Bitcoin 2022 has been the home of high-level keywords, ads, and discussions. But the spotlight was on the philosophers, too. Bitcoin Bazaar was the place to go to learn about some of the most interesting projects in the Bitcoin space – not necessarily changing the world but definitely upping the ante.
“BTC – Be Really Confident”
What I initially considered a foolish Mimi Bitcoiner turned out to be high-quality Italian-made underwear run by a beloved family. Pablo, the mastermind of this company, is an Argentine immigrant with decades of experience in the lingerie industry and a passion for money without government interference. Several years ago, he combined his Jose and founded Panties for Bitcoin. With “No More Formal Underwear” and “Be Really Confident” as the company’s taglines, Pablo and his family – wife Silvia and son Michael – are doing their part in the circular economy, offering a 10% discount on orders paid in bitcoin.
Check out panties at pantiesforbitcoin.com. At the moment, only women’s underwear is offered, although the family is considering launching a men’s line as well.
“Looks better. I feel better. Be better.”
– Buzz forward
It seems like every major convention features a barber these days, and the Miami pool was no exception. Buzz It Forward wasn’t just offering a haircut, though; The mission of the project is to help disadvantaged children and young people through hairstyles and mentorship. So whoever cuts his hair at the conference sponsors three haircuts for those who can’t afford them. The idea is that a good-looking hairline could be a deciding factor in a 16-year-old getting a first job, or helping out in similar situations. When asked about accepting bitcoin as payment, the (much loved) barber at the kiosk replied that it was still something new to them, but that they believed it was the future.
You can check out this project at Buzzitforward.com.
“Goodbye factory time. Welcome to Bitcoin Standard Time (BST).
Do you need to check “Moscow time” several times a day? Obsessive about checking if blocks move an average of 10 minutes? Well, worry not, you can now switch from mandatory time to global Bitcoiner time using Blockwatch! This wearable allows you to switch between Moscow time (Saturdays per $1 USD), current block height, and public key QR code. Fiat UTC time is also available, but only as a flash function when certain buttons are pressed.
Coinertime (the company behind Blockwatch) is from Florida, accepts only Bitcoin via BTCPay Server for its product, and adheres to an open source philosophy, with both watch hardware and software available under an MIT license. Blockwatch is a hobby side project of the Coinertime team, and it’s their main business penthousea bitcoin mining company aiming to build small mining farms in all 50 states.
Check them out at coinertime.com.
“Bitcoin embodies this revolution – the most important of our time with a currency that I can afford to leave behind, and offers a new alternative economy based on the sound principles of non-seizure money. It liberated me as an artist and in many ways, like graffiti art, saved my life a second time by enabling me to continue In creating conscious art for a community that reflects the same sentiments – Bitcoin is the new graffiti.”
– mir one
There were quite a few artists in the bazaar and it was Mear One who caught my eye for his t-shirt designs. Unfortunately, we only managed time for a short chat, so I didn’t fully appreciate his work until after the conference, when I had the opportunity to look at his work in detail. To my delight, I found out that Mear One designed the album cover for Non Phixion’s Future is Now – One of my favorite hip hop albums ever!
Mear One is located in Los Angeles and has driven across the entire United States to come to Miami.
Check out his work at Mearone.com, and read his thoughts on Bitcoin and art here at Bitcoin Magazine.
“It’s always better to get a friend’s help.
So Satoshi calls a monster friend named Hal.”
– Goodnight Bitcoin
Bitcoin has been around for 13 years, and as they come of age, Bitcoiners are also maturing. While mainstream journalists still paint us as young adults chasing their dreams of Lambo, in reality a growing number of us are over 35 years old with low preference values like a spouse and many children. And in every Bitcoin household, kids will inevitably ask: “What is the thing Bitcoin talks about all the time, Dad?” “Mom, Dad wants to give me the allowance sitting“What is that?” “Who is that Satoshi guy you keep mentioning?” And so on. So, naturally, we need kid-friendly resources that help little ones learn about the orange coin.
Scott and Mallory Sibley were in a similar situation, so they created SHAmory, a memory-inspired card game about bitcoin mining. SHAmory is a simple game that even a three-year-old can play (personally verified claim :)), it explains the basic mechanics of mining while introducing related terms like “nonce”, “block” and “bonus” in words.
SHAmory itself would be great, but Scott and Mallory have also written and illustrated “Goodnight Bitcoin,” a simple stanza in verse about Satoshi, Hal, and the creation of Bitcoin. The best part? SHAmory and “Goodnight Bitcoin” feature the same cute monster-themed artwork, so kids naturally fall in love with both.
Find out all about SHAmory at SHAmory.com.
Spirit, Glitter and Smile Bitcoin
Besides Bitcoin Bazaar, there were many interesting stalls that filled the huge exhibition hall. This was the place for you if you wanted to meet your favorite Bitcoins (I finally got some legendary Mandrik baklava!), grab a signed book from Saifedean Ammous or Allen Farrington, or shop for a new hardware wallet. To be honest, I enjoyed the time of mingling with the commoners in the cabin maze more than any of the conversations. You can always watch online conversations later, but you can never get the feeling of meeting new friends, exploring areas of bustling Bitcoiner culture, or – If you are running a company kiosk – Get direct feedback from users.
Bitcoin 2022 was awesome; Not just high-profile keywords, but rather to meet fellow orange-tinted bitcoiners who add spirit, smile, and sparkle to the cash revolution.
This is a guest post by Josef Tětek. The opinions expressed are their own and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of BTC Inc. or Bitcoin Magazine.