Wednesday, April 1, 2009

7 guys, one tank...

OK, so as I was lacking inspriation to get out there and find some new items to blog I came up with another idea in my head. That was, to find an item and then get my friends to come up with their own interpretation of how they would wear said item, with the only rule being that I want them to make it their own style. This idea sat in my head for a couple of weeks, and I was thinking of forgetting about it altogether, as I wasn't sure anyone would be interested nor would they have the time to devote to appeasing my crazy ideas. How wrong I was! The first person I mentioned this idea to was Boe Cortes (who funnily enough I actually met at Muism one day), and I already had in my mind the item would be a Muism tank top as pretty much every guy on SL has (or should have!!!) one of these tanks in inventory. After a bit of deliberation we decided to go with the Muism Tank Top MS/Light and then I proceeded to sound out the feelers to see who else would be interested in participating, and I got positive responses from pretty much everyone I asked, and one guy (who shall remain name-less) even stopped masturbating in his socks to join the festivities! So without further ado, here is what everyone came up with.

Boe was the first guy I got to pose for me and I must admit he set the bar high, showing what a good combination of clothes utilizing prim attachments can do to spice up your everyday tanktop. We dragged ourselves away from the amusement of Sabeins housewarming(or should I say toiletfilling??)/babyshower (don't ask) and when the shoot was done I proceeded to nag Boe about places I should visit when I am in Europe later this year.

Boe is wearing:
Cap: Agrace - Hunting (hair)
Scarf: Endeavor - colour change scarf
Belt: Redgrave - Asymetric Belt
Gloves - Redgrave Driving gloves
Glasses - PrimOptic glasses - vizion
Jacket: Aoharu - TailoredJK _ Gray
Tank: Muism - Tank Top_MS/Light
Pants: Meriken Co. - Houndstooth Pants Brown
Shoes: Muism - Ankle boots/dark brown
Poses - Kmadd

Next on the list of volunteers was Leo Xenno, and I dragged him away from Missem (not really, she came to the shoot with him ;-P) long enough to get these snaps of him in his take on the tanktop inspired outfit. It was all jokes and laughter during this shoot until Leo was snatched away to give his wife a goodnight kiss.

Leo is wearing:
Dutch Touch......camo pants with belt
Soreal Superatars......white/blue/red
Mad Design Hair......Eric
Tattoo...Custom from aussie ink
FNKY Plate Cuff
M.R.M Silver Necklace....soul and spirit

Well me being me, I couldn't let the other guys have all the fun, and I took this happy snap of me posing like the poser that I am. But as you all know, a guy has some needs that need to be fulfilled, ask my ex's. ;-P

I am wearing:
Tanktop: Muism - Tank Top MS/Light
Jeans: Shit Luck - The dude jeans in Dark Blue
Jacket: Beauty Avatar Helsinki Jacket 02
Shoes: Redgrave Athelete Sneakers in red and black (Big thankyou to Viola for indulging my wish for this color combination with this sneaker a few months back)
Hair: Uncleweb Denis hair in black
Earring: Musim round stud in black and Silver
Glasses: Steinwork Aviator glasses
Skin - Damiani Neo
Pose - Long Awkward Pose [LAP].

Next model was Gahum Riptide, and he came up with his take as you can see above. A nice mix of urban casual, without going for overkill, that was very easy and simple on the eyes. We chatted for a bit about the inefficiencies of the SL client and how it forces us to crash every now and again. It was more goodtimes as the camera kept snapping.

Gahum wears:
Glasses: *ARAI* glasses02 black
Jacket: Aitui - Tokyo Intake Jacket - Coal
Shirt: *Muism* Tank Top_MS/light
Jeans: Zaara - Classic Jeans *indigo*
Primitive Design_studded belt
Kalnins Shoes - Crossyard
Tattoo: TiKi TATTOO UaHuka

Az Aeon was the next guy on my list to come and get his pic taken, and I really liked his combination of a suit jacket with jeans. I think he did a great job on this. I chatted to Az and his partner Christina during the shoot about all sorts of things, from modelling to fashion to photoshop and the like. Then I had to go eat lol.

