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This Street Artist Is Giving Away Millions of Dogecoins for the 99%

Very dogenations, so charity, such anonymous.

by Daniel Stuckey
Apr 9 2014, 10:45pm
Photo via Instagram

An anonymous guardian angel is sitting atop an extremely large pile of dogecoins, and has started giving them away via Twitter's @dogetipbot. His first spree was launched in mid-March, when he sent 14 million dogecoins to the doge4water cause, and has since picked up the pace since. The user @savethemhood is spewing millions of dogecoins to celebrities and tech influencers. The only request? That the good deed be passed along to people in need. "No press, no interviews," the user tweets. His intentions are simple:

And he's concluded that he's going to help fix it with dogecoins:

So far, @savethemhood given large sums of dogecoins out to these persons and entities. I translated the amounts to reflect US dollars based on dogecoin's price at time of writing:

  • Jimmy Fallon - 15.5 million ($6,773)
  • Ashton Kutcher - 15 million ($6,555)
  • Alexis Ohanian - 3 million ($1,311)
  • Jason Calacanis - 3 million ($1,311)
  • Nick Bilton - 2 million ($874)
  • Alexia Tsotsis - 2 million ($874)
  • Robert Scoble 2 million ($874)
  • Ev Williams - 2 million ($874)
  • Gabe Rivera - 2 million ($874)

But the giving continues beyond these 46.5 million dogecoins (over $18,000). Relying on celebs and tech personalities to figure out what the altcoins are and how to use them isn't @savethemhood's only platform. Posting Instagrams and tweeting as he goes, @savethemhood has put up fliers around the streets of San Francisco with tear-off paper wallets attached:

"461 Bryant St." Photo via Instagram.
"24th and Vermont." Photo via Instagram.

@savethemhood also implies there's more where that came from, and that it just needs to be exchanged first:

"Today I head to the streets to ease the suffering... #savethemhood I'll try." Photo via Instagram.

@savethemhood has a lot of dogecoins:

"The greedy will feed you. I will take what they will not give. #savethemhood." Photo via Instagram.

And @savethemhood, who appears to be quite the stencil artist, has announced there's more to come:

"A sketch of something much larger to come..." Photo via Instagram.

Anchored to a sentiment against rising rents in San Francisco, @savethemhood wanders through the streets, posting paper wallets full of dogecoin, the question is: will his identity be revealed? Because it's probably Satoshi.