As Bitcoin 2021 concludes, Jack Mallers’ announcement that El Salvador intends to adopt Bitcoin as legal tender still resonates. Historical in scope, the announcement also comes with Thanks of the bitcoin community of the president of the country. One way of this recognition is to laser my eyes, a meme created by myself. I think this would be a good time to take a look at the origins of the laser eyes, # LaserRayUntil100K, and what led to the meme.
It all started when I was a Bitcoin Pleb with less than 300 followers. In April 2020, I found Bitcoin Twitter and joined the Pleb Army. I am Bitcoin Class of 2018 myself, but did not know that Bitcoin Twitter existed at the time, let alone that it is populated by so many amazing people. The first account I fell in love with on Twitter was American HODL. A toxic Bitcoin maximalist who would yell nonsense and scams, have extremely insightful perspectives, and most importantly, tweet perfect shitty posts. A shitty position defined by Urban dictionary is “any content on the Internet whose humor stems from its surreal nature and / or lack of a clear context. The humor of a meme comes from its repeatability, a shitpost is funny simply because it is not a predictable repetition of an existing form.” So basically saying random things to be fun and encourage engagement from your community and / or haters. I felt that American HODL was absolutely the bullshit poster of the king on Bitcoin Twitter and I loved him for it.
One morning, a Bitcoin hater was commenting on an American HODL post criticizing his tweet. I decided to make a meme with the most basic tools – the default Android photo editing app. I downloaded the appropriate image, created the meme, and posted it under the non-believer’s comment. Before I knew it, the AMERICAN HODL retweeted me. I, a rabble, with about 30 followers, was ecstatic. Now he had a new mission: to make memes.
He had always been the class clown, the joker, and always great at jokes. I also loved photo editing and drawing. With these talents and interests combined, I had found my new calling. I would become part of the Bitcoin army of memes. Right now, I wasn’t sure that an army of Bitcoin memes existed. This is the moment when two other members caught my eye, Gregzaj1Y Style HODL. I had also come across a legend by the name of RD_btc around this time that led me to a bunch of memes on Instagram. Greg and Labra quickly became my best friends on Bitcoin Twitter and we constantly challenged each other.
As the months went by, we grew closer as our group of members grew larger. The Meme Factory ™ was born. We had no agenda or goal other than to have fun, strengthen each other, and help each other adjust each other’s memes when prompted. We all had our own styles and methods and we absolutely complemented each other. We became a team of cyber hornets attacking with imagery, humor, and creativity. We lift our spirits in a bear market by poking fun at ourselves, the shitcoiners, and especially the ridiculous non-coiners. We had inherited the mission to unite the community with memes!
On a smaller scale at the time, I enjoyed bonding the community with common avatars. I did this for the first time in late November 2020. I started a campaign to create Christmas avatars for everyone on Bitcoin Twitter who would like one. I was soon overwhelmed, but managed to create no less than 1,000 Christmas avatars for my fellow Bitcoin maximalists. We weren’t just festive, we had a bond between our avatars, and it felt great to seem almost in uniform and cut off from other subcultures.
This happened again for New Years when I created avatars with fireworks and again when I attended Yellow (ICOffender) about putting Hodlonaut helmets on Plebs who wanted to show their support for the cat against the CSW scammer.
This is the brief backstory that led to what was to come.
Now let me take you to the beginning of February 2021. The price of Bitcoin is hovering around $ 42,000. Meme Factory ™ is doing what we do best, turning Bitcoin into the next world’s reserve currency. It is at this moment that Peter ask someone to help you with a meme. I wanted to put laser eyes on a kangaroo to give his meme a little more juice.
I gave Pedro’s meme some basic lasers … and then an idea hit me like lightning. I then proceeded to put laser eyes on everyone in The Meme Factory ™ avatar. Well, no RD, he has googly eyes. I posted all the laser eye photos to the guys and said, “When the day comes when we have to go into an aggressive offensive meme war… we enact laser eyes!” We collectively decided that it would be awesome to rock the new avatars asap. Then I expressed my thoughts to the team: “Trying to decide how we could start the laser eye campaign. # LaserRayUntil100K?”
This was the first time this hashtag was shared. The late memes were on board. Marcus plan Then he suggested that once the price reaches $ 50,000, we start the campaign. The team was ready and the plan was in place. We started the prep by creating our memes beforehand and waited for the price to hit the $ 50K starting line. I contacted a person who was not part of The Meme Factory ™, the only American HODL. I told him the plan and he responded with “I’m in!” The foundations were laid.
February 16, 2021, the campaign officially began. The Meme Factory ™ came out in full force. Within 72 hours, members of Congress, celebrities and the vast majority of Plebs had donned Laser Eyes, while receiving prime-time coverage from major national media outlets.
So what happens after a $ 100,000 USD Bitcoin? Well … #LaserEyesUntilFiatDies, of course.
PS: Meme Factory ™ does not exist.