Az is wearing:
Jacket: Armidi - (m) Classic Pinstripe Blazer [Charcoal]
Tanktop: *Muism* Tank Top_MS/Light
Jeans: *Valiant* Gold/Silver Black Denim Jeans
Boots: *REDGRAVE* Biker Boots -Night-
Shades; *Rawdolls* Retro Junkie Aviators

The final guys I got to pose for me were Mr. Lawless McBride and Mr. Winter Jefferson. It was nothing but comedy with these 2 guys around, and as scheduling the shoots went, it was inevitable they would end up being photographed together. So after trying to get a poseball to disappear and a relog trying to get to see Winter's top, I managed to grab this shot of the 2 guys looking rather dapper.

Lawless on the left wears:
Naith Smith Design - Rock'n'Rolla Chain
Genesis - Au Naturel Eyes (Natural)
Kunstkammer - Star Belt
[MRM] - Skinny Pant *Black*
Gritty Kitty - Deadline Hair (black)
Eko Merlin - Recovery Bracelets
Aitui Tattoo - Mr Midnight Tattoo (faded)
Muism - Tank Top (ms / light)
Belleza - Mathieu Skin (med 1-e)
UBU - Drunks Sneakers

Winter (on the right) is wearing:
Electrica De Luxe - Tartan Pants
Fear and Clothing Sharksin Jacket
Muism Crinkle Scarf in Red, Ear Piercings Mix 3
Redgrave Black Leather Boots
Black Maria Rius hair
Soul skin in Helios

As these were the last guys I had to shoot, it was time for a group pic, so I joined in alongside them and we all said 'Cheese' one last time. See my blogroll for links to their respective blogs if you want to see their amazing work

So as you can see, all these shots were taken in the Laguna Beach Cove sim where there will be a Live music event this coming weekend on Sunday at 3PM SLT. With benefits to go to Relay For Life. It is in part in honor of the builder/owner Bronco Graves' friend who passed due to cancer Valiant Strangelove. I also did this blog as a kind of way of showing guys that even if they think that the supply of clothes in SL might not be as broad as the womens selection, you can still make an item that everyone else has your own, with just a little careful thinking and thought.

So to round off this post, I would like to thank Az, Boe, Gahum, Lawless, Leo, Winter, and Alexa and Bronco for making this post possible. And also to every designer we featured, keep on making stuff for us guys! We can't do this kind of thing without you! Til the next time. ciao ciao.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Its been a while.....

...since I last blogged on here and I won't make excuses but I really need to 'feel' the items I am blogging about for me to get inspired enough to make a post on here. However that excuse doesn't hold up when it comes to this outfit, as everyone who has seen me in world the past month or so has probably seen me wearing the latest Muism Leather bomber jacket, in all its various incarnations. Here I am wearing the Black/brown version, and the reason this jacket inspired me to post was because I have a similar one in rl, featuring faux fur and everything. However lucky the fur can be zipped off, as it got rather tiresome being called 'Maverick' all night when we went to the casino in RL.Following the jacket is some older Muism Straight leg jeans [Dark], but they are capped off with the Muism Cowboy boots in black. I was lucky enough to get a view into the development process of these boots (in between playing Street Fighter 4 and GTA: The lost and Damned on my Xbox) and saw them and the various revisions Ice made to them and I must say I do like the finished product. I think that the GTA universe had some influence in the setting of these pics, a grimy rainy cityscape at the Creamshop sim that I was shown thanks to my friend Olyvia Zenkova. The Hat is a pretty popular hat from Argrace, and the necklace is the Davarriale necklace from my friend Ryker Beck's store Genesis.

Perhaps the most strikingly different item in this post is the skin I am wearing, from a store called Den-Dou. It is Ichiro skin in bronze and while it looks almost semi-androgynous, I like it for a change from my usual skins. So pretty much overall this is the kind of outfit I would wear in reality in the upcoming months leading into Winter. Since my SL is playing up I will add the LMs later, but if you want them just shoot me an IM :-)

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Muism Ankle boots

I was lucky enough to get a preview of these boots sometime last week from Icemocolo at Muism not long after I blogged the Pirate boots and I must say, us guys are currently getting spoiled for choice with all these superb footwear releases of late. These newly released ankle boots are certainly no exception.
The boots are available in 2 styles, a stitched version with a intricate pattern at the tip of the boot, streaking down the sides and over the toes. I really love this touch however these is a version that is your normal boot, however I personally prefer the stitched version as they just look badass. The leather look has just the right amount of shine in all the right places to give a highly realistic look, whether you are rustling cows or chilling at a bar. Such is the versatility of this boot.
So if you are looking to expand your footwear collection (or your clothes for that matter) once again I recommend you pop down to Muism to check out the range and as always, it is to the quality we have come to expect from Ice and Migi.

