Head Candy!

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A Spoonful of Sugar is a festival benefiting Doctors Without Borders.  This Second Life event starts on September 9, and will feature several fantastic merchants selling items to raise money for this charity.

Avatar Bizarre is happy to be a part of this event!  There will be a couple of new exclusives with 100% of sales going to Doctors Without Borders.  Here’s a sneak preview of an Avatar Bizarre exclusive:  The Head Candy Rainbow Mohawk.  This mohawk is unisex, 100% mesh, and materials enhanced.  It is Modify and Copy, so you can resize it to fit anything from Petites mesh avatars on up to Titan avatars.

There are two packs available:  The rainbow mohawk, and a fatpack featuring six solid color mohawks in all six colors.

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Under the Cherry Moon

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I’m a child of the 80s. I was entering high school just before Reagan began his second term in office, and since I wasn’t particularly into politics as a kid, I spent most of my free time scouring record stores for good new music, hanging out with the new wave kids, and generally living my life on the edge of whatever was considered fashion back then.

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Although I was more into 80s alternative, pop forty music was prevalent in my world. Part of that experience was the omnipresent Prince, later to be called The Artist, while he was having his little tiff with the record company that signed him. I have to admit that at the time I wasn’t a huge fan of Prince, though I did enjoy some of his music. I also thought Purple Rain was a pretty good movie. It was up there with all the John Hughes movies, and Labyrinth, as far as 80s great cinema.

No matter what anyone might have thought about Prince, he certainly was a Force of Nature. He could play all those instruments, and wrote some fantastic songs (mostly about sex). Thirty nine albums into his career, he shuffled off this mortal coil and left a giant purple Prince-sized hole in our collective psyche.

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As a DJ in Second Life, I have to admit that the Year of Tributes is wearing a little thin. We’ve lost a number of our teenage heroes; from Michael Jackson to Lemmy, Bowie to Prince. As a clothing maker, I felt the need to create a suit inspired by one of Prince’s most iconic outfits. He rocked the ruffles, and looked suave in high-waisted pants.

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Avatar Bizarre’s Cherry Moon was made for those who wish to honor their fallen musical hero in some small way. Made for both the male and the female avatar, the jacket is on a color HUD (six colors), and is materials enhanced. It’s currently available inworld, and will be on the marketplace in a couple of days.

Credits:
Body – SLink Physique Male
Hands – SLink Male Relaxed
Head – LOGO Ethan
Skin – Nivaro Crow
Hair – Mina Josef
Location – Inspire Space Park

A Knight of the Round Table

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Looking for a nice medieval sim in Second Life when your connection has decided to go back to the 1200 BAUD days is really, really difficult.  Really, it is.  That said, one quagmire lag filled thirty minutes, then a fifteen minute hiatus from the Internet later produced this picture and blog.  You see how dedicated some people can be to this stuff?

The Gawain, named for one of King Arthur’s fine Camelot knights, is the latest outfit from Avatar Bizarre.  It features a color HUD with seven color choices (red, green, teal, blue, purple, black, and white), an Omega pants applier HUD for the various mesh bodies out there (check out the Omega blog for a list of compatible bodies), seven system layer underpants, an alpha, five sizes, and materials.  This is available for women, as well.

This will debut at Genre. As Genre is one of those super awesome shopping events where you can get deep discounts on new things, you can buy this wonderful outfit for 100L, starting March 15.  Once this round of Genre is over, the price goes up.

Oh, and I almost forgot!  In addition to this outfit, there will be a pair of nifty boots at Genre for 99L (regular price is 175:).  These are brand new, made with the Gawain in mind.  They were built to go over system layers or Omega layers.  They may have a little difficulty with mesh pants.

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These come with a large and a small rigged pair, along with an unrigged pair, an alpha, and a color HUD.

For more information on Genre, here’s the blog.

Magic Is In The Air – a Sneak Preview

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Gaius was once a powerful sorcerer in the land of Albion, but when Uther outlawed magic, Gaius hid his powers and became the Court Physician.  He was wise beyond his considerable years, and hid his powers; concocting tinctures and potions to heal the sick and wounded with only his knowledge of herbs and fungi.

Avatar Bizarre will soon be releasing the Gaius Robes, a wonderful new outfit that includes the inner garment and an outer robe, both of which are on a color HUD to give you several color combinations!

The female version, the Gaia, will be much the same, only a lot more feminine.

Credits:
Outfit:  AB Gaius Robes (white and teal shown)
Hair – Exile Windsong
Beard – Nerd Grey
Hands – SLink
Body – SLink Male
Skin – Nivaro Crow

Pull a Comb Through Your Coal Black Hair – Zoot!

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Avatar Bizarre has long been a purveyor of vintage and historic outfits, and the Zoot Suit is a perennial favorite.  This is the third incarnation of the outfit released in the store.  The first was released at a Vintage Fair a few years ago (system layers and flexi prims).  The second version was mostly mesh and made only for the male avatar.  It was also one of the first items I meshed up in Blender, so it was time for a bit of an update, which brings us to the third incarnation in the series.

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This particular Zoot Suit, unlike the last version, has an open coat, and comes in a female version, as well as the male.  To add to the whole Zoot Suit Riot, this outfit includes color HUDs for the coat/hat, and collar/tie.  There are eight colors which give you many, many more color combinations.  The shirt, which is a system layer (all eight colors included) is also on an Omega applier HUD for those folks wearing mesh bodies.

Please check here http://lovenlustdesigns.blogspot.com/p/supported-meshes.html to make sure the body you have is supported by the Omega applier system before you buy this outfit.

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You get a lot of nifty colors, plus white (just in case you wish to tint something a color I haven’t provided).  All clothing items are copy/modify.  The rigged suit cannot be resized or repositioned, but it can be tinted.  The unrigged stuff can be resized and repositioned.

Feel free to try out the demo before you buy this suit.  The demo includes an applier for one of the shirt colors on the Omega system, so you can see if it works with your mesh body of choice.  For reference, the avatars pictured in this blog are a male SLink Physique and a Maitreya female body.

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I’m still dinking with last minute details, like making the demo and whatnot, but I hope you enjoyed this sneak peak.  Again, this will be available, starting on January 6 at the Tesoro Nostalgia event.  Price and SLurl forthcoming when I have the details.

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Puttin’ on the Ritz – Tuxedo Fashion in Second Life

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“High hats and narrow collars, white spats and lots of dollars – spending every dime for a wonderful time!” – Puttin’ on the Ritz

There a new kid in town, and he’s belting out the jazz hits at Club Noir in Second Life.  It’s an exciting time for tuxedo fans, because Avatar Bizarre has just released the Niven Tux.  Frank Sinatra, eat your heart out, because this fella’s definitely doing it his way.

Avatar-Bizarre-Niven-Tux-IIThe cool thing about this rigged mesh tux isn’t just that it comes in seven different colors, and includes a nifty color change HUD for the cumberbund, pocket square (Oh how we love the pocket squares!), and the bow tie.  The super cool thing about this tux is it comes in both a male and a female version, because sometimes everyone wants to don the tail coat and bow tie.  It’s the height of formal fashion.  Not only is the tux for that all important James Bond role play, but it’s also great for wedding parties, Hollywood style jazz clubs, and generally looking dapper and amazing. Avatar-Bizarre-Niven-Tux-at-Club-Noir

This is where “Cool as a cucumber” comes from.  Look at that devil may care attitude.  You can only get that from wearing a tux.

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You can get this gem on the Marketplace and inworld at Avatar Bizarre.  Though the shoes are not included, you can get those at Avatar Bizarre as well.  They are prime, grade-A, shiny happy Saddle Shoes (with color HUD).

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With a Little Help From My Friends – The Sgt Pepper Marching Band Suit

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What would you think if I sang out of tune
Would you stand up and walk out on me?
Lend me your ears and I’ll sing you a song
And I’ll try not to sing out of key – With a Little Help From My Friends, The Beatles

Occasionally, the Vintage Bug will hit.  This tends to happen when I’ve got the classic rock playing on the computer.  A light bulb will pop on with a specular TING! and a EUREKA moment will occur, then suddenly I’ll be nose deep in Blender and Photoshop while feverishly pasting bits of my brain into place.  Truth to tell, this outfit wasn’t from such an epiphany.  My model, Misha (shown above, naturally), mentioned something about wanting a Sgt. Pepper outfit.

One of the perks of being a model (particularly if one is able to give some really good constructive criticism on things) is when I’m able, I’ll make what my model has asked for. Most of the ideas bandied about tend to get made sooner or later. It just depends on motivation and whatnot.

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If the design looks a little familiar, you have a keen eye.  While this outfit was originally intended as you see it in this post, I did end up giving it a darker look for the World Goth Fair.  Currently, the Sgt Nemesis is still available at World Goth Fair (and in the main store, just in case the event is too packed to enter).  The Sgt Pepper version is lighter and brighter, and includes epaulettes, which are my nemesis (hah).  As with Sgt Nemesis, this is available for male and female avatars.  Each has five sizes, is materials enhanced, and the demo is free.  Though the demo texture is actually a Sgt Nemesis color, you should get the drift.  If you still need to see the suit on an actual avatar, feel free to ping me in the afternoons slt.  If I’m available (IE: near my computer), I’ll be happy to model the outfit for you…at least the male version.

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Available on the marketplace and inworld.

