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In 2023, a new creator economy was born on the blockchain. Since NFTs took center stage, artists have achieved NFT superstardom, billion-dollar brands have been forged in just a few months, and many lives have been utterly transformed time and again. Yet, the most inspiring thing about the NFT space is the number of artists of all creeds and mediums who have found community and support by embracing this technology.

In keeping with our mission to empower creators, we present Next Up — our monthly franchise dedicated to showcasing rising artists. In our November edition, we’ve curated a list of five ascendant talents who have been making significant waves in 2023.

Ana María Caballero

Ana Maria Caballero is a first-generation Colombian-American poet and artist. Her work explores how biology delimits societal and cultural rites and seeks to remove the veil from romanticized motherhood while questioning notions that package female sacrifice as a virtue. She is the recipient of the Beverly International Prize, Colombia’s José Manuel Arango National Poetry Prize, and a Sevens Foundation Grant. Her work has been widely published and exhibited internationally and virtually.

We spoke with Caballero and asked a few questions about NFTs and her artistic process.

How did you first become interested/involved in NFTs?

For years, I felt the life of a published poem was too insular, too quiet, and too short, so I shared my poems as spoken-word videos on social media. When I read about Web3, it seemed like a natural jump for me as I already had digital versions of many of my poems and was inspired by how people connected with them.

I feel very deeply that poems are works of art, and grew certain that this value could finally be expressed via blockchain provenance. I decided to create a digital poetry gallery in April 2023, and a month later, I bought the domain for chúng tôi where I hoped to sell my own poems as well as those of my poet friends. Meanwhile, I’ve fallen deeply in love with the crypto art ecosystem. It’s such a radiantly alive place to be.

How would you describe your art? What’s your process like?

My poetry is rooted in the deeply intimate details of my day. Our desires, regrets, and quests for purpose are inseparable from the logistics of living. We rip envelopes, answer emails, towel children, and boil eggs, all while pondering the ultimate meaning of our existence. I’m direct in my writing. When we embellish what we’re feeling, it’s because we’re afraid of feeling it. I believe that only brutally honest and personal writing can be relatable, much less universal. Language doesn’t need to adorn itself to be powerful or beautiful.

My poems are moments of observation and resistance. I like to employ rhyme which, in conversational texts, becomes a marked departure from our normal speech patterns and adds intention, play, and subversion to a text. Sometimes, I feel like a conceptual artist, drafting poems borne of ideas, rather than from feeling. Others, I feel like an impressionist painter, weaving emotion into what I see.

Do you have any drops/collections on the horizon we should keep an eye out for?

I just launched a collection called Ways to Misspell Obsidian with chúng tôi the digital arm of London’s Gazelli Art House. This collection, which investigates and celebrates the storytelling potential of long-form poetry, consists of three poems and is based on a lyric essay I wrote that was a finalist for Ploughshares’ Emerging Writers Contest. These works form a triptych of shared signification, recursion, imagery, and vocabulary in which rhyme, unexpected line breaks, and spacing are used to sketch the shadows of meaning.

Ben Hopper

Ben Hopper is an artist, portraitist, and conceptual photographer. Although based in London, his art is nomadic, leading him to travel and photograph anywhere humans might be. His work centers on the human figure and has been exhibited worldwide, notably in media outlets such as HuffPost, The Guardian, BuzzFeed, ELLE, and GQ.

We spoke with Hopper and asked a few questions about NFTs and his artistic process.

How did you first become interested/involved in NFTs?

I saw that my good friend John Chan (known on Twitter as swolfchan) was playing around with NFTs and having massive success. After watching from the sidelines for a while we had a chat in May 2023. At the time, I kind of got the impression that it was now or never and that I should try to ride the wave because maybe it could set me up for financial stability as an artist. So in September 2023, I minted my first pieces which were a part of my genesis collection Dancers on Rooftops, a series that I’ve been working on since 2008. Twenty pieces that I minted sold, and that gave me the funds to continue.

How would you describe your art? What’s your process like?

My art, at the moment, is visual art — mostly using photography. I started photographing circus artists because my brother studied circus. Then from that, I went to dancers, and from that, I went to fetish clubs, burlesque, and cabaret clubs in London. This sort of triangle of circus dance, fetish clubs, and dress-up clubs inspired all of my work that came after I moved to London from Israel in 2008.

I’m really interested [in working] with people and the human body. My process is mostly improvisation and very inspired by performance in dance. So I find an artist or a model that I really want to work with, and we find a location, and then I tell them, ‘ok, you have from this spot to this spot to move.’ During that, I’m trying to get into some sort of state of flow and just completely let go and not think. I take anything between 500 to 3,000 photos in a session. Then I go through the photos in Adobe Lightroom and just kind of select and narrow them down to the best ones.

After a few years, I zoom out and see what I created over time, and all of a sudden, I can identify all these different themes that recur in my work so I can gather them and group them together into projects. That’s often how my projects may materialize. I don’t always think of the projects first.

Do you have any drops/collections on the horizon we should keep an eye out for?

