Updated: Oct 1, 2020
#1 Arise Chikun - limited edition of 6 - SOLD OUT
This GIF is an animated version of the 'Arise Chikun' painting.
The painting is a commentary about the meme culture in crypto. In the bull run of 2017, the Litecoin community used memes and puns in a way few other communities, based on a certain cryptocurrency, did.
"... when the price started to explode, people got excited. I mean they were going off the walls bat-shit crazy, screaming random catch phrases and memes and quotes from random movies and television adapted into Litecoin puns. One such quote was, "Arise, chikun, chikun arise". Gristledorf, April 2017 https://www.reddit.com/r/litecoin/comments/6458bk/can_someone_please_explain_to_me_the_inside_ltc/
The chikun is an unofficial symbol of Litecoin and 'going to the moon' is a very well known meme throughout the crypto sphere. Can a meme turn into a fine art oil painting?
The original painting in this GIF is owned by Charlie Lee, the creator of Litecoin.
secondary market available here- https://opensea.io/assets/yonat-vaks
#2 Portrait of a Crypto Miner - limited edition of 10
This is the animated version of ´Portrait of a Crypto Miner´. The #1/10 token belongs to the collector of the original painting.
´As the golden news spread ... from all over the planet they came…. They were farmers and merchants and sailors and slaves…. They were the pillars of their communities, and their communities’ dregs….'
H.W. Brands, The Age of Gold: The California Gold Rush and the New American Dream
'Chances are you hear the phrase “bitcoin mining” and your mind begins to wander to the Western fantasy of pickaxes, dirt, and striking it rich. As it turns out, that analogy isn’t too far off.' https://www.investopedia.com/terms/b/bitcoin-mining.asp
Long gone are the legendary days where tech savvy students from Oslo, Seoul or Seattle used college equipment to mine crypto. Today big mining corporations are at the very core of the industry and bitcoin geopolitics as well as centralization debates, shady market practices, the role of equipment manufacturers ... have apparently displaced solo basement crypto miners from the center of the arena.
Or have they? This piece is a tribute to easily one of the most respected members of the community. A kind solo philosopher miner from deep into maple leaf land, industrious friend of Athene, moon bag player. @notsofast
available here- https://opensea.io/assets/yonat-vaks