Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair

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A long, long time ago, when rock music was still very young, a movement started in San Francisco. It was a time of protesting and change. War was ongoing in Vietnam. People were dodging the draft and heading to the Height in San Francisco.

As the song says, “If you’re going to San Francisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair.”

Hippies gathered in Golden Gate Park for sit ins, and love ins. The sound of music filtered through the air, along with the aroma of incense and peppermint (and pot, but who’s counting?)

Twisted Summer of Love is the Twisted Hunt Events inaugural Summer Event, and we chose the Summer of Love as the theme this year. With bright colors and psychedelic patterns, you can be sure there will be plenty of vintage clothing, furniture, and other nifty things for sale from the 60 or so merchants.

We are proud to be an official team member of the Relay Rockers this year.  They perform a Woodstock event for Relay for Life in Second Life every Summer, so this was a natural pairing.

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Avatar Bizarre has several brand new items being released at the event. The Relay for Life items are a male and a female Dashiki Shirt with a color HUD.  The Dashiki, inspired by the African tunic, has a brightly colored pattern over black.  These are rigged mesh, and come in the standard sizes.  The color HUD includes seven colors!  The male shirt definitely works with the SLink male body.  I can’t vouch for the female version, though I assume both bodies share the same alpha HUD.

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Avatar Bizarre is also releasing a pair of denim shorts with a peace sign on the right leg. These shorts can be worn with the Dashiki. They also include a seven color HUD, and 5 standard sizes.

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In addition to the Dashikis and the Shorts, There’s a new Twiggy-inpsired mini dress, and Go-Go Boots with a color HUD. So come support Relay for Life, and hit this amazing new event!

You can get there from here.

These Boots Are Made For Walking (In A Winter Wonderland)

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While shuffling around waiting for El Niño to do more than drizzle a fine mist over the land, a winter fantasy started to emerge in my drought-stricken brain.  What if it actually snowed where I live?  What if?  Then I realized, “Hey, it’s snowing somewhere in Second Life!”

What do you need when you’re tramping around in the snow?  Snow boots, of course!

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Avatar Bizarre Snow Cutter Boots are the perfect Wintery treat for the footwear enthusiast.  Not only do they look fantastic on just about anyone, but each package includes a male rigged pair, a female/femboy rigged pair, and an unrigged pair for folks who want to resize things.  The color HUD gives you the option of eight different colors, and there’s an extra couple sets of chained claws (unrigged) that can be added to the rigged boots.

These have been materials enhanced for a little extra oomph! and an alpha is included for non-mesh avatars.  These definitely fit the Male SLink Physique, as long as you use the included alpha utilities HUD for that avatar.

Available on the Marketplace and Inworld.

Credits
Photographed at Twisted Krissmuss sim
Shape – Sredni Eel
Skin – Nivaro Crow
Hair – Traveler, Exile
Outfit – Mitternacht Hatter, Avatar Bizarre
Hat – Krampus Hat Naughty, Avatar Bizarre gacha (Twisted Krissmuss)
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Balancing on the Signpost of Life – A Hanfu for the Twisted Hunt

Twisted-Qi-PosterTwisted Hunt is once again lurking in the shadows, ready to pounce in September, and eat Second Life hunters for breakfast.  If you aren’t familiar with the Twisted Hunt, it’s a semi-annual grid-wide hunt in Second Life.  Second Life’s culture is such that hunts are kind of falling by the wayside, and most people would prefer not to take landmark after landmark, and stand around waiting for things to rez in various lagged sims so they can find some object that contains a free or dollarbie gift.  However, Twisted is one of those perennial Love It Or Hate It deals that crops up twice a year, in September and March.

While most other hunts are floundering and giving up the ghost, Twisted persists in its popularity because the merchants involved go the extra mile.  The gifts can be exceedingly difficult to find, due to reasons, but you will find all kinds of extra fun and goodies in most of the stores involved.  For example, some stores will have mini-hunts, some build fun labyrinths, some will have zombie killings, others provide extra fun by setting up games for hunters, and quite a lot of merchants will have more than one gift.  In fact, many will include a fun gift inside each of the ten visible decoys they’re allowed. Decoys.  Yes, we are fully aware that people cannot stand the things.  In fact, we don’t really like them much either because some people have gone completely overboard in inflicting them upon the huddled and frustrated masses.

