The Bitcoin Muse

The Bitcoin Muse

The world's premier Bitcoin Art podcast is an exploration of how artists are being inspired and transformed by Bitcoin. Through conversations with visual artists, designers, writers, musicians and authors, Clay is uncovering the myriad ways in which Bitcoin has influenced their creative process and work and nudges listeners to be equally inspired.

Episodes

November 29, 2023 49 mins
This week on the world’s premier Bitcoin art podcast I speak with Gus Grillasca whose multi-year efforts as a Bitcoin artist have led him down many paths, To some, his rebellious, fun-loving spirit may be triggering but since he found his way to Bitcoin art through pepes, he seems quite comfortable being a potential thorn in your side and to keep your mind pried more open than it might otherwise be. I think Gus makes some reas...
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"I'm trying to find different ways to talk about bitcoin without using too much contemporary visual language." — Jure Kastelic This week on the world’s premier Bitcoin art podcast I’m joined by painter Jure Kastelic. whose recent, large paintings evoke mythological themes of old melded with the emerging themes that Bitcoin inspires. He's got a great experiences inside the oft-maligned contemporary art world and a family history...
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"When I hear people talk about Bitcoin it's like a movie trailer for the future." — Michael Gambino This week on the world’s premier Bitcoin art podcast I’m joined by my friend Michael Gambino, co-owner with his wife Lisa of an advertising agency, Kangbino, a college professor and a painter, illustrator, filmmaker and musician. We sat down together in my living room to bring his unique perspective on the matters of bitcoin ar...
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"If someone says they want to be dressed as Rambo riding a unicorn over a rainbow, I'm your guy. I'll make that happen." — World of Rusty This week on the world’s premier Bitcoin art podcast I’m joined by World of Rusty, a memetic engineer, a meme artist, a memer...It's hard to find the right term for this low-fi, brutalist form of messaging so he's our guide to the abundant world of bitcoin memes. As a member of the non-existe...
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"I see Bitcoin as a counter-culture like Punk or Grunge." — Moozi This week on the world’s premier Bitcoin art podcast I’m joined by Moozi, a creative voice that only recently popped onto my radar. An avowed bitcoin maximalist who his training is own AI models to evoke what he sees in bitcoin. Weather it’s his Persian-inspired painterly swirls or glimpses of an emergent fashion, his work focuses on an ethos of liberation an...
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"It's a message of emancipation... free ourselves, help each other to be free. That's the message of Bitcoin. That's the message of the art." — Marcus Connor Marcus Connor joins me to discuss his most famous creation, The Bitcoin Roller Coaster Guy as well as some of his latest work and ideas around design, artistic discipline and of course, bitcoin. With some time to reflect on my chat, I was reminded of a saying that "the mus...
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"I will not start producing art for fiat. I want to be a bitcoin artist for the bitcoin community, for bitcoin, nothing else. Fiat is not important to me." — Adam Kadmon This week, Adam Kadmon, a fine artist who is as accomplished with a pencil as he is running his laser cutter to make his incredibly detailed and mathematically precise sculptural art works. Those latter pieces, done in series and painstakingly designed, cut, ...
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"I don't understand why every musician isn't writing [music] about Bitcoin or Satoshi." — Roger 9000 This week, Roger 9000, a musician, chocolate-maker, podcaster and a deeply original, free thinking bitcoiner wanders with me on a conversational stroll across a metaphysical landscape of aspirations, dreams, speculations, memories, vexing paradoxes around the meaning of life and the role of bitcoin. I'd love to say I dove deep i...
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"Most bitcoin artists...love bitcoin so much, they'll do whatever they can do to further its adoption. And creating art is the way they know to do it." — Chris Tramount This episode features Chris Tramount, co-founder of Scarce City, a marketplace to sell bitcoin-inspired art through auctions or directly by using bitcoin. He believes that bitcoin’s finest goods should be sold according to the network’s properties of pseudonymou...
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"I will do anything to make bitcoin a success. "For me, it's bitcoin or die." — Cyber This week, Cyber, a Barcelona-based bitcoiner, artist and the founder of Street Cyber, a group of artists whose mission it is to use street art to empower and educate people about bitcoin. Using murals, stickers and wheat-pasted posters, they've reached thousands with their message that bitcoin is a powerful tool for financial freedom. Cybe...