I just released a really interesting, cute collection with a Norwegian artist called Haavard. He’s a generative artist, and he took my dancers on rooftops and put them in videos that go for 15 minutes. They slowly morph into something else — these kind of pixels that mesh around. Other than that, my work is all divided or grouped into projects. So in a way, they’re all ready to become NFT collections. I’m not sure if I’m going to mint all of my projects as collections, but most of my work will likely turn into NFT collections sooner or later.

There’s another one that I’m really excited about, that’s a series of collaborations between myself and graphic artists from all over the world that take my photography and add their own art to my photos. That collection I’m hoping to launch soon. It’s a work in progress, and there will be new works added. It’s going to be a nice opportunity to connect with some of the graphic artists in the NFT space that I find really interesting.

Sasha Stiles

Sasha Stiles is a first-generation Kalmyk-American poet, artist, and AI researcher creating at the intersection of text and technology. A pioneer of generative literature, she is the recipient of a Future Art Award and a nominee for the Forward Prize, Pushcart Prize, and Best of the Net. Having received numerous other accolades in the Web3 and NFT spheres, her work has been widely exhibited virtually and in IRL worldwide.

We spoke with Stiles and asked a few questions about NFTs and her artistic process.

How did you first become interested/involved in NFTs?

I’ve been writing poems and making media-rich language art my entire life with an emphasis on hybrid poetics, experimental literature, and the poetics of technologies like generative text and AI-powered language models. In 2023, after ‘publishing’ my digital poetry on Instagram for years, I began submitting to art venues like CADAF in addition to the usual literary magazines, and curators started to take notice in a way that many poetry editors had not.

My first IRL solo show opened in 2023. In the same month, the fashion brand Rag & Bone used my AI poetry on the runway at New York Fashion Week. Later that year, the curator Jess Conatser commissioned me to write a poem for Virtual New Year’s Eve, a metaverse experience organized by One Times Square/Times Square Arts. That show opened up a world of possibilities and introduced me to a slew of new media and crypto artists. I realized that NFTs could be game-changing for my practice, and I dove right in.

How would you describe your art? What’s your process like?

I think of myself as a meta-poet probing what it means to be human in a nearly posthuman era. How are technologies like neural implants, artificial wombs, cryogenics, and digital immortality changing the very nature of the human condition? Or themes like birth, death, faith, and imagination, which poets have been writing about for time immemorial. My hybrid work spans from the traditional (my book Technelegy, for example, is a physical object), to the conceptual, to the sculptural, to the natural, to the digital, and to the virtual, all inspired by the belief that poetry is one of the most profound and durable technologies we humans have ever invented.

Do you have any drops/collections on the horizon we should keep an eye out for?

On the heels of sold-out poetry releases at Quantum, fxhash, and the Herbert W. Franke Tribute, this month, I’m releasing new work with Vertical Crypto Art for VCA Invites London. I’m also launching a generative, interactive poetry project called COMPOSE, created with Nathaniel Stern and playrecordmint via Kunsthalle Zurich, as well as curating a poetry experience at CADAF NYC with theVERSEverse.

I’m putting the finishing touches on a new fxhash collab with gen artist and letterpress printing pro Sarah Ridgley, in which we will use the blockchain as a bespoke printing press, and am preparing for a very exciting sale coming up in December that I still can’t quite believe is happening. And, of course, I’m preparing a really special curation of poems and programming by theVERSEverse in collaboration with nft now for The Gateway during Miami Art Basel.

Tyler Boswell

Tyler Boswell is a generative artist who comes from a computer science background with six years of experience in web development. Although he’s always wanted to find a creative outlet that fits his unique skillset, he says he was never good at the traditional arts, like drawing and painting, and eventually became interested in generative art. Outside of generative art, he spends his time hiking and dabbling in photography, drawing much of his art inspiration from colors and shapes found in nature. Boswell is garnering acclaim for his latest fxhash collection “September,” which is second only to Zancan’s blue-chip “Gardens, Monolith” in total sales volume on the platform over the past month.

We spoke with Boswell and asked a few questions about NFTs and his artistic process.

How did you first become interested/involved in NFTs?

I got into generative art in late 2023 and was quickly introduced to the world of NFTs through Twitter. I wasn’t a crypto enthusiast, so I was a bit skeptical about getting involved, but after seeing the incredible art being produced in places like ArtBlocks and fxhash, I was convinced. The community of artists and collectors is incredibly inviting, which made it easy to get involved and meet new people.

How would you describe your art? What’s your process like?

My art is relatively simple, technically speaking, but I like to combine simple ideas and techniques to form more natural, organic, and complex outputs. I usually start by trying to replicate something in nature or with an idea I like from another piece of art, and then modify it and layer more ideas on top to eventually make it my own. My goal is to mask the technical details of how I make something. I want my art to look natural, not [like] the result of an algorithm (even though it is).

Do you have any drops/collections on the horizon we should keep an eye out for?

