Next Up: MonkeeMoto, a Creator of DigitalWorlds


Next Up: MonkeeMoto, a Creator of DigitalWorlds

BY Arthur Parkhouse

August 31, 2023

In the dynamic and rapidly evolving world of Web3, few have charted a journey as captivating as that of MonkeeMoto. Their introduction to NFTs began as early as 2016 with the Rare Pepes, making the commencement of a passionate adventure that has witnessed the rise of iconic digital collections and innovative artistic expressions across multiple blockchains.

While the allure of digital ownership piqued their initial interest, it was the potential of the technology to redefine virtual interactions and ownership that solidified their dedication to the craft. After a brief hiatus in 2019, MOTO’s return to Web3 in 2021 was both triumphant and influential.

Every week, nft now’s Next Up unveils a new artist from our curated list of ascendant talents who have been making significant waves throughout Web3. This week, we’re excited to feature MOTO and their story.


Besides just being named as one of the first two artists to participate in adidas new digital art program “RESIDENCY by adidas,” MonkeeMoto, also known as MOTO, is a Tokyo-based artist who boasts skills from digital artistry to game development and more.

MOTO identifies as a “Creator of Worlds,” a moniker that aptly encapsulates their ability to bring entire universes to life through storytelling and design. In addition to art, MOTO has expressed a passion and unique creative approach towards the gaming and fashion industries.

The artists’ expertise and influence has been solidified in their professional life, having received acknowledgments like their recent inclusion on the Fast Company’s Top 20 under 30 list.



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To get to know MOTO better and gain insight into their journey to date, we spoke directly with the newly minted adidas artist resident.

nft now: How did you first become interested/involved in NFTs?

MonkeeMoto: My journey into the world of NFTs started back in 2016, during the early days of the Rare Pepes on The allure of genuine digital ownership through the implementation of blockchain technology immediately caught my attention.

Witnessing pivotal moments like the CryptoKitties phenomenon, the emergence of remarkable collections like bored apes and punks on Ethereum, and the incredible artistic expressions on alternative chains such as SOL and XRPL further solidified my fascination.

After navigating through one of the most challenging years of my life, I chose to take a brief hiatus from the public crypto and NFT landscape in 2019. This pause allowed me to embark on a profound spiritual journey of self-discovery and introspection, seeking to find deeper meaning and purpose in my life.

In 2021, I made an exciting return to the scene. During this resurgence, I not only contributed by providing consultancy services to other projects but also channeled my creative energy as an artist and web3 game developer. The concept of digital wearables and genuine ownership of in-game assets is an aspect that deeply intrigues me and ignites my excitement as a creator.

“The potential for NFTs to revolutionize the way we perceive ownership and interaction within virtual spaces is a driving force behind my continued involvement and passion in this ever-evolving field.”


nft now: How would you describe your art?

MonkeeMoto: My art is a reflection of my journey as a socially awkward nerd and a lifelong world creator.

From a young age, I found solace in disconnecting from the surroundings of a classroom and immersing myself in hours of writing and drawing expansive worlds complete with functional ecosystems and diverse character rosters.

This creative process was profoundly influenced by my passion for immersive storytelling mediums like JRPGs—think Kingdom Hearts, Final Fantasy, Digimon—as well as nostalgic, wondrous, and thought-provoking anime such as Digimon, Hack, Bleach, Sonny Boy, and Yu-Gi-Oh. Overall, it is heavily inspired by the artistic flow of Japanese culture.


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