Moonage Daydream

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“I could make a transformation as a rock & roll star” – D. Bowie, Star from The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars

Folks who know me have either put up with, or completely embraced my lifelong obsession with David Bowie.  I had several of Bowie’s hairstyles while slogging my way through Junior High and High School.  My Walkman always had a Bowie tape in it.  I watched LiveAid just because he was scheduled to perform.  I scoured record stores for anything and everything even remotely Bowie-related, including pouncing on artists like Lou Reed and Iggy Pop, simply because they had albums produced by the Thin White Duke.  I actually yelled at Jennifer Connelly’s character in Labyrinth to stay with the Goblin King.  I would have.  When the man went on tour, I raced to get tickets to every show I could attend.  I had the massive Bowie shrine, including all the music, videos, posters, teeshirts, and anything else I could lay my hands on.  I threw glitter on him during performances of Hallo Spaceboy.  If you haven’t guessed, I’m just a bit of a fan.

Monday morning started just like any other; the alarm woke me up.  I squinted at my phone and read emails till I could actually drag my carcass out of bed.  I was puzzled by the sudden popularity of a Ziggy Stardust outfit I’d made for Second Life.  It wasn’t a huge seller…till now.  But still, things didn’t click in my sleep-fogged brain.  Then I saw an email from my oldest and dearest Second Life friend.  It was simply titled, “Shared Grief” and in it, she wrote, “E and I are thinking about you.  If you need to talk, please call.”

I was really confused now.  Who did we both know who had died?  That’s certainly the gist of the email.  I replied, saying, “It’s too early to call and I have to be at work in 15 minutes.  I’ll call you later.”

Then I saw CNN.

THE PLANET EARTH IS BLUE.  David Bowie.  On the front page of CNN.  It hit me like a ton of bricks. Right to the face.  My hero, an icon of my youth, the soundtrack of my life…dead of cancer.  I cried.  I sat at my computer at 6:15am and cried.  I briefly thought, “I need a bereavement day.” but I wasn’t thinking straight.  I went to work and it was the longest day of my life.

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“Lady Stardust sang his songs of darkness and despair.” – D. Bowie, Lady Stardust from The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars

I came home and immediately put on the Ziggy costume, made a black armband for good measure, and headed to The Village of Nyght for the tribute I never wanted to host.  I sent out notices, and people poured in, commiserating, reminiscing, sharing stories, requesting their favorite songs, crying.  People who haven’t been in Second Life for years showed up just to be with other fans and give Mr. Bowie a proper send off to his home planet.

I’m afraid most of us were quivering heaps of jelly, curled into fetal positions, shaking and crying when I played Lazarus from his Requiem Mass, Blackstar.  It got even crunchier when I pulled out a rare live recording of Bowie and Gilmore singing Comfortably Numb.  The tribute set lasted four and a half hours.  Maybe a smidge more.  I’d have kept going if I didn’t feel so utterly wretched, wiped out, and still mourning the loss of a man I never met, yet loved with all my heart.  Besides, after all the tears, my eyes were dry and burning.  It was time for a rest.

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“Give me your hands, because you’re wonderful.” – D. Bowie, Rock n’ Roll Suicide from The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars

It’s now two days later.  I still hurt, but life isn’t all bad.  If I wanted to, I could listen to Bowie non-stop for weeks.  But, it’s time to move on, just a little.  I had mentioned I made a Ziggy outfit in Second Life.  I’ve made a number of Bowie-inspired outfits through the years for Avatar Bizarre, and had a few in the pipeline that were to debut over the next few months.  Now I feel like it’s time to push these costumes to the front of the line.

The first to be built (and released soon for men, women, and femboys, I promise) is Moonage Daydream.  This is an outfit based on a design Bowie wore during his Ziggy Stardust tour.  It is a simple Asian design with thigh high satin boots.  It will likely be available with a color HUD.  But you need to give me time.  Between real life excitement, work, and whatnot, Second Life gets relegated to the back burner sometimes.  I would say after Further ConFusion (a convention in San Jose, CA) this weekend, I will have both versions available in the store and on the marketplace.

Love on, Ya!

To Be Played at Maximum Volume – The Return of Ziggy Stardust

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Bowie fans all over the world know about the iconic instructions on the cover for The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.


To be played at Maximum Volume.


It’s not just a suggestion, it’s a command.  Ziggy is here, and he will not be ignored.

Avatar Bizarre has improved the original Ziggy costume with some Materials enhancement, a color HUD, and not just a male version, but also a female version!  Both versions include the five standard sizes, and there is a demo that includes the male and female suits.  The iconic platform boots are also included.  These are rigged boots that fit the costume perfectly.

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These boots include the small size (female) and the large size (male), plus a pair of unrigged boots that can be repositioned and resized.  The color HUD is included; the colors are visible on the vendor ad above.  Oh, and did I mention that these are SLink enhanced?  It probably doesn’t matter too much for boots, but it’s a nice bonus!

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Ziggy played guitar.