I have a piece releasing on November 2. I am exhibiting a limited edition generative work, Catalyst, at a VerticalCrypto event in London. I have one more long-form generative work scheduled for the end of the year, but can’t say anything quite yet.

Violetta Zironi

Violetta Zironi is an Italian-born singer-songwriter and actress who first found commercial success at age 18 when she was selected as a finalist on X Factor Italy. After two years of being signed to a major label and trying to escape the creative box she was put in, Zironi sought to regain her independence through digital album releases, live performances, and writing songs for movies and commercials, eventually finding herself in Web3.

We spoke with Zironi and asked a few questions about NFTs and her artistic process.

How did you first become interested/involved in NFTs?

I got involved in NFTs in January 2023. After two brutal years of struggling through the pandemic as an independent musician and being terribly frustrated and drained by the impenetrable Web 2.0 music industry, I had given myself one more year to try everything I could to save my music career.

Around Christmas in 2023, my mother told me about NFTs — specifically music NFTs. I immediately saw it as an opportunity I couldn’t miss out on. I didn’t know anything about crypto or NFTs, but I dove in as deep as I could and quickly learned how to navigate the space. I fell in love with the community and felt the fire and passion in me reignited. It has since been my full-time job.

How would you describe your art? What’s your process like?

My biggest passion is melody. It satisfies me when there is a melody that would be able to survive and live on its own without any arrangement around it. So when I write songs, I always start with the melody and then move on to the lyrics. I collaborate with multi-platinum songwriter Michael Ochs, and together we thrive.

My goal is for my songs to impact the listener (and myself as I play them) as if they were watching a movie, but only with the song. A musical story, from start to finish, that takes you back to a place that feels familiar, yet surprising. I take a lot of inspiration from old jazz standards, traditional Italian songs, and classical music. When it comes to pairing art with my songs, I always want the art to be inspired by the music. I love when the artwork enhances the music instead of taking away from it.

Do you have any drops/collections on the horizon we should keep an eye out for?

My second music NFT album, Gypsy Heart, will start minting at the end of January, but we will begin pre-selling a limited batch of mint passes for a discount in the second week of November. This collection will be a PFP project, with 5,000 hand-drawn characters paired with five brand new songs, recorded fully analog with original 1950s gear. I want to bring art in its most human and organic form to one of the most innovative pieces of technology we have in order to enhance the craft and allow it to live forever.

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Next Up: Five Ones To Watch In June 2023

In 2023, a new creator economy was born on the blockchain. Since NFTs took center stage, artists have achieved NFT superstardom, billion-dollar brands have been forged in just a few months, and lives have been utterly transformed time and again. Yet, the most inspiring thing about the NFT space is the number of artists of all creeds and mediums who have found community and support by embracing this technology.

In keeping with our mission to empower creators, we present Next Up — our monthly franchise dedicated to showcasing rising artists. Although the NFT space has changed significantly over the last few years, one thing has remained true: the sheer volume of creative talent in Web3 only continues to grow. In our June edition, we’ve curated a list of five ascendant talents who have been making significant waves throughout Web3.

Batzdu

Batzdu, known simply as Batz, is an artist, creator, and generalist known for his Modern Memeism style. Having first gained traction in the NFT space with GeoMetric Pepes (a.k.a GM Pepes), the enigmatic artist has since capitalized on his growing success by minting a variety of meme-inspired and fine art projects. His journey to notoriety thus far has culminated in landmark sales of collections like Pepedenza and The Nine and cosigns from Jack Butcher, Vincent Van Dough, and other prominent Web3 figures.

Emi Kusano

Emi Kusano is a Japanese multidisciplinary artist, entrepreneur, and singer/songwriter based in Tokyo. Although in some circles, Kusano is known as the lead singer of the ’80s synthwave group Satellite Young, in Web3, she is most revered as the Co-Founder of the Shinsei Galverse NFT project and her nostalgia and retro-futurism-based creations. Most recently. Kusano made a splash with the release of her Bright Moments collaborative Neural Fad collection, which examines the relationship between AI and memory.

Gelo

Gelo is a New York-based creator who brings his more than 20 years of experience in architecture and art to the blockchain through a variety of different endeavors. With the self-dictated mission to reinterpret architectural forms as art in a different time and space, Gelo uses light and shade to imbue his pieces with deep emotion. From his 1/1s to editions and collaborative ventures, Gelo’s work tells humanistic stories using architecture as the protagonist.

Ivona Tau

Ivona Tau is an award-winning generative AI artist from Lithuania. Operating from a Ph.D. in AI and 15 years of combined experience in professional photography and AI, Tau has been exhibited widely, including at Art Basel, SCOPE, The House of Fine Art, Bright Moments Berlin, and Sotheby’s. In Web3, she often works with neural networks and code as a medium in experimental photography and motion painting with the goal of evoking emotions through artificially intelligent tools.

