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On Wednesday, popular musician and Youtuber, Alicia Dawn “Ali” Spagnola, shot a new video and tweeted about how she “accidentally got bitcoin rich” after filing a request for her project called Free Paintings. After getting a bitcoin in 2013 and checking her account eight years later, Spagnola said, “I just found out that I am bitcoin rich – this is my attempt to use it for fun.”
Ali Spagnola is a well-known artist, musician and Youtuber with more than 325,000 subscribers today. During one of her more recent videos, she explained how she accidentally became ‘bitcoin rich’ from a person who donated $ 50 worth of bitcoin to her in 2013. A few months ago, Spagnola realized that to her Free paintings project website accepted bitcoin donations and she tried to remember why she decided to accept bitcoin donations in 2013.
In 2008, the artist and Youtuber started her Free Paintings project, where she answers requests via email so that she can create a 12 x 12 inch acrylic painting for them. Spagnola has always made the artwork for free and also sends it free by post. To date, Spagnola has created 2,700 paintings for people, and over the years people have donated money to her as well. She still does the Free Paintings project to this day when she has time as the waiting list is said to be over 1,300 people long.
When Spagnola decided to look at her email inbox, she realized that on June 25, 2013, a person convinced her to accept the digital currency. The original email said, “I’d like to pay you $ 50 (in bitcoins) for your interpretation of a bitcoin – a new virtual currency that makes it super easy to send / receive money over the Internet.”
The individual convinced her, so Spagnola painted him a 12 × 12 ”bitcoin painting and in the video she shared the photo of her artwork she designed at the time. When Spagnola originally changed the exchange rate of BTC it was over $ 11k. Months later, Spagnola rechecked the exchange rate and the single bitcoin the person donated to her was worth $ 39k.
In addition, Spagnola was in touch with the person who sent her the bitcoin, and he sent her a recent photo of the painting she made framed on his wall. So the artist and Youtuber decided to blow some of her bitcoin wealth on many art supplies and started a new project. Using an expensive wood-backed canvas, Spagnola created a much larger bitcoin painting as a thank you gift for her 2013 gift.
“The original point of my Free Paintings project is that I want art to be for everyone, not just the elite, so I started giving it away and then people started donating for it,” Spagnola said.
The popular Youtuber further emphasized:
The bitcoin [payment] part adds another layer, ”added Spagnola. Was it worth a painting of $ 50 or thousands? Am I giving him something worthless now? Maybe Youtuber’s works will be in museums in the future?
Then Spagnola traveled to Las Vegas to meet the person who paid her in bitcoin in 2013, to give him the newer and much larger painting. When she met the person in a coffee shop, he told her that the original “photo was one of his most prized possessions.”
Plus, since Spagnola was “so lucky,” she decided to “pay it in advance” and do exactly what he did ten times. “I’m giving $ 50 in bitcoin to ten random commenters on this video,” Spagnola said on her channel. Youtuber Ali Spagnola’s recent bitcoin video follows a number of other popular Youtubers discussing the crypto asset phenomenon on the video sharing platform.
Pewdiepie recently told its 107 million channel subscribers that it is engaged in cryptocurrencies and non-replaceable token (NFT) asset games. The famous Youtuber Andrei Jikh published a video in November to his 978,000 subscribers, explaining that he had invested more than $ 100,000 in crypto assets. Jikh also said he also plans to follow up on that investment video.
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