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Artist // Hobbyist // Varied
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

Start with Love

Start with Love

I’m so excited for deviants all around the world to share their Start With Love creations and messages. We all need inspiration for how to be during these times, and what better community to ask than the loving folks on DeviantArt.  In just two hours there are already dozens of participants, and over the coming weeks this community activity is sure to be a joy to watch as it evolves. How do we share love and positivity with each other during this health crisis? At the very least we must find the courage each day to remain connected, to reach each other and relay a positive message. ❤️ https://www.deviantart.com/team/jou

Being Genuine is the right way to win

Being Genuine is the right way to win

If you think about all of the photos, drawings, videos and posts that have ever gone viral, the vast majority all have something very simple in common; their sentiment is deeply genuine. From kookslams to (the classic) chocolate rain, fisheye placebo, pepper and so on... countless are the examples of massive viral success. What we love about them isn't just the substance of their comedy, drama and/or beauty, it is also their genuine humanity. The best art allows us to see and ourselves. By contrast, I can't think of any success on the Internet that came about from auto-responding scripts, cut-paste responses, and phony "Thanks for the fav!" posts. This kind of thing might increase counters, and get peoples attention for a few minutes because it upsets them. But it doesn't create any lasting value. For anyone trying to build a real audience, remember that your audience is smart. If something feels off with your behavior then you lose all of your efforts in being genuine with just
A day at a time. <3

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Shepherd-IINew Deviant

Eat your slops, deviant pigs.

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Shepherd-IINew Deviant

Bon appetit, deviant pigs!

DreikunHobbyist Photographer

I have a question. Do you know the comments about Eclipse? Or do you know them and you don't care? I assume the former. Navigation is really disastrous, it cannot be operated on a PC, smartphone or tablet. and there were many comparisons with Windos 8, where at that time Mikrosoft missed the users and thus caused shipwrecks. This now threatens to happen here and I can only ask not to allow this and to restore the page to its previous state. The old site was a hundred times easier to use and admittedly not ideal on the smartphone, but it worked. And as I understand the comments, everyone was satisfied with it. An idea would be jar promise we stamp the app and whoever controls DA with the cell phone gets a page optimized for it, whoever controls the normal with the PC. that would help everyone. But only as an idea. I can only say my opinion about the situation now and yes of course you can ignore me, but please read all the comments on the new page. that can no longer be ignored. at least if you think logically and consistently. Please act please turn DA to a place where you are against.

jimmyhook19202122Student General Artist

We are upset because you have clearly forced us to use Eclipse against our will, it isn't fair to force changes upon people especially when they don't want them.

The reason why we want the original Devintart back is because it was simple, user friendly and ran smoothly even on low-powered internet as not everyone could afford high-performance internet and it also felt timeless which is one of the factors on why a lot of people considered it a home for them and their art.

Eclipse could have easily worked as a separate stand alone image sharing website without causing any chaos which is what you have clearly bought upon yourselves and the user-base alike by making this change.

It doesn't matter when the website was first founded or uses older technology what matters the most is that it functions properly and goes well with the users and community.

And on top of all that your ignorance of the upset users and community is only making things worse for both you and them. The users will only get angrier and you will be suffering major losses that will only worsen in the long run.

And that will result in the collapse and final fate of your company and website.

The worst case scenario of switching back to the original Devintart and making Eclipse a separate stand alone image sharing website is a few minor losses that will easily be made up for.

And to save you the pain of managing two websites the you can allow the community to take care of the original Devintart for you.

You have got to trust me and the community on this one. It's not that hard.