Kristopher Shinn

Photos I took on the ferry chúng tôi kristopher (@kristophershinn) June 15, 2023

Kristopher Shinn is a Pacific Northwest-based photographer who primarily shoots on film. Having found a knack for himself capturing moments both domestically and abroad, over the years, he’s released a variety of works both physically and digitally, with his claim to fame in Web3 coming from coveted collections like By Way of Water, Outer, and his numerous collaborative ventures with artists like fellow Next Up/NFT100 honorees Batzdu, Postwook, Efdot, and more.

The Next Cryptocurrency To Explode In 2023: Best 7 Options

The crypto market is a highly volatile place. One second, it’s blossoming, and the next second it’s drooping. Many argue that investing in such an ambiguous sector is nothing more than embarking on a fool’s errand. However, if we look at it a certain way, a lot can be gained from this sector. 

Many investors have made huge fortunes by investing money into Cryptocurrencies that exploded overnight. If you are seeking the best cryptocurrencies to buy, this article is for you. We have compiled a list of the top 7 cryptocurrencies with a great chance of exploding this year. 

Before talking about them in great detail, let us first go through their names:

Fight Out (FGHT) 

Love Hate Inu (LHINU)

Tamadoge (TAMA)

RobotEra (TARO)

Gala (GALA)

Ethereum (ETH)

Bitcoin and specific altcoins ruled the crypto world up until 2013. This authority was brought to an end when the first meme-coin was deployed in 2013. Since then, countless meme-coin have been launched, but only a few have had an impact. 

2023 will be remembered as the “year of meme-coins” for a pre-eminent cryptocurrency that has recently entered crypto. 

Mascot Meme Contest:

The firm will host a competition where community members will be asked to create a mascot resembling the TOAD NFTs. Whoever comes up with the best design will receive enticing rewards. 

Trading Competitions:

For every trade they make, the community traders will receive a 10% profit. This incentive will help ensure responsible individuals trade enthusiastically and maintain the treasury well maintained.              

NFT Staking Pool:

Treasury:

Maintaining the NFT staking pool 

Keep the liquidity up to the desired levels

To ensure the seamless functioning of the firm’s deflationary model

Toad Economics (Tokenomics):

 TOADS have a fixed total supply of 585 million. The initial token allocation is as follows:

69.29% for presale and community bonuses 

13.16% for Project Launch, Public Releases, Liquidity pool, and Misc

7.29% for Prizes

5.2% for development 

5% for team tokens 

2% for token burn

2% for NFT staking pool

1% for liquidity 

2% for treasury

Presale:

Individuals looking to buy the TOADS token in the presale can choose from various payment options. The firm accepts payments in BTC, ETH, BCH, LTC, USDT, USDC, BUSD, BNB, DOGE, SSOL, TRXSHIB, DAI, and DASH.  

Are you planning on purchasing TOADS? Hurry up and avail yourself of the “STAGE 4” promo code to secure a 15% bonus! 

2. Fight Out (FGHT):

One of the biggest challenges that most people face at one point or another is having a good physique. Remaining in good shape can sometimes be very difficult. People need to gain more enthusiasm in the middle of their transformation journey. The diminished passion may be due to a need for more incentives.   

Blockchain technology and many Web 3.0 firms are coming up with solutions to this problem. One great way they have attempted to manage this hassle is by coming up with a move-to-earn system that rewards people for completing their fitness tasks. 

Fight Out works in close association with prominent boxers, athletes and personal trainers. These individuals serve as a guide for people who are motivated to keep their health in check. For each completed task, users get rewarded with REPS tokens which can be used to purchase fitness courses and necessities. The REPS token can also be converted to FGHT or fiat currency and cashed out.

3.

Love Hate Inu (LHINU):

This superlative cryptocurrency has had one of the best presales in history. What makes it so unique? The firm revolutionizes the crypto industry by introducing its vote-to-earn feature. An individual can earn rewards by simply participating in polls and voicing their opinions on important decisions. The polls have unique topics ranging from entertainment to politics and much more. 

LHINU is currently in its 8th stage of presale and is projected to offer an ROI of as high as 60%. Although LHINU falls under the meme-coin category, the countless utilities it creates make it a suitable crypto to buy for the long term. 

To participate in the polls, members will have to stake their LHINU tokens for a minimum time of 30 days. The longer individuals stake their tokens, the more influential they become. Love Hate Inu has reserved 10% of the total supply for community rewards. The remaining 90% of the token supply has been floated into the market for purchase in presale.           

4. Tamadoge (TAMA):

Tamadoge is one of the best coins to invest in right now. What is so unique about this coin? The firm will release a series of arcade games on the Tamaverse. The first of these will be called “Enter the Tamaverse”. Tamadoge will enhance the user experience by incorporating augmented reality in these games and adding play-to-earn features. Moreover, the Tamaverse will serve as a platform where activities like exploring, breeding, and minting of NFTs will be carried out. Players will also get a chance to interact with fellow players.

5. RobotEra (TARO):

Countless new metaverse has popped up in the last few years. Each new company is trying harder than before to come up with something innovative. RobotEra has succeeded in coming up with the most alluring metaverse platform. 

