Blondie teams with Hackatao for crypto art series

NFT will be released on August 6th

Legendary New York rock band Blondie and crypto art pioneer duo Hackatao announce their collaboration and the release of the first in a series of animated digital artwork, “Hack the Borders,” on August 6th at 6:30 pm ET. This unique artistic partnership connects the two very different art scenes from which their creators have hailed – it is a present day manifestation of the punk rock movement, fittingly in the form of crypto art.

Released through the digital art online auction platform Nifty Gateway “Hack the Borders” nods to one of the greatest art pioneers of all time, Andy Warhol. Blondie frontwoman Debbie Harry and her friend Warhol created an everlasting cultural moment with the Commodore Amiga in 1985, as Harry became the subject of his very first digital portrait, an image that is just as significant today as it was then. Thirty-six years later, Hackatao and Blondie have joined forces to create their own one-of-a-kind artwork, which will drop on what would be Warhol’s 93rd birthday on August 6th.

“Hack the Borders” itself symbolizes a true act, from both Hackatao and Blondie, of hacking all borders and boundaries, and ultimately the limits of narrow-mindedness. And like Warhol’s iconic image of Debbie Harry, Hackatao’s digital artwork showcases Harry’s legacy with pop-art colors, albeit with their own signature style, covered in drawings that often represent our inner demons and most hidden voices.

“I heard of Hackatao early on when the NFT phenomena went mainstream. Andy, who embraced modern technology, would certainly have been minting Warhol NFT’s. I am attracted to the lack of gatekeeping that thus far is a significant factor in all this.” explains Blondie’s Chris Stein.

“Techno expansion and discovery has always fascinated me as did Andy. I love the idea of honoring his memory on his birthday this year with our collaboration with Hackatao,” Harry adds.

This collaborative creation will be made available in multiple editions, with each featuring musical accompaniment by Chris Stein, and a poem, written and spoken by Debbie Harry.

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Buddy Iahn
Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.
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