Mike Winklemann is the digital artist known as Beeple. He’s been publishing a piece of digital art every day since 2007 and gained worldwide attention when he sold his first 5,000 “Everydays” as an NFT on Christie’s for $69 million.
In early 2023, he published a book of his artwork which is actually pretty damn cool.
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Everydays: The First 5000 Days
From beautiful to horrifying and to the absolute weird, Beeple’s art covers so many different themes, styles and topics. He doesn’t shy away from politics, current events or adult humor.
Beeple’s book is a hardcover. It’s 400+ pages are printed on heavy, high-quality paper that makes the images jump off the page.
Beeple’s Everydays: The First 5000 Days is a complete portfolio of the first 13 years of Beeple’s daily digital art creations. The collection is broken down by year, but pages are organized by themes.
Over the 5,000 day journey, we see his progression in skill, complexity and the meta messaging in his works.
What I Think About Beeple’s Book
I’ve watched Beeple’s work for many years now. Honestly there’s some I love and some I really don’t care for. But I respect the variety of styles he uses and the sheer volume of art Beeple has produced.
When I saw he had a book coming out, I bought it. There aren’t many physical things digital artists have to show in their home or office as conversation pieces. I figured this would be mine. I keep it on my coffee table and visitors often ask about it.
It’s a first print so I’m also hoping it might be worth something one day. I won’t hold my breath. After all, someone paid $69 million for digital versions of Beeple’s works and I have a physical copy.
About Mike Winkelmann (Beeple)
Michael (Mike) Winkelmann is an American digital artist known as Beeple. He is originally from Wisconsin, but now resides in Charleston, SC. He’s done a variety of work in the digital art world and graphic design industry.
Beeple was well-known in the digital art community for many years primarily from his collection of “Everydays.” Winkelmann has published a piece of digital art every day since 2007. His artistic style covers a wide variety of themes including popular culture, world politics, science fiction and abstract art.
In March of 2021, Beeple became a household name when he sold a non-fungible token (NFT) through the world-famous Christie’s auction house for $69 million! He was soon the face of the NFT trend worldwide. While this was the most noteworthy NFT sale by Winkelmann it was not his first nor last.
In November of 2020, Beeple sold a NFT through Nifty Gateway for $6.6 million. This seemed to fly under the radar for most of the world and was quickly overshadowed by his enormous sale the following Spring.
Although the First 5000 Everydays NFT was essentially a “very expensive jpeg” according to Beeple, he provides physical pieces to accompany most of his sales.
In November 2021, Beeple sold a unique work which was called by some the “First Physical NFT.” It was a 7-foot box with digital screens on each side displayed a digital human sculpture inside. The sculpture could be updated by Beeple to change the sculpture’s appearance even years after it was sold.
The “Human One” sculpture sold at Christie’s for nearly $29,000,000 in November of 2021.
Beeple has created short films and a large collection of VJ loops which he licenses under Creative Commons for all to use. Since his NFT fame, he’s appeared on numerous talk shows and on the Joe Rogan podcast. He published his first book of Everydays in March of 2023.