Here, users can own real estate, trade in digital assets, and play games. A notable thing about RobotEra metaverse is that it allows people without the slightest knowledge about coding to create enticing new games. 

Experts predict that the TARO coin will witness exponential price growth. Therefore, buying the token at this stage is a wise choice when it is in presale. 

6. Gala (GALA): 7. Ethereum (ETH):

When the conversation is about the best cryptocurrencies to invest in, it will be a shame if Ethereum is omitted. It is the number 1 blockchain in terms of the number of users and second in the world by market capitalization.

Ethereum is a decentralized blockchain platform that aids developers in the creation of smart contracts, applications, and exchanges. The latest developments in this state-of-the-art firm hint at a multi-fold increase in its price. 

Ethereum’s Shanghai upgrade is finally live. An excellent moment for Ethereum holders and validators worldwide. This upgrade permits validators to withdraw their staked tokens within 1 day. Experts have predicted a sudden hike in Ethereum prices following this notable upgrade. Invest now to reap significant returns. 

Conclusion:

9 Movies Like The Gray Man On Netflix To Watch Next

Netflix

Avengers: Endgame directors Joe and Anthony Russo have made their Netflix debut with the new blockbuster spy-vs-spy thriller The Gray Man. Starring Ryan Gosling, Chris Evans, and Ana de Armas, it’s one of the most expensive Netflix originals to date, with a budget estimated at $200 million. If you’re a fan, you may now be looking for more movies like The Gray Man to watch next. We’ve got you covered.

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In The Gray Man, Gosling stars as a CIA asset who becomes a target when he comes into possession of agency secrets. Now, he has to survive as his former employers send everything they’ve got at him, including a gleefully cruel operative with sociopathic tendencies, played by a mustachioed Evans. Despite a tepid response from critics, the film seems to have connected with audiences, and Netflix has greenlit a sequel and a spinoff.

Read on for our top picks of movies like The Gray Man. And if you haven’t watched The Gray Man yet, you can check it out on Netflix by hitting the link below.

Netflix

Netflix is still the leading premium streaming service, with over 200 million worldwide subscribers. It offers thousands of movies and TV shows to binge watch, including its always growing list of original films and series, including Stranger Things, The Witcher, Bridgerton, and many more.

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Movies like The Gray Man

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

Disney

The Gray Man reunites the Russo brothers with Chris Evans, who first worked together on Captain America: The Winter Soldier. That’s a great place to start for anyone who wants more movies like The Gray Man. It’s similarly an espionage story in which a rogue agent is on the run from a corrupt American government. The MCU sequel sees Cap teaming up with Natasha and a new ally to uncover a conspiracy that threatens the very existence of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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This streaming service is the home of all Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars movies. It’s also got a bunch of exciting originals like The Mandalorian, The World According to Jeff Goldblum, and more.

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Thee Days of the Condor (1975)

Paramount

The Russo brothers drew on 1970s paranoid thrillers for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, including casting genre mainstay Robert Redford, and the same influence can be seen in The Gray Man, if a little less overtly. Among the best of that genre is Three Days of the Condor, starring Redford as a CIA codebreaker who finds his colleagues murdered when he returns to the office after lunch. After fleeing, he realizes that agency higher-ups were behind the attack, and he has to hide while he figures out who he can trust.

Atomic Blonde (2024)

Focus Features

Charlize Theron stars in this high-octane spy thriller from the producer of John Wick and the director of Deadpool 2. On the eve of the Berlin Wall coming down, an elite MI6 agent ventures into the city to stop an espionage ring while she still can. Using everything she has at her disposal, she fights her way ruthlessly to the top, one bad guy at a time.

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The Bourne Identity (2002)

Universal Pictures

A spy classic, The Bourne Identity is a must-watch title. A man is rescuced from the ocean, near death, with total amnesia. As he tries to understand his past, he comes to discover a unique skillset. As dangerous killers start coming after him, he has to find out who he is, who he works for, and why they’re after him. Starring Matt Damon, the film was a launching pad for some excellent sequels, as well as a spinoff feature and series.

Max

Max, formerly HBO Max, is your home for HBO titles, Warner Bros-made movies and TV shows, the DC Comics superheroes, and more. It’s also the home for new and original movies and shows available nowhere else.

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Haywire (2011)

Relativity Media

Steven Soderbergh’s Haywire is easily one of the best movies like The Gray Man, using a less-is-more approach that gives the action a more profound impact. Minimal cuts and the absence of music during fight scenes, not to mention top-notch choreography, make this one of the most exciting action films in many years. When a government security contractor is burned and left for dead by someone on her team, she has to find out who’s involved and survive long enough to take them out before they get to her.

Starz

Starz offers thousands of movies and TV shows to stream, including acclaimed exclusive original TV series.

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Assassins (1995)

Warner Bros.

Written by the Wachowskis, Assassins is a killer-vs-killer movie like The Gray Man that sees a rogue assassin pursued by a rival hitman. Sylvester Stallone stars as a man taking on his last job. When he falls for his mark, played by Julianne Moore, he has to go on the run, pursued by an unhinged killer, his professional rival played to perfection by Antonio Banderas, whose performance has since become a meme.

