I thought we could welcome 2017 with a fun light-hearted interview. I recently met Rekt&Hodl on twitter and thought it was a fun and interesting project. I sent a DM asking for a quick interview, they agreed, so for my first interview of 2017, I introduce you to Rekt&Hodl
BitcoinDood – Thanks for taking the time to answer the questions in this interview. I have to say I really enjoyed looking over some of the designs you’re creating. Could you tell the readers a little about who you are, your brand Rekt&Hodl, and your relationship to Rekt&Hodl?
Rekt&Hodl – Hey, Bitcoin Dood, thanks for offering us the opportunity to be apart of your story by letting Rekt&Hodl Designs tell our story: Shitshirts for Shitcoinz 🙂 Firstly it’s based out of New Zealand, operating on the more humorous side of the crypto-space as a small startup and lover of Alts / $BTC and the icons and people in the overall community.
The brand itself is reflection of the troubles and idiosyncrasies cryptotraders go through trading altcoins. And some of of the “troubles” by their nature can be an absolute piss-take, especially in hindsight, and I try to play on that.
As a trader myself I’ve experienced firsthand some the lessons crypto can teach you or take from you. This game can be a bi*ch or you can grab a 20 bag, it’s a fickle beast, your either making $BTC or slowly getting rekt over a slow period of time – or fast. And this can put in a position to either sell at a loss or Hodl and prey for a recovery.
That’s when I started to think of the two individual ‘processes’ as a single cycle: you get Rekt and then you HODL —- Rekt&Hodl and I thought that was pretty interesting, and at the time I thought it would be kind of funny to put it on a shirt, and here we are, having a laugh.
It’s great way to deal with a not so ideal situation. Either that or you can start hurling abuse about who is to blame, but that generally gets you nowhere. But, A statement on a T- Shirt though – that’s a classy way to express the grunge of any coins community that they may be feeling at that time (its Rekt&Hodl’s position to capture that and put it on a shirt – I call it “Capturing Culture”).
BitcoinDood – We originally met via a tweet and you turned one of my parody designs into a t-shirt which I thought was really great. These T-shirt designs are a brilliant idea for altcoin enthusiasts with a sense of humor. You obviously have a sense of humor when it comes to crypto trading, was that your sole inspiration for starting Rekt&Hodl, or do you just do it for the LOLZ? Are there other motivating factors behind the designs?
Rekt&Hodl – It’s the culture! I think the culture within the trading community is absolutely rich with cool cats! There are social media icons out there that can naturally put together some interesting and catchy slang words. I was reading a tweet from Barry Silbert (or Shill-Bert, as others have said) and he was talking the “wide – lexicon” within the crypto trading community and I completely agree with him. A lot of our clothing designs are directly sourced from the community, be it: Telegram, tweets, memes or great content shows on YouTube – SHOUT OUT to ShitcoinTalk! I think these guys are part of the motivational factor for putting Rekt&Hodl together. If these guys in the grassroots of crypto trading can have a blast discussing their pump and dump campaigns, we too could have a “calculated laugh” in this space. That show, taught me the community is stacked full interesting cats that know their stuff, and that was a real catalyst going forward.
This space is always pumping with hype or rekt episodes throughout each various coin and their associated ecosystem; and being able to tap into that is possibly the most fun part of putting the designs together. In some respects there is a lot to learn from each design – they keep you informed and up-to-date with the latest issues with coins and issues, or hindsight views of ICOs – my personal favorite for inspiration.
BitcoinDood – I think some people are a little too light hearted about altcoins and others take them far to seriously. The Dood, he stands somewhere in the middle.I often find the humor in some of these markets and have tweeted in the past that sometimes FUD ANNS on bitcointalk are almost worth the bad investment because the FUDDERS remarks make you laugh so hard you end up forgetting about the bad investment you made in the first place. How has the project been received from other crypto enthusiasts on the net? Have you received any negativity from butt hurt traders who may not appreciate the humor in what you’re doing or has everyone been pretty positive for the most part?
Rekt&Hodl – Oh man – I couldn’t agree with you more. Some of what the FUDDERS have to say about there bad investments will make you fall off your seat! It can be like watching a slow motion comedy show, and at times, you cant help but agree with them. I think it’s kind of a good to have FUDDERS; it can keep a coins hype cycle in perspective, as sort of reality check.