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"This system of having artists get approval from the people who are higher up on the status ladder is an entirely fiat game." — Jimmy Song Jimmy Song, a formative voice in my bitcoin journey, joins me for a blistering critique of modern and contemporary art including NFTs. Using his latest book Fiat Ruins Everything, and specifically, Chapter 26: "Fiat Debases Art" as the frame for our conversation, Jimmy jumps right in wi...
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"In life we get nothing at all without some effort, and the best rewards of all are those we receive after hard work." — The Cultural Tutor In this episode, I don’t have a guest. Instead, I decided to channel Guy Swann and Bitcoin Audible to read a work from a newsletter I get every week written by The Cultural Tutor. Specifically, it’s Areopagus Volume LII. In this particular missive he deviated from his normal format and touc...
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An educational romp across painting, artistic philosophies, AI and the broken financial system. "So many of America's problems, addiction, depression, racism, xenophonbia...this is all rooted in the money." —Alex Schaefer Alex Schaefer, best known for his paintings of burning banks bookends our longer conversation about creating art and technological advances with eloquent and passionate disdain for the Federal Reserve and i...
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Life-long jewelry designer and precious metalsmith making bitcoin-inspired gemstone art. "Great art provokes an emotional reaction in the person that sees it. With great art, your heart responds to it. We need people to have that kind of attachment to the bitcoin philosophy." — Gareth Eckley In this episode, I tumble in conversation with Gareth Eckley, a jewelry designer, gemstone carver, metalsmith, and an inspired bitco...
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"With bitcoin culture we are going to have beauty again. We deserve it. Everyone deserves it." — Flo Montoya I’m joined by painter, illustrator, engraver, and now screen printer, Flo Montoya whose self-described obsession with bitcoin has her expanding her skills and tapping art history's masters to explore deep and perennial concepts like justice, love and hope. She got on my radar because of her wonderful illustrations for the...
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Banknote designer and author of "Art & Money" explores history, symbolism and the aesthetics of trust. "Bitcoin is one of the few things in this world that is truly avant-garde." —Tom Badley I’m joined by banknote designer and author of "Art & Money," Tom Badley. His rare skill sets and unique perspectives on history, symbolism and meaning, and art's role in, around and on money are the currency for our conversation. He brin...
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A product designer taps her creativity and customer focus to honor bitcoiners. Lena is a bitcoin artist hewn from the world of high-end product design. With her eponymous brand, she is now dedicated to painting custom sneakers, making clothing and designing jewelry with plans for more. Her emotional connection and meticulous focus on customer satisfaction balances with her artistic impulses. Prioritizing her clients' stories, sh...
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Today we drop a match into the can of turpentine that is, MADEX, an artist of some renown in bitcoin circles. His layered paintings and original script share the artist's studio with his deep convictions, valuable insights, informed opinions, and his grand and passionate plans. I’m honored to have had a chance to speak with and listen to MADEX in this tour de force of complex ideas, rarely expressed. He layers his thoughts like...
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A deep dive into the complexities and satisfactions of making art on a bitcoin standard. I’m joined by mixed-media artist, Rebel. His evolution as an artist is perfectly reflected in his work that wrestles with many of the big ideas and aesthetic challenges posed by bitcoin. I admire his commitment and unwavering dedication to the high standards he perceives bitcoin inspires in everyone, but especially, artists. It’s great ...
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This episode is a conversation-turned-parlor game with Steven, a.k.a., Slumberjack, creator of Bitcoin Cartoons. We discuss his process and inspirations but also engage in the some fun as he leads me in a game of "Name That 'Toon" using his delightful and funny political cartoons.
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