Sphynx Ink and OpenSea Collaborate for Launch of “Winkles & Flam” Digital Collectibles


Toronto, Canada, 27th March, 2023, Chainwire

  • Winkles & Flam™, the ‘Cosplaying Canadian Kitties™,’ are the First Original Cartoon Duo of the web3 space, launching exclusively on OpenSea Drops
  • Sphynx Ink Inc. comprises Oscar®-Nominated Filmmaker Adam Benzine (HBO’s Spectres of the Shoah) & BAFTA®-Winning Illustrator Dele Nuga (The BBC’s The Clangers)
  • Non-PFP and non-generative, Winkles & Flam marks a radical new model for Digital Collectibles, with high-quality, hand-drawn illustrations & weekly/seasonal releases
  • The first project to partner with Mint Foundry, the new Visual Metadata Editor from the team behind acclaimed ‘No Code’ NFT service Mintplex Labs

In a joint effort, Canadian art collective Sphynx Ink Inc. and OpenSea’s exclusive “Drops” platform have collaborated to launch a pioneering Digital Collectibles project in the form of Winkles & Flam, the web3 space’s first cartoon duo.

Oscar®-nominated filmmaker Adam Benzine and BAFTA®-winning illustrator Dele Nuga are the minds behind Winkles & Flam – the ‘Cosplaying Canadian Kitties’ – two adorkable sibling Sphynx cats who dress up in homemade, video game-inspired outfits. After a year of hard work, they’ve made sure that the project stands out from the current NFT projects, as it is not a PFP (Profile Picture) and does not use generative elements.

Starting April 3 with weekly content drops, instead of all at once, Winkles & Flam will spread across five seasons, with sets of hand-drawn images comprising a mix of free mint, fixed-price and auctioned offerings. Each set is inspired by an iconic video game, and with the Winklepedia™ educational component, viewers will also be able to learn about the history of video games.

A Season Pass is now available for purchase exclusively via OpenSea Drops, limited to 1,000 copies and granting buyers all 30 cards from Season 1.

The project is the first major one to utilize Mintplex Lab’s Mint Foundry, a visual metadata editor that allows creators to edit and update information in real-time, without coding knowledge.

Winkles & Flam Creator Adam Benzine stated, “Winkles & Flam marks the start of ‘Phase 2’ of the Digital Collectibles space, focusing on original characters, narrative, quality and reliability, led by doxxed creators with a proven track record. The market has grown tired of low-quality, rug-pull pump-n-dumps and vaguely conceived, cash-grab metaverses. A steady stream of garbage profile pictures has turned off consumers. It’s time for something fresh.”.

Winkles & Flam Co-Creator Dele Nuga added, “We’re delighted to have collaborated with OpenSea and thankful to the geniuses at Mintplex Labs for devising a solution for our unconventional release strategy. We believe Winkles & Flam will be the first of many projects to move to a character-based, weekly release strategy, focusing on personality, storytelling and community.”

Season 1 of Winkles & Flam starts on April 3 and runs for 10 weeks, with weekly free mint cards (featuring Winkles) and fixed-priced cards (featuring Flam) released on Polygon. Winkles & Flam: Platinum cards (unique 1-of-1s featuring the duo together in playful scenarios) will be auctioned daily on Ethereum. Check out winklesandflam.com for more info.

(NOTE: Winkles is the pink kitty with blue eyes. Flam is the grey kitten with green eyes.)

About Sphynx Ink Inc.

Founded by Oscar®-nominee ADAM BENZINE and BAFTA®-winner DELE NUGA, Sphynx Ink Inc. is the Toronto-based art collective behind WINKLES & FLAM™, The Cosplaying Canadian Kitties™!


Winkles & Flam on OpenSea Drops: opensea.io/collection/winklesandflam-seasonpass/drop

Winkles & Flam Official Site: winklesandflam.com

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