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!

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The Fashion Police Would be Astounded

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Velvet Goldmine, you stroke me like the rain
Snake it, take it, Panther Princess, you must stay
Velvet Goldmine, naked on your chain
I’ll be your King Volcano right for you again and again
My Velvet Goldmine” – D. Bowie

A few decades ago, there lived an alien by the name of Ziggy Stardust.  He had a flaming red mullet, a skin tight lycra catsuit wardrobe, a flair for theatrics, and some stunningly amazing platform boots.  He was quite the character; brought to Earth to become a rock star, and ultimately destroyed by his fans.  He was androgynous, and sexual, and the he was the Nazz with God-Given ass.  David Bowie brought him to life in 1972, and we were treated to a great rock and roll spectacle that included all the Glam style and music that you could possibly handle, and then you were given more.  Ziggy’s cohorts included the street walkin’ cheetah with a heart full of napalm, Iggy Pop; and the man who hustled his way through the Wild Side, Lou Reed.  Together, the three created a scene that was bred of Andy Warhol’s Factory parties, and thrust into the unsuspecting public like a glitter-encrusted juggernaut of awesome.

Some time later, a movie was made that would ultimately capture some of the history of these three, though it was thinly veiled as a fictional account of a rock star’s life.   Brian Slade (more or less David Bowie, in the guise of Jonathan Rhys-Meyers), met his best friend Curt Wild (Ewan MacGregor) in America, and many drug induced glam hyjinx ensued.

To commemorate the movie, the song, and David Bowie (though word on the street is he really hated the movie), Avatar Bizarre is thrilled to inflict the World of Glam into the male avatar side of Second Life with the Curt Wild Platform Boots.

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These boots are 100% original unrigged mesh, and are available in seven glitzy colors.  For those with Advanced Lighting turned on, there’s also a material shine with a contrasting color flickering across the plastic feel of these boots.  In true Plastic Fantastic Androgynous fashion, these boots work for male and female avatars.

They are available inworld at Avatar Bizarre, and on the Marketplace.  Simply do a search for Avatar Bizarre, and you will find them!

And if you’re on Reddit, there’s a nifty subreddit called r/sl.  Check it out!

The Glorious Ludwig van…

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I have to admit.  I’m a huge fan of A Clockwork Orange.  I also quite enjoy Beethoven.  So when I was making this new outfit, I figured I should name it after one of the greatest composers in history: The Glorious Ludwig van, as Alex deLarge was fond of calling him.  Beethoven’s iconic high-collared coat is the inspiration for the Ludwig Tux.  This ensemble not only draws from the late 18th century styles, but also from 19th and very early 20th century styles.  Generally, when I make a historic style, I stick with one era and try to be true to the real deal, but this is more of a fantasy suit.  It’s Gothic, in the dark club sense of the word, while being somewhat anachronistic, and a stylistic oddball.  Such is Second Life fashion.

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Naturally, when writing up any blog post, there’s this driving need to find a suitable spot on the grid in which to take pictures.  Between monkeying with the right windlight settings, messing around with camera settings, and searching around for great locations, blogging can certainly turn into a full time occupation.  Luckily, this particular sim has been around since I signed into Second Life, and it’s one of my favorites, though there isn’t much there.  Just a meadow, a piano, a lake, and some benches.  It’s ideal for photographing a suit named after a classical composer, because the piano you see me hunched over is scripted to play the sim owner’s own deft piano playing (though the music is Mozart, not Beethoven, but we can overlook that, can’t we?)

In spite of the expression on my face, the area is serene and calming.

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The Ludwig Tux is a delightful throwback to several bygone eras.  The wingtips, mostly worn by Las Vegas magicians these days (Hey, Teller!) cast a shine that matches the color of each suit.  That’s one of the fun things about using materials; you can adjust shine so it realistically reflects colors around the objects that have the heightmaps applied.  In addition to the fancy wingtips, the creased pants sport a herringbone texture.  The cravat, a mix of sculpts, mesh, and flexi prims, has a bright metallic sheen that, like the shoes, reflects the colors of the jacket in a magical way.

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Of course the whole thing is set off by a white waistcoat and a high-collared velvet brocade tailcoat.  Available inworld and on the marketplace, it comes in eight different colors.  This is a delightful addition to any discerning male avatar’s wardrobe.

Be sure to try the demo before you buy the suit.

The Vatican Rag – Pontifical Swiss Guard Uniforms

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I was approached recently about creating the Pontifical Swiss Guard uniforms.  Apparently there’s a whole role playing group centered around The Vatican, and all three uniforms were required.  In the order of appearance (I have not completed the last one yet) we have the functional work uniform, the decorative and formal red, yellow and blue uniform, and the Commander’s uniform, which includes a fair bit of armor.

