Fine Art – Stuck in Customs

Adventures on the OpenSea

Dipping into NFTs with my Burning Man images has been a fun experience so I’ve selected a handful of my other art, converted into animated content and listed on OpenSea. You’ll find a whole range of options from straight up purchases to auctions and a couple of other twists. For example, if you’ve been considering one of my massive fine art prints for a while then this is a great way to get in on the action, you can bid on one as an NFT and receive the 1.66 x 2.5 meter physical print if you win!

Here is a little preview of one NFT…

Trey Ratcliff NFT OpenSea Preview


Passport Sunday Early Preview

If you’re a Passport Member then today you’ll get to see an early cut of a new fractal creation. I think this one is going to be very meditative. I’m trying to look for a good meditation to lay on top… maybe something from Mooji!

Machine Elf Demo Reel

Here’s a little highlight reel I made of most of the fractals created up until March of this year. I’ve done many more since, so I’m looking forward to making a new cut soon!


Inside the Flower painting

I think this one is coming along very well. I’m about halfway done. Here’s what I want to change + add.
– I don’t like the violent spins in the beginning, so I will insert more frames
– I think some of the colors are too bright – especially that neon green
– I’m gonna try to get it back to that flower thing at the end… not sure how I’ll do that.
– I want to make it about twice as long

Anyway, enjoy this early preview!

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Machine Elf 78 – You Are Here | Words by Mooji (and the First Day of the Santiago with Kevin Kelly)

Here’s the first Machine Elf creation where I layer in a beautiful meditation from Mooji, one of my favorites at the art of a good mind-freeing session. Mooji is always quite relaxing and can help you stay zen when life gets a little too much. This is one of the more organic creations that is based on some different hidden symbology I’ve seen here in New Zealand.

Daily Photo – First Day of the Santiago with Kevin Kelly

A few years ago I decided to walk the Camino with Kevin Kelly and a great group of people. On day one, we assembled here in Portugal right by the bridge that crosses into Spain. We had not even gotten started yet, and then we all decided to take a rest! 🙂 The walk may have had more talking and resting than walking, and that’s okay with me too!

First Day of the Santiago with Kevin Kelly

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  • Date Taken2018-09-25 19:20:18
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  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/4000
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  • ISO500
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All Systems Go!

Today’s big news is that the new NFTs are now live on Makersplace take a look here! As with the previous creations a chunk of the sale goes to the artists and subjects of the images with some also going to charity. I’ve also taken on board feedback from the Foundation experience. This time round the process to get involved is much easier as you can pay by card or ETH… auctions start at $1 with a wide range of configurations available including probably my best-known Burning Man image as a 1 of 1 Edition, an image which hung in the Smithsonian and some of my favourite scenes across the years.

Trey Ratcliff Burning Man NFT Makersplace Preview

It’s probably also worth saying that for the video NFTs I’ll be providing the full quality video file to the winner(s) which means you can enjoy things like the Temple Sunrise in 4K as a wallpaper on your UHD TV or high res display nice and easily.

Trey Ratcliff Burning Man NFT Makersplace Preview

Stay awesome.



The 24 Hour Countdown Begins

Just over a month ago we raised a whole bunch of money (over $10k) for charity and artists on my first NFT auction. So, let’s do it again! Starting tomorrow, and you can preview some of the art now, I’m going live on Makersplace with a new batch of Burning Man goodness.

The good news for any of you who struggled a bit with Foundation and cryptocurrency wallets is that Makersplace accept card payments and do all of the crypto stuff for you. The best of both worlds and a chance to help out some artists who have struggled through the pandemic! Here’s a little low-res preview of one of the items available.

Trey Ratcliff Burning Man NFT Makersplace Preview


New NFT Drop Incoming

Cool Video

I’m not sure how I came across this video… maybe a recommendation after my Mooji meditation – but I think it’s pretty cool.

And now for that NFT News…

NEW NFT Goodness!