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Red Sparrow (2024)

20th Century Fox

After suffering an injury that ends her ballet career, a young woman is recruited to train at an elite academy that turns exceptional pupils into deadly weapons for the Russian government. As she rises to the top of her class, she’s sent on a mission to uncover a mole and meets a CIA agent who makes her question her allegiances. Like Six in The Gray Man, Red Sparrow’s Dominika learns the true cost of second chances.

The 355 (2024)

Universal Pictures

Jessica Chastain, Penélope Cruz, Fan Bingbing, Diane Kruger, and Lupita Nyong’o star in this 2023 movie like The Gray Man directed by Simon Kinberg. When a dangerous weapon falls into the hands of a terrorist group, an unlikely team of women from different international spy agencies works together to get it back and avoid a calamity. All the while, they’re being tracked by a mysterious figure whose motives are unknown.

Amazon Prime Video

Amazon Prime Video offers access to thousands of movies and TV shows to stream. That includes great original shows and movies like The Boys and The Tomorrow War. You can also sign up for other premium services within Amazon Prime Video.

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Netflix

Netflix is still the leading premium streaming service, with over 200 million worldwide subscribers. It offers thousands of movies and TV shows to binge watch, including its always growing list of original films and series, including Stranger Things, The Witcher, Bridgerton, and many more.

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11 Of The Most Important Tiktok Trends To Watch In 2023

Who has the time to keep up with every single TikTok trend every single day? These are the longer-term trends we think are here to stay, at least for a little while.

Sure, we could tell you what the hottest TikTok hashtag trends and challenges are right now — but this article would be out of date by the time you finish reading it.

So if you were looking for a hot new drag-queen-choreographed dance to do, we’re sorry. But we’ve got something even better for you instead: a 2023 TikTok trend report that’s all about the bigger picture.

If you’re looking for what’s making TikTok tick right now, you’ve come to the right place.

Because, really, if you want to create a winning TikTok social media marketing strategy, you can’t get lost in the details. Things change at whiplash speed over on TikTok. Even if Corn Kid is absolutely popping off on a Monday, by Friday, the TikTokaverse has already moved on to watching clips of old dudes selling watches.

To succeed here and wow the app’s 1 billion users, you need to look underneath the teen-face filters or sound clips from Love Island and really understand the cultural forces and shifting attitudes that shape behavior.

Which is why in this post, we’re identifying the powerful macro trends happening on TikTok for 2023. It’s time to grapple with the zeitgeist, baby! Get ready to zoom out as we take you through the 11 biggest TiKTok trends for brands and creators right now.

Bonus: Get a free TikTok Growth Checklist from famous TikTok creator Tiffy Chen that shows you how to gain 1.6 million followers with only 3 studio lights and iMovie.

6 of the most important TikTok trends for brands

If you’ve been debating where to invest your social ad dollars, TikTok may be a good bet. At the end of 2023, ad reach was up by 14.6%, year over year. And while that does guarantee some extra eyeballs on your campaigns, what that number doesn’t reflect is just how receptive TikTok audiences are to branded content.

Think beyond a straightforward product pitch and into something with a little razzle dazzle… TikTok-style. Can you use the app’s playful editing features or filters? Let’s just hit point #2…

TikTok users want to be entertained

Sure, 35% of TikTok users open up the app explicitly to research brands and products. But the vast majority of people on the platform are seeking out a little bit of fun. Our latest Digital Report found that 78.2% of TikTokers use it for watching “funny or entertaining content.” Brands that can deliver on that desire are poised to make both sales and fans for life.

Source: TikTok

TikTok is the search engine of choice for Gen Z

Google’s reign as the king of search may be in jeopardy. Research has shown that Gen Z is increasingly using social as their primary search tool. “Young people are turning to TikTok to search for answers,” reported the New York Times in September 2023, citing a Google study that revealed that 40% of users aged 18 to 24 turn to TikTok or Instagram when they need information.

This doesn’t mean you need to shut down your website and do that Eternal Sunshine treatment to cleanse all SEO knowledge from your brain. The majority of people still are tracking down your business the old-fashioned way (a.k.a. frantically typing “me need haircut now hurry” into the Google search field). But brands would be wise to start honing their social search optimization skills to make sure they’re reaching every potential customer.

TikTok is entering its ‘experimental’ phase… and brands should be ready

Growing up means trying on different identities to see just what fits best, as any of us who witnessed Christina Aguilera in her Dirty era know. TikTok is no different. Sure, it’s the master of the short-form, algorithmic-brain-candy video stream, but the potential for what else it could be are limitless. No wonder, then, that in 2023 alone, it released at least seven new features, including TikTok Now (a BeReal clone) and TikTok Stories (an IG Stories clone, which itself is a Snapchat clone, but that’s a tale for another day).

