Crypto Art Lab is a graphical design studio and a screen print workshop focused on visualization of topics stemming from the cypherpunk scene. We comment on cryptocurrency, anonymity, freedom, decentralization. All motives are based on a sketch, then drawn or brush painted into paper collages which are then digitally prepared for manual screen printing.
Some posters presented here were created in cooperation with Paralelni Polis, some are even its promo materials. However, the items are always original design works, manually screen printed, numbered and signed by the author.
“… back in 2013 we, Ztohoven collective, were renting a small club house in an attic of an apartment building. We were not even able to pay rent there, and around that time, the decision to create a much larger club house with costs two orders of magnitude higher and a concept much ahead of time was made. We founded Paralelni Polis. We opened a three-story venue with the world’s first bitcoin café and we created a “think tank” institute of crypto anarchy. We were spending btc on premium coffee and along the way became a part of the world’s crypto community.
First motives were test-printed on a screen print machine located in the basement of Paralelní Polis. The venue wasn’t able to accommodate working with paint, washing out the screens in the bathroom or drying of the prints in the makers lab. It became necessary to start a graphics workshop and a studio, which would, in small batches, with original flair and its insight into the crypto scene, visualise the world, which became our companion and provided inspiration every day.
The Crypto Art Lab project was founded in the Tovarna space, where, for 2 years, it gathered experience with screen printing and creating motives connected to the crypto scene which visualised the central Cypherpunk text „The Cryptoanarchist Manifesto“, motive inspired by the chase to find the creator of Bitcoin, Satoshi Nakamoto, „I am Satoshi Nakamoto“ or the mantra of all who never sell their crypto, no matter what „Hodl“ …
PRINTING AT BASEMENT OF PARALELNI POLIS 2014-2015
PRINTING AT CRYPTO ART LAB STUDIO AT TOVARNA 2016-2018
CRYPTO ART LAB STUDIO AT TOVARNA 2018