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Crypto Clothing Review TCmerch

A couple weeks back @tc_merch on Twitter contacted me and asked me to review some of their clothing and designs. When they said they would send a few samples to check out I was absolutely delighted. The Dood loves sporting cryptocurrency related clothing. It’s a great way to meet other like-minded cryptocurrency folks, and also start the crypto conversation with curious folks wondering what it’s all about.

Their shipping was pretty quick and a few days after we talked a really nice sized box arrived at my shop. To my surprise, it was filled with all kinds of t-shirts and a hoodie from tcmerch.io! Everything arrived packaged neatly and professionally.

Image of crypto clothing from tcmerch

Everything arrived individually wrapped and professionally packed.

As soon as I began pulling the shirts from their individually wrapped bags, I could tell they were using quality shirts for their designs. The material of the t-shirts was very soft, with a nice feel to them. I’ve ordered flimsy t-shirts online in the past, and these are not those t-shirts. They have a soft cottony feel, and you can immediately tell that they’re made of quality material. 100% cotton American Apparel t-shirts!

American Apparel tag of t-shirt

100% cotton American Apparel t-shirts. Quality stuff.

The hoodie was also made of quality material. The Dood’s a pretty big guy. I’m a little ashamed to say that over the last few years, I’ve put on more than a few pounds sitting behind the computer staring at crypto charts all day. It’s sometimes difficult for me to find clothes that fit well. I ordered the 2X and it fits just like I want a hoodie to fit. I’m 6′ 2″ and 265 pounds. It lays nicely over my waistline and covered up that beer belly. The hoodie is also 100% cotton American Apparel.

image of litecoin hoodie

100% cotton American Apparel litecoin hoodie. Show your love and spread the knowledge! Wear it proudly.

The decal quality is great on the font designs. I love the slogans and the fonts are bold and crisp regardless of the shirt color. Again, if you’re looking to strike up the crypto conversation while you’re out in public these shirts help do that for you. Great conversation starter.

big block font design t-shirt image.

Another favorite. The Dood’s a big blocker and proud. The white box near the collar is just a bar code sticker. I should of removed it before taking the image.

As far as the graphic designs, they were all decent quality too. Definitely comparable to other crypto shirts and hoodies I’ve ordered online. I already sent one through the wash a couple times and the decals are staying bright and crisp.

rekt hoody

We’ve all been there. When there’s blood in the streets it’s time to buy. I’m a crypto trader, not a photographer. For better images make sure to stop by their page and check out some of their other designs.

Here’s another one I love.

bitconnect hoodie design.

How fun would it be to show up at a local crypto meetup where nobody knows you wearing this? LMAO! I’ll probably be ordering this one!

The Dood sporting a bitcoin bart t-shirt.

Bitcoin Bart! This is one of my favorites. I’ll be wearing this all the time.

The cryptocurrency unity design.

The Dood is no maximalist. I really love this design. We’re all in this together! Show your love of cryptocurrency with this really cool unity design.

You can see more of these awesome designs here.
www.tcmerch.io…

The folks over at TCmerch told me to include promo code “NEWYEAR” to receive 30% off if anyone is interested in ordering.

Well, that’s all folks! If you want to see any more of these fun crypto designs, you’ll have to stop by their page. Thanks for reading, and happy trading!

Disclaimer: This was not a paid review. TC Merch asked me to review their clothes and I did. They sent a few designs they selected for my review, and I looked them over and posted my honest opinion of them. Hope you enjoyed the review and found this information useful. 

Interesting Tron TRX Review

Tron has taken a lot of flack since its introduction. I thought this was a pretty fair review of the technology. If you ever wanted to find out more about this controversial cryptocurrency, I found this to be not only fair, but also a very in depth review. Explains solidity, PoS, and a lot of the other technical aspects of this project.