Here’s a sneak preview of the drop coming in just a little while! It’s my first time on Makersplace, and I have no idea how it will go! What I can tell you is that it will be a lot more straightforward for you all to get involved in as Makersplace allow card payments, not just payments via a Cryptocurrency wallet. 🙂

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Sunset Pooltime in Langkawi and Machine Elf 69

Machine Elf – We Are Made From Stars | Trey Ratcliff & Joshua Ryan

Welcome to a very different Machine Elf creation! All my latest ones seem to be my favorite, but this one definitely gives a new perspective on the cinematic quality and storytelling of fractals. This creation was incredibly complex and took about a month for the visuals and another month for the music from Joshua Ryan. We’ve been collaborating on this one forever and now it is finally ready for release!

This creation explores how incredible complexity and the fabric of the universe could possibly be boiled down to a few combined fractal equations. I’ve always been fascinated by the fabric of the reality around us. Maybe it’s just math, or a higher order of mathematical formulas that collide with different sorts of energies. It’s really hard to say, eh? All these Machine Elf creations explore different facets from the same jewel of the reality that is being built around us all the time.

To see all the Machine Elf videos on YouTube, check out the Machine Elf playlist.

Also, we’ve put a few of these Machine Elf creations in 360 for a cool VR app called TRIPP. If you have an Oculus Quest, Go, Rift or Playstation VR you can download TRIPP which features guiding experiences to make you happier, calmer and more focused. Grab that here.

For more Machine Elf creations, including physical installations, check out the website:

Daily Photo – Sunset Pooltime in Langkawi

What an amazing place to watch the sunset. Malaysia is a brutally hot and humid place, so any chance for a swim is welcome. This is the pool there at the Ritz-Carlton and, even better, we jumped in the pool right after a fun cocktail-making class. Some of those bartenders seem to have such a good time. I think it would be an awesome job, but I don’t think I could do it and keep all the drink recipes straight in my mind…

Sunset Pooltime in Langkawi

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  • Date Taken2018-04-04 00:09:33
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  • Camera MakeSony
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New NFT Drops!

New NFT Drops (Machine Elf too!) and a new video on what the fuck NFTs are and how they work

Sending you a message from my digital nomad bunker here in New Zealand. 🙂

Anyway, not to bury the lead, which I’ll get to in detail later, but here is the new Burning Man NFT called ‘Awakening to what Is’. You can also see the brand new Machine Elf animated NFTs on Foundation.

Well, the first Burning Man NFT (Non-Fungible Token – think “Bitcoin for digital art”) went great and for about 7 Ethereum and you can see how it progressed at . All the proceeds went to charity, split between 3, with my nomination being a local organization here in Queenstown run by my friend Dr. Rigg called Southern Wellbeing Trust with the tagline “Delivering evidence based innovative community level solutions for Mental health and wellbeing.” Cool stuff… I may have to take all the donations back for my own mental health. Just kidding… fun mental-health humor. Keeping it light, you know… I do wonder how people can get through chaos without a sense of humor. Anyway, it may be clear to you now that I’m not a mental health professional, so it’s probably better to leave that to the experts and support them 🙂

The other donations went to and the Mountain Cloud Zen Center, which was chosen by Kevin Rose… who btw has a cool new podcast called Modern Finance.

And now there is a new animated Burning Man NFT at Foundation – it’s one of my favorites. Here’ the official description I put on there for this piece entitled “Awakening to what Is”:

“There’s quite an exciting time when one awakens into consciousness, albeit it may indeed be ironically solipsistic. As you ride out into the deep playa of Burning Man, fascinating art pops out of the ground to inspire you while you’re on your own grueling Joseph Campbellesque type quest. “Awakening” by Geurts/Elmendorf makes for the perfect meditation of serenity. As with all my Burning Man works, a percentage goes back to the creator of the sculpture. For the 4K 30s file, contact after auction.”
Trey Ratcliff Awakening NFT Preview

Also, I have made a new video that describes the weird world of digital art and NFTs. I currently am only working with Foundation, but soon, I’ll be doing drops on Makersplace. I’m also interested in working with Nifty Gateway and OpenSea, but I don’t really know anyone there… so, if you do, hook me up! 🙂

Oh, and we’ve started a 2nd account for Machine Elf animated NFTs on Foundation Check those out…They are quite visually appealing along with the amazing music. Here is a short preview from Machine Elf 36 – Open Heart. Click here to see it in full with original music from Sam Wave.
Machine Elf 36 NFT Preview
Stay awesome! 🙂

Daily Photo – The Remarkables on a Saturday Afternoon

I have a small hike I do from my home here that takes me to this place. I usually listen to podcasts or audiobooks while I walk and look at nature. I walk up this fairly big hill, and along the way, there are little ponds. I stopped to grab this photo… I feel like just having a little reflection in the shot gives it a little pizzazz.

