One of the best parts of recording a podcast, is the people you meet. I can't emphasize that more. Over the past 2 months, I've had numerous guests on the podcast that spoke about Crypto Art and how much blockchain is changing the way we look at art. Jess Houlgrave, Jonathan Perkins, and Fanny Lakoubay were absolutely awesome, and really expanded on the benefits of blockchain. From verifiable ownership, to royalty protections for creators.
I really enjoyed learning from these individuals and began enjoying art myself; I'm often an analytical machine. But the home run hitter was Josie Bellini. Not only is she a popular, up-and-coming artist in the crypto-verse, but she paints the symbolism that we often forget Bitcoin stands for.
Bitcoin wasn't a random incident. It came in the wake of the 2008 financial recession, which saw great frustration among the populous for the ignorance of the "too-big-to-fail" banks. The idea of money was finally being questioned, and people were getting sick of corruption. Then, miraculously, Satoshi Nakamoto released a whitepaper for a peer-to-peer payment system called Bitcoin.
This anger and frustration that Bitcoin was born out of is what you see in Josie's artwork. The notion that fiat is inflating, governments increasingly can't be trusted, and that people are being stripped of their sovereign rights as individuals. On the podcast, I had the chance to explore these complex meanings with Josie and in her artwork. The fact that her artwork isn't just an abstract creation, but rather a careful message, gives me faith that the longevity of this new innovation will go on. I'm more bullish than I've ever been.
As Thomas Jefferson once said:
"I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs."