In other sections of the site, one can find images depicting graphic violence and gore, like this one. Most of it is fake, but the genre is a magnet for emotionally disturbed teens who upload photos of self-mutilation, racism, and hate that are quite real. Even though administrators remove some of these pieces, many remain due to personal ideologies on the part of admins, differences in opinion between staff members, or simply because they fall through the cracks.
The question at this point must be asked: Does the conduct of its members reflect on the site and community itself? That is a question that must be answered personally by its members and its visitors. I believe in personal responsibility - no one else is responsible for your actions. That being said, I question the viability of a site that not only does not discourage the posting of violence-based "art," but features it frequently. In my time as an administrator, I saw several children under 10 who were members of the community. A very large portion of the site's population is made up of teenagers under 18. I personally engaged in several discussions with other members of the site's management over the allowance of certain types of violent content. It was only after some time that a mature content filter was installed. However, there are ways around it, and the effectiveness of the filter is dependent on users and admins categorizing work as "mature." There is no moderation at the point of submission, so pieces can go for quite some time without being noticed by admins or reported by other users.
During the first two years of its existence, deviantART did not have the same atmosphere that it does now. As it grew, more and more underage users were attracted. Many of these were lonely kids with severe emotional problems. The Help With Life forum on DA is constantly full of kids reaching out for help with everything from pregnancy to being gay to HIV to having suicidal or homicidal thoughts. Some users harbor even darker desires and demons, and many users talk about self-mutilation and other forms of self-abuse.