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Mark Wilson AKA diewiththemostlikes Artist Feature | NFT CULTURE | NFT and crypto art

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*Disclaimer: This article contains censored adult language, adult content, and numerous meat references.*


The only way I can adequately explain this is to write it as if it were a LinkedIn bio, which is also identical to this one, coupled with mentions to give up, loosen the skin and the connections to a shared subscription to premium pornography. diewiththemostlikes is an aff*ckable energy drink floating in a neglected retention pond outside a mall in a hometown you’ll never leave. Create nothing. Consume everything.-Mark Wilson on his art

he saved us

Die with the most likes aka Toadswiback aka Mark Wilson is a debauched juggernaut emerging on the crypto art scene. Upon first encountering his work, the immediate reaction is to dismiss him as another edgelord capitalizing on the shock, but as one unpacks the sentiments and ethos behind the dripping visuals, there’s an unfathomable depth of self-reflection and critique/celebration of peak Mid-American consumerist culture stuffed with an irreverent cult of raw meat.

Since its first hit on the Tezos blockchain in March 2021, it has worked its way to growing success through a stream of conscientious writings and artworks that are stylistically Chris Simpsons Artist meets Mike Judge. Her work has been exhibited internationally, featured on KnownOrigin and SuperRare and his latest brainchild is a collaboration with the Museum of Crypto Art to create a digital art exhibit. I’m grateful to Toad, another great Garfield fan, for agreeing to interview me.


How did you start as an artist?

I’ve never had a say in the matter, as far back as I can remember I find creation to be a necessity and a mechanism to wade precariously in and out of the waters of pleasant madness. Unintentional creations fuel our entire artistic movement. Built like mirrors for watchers to sniff out their favorite distortion and reflect on the unbearable drip and inevitable nosebleed. I don’t have many inspirations because there were RV museums instead of art museums where I grew up, although there was beauty in those too. I’ve found more inspiration in artists over the past year than in a lifetime up to that point.

What does ground beef mean to you?

Meat reigns over everything around me. I find distilling your existence into a plastic bag of bloody, matted linguine noodles to be a truly comical prospect. Having a butcher with failing organs realizes you’re about to expire and puts a discount on everything you’ve made. Then, to finally be mixed with an old packet of berry seasoning and egg noodles and eaten by suppository from a plastic tray hot and microwaved. Barely providing enough food for another brutal day of bug toil. I love ground beef. Legalize ground beef.

Midwest huh?

(Note: As a Midwestern native myself, Midwestern stands for “Can you tell me about your background as a Midwester and how it influences your art?”)

I was born in a corn pop of a melting mound of snow in a mall to the sound of dying dreams and freshly paved asphalt. I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. There’s a seriousness here, like we’re all from the same shitty hometown and held together by cream of mushroom soup. We share a lot of the same suffering and a lot of the same happiness. The people are mostly nice. Getting drunk on steel stashes and juggling devil sticks in an abandoned parking lot in Arby’s is where I creatively peaked, it’s been downhill ever since.

Although you have a lot of fans (myself included), I know a lot of people would find your style and subject matter raw, uncomfortable, and honestly disgusting. How would you explain your art to such critics?

I think the canned answer here would be that there’s beauty in disgust or bullshit like that that’s been said a thousand times, but really I find the prospect of creating characterless desk ornaments used to appease holes that itch shit covered in a **is spiritually wrong. I scratch the wounds and they bleed. This blood is a lubricant for our collective descent into unrecoverable madness. If deviating from a lifetime of force-fed prescription pills and perpetual consumption of lifeless explosive forms in Candy Crush’s saga of human suffering is not for you, I would respectfully say do some DMT and watch season four of the Grammy-nominated reality show Pawn Stars.

we ate brunch
we ate brunch – available on SuperRare

What’s your favorite story from your crypto art journey so far?

I spent six months creating fake SuperRare apps, tweeting things like “I just submitted my SuperRare app video, this is me channeling a Heineken 0.0 and blowing a huge bag of jankem and recording a sequel in stop motion of Passion of the Christ but with Minions”. whoever finally got me in claimed that I was on a month-long DMT trip to re-record The Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood where me and a fake Larry the Cable Guy played all the roles. Many thanks to Zack for acknowledging that the film absolutely needs to be made, still looking for funding.

Not only are you a visual artist, but also a prolific writer. I know the output you’re holding is something other artists generally take inspiration from with the lack of filters. How did you come to this and do you have any advice for other artists who are also battling their demons to keep creating?

Oh fuck yeah thanks for that, I would definitely suggest reading. It’s simple to say, but it completely changes the way you deal with things. Once again creation for creation’s sake. Not everything needs to be minted or sold. Most pictures. Most texts. Most experiences are just that. A digital distillation of a rapidly deteriorating bag of meat. Embrace urgency. Embrace the madness. Shovel thoughts, feelings and emotions into a furnace and burn them into the already polluting puffy clouds. Don’t take any advice, including this one.

Where do you see the future of crypto art?

I see us all denied our prescribed existence of misery and insect toil. Maybe not die alone doing something we hate. Maybe still die alone, but at least not do something we hate and a beautiful, uncrowded funeral with an edible cantaloupe arrangement that represents our heritage.

3 artists you like in crypto art and why?

CerenSu: I find their work beautiful and disturbing and hilarious in its absurdity. It’s impossible to discern any emotion you feel as you watch the pieces move, fulfilling an unknown purpose, simply a suffocating sense that your sanity is shifting in unison.

Esra Eslen: Brutal on all levels. Their contempt for humanity as a whole is a theme that I obviously like. Documenting a hilarious and unceremonious descent as a species. Fulfilling our true destiny as dying sacks of meat mashed into patties and grilled at a summer barbecue.

Jesse Draxler: is the physical approximation of the abyss.


Links to explore diewiththemostlikes works further:

Website: https://onetie-alltie.com/about/

Super rare: https://superrare.com/diewiththemostlikes

Known origin: https://knownorigin.io/diewiththemostlikes

Foundation: https://foundation.app/@diewiththemostlikes

Tezo: https://objkt.com/profile/diewiththemostlikes

Twitter: https://twitter.com/toadswiback


*The author of this article is a collector of the artist’s work at the time of publication.*