Decrypt Studios, the Web3 production studio, has launched The Crypties, the crypto industry’s premier international annual awards program honoring excellence across the crypto ecosystem. Cryptie winners can be voted for by token holders within the crypto community. This will allow those who are invested in the development of the industry to choose who and what they most admire. The 2022 Crypties voting token will be removed as part of an expanded offering this autumn. The winners will then be announced at Art Basel Miami, December 2022.
The Crypties will also recognize community members who have crossed creative and technical barriers to bring Web3 into the mainstream. Erick Calderon will receive the inaugural “Industry Achievement” Cryptie for his contributions to the community as the Founder and CEO of Art Blocks, while filmmaker Caitlin Cronenberg will receive the “New Artist” award for her short, “The Death of David Cronenberg” and PFP NFT collection “Feet and Eyes Guys.” Their accomplishments will be recognized and celebrated along with the other nominees and winners at the Crypties awards gala in Miami.
“The Crypties embody the culture and the spirit that propels the crypto industry forward,” Alanna Roazzi Laforet is the founder of Decrypt Studios. “Celebrating our collective achievements strengthens the bonds of our community, creates cultural memories that inform the future, and honors the people and projects who inspire us all to seek excellence as we embrace the movement toward decentralization.”
2022 Cryptie Honorees Erick Calderon and Caitlin Cronenberg
Erick Calderon is an entrepreneur. He was born in Mexico City, but now resides in Houston. Art Blocks is a platform that hosts on-demand generative art using the Ethereum blockchain. He also released his own artwork, the Chromie Squiggle. This was the first project to be published on the platform. Erick is a tireless supporter of NFTs and focuses on generative arts as the medium for expression. He has also dedicated himself to elevating the practice in contemporary art.
“As a generative artist and entrepreneur, I have dedicated my career to elevating the medium of digital art through NFT technology and community,” said Erick. “That I’m given the privilege to share our medium with the wider art world is something I feel gratitude for every day. I’m humbled to accept this award on behalf of the digital and generative communities, and to help validate and rationalize a vision for NFT art today and in the future.”
Caitlin Cronenberg is an internationally recognized photographer and director. Her work has been published in many publications, including Interview Magazine, Vogue, Vanity Fair Magazine, Interview, Marie Claire and W Magazine. Caitlin has worked as a director and photographer for many brands, including Apple, Beats by Dre, Jaeger-LeCoultre, and Billie Eilish. In 2016 she shot the cover art for Drake’s four-time platinum record “Views” and subsequently won the Canadian Arts and Fashion Award for Image Maker of the Year. Caitlin’s book of photography, THE ENDINGS, garnered critical acclaim and landed a spot on the national best-seller list. Caitlin’s first short film, inspired by the book, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. Humane will be her first feature film. Production will start this fall.
“It is such an honor to be receiving this award from Decrypt Studios! When I entered the space, just over a year ago, I had no idea how important the NFT community would become to me,” Caitlin shared. “In a relatively short time I have found such support from other artists and friends in the space, and I know we are building something really special together. This is just the beginning, and I can’t wait for everyone to see what I’ve got planned!”