A man from Whidbey Island, Washington recently got his public bitcoin address tattooed to his forearm trying to get it done in time for the Superbowl. Nai sent me a message before heading to the tattoo studio.
“Hello BTC Mag, I had a great idea that just popped into my head, and I don’t know if it’s because of my medical marijuana kicking in or I just can’t stop thinking about bitcoin. My name is Nai Saephan and I live on Whidbey Island, a suburb I guess you can call it, located about an hour north of Seattle. I heard about bitcoins about 3 months ago and every breath I take and every walk I step I can’t get bitcoin out of my head. I have been trying to tell more and more people about bitcoin, but living on a island its kind of hard. Now don’t get me wrong, the island isn’t small by any means but here on the south end we don’t have fast food restaurants except a Dairy Queen that is exceptionally slow and takes about 10 minutes for 2 cheeseburgers and a drink. Our restaurants are pretty much closed by 9 pm and gas stations by 11. But there is a lot of money on this island to be spent on bitcoins.”
I suggested to him he may want to do a henna QR code, but he went through the tattoo and sent pictures. The tattoo parlor he chose was Bayside Tattoo, in Oak Harbor, WA.
I couldn’t get the QR to scan, but he was able to get a new business to take Bitcoins. Nai shot off this message after getting his tattoo.
“Haha so it’s done and I have a Bitcoin Qr code tattooed on my right forearm. I have tried to see if it would read yet, but it’s still kind of lumpy. Overall I am happy with the tattoo. Pictures don’t do it justice yet. I honestly don’t even care if it works or not. I did it to get the interest of bitcoin out there. And you know what, it worked already. On our return trip home my buddy took me to a new restaurant that just reopened in a new location, The Roaming Radish. We went inside and he showed the owners my new tattoo and that was their tipping point as my friend has been trying to talk them into accepting bitcoin since they reopened a few weeks ago at their new location. For them to see someone who embraces BTC so much that they got a QR code tattooed on their body meant that bitcoin is getting widespread and is legitimate.”
If you are in the Whidbey Island / Seattle area, feel free to go help the Roaming Radish set up Bitcoin payments if they haven’t already. If they have, head over and grab a meal with your Bitcoins.
5023 Harbor Hills Dr, Freeland, WA 98249
Here’s Nai’s info in case you wanted to give him a pat on the back
Tattooed address: 1HDt5hfxYg9KathZcNz9B2QRGic8aeDUte
reddit username: Whidbeyislandshibe
update: I changed the previous QR code at Nai’s request. Previous one and this one should both resolve to the address he provided (1HDt5hfxYg9KathZcNz9B2QRGic8aeDUte)
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