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Happy 13th birthday, and thank you

Wed Aug 7, 2013, 12:06 AM
Today marks deviantART's 13th birthday and a handful of us -- spyed, mccann, chris, and me -- have been on this amazing journey since pretty much day one.  Thirteen years ago, most of us in that handful were just teenagers, unknowingly embarking on a time in our lives that would shape us, inspire us, and be truly thought-provoking in ways we could have never imagined.  Today, I find myself so fortunate to play a role in the ongoing journey that has deviantART at the forefront of solving complex problems that affect the creative community.    

Throughout the years, I've met incredible people at deviantMEETs, town hall meetings, and visits to new countries -- all of which have fostered relationships and changed my life.  I'm extremely grateful to have talked with every deviant who has crossed my path -- even in a note, comment, or journal.  The deviantART community has flourished and prospered in the past 13 years, and we're thankful for that, and for you, every day.   

London Picnic Meet 2012 by Narfmaster   Come to the Louvre - Heidi by spyed   Sta.sh Release Party by jorobins

No one loves a birthday celebration more than I do, but before I break out the cake and balloons, I want to sincerely thank everyone who has touched my life over the years and helped cultivate the site I believed in to make it the artistic community I always knew it could be.  Thank you.

~Heidi



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Suga1313 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
happy birthday
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merchant-gost Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014
Happy B-day DA, sorry this is soooooooo late! I just like DA so much that I want to wish u all the greatest years and b-days that i missed, and again im so sorry!
HAPPY B-DAY DA! :party:
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pyriel Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013
Ive been blessed to know da for 12 years. I still feel that this is one of the best art communities. Heres to another 13.
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1DeViLiShDuDe Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:wow: I can't believe I missed this! :|
Oh well! Happy Belated B'Day DA! :party:

And here's to many happy returns! :D

HAPPY 'B' DAY DA!! 8-)
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spyed Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
cheers to many more excellent adventures dmr2!! 


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Chad Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013
HAHA. Yes, DMR2 indeed!
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RezzanATAKOL Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013
A late happy birthday to all community:heart:
I had met with you in istanbul a few years ago dear Heide. I dont think you remember me even we have a photograhp together:)
I m not happy in my country cause of this dictator goverment but so happy to be be here in DA. Love it very much. Thanks to all for making this place awesome for us:love:

An idea from me: please you guys, make it possible to add watermarks to our all works with only one button with one click.Hope it can be possible very soon. I wrote it to a moderator but she didnt reply me back:(

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LaurenKitsune Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter

I made you a circus.
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Katara-Alchemist Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Student General Artist
:heart:
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Moonbeam13 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:heart:
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trowlandson Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013
Airborne 
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KovoWolf Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
Heart bum  thank you for everything that you do, $Heidi!
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Thiefoworld Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013
:heart:
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makepictures Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013
So well said, Heidi, and straight from your heart.
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TheCreativeJenn Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hey, Heidiiiiii. :heart::heart:

Man, what a ride it's been, huh? And to think it all started in +spyed's bedroom in his underwear briefs... :giggle: I remember that photo from the 10th Birthday Bash those many years ago.

Anyway, no respect lost - you and all of the team, oldschool and new - have played such an important role in my life: allowed me to grow artistically, enabled me to meet so many different people with different personalities and purposes, but carried the same amount of passion - and hell, I even got to feature those people with the simple gesture of a Daily Deviation!! SO MANY PRICELESS MOMENTS.

It pains me to say that I'm not home at the moment to join the online shenanigans - My husband and I are visiting his side of the family west of Bakersfield, and we wanted to celebrate our 1st wedding anniversary in a stress less environment. But just know that all your efforts for deviantART and all of us are very much appreciated, and please accept my virtual hug as I am unable to make physical contact with you. :tighthug::heart::heart:

Stay classy, and I hope we meet again. :)
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James-Riley Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013   General Artist
Happy Birthdaybe doo be doo be doo deviantART Llama...an important part of life
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Shango-ThunderStones Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It was a joy and pleasure to meet you at the DevMeet in NYC a while back. :hug: Yes, we can look back and see how far we have come and look forward to see where we are going. Happy Birthday, deviantArt and many more!
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Elandria Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
Happy 13th DA birthday Heidi!!! Hope you all have an awesome day!! :love: :cake:
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lintu47 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
    :hug:
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Student Interface Designer
Happy birthday Heidi and everyone else, thank you for providing a second home for so many of us. Besides my family, I owe dA all the best things I have in my life :D

Congrats deviantART on your new status as a teenager :party:
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Anoya Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013   Photographer
I loved meeting you in Paris last year! I thought you were so open and nice, it was a pleasure talking to you :aww:

I've been here a little over 9 years and I'm planning on staying for a very long time :giggle:

Happy birthday! Here's to many, many more years! :party:
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Carl06 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Happy Birthday :)
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