MUISM Mainstore

Saturday, January 3, 2009

To explain something...

Now many of you who are reading this probably wonder what the hell happened with this whole deal about a random comment on flickr I made. Well as many of you know I am an honest person, and it is the attribute of honesty which I value above all others. I don't care much about superficial things such as the looks of people behind their computer screen on SL, more about the actual person behind it and their character. Recent events with my best friend having to actually leave SL due to fighting cancer, and another one of my closest and best friends on here not being on as much as usual due to also fighting cancer started me thinking about something. Then the revelation to hear from 2 more friends that their parents were currently fighting cancer and getting told explicit details of how the treatment was affecting them personally, seeing someone they love fight for their lives being powerless to do much other than offer their love and support reminded me back to each and every time I saw the 3 of my RL grandparents pass due to cancer itself, and the battles they fought.

Then I log into SL as I usually did. Then I was informed by a reliable source that someone from my past had resurfaced back into the scene. This person was none other than my ex-gf C.D., now in the form of the designer at the focus of this topic. Now many of you may remember, at one stage I was head over heels for this girl. Then I found out the whole relationship was founded upon lies. The biggest of these, was the fact that she was leaving SL due to having cancer.

Now at one stage, C.D. told me that she had terminal cancer and only was given 6 months to live. Now me being the caring person I am, and having faith in the person behind the screen telling me this, I believed every word. However, when she described the type of cancer she had, giving me vague details about the cancer itself and the treatment she was undergoing I started to become a little suspicious, especially when I spoke to a friend whose father passed from the same style of cancer she claimed to have had and when her descriptions of each treatment she was undergoing changed from day to day, I reached out to express my condolences to her RL sister on Myspace, as having seen family members of my own pass in RL I could relate to what she must be going thru and wanted to sympathize with her. I was in complete shock when I was told that I must be mistaken and that C.D. was not sick and that I misunderstood.

In light of this new information, I thanked her sister for letting me know the truth, and wished her aunt a speedy recovery, and logged into SL once more. Her sister responded to me once again apologizing for whatever confusion was caused. Now with this information, I went and confided in a few of my closest friends on SL, asking what kind of person would lie about this? However I decided to sit on this information and see whether or not the truth would be revealed to me with time. Eventually relations became even more strained as the new-found knowledge I had was eating me up inside. The fact I actually cared to the point where my RL demeanour suffered (and was noted by work colleagues) due to me being angry at the world for punishing someone I cared about got me even more worked up and I confronted C.D. about this new revelation and a few more that I had found out in talking with people.

Anyhow, I found out lie upon lie had been told to me over the tenure of our relationship and that the whole thing itself was founded upon lies. I now realized that I had overstepped the mark and that SL had affected my RL too much, as I am a very trusting person by general nature, however these revelations shocked me to my core, making me want to leave SL, as I didn't know who could be trusted anymore. However, C.D. became too 'ill' to actually play SL anymore, and as such threw a leaving SL 'party' with her friends while I was at RL work following a dramatic NC that explained it all along with a very photoshopped picture that left me and many many others unconvinced.

So upon C.D. 'leaving' SL the truth of this matter and extent of her deceptions didn't go beyond the partys that already knew. However, recently it emerged that C.D was running around in the A.E. alt which she has had hidden the whole time we were together and was planning to release a new collection of clothes. Now I knew she was as A.E. for a while, and cared nothing of the fact that the people at her 'going away' party were all in full knowledge that she planned to retreat to this alt, and I generally avoided contact with said people due to now knowing they could not be trusted.

When it came to the point of hearing graphically how ill a friends father was battling cancer online I snapped. I had to draw attention to how this one person, could make a mockery of all people battling cancer and I posted a comment on flickr in haste. It was laced with sarcasm, and was poorly worded, however it did get a reaction, which is all I hoped, however many people out there totally misconstrued how it was intended, mainly due my own haste and anger over this whole situation. Yes I am totally angry that people who know the extent of her lies could now be supporting her as though she did no wrong. No I don't believe myself to be perfect (I'm far from it, and as such, endeavour to better myself with each passing day) and what I wrote I can easily see how it was read by all the people who have now lambasted me for making it. However as you can see, I was only trying to expose this person for what they have done, my job as a blogger is to inform and entertain and my over-riding sense of altruism made me act in the way as to which to give these people information on the person with which they were supporting, and hope that in this knowledge that they could make a conscious decision as to whether to support her or not, as I would do anything to keep people from falling for the same abundance of lies she told me.