The thing is, we do have rules, and even with the 30 meter global limit to where you can hide things and with the visible decoy limit, the hunt object can be…shall we say…a challenge to discover.  Merchants are allowed to hide INVISIBLE decoys under the floors and in the walls.  They are also allowed to rename random prims to that of the hunt object. The hunt object will always be a puzzle box cube (with new patterns this time!!), it will always be spinning, it will always be called something specific, and yes, it is fairly small.  But it shouldn’t be inside another prim, or recolored, or renamed.  Woe betide those who violate these sacrosanct rules!

Here’s the little critter you’re looking for in all its horrible glory:

Meanwhile, Avatar Bizarre (owned by one of the organizers) has a sneak preview of the male and female gift being handed out to the legions of hunters out there. Avatar Bizarre Qing Long Hanfu Male
The Qing Long Hanfu is a rigged mesh traditional Chinese outfit.  It includes all five sizes, is materials enhanced, and comes with a flexi sash, in addition to the mesh sash.  Avatar Bizarre is giving away (for free!) a teal Hanfu for both men and women this round.

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The hunt begins at Midnight on September 19.  Happy Hunting!  (Shoes not included)

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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Around the Grid in Eighty Days – or – How Phinaeus Got His Groove Back (Sneak Preview)

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One of the wonderful things about Second Life is an abundance of Science Fiction and Fantasy fans inworld building things for role play and other stuff.  When you throw together a virtual world where you can build anything you want, and a few thousand rabid fans of various genres, your imagination really is the limit, and you end up with some wonderful things to find and explore.  If you set foot in this virtual world, you could end up cavorting under the waves with mermaids, flying through the air in World War I Sopwith Camels and Fokker Triplanes, running with dragons at Avaria, or you could even end up on the deck of a Steampunk Dirigible in Caledon.

Of course if one ends up in the Steamlands, one must be properly attired.  To the layman, if you just slap a few gears on something, you can call it “Steampunk”, but the genre goes much, much deeper than that.  Steampunk rose from the World of Jules Verne and H.G. Wells in the 19th century.  Loosely based in Victorian times, Steampunk is the science and the imagination of that era.  From the mighty flying dirigible to the whimsical fighting trousers, Steampunk encompasses a vast range of wearable doo dads and clothing, in addition to some spectacular vehicles and buildings.

For Steampunk clothing, you can’t go wrong with a frock coat and pin striped pants, or a corset and puffed sleeve gown.  Add a pair of goggles and some clockwork jewelry and you’re well on your way to immersing yourself in a wonderful whimsy of imagination.  Let your flight of fancy begin…!

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“But Mr. Eel,” you might say, “What’s up with this Phinaeus character in your blog title?  Wasn’t the hero in Around the World in Eighty Days called Phileas?”  Well, you do have a keen eye and a great memory for literature.  The thing is, I actually kind of forgot this till the suit was already made and Phinaeus was already mired in my brain.  Plus it turns out there’s a King Phineus in Greek Mythology, who appeared in the voyages of the Argonauts.  So I mixed up my literature a bit…the suit’s still pretty cool!

The Phinaeus is a classically styled psuedo Victorian suit, made from the finest virtual velvet and delicately stitched and rigged to fit the most stalwart male avatar.  It’s available in five sizes and several colors.  The suit is all one piece and includes the coat, waistcoat, turtleneck, and pants.  The finely detailed frock coat is beautifully accessorized with a silver chain.  Not shown here, because I hadn’t uploaded it when the pictures were taken, is a wonderful tall top hat, which is one part Mad Hatter and two parts Wide Bell Top Hat.  For a little extra flavor, this outfit has been materials enhanced.

This suit is perfect for Steampunks, Goths, Vampires, or whoever wishes to include a classic dark almost-Victorian flare to their wardrobe.  The cost is 450L and includes the hat.  Shoes are not included.

A bit after the release date, the jacket/waistcoat combo will be available as a standalone garment, with a color HUD that includes all the Phinaeus colors.  TBA.

Available NOW on the marketplace and inworld at Avatar Bizarre.

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Style card:
Shape: Mine
Hands – SLink male relaxed
Eyes – Avatar Bizarre Crystalline mesh eyes with color HUD
Shoes – Avatar Bizarre Two-Tone Hazzard in black
Hair – Argrace Akira Black
Skin – Nivaro Crow Cream
Facial hair – Nivaro Snazzy Jaw Black

On the Road of Silk – The Dhoti Pants

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In a moment of synchronicity (no, not the excellent final album from The Police), I decided to start making some Dhoti pants for the store.  Then two weeks after I received a note card from someone, I happened to open it up and read that they were looking for Dhoti pants.  They had run across the Dhoti and Kurta set I had made some time ago, and really wanted just the pants on their own.

