A series of designs produced initially as NFTs – Non-Fungible Tokens, of which this is the first. Non-fungible Tokens are digital assets on the blockchain, and so have digital scarcity. These NFTs will be in editions of no more than 25, and are available for purchase at https://dapp.knownorigin.io/edition/67350
Republica de los Deplorables is a fictional non-place of chaos, where secrets are revealed. Appropriately, this series of notes will honor individuals who have revealed secrets – whistleblowers, hackers, activists, and political prisoners. In this, Julian Assange is featured.
The notes heavily draw on the symbolism of the frog, associated mythology, and the frog’s incarnation as Pepe. The frog, and Pepe, are symbols of chaos, change, the underworld, and the revelation of secrets.
The Venezuelan Bolivar was used as a template for the design, both as a reference to Venezuela’s intention to launch its own cryptocurrency, and as a way to reinforce the idea of a chaotic jurisdiction of exile and disintegration.
The design features a hand-engraved portrait of Julian Assange, serial numbers, design for intaglio and offset, and a latent image. The latent image pattern appears below the portrait, and reads QUEREMOS SABER: “we want to know”.