I’m a Sucker For Tentacles!

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Sometimes inspiration hits, and you end up making something that kills a few birds with a single well-aimed rock.

One day I was lamenting the lack of a decent mesh mohawk in my inventory. Yes, yes, I know I can go places and get things that might work out for whatever look I’m randomly striving for, but where’s the fun in that? Besides, with as much random weird stuff as I’ve made in the past, it was a natural progression to attempt “hair”.

In quotes.

Because, you know, it’s tentacles. You either love them or you hate them. In some cases, if you’re into weird Manga porn, you really love them. Whatever the case, this mohawk happened.

I’m quite proud of this thing. For one thing, it’s my first successful attempt at “hair” in Second Life. Then there’s the whole slimy and moist look achieved with materials. No self-respecting Punk should be without a good mohawk, don’t you think?

This bad boy is modify and copy, and includes a color HUD with six colors to choose from. It’s about as unisex as you can get in Second Life, but if you aren’t sure, there is a demo you can try on.

Available inworld and on the marketplace.

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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.

A Tattered Page – Addendum, or “Sense and Insensibility”

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After some heated discussion about events in Second Life, and various ways they can be implemented, an experiment was born.  I find this rather apropos to A Tattered Page, where this experiment is to take place, since Victor Frankenstein was the perpetrator of one of the grandest and more horrifying experiments in literary history.  My only hope is that the undead creature due to rise from the morass of sludge that is the Second Life Marketplace does not end with the creator being destroyed by the Creature that was given life in the beginning…

A Tattered Page, as you may have surmised (if you haven’t been reading about it already), is an event centered around the classic novel “Frankenstein – or The Modern Prometheus” by Mary Wollstoncraft Shelley.  Doctor Frankenstein has inspired a lot of artists over the years, and he will be inspiring a whole set of Second Life creators in November for A Tattered Page.

But what of this experiment mentioned above?

Well, someone had the bright idea of incorporating the Second Life Marketplace into a Second Life event.  It all started in a thread on SLUniverse.com in which someone was complaining that events are often too lagged for easy shopping.  There are a myriad of reasons why, and I won’t go into them now.  Suffice to say there are arguments on both sides; from creators (IT LIVES!!) to event organizers to shoppers on the grid to self=proclaimed “Fashionistas” (Oh how I hate that term).

The idea proposed, in spite of many people explaining with small words and diagrams how awful listing things on the ponderously slow and poorly designed back end of the Marketplace can be, is that when an event starts, those involved in the event will also list stuff on the Marketplace and provide links to each item to someone who will be linking those links to the event website for “ease of shopping”.  Of course, my morbid curiosity piped up and said, “Okay, I’m game and will do it just to see what happens.”

I only hope I’m not going to end up chased down like an animal in the Arctic by the creature we’ve given life.  Heck, I don’t even want to be the dude in tap shoes singing “Puttin’ on the Ritz” with this monster.  We all know how these things turn out.

In any case, this is what’s going to happen:

There’s a purely voluntary movement for creators to list their stuff on the Marketplace, including the Event Exclusive item(s), and to send these links to one of the event coordinators so the items can be linked to the event website, where vendor pictures and store logos will be featured, along with the SLurl teleport link to each inworld store.  Since I was the first to proclaim that I am game for this (Hi, Mouth, you kind of suck sometimes), I will be doing just that.

All the Victor suits and all of the Elizabeth dresses featured in this blog earlier are listed on the Marketplace and will go LIVE on November 5 when vendor ads and links are due.

If nothing else, I do get a jump on listing the stuff on the Marketplace, which I would have done after the event anyway.  The gods know how much every merchant using the back end of that site detests it, and I’m no exception, but I do like to get the unpleasant bits out of the way.

So be sure to hit the A Tattered Page site for links to all the participating merchants.  I will also post my Marketplace links here at that time.

Till then I leave you with this:  If you’re blue and you don’t know where to go to why don’t you go where fashion sits, ARRRARRR RRARRR RARRRRR!”

A Touch of India

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Amar is a male name meaning, “Forever, Immortal”,and what better way to express the timeless fashion of the Kurta?  Typically worn with the loose fitting Dhoti pants, the Kurta is a long tunic style shirt that is worn on formal occasions and during celebrations.  You will find men wearing the Kurta as a part of their wedding attire, or you will find folks wearing brand new Kurtas during the Diwali celebration.  They are made from richly colored fabrics, and can have a short upright collar.  Often, the Kurta is beautifully embroidered, or patterned with intricate designs.

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Avatar Bizarre has always been a purveyor of fine traditional attire, and is happy to present the 100% original rigged mesh Amar Kurta.  It comes in the standard five sizes for men and includes an alpha.  This item is modify and copy, and while you cannot resize rigged mesh, this item can be separated, or tinted.  If you wish to separate the Kurta from the Dhoti, simply rez on the ground and unlink things.  You will probably need to rename the items, because unlinking will sometimes cause the item to rename itself to “object”.  I don’t know about you, but there’s nothing more confusing than an inventory full of “Object”!

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Come celebrate the diverse fashion of Second LIfe with Avatar Bizarre by adorning your avatar in one of India’s most beautiful garments for men.  This item is available on the Marketplace and inworld at the Avatar Bizarre main store location.

In the Summertime

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Back in the good old days, circa sometime between Victorian times and the early 20th century, beachwear was stunningly attractive, easy to swim in, and made from fabulously heat resistant wool.  Men and women alike daringly showed off their ankles and elbows.  It was quite the love-fest on the beaches of yesteryear, I can tell you!

 

Avatar Bizarre has long been one of the major providers for Vintage and Historic clothing in Second LIfe and, while there remains a system layer version of the 1900’s Men’s Bathing Costume, it was finally time to dive into the deep end of Mesh to bring you — Yes, you guessed it:  The Mesh 1920s Men’s Bathing Costume!

 

Like most things mesh attire, this amazing bit of wooly swimwear comes in the five standard sizes, and includes a straw Panama hat, because no man should wander about outside bareheaded.  That’s just barbaric!  Oh, and you get an alpha layer, as well.  But we don’t talk about male underthings.  That’s just crass.

 

This item is available on the Marketplace and in Second Life at the Avatar Bizarre main store location for a mere 150L.  It should fit custom mesh avatars, in addition to the classic Second Life avatar.  But “should” is a funny word.  Please try the demo before you buy the costume.  I’d be much obliged.