On Wednesday, the popular musician and Youtuber, Alicia Dawn “Ali” Spagnola, made a new video and tweeted about how she got “accidentally bitcoin rich,” after taking a request for her project called Free Paintings.
Ali Spagnola is a well known artist, musician, and Youtuber with over 325,000 subscribers today. During one of her more recent videos, she explained how she accidentally got “bitcoin rich” from an individual who donated $50 in bitcoin to her in 2013. 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 joy.”
The email Spagnola received in 2013
In 2008, the artist and Youtuber started her project Free Paintings, where she takes requests via email so she can create a 12×12” acrylic painting for them. When Spagnola decided to look at her email inbox, she realized that an individual convinced her on June 25, 2013, to accept the digital currency. The original email said: “I would 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 and so Spagnola painted him a 12×12” bitcoin painting and in the video, she shared the picture of her artwork that she designed at the time. When Spagnola originally checked the exchange rate of BTC it was well over $11k. Months later, Spagnola checked the exchange rate again, and the single bitcoin that the individual donated to her was worth $39k.
The picture on the upper left side is the original 12×12” bitcoin painting Spagnola created for the individual who paid her a bitcoin.
With an expensive wood-backed canvas Spagnola created a much larger bitcoin painting as a thank you for her gift back in 2013. The artist and Youtuber decided to blast some of her bitcoin riches on lots of art supplies and started a new project.
“The bitcoin [payment] part adds another layer,” Spagnola added. “Was it a $50 painting or worth thousands? Am I giving him something worthless right now? Perhaps Youtuber’s works will be in museums in the future?” – Spagnola said – “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 traveled to Las Vegas to meet the individual who paid her in bitcoin back in 2013, in order to give him the newer and much larger painting. When she met the individual at a coffee shop, he told her that the original “picture was one of his most prized possessions.”
<Source: Bitcoin News>