Pixel Map — Lost 2016 NFT Project

Adam McBride
5 min readAug 23, 2021


Reconstructed screenshot of map and chat by @eikonbneath

Months of NFT archeological digging have turned up a long-lost and very rare 2016 project.

How rare?

@LeonidasNFT excellent NFT history infographic shows exactly ZERO projects in 2016.

So this is a big one.

**Note: Project details posted at the end**

*Update: Since I made the first tile purchase last night to test the contract and make this how-to, it has become apparent that apes were watching my wallets. They have since purchased a not insignificant number of tiles. This was stupid of me and I apologize for not being more careful.

Please read everything before proceeding and DYOR.

Main Contract: https://etherscan.io/address/0x015a06a433353f8db634df4eddf0c109882a15ab

DISCLAIMER: Anything you do after this is 100% on you. Any lost funds, failed investments, or other unforeseen consequences are 100% on you. I am not responsible in any way. Turn away if you do not accept 100% responsibility.

Step 1: Go here https://etherscan.io/address/0x015a06a433353f8db634df4eddf0c109882a15ab#writeContract

Step 2: Click on ‘Connect to Web3’ and follow the steps to connect your MetaMask

Step 3: Click on ‘1. buyTile’ to open this interface

**UPDATE: Skip Step 4 (because of the bots, this sheet can’t be updated fast enough for you to actually purchase tiles** A better strategy was created by @orchidmouth here:


Step 4: The tiles that are currently for sale are listed in this Google sheet. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/16NMoPR2aisyNsVmodS4gzzESfHdYKwvpn_j3UiVB80Q/edit?usp=sharing

Choose one and enter the tile location and payable amount into the boxes.

Step 5: Click ‘Write’

IMPORTANT: If your gas is more than $50, ‘Reject’ the transaction in MetaMask and try a different tile number. The high gas cost is MetaMask’s way of telling you that the tile you are trying to claim has already been purchased. Failure to ‘Reject’ the transaction may result in you losing your ETH.

Step 6: Confirm the transaction in MetaMask

Step 7: After the transaction has been processed you can confirm that you are the owner by going here — https://etherscan.io/address/0x015a06a433353f8db634df4eddf0c109882a15ab#readContract

Step 8: Click on ‘1. Tiles’

Step 9: Enter your tile number in the box and click ‘Query’. You should be presented with a result like this which shows the owner's address

Step 10: Enjoy owning a piece of blockchain history.

In the spirit of fairness, I only purchased one NFT to make sure that the contract worked and I will wait for 10 minutes after posting this on Twitter to buy additional tiles. And I will be buying additional tiles.

Again — I am 100% not responsible for any funds you lose. Or if this project ends up being worthless. So do your own research.

Project details

Since I first rediscovered Pixel Map, I have spoken with the developer Ken Erwin who is thrilled that people might be interested in the project and is committed to seeing the project through — which includes relaunching the website and its trading platform — because of its historical significance.

Because of the way the contract was built, I am told that it would be impossible for the tiles to be wrapped for trading on platforms like OpenSea. So having a trading platform is critical for the long-term success of the project.

Ken has also committed to supporting an active community through a soon-to-be-created Discord group.

Pixel Map History — The 2 ETH Problem

The Pixel Map project was deployed November 17, 2016, on the Ethereum blockchain as a side project by Ken to sharpen his solidity skills and hopefully earn a little side income.

The map is comprised of 3,970 tiles and each tile is customizable by the owner.

Some of the early tile owners put artistic icons on their tiles — people, forests, and a spider — and embedded websites into their tiles metadata. For example, the owner of tile 0 thought it a good idea to have this Facebook page live forever on the blockchain😂

When the project launched the price per tile was 2 ETH, or about $20 in 2016.

And you can see through this old chat room that some people weren’t happy with the price, even in 2016,

Now when I spoke to Ken he realized that 2 ETH at current prices simply puts the project out of reach for most collectors, so he came up with a solution.

The Solution

To solve the 2 ETH problem, Ken decided to purchase all of the outstanding tiles himself and then offer them for resale at 0.35 ETH each. This includes purchasing tiles from anyone who made a purchase in 2016 or 2017 who would like to sell their tile.

Now to sell each of the tiles and then relist them takes some time. So today, Ken is releasing the first batch of 500 tiles and will continue to release tiles until they are all sold.

I do understand that this may cause some apeing into the project as future drops happen, but due to the contract limitations, we believe that this is the fairest way forward.

Old Contracts — WARNING 🚨

Be aware that there are other contracts that Ken built when making Pixel Map.

I am listing them here to warn you that they ARE NOT WORKING AND YOU WILL LOSE YOUR ETH IF YOU INTERACT WITH THEM.

I am doing this to prevent my fellow apes from believing that they have found an older version of the same contract and trying to purchase tiles from it.

Here are the contract addresses to NOT USE






Adam McBride

Passionate about humans, freedom, and how crypto empowers both.