There is a $2,000 digital photo frame on the market that will allow you to display your NFT art.

The price is ridiculous, but its purpose became more understandable after I decided to buy my first NFT for fun.

I became the proud new owner of a 14-second animated cartoon of a pig set against a flashing background of colors, after purchasing and transferring my first coin to a digital wallet.

I don't know what to do with it.

It is strange, since NFTs are the rage right now in the tech world. There may be some use for them in the real world, but they are mostly being used as speculative assets in the art world.

I hope that it appreciates in value, but it is still not worth the hassle I went through to get it.

You have to jump through a few hoops before you can even start exploring NFTs

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The Coinbase app is on the left, and the Coinbase Wallet app is on the right.

You have to go to OpenSea and buy an NFT. You need to open a wallet and buy something.

I went with a wallet. MetaMask is one of the dozen or so wallets that the platform supports. I was able to connect my bank account via my Chase Bank app thanks to the Coinbase wallet app.

When I got my bank account connected, it was time to buy some coins in the Coinbase app, but not in the wallet app. I chose ether because it is the most popular virtual coin used to transact on OpenSea.

I could not use my ether outside of the app. I had to wait for seven days.

I wanted to see if MetaMask would be quicker.

I put all of my information in for the browser to tell me that Texas is not supported by Wyre, the payment platform that MetaMask uses.

7 days later ...

A screenshot of what it looks like to peruse NFTs on OpenSea.

It's time to use my ether on OpenSea. Should be quick, right? Not quite.

I knew I had to connect OpenSea to my wallet, but the OpenSea app didn't show that as an option. The only other options were MetaMask, Trust wallet, and a field to enter an address.

Where is my address?

To the search engine. A guide from Coinbase popped up in the search results, telling me to go to the wallet app, click Receive, and then an address would pop up for me to copy and input.

You can only sift through them like an art gallery on OpenSea's mobile app.

OpenSea might not want to cough up the 30% share of in-app transactions that Apple and Google take through their app stores, according to The Verge.

I tried to connect my wallet to my laptop, but I was told it wasn't compatible. I had to spend an hour or so updating my computer and reinstalling Chrome so that I could download the extension, but it was my own mistake.

I was exhausted by this point. I searched for an NFT in that price range because I only bought $50 worth of ether. My pig friend entered.

The network fees that made it more expensive to buy were worth $50. I had to buy more ether, transfer it to my wallet, and then buy the NFT.

$103.25 is the grand total.

So ... now what?

I could buy a digital photo frame. I could make a video print out of it.

I will not do either. I hope that Rave Pigs, the NFT collection that my new artwork is a part of, explodes in popularity, like Bored Ape Yacht Club has. The collection has sold more than $1 billion.

I will never have to start this process from scratch again because of my blessings.