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Ruby Mazur talks about his art and NFTs

We are so thrilled that the famous painter Ruby Mansur has taken the time to give our readers a little insight into his illustrious career. Ruby is world-famous for his album sleeve designs, and his artworks are some of the most recognizable in the music industry.

We recently published an article on Ruby Mazur’s NFT launch of 5,050 AI-generated NFTs based on his iconic painting, “Mouth and Tongue”, that was used for “Tumble Dice”, The Rolling Stones 1971 album.

Tell us about yourself

I currently reside on Maui where I paint until dawn and spend my mornings on the beach with my loved ones, usually my two dogs.  Over the past 50 plus years I have been painting album covers and celebrity self-portraits, initially getting my start in the music industry as Art Director at Paramount Records and managing Billy Joel’s original project that led to his big break. 

Throughout the years I have painted over 3000 record sleeves for artists such as The Rolling Stones, Elton John, Jimmy Buffett, and Van Morrison, as well as the soundtrack art for Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory.  The Willy Wonka spirit continues within my NFT collection… My favorite Rolling Stones song? ‘Ruby Tuesday’ of course.

Ruby Mazur; Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

In 2020 I was diagnosed with brain cancer and doctors told me I had six months to live but was later told that the tumor had subsided and was no longer life-threatening. Maybe the secret was meditating on the beach, continuing to paint and making donuts! 

Today, I am undergoing aggressive treatment for throat cancer. I’m a warrior and I am not going to lose; I have many more paintings to do before it’s time for me to check out. 

I kicked it when it attacked my bladder and then when it attacked my brain. F U Cancer!

I’m thankful for Jerad Finck (aka BLAZAR) and the Cosmic Wire team who are inspired to tell my story and support my fight against cancer.  I was first introduced to NFTs when Jerad sparked the fire to launch the first NFT gallery in Hawaii with my ‘Mouth & Tongue’ derivative artwork. 

Last July we sold a hybrid NFT (canvas and digital art) of the iconic ‘Mouth & Tongue’ I painted for The Rolling Stones’ ‘Tumbling Dice’ record sleeve for $1.1 million at my home gallery, The Holle Fine Art Gallery. 

That exhibit was the catalyst for our campaign to FCancer!  With this drop, a portion of the NFT proceeds will go to the appropriately named cancer foundation, FCancer.

Artistic Description

Album cover art used in NFT collection
Ruby used his 1971, Rolling Stones record sleeve cover art for NFT project. Blah Blah Blah.

The ‘Blah Blah Blah’ painting is a derivative of my original ‘Mouth & Tongue’ for The Rolling Stones’ ‘Tumbling Dice’ record sleeve. I was in a gallery one night during one of my exhibitions, and I heard this couple talking. The man goes, ‘You know, I was going to bring the Rolls, but it was dirty. So, I took the Lamborghini instead, and as I was getting in – son of a bitch – I scratched my Rolex!’

He was definitely what we would call, ‘new money.’ He kept on like this, just bragging. As I listened to him, I just rolled my eyes back in my head, and all I could hear was, ‘Blah, blah, blah…’ I went home and immediately painted the piece.

As far as the 5,050 generative “Blah, Blah, Blah” NFTs, I think it’s great that there will be all of these different variations of my painting. At most NFT auctions, we’re talking about very sizable sums of money being exchanged. Here, we’re offering lots of people the chance to purchase a generative NFT at a price they can afford, and do some good at the same time.”

The artist Ruby Mazur

Tell us about sales and where to buy your NFT art

The ‘Mouth & Tongue’ is available for .075 ETH from today (Sunday, January 16) at 12:00pm PST to Tuesday the 18th at 6:00pm PST.  Plus, all of the rare NFTs will be moved ahead within the next 1000 purchases.  As an extra thank you to the existing NFT holders, everyone who had already minted a ‘Mouth & Tongue’ from the Cosmic Wire/BYT website before Sunday is being granted a buy-1-get-1-free offer during the discounted window of time. Those interested can mint at https://blahblahblah.byt.io.

Whale collectors – people with 9 ‘Mouth & Tongue’ PFP NFTs in their wallet – will be mailed a signed and numbered physical print of my ‘Blah Blah Blah’ painting. 

All ‘Mouth & Tongue’ collectors will have elite first access to the Ruby Mazur Metaverse VIP lounge with unique 1 of 1 NFTs and artworks I’ve created, as well as access to the public showroom and stage with curated events and content from myself. Five lucky winners will get to select a signed 1-of-1 physical Giclée, and there will be future giveaways and airdrops including excessively rad unique chain-stitched jackets and more amazing experiences.  

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We are humbled that Ruby Mazur would take time out to talk with us. We wish him all the strength in his fight against the horrible illness of cancer. You can help in this fight by minting an NFT.

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