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Priv: I have an unhealthy interest in the internals of DeviantArt
Charitable: Charitable deviant
Halloween: Get Spooky With It
Fella 'round the World: Participated in the Fella Around the World Contest
Greatest Pelican In The World: The Spokesman Of Pelicanism (1)
My Bio

I have the privilege of making the ultimate day-to-day decisions on deviantART in my acting position as Chief Executive Officer. I Co-Founded deviantART in April of 2000 with jark along with a founding team of individuals including matteo most of whom joined around launch in August. Honorary founding team members include: mccann, chris and spot.


I've had a passion for building online communities since my addiction to game BBS's (doom, doom 2, heretic, hexen, etc.) when I was 12. I co-sysop'd the Netherworld BBS in Northern Virginia at that time (till I was 15) and fell in love with the possibilities; especially as they applied to a global community. deviantART mirrors many aspects of BBS's and as time progresses you will find even closer comparisons to the quality of community MajorBBS and other platforms were able to support. Of course, most of you have no idea what I'm talking about when I say BBS's. Ugh.

I've now spent more than half my life building online communities. Seeking to deliver a mainstream application that captures the depth and passion that I felt for BBS's in my youth youth, rather than my now youth. :D

I'm very proud of the success of deviantART. Especially the fact that we took the road less traveled and arrived a little later, but on our own pure and untainted terms. We're doing it our way.

And that ladies and gentlemen ... feels like a milli-millillion dollars.


Before you read about the future, read about the past. And I think with a past like that and a team like this, it is a bright future indeed.

It is our intention to create the most powerful outlet in the world for known and unknown artists alike.

Most importantly we intend to take our time to do it right. For the first time in history there is connection and communication between artists and fans on a massive scale. deviantART represents a breakthrough for the promotion and exposure of otherwise stranded artists in all corners of the globe. Our job is to make sense of the possibility, and craft it in a responsible manner.

And that's what I'm here to do along with the strong team we've assembled here at deviantART; until the job is done.

(If you have something real and tangible to propose that may help deviantART in one way or another; Feel free to send me a note. I read every note even if I don't respond. Forgive me on the responses, there are thousands of notes!)

Current Residence: Hollywood, CA
deviantWEAR sizing preference: M
Print preference: Fine Art
Favourite photographer: coxi
Favourite style of art: street
Operating System: OSX
MP3 player of choice: there are no choices
Shell of choice: Sea.
Wallpaper of choice: wallpaper.deviantART.com (changed often)
Favourite cartoon character: Stewie
Personal Quote: y0.

Favourite Games
Gears of War III Horde (2-player ONLY) Co-Op
Favourite Gaming Platform
XBox 360, iPad 2
Tools of the Trade
MacBook Pro, Align Wrenches, 5D MII 50MM 1.4
Other Interests
kite/wind surfing, diving, bball
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Thank you artbyTak for this epic tribute to 20 years of DeviantArt.... on my nails!

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Artfrog75Hobbyist Traditional Artist

Hello, It's Artfrog75,

Do you think there is a possibility that we can get the old format of DeviantArt back by any chance?

No, it's been deleted, it's gone.

Artfrog75Hobbyist Traditional Artist

We can't get it back? Why didn't the deviantart staff listen to the community about our thoughts on Eclipse? In fact, how many people are still on this site?

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Please give us a feature where we can review and approve or reject watch requests my friends keep getting spy and abusive user accounts watching them to get passed their watchers only view feature on their art so they can steal or copy it even when they report them and they get banned for it they come back on new accounts and do it again :/

spyedHobbyist General Artist

that's interesting feedback. the watcher-only feature is newer, so this type of need is also newer. we'll be on the lookout for more feedback like this. thanks for reporting it. it's best to keep up with team and recommend stuff there, they're great at collecting this kind of feedback.

6feuohyNew Deviant