OI OI OI! Stompy Punk Boots

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As homage to a by-gone era of three chord music, laced up leather boots, mohawks, and plaid zippery pants, Avatar Bizarre is thrilled to present the latest in an ever growing line of mesh footwear for men and women.

The Seeth Ransom Boots hearken back to the days when we all reveled in TV Party, TV Eye, and TV Casualty; a time when the Dead Kennedys demanded that MTV get off the air.  Eerily reminiscent of our beloved eight hole Doc Martins, these boots are deliciously simple, shiny, and stompy.  They were built for both genders, so come to you modify and copy, so you can get these bad boys to fit.

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The beauty of these boots is the color change HUD, which allows you to switch between six different colors.  And as long as you have advanced lighting enabled, the shine and bumpiness of the leather will pop.  Even without materials enabled, these are pretty stunning boots for all occasions.

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The Seeth Ransom Boots are now available at the main store location, and on the Marketplace.

Holiday Season Brings a Cornucopia of New Things – Horrorfestive, GxG, Twisted Krissmuss, Etc… Part 1

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The Holiday season has blundered into our lives once again, and bludgeoned us with all the usual malarkey involving stuff and things and junk and stuff.  Of course, folks in Second Life are not immune to such shenanigans, and merchants are all over the creating opportunities like bees to honey (hey I’m being G-Rated here).

I have been busy peppering Avatar Bizarre with new things, both for general new releases, and for all the various events I’ve signed up for.

The first thing to tell you about, oh my droogs and devotchkas, are the Morelia eyes.
Morelia veridis is the Latin name for the Green Tree Python.  This snake hatches out yellow, red, or brown, and eventually turns emerald green as an adult.  It is non-venomous and diurnal, meaning it’s active during the day, if you can call a snake coiled up in a cinnamon bun of verdant rodent terror “active”.  The Morelia eyes are based on the python’s slit-pupil orbs, and are available in ten colors.  Each set contains three pairs of prim eyes (full bright, normal, and glow), two sets of mesh eyes (normal and full bright), and a pair of system eyes.  All are copy/modify.  These are currently available inworld at the main store location, plus a few pairs at Horrorfestive, which runs for the next couple of weeks in a sim full of horror-inspired items for the holidays.  You can also find them on the marketplace.  The cost for each set is 75L.

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These will be great for drow and other elven beings, faerie folk, vampires, draconians, and lycanthropes.

I’ve already mentioned the Ozymandias, to be released for Gothmas by Gaslight, in a previous blog post.  What you don’t know is there are more things to be had at Gothmas by Gaslight!

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The Lucretia gown, named after that Sisters of Mercy song we all know and love, is rigged mesh, and will be available in several colors for Gothmas.  It features a velvety skirt with a satin overlay, materials enhanced.  Gothic Victorian is all the rage in some circles, and you’ll be able to get your gown once Gothmas opens on December 15.

And just for fun…

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The Really Abominable Snowbeast is a rigged avatar available for 100L during Twisted Krissmuss.  He’s available on the marketplace and inworld at the main store location.  As you can see by the little size chart, he’s a bit taller than a regular Second Life Avatar.  He also comes with his own mesh Santa Hat for flavor.

Alas, my droogs and devotchkas, I have run out of room to tell you more.  Holiday Season Stuffs Part the Second to commence shortly.

And don’t forget to visit Avatar Bizarre for Twisted Krissmuss, Gothmas by Gaslight, and Horrorfestive!

Dancing Through a Gothic Wonderland

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Once Halloween comes to a screeching halt, all Hell breaks loose as we gear up for one of the biggest holiday events in Second Life:  Gothmas!  Whatmas?  Gothmas!  It’s that black and romantic time when all the darklings come out of the woodwork and celebrate in a weird and wonderful way.  We don our goth apparel and dance to the ethereal carols of Pretentious, Moi?, Sisters of Mercy, Imperative Reaction, and Thoushaltnot.

Gothmas by Gaslight is nigh, and as you wander the hallowed streets of the cursed countryside, you will be regaled with many fine Gothic wares from a wide swath of merchants across the Second Life grid.

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It’s time once again to give those blackened blue eyes an advance look at what’s coming up from Avatar Bizarre during this most sacred of holidays.

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“Ozymandias Female” – Modeled by Misha-Selene

The Ozymandias, named for the poem by Percy Bisshe Shelley is resplendent in six gorgeous jewel tones.  Although it is a simple outfit with leather pants, silken shirt, and waistcoat, you will look positively stunning in any of the hues.  This outfit is available for men and for women, and the sleeves and pants are materials enhanced.  Shoes are not included, but both pants and sleeves were made to accommodate SLink hands, and SLink boots.

Gothmas opens in December, and both versions of this outfit will be available for 250L.  Please try the demo before you buy.