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5D MII 50MM 1.4
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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: (changed often)
Favourite cartoon character: Stewie
Personal Quote: y0.


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Youre-alI-weak Featured By Owner 1 day ago
[[ hi!!
i know i'm not spyed, or an administrator of any kind, but it is just chainmail.
there is incorrect grammar in the message, and actually, it's spiraled around since some time in 2013, i believe.
so, you have no reason to worry. the whole thing is false.
if i could find the journal explaining that, i would link that to you, but i'm currently very busy. ;u; ]]
alienqueenslayer132 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015  New member Student Digital Artist
hi there im alienqueenslayer132 im reporting a hacker his da name is anunknownfamiliar please ban him please
AshlynArt-100 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015  New member Hobbyist Artist
How come you don't have million watchers? You only have ten thousand somethin....
quantumcrash666 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015
I like the little da character that you can use like a video game^^  I wish it was a video game.
DannoMighty7 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015  New member Hobbyist Photographer
Hey from Victoria, Canada. Cool site
lemontea Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015
You got a new symbol? What is that new thing? Can you make me a ! yet?
Happy birthday to the great maker of deviantart, or as it's actually called, ZEVIANTART! Also WE WANT THE WEBCAMS BACK
Pumpkiyn Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015
why did my friend get banned for no reason from the deviantart shops?
PrincessSkyler Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I hate to be a bother when its apparently your birthday, which happy birthday by the way..!

But lately I've been disappointed with how the staff is lately:
They don't respond to the support tickets anymore, which basically lets art thieves and cyberbullies get away with stuff

And now theres a random virus spreading ON dA from what I hear called "BloodShard".
You guys REALLY need to start keeping a better eye and protecting this site better, I am feeling unsafe on it and it's making me not want to stay on it much longer, especially about that "Virus".
tinyqueen007 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015  Student Writer

Happy birthday on February 14 :)
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