Today we started off by exploring an idea that we have never thought of before. Non fungible tokens! These are a non-interchangeable unit of data stored on a block-chain. This could be a photo, video, or audio. We did a bit of research and realized that NFTs are environmentally controversial. The high energy usage of mining crypto-currency in order to buy the NFTs makes them something that AJ Ink might want to avoid. On the other hand, for a small investment of $150, we could post all 16 of our cards and potentially sell them for 1eth each. If we were to do this successfully, we would be able to use the money to print all of our cards AND have leftover to donate straight to OBP. This is a concept we are still exploring and AJ Ink might be able to use NFTs to make a lot of change in the world!
So, we went back to our original plan which is contacting large corporations and playing card producers to see if we could get one title sponsor to cover the cost of 100 decks of cards. Our first move was to investigate the sub-brands of the United States Playing Card Company, namely: Bicycle, Kem, and Legends. What we did was created a write up specific to each sub-brand and filled out their online contact forms or in some cases card customization forms.
After reaching out to these card companies, we also thought of PepsiCo which is very local to us. They're known to sponsor a lot of student run projects in this area and who knows, maybe we could have "Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, Quaker Oats, Frito Lay, Gatorade's Cards for a Cause".
Tune in next week to see if we get any replies! Email AJinkdesigns@gmail.com to tell us about your thoughts on NFTs or if you know a CEO who would be open to this partnership!
Angie and Jackie