The pleb that started it all tells the story of the productive meme and how it all began when the leader of a country put the lasers on.
At the close of Bitcoin 2021, Jack Mallers’ announcement that El Salvador intends to adopt Bitcoin as legal tender is still finding resonance. The announcement is historic in scope and is also thanked to the Bitcoin community by the president of the country. One form of that recognition is the creation of laser eyes, a meme created with my best friends. I think this would be a good time to take a look at the origins of laser eyes, # LaserRayUntil100K, and how the meme was made.
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 I didn’t know that Bitcoin Twitter even existed at the time, let alone that it was populated with so many amazing people. The first account I fell in love with on Twitter was American HODL. A venomous Bitcoin maximalist who exclaimed bullshit and scams would have extremely insightful perspectives, and most importantly, he would tweet perfect shit posts. A shitpost as defined by Urban Dictionary is “any content on the Internet whose humor stems from its surreal nature and / or lack of clear context. The humor of a meme comes from its repeatability, a shitpost is simply funny because it doesn’t have a predictable repetition of is an existing form. ” So, basically saying random shit to be funny and to encourage community engagement and / or haters. It felt like American HODL was absolutely the king shit poster on Bitcoin Twitter and I loved him for that.
One morning a bitcoin hater commented on a post by the American HODL in which he beat up his tweet. I decided to create a meme using the most basic of tools: the standard Android photo editing application. I downloaded the relevant image, made the meme, and posted it under the infidel’s comment. Before I knew it, I retweeted the AMERICAN HODL. I, a pleb, with maybe 30 followers, was thrilled. I now had a new mission: to meme.
I was always the class clown, the prankster and always great with the jokes. I also had a penchant for image editing and drawing. With these talents and interests I had found my new calling. I would become part of the bitcoin meme army. At the time, I wasn’t sure if there was a bitcoin meme army at all. It just so happened that I became aware of two other members, Gregzaj1 and Labra HODL. I was also found by a legend called RD_btc at the time who put me in a meme group on Instagram. Greg and Labra quickly became my best friends on Bitcoin Twitter and we kept challenging ourselves.
As the months went by, we grew closer as our group of members grew. The Meme Factory ™ was born. We had no agenda or goals other than having fun, building each other up, and helping each other fine-tune each other’s memes if requested. We all had our own styles and methods and were absolutely complementary. We became a team of cyber hornets attacking with imagery, humor and creativity. We lifted the mood in a bear market by making fun of ourselves, shitcoiners, and most of all, ridiculous no-coiners. We had inherited the mission to connect the community with memes!
Back then, on a smaller scale, I enjoyed connecting the community with shared avatars. I did this for the first time in late November 2020. I started a campaign to create Christmas avatars for anyone in Bitcoin Twitter who would like to have one. I was soon overwhelmed, but managed to create no fewer than 1,000 Christmas avatars for my bitcoin maximalist colleagues. Not only were we festive, we also had a connection between our avatars and it felt great to appear almost in uniform and separate from other subcultures.
This happened again on New Years Eve when I made avatars with fireworks and again when I helped Yellow (ICOffender) put Hodlonaut helmets on plebs who wanted to support the cat against the scam CSW.
This is the brief backstory that led to what was to come.
Let me now bring you to the beginning of February 2021. Bitcoin’s price hovers around $ 42,000. The Meme Factory ™ does what we do best, meme’n Bitcoin in the next world reserve currency. At this time, Pedro asks that someone help him with a meme. He wanted laser eyes to be placed on a kangaroo to give his meme a little more juice.
I gave Pedro’s meme a few basic lasers … and then I had an idea that hit me like lightning. I then proceeded to laser-eye everyone in The Meme Factory ™ avatar. Well, not RD, he’s got derpy googly eyes. I posted all the laser eye photos to the guys and said, “When the day comes when we have to go into aggressive offensive meme warfare … Then I shared my thoughts with the crew,” Let’s try to decide how we do start the laser eye campaign. # LaserRayUntil100K? “
This was the first time this hashtag was shared. The Mem-Tards were on board. Plan Marcus then suggested that we start the campaign once the price hit $ 50,000. The team was ready and the plan was in place. We started the prep by creating our memes beforehand and waiting for the price to hit the starting line of $ 50,000. I reached out to someone who wasn’t part of The Meme Factory ™, the only American HODL. I told him the plan and he replied, “I’m in!” The foundation stone was laid.
The campaign officially began on February 16, 2021. The Meme Factory ™ came out in full force. Within 72 hours, members of Congress, celebrities, and the vast majority of the plebs had laser eyes on while they were being featured on mainstream national media at prime time.
Senator Cynthia Lummis
So what happens after a $ 100,000 bitcoin? Well … #LaserEyesUntilFiat, of course.
PS The Meme Factory ™ does not exist.
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