When Miguel was looking to buy his first CryptoPunk, he wanted to make sure he got one that resembled himself in terms of traits, but also one that included some level of rarity.
Punk 5528 seemed to be the perfect fit. It has a medium skin tone and wears a baseball cap, resembling Miguel, but, it also has spots on its face making it very rare considering there are only 124 Punks that have spots on their face.
Although spots are a rare trait, Miguel noted that at that time it was an undervalued trait that had minimal demand. For him, he saw this as an opportunity to craft a story and make sure it became a central part of Spottie’s identity.
“I wanted to give him a backstory, I felt like that had to be a central part of his identity because it’s what makes him really unique," Spottie said. "And it’s like flipping and turning a negative into a positive because everybody has something that people would point at and not be attracted to— but that’s what makes you unique.”
Initially, Spottie was called Spottie Pippen (a play on Scottie Pippen, a former professional basketball player), which Miguel said lent people a nice laugh.
However, after giving more thought to what Spottie’s stage name would be, it hit him. His name was Spottie Wifi. To go along with his new name, Miguel swiftly developed Spottie’s backstory.
“He’s from the metaverse, he’s like a blue-collar worker, you know he’s like a cable-repair technician, internet service provider, technician type of guy, which is a very important job in the metaverse" Spottie said. "Although, it’s still a blue-collar thing, but, you know it’s kind of ironic, it’s funny. And then he has this cast of characters around him—he has Bored Apes around him, he has GutterCats around him.”