Jun 22, 2005

Deviants Descend on Tinseltown

Source: WIRED News
Written By David Cohn

LOS ANGELES — Hollywood was full of more deviants than normal this weekend, but they weren’t the usual L.A. kind.

On Saturday and Sunday, thousands of aficionados of deviantArt — or deviants, as they are known — descended on the Hollywood Palladium for the art website’s first gathering of the clan.

DeviantArt says it’s the world’s largest online art house, with 1.5 million members and an archive of about 12 million works. It also claims to be one of the best places for artists to showcase and sell their works. The event was organized to help aspiring artists break into the art world.

For two days, deviantArt’s virtual community was transformed into a flesh-and-blood congregation.

“DeviantArt brings together 740 genres of art which are normally divided, but here the barriers collapse,” said Angelo Sotira, deviantArt’s president.

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