The Remarkables on a Saturday Afternoon

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  • Date Taken2017-03-27 23:20:42
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Welcome to the NFT Party – first one is for charity!

Welcome to the big NFT show.

How will this go? I have no freakin’ idea. But it’s gonna be a good learning experience, that’s fer shurr. What’s an NFT, you’re wondering? Well I’ll add that info at the bottom of the newsletter.

TWO auctions. The first is for charity and the second is a personal one.

For the first auction, I gifted a Burning Man NFT to my friend Kevin Rose and he had the great idea to auction it off for charity. We chose two charities, and we’ll split evenly between them. Kevin chose the Mountain Cloud Zen Center and I chose As with all my Burning Man creations, I give 5% back to the original artist. In this case, it is Matt Schultz and the Pier Group. In some cases, the artists want me to donate their share to a charity.

Embrace is a 180k lb, 7 story monument to the relationships of our lives. This animated photo by Trey Ratcliff of this 2014 art piece by Matt Schultz is exclusively offered here on Foundation as a unique 1 of 1.

Trey Ratcliff Burning Embrace Preview

As for the second animated photo, it’s entitled “In Every Lifetime, Fire Rages,” and it shows an endless embrace in the desert as the fires burn in the distance… This sculpture has the romantic name (which is great, me, being a helpless romantic and all) of “In Every Lifetime, I Will Find You” and it was created by Michael Benisty. It’s one of my favorite photos from the last ten years at Burning Man. Michael has asked that I donate to a charity of my choice is a local one here in Queenstown, New Zealand called the Southern Wellbeing Trust. Their tagline is “Delivering evidence based innovative community level solutions for Mental health and wellbeing.”

Trey Ratcliff Every Lifetime Preview

Now, what is an NFT, you are wondering? Hmmm… how to explain it. Think of it as bitcoin for art. Unique pieces of art are uploaded and authenticated in the blockchain. There is a trail of ownership that is in the public record. For example, ONE person will end up buying Burning Embrace above. They can just keep it and proudly display it online, and they can feed it to a display in their home if they wish. They can also resell it to another buyer at a higher price if they wish and pocket the profits.

It sounds a bit silly, I know… but a good analogy is baseball cards. People collect and sell baseball cards because they are limited and they have special meaning to the owners. If you can get your head around digital money like bitcoin, then it’s not a big cognitive leap to think the same way about digital art. It’s a brave new world…

How does the $$ work? A little inside baseball here, speaking of baseball cards. There are several NFT marketplaces, and my first release is on Foundation. They take 15% and the other 85% goes to the artist. Also, subsequent sales on the same platform has 10% going to the original artist till the end of time. Cool, eh? Anyway, that’s a little primer for you… I’ll link to a recent show I was on where I was explaining NFTs on This Week in Google.

Below is a little video of me “minting” my first NFT and getting it into the blockchain. It’s a silly video, but you’ll get the idea.

And, if you want to see me try to explain NFTs on that show, here it is below… Enjoy!

If you want to see the full show, it’s over here.


Exploring Tara Iti

Daily Photo – Exploring Tara Iti

I’m working on a cool project for Tara Iti and I’m excited for it to move forward. I think I’m working on too many art projects right now. They are all moving forward, a little more slowly than expected. But, that’s okay… I’ve never been working on so many things at once. It keeps me very entertained, but it can also be frustrating as it takes longer to get to the omega for each alpha. Anyway, there are a lot more photos from Tara Iti on the way!

Exploring Tara Iti

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