Tiger King jumps on NFT craze from Texas prison

Jun 15, 2021, 11:24 AM
Tiger King NFT tiger king 2...
Joseph Maldonado-Passage aka Joe Exotic and one of his cats in the Netflix docuseries "Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness." Credit: NETFLIX/Courtesy of NETFLIX

FORT WORTH, Texas — The self-described, “gay, gun-carrying redneck with a mullet” is jumping on the NFT craze from federal prison. Starting on Friday, Joe Exotic, the star of Netflix’s Tiger King, is selling a number of real-life collectibles and alongside the non-fungible tokens.

On Tuesday Exotic, real name Joseph Maldonado-Passage announced his partnership with the cryptocurrency platform MORE to auction off his favorite pistol and holster, the jackets he wore on ‘Tiger King,’ along with digital artwork and tokens and other items.

“Whether you love me or hate me for what you think I’ve done, there’s no doubt that everyone wants a piece of The Tiger King!” Exotic said.

“I hope whoever purchases my favorite belongings is able to give them a well-deserved home. Being able to auction off collectibles makes me feel connected with the outside world, especially without my cats by my side.”

Exotic was sentenced in January 2020 to 22 years in federal prison for a failed plot to murder his big cat rival Carole Baskin, as well as violating several federal wildlife laws. 

What’s in the Tiger King NFT drop?

7 items will be up for auction starting on Friday.

  • Joe Exotic’s pistol and holster (Certified by Smith & Wesson), 3-D model and physical item included
  • Joe Exotic’s original fringed leather jacket, 3-D model and physical item included
  • Joe Exotic’s black leather jacket and pants set, 3-D model and physical items included
  • Rachel Starr’s bikini as seen on ‘Tiger King’, 3-D model and physical item included
  • Joe Exotic authentic audio recordings from prison
  • Joe Exotic digital trading cards, 15 digital trading cards will be available for purchase along with a hardcopy autographed collectible
  • Joe Exotic cryptocurrency themed digital artworks

The items will be hosted on Mintable, an NFT marketplace and bidders can visit

Exotic is the first celebrity MORE is working with their celebrity NFT program, which is something MORE’s CEO said has the potential to change the industry of famous collectibles.

“I’m confident that MORE’s foray into the celebrity NFT space will help officially bridge this gap and give people access to authentic unique goods they would otherwise not have access to,” said Peter Klamka.

“There’s no better way to engage the mainstream in blockchain technology than to tie in familiar faces and names. Joe Exotic is America’s favorite meme and anomaly; I’m extremely excited to be working with him and his team on this project to keep his story alive while he remains in prison.”

What is an NFT

NFT’s or non-fungible tokens have been the latest craze to sweep the art and technology world and they have been wildly successful. In February this year, artist Beeple sold a piece of digital art for over $69 million and became the world’s third-most valuable artist.

But what the heck is an NFT? It’s basically a digital certificate of authenticity that can’t be forged or faked because it’s backed up by a bunch of math and certified through others. 

In short, NFTs use the same sort of crowdsourced leger that cryptocurrencies use called the blockchain. The blockchain is a decentralized ledger kept by users all around the world that records transactions, this is helpful in the world of NFTs because it can show a chain of custody of who owns a specific piece of art, or a red pixel

In short, NFTs are basically digital collectibles that grant whoever owns them exclusive ownership rights.

No-go for Joe Exotic: Trump pardon list omits ‘Tiger King’

‘Tiger King’ zoo closes after feds suspend its license

Today’s Top Stories

All News

false lockdown...
Devin Oldroyd

Lehi building placed on false lockdown after report of unconcealed gun

A Lehi building was placed on a false lockdown following a report of a man with an unconcealed firearm. There was determined to be no threat at the scene.
20 hours ago
Holiday Police Pay-it-Forward event....
Waverly Golden

Salt Lake City Police Department hosts holiday Pay-it-Forward event

Salt Lake City Police Department along with SLC School District paired 50 children with a police officer for a holiday shopping experience.
20 hours ago
This morning the Gary Sinise Foundation's Snowball Express made a pit stop at the new SLC Airport o...
Waverly Golden

Snowball Express arrives at Salt Lake City Airport

On Dec. 3 the Gary Sinise Foundation's Snowball Express made a pit stop at the new SLC Airport on its way to Orlando Walt Disney World. 
20 hours ago
Four Dead University of Idaho...
Aya Elamroussi, CNN

Authorities swat down rumors surrounding unsolved killings of 4 University of Idaho students

Authorities in a small Idaho city that had not recorded a murder in years are urging the public to be vigilant against rumors and conjectures surrounding the unsolved killings of four college students last month.
20 hours ago
A burrow is among the items an adopted desert tortoise needs. Photo by Utah Division of Wildlife Re...
Mia Alberti, Lianne Kolirin and Tara Subramaniam, CNN

Jonathan the tortoise, world’s oldest land animal, celebrates his 190th birthday

The South Atlantic island of St. Helena is celebrating the birthday of the world's oldest living land animal -- a Seychelles giant tortoise called Jonathan, who is turning 190.
20 hours ago
Cam Rising losing his helmet (Photo Credit, Wally Skalij, LA Times)...
Amanda Dickson

Opinion: The long and winding road to the championship

Never give up, not on each other, the children, or life. We may be down, but never out. Keep fighting for the things we hold dear. We believe in each other.
20 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Spicy Homemade Loaded Taters Tots...

5 game day snacks for the whole family (with recipes!)

Try these game day snacks to make watching football at home with your family feel like a special occasion. 
Happy joyful smiling casual satisfied woman learning and communicates in sign language online using...

The best tools for Deaf and hard-of-hearing workplace success

Here are some of the best resources to make your workplace work better for Deaf and hard-of-hearing employees.
Team supporters celebrating at a tailgate party...

8 Delicious Tailgate Foods That Require Zero Prep Work

In a hurry? These 8 tailgate foods take zero prep work, so you can fuel up and get back to what matters most: getting hyped for your favorite
christmas decorations candles in glass jars with fir on a old wooden table...
Western Nut Company

12 Mason Jar Gift Ideas for the 12 Days of Christmas [with recipes!]

There are so many clever mason jar gift ideas to give something thoughtful to your neighbors or friends. Read our 12 ideas to make your own!
wide shot of Bear Lake with a person on a stand up paddle board...

Pack your bags! Extended stays at Bear Lake await you

Work from here! Read our tips to prepare for your extended stay, whether at Bear Lake or somewhere else nearby.
young boy with hearing aid...

Accommodations for students who are deaf and hard of hearing

These different types of accommodations for students who are deaf and hard of hearing can help them succeed in school.
Tiger King jumps on NFT craze from Texas prison