What a wonderful coincidence!  Just as the male version of the pants had been modeled and rigged in Blender, I contacted the person who sent the note card, and let them know I was going to have a working pair of pants in a couple of days.  As it turns out, they were thrilled because they were setting up a wedding in Second Life and all the Groomsmen needed black Dhoti pants.  Sometimes things have a strange way of working out.

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The Avatar Bizarre Dhoti Pants, currently available for male avatars only, comes in seven colors, and is materials enhanced.  The silk material has a slight sheen to it, and the dangly bits on the left hip can be detached, if those aren’t your style.  There’s a demo available, as well.  So try on a pair and see how they fit!

The dhoti, also known as veshti, mundu, pancha or mardani, is a traditional men’s garment worn in the Indian subcontinent (a region known in ancient times as Bharatvarsha).  While it’s traditionally a single piece, wrapped around the body like a loin cloth, it can also be a pant, generally baggy or pleated, and tied at the hip.  It can be worn with a Kurta.  The item shown in the pictures above looked pretty good on their own.

Available now on the Marketplace and Inworld.

Other style notes:
Shape – mine
Beard and skin – Nivaro (Snazzy Jaw for the beard and Crow for the skin)
Hair – Argrace Akira (blacks)

World Goth Fair – I Feel An Animal Deep Inside…

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Hello, Darklings!
World Goth Fair (located here) is now OPEN!  For the next couple of weeks, you can get your serious Goth on with dozens of fantastic Goth merchants, a wonderful Stygian-Dark sim, and some great music as only a bunch of Goth DJs can inflict upon the huddled masses.

As mentioned earlier, Avatar Bizarre is thrilled to be a part of this amazing event in Second Life.  Several new items have been released for the fair, including the Dragonskin Coat shown in the photos.

The Dragonskin Coat, which is rigged mesh, and available for both men and women, is materials enhanced and comes with a color change HUD.  I would recommend getting your hands on this wonderfully vampiric coat, made from the finest pixelated dragon skin.  It’s well known that Gothic dragons are chameleonic in nature, so naturally a coat made from the skin of the dragon can change colors on demand..

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In addition to the Dragonskin Coat, you will find the Sgt. Nemesis Marching Band uniform (in male and female versions), and the Arachne Jumpsuit (female only).  More pictures to come as your humble narrator wanders the sim in search of darkness and glory.

Chinese Dragons go RAR! New Traditional Chinese Apparel

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The legendary Chinese dragon is a powerful creature.  It generally controls water and air; holds court over all rivers and streams, controls rain and floods, and brings good luck to people.  It is a symbol of power and strength to the worthy.  It flies across the sky through sheer will alone; it has no wings.  Dragons are often depicted in artwork, and you will often find them on clothing, which brings us to the Tianlong Cheongsam by Avatar Bizarre.

The short Cheongsam jacket is a traditional garment, usually made from silk or satin, and almost always brocaded in luscious, detailed designs.  Tianlong means “Flying Dragon”, and it is heavily featured on this short jacket.  Available in several colors, there is a male version and a female version.  Both come in standard mesh sizing.  Even though it is rigged, it has Modify and Copy permissions, like most of the items from Avatar Bizarre.  It is also Materials Enhanced, so the dragon design pops if you have Advanced Lighting enabled in your viewer.

These are currently available on the Marketplace and inworld at the Main Store Location.

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Women have a choice between the short jacket, and a gorgeous long Cheongsam gown.  These traditionally have a stiff upright collar, and frog closures.  They can have long sleeves (generally for more formal occasions), or short sleeves, which is the version available at the store now.  The Cheongsam dress is a versatile garment that can come in long and short versions, and will almost always have slits up the sides for greater leg movement.

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The Dragon Cheongsam is a traditional short sleeved gown, available in several colors, and Materials Enhanced.  This gown will look stunning on anyone who wears it, giving its wearer a stately and demure air.  Like the Tianlong Cheongsam, this dress has a dragon motif, in golden threads.

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Modify and Copy.  Standard rigged mesh sizing.  Please try a demo first.