Darren Kleine, known to most by his handle DKleine, will list the first of twelve Christmas-themed NFTs in a series titled The 12 Days of Zombie Christmas with 80% of the proceeds to benefit children’s charities.
It has been reported that each artwork in the single-edition series will depict a scene from a classic holiday film, but with a deliciously gruesome twist, all of the characters are either undead or soon will be.
“I’m not changing them a lot. I’m changing them enough that it’s just slightly uncomfortable, but there’s still kind of a joy to it. There’s still something beautiful about it.”
“Here’s the ‘Christmas vacation’ one. Clark Griswold and his cousin Eddie are shopping for brains at Walmart. I really like that awkward moment in ‘Elf’ where he’s eating the spaghetti with jelly beans. So I took that, but I changed them to intestines. Star Wars Holiday Special is still in the works.”
However, to explain his personal brand of phantasmagoria, Kleine launched into a description of the unintended psychological effect known as the “Uncanny Valley,” a term used to describe creations that are supposed to realistically mimic flesh and blood humans but fail to capture the illusion in often cadaverous ways.
“I think it’s similar with zombies. There’s something about them that is just instinctively repugnant. But then you put them into the context of this charming Christmas scene, and your natural reaction is to laugh.”
Also, he said:
“I do think this has been a bit of a coping tool for me, in terms of COVID. Just the humor of it. I was the type of person that as a kid, if I watched a movie and there was a sad or uncomfortable part, I would make a joke — because that made me feel more at ease. I do feel like there’s a bit of that happening here.”
Likewise, Kleine shied away from such pursuits for years by favoring the analytical security of his job as a full-time grade school math teacher.
He further stated:
‘“When I was a kid, I could not stop drawing. I drew to the point that I got in trouble in class for doing that when I should have been doing my schoolwork. Then I got into teaching, and just never did it anymore. It wasn’t until this digital art thing that it kind of grabbed me again.”
It has been analyzed that his work took on a new level of enthusiasm once he decided to create The 12 Days of Zombie Christmas as a charitable effort. The series, which is to be sold auction-style on the Open Sea NFT marketplace, will see 80% of its proceeds divided between 12 separate charities. He’s working with The Giving Block., a non-profit outfit focused specifically on helping charities accept cryptocurrency-based donations, to ensure the funds are distributed accurately.
Thus, Kleine said:
“Being a teacher, I wanted to focus on charities that have to do with opportunities for children, opportunities for girls in places where they don’t normally have access to education. I picked out 12 different charities, one for each piece. Starting December 12, I’m going to put a piece up for auction each day on ‘Open Sea’, and they’re all going to expire Christmas Eve.”