The first uniform up for your perusal is the functional daily blue uniform, which hasn’t changed much since the early 1500s, when the Swiss Guard first became a Thing in the courts of Europe.  While the Swiss Guard actually did pull duty in a variety of different areas at its inception, it’s best known now as a Pontifical guard at The Vatican.

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Available inworld and on the Marketplace, the blue Swiss Guard uniform includes a rigged mesh tunic or doublet, rigged pants, unrigged beret, unrigged shoes, system stockings, system gloves, and for the Slink Enhanced avatar, appliers for gloves.  There’s a free demo, so feel free to try it out.  Everything but the system stockings and gloves will work on a custom mesh avatar. 

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The more formal Pontifical uniform is more widely known.  Like the blue version, this is mostly rigged mesh, with unrigged shoes and beret.  It’s Slink enhanced, but also includes the system gloves.  This will work fine for both classic Second Life Avatars and for Custom Mesh Avatars.  But, like all mesh things, please try the demo first!

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Also available inworld and on the marketplace.

 

Tudors Down and To the Left

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I was recently asked to make the Swiss Vatican Guard uniform, and it got me thinking:  Why not just make Tudor outfits in addition to the Guard?  The styles are pretty much the same, only with the Guard you also get gloves, pikes, and sometimes funky faux sleeve slashing.  While the Swiss Guard at the Vatican has not changed its uniform much in the past five hundred years (it added laced shoes a bit ago), the Tudor costume has long since died out in current fashion circles.

The Tudor is a complete costume, including hose, unrigged shoes (so they can be modified), doublet, pants, the ubiquitous codpiece, and unrigged hat with a plume.  It’s available in several colors so you can Hey your Nonny Nonny with relish and aplomb.

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“To you, Baldrick, the Renaissance is just something that happened to other people, isn’t it?”

There are a lot of different sims that cater to the Renaissance and Medieval eras in Second LIfe.  A simple search of Renaissance will bring you to some lovely Tudor style parcels.  If you’re really adventurous, you can brave Avilion.  It can be a bit on the lagged side, but there seems to be a thriving community of medieval and fantasy role play there.  They even have one of those formal ballrooms where you can dance with your significant other.  So because of all this, and the fact that I really enjoy making historic costumes, Avatar Bizarre has one of the widest and most varied historic garb collections on the grid.

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The Tudor is available inworld and in the Marketplace.  It should fit most classic male avatars, in addition to some of the new custom mesh avatars out there.  Be that as it may, I would heartily suggest getting the demo first.  It’s free, funky, and full of vitamins.

Zoot Suit Genre

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Avatar Bizarre is thrilled to be a part of Genre this month!  Genre is a monthly event held in honor of all the different cultures and communities in Second Life. Genre was formed to showcase some of the creations from designers who create for all the different cultures and role playing communities.  One of the nice things about such events is not only the opportunity for folks to learn about all the fantastic shops in Second Life, but many of these events offer special items at an affordable price.  Each item at Genre is 100L or less.  Every item must be new and exclusive to the event for its duration.

A theme is chosen for a specific genre each month to help inspire designers to create these wonderful items.  After the event ends, merchants can then release each item they create at the normal price, so if you want a nice discount, head on over!  Genre begins on the 15th of each month and ends on the 12th of the following month, so you have a smidge less than a month to visit the event.

Avatar Bizarre has a wonderful Zoot suit offering at Genre this month, which I’ve shown in a previous blog post.  With seven colors to choose from, and one free demo, I feel confident that people visiting the event will find a Zoot suit perfect for their wants and needs.

The Zoot Suit is Modify and Copy.  If you are at Genre and wish to purchase this as a gift for someone, please send Sredni Eel an IM with the name of the recipient, which item you want, and pay 100L (please mention you’ve paid in the IM so I can verify before I send the item).  As always with mesh clothing, please buy the demo first.  The demo is Transfer, so you can give it to anyone you want.

Share and Enjoy!

GENRE APRIL 15 through MAY 12.

 

Zoot Suit Riot

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Avatar Bizarre has been invited to participate in a monthly event in Second Life called Genre.  It took me a bit to decide what I would do for the Big Band 1930s and 1940s Era Genre.  Having accidentally misread the note card, I was thinking, “Oh, great.  I can finally get around to making that Royal Flying Corps uniform from The Great War!  Then reality hit me and I realized that the whole notation about disallowing Nazi insignia, etc made a whole lot more sense once my reading skills kicked in and I noticed the organizers actually did mean that period right around World War II.  Oops.

