21 crypto portraits will be premiered at the UNCHAIN Bitcoin Conference in Frankfurt on August 28th, 2020.
These are portraits of 21 faces of cryptocurrency pioneers, part of Max Cryptohead’s 21 Heads series.
The first seven in this series are portraits of:
- David Chaum,
- Nick Szabo,
- Adam Back,
- Wei Dai,
- Satoshi Nakamoto,
- Hal Finney,
- Laszlo Hanyecz.
The community will suggest candidates for the next 14.
Satoshi Nakamoto is of course the inventor of Bitcoin, while David Chaum is the inventor of E-Cash, one of Bitcoin’s precursors.
Nick Szabo is the inventor of another Bitcoin precursor, Bitgold, while Wei Dai is the inventor of B-Money.
Hal Finney worked closely with Satoshi on the development of the first Bitcoin code and also received BTC’s first ever transaction.
Adam Back is the inventor of Hashcash, and he was mentioned by Satoshi in the Bitcoin whitepaper, while Laszlo Hanyecz was the first person to buy a good with Bitcoin, namely the most expensive pizzas in history.
Each digital painting can be acquired and downloaded only 21 times, thanks to a non-fungible ERC-721 token (NFT) that will be sent to each buyer so that they can prove to be the only owner.
The digital paintings have a size of 21×21 inches, and a resolution of 300 dpi, which allows owners to have them printed on canvas in high quality.
The price for each individual copy is BTC 0.21, and can be paid in different cryptocurrencies. Once acquired, NFTs can be traded on secondary markets such as OpenSea or Nifty Gateway.
Max Cryptohead, who is the author of Unchain’s crypto paintings
The author of the digital paintings is Max Cryptohead, a young artist who values privacy and does not want to reveal his true identity.
During a recent and rare interview, he stated that he is aware of Satoshi Nakamoto’s true identity, but does not want to reveal it. That is why he painted him with the face of the “fake Satoshi” presented by Newsweek in 2014, namely Dorian Nakamoto.
“I met Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto at the Latin American Bitcoin Conference in Bogotá in 2017, where he was interviewed on stage and posed for selfies with whoever wanted. Everyone knows he is not the real Satoshi, but somehow his expressive face now represents him. So it was an obvious choice to use him for my portrait. It features the same “Bitcoin Glasses” from the Newsweek cover that Dorian wore on stage in Bogotá”.
The name of the series, 21 Heads, was chosen in honour of the 21 million bitcoin, the maximum amount of BTC that will ever exist, reason why he created only 21 copies of 21 portraits, 21 inches by 21.