• Ross Ulbricht, the founder of the Silk Road, has announced the release of his second NFT collection

  • Ross Ulbricht, an early crypto user and contentious Web3 figure, has announced the release of his second NFT collection. The founder of the now-defunct Silk Road website will present the collection from the confines of his prison cell, where he is serving a life sentence plus 40 years in prison without the possibility of release for his involvement in the contentious online bazaar.

    The collection is called the ‘Growth Collection,’ and it will be auctioned off during the Bitcoin22 conference in Miami on April 6th and 8th through Scarce.City. It will include four actual oil paintings and one hand-drawn animation (packed with 318 hand-drawn frames), each accompanied by a Bitcoin NFT and a Bitcoin-tokenized certificate of authenticity.

    The collection also honors Bitcoin’s creator, Satoshi Nakamoto, whose 47th birthday falls the day before the event.

    Ulbricht has drawn a lot of attention since he was arrested in 2013 for operating and owning the website, which he was accused of allowing its users to buy and sell illegal drugs and other illegal goods and services anonymously. However, he emphasizes that the collection’s focus should be on how he believes he can still make a difference despite his potentially indefinite incarceration, rather than on his conviction.

    “Rather than focusing solely on myself, we can look more widely at making the entire system just.” There is a lot of work to be done… All of this has given my life a new spark. I have a sense of direction and purpose, and I believe I can make a difference once more. The more funds we raise, the more good we can accomplish. I have put my heart, soul, and intellect into this collection, and I am very excited to show it to you.”

    On October 1st of this year, Ulbricht’s widely challenged prison term will enter its tenth year, which many believe is ten years too long. At the time of writing, a little more than 475,000 people have shown their support for the crypto pioneer by signing a clemency petition to advocate for his release.

    Despite being imprisoned for so long, the Austin-born IT genius was able to launch an extremely successful ‘Ross Ulbricht Genesis Collection’ late last year, which netted $6.27 million at auction during Art Basel Miami.

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