Inscriptions: Innovation or Spam?

Gaurang (GT) Torvekar
7 min readDec 25, 2023


Transforming Bits to Masterpieces: Exploring the Next Leap in Blockchain Innovation and Digital Ownership

In this post, we delve into how Bitcoin and Ethereum inscriptions are reshaping the blockchain landscape, boldly challenging the NFT dominance on platforms like Ethereum, Solana, and Polygon. Amidst market downturns, these innovations flourish, redefining digital ownership and the essence of individual satoshis and transactions. This isn’t just evolution; it’s a radical revolution in digital assets, but it comes with complexities and critiques.

Some view these inscriptions as network spam, leading to significant congestion and outages on chains like Arbitrum, Avalanche, and Solana. The rush to mint everything from memes to profile pictures has caused networks to crack under pressure, with surges in transaction volumes and gas fees. As we embrace the potential of inscriptions, the community also faces the challenge of balancing innovation with sustainable network performance.

Bitcoin Inscriptions

Bitcoin inscriptions allow users to embed data into the blockchain permanently. This has been made possible through protocols like Ordinals, which facilitate the inscription of images, text, and other data types directly onto individual satoshis, the smallest unit of bitcoin. What’s remarkable about…