Las Parabolas, 8 MilliBitcoin, Terence McKenna, TM80MBTC01

Republica De Las Parabolas (Parabolas in Spanish = story/parable) features advocates, story tellers, pundits, colourful personalities, endorsers and pre-imaginers, who are in some way associated with the meme of the crypto parabola, speculation, bold price calls – sometimes literally ‘to the moon.’ The series consists of SIX designs, each with a different hand-drawn portrait, and unique designs.


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The product of years of gaining knowledge and skills, and culmination of perfecting them, has resulted in this series, Republica De Las Parabolas – a commemoration of the crypto markets, its aspirations, hopes and dreams. This is the LAST of SIX unique designs, featuring a portrait of Terence McKenna. McKenna represents the transcendental potential of cryptocurrency – not a system of changing the present monetary system, but a means to competely transcend debt-based money.

McKenna is a suprsing choice, as the only figure featured in the series whose lifetime didn’t coincide with the evolution of cryptocurrency. Nevertheless, Terence McKenna wrote and spoke extensively about Human evolution into the 21st century. His major achievement was his TimeWave Zero – a graph that depicted the entirety of Human history as oscillating between forces of ‘chaos’ and ‘novelty’. Peaks and troughs in the graph picked out key moments, such as assinations, Hiroshima, the fall of empires etc. The graph goes to zero and ends on December 21st 2012, aligning with ancient cultures, such as the Mayan calendar. These cultures declared that this date marked a rebirthing of the world – a new world. The implication is that Bitcoin is the monetary bridge onto a new world, and a way of transcending a precarious and usurous debt-based money system, that has been responsible for the chaos of the ‘old world’.

The design features authentic and original banknote design – the centrepiece is the engraved portrait, made of hundreds of lines and dashes, each placed by hand. The design is filled with minute details and patterns, all reinforcing the central concept. As with all my works, the design is signed, and individually serial numbered – this is one of just FIVE individually serial numbered works.

“I was head-hunted by one of the world’s largest printers of banknotes, creating designs for central banks and other financial institutions. After learning the trade secrets of banknote production, I gained practical experience in every print process associated with the production of money.

The Banknote is the Alpha and Omega of art: it is pattern, typography, portraiture, drawing. It is lithography, silkscreen, intaglio, letterpress. A banknote is the touchstone of culture, the window into worlds, a monument, memorial, and memory. Banknotes are mass-produced, yet personal. Identical, yet crafted.

I use banknote design to express my ideas, and contribute to the future of finance, through fintech, blockchain and cryptocurrency collaborations.

I come from a fine art background, based on technique and craft. I reject lazy conceptualism, and make craft the basis of everything I do. I studied Fine Art at Leeds College, the Slade School of Fine Art, (London), and the Cooper Union School in New York. My work has been shown with Phyllida Barlow at the Serpentine, The Mall Galleries, Tenderpixel London and Rokeby Gallery.”