A seismic shift in the art world has been created non-fungible tokens, more easily known as NFTs. Just this past year sales have created a marketplace worth over $17 billion.
Enter celebrity multi-disciplinary artist Tima Marso. With a strong portfolio full of painting, digital art, photography, and even modeling, Miami-based Marso has now expanded beyond his comfort zone in to the world of NFTs. His newest art endeavor steps away from his traditional paintings and into this exciting new world of digital art in the form of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) in very-hyped up collection called Gay Aliens Society NFT project.
Marso’s project collection are one-of-a-king, colorful aliens with style. Each alien begins as an unclothed body, randomly selected from twenty basic bodies designed by Marso. After that, the alien is dressed, decorated and assigned a Zodiac sign.
Having started a career in Eastern Europe, Marso now lives and works in Miami. In recent months he has inked a deal with TokenSociety.io to launch the Gay Aliens Society NFT project; Archstone Entertainment to develop a TV series called ‘Gay Aliens in Metaverse’ based on the avatars created for the NFT drop; and Altar, Inc. to create an augmented reality platform and metaverse wearables.
“It’s still a shock for me,” says Marso of his success. “Sometimes I cannot believe it. But it’s a great opportunity. It’s nice to be here and doing all these beautiful things.”
Marso is now focused on his partnership with TokenSociety.io and developing the Gay Aliens Society NFT project whose roadmap includes the TV show, an augmented reality platform and metaverse presence. Legitimizing the digital art world is something done in virtual platforms and social media, but Marso also takes great pride in meeting with his collectors and fans in person.
Thanks to Marso’s international roots, he enjoys introducing business associates and friends to cuisines from around the world – many which can be found at trendy South Florida restaurants.
Here are artist Tima Marso’s top picks for Miami hot spots.
The coolest place in town for a meeting is Zuma Miami, in the heart of downtown. Chef Rainer Becker’s acclaimed modern Japanese izakaya dining experience highlights a tantalizing menu of bold flavors and quality ingredients. Many dishes are meant to be shared at a table, which is always added fun for groups of adventurous eaters.
Popular special sushi items include Sake No Aburi with salmon nigiri torched, as well as the wagyu gunkan wagyu beef sushi, daikon and fresh black truffle. The maki roll selection includes sake to abokado maki with salmon avocado roll with tenkasu and kizami wasabi; chirashi maki with salmon, tuna, seabass and yellowtail with avocado, yuzu kosho mayo; and watari gani maki which is a dynamite spider roll with softshell crab, chili and wasabi tobiko mayo. This restaurant also offers two types of omakase dining for a minimum of two guests and includes a wide variety of the restaurants top fishes of the day.
Another impressive place to take a client for a simple lunch meeting is KUSH, especially if they have an eye for innovation and are. Its walls are surrounded by works of art created by top local artists. The art-filled gastropub offers scratch-made fare and an eclectic craft beer list. KUSH’s beer menu offers eighteen taps, one nitro tap, an aged and reserve bottle list and even an exclusive selection of small production wines.
Patron’s are invited to feast on the best creative burgers in town like the Miami Blues with Danish blue cheese, lettuce, red onions, bacon, and ketchup; My Childhood Dream with American cheese, candied bacon served on a seared glazed donut; and Frita by Kush with guava jelly, potato stix, bacon, Swiss cheese and house Lokal sauce.
For a special meeting that requires intense negotiations, Marso books a table at the elegant Toscana Divino. Guests are invited to take in beautiful views of the Miami’s Brickell neighborhood as they enjoy contemporary Tuscan high-end dishes with clients. The fine-dining experience excites with all servings from the a la carte menu. Start with salads and appetizers like the Green Bean Salad with almonds and fresh shallot in a red wine vinegar dressing or the Burrata Caprese with a selection of local heirloom tomatoes and basil air.
Popular main courses include Chicken Breast with pasture raised organic chicken and truffle sauce with forest mushrooms,; a 14oz RibEye from Painted Hills Farm in a red wine sauce; and those willing to share can opt for the epic Fiorentina Steak with a classic 40oz T-bone served with smoked potato purée, kale, and cannellini beans.
Also on the menu is an impressive selection of pastas like Pappa al Pomodoro with traditional tomato stew with poached egg, croutons and Grana Padano air; Black Seafood Spaghetti housemade with shrimp, calamari, octopus, tomatoes and bottarga; and the Risotto ai Funghi with Acquerello rice, forest mushrooms and black truffle.
For more casual business lunch meetings with a twist try the authentic dishes at Momi Ramen. Easily noted by residents as the best ramen in the city, the Japanese restaurant that serves noodles made fresh in house daily. There is also a fantastic bar and lounge area in the contemporary brick-walled restaurant. Remember its cash only. On the menu are five ramen options: pork belly char siu, shrimp, chicken, mushroom, and oxtail.
And if you need to meet for a healthy meal business gathering, a perfect place in Southern Florida is Pura Vida in Edgewater. This husband and wife-ran establishment serves as delicious food ranging from superfood smoothies and juices to popular bowls like the Fire Egg with organic eggs, quinoa, avocado, crumbled feta, spinach, onion, and red pepper with spicy soy ginger; or the Vegan Lentil with adashah, arugula, quinoa, avocado, sprouts, radish, pickled cabbage, carrot, and sunflower seeds served with green tahini.