The very same week that KAWS illustrated an inexplicable New York cover story, Manhattan’s art world was yet again introduced to its knees by the explosion of Bored Apes across New York. Welcome to ApeFest 2022.
In fairness, what with NFT.NYC likely on simultaneously, the Apes weren’t even the major eyesore in city. It’s just that they were inescapable. Guaranteed, no just one who essentially lives in New York would’ve been bombarded by the screaming neon indicators hoisted in Time’s Square but Bored Ape graffiti and ads peppered the metropolis, from borough to borough.
Luckily, the an infection was quarantined to the Chelsea Piers from June 20-23, mostly relegating the NFT monkey enthusiasts to a solitary function space on the considerably west aspect of New York. Even however, I glimpsed no fewer than 3 various dudes with Ape shirts — a single of whom was sporting jaw-dropping Bitcoin-branded sneakers, no significantly less — around city in a solitary working day.
ApeFest, now in its next yr, is an annual occasion for the people today who maintain Mutant and Bored Ape Yacht Club NFTs. You know, all those persons who have bong-using tobacco monkey avatars on Twitter.
Bored Ape dudes have a tendency to embarrass themselves perfectly sufficient as is but ApeFest provides ’em all alongside one another for a extensively unpleasant party, 1 that you can only enter as a verified BAYC or MAYC NFT holder.
Imagine The Gathering but for folks fewer awesome than Juggalos and you’ve got ApeFest.
The jokes compose by themselves — just verify Twitter! — but the genuine festivities in fact aren’t much to publish home about.
You can obtain burgers and coffee with Ape imagery stamped upon them or buy insider-only monkey merch to broadcast your top secret shame to the entire world, but only if you attended ApeFest 2022 IRL — in any other case you can expect to have to fork over hundreds of fiat bucks to scalpers, simply because people today truly will try to flip almost everything.
Famed visitors at ApeFest incorporated Timbaland, who plugged some new crypto doohicky, and Amy Schumer, who sounded like she’d have relatively been anywhere else on a federal holiday than carrying out on Pier 17 for crypto dudes.
Inexplicably, ApeFest also involved sets from The Roots, Upcoming, Haim, and Lil Newborn, which sounds additional like Coachella madlibs than an NFT occasion flanked by inflatable chimps wearing flip-flops.
Possibly the saddest physical appearance was from Lcd Soundsystem, the influential indie band that was so New York that its 2011 farewell tour culminated in a offered-out Madison Sq. Garden established.
Around a ten years later on, a decidedly much more defeated James Murphy and co. played “All My Pals” to a group of disinterested armchair investors. You are bringing me down, certainly.