With over 150,000 Ordinal inscriptions currently on Bitcoin’s blockchain, there’s simply no denying the fact that the crypto community has embraced the concept, and the demand for this type of technology continues to grow.
Earlier this week, Taproot Wizard and cryptocurrency supporter Udi Wertheimer shared a story, recounting how the designer of the first bitcoin wizard meme was able to raise 6 BTC, or roughly $150K. Wertheimer further explained how he and the Taproot Wizards joined forces to help Mavensbot, the creator of the meme, release, and market an ordinal inscriptions collection that celebrated the ten-year anniversary of his designs. Wertheimer tweeted:
“The proceeds – over 6 BTC in 3 hours! – went to support the artist. The payments were mostly from NFT enjoyers, who downloaded a lightning wallet from [the Lightning Network extension Alby] for the first time in their lives, and made a [bitcoin] payment, all within the 3 hours of the limited sale.”
Wertheimer said that he was happy to watch everything unfold and was pleased to use bitcoin and the Lightning Network to offer his support of the artist. However, he also stated that the bitcoin maximalist and Reddit Bitcoin subforum moderator Bashco didn’t actually like the inscription.
“Bitcoin maxis hate us for it. And of course, they do,” said Wertheimer, sharing a screen grab of Bashco’s criticism. The cryptocurrency supporter’s Twitter post also mentioned that Bashco is known in the community “for supporting extreme censorship” at the bitcoin subreddit, r/bitcoin.
He went on to add that maximalists and individuals such as Bashco dislike Ordinal inscriptions simply because they have determined that JPEGs are essentially evil. “The high priests of the Bitcoin cult have spoken,” said Wertheimer remarked.
Despite individuals such as Bashco and others who refer to themselves as maximalists, Wertheimer contends that the majority of “Bitcoiners aren’t like this.” One commenter stated:
“I don’t get it — bitcoin maxis want [bitcoin] to be the world currency, but you can’t buy JPEGs with it?”
Wertheimer pointed out that real bitcoin supporters are “builders, explorers, researchers, and quite simply enjoyers,” adding that bitcoin maximalists “are a disease.” The cryptocurrency advocate concluded his Twitter post by mentioning that he feels that the time has come for Bitcoiners to start to heal, suggesting that:
“It’s time to go back to the spirit of the 2013 Bitcoin wizard. Playfulness, experimentation, innovation. Not taking ourselves so goddamn seriously all the time. HAVING FUN, for Satoshi’s sake.”