So far, its mostly been meet with farts and giggles, some of these designs are a complete reflection of what a community is saying, we just jog it down. The crypto community itself is an accepting community and they can be more down for a laugh than any others on the net. I put together a design for a nonexistent coin “Gerber Baby Coin” with an image of Ross Gerber on it and he thought it was hilarious, mentioning it in a tweet. That was a design concept originally started on ShitcoinTalk, and carried on through by members on Bitcointalk.org. There is a lot of laughs to be had in crypto and a lot of cats wanting to have a good time.
BitcoinDood – I’m guessing you must be an altcoin enthusiast yourself. How did you get involved in cryptocurrency? Are you a trader, miner, investor, dev?
Rekt&Hodl – For me, it started when I was watching a report on CNBC discussing the price of bitcoin; which at the time was over $1000 back in 2013. Reminiscent of what we are seeing now, and it all just started from there. I did some reading and watched a few videos, and spent some time figuring out what the heck it is and where it fits in world. At the time I was out of work and had plenty of time to take in an understanding of the philosophy behind bitcoin, which resonated with me; I think mostly because I was reading a lot of Ron Paul books at the time – and those ideas meshed together, somewhat.
But, mostly I’m an investor and enthusiast. I hodl pieces in all parts of this game.
BitcoinDood – You’re currently posting your designs to sites like abphy and snaptee, any plans on starting a small website and taking this to the next level? Have you considered OpenBazaar or Peerhub?
Rekt&Hodl – Wow – honestly, I had no idea it was being posted on abphy 🙂 news to me LOLZ. Well, I’m definitively trying to keep the approach to the market as liquid and organic as possible, and what I mean by this is, that I’m trying to integrate it seamlessly into my day-to-day living – well online living. By using mediums such as twitter, instagram, facebook and snapptee, they allow me to design and market each product at the drop of a hat; and I kind of like that. I’ve operated blogs and such in the past and the costs and time involved can add up; it isn’t to much – but its enough to command a bit your time, and currently, the operation is free, mobile and integrated.
I haven’t considered OpenBazaar before, but after taking a quick glance, it could be on the cards – no fees, yes please!
BitcoinDood – It looks like you’re currently focusing on t-shirts. Have you considered expanding the product line to mugs, pins, hats etc..?
Rekt&Hodl – I think going forward, growing organically, I don’t know what is next in terms of product offerings. I’ll wait for the market to present an opportunity, and pounce. I like throwing stuff out to the wind, and if it comes back to slap me in the face with something, it’s all for the best.
BitcoinDood – I really like what you’re doing and wish you the best of luck in 2017. Do you have anything you want to add about Rekt&Hodl that wasn’t already covered in this interview?
Rekt&Hodl – Thanks Bitcoin Dood; only to say – yes I have been rekt and I generally just Hodl this sh#t – a common strategy I’m sure 🙂
BitcoinDood – So I always end each interview with the same last question. Where do you see cryptocurrency going in the future. Any thoughts or predictions for the future. If you had a crystal ball and could see the future of bitcoin and cryptocurrencies in general, what do you think you would see?
Rekt&Hodl – I think mainstream adoption of crypto in our day-to-day living would be great. A lot of people I talk to about crypto don’t have a clue what I’m saying or whats being put together by innovators in the space, its a shame really. But, I make an effort to preach bitcoin, blockchains, in a more humorous way; it helps people engage with what it is. IRL I talk to co-workers about it as a Nigerian scam, it helps break the ice and opens the door for more serious conversation on the matter. But, if i had a crystal ball – I WOULD LONG EVERYTHING THAT BALL HAS TO REVEAL! A crypto trader has got to make a living.
BitcoinDood – Hey, thanks for taking the time to answer these questions. I’m really looking forward to seeing your future designs and watching your brand grow. Happy New Year from The Dood, and wishing you a prosperous 2017 for Rekt&Hodl.
Rekt&Hodl – Thanks Dood – R O C K O N 2 0 1 7 !
Disclaimer: Rekt&Hodl have many different designs for various coins in the altcoin space. I really liked the Startcoin designs and used them in this post. The Dood has the utmost respect for the Startcoin community, but sometimes we just have to laugh a little when an investment goes south! For my true thoughts and opinions on Startcoin, checkout this post here.