Shield your art against abuse and IP theft
Protect the collectors who support you
Add value with good story telling and trust
This is no ordinary certificate
Keep records forever
Own your work catalog. Permanent and shareable.
Impossible to fake
Every grain is different and randomly oriented. Imagine trying to forge that!
Update with your phone. Verify on the spot. No app install.
Shield limited series
Control and prove the number of copies to make your work truly scarce.
A stronger signature
Simple is better
Scan the QR
Post and share
• You can add value to the piece using images and text to incorporate story-telling elements. The history of the piece is an important part of what makes it special. With uniiku that story is preserved and literally attached to the work.
• By signing the certificates you are archiving your catalog in a way that will always be available to anyone who needs to consult or audit your work. This way you avoid problems if you change galleries or need to share information.
• Collectors value transparency because no one wants to buy a fake. Certificates give confidence because they avoid risk.
• The time stamps created when saving information are like having it recorded by a notary (only better). This protects your work and ensures its originality and scarcity.
As we know the difficulties of artists who are building their career, we are exploring ways to give you more options to earn money with your work: direct messages for purchase offers, NFTS of physical work, crowdfundings, royalties on second sales …
Large Internet platforms control the information that they publish and reserve exclusive rights over it for themselves. At uniiku we do not believe in that business model. You are the sole owner of the data that you publish on uniiku and we do not claim any exclusive rights to it.
It is important to note that when you add information to a certificate, uniiku publishes it on the Arweave network. At that instant it becomes public and fixed forever. The owner of the data is still you, but now anyone can see it, just like when you publish on the web. There is a difference though: no one can change or delete it, not even us. Also, neither uniiku nor Arweave miners can trade with your data because they have no rights nor exclusive access to them.
Go read our Terms and Conditions. We tried to make them easy to follow.
A blockchain is used to store data, but instead of putting it in a single place, it is stored all over the world. This makes it more secure but slower and more expensive. There are many blockchains (bitcoin, ethereum and others), but most of them have little storage capacity, which makes it unfeasible to use them to store photographs due to the high cost.
Arweave is the blockchain where uniiku stores the info of the certificates. Unlike other blockchains, Arweave is specialized in storing large amounts of data. When you upload something to the uniiku, we pay the miners to write it in the blockchain. In exchange, the network will preserve the information forever.
The network of Arweave miners is distributed around the world, as no permission is required to provide storage to the network. Anyone with the equipment and knowledge can do it. Thanks to Arweave, the history of your piece achieves the following:
• It is impossible to tamper with, change or delete
• By having a time stamp, no one can create a record of your work prior to the original
• It can be used in a trial as legal evidence
• You will never have to worry about that data again. They are simply there
• The story of your piece will last forever
Counterfeiting affects everyone directly or indirectly: artists, collectors and galleries. For starters, your work would be valued higher if there existed no fakes.
As soon as artists achieve some relevance, they are exposed to counterfeiting. No one in the industry wants to talk about this problem because it is really harmful, but if you ask a judicial expert specialized in art, you will be surprised at the number of cases and the harm they cause to artists and collectors. When counterfeits appear, the price of an artist’s entire body of work can sink along with the artist’s credibility. You can learn more in pecadosdelarte.com.
Also unauthorized copies and arbitrary extensions of limited series have undermined confidence in reproducible media such as photography or 3D printing. The market price reflects this reality.
Scan the QR, tap on the tag info and compare the image on your phone with the physical tag. Zoom in as needed.
Then check the timestamps on the info of the work to verify that they are compatible with the history of the piece.
Uniiku certificates are more secure than any current alternative and we are working to make them even safer for artists and collectors.
This is the information that usually accompanies art certificates:
• Full name
• Brief text / artist’s note
• Unique or Series:
· For a unique piece: “Original; #1 / 1”
· For a series: Position and number of the piece in the series: “Series; #1 / 5”
• Technical description:
· Date and place where it was created
· Technique, materials …
· Other data: printing or workshop, printer and inks used …
· History Important events, exhibitions, transactions…
Add pictures of you working on the piece, and another of the piece with the tag attached. As the images are permanent and timestamped, that is a very solid evidence of authorship.
Make a picture of the tags that you used for the set and post it on every copy of the series. There is an example above on this page.
No, sorry. The information is recorded on a blockchain and that makes it “written on stone”. You can always add updates or ammends
Sorry, no again. The stickers are manufactured with a strong adhesive and will tear before detaching. Removing the tag will also devalue the original piece.