“Looks pretty fungible to me,” Derrick screamed in the tweet. The Game Boy Printer is really going, too, printing off NFT after NFT like printing money. I don’t recommend theft in any capacity, but come on! This is funny.

But which NFT is Derrick copying? He said the first option was the “most expensive NFT sold,” but the actual image was ugly and would be unrecognizable after printing it. So instead, Derrick and his sketch group Lonely Space Vixens, a collective of friends who upload comedy sketches to YouTube around pop culture subjects like bitcoin and waifus which helped get the NFT stealing factory up and running, Googled the “’most expensive boredape’ and just used that.”

Then it was a matter of getting things connected and set up.

According to Derrick, one part his group got stuck on was the paper. Turns out the Game Boy Printer, a device designed to be used in conjunction with the Game Boy Camera and produced from 1998-2003, used thermal paper like most receipt printers. The results weren’t great because the paper Derrick and his cohorts had wasn’t fresh. Two of their rolls were sealed, but the rest were from at least 2000. They went through a few rolls, with the images appearing muddled.


An image from DerrickMustDie depicting him holding his Bored Ape NFT prints, which were done using a Game Boy Advance SP and Game Boy Printer.

There’s still the issue of uploading the image to the Game Boy Advance SP and telling the Game Boy Printer to do its thing. Derrick said by connecting the printer to the handheld with a Game Boy Link Cable—the same one used to trade Pokémon or play multiplayer games—and using the Game Boy Camera, he was able to right-click on the NFT to begin the process. The link cable was finicky and the first handheld used wasn’t cooperating, he said, noting that, “….we kept getting printer errors,” Derrick said.


“We googled the printer error code and it was a battery issue with the printer not getting enough juice, so we put in SIX fresh AA batteries to power it,” he added, before descending into a wider list of troubleshooting issues that are part and parcel of dealing with older hardware. It wasn’t until they got ahold of a Game Boy Advance SP, along with different cables, that they got the printing press to open.

Now that Derrick and his group printed an NFT, something apparently worth millions of dollars, they intend to “mint the funged token to the blockchain.”


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Look, I’m not advocating for art theft here. Artists deserve compensation for the work they put into their creations. So pay your makers. But NFTs reduce art to mere commodities for capitalists to own and collect. It sucks, so I’m glad to see rebels like Derrick and the rest showing just how worthless NFTs are.