Review: Earn Bitcoin Using The File Army Image Hosting Service

I promise this isn’t turning into a video blog. It has been sometime since I’ve done a youtube video and I got bored the other day and decided to put one together. This is a really cool image hosting site I found, that pays you in bitcoin for using the image hosting service.

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Interview With Sam Patterson From OpenBazaar

OpenBazaar Marketplace logo

OpenBazaar is an open source decentralized marketplace.

BitcoinDood – Thanks for taking the time to do this interview. I was really excited about getting the opportunity to talk to someone from your organization. This has been a project that I’ve followed for some time now. Could you please take a moment to tell us who you are and your relationship to the OpenBazaar project?

Sam Patterson – I’m Sam Patterson, a co-founder of OB1, the company that develops OpenBazaar.

BitcoinDood – OpenBazaar is a decentralized peer to peer marketplace. Could you explain a little about what that means and how it works?

Sam Patterson – Most online commerce today is done by using centralized marketplaces, owned by huge companies. Those marketplaces take a cut of every transaction, they collect the data of buyers and sellers, and they place restrictions on what can be bought or sold. OpenBazaar is different; it’s a marketplace that isn’t controlled by a company or any central organization. It’s a decentralized marketplace, meaning it’s a collection of people running the software and connecting directly to each other in order to buy and sell. Engaging in trade directly means there are no middleman to charge fees, collect data, or censor transactions.

BitcoinDood – I have to admit, when I first signed on I was almost a little nervous and not really sure what to expect. Thoughts of the darknet filled my head, and I was hoping The Dood wouldn’t end up on yet another Government watch list for just being curious… LOL half kidding… Yet I was really surprised to find a fairly tame marketplace, with very little controversial content if any. OpenBazaar is a marketplace not much different from say Ebay or even Overstock for that matter. I found everything from clothing, bumper stickers, to food products and honey. I don’t know why I expected it to be a little more say “Underground” is this a common misconception of OpenBazaar?

Sam Patterson – OpenBazaar started as a fork of the “Dark Market” hackathon entry in 2014, and many still have a misconception that OpenBazaar is an underground or darknet marketplace. OpenBazaar has always been about making trade free for everyone, not focusing on any type of trade or community. We believe that the benefits of a free and permissionless trade platform are significant and should be available to everyone.

BitcoinDood – So this is another really cool opensource software project.Can you tell us a little about the development, the number of people involved, and how the decision making process works?

Sam Patterson – Since OpenBazaar began in April 2014 it’s been open source and community driven. The number of contributors has fluctuated, but there are several dozen people around the world who have submitted code and hundreds who have tested, opened issues, and submitted bug reports. The majority of the work has been done by the developers working for OB1, the company founded in order to hire dedicated developers to build the platform. Our project leader, Brian Hoffman, has been leading the development since he started the project initially.

BitcoinDood – OpenBazaar bills itself as a decentralized network for peer to peer commerce online.There are no fees and there are no restrictions. Without fees, how does the project fund itself?

Sam Patterson – Originally the project solely consisted of volunteers. Eventually Brian Hoffman, Washington Sanchez and I decided that we wanted to form a company to hire dedicated developers and build OpenBazaar properly. We formed OB1 and obtained venture capital investment. As of the end of 2016 we’ve raised $4 million in venture capital. OB1 will offer value-added services to OpenBazaar users in the future in order to make money, but will never change the software to force users to pay fees.

BitcoinDood – So to go back to my earlier statement about not knowing what to expect the first time I logged on. OpenBazaar encourages an open market without any restrictions yet when I logged onto the client I was surprised to see how tame the listings actually were. Are there any restrictions on what users can post? How does the marketplace maintain such a “wholesome” environment without any restrictions? I was really surprised at how professional, and mainstream the offers I found on your platform were.

Sam Patterson – There are no restrictions on what a user can post. We encourage users to list their items as NSFW if applicable, and in the software there are tools to block other users if they offer items that you don’t like or they are harassing you. Most people just want a platform where they can buy and sell without fees and other restrictions while using Bitcoin, and OpenBazaar is the only place to do that right now.

