The cryptocurrency frenzy has attracted attention from all walks of life. It started with a bunch of tech geeks and spread to a wide audience including strippers and bankers. Even 50 Cent is a bitcoin millionaire now!
When bitcoin first arrived in 2009, a full coin could be had for mere pennies, but in December 2017, the price reached $19,000 for one coin. The entire world was involved, and it seems the excitement is here to stay. The technology that supports cryptocurrency is known as the blockchain, and any company that has added the word blockchain to their name (including Long Island Iced Tea Corp., which changed their name to Long Blockchain Corp.) has seen double digit increases in their stock prices. There is no shortage of interest in the world of crypto, and with the rapid incorporation of this technology into big industry, it was only a matter of time before cryptocurrency showed up in the tattooing world.
There are a few ways in which cryptocurrency has penetrated the tattoo scene. The first way is the most obvious: people have been getting the logos of different coins tattooed on their bodies. Bitcoin and the infamous Dogecoin (which was created as a joke and ended up soaring in value) are the two most popular choices for crypto tattoos. Doge started as a meme featuring a Shiba Inu dog, and was then used as the mascot for the coin. It may be ridiculous, but the trend for digital currency tattoos is clearly beginning to materialize.
Cryptocurrency is also entering the tattoo industry via QR codes. You’re probably asking, wait...people still use those? The answer is yes, especially for peer to peer payments of cryptocurrency. If you want to transfer bitcoin to someone else, all you need is the other person's QR code. As a result, people have been getting the QR code for their cryptocurrency wallet tattooed on their bodies. This enables people to receive digital currency without needing their phone handy. It has been very popular amongst Vegas strippers, who decided it would be a good idea to get their QR code tattooed onto their bodies. Most of the dancers use a temporary tattoo that will wash off, but some of them have gone all the way and gotten the real thing.
People working in adult entertainment have really taken a liking to cryptocurrency payments because it helps them to keep their transactions private. Summer Chase is one such entertainer who has a QR code tattoo for crypto payments. On the topic of using cryptocurrency, she said, "I'm not going to name names, but there are certain banks that will shut down your account and actually deny you from having an account because we work in the adult entertainment industry."
Once this idea becomes more mainstream, I think we will probably see more tattoos for crypto payments in the future. Nevertheless, it will be interesting to watch the tattoo world and the cryptocurrency world work together to stick it to the man (big banks in this situation). Cryptocurrency and tattoos seem like well-suited partners, and who knows? Maybe they have a promising future together.
Some tattoo artists are actually accepting payments with some of the more common currencies such as bitcoin, litecoin, and ethereum. The popular hashtag #PayWithLitecoin is starting to take off, and before the year’s end, it is likely that many merchants all over the world will be accepting crypto payments. So the next time you get a tattoo, take note of what type of payments your artist accepts. You may get a chance to be part of the digital currency vanguard.
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