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A street artist from France added a bitcoin-purse address to each drawing. For half a year he was transferred a thousand dollars

He calls on all artists to do the same to achieve financial independence.

Photos by Harvey Marshall
Photos by Harvey Marshall

A street painter from France, Pascal Boyart, under the pseudonym ” PBOY ” came up with a way to earn money on his work without selling paintings to corporations and not showing at exhibitions. To do this, he began to add to the street art QR-codes with the address bitcoin-purse, where he can transfer money.

Boyart became famous when he published one of his works on Reddit. The site’s users praised him for the creative use of QR codes to receive donations from passers-by, and the publication quickly hit the top.

Picture of Pascal Boyart. Photos of Pboy-art.com
Picture of Pascal Boyart. Photos of Pboy-art.com

The main themes of the artist’s work were decentralization and crypto-currencies. Thus, he simultaneously explores how the crypto-currencies have changed the balance of power in the world of finance and is testing their work in practice.

"Daddy, what is money?". Photos by Harvey Marshall
“Daddy, what is money?”. Photos by Harvey Marshall

In a conversation with The Next Web Boyart admitted that he began to include QR codes with the address bitcoin-purse in their work from November 2017. He noted that he took such a step to pay tribute to the book “Internet Money” by Andreas Antonopoulos.

I painted graffiti with a part of the child who asks his father: “Daddy, what is money?” And placed the QR code next to his signature. I was not sure that I did not do this before, but I wanted to see if people would support donors by street artists.

Pascal Boyart
street artist
 Since the beginning of his experiment, the artist has received donations worth about a thousand dollars, according to the statistics on his bitcoin-wallet transactions.
Boyart draws a QR code of his bitcoin-wallet
Boyart draws a QR code of his bitcoin-wallet

He said that he learned about the crypto currency in 2014, but it took him four years to understand what technology is behind it. According to Boyart, he “did not understand” bitcoin and thought that it was a “new PayPal”.

It was last May, when I was carried away by a new paradigm of money. I was thinking about the best ways to use this among artists. This can free us from corporations and galleries.

Pascal Boyart

Boyart noted that his street art requires a lot of money: paint and materials are expensive. He could use crowdsfinding platforms, but, in his opinion, he needs direct financial relations with people, and bitcoin is “ideal for this.”

His works the artist publishes on his personal website and in Instagram .

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