Istanbul has always had an interest in anthropomorphic animals, and joined the furry fandom itself in 1995. He is a fan of furry art, music, and writing, and is an 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's staff, from Scheduling to Hotel liaison, from Charity to Media liaison, among others. As of the 2017 event, he took on the role of Tabletop gaming staff.
Istanbul aided in the creation of Tails and Tornadoes Fur Con as an Advisor and Social media lead in 2019. He parted ways with the organization before the 2019 event, but he rejoined to act as an advisor, social media lead, event coordinator, security, and registration in 2021.
- Anthrocon - ?
- Furry Fiesta - 2009, 2010, 2011, ?
- Oklacon - ?
- Tails and Tornadoes Fur Con - 2019, 2021(*)
- Istanbul511's profile on LiveJournal. Retrieved February 24, 2010.
- "So beautiful..." post by Istanbul on Fur Affinity. Dated December 25, 2009. Retrieved February 24, 2010.
- Istanbul's bio on the Furry Fiesta website. Retrieved February 24, 2010.
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