As for the Runway magazine thing, I am just sorry that I was never given a chance to explain my side of the story prior to them removing my article. I hope this sheds some insight into why I said what I said, and while it may have seemed very bad, I think it had to be said in such a way as to draw attention to an issue which affects us all. I may have gone about things in an unprofessional way in some peoples eyes, but I was only acting with getting the truth out there as my main objective. I can live with any consequence of these actions, as I know I was acting with the truth in mind, but for people to accuse me of inciting drama and whatnot, I have to ask, was I the one who told people I only had a short time to live and left SL under the pretense that I had to battle cancer months ago? Am I the one who made a mockery of those who use SL as an escape to get away from their RL, and think it is right to take advantage of those who care about you and mess with their emotions by making such false claims? Am I wrong to try warn people to stay away from people who partake in such activities? I guess only time will tell and I would like everyone to know that from now on, if you want to comment on this issue, I will leave this blog open for now, but please know that I am big enough to admit the way in which I drew attention to this persons actions was a mistake, lets see if she can do the same in explaining her actions.

P.S. to my friends and their families who are currently battling cancer, you all know my thoughts and well wishes are with you.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Good things are worth waiting for........

Today was a day that held a dear surprise for me in that Shai Delacroix released the Amorsolo suit in black. This has been a dream of mine since I first got hold of the Amorsolo in grey around a year ago, and I must say, it was worth the wait. The suit's black shirt (which you would have seen me wearing in many many styles I have made up as it is an invaluable piece of my inventory) now contains a beautifully sculpted prim collar that is coated in the intricate textures that the suit is known for. I must say I waited (and pestered a few times) for Shai to make this version of my favorite suit in all SL and to finally have it on feels amazing.

Casa Del Shai

Shoes from Redgrave (by Viola Leigh)

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Lookr what I found here.....

Well I didn't really find this store, but it was moreso my friend Mui Mukerji asking me if I had been before and upon me vaguely remembering the name, I accepted the tp and came to check out the clothing available at this store. Upon arrival I remember it was a store I had checked out a while ago, and thought to of going back to to pick up some clothes when I tired of the old standbys. However upon getting some of the clothes here, I was regretting my decision to not pick some up earlier as the texturing is first rate, and has all the neccessary shading and prim detailing you would expect from a more seasoned designer, however at a fraction of the cost of what a more well known designer would charge.

The Lookr brand is the product of Adam Soler and he has done an amazing job at creating some beautiful clothing that is priced at an attractive rate. Perhaps my favorite item I purchased was the Rider jacket, which I bought in Copper and the pictured Red. this jacket has a rather striking visual appearance, accented by well made prim cuffs and collar. the best thing was the coolar was a perfect fit to my av, and I didn't have to resize them too much as I have to do with some items I purchase. The other items I purchased were the Lookr From shirt in gold and the Form Blazer, and I must say I was really impressed by the breadth of options available in layering and prims for such a great price. Adam is probably moreso known for his SL photography skills being a featured artist at gallerys such as Vain and Twilight, but I must say, his clothes are as high quality as his photos. If you are looking for quality at a nice price, Lookr is as good a place as any on the grid.

Lookr Mainstore

Monday, November 3, 2008

Limited edition coat set at Muism

Yesterday after finishing reading the Runway magazine and finding out I was a finalist for Male Model of the Year I stumbled across an article that said that limited edition Muism Yeti coats will be available as of the 1st November. So me being the Muism fiend I am, I tp there right away, only to find the coats were not yet in store, as the new Guerilla section was still being completed.

Anyhow, a quick IM to Icemocolo and he was kind enough to tp me to the new section where he laid out the vendors and I was the lucky guy first in line to buy one of these amazing coats. My friend Belle LeFavre was the lucky first to get one of the womens coats, and Ice was kind enough to help her out with fitting it, and we laughingly joked at how hard it is to explain to someone how to fit things. We all had a good long chat about all kinds of random things for a couple of hours and it was so refreshing to get to chat with someone whose work inspires alot of people. Ice remarked that this coat took him a year to develop the neccesary tools to be able to create the coat to the standard he expected, and I must say it was worth the work with this coat giving you a feeling or power and distinction upon