BitcoinDood – Currently you can only make purchases with bitcoin? Are there any plans to add other cryptocurrencies down the road?

Sam Patterson – In the latest release we added ShapeShift integration, which allows users to spend a variety of cryptocurrencies. Bitcoin is the core currency because it’s the most widely used cryptocurrency and has all the necessary features (such as multisignature transaction).

BitcoinDood – I’ve loved everything about OpenBazaar so far. I have to say though the software wasn’t the easiest to get working. I run an OpenSuse laptop and had to do a bit of tweaking to get it running on my machine, but hey that’s linux, and that’s almost the norm for linux users. I did however try to install the software on a Windows10 PC at work and to my surprise also ran into some difficulties with the install. When I did a google search I discovered I wasn’t the only one. Is there an effort underway to make the install process a little easier? Granted once the client is installed and running it certainly is worth the effort.

Sam Patterson – Getting peer-to-peer software to install and connect correctly across all operating systems and network configurations has proven difficult. We’ve tried to make the process simpler and more reliable, but we’re aware it doesn’t work properly for all users. Fortunately, the 2.0 version of the software (to be released this year) makes substantial improvements in installation and reliability. Our community is very helpful and if you have a problem, feel free to join our Slack group and ask for help.

BitcoinDood – From what I gather, vendors are kept honest through the use of moderators. Could you explain a little how the moderation system works? Can anyone become a moderator and are the moderators rewarded in some way?

Sam Patterson – Moderators are a third party that both buyer and seller agree to in order to use an escrow system. Using 2-of-3 multisig all three parties have a key to the funds, but two of those parties must agree in order for the funds to be released. Normally the buyer and seller agree and they release the funds when the transaction is completed, but if there is a dispute then the moderator is notified. They talk to the parties and determine how to resolve the dispute, then join with the winning party to release funds to them. Anyone can become a moderator; it’s an open marketplace. Moderators are rewarded by receiving a percentage of the overall transaction when they resolve a dispute.

BitcoinDood – Thank you so much for your time in answering these questions. Is there anything you want to add, or any special news you would like to share that hasn’t already been covered?

Sam Patterson – OpenBazaar costs nothing to try out so we encourage anyone interested in Bitcoin or decentralized technologies to test it out and let us know what they think. The 2.0 version of the software is being built on IPFS, which will allow stores to be visible even when they are offline, and includes many other major improvements. To follow along with the development of the software, check out our blog.

Bloggers note: IPFS stands for InterPlanetary File System A peer-to-peer hypermedia protocol. TechCrunch wrote an interesting article about it here.

BitcoinDood – I ask all my interviews the same last question. Could you share any thoughts or predictions of where you see bitcoin and cryptocurrency going in the future? If I handed you a working crystal ball, what do you think we would see?

Sam Patterson – Permissionless money and permissionless trade are concepts too powerful to not gain traction over the coming years. In countries with devaluation or demonetization of currency, Bitcoin will become an increasingly popular alternative, leading to the adoption of platforms such as OpenBazaar to facilitate use of the currency. Even in countries with stable currencies we’ll see more use of Bitcoin and OpenBazaar because of the increasing growth of the digital economy and diminishing importance of where digital workers physically reside.

Thanks to Sam Patterson for taking the time to talk about this truly interesting project. You can find out more about OpenBazaar and download the software on their website:

openbazaar.org…

OpenBazaar GitHub

OpenBazaar on Reddit.

OpenBazaar on Twitter

Special thanks to the OpenBazaar Twitter folks for helping to put this interview together. Much appreciated! Thanks also to Sam Patterson for sharing the OpenBazaar story with me and my readers. Your time is greatly appreciated.

Interview: Rekt&Hodl Shitshirts for shitcoinz.

rekt and hodl designI 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?

parody startcoin t-shirt

Startcoin or startcon!

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 !

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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.