So it’s been a little over a week since I first launched this project. And really, today is more like day four, considering that 99% of the Lads were minted on Monday. But I figured it was time for you all to hear from me in-depth. The response to Larva Lads has exceeded my wildest expectations. The last couple of days has been truly insane. And I never thought these little slug punks would make it as far as they have. The success of the project can be almost entirely attributed to you the community! You guys have been truly amazing, and I love the passionate, energetic, and hilarious group of people that we’ve assembled here. I really want to make sure we continue to make this space one that’s fun and welcoming. You all have been very kind and helpful to new members. Let’s keep that up! I once heard Judd Apatow describe the secret to the success of his movies as being the perfect combination of “dick jokes and heart”. And I think that’s a fitting way to describe what we’ve got going on here — a meme community with heart.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q – Who are you?
A – I’m Lanton Mills. I used to work in design/development at companies like Snapchat, and also spent some time in the visual effects industry at places like Sony Pictures. I nervously quit my job earlier this year to focus on building web3 projects on my own full-time.
Q – Why did you launch this project?
A – It started with the wordplay, and then when I mocked them up I thought they were so cute and funny that I had to follow through with them. Additionally, I’ve spent a lot of time this year in the Anonymice discord, and through that community I’ve grown a great affinity for fully on-chain and free-to-mint projects. I set a personal goal to launch something on-chain before the end of the year.
Q – Why are their duplicate Larva Lads?
A – Larva Lads were truly randomly generated. And that entire process occurred fully on-chain. I view this true random generation as a beautiful thing, but I understand that many people do not agree with me. The Lads were never positioned/marketed as “one of a kind”, but I guess I underestimated the level to which people have come to expect that as a given. At the same time, I love the way that these “twins” have become a part of our “lore”. I saw a Twitter post earlier this week where someone was looking to track down their long lost Lad cousins. That made me smile.
Q – Are Larva Lads public domain?
A – This is kind of complicated. I consider Larva Lads to be entirely public domain, however they are obviously strongly indebted to the CryptoPunks, and Larva Labs have not made their position entirely clear. So in short, I don’t care what you do with them, but that doesn’t mean that no one cares.
Q – Where is the roadmap?
A – We don’t have a roadmap or whitepaper, but that doesn’t mean that I’m not taking this project seriously. In fact, so far I’ve reinvested almost 100% of Larva Lads’ proceeds back into the project. As I said in the AMA, this all started as a fun, free-to-mint art project, but that doesn’t mean it needs to end there. At the same time, I don’t want to make any promises that I can’t keep. And I want to make sure that any next steps are taken with intention and thoughtful consideration. I have a few fun ideas though, which I can hopefully shed some light on in the coming weeks.
– Lanton Mills