Omega Man

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It was time, I thought.  Time to drink the Kool-aid of the mesh body parts revolution, and get a mesh head.  For a while, I kept thinking about how I’d hate to look like everyone else by wearing a mesh head.  To some degree, this may yet be true, because anyone wearing the same skin on a LOGO head may look like an evil twin.

Them’s the breaks.  However, the head had grown on me to the point where taking it off and seeing what’s underneath is quite the shock.

But I digress.  Several days of trying out every male head out there, and being horrified at the sheer number of heads that either made me look like Ron Perlman, or Bruce Willis in an extremely bad mood, plus the vast majority that simply looked as if they’d been squinting at the sun a little too long (seriously, what’s with the squinting little piggy eyes, guys?), I finally chose the LOGO Ethan head.

It does have a few drawbacks, but overall, I’m pretty happy with it.  Of course, the first thing that had to happen, once the skin was applied was to fix the eyes.  LOGO head has a HUD that includes several eye colors, but I wasn’t all that thrilled with any of them, and decided it was time to make my own.

As it happens, LOGO heads are now Omega compatible.  As I make a ton of eyes anyway, it was a simple matter of creating a few HUDs with the eye textures.

For now, there are five sets of Omega eye appliers for the LOGO head (and possibly others, but I can’t vouch for all the heads out there.

The eyes in the picture are the Omega applier Wolf Eyes.  I think there’s probably eight or nine colors on the HUD.  Don’t quote me, because it was late at night when I made the HUDs and it’s kind of early in the morning now.  In any case, all Omega eye applier HUDs are 120L.  Currently, you will find the Saralonde, Honey Glow, Wolf, Deer, and Apophis eyes available inworld and on the Marketplace.

If you have any requests for eyes, let me know.

And now for my next pony trick, I’ll be attempting facial hair.  Wish me luck!

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Der Fledermaus

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20Twenty is fast approaching, and this means Avatar Bizarre will have something new available at 20% off normal price for the duration of the event, staring April 20.

Fledermaus, which means “Bat”, is a Gothic suit that includes a high collared coat and shirt (mostly just the front part of the shirt), plus Omega pants appliers for mesh bodies.  For non mesh bodies, the system layer pants are included in all the colors.  The coat has a color HUD, and is materials enhanced.

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I originally made this because someone asked me to make a Gothic coat she could wear.  But then things just sort of spiraled into a big production and the suit happened.  This coat fits nicely on the SLink Male Phsyique (pictured here, actually).  You just have to use the alpha HUD included with the body.  But it moves nicely, and works well for the discerning Goth.

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The boots, pictured above, are sold separately and come rigged and unrigged.  If you look closely at the heel, you’ll see a little bat imprinted underneath.

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Credits:
Body – SLink Male Physique
Hands – SLink male relaxed
Hair – Mina Harry Black
Skin – Nivaro
Head – LOGO Ethan

Photographed at Avatar Bizarre using Bryn Oh’s BLUniverse Windlight.

A Fantasy of Fever Dreams – Zaahn Preview

Avatar-Bizarre-Zaahn-VThe lone traveler contemplated his fate.  He had been forcefully sent to a desolate and eerie island, where little made sense.  The carnival was deserted, and little wonder why.  The clown statues littering the grounds appeared sinister and dangerous.  They loomed through the mist, menacing grimaces that must have delighted once, though he doubted it.  He didn’t like clowns.  It was a trust issue; you couldn’t feel safe around a creature with a grin that wide, yet so dark and wretched inside.

Avatar-Bizarre-Zaahn-IIIThe traveler was undaunted by the menacing clown as he attempted a trick he’d learned long ago.  He was surprised to learn he still had the strength for the trick on a stack of chairs.  Still, that clown…  A trickle of cold sweat coursed down the back of his neck.  With a lurch, he tumbled off the chair and rolled away from that clown in haste.  Why are there so many clowns?  Why won’t that incessant creepy laughter die down?

Avatar-Bizarre-Zaahn-IIHe’d had enough.  He left the carnival and wandered the rest of the lonely island till he came upon a dead tree.  “How can I get off this wretched island?” he thought miserably.  “Can’t sleep.  Clowns will eat me.”

Avatar-Bizarre-Zaahn-IVThe Zaahn is Avatar Bizarre’s latest creation.  Available soon at Fantasy Faire, it includes 5 standard sizes, system layer underpants in all colors, an Omega pants applier for mesh bodies, and an alpha.  The boots are available as a separate item, and also include a color HUD with all the color options, and two sizes (male/female).  Everything has been materials enhanced for your viewing pleasure.  Zaahn will be available for men and for women.

Coming soon! Watch this space for landmarks and announcements.

The credits:
Body – SLink Male Physique
Hair – Mina Michael Black
Skin – Nivaro Crow Cream
Shape – Mine
Eyes – Avatar Bizarre Corvus Corax (green/blue)
Suit – Zaahn Male with Color HUD
Boots – Zaahn Boots with Color HUD
Location – Disturbia Rage of Mystery

I Always Feel Like Somebody’s Watching Me

Avatar Bizarre Gargoyle Avatar Posing on CathedralThe gargoyle watches from atop the wall, ever vigilant, ever patient.  It is a dark and mysterious creature, said to guard against evil spirits.  It is a protector of cathedrals and other classic structures, laying wait among the flying buttresses. Traditionally thought to have turned up in medieval times, gargoyles can be traced even farther back to the Egyptians, where they were placed to guard temples, where their mouths would spout water for all eternity.  Gargoyles, in the shape of lions and other ferocious animals, also served to guard Greek temples. Avatar-Bizarre-Gargoyle-at-St-Paul's-Cathedral

Gargoyle is a name often attributed to St. Romanus, who fought a creature called Gargouille, who was supposedly so scary looking that he frightened off evil spirits.  Rather than be vanquished by St. Romanus, he became a protector.  Gargoyles are often used to decorate buildings, such as Notre Dame de Paris, and  Westminster Abbey.

Avatar Bizarre’s latest offering in the Hidden Sanctuary event “From the Shadows They Do Come” (Starts October 10 in the Hidden Sanctuary sim) is the Gargoyle Avatar.  Available as male or female, it includes a color HUD with several stone choices, a pair of blinking eyes, and a pair of color change eyes.  This is also materials enhanced.  Cathedral not included.  Cost is 475L for either version.

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Walk a Mile in My Shoes

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“Fifty million years ago
They walked upon the planet so
They live in a museum
It’s the only place you’ll see ’em.
Walking in your footsteps” – The Police, Walking In Your Footsteps

Hidden Sanctuary Events: Everlasting Love starts on September 12.

The everlasting love of the night is the second Gothic wedding affair of the year for Hidden Sanctuary Events, so you will find a plethora of amazing items from a bunch of different designers.  This event only lasts a week, so hit it early for some great stuff!

Avatar Bizarre is, once again, taking part, and is offering two new pairs of shoes!  They are both SLink enhanced, Materials enhanced, and include a color change HUD.  Both pairs are unrigged, and copy/modify.

Available starting October 12.  175L per pair.  You can get the SLurl and information about the event here.

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Lucius Shoes, named for our good friend Mr. Malfoy (yeah yeah, all you Harry Potter naysayers!).  Lucius was a man with elegance, a wicked demeanor, and a seething menace to all who oppose him.  He wore only the finest clothing, so of course he’d have a nice pair of slick leather shoes.

These shoes include a color HUD with six dark hues, and glisten in the light of the moon.  From the sharp low heel to the shiny silver rivets, your appearance will be enhanced with this great pair of shoes!

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Crowley Boots are the other offering this round.  Inspired by the Archangel Crowley in Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman’s novel “Good Omens”, Crowley was described as a disturbingly snakelike man with a penchant for staring too much, and wearing shoes that made his feet look suspiciously like reptile feet.

The Crowley Boots are unrigged SLink enhanced, with materials.  They can be modified and copied, and include a color HUD with six colors to choose from.

Made from the finest pixel snake skin, these boots will make a fine addition to your wardrobe.

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One Thing You Need to Know About A Hidden Sanctuary

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Awake in the night to whisper your name
Only a silence replies it’s answer a sleeping refrain
The moment dies but memory stays
Love like a run our way by
We spin and we climb
To where once islands cried
And there sometimes angels can be devils too
It’s true of you
It’s true of you – The Damned, Sanctum Sanctorum – Phantasmagoria album

See this post to get the skinny on the Ashe suit, guys.  Then you can hop over to this post for more information on a delightful dress called Evelyn for the ladies.

Walk the Night With Me is a Gothic event in Second Life, which starts July 18.  It will cater to all things dark and romantic, so it was imperative to decorate the booth in rich purples.  Avatar Bizarre’s offerings for this event include a Gothic gown (sort of Virctorian style) for the ladies, and a stylized Victorian style Gothic suit for the guys.  In addition, there’s a Nyarlathotep head sitter with a color HUD available at a special 99L price just for the run of the event.

You can find the event Facebook group page here —> https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-sanctuary-events/479579422210010

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The suit being worn by that funny looking character in the booth is the Ashe suit in purple, because everything purple.  As you can see, there’s a demo available in that black and green box over yonder.


In the Depths of Mania – The Die Form Suit and a Pair of Shoes

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Die Form is German for Form or Shape. I’m sure Florian, or any of my other friends well-versed in German could confirm this, or at least correct this if I’m completely wrong.  Die Form is also a post-industrial dark electronic band that formed out of France sometime in the late 70s, and continues today.  If you really want to dive deeper into some sort of meaning here, it’s also a play on words, a splitting of the word, “Deform”.  It’s kind of like how DEVO is short for De-Evolution, only somehow more austere and Goth.

When making a Goth outfit for Second Life, one must come up with a clever name, based on something out of the Goth subculture.  Most of the time, creators pick out words in a song lyric, or just use the title of a song that strikes their fancy.  In the case of this outfit, it seemed rather fitting (heh) to use the name of an entire band.  I’m sure they won’t mind, particularly as it’s an actual German phrase anyway.

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“Inspiration is a cat.  It never comes when you call it, but when it does finally wander in you’d better pay attention, or it’ll claw your leg pretty hard.”

While casting around for inspiration, a thought hit me:  Why not update something that got made in the past and make it better?  Yeah, except I’m kind of done with those older designs.  Let them fester on the Marketplace for folks who are still interested in buying system clothing with prim attachments.  There’s nothing wrong with that, mind you.  The texturing on those outfits is still pretty darn good.  But honestly, I’ve been on a mesh kick for a while now, and nearly the whole Second Life store (you know, the one inworld) has been nearly completely converted to mesh things.  Then I thought, “Well, Vintage things work really well for the whole Goth look.”  That’s when the epiphany hit:  MIX THE STYLES!  Seriously, there’s nothing wrong with mixing historic and Vintage and whatever else, as long as the ensemble works, right?  Real Life fashion designers do this all the time, to varying effects and degrees.

So Die Form was born.  This is a heavily brocaded Pseudo Edwardian Jacket with a bit of a modern Versace flare.  The coat has medium lapels, and a single silver button closes it in the front.  The velvet coat layers over a silken black narrow collared shirt, and a darkly jewel-toned satin neck tie.  The ensemble ties together with a pair of pleated herringbone pants.

Die Form, like all rigged mesh at Avatar Bizarre, has a free demo available.  Available in several colors, it’s materials enabled for your viewing pleasure, and includes five standard sizes.  My avatar (the one shown, naturally) is a medium.  The cost for this fashion feast is 375L per color.

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No suit would be complete without a nice pair of shoes.  Although shoes do not come with the actual suit, Avatar Bizarre has just released this nifty pair of Saddle Shoes (unisex) with a color HUD.  The HUD includes eight colors:  Black, Silver, Brown, Red, Green, Blue, Teal, and Purple. The shoes themselves were built for SLink flat feet, but there’s also a pair of shoes to fit the system avatar feet.  An alpha is included for the system feet, and these shoes have been materials enhanced.  They are also modify and copy, and unrigged so you can easily resize them as needed.  The cost for the shoes is 175L.

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Die Form, and Saddle Shoes available inworld and on the Marketplace now.