Source: TikTok

In other words: TikTok is on a journey of self-discovery. And brands should be open to tagging along on the ride, embracing and testing out whatever new feature the app drops next. It’s true that most of these features won’t last, but brave brands that get in on the ground floor may be rewarded with an algorithm boost, or at least the opportunity to surprise or intrigue your audience.

Put real people front and center

TikTokers love to see content from relatable people. So skip the straight-up sales pitch and reach out to someone real who feels comfortable sharing their authentic story.

This could mean using your own channel to create authentic, people-first content. But it may also mean reaching out to creators for reviews of your product.

Source: TikTok

Whether you’re collaborating with an influencer or handing over the reins to an insider expert, putting real people front and center can help brands create authentic, entertaining content.

Memes move at lightning speed

Sometimes it feels like TikTok is happening in another language, with so many in-jokes, slang and cultural touchpoints that seem to exist only within the app. If your brand is going to keep up with the speed of social, you’ve gotta be constantly researching and observing to understand what the hot-ticket reference is each day.

That means spending a lot of time just watching and learning on the app, taking note of what aesthetic choices are trending and what emojis are now outdated. Our friends at We Are Social noted that late 2023 was a time of “chaotic content” and “cosplaying normalcy,” but you can get even more up-to-date analysis from their daily digital cultural tracker on Instagram.

But if that all sounds like a lot… maybe don’t bother? More important than understanding whether it’s still cool to call something “ded” or “cheugy” is to be authentic.

5 of the most important TikTok trends for creators A strong personal brand goes a long way

Viewers don’t just come to the app to see a stream of random teens dance in their McMansions: they’re there looking for people to connect with and look up to. So 2023 is the year to define your personal brand.

If you’re a hairstylist, maybe this is the time to lean into a specialty that you can speak to from personal experience.

For example, could you be the authority on curly cuts? If you’re a nutritionist, can you lean into debunking diet myths? Or, if you’re like TikToker Alexis Nikole, you could embrace your identity as a Black forager.

Building a strong, consistent personal brand attracts a passionate, connected audience — and plenty of engagement along the way.

People are seeking out new paths

News flash: the pandemic did a number on all of us. The last few years have put life in a new perspective for many people, and there’s a growing sense of dissatisfaction with the status quo, at least according to TikTok’s research.

“Amidst a changing economy, health and climate issues, and personal stress, people are going to seek out new paths to success, happiness and well-being,” says the 2023 Trend Report. They’re not just looking for recipes to try: they’re looking for lifestyle inspiration. For instance, learning what it’s like to leave a full-time job to work remotely, or how to live with a mental health diagnosis.

Source: TikTok

TikTok has always inspired “action” from its users, whether that was purchasing a product (#tiktokmademebuyit) or trying a dance. This year, it looks like the platform may have an even deeper influence.

To tap into this, creators should embrace authenticity while creating what TikTok calls “actionable entertainment”: sharing your own personal ‘how to’ stories to help others make changes in their lives with confidence, like documenting your unique financial #cashstuffing strategy.

Get specific and get personal! Relatability drives trust.

Stress is out; joy is in

The TikTok audience is burned out, and we can’t blame them after the past few years. So is it any surprise that meaningful joy is trending in 2023?

“They want to create real, meaningful space for themselves in 2023,” reports TikTok’s research team, “and much of that will come from prioritizing joy in all its forms.”

Humor is one great way to spread that joy. There are so many heavy things happening in the world: brighten someone’s day with a lighthearted story or hilarious use of an audio trend.

Another shortcut to joy-making: try sharing ideas for little moments of luxury and gratitude, or offering a solution to a problem.

For instance, a better way to do your skincare routine, or how to stop the drawstring from getting stuck in your sweatpants. “The typical person wants to find happiness, even in the smallest of ways,” reports TikTok.

Source: TikTok

Find your niche

At this point, it’s a cliche: we’re all unique flowers in this garden we call life, blah blah blah. But on TikTok, it’s easier than ever to find your hyper-specific community. Whether you’re a goblincore witch or a teen Keto chef or whatever a “cozy gamer” is, your people are there somewhere on the ‘Tok.

As the TikTok trend report put it: “TikTok is not a town hall meeting. It’s a collection of hyper-personal spaces where people can explore their passions and live their lives.”

For those looking for guidance as they navigate a new identity or break societal expectations, finding a “you’re just like me!” role model or friend on TikTok can be downright revelatory.

Entertainment trumps all else

While certain identity categories or your browsing history might influence your algorithm on other platforms, on TikTok, the For You Page is purely based on what you find entertaining on TikTok.

The app knows what you’ve enjoyed and learns to serve up more of the same, getting better and better at delighting you every day. And in 2023, this will continue to be true. That means creators need to be focusing on crafting entertaining, quality content if they want to capture those views and likes.

People also specifically come to TikTok to be entertained.

Now that you’re in the loop about what to expect from TikTok trends in 2023, let’s zoom out even more. Here’s a look ahead to where social media is going next.