No problem.  Avatar Bizarre specializes in Vintage clothing, as well as all the Historic, fantasy, and Gothic stuff that gets made.  Plus guys in Second LIfe are seriously under represented on the grid and in these huge events.  I’m hoping my latest creation will draw the guys in, at least a little bit.
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Thus was the Avatar Bizarre Zoot Suit (mark II) born!  100% original, and 95% rigged mesh (there’s a Second Life Shirt Layer), this stunning example of 1930s flashy male attire includes the pants, jacket with chain, fedora, collar and tie, and wingtips, plus the requisite alphas for all three.  I did make it in one size; however, most guys tend to fit pretty well into this particular size.  It may be a bit big on male avatars that use the female base as part of their shape.  I would highly recommend checking out the fit with the demo first.  All demos at Avatar Bizarre are free and Transfer only, so you can share between alts and friends.

Rigged mesh cannot really be altered all that much, though you should be able to tint it if you desire.  The hat, collar/tie, and the shoes are unrigged and fully modifiable.  Please make copies before you attempt to modify any piece of clothing in your inventory.

The Zoot suit will be available at Genre in April.  For the run of the event, the entire ensemble will cost you a mere 100L!  After that, the price goes up.  It’s also going to be available in several colors.

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Pull a comb through your coal black hair
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Pull a comb through your coal black hair
Blow Daddy! ~ Cherry Poppin’ Daddies

The Dickens, You Say! Ghost of Marley

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A Christmas Carol is a novella by English author Charles Dickens, first published by Chapman & Hall on 19 December 1843. The story tells of bitter and miserly Ebenezer Scrooge’s ideological, ethical, and emotional transformation resulting from supernatural visits from Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come. The novella met with instant success and critical acclaim.
 
The book was written and published in early Victorian Era Britain, a period when there was both strong nostalgia for old Christmas traditions and an initiation of new practices such as Christmas trees and greeting cards. Dickens’s sources for the tale appear to be many and varied but are principally the humiliating experiences of his childhood, his sympathy for the poor, and various Christmas stories and fairy tales.
 
The tale has been viewed by critics as an indictment of 19th-century industrial capitalism. It has been credited with restoring the holiday to one of merriment and festivity in Britain and America after a period of sobriety and somberness. A Christmas Carol remains popular, has never been out of print, and has been adapted to film, stage, opera, and other media multiple times. – From Wikipedia

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And now a word from the builder of the Christmas Carol sim:
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Charles’ Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”

Happy holidays and welcome to Minty Entertainment’s Production of “A Christmas Carol!”  With great pride, we bring you this great classic story of greed and redemption.

Frequently, there will be live performers on the sim.  (Identified as “Minty Performer” group tags.)  They will be playing the roles of the characters from the book.  Feel free to interact with them, but please be respectful.  If you would like to perform here as well, then IM Zoltan Mint as soon as possible!

Explore!  Get out there and dig deep!  The adventure is in the details.  It helps if you are familiar with the book as well.  If you have not read it, do so!  It is available for FREE on the Internet.  (Google “Christmas Carol E-Book.”)

Can you discover how to travel through time?  Like Scrooge, you too can visit his days of Christmas Past, Present, and Future!  Here is clue:  Just like in the book, all the ghosts visit him in his apartment!

Thank you for taking the time to explore this holiday classic!  If you like it, tell your friends!  Please let us know what you like as well!  The event will run non-stop, now until January 2nd., 2014.

And from the Minty Entertainment Staff…

“MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ONE AND ALL!”

— Zoltan Mint
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Jacob Marley’s Ghost wanders the grid for the first time, in search of retribution from a bitter old miser.  Charles Dickens’ classic story, A Christmas Carol, has come to life in movies, television, song, Broadway, and now Second Life!  Inspired by a sincere plea from the builder of this year’s Dickens installation, the Ghost of Marley is a classic spectral outfit with glowing chains and a glowing cravat for that ethereal spirit appearance during the Holiday season.  This outfit is part of a growing Dickens collection available from Avatar Bizarre.  If Marley isn’t your style, there’s an outfit based on Ebenezer Scrooge, and a suit based on Bob Cratchitt, both available inworld and on the marketplace.

Marley dressed in death as he did in life:  in Victorian splendor, and draped in chains.  The Ghost of Marley suit is available in six muted colors, to represent the afterlife, and the glow on the chains and cravat can be modified as you see fit.  All pieces in this ensemble are modify and copy, including the rigged chains.  Though you cannot resize rigged mesh, it can be tinted.

