Istanbul has always had an interest in anthropomorphic animals, and is a fan of furry art, music, and writing. He joined the furry fandom itself in 1995. He is an amateur writer, with stories published in conbooks for Oklacon and Anthrocon.
Istanbul is the founder of Furry Fiesta and was convention chairman in 2009, 2010 and 2011, passing the role to Glass Ferret. He has held several roles on Furry Fiesta staff, from Scheduling to Hotel Liaison, from Charity to Media Liaison, and others. As of the 2017 event, he took on the role of Tabletop Gaming staff.
- Istanbul511's profile on LiveJournal. Retrieved February 24, 2010
- "So beautiful..." - posting by Istanbul on Fur Affinity. Dated December 25th, 2009. Retrieved February 24, 2010
- Istanbul's bio on the Furry Fiesta website. Retrieved February 24, 2010.
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