Bitcoin and graffiti have virtually kinship: both originated from the desire of freedom, liberation from control. Today bitcoin graffiti are taking over streets around the world, including in Paris, San Francisco, tel Aviv, Kiev, Prague, Vilnius, London. Some crypto-graffiti anonymous and some are known for his resonant works of the graffiti. Some completely separated, and some engaged in dialogue with older works in this genre. What are bitcoin-graffiti — versed in our material.
The new York subway
Now, reaching a compromise with the authorities, street artists of many countries have a dedicated graffiti areas, with walls, tunnels, houses. But, like any phenomenon, graffiti culture has time to «breathe» in the moment of its introduction, before the hunt by the authorities.
Modern graffiti culture was born in the 60’s in Philadelphia. Center of the movement in its period of freedom and prosperity became a new York (circa 1970). Initially, graffiti in new York «live» in the subway, and then began to take to the streets. Restrictive policies fell on graffiti in the United States in the 80s.
As they say in Berlin — one of the largest cultural centers of street art — the last straw, forcing the government to severe restrictions, was completely painted subway train, which was shaded even the Windows. Famous painting of the trains were graffiti artist «Lee» George quiñones, leaving their signature Lee.
The train line Lexington Avenue, new York, Whether painted in 1979. Source.
Crypto-art: what, where, why
This art appeared in the winter in Miami thanks to the artist Nan Berks. The girl painted the old house on wheels. In addition to bitcoin, it appeared the logo of litecoin and Dasha.
Judging by the signature at the bottom of the wall, the authorship belongs to the graffiti artist Shi Zheng. In addition to the major labels «Bitcoin», on the right side, among the red, white and blue circles are the words «Bitcoin Bubble», and the top is the inscription, divided into two parts: «the Money is not gone… they’re just in the other pocket» (eng. «the money is not gone… it’s just in another pocket»). Graffiti is in London, in the «graffiti tunnel» on the face of the Street.
Bitcoin litecoin graffiti
«Today, walking around Prague and came across this bitcoin painting» — wrote in his Twitter Tony Weiss, a bitcoin trader and investor, formerly Vice President of JPMorgan Chase. According to his label in google maps, graffiti is at the intersection Bubenska the waterfront and the streets of Communardo, on the Vltava river. Authorship is not established.
Shortly after the graffiti came to fame — just a few days — it evolved a bit. On top of the bitcoin coins are not as highly someone applied the words «Litecoin»:
«Bitcoin not wars»
This work belongs to graffiti artist under the pseudonym Gadse and sends, as you might guess, the phrase traditionally associated with peace-ideology Lennon, «Make love, not war» (those words do sound at the end of his song «Mind Games», but rather, first, the phrase said cultural critic Gershon Legman in the 60’s, during a lecture at the University of Ohio as an anti-war slogan during the us-Vietnam war).
Like many graffiti artists, Gadse leaves on his works, not the signature, and a full, readable alias that corresponds to the basic idea, from which was born the culture of graffiti to leave their name.
This work, like many other works Gadse, is located in Bushwick, Brooklyn, new York.
«Decentralize Everything» («Decentralisatie all»)
This street art also belongs to Gadse and is located in the same area. Conceptually, the call for decentralization (freedom from control) is behind barbed wire. Most likely, the location of graffiti is a direct reference to the «Manifesto of the crypto-anarchist,» written by shirobana Timothy may in 1988: «…cryptographic techniques will fundamentally change the nature of corporate and state intervention in economic transactions… And as seemingly insignificant invention of barbed wire made possible the delimitation of vast ranches and farms, forever changing ideas about land and the ownership of the Wild West, and seemingly insignificant discovery of the hidden branches of mathematics will become the clippers that will break the barbed wire with intellectual property. Get up, you have nothing to lose, except for the fences topped with barbed wire!».
«It Londynska and the California gold rush gave the roots of the American dream, [common] is mostly among the middle and lower class, the dream of quick and easy enrichment. The same thing is happening with cryptocurrencies on a global level for all classes… Everyone mines, everyone wants to get rich, and everyone wants it to be quick and easy. The technology is changing, but dream remains the same,» reads the job description. The author — Georgian street artist under the pseudonym Gagosh, graffiti is located in Tbilisi.
«If money can’t buy your love, maybe Bitcoin will do?» («If money can’t buy you love, maybe bitcoin will?»)
This graffiti on the outskirts of Vilnius, Lithuania, refers to the line from the Beatles song: «Money can’t buy me love». The artist is unknown.
«Keep your change, I want bitcoins»
The location of this graffiti, like its author, is unknown, but he has an interesting story, or even a pedigree. It is a reference to the earlier work with another text, can be seen as a dialogue with her:
Graffiti under the name «Begging for change» belongs to a street artist under the pseudonym Meek. It was established in 2004 and is situated at a railway station in Melbourne, Australia. After selecting a location the artist wanted to draw the attention of those who are in the daily bustle, on the way to the train, to work, from work passes by the homeless without noticing them. Graffiti was created in a period of economic decline when, according to the statistics given on the website of the National gallery of Australia, each 154 first, the Aussie was in need of social services. Because of its precision and relevance of graffiti has experienced a wave of popularity in the campaign for the protection of human rights: it was printed on t-shirts, some did a tattoo with this image.
The authorship of this work is often mistakenly attributed to Banksy. And one of the Reddit users (also calling this the work of Banksy) wondered, could the artist mean by «coins» (coins) bitcoins or other altcoins. The answer to this question is obvious, given that the graffiti appeared 5 years before the creation of bitcoin.
«Fuck the IRS» San Francisco, California
This graffiti is located in San Francisco, near 1AM and illustrates the complex relationships between users of cryptocurrencies with the IRS (IRS), which started to regulate the cryptocurrency in March 2014, and treats them as property, therefore, levying tax buying, selling, trading and mining cryptocurrencies. However, few crypto-users can be called honest taxpayers. And one of the high profile cases won by the IRS, was the partial results of the user data exchange Coinbase, which the controller has achieved after months of trial.
«R. I. P Banking System»
This graffiti on the streets of Paris belongs to the artist Ludo. The bitcoin flower blossomed on the graves of the pound, dollar, yen and Euro, very straight symbolizing the victory of bitcoin over traditional financial system, then look forward to crypto-enthusiasts.
As the element of mass culture, graffiti characteristic of the replication. A graffiti «pass» from the walls to the other «canvases», including paper (printed images, copies of which may be sold and exhibited in galleries), clothes, and even people (tattoos). And «R. I. P Banking System» — a vivid example of such replication. The image came to picture format (you can buy it signed by the author, is available for $426), and tattoo parlors, as well as printed on t-shirts (that cost only $23).
Cryptocurrency entered the work of graffiti artists in another interesting way, namely: some street artists depict in their pictures the QR code by which you can transfer the reward in bitcoins. For example, did in his «Rembrandt dos au mur» graffiti artist under the pseudonym Pascal Boyart (PBOY). This picture is in Paris.
Crypto enthusiasts have also drawn attention to the fact that this method of support street artists are anonymous, because they can use even those graffiti artists who, for various reasons do not reveal the authorship of his works.
Such a «crypto-graffiti» (colorful words «Bitcoin» in the upper right corner) appeared this summer in Berlin Lego store at Tauentzienstrasse, 20. Two large walls of young and not so artists can share their creations from lego pieces. The author of the material, frustrated that he had not found bitcoin graffiti in «graffiti city», decided to make a contribution to the «becconsall» Berlin street art.