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Coulumbia College Chicago


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WHY YOU SHOULD KNOW ME: The early history of ARTISTJ

Posted by ArtistJ - January 2nd, 2009

Why should you know me? For the same reason you should know earfetish or purelionheart or crimson_edge or Gooch. I was a key player in the part of newgrounds history that took place between 2004 and 2006.

The main reasons I was loved is because of my art contributions and stories. Here are some interesting threads

The cause of my initial fame:
"I will draw you artistJ style"
http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/15 3043
at the time it was made, it was the longest I will draw you thread in the history of the bbs.

Before I was famed for the drawing, I came out of my shell in DirtySyko's appreciation thread and Osamaramma is cool club, as well as similar clubs and crews threads where we all sucked each others dicks and made friends

Links here:
http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/14 0807/3
http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/13 6693/3
http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/17 9637/2

In those days people tended to like personal my stories about my life... I would put a little life story into many of my posts. Not that I claim to be particularly interesting.

Here were a few of those stories.

About the time I was Homeless.
http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/14 8838

Last thing I stole
http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/19 3671/3

Most embarrassing thing that ever happened to me
http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/16 8197

and the time I saw a ghost
http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/13 4645/2

and when I got stabbed by a homeless man
http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/37 1581

In those days I thought my rants were very well put together at times. Like this one about Pirating Software where I went head to head with the NG political giant Maus-well before she was a mod.
http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/19 5415
We were able to have a mature argument over the distribution of goods... I got involved in a lot of political threads, but wont really post links since it was always just me ripping off the daily show. My political stance hasn't changed much, but in retrospect my immaturity shows in those posts.

I also spent a lot of time picture spamming and was known to be quite the attention whore.

http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/16 9974/2
http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/18 5839/1
http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/18 5535/9

My pop obsession worked like a gimmick in my favor
http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/14 8674/2
http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/35 2627

Showing off Art skills that, compared to the digital stuff I create these days, were super lame, but worth a look anyway.
http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/14 6836
http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/16 6899/1
http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/99 649/148
http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/13 8436

And then there was giving art tips to people new digital art.
These are shitty examples but there were many others, albeit they are all mundane to reread.
http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/14 1314
http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/14 8264

But most of my critiquing and advice occurred on Josh Bend's web startup Retrogade, which cloned newgrounds portal/forum layout, only for art, and was entirely populated by Newgrounds transients.
BTW, do you know if Bedn is out of prison yet?

and then this thread gave me a fat head
ArtistJ Appreciation Crew
http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/16 9956

And so I attempted to make another drawing thread.
http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/22 3033/1
And I failed.

And then I faded into obscurity.
And people missed me.
http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/81 6373
http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/77 5281
http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/77 3780
http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/60 4195

I guess that sums up who I was pretty well...

Can we be friends now?


Oh my god. I remember just about everything that was posted on here. Looking through those, those brought up a lot of classic, fun times on Newgrounds. I don't think the users of today will ever really appreciate your artistry the way we all did back in the day.

Much </3 my Illini friend. Much </3.

i heard you OD'd on caffiene!

it still might happen.
*takes a swig of diet dr. pepper*

Should I be known, too?

I mean, I was around. I made a lot of posts.

well, I know you.
Do other people know you?
Should I promote you so that LOTS of other people know you as well as i do.

ever going to make a new i'll draw you thread?

I should. But i'd need help. from someone who can delete shitty posts with grainy pictures or posts that ask to be drawn without pictures included. I'm sort of an Art Nazi like that when I make those threads. I'd also need like, a week off work and all my art programs and equipment updated.

the answer then is;
Maybe one day.


Well hello old friend!

Sure, you seem cool. Friends? :3


Welcome back for sure!

Actually, back then when I interacted with you somewhat, I believe my username was Das_Fortress.

Holy shit bro, it's been forever.