Style card:
Shape – Mine
Eyes – Avatar Bizarre Lorelei with Color HUD
Skin – Nivaro Crow Cream
SLink male hands relaxed
SLink male feet flat
Hair – Exile Vindicated Naturals with color HUD (mesh)
Suit – AB Die Form Purple
Shoes – AB Saddle Shoes with Color HUD (shown in purple and in black)

The Shrieking of Nothing is… Sneak Preview of the Ashe Suit

“Do you remember a guy that’s been
In such an early song…” D. Bowie, Ashes to Ashes

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Walk the Night With Me is a Gothic event coming up in Second Life in July.  Organized by the team from Hidden Sanctuary Events, the theme centers on Gothic Weddings and Tragic Gothic Romance.  The theme conjures up all kinds of inspiration for your humble narrator, my droogs and devotchkas.

Ashe is a lonely wanderer, clad in velvet brocade.  This suit hearkens back to Victorian times, but adds a little Tim Burtonesque twist with the black and white striped lining of the coat.  This is a rigged mesh suit, which comes complete with five sizes, an alpha, and attached coat and pants.  It has been materials enabled for your viewing pleasure.

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Ashe will be available only at the event, till its end, then will be available on the Marketplace, and inworld at the main store location.

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As the time draws near, and booth set up is imminent, an SLurl will be provided so you can hop on over for a bit of Gothic awesomeness.  Stay tuned!

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All the Choices, Many Voices – Walk the Night With Me Sneak Preview

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We walked till the sunlight died
How could I breathe without your love
Like others we all fight
Against the cruel, cruel time – Clan of Xymox, “Evelyn”

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Walk the Night With Me is a Hidden Sanctuary Event centered around all things Gothic Wedding and Dark Love.  It takes place July 18th through the 23rd, and will feature all things dark and sticky.  A Gothic Wedding is one that evokes romance with a Victorian flare.

Avatar Bizarre is thrilled to be a part of this event, and will be debuting two new items, which will exclusive at the event until its end, then they will be released to the Marketplace and in the Main Store location afterwards.  The first of these items is the Evelyn, pictured above.  This gown is a lovely Victorian-style garment with a black leather corset, frilly black lace accents at the throat and the wrists, and sumptuous puffed sleeves.  The floor-length skirt is slim, and drapes gorgeously, ending in a lovely sweep on the floor.  The tiny hat adds that Brontean touch, and is finished off with black lace attached to the brim.

As always, all rigged mesh items can be tried on with a handy free DEMO.  This is available in six colors, and includes five sizes and the hat.
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Unhallowed Metropolis – Phinaea Suit

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In a city, dark and eerie, surrounded by the Vernian Wastelands, a lone figure emerges from the increasing fog in a final showdown…

She gazes unblinkingly at the menacing Dirigible of Doom, flown by her mortal arch-nemesis, a mad man bent on destroying the whole of civilization for his own nefarious gain. Reaching for the weapon in her coat, a powerful electrically charged object designed by Nicola Tesla himself, she takes aim and fires.  The white-hot lightning projects from the muzzle, hitting the dirigible, enveloping it in a blaze so super heated that a shock wave from the explosion could be felt for several hundred meters.  Phinaea remains stoic, unflinching, as her hair is blown back by the shockwave.  The war machine of her arch nemesis seems to drift lazily to the ground, supports and beams floating gently in all directions.  She bends down to retrieve her top hat, wipes a film of dust and soot from the goggles, and wanders off…

Phinaea is the counterpart to the mad men of the Steam age; a woman of strength, who is highly intelligent, yet lives in a Patriarchal society that values beauty over brains.  She works in secret as an agent of Artifact Recovery, seeking out devices and strange items imbued with magical properties, many of which are highly dangerous in any hands.  She is an author, using a famous pseudonym to publish her very real adventures as fiction.  She is Phinaea.

The suit worn by the Inventor, Author, and Adventurer is a twist on a previous release from Avatar Bizarre.  The Phinaea is rigged mesh that has been materials enhanced, and includes a full suit with pocket chain, and a high top hat with tintable goggles.

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Become the adventurer you always wanted to be, and do it in style with this beautifully crafted outfit, made from the finest mesh velvet brocade, and lovingly stitched with the strongest of pixel threads.  The sleeves and pants cuffs were made to accommodate SLink hands and feet.  As with all things at Avatar Bizarre, this ensemble is available in several stunning colors.  Available inworld and on the Marketplace.

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