Available on the Marketplace and Inworld.

Hey Ho Let’s Go! – A Little Spizzenergi Punk Style

They’re forming in straight line
They’re going through a tight wind
The kids are losing their minds
The blitzkrieg bop
They’re piling in the back seat
They’re generating steam heat
Pulsating to the back beat
The blitzkrieg bop – Ramones, Blitzkrieg Bop

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“I blame Society.  Society made me what I am…” – Duke, Repoman

And with those famous dying last words of the penultimate mohawk wearing film antogonist, I give you the Spizzenergi ensemble from Avatar Bizarre!  You too can revel in the styles of a bygone era; an era steeped in a crazy and rebellious subculture.  People listened to three chord bands, often discordant, more often than not, hardly able to play their own instruments without a sneer and flailing.  It was a time when you could change your name to Seeth Ransom or Jed Horrid, and create your own bubble of anarchy in a rancid system of broken society and failing governments.  You could dance to your favorite bands, like Dead Kennedys, New York Dolls, Dead Boys, and the Ramones.  You lamented the loss of Johnny Thunders and Sid Vicious.  You rammed safety pins in your nose and leather jacket.  You were a Punk Rocker, and Anarchy reigned supreme.

Named for a band from the late 70s/early 80s (that changed its name every year), this ensemble is 100% rigged mesh, and is available in both male and female versions.  For both genders, the pants and the tank are sold separately, and both come with a color change HUD with six choices.

The tank declares:  “PUNK’S NOT DEAD.  It was bitten by a zombie and now it wants to eat your brain.”

Want to know more?  Fine.  I’ll put on some Black Flag while you head over to the Marketplace or inworld to check things out.

You Sexy Thing – 70s Foxy Lady Jumpsuit

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Where you from, you sexy thing?
Sexy thing, you
I believe in miracles
Since you came along, you sexy thing – Hot Chocolate, You Sexy Thing

Just when you thought it was safe, the Jive Talkin’ 70s came roaring back with a disco flair as only that decade can.  The 1970s saw a lot of political strife, social change, and one heck of a great poster from Farrah Fawcett.  In the midst of all the pop culture of Car Wash, Smokey and the Bandit, Bee Gees, Watergate, Gilligan’s Island reruns, Star Wars, and eventually the rise of Punk, came that rollerskating, funky dancing, smokin’ hot beat of the Disco dance.  Along with Disco, came the signature styles:  The leisure suits, the polyester, and the ubiquitous shiny rayon jumpsuit.

Avatar Bizarre, is happy to present the 70’s Foxy Lady Jumpsuit.  This outfit, strong enough for a man, but made for a woman (hah, I hope I’m not the only one to get that reference!) is materials enhanced and comes in eight groovy colors.  Sorry, folks, the shoes aren’t included, but I’m sure if you asked my model nicely, she might tell you where she got those wonderful wedge heels.

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Available inworld and on the marketplace.

Johnny Bravo – Vintage 70s Outfit

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“Clowns never laughed before
and beanstalks never grew.
Ponies never ran before
Till I met you” – Johnny Bravo nee’ Greg Brady

One of the things I love about Second Life is you can revive any fashion (or anti-fashion) you want, and scores of people will probably really like what you’ve done.  Of course it really doesn’t matter if you’ve lived the era or not, as long as there’s something about it you enjoy.  Personally, having lived through the Seventies as a small kid, and remembering what passed for “fashion”, I’m always stunned when a particular style manages to turn up like a bad penny.  In spite of an inherent distaste for horrible polyester one piece leisure suits, collars you can use to go hang-gliding with, and that insane spray on hair for balding men, it is rather fun to come up with a mesh outfit that hearkens back to the latter days of the Brady Bunch on TV.

Originally, Avatar Bizarre put out That 70s outfit for men, and That 70s outfit for women as system layers and sculpts for a Vintage fair.  These outfits have had a good run, so naturally it was time to update them a bit for the meshy crowd.

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Named for the rockstar that Greg Brady tried to become, Johnny Bravo is the result of months of procrastination.  It’s available in eight colors and, even though the outfit seems to be one piece, you can separate the shirt from the pants.  All you have to do is rez the outfit on the ground, right click, edit, then choose “edit linked parts”, choose the pants, and hit “unlink” if you’re in Firestorm.  Otherwise, just hit Control (or Command if you’re on a Mac) L to unlink it.  Rename it, because it may decide to arbitrarily call itself “Object” and we can’t have that, now can we?  Both pieces automatically attach to your left pec, unless you decide to change that.  The whole point of this explanation is to let you know you can mix and match the pants with the shirts to create an even more…colorful look.

This outfit doesn’t come with shoes, but it should work with just about any low style shoe.  The shirt and pants were built with Slink mesh hands and feet in mind, as well.  I cannot vouch for custom mesh avatars out there, but it could fit.  All you need to do is get yourself a fabulous free demo, then you can find out!  The cost on the outfit is 225L

This ensemble is now available on the Second Life Marketplace, and inworld at my Main Store location.