Trippin’ Ape Tribe is not a cult. It’s a tribe.
At least, that’s what its fictitious leader, Chorles, wants the world to believe.
The project strategically blends cheeky story-telling with clever branding and marketing tactics to generate hype and attract one of the largest communities in the Solana non-fungible token (NFT) space. In fact, it has broken multiple sales recordsright after launch, becoming the top-selling Solana NFT on OpenSea by SOL volume.
This article aims to shed light on Trippin’ Ape Tribe, as those who are not familiar with the project might get confused browsing through its website and Twitter page as the resources are very cryptic and lore-heavy, intentionally leaving out many details to spark creative thinking and build hype.
But what is TAT really and what does the project hope to achieve?
What is Trippin’ Ape Tribe?
Trippin’ Ape Tribe (TAT) is a PFP project on Solana that consists of 10,000 trippy-looking apes backed by a strong and ownable brand, rich lore, and community, as the team promises long-term utility for its assets.
The project employs cheeky storytelling to position its branding, marketing, and community outreach campaigns based on its lore.
As the brand grows, holders will be able to benefit through its shared intellectual property (IP), allowing them to generate independent revenue streams. However, the team hasn’t disclosed the full details regarding this.
Holders will also be able to access exclusive community channels on its Discord and other future platforms.
Going back to the lore, you might be wondering, what’s the story?
It all started out as a psychedelic experiment (in the story!).
Trippin’ Ape Lore Summary
The apes were once ordinary, swinging trees and eating bananas, until one day, a music festival was held on their island.
The apes observed from a distance as the humans were entranced and hypnotized by the sonic beats of the Fire Festival 2. But when the food and water supply ran out, everything devolved into utter chaos, until they finally left the island.
The apes scavenged the wasteland they left behind but found nothing of interest.
It was Chorles, one of the ape alphas, who found a mysterious piece of luggage filled with psychedelic substances. After disappearing for months after the event, Chorles came back to the tribe seeking volunteers for his so-called Clinical Trials.
Chorles administered the mysterious substances to his volunteers and told them they were on a journey to expand their consciousness. This is how the Trippin’ Apes became self-aware.
Of course, this is just the beginning as the lore will be fully developed slowly over time and may correspond with real events.
For instance, Chorles added an entry to his journal, where he allegedly saw a vision of a vast concrete jungle and massive metallic beasts, and that the tribe will be there. The entry also left other clues, which somehow the community was able to decipher to mean that TAT will be attending the NFT NYC event.
Who is Chorles?
Chorles is the founder and supreme alpha of the Trippin’ Ape Tribe, but it appears that he might simply be a character created by Valhalla Labs, not a real individual. According to the lore, he found the substances that allowed him to conduct experiments that led to the enlightenment of his tribe.
His first loyal followers are called Chorles’ Disciples, who are actually the team behind the project IRL. The disciples always tell the community of apes to trust the process, ascend as one, and spread the mission.
Chorles’ Sacraments is a collection of items with sacred properties, each playing a unique and significant role in every ape’s journey to enlightenment. According to the lore, some of the Sacraments will be gifted to the most devoted members while others need to be earned.
A few days after launch, the project had distributed the first Sacrament, Spores, to holders who didn’t list their Trippin’ Apes on marketplaces, rewarding the most loyal members in the process.
Is Trippin’ Ape a Cult?
You might notice that the team casually throws around the word ‘cult‘ often, while hilariously acting in denial of being one. If ever their goal is to use reverse psychology to garner a cult-like following, it seems to be working.
The Trippin’ Ape principles, as displayed on the website, represent the values that the team and community intend to uphold.
The project states that it aims to build the most tight-knight and empowered community on Solana by carefully engineering everything it does to build hype, drive engagement, and provide opportunities for holders to connect deeply. It believes in the strength of numbers.
TAT has branded itself as a community of free-thinking degens, which it believes will inspire genuine creative inspirations and new strategic partnerships with like-minded brands and collaborators.
The project aims to innovate and provide next-level utilities to keep the tribe guessing and the Solana ecosystem moving forward.
What Makes Trippin’ Ape Great?
So far, the team has proven its competence in generating hype through story-telling and guerilla marketing. You can tell that they strategically plan every move they make, as evidenced by the creativity of their announcements.
For instance, here’s a screenshot of an announcement made one day after launching successfully:
Instead of announcing something generic, it has romanticized the event, creating a narrative that is true in real life but also enriches its lore. Notice how Fenrus relays the story, how he refers to the minting as The Initiation Ceremony, how he glamorizes Magic Eden and OpenSea, etc.
And this is just one example. The team’s messages usually require holders to read between the lines, as they amplify them with artworks, videos, GIFs, and memes to make them more fun and exciting. This provides an entertaining way to connect with its community while keeping them engaged.
The idea is to keep people thinking about the project. Guessing what we’ll do next. We believe that’s a lot more exciting than laying everything out. It also gives us the freedom and opportunity to deliver in a cheeky, on-brand way.Lysergic, Co-Founder
The team’s founder, Lysergic, is also very active in video and audio discussions, frequently hosting talks on Discord and Twitter Spaces, as well as attending interviews for the likes of Benzinga. This is crucial in building the team’s thought leadership profile, which could be instrumental in attracting the best partners, collaborators, and brands.
Another big plus is that many members of the team also come from the community of DeGods, one of the most respected projects on Solana.
Who is Behind Trippin Ape Tribe? The TAT Team
Trippin’ Ape Tribe is an NFT project created by Valhalla Labs, who are developers in the web3 space.
- Lysergic (Co-Founder) — Electronic music festival owner and director with humble beginnings. Branding and team-building expert. Captain of the party and full-blown NFT degen. 2017 bag holder and crypto winter survivor. May have tried psychedelics once.
- Danny Devitoken (Co-Founder) — Full-time degen and ex-psychonaut. Man of many passions. Experienced in a wide range of different industries with the ability to adapt and apply a variety of experiences to solve complex problems. Maestro of trial and error.
- Fig (Artist) — Career artist with a cult-like following in the festival scene, making his first foray into NFTs. Materializes psychedelic dreams into vivid color.
- King Kulbik (Community Manager) — Hype machine and man of the Tribe. Front-end developer to pay the bills, vibe generator to feed his passion.
- Top10brisketrecipes (Developer) — Tokenomics savant and ritual game theorist. Used to run consumer software businesses at a FAANG company. A true NFT degen living by a simple rule: I see Ape, I Ape.
- Mr. Hankey (Developer) — Builder with 4+ years of programming experience. Jams on everything from websites and mobile apps to IoT. Devolved into a full-time shitcoin and NFT degen over the last year and accumulated extensive knowledge in the space.
How to Buy a Trippin’ Ape Tribe NFT
Remember, TAT is an NFT project on Solana. Therefore, you need SOL and a web3 wallet to be able to buy.
Ensure You Phantom Wallet
If you don’t have Phantom yet, follow the instructions here to set it up.
Go to Magic Eden or OpenSea
Buy a Trippin’ Ape
Once you’ve chosen an NFT, simply click on it. Make sure your Phantom is connected; if not, click on Connect Wallet, then buy it.
Trippin’ Ape Tribe is one of the most hyped mints on the Solana blockchain, but it’s still new and has a lot to prove to its community.
Will it stand the test of time and become a blue-chip project? Or will it get lost in the oblivion amid a sea of NFT projects popping up every day? We’ll see.
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