Available on the Marketplace and Inworld.
Includes:
Rigged chain
Unrigged mesh attachments
– Coat collar
– Coat cuffs
– Coat tails
– Cravat
– Pants cuffs
– Shoes
System layer clothing
– Pants on two layers
– Shirt
– Waistcoat (top and bottom layer)
– Coat

Available in Silver, Patina, Violet, Copper, Green, and White

Credits:
Avatar – Sredni Eel
Hair – Wasabi Pills Dylan (with glow)
Eyes – Avatar Bizarre’s Mesh Manse Eyes (Glow), available as a Gacha prize at Gothmas by Gaslight in December
Landmark:  A Christmas Carol by Zoltan Mint

Feel free to wander this sim.  There will be shopping, Dickens folk, performances, and a vintage Christmas spirit to liven your holiday!

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Stone Face of the Silent Movie Era – The Buster Keaton Suit

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It would appear I suddenly found myself in 1920s Berlin looking for a prat fall where there were none to be had, so I found a little cafe near the canal and sat there contemplating a by-gone era.

Back in the day, movies were in their infancy, providing ravenous audiences with their first real glimpse of cinema magic.  Many a star shone on that silver screen, thrilling us with fantastic adventures, grand romances, dastardly deeds, and making us laugh with some of the greatest physical comedy the world had ever seen.  The master of this domain was Buster Keaton, whose diminutive stature, sad and brooding eyes, deadpan face (which earned him the nick name of “Stone Face Keaton”), and amazing acrobatics, earned him a top spot in movie making history.

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He performed his own stunts, and directed his own destiny as the greatest comedian of the silent film era and beyond.  His films are iconic.  Famous scenes live on in parody and homage.  You can see a bit of Buster in many films, TV shows, and cartoons of today.  You can even see some of his influence on the likes of the Marx Brothers and the Three Stooges.  He was, and always will be, the King of the Prat Fall.

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The making of this suit and the trip across the grid looking for 1920s era places to visit has obviously left me a bit exhausted, but in spite of that, here’s my tribute to a Hollywood Legend.

Avatar Bizarre is happy to present the latest in male Vintage clothing for Second Life.  Though my avatar resembles Johnny Depp in Benny and Joon more than Mr. Keaton, I can assure you that this outfit has been painstakingly crafted to be as true to 1920s fashion as we could get it.

From the straw pork pie to the leather wingtip shoes, this outfit is stunning, and will look good on any guy who wants to try on a taste of the Twenties.

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Available in Purple, Black, Sepia, Copper, Patina and Blue, each suit has a rigged striped coat, which should fit just about any male avatar.  There is a demo available, just in case.  Under the coat, you have a rigged mesh vest front (yep, just the front…but what a front!), a system layer shirt, system layer pants, rigged pant legs, mesh collar with tie, and mesh wingtip shoes.  Oh, and don’t forget the hat!  All men of the era wore hats, and Buster was no exception.  He was famous for his pork pie hat, whether it was made of straw, or made of felt.

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The suit is available in Second Life at Avatar Bizarre’s main store location.
You can also find it in the Second Life Marketplace site.

The cost of the suit, including shoes and everything, is 475L.  The shoes by themselves are 150L.

“See here, waiter, I’ve found a button in my salad.” “That’s all right, sir, it’s part of the dressing.”

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A man’s life in the Victorian era is fraught with top hats and waistcoats.  One is meant to make you look taller and more stately, and the other is a vessel for holding your pocket watch.  If you were a part of high society, or even low society, you were expected to be as well dressed as your station allowed, and this meant really uncomfortably starched collars, neck-warming cravats, and a single — or double breasted waistcoat.

Don’t get too excited.  Double breasted never means you get a couple of free jigglies to play with.  It just means you have a double row of buttons down the front of your vest.  It really is an unjust moniker, if you ask me.

Avatar Bizarre is happy to announce the arrival of its latest hand-stitched mesh waistcoats for men.  The “Reginald” is available in nine colors, each waistcoat is packed with five “standard” rigged waistcoat sizes, an alpha layer, a system shirt layer, and an unrigged mesh collar with sculpted and flexi cravat.

Not to be outdone by itself, there is a set of rigged mesh sleeves, meant to fit just about anyone.  But please head into the fitting room, where ever that may be, and try on the demo.  There’s nothing worse than a man in an ill fitting suit!

You can find this bit of finely crafted and tailored goodness on the Marketplace, and Inworld.