In the beginning, there was only me.
I would take care of the profile images. For years, that’s what I did. I used photos, most of the time, and kept the same one for a long time.
I even tried to design my own, with Procreate for iPhone, when I was learning how to use it. It did not go terribly well, but I guess it was usable. I, however, did not.
About then I saw someone (I believe it was Chris Pederick) with an amazing profile picture. I knew I had to get one of those.
I reached out to the artist, Amrit Pal Singh, and waited for a slot to open. I was lucky, as I got one, just before Amrit pivoted to NFT, and started making a bundle of money with those. He would never return to the business of avatar making. Sad, but there you go. Still, he’s a great artist, happy he’s doing what he likes.
That was the first time I paid for this kind of thing. It felt great. Support an artist, and get a cute avatar in return. Brilliant.
After a while, I fell in love with Hey Hey Momo, and the cute art he makes. Adam had commissioned him to do some work for omg.lol. I got on board, as did many others, and commissioned a profile picture from him. This would be one of the last “human” ones he made. After mine, he just makes cute animals and stuff now. Coincidence?
I used that one for a while as well, until Andy Carolan showed up on the timeline. People started getting his profile pictures, and I would to. I waited for a spot, and jumped in.
I love it.
Hopefully he’s the one that breaks the spell, and he’ll keep making these for a long time.