ‘the abstract dudes’ which are derivatives of the original ‘the dudes’ and well…it’s in the name! They look super abstract! The original ‘the dudes’ smart contract was used to create these pieces. This collection served as the proof of concept that revealed the potential possibilities of harnessing the dudes’ DNA.

the abstract dudes

One aspect that makes this project truly special is that every single NFT is interactive. If you visit the dudes’ OpenSea page, you can click on any dude to ‘agitate’ it, or you can move your mouse around and watch its gaze follow your cursor. Now that’s some really funky stuff!

the pixels

Now let’s move on to thedude’s latest endeavor: the pixels. This collection consists of 5,120 ‘the pixels’ that live on the Ethereum Blockchain. A unique element of the pixels is that they constantly change and evolve—this is possible because the traits are embedded into the smart contract, allowing it to delegate other contracts to manipulate each pixel.

The contract has a feature enabled called ‘the pixel inc,’ granting the NFTs the ability to adopt different traits for special occasions such as Halloween and Christmas. I swear, each project made by thedude just gets cooler and cooler! Kudos for the totally genius innovation…whoever you are!

the pixels

the dudes DAO

We’ve established that the dudes are awesome, but do you want to know something that’s even more awesome? Everyone who owns one of these NFTs from any one of these collections is part of something bigger: ‘our dudes DAO.’

100% of all existing royalties are owned by the DAO. Its primary role is a simple one—to encourage the growth of the dudes brand and project as a whole.

A decentralized autonomous organization is an organization represented by rules encoded as a computer program that is transparent, controlled by the organization members and not influenced by a central government.

the dudes roadmap

the dudes project is actually split into two separate roadmaps: the Dude development roadmap, and the Community development roadmap.

The Dude roadmap focuses on airdrops, collaborations with other projects, staking and more. You can view the collaborations that the dudes have engaged in so far via the dudes factory

‘Our dude development roadmap is centered around delivering project value to our holders…’

Now the Community roadmap is a little different—simply put, the DAO votes on suggestions provided by the community via the shared Trello board, which can be viewed here

the dudes statistics

Unfortunately all of the collections we have showcased today are sold out 😭 But not to worry! You can still grab yourself one of these unique interactive NFTs on the dudes’ various OpenSea pages:

I don’t know about you, but the innovation within this project and the pure creative genius thedude possesses is seriously phenomenal! I’m intrigued to learn more and see what thedude ends up creating in the future! I highly recommend you follow the dudes over on Twitter and join their Discord so that you can keep up to date with all the latest details and collections being released by thedude!

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