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Best Stainless Steel Bands For Apple Watch In 2023

You can customize your Apple Watch with many different types of bands according to your unique style and preferences. But metallic bands are especially useful if you’re looking for something durable and classic. They look elegant for any occasion and even come in different kinds of finishings. If this appeals to you, choose from these best stainless steel bands for Apple Watch Series 6, SE, 5, 4, and 3.

1. Apple Milanese Loop

For a modern and classic look, get this band from Apple inspired by Milanese design and crafted using Italian machines. It’s the ideal blend of style and practicality.

The smooth stainless steel mesh wraps fluidly around your wrist and is fully adjustable to ensure a perfect fit. Moreover, you can choose from three colors, namely black, gold, and steel.

Pros

Stylish design

Premium finish

Three color options

Cons

Expensive

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2. Wearlizer Metal Clasp Strap

Flaunt your style with this color-blocked steel strap that’s delicate and elegant. It’s carved from premium metal, combined with top quality resin that makes this strap stand out as a symbol of luxury, nobility, elegance, and durability.

It’s a breeze to attach and remove from your watch. Further, it comes with a 12-month warranty in case of quality issues. You can choose from a range of colors to match your preferences.

Pros

Unique look

Color options

East to use

Cons

The resize tool breaks easily

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3. JE Tech Stainless Steel Band

Here’s another stainless steel Apple Watch band that’s built to last a long time. The metal folding clasp design makes it easy to wear and adjust using the link removal tool for a perfect fit.

Further, the robust build quality will last you a long time. Get it in silver or black collars for a professional and understated look that always looks trendy.

Pros

Snug fit

Durable

Easy to wear

Cons

Can be tricky to detach from the watch

Just 2 color options

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4. Nomad Silver Steel Band for Apple Watch

Enjoy a modern take on a classic metal link bracelet with this sturdy and stylish band. It’s got over twenty steel links and is engineered to be as thin as possible while still providing a secure fit.

With up to ten removable links, you can customize the band length to fit any wrist. It’s available in classic silver and grey finishes, and there are also titanium finishes.

Pros

Secure fit

Sturdy craftsmanship

Also available in Titanium

Cons

Expensive

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5. Apple Silver Link Bracelet

This link bracelet has more than 100 components and has been crafted with extreme precision from 316L stainless steel alloy. The custom butterfly closure tucks away neatly within the bracelet for an elegant look.

Several of the links feature a release button so that you can add or remove them in an instant for a custom fit. It’s available in classic black and silver colors.

Pros

Precise craftsmanship

Stylish look

Easy-release links

Cons

Expensive

Only two color options

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6. Fitlink Stainless Steel Metal Band

This band is made of high-quality stainless steel with an upgraded, stronger, durable double buckle. The beautiful design is elegant and suitable for almost anyone.

It comes with a removal tool which lets you adjust the band length as you like. Further, there’s a lifetime warranty in case of any quality issues. Choose from five elegant color options.

Pros

High-quality stainless steel

Lifetime warranty

Five color options

Cons

Difficult to unscrew the adjustment links

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7. AmzAokay Cowboy Chain Strap

Here’s another band that’s easily adjustable by removing links to fit your wrist. The attractive bangle design is perfect for special occasions. And the metal provides superior durability to leather bands and lots just as classic.

It’s an impressive blend of comfort and style. Moreover, it’s feminine and flattering and could make an excellent gift. Get it in eight classy solos, including black, silver, gold, rose gold, etc.

Pros

Stylish look

1-year after-sales service

Easy to adjust

Color options

Cons

Color wears quickly

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8. PUGO TOP Bracelet Band

This steel strap for Apple Watch flaunts a brushed finish and a butterfly clasp in a classic and durable design. It’s secure on your wrist but also easy to take off when you need to.

It’s fit for both men and women and perfect for everything, from workouts to formal events and parties. You can get it in black, silver, and gold collar options. It also comes with a year’s warranty in case of any issues.

Pros

Premium stainless steel

Hassle-free one year warranty

Five color options

Cons

Color gets scratched easily

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Make a style statement with this high-quality stainless steel strap that’s set with rhinestones. It’s sure to attract tons of compliments and last you for a long time to come.

It has six folding clasps in each band to ensure a snug fit for full comfort. You can resize the band by removing a folding clasp with no tools required. Further, there are six stunning colors to choose from.

Pros

Rhinestone detailing

Lightweight

Six color options

Cons

 Clasp gets loose over time.

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You’ll love the brushed surface and superior craftsmanship of this watch strap. It integrates the strap and adaptors for ease of use, which makes it perfect for everyday wear.

Further, it looks elegant on both men and women. And there’s a hassle-free three-month warranty for replacements and refunds in case of quality issues. The best part is that there are fifteen colors to choose from.

Pros

Easy to use

Lots of colors

Elegant design

Cons

Gets sweaty easily

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Mehak has a master’s degree in communication and over ten years of writing experience. Her passion for technology and Apple products led her to iGeeksBlog, where she specializes in writing product roundups and app recommendations for fellow Apple users. When not typing away on her MacBook Pro, she loves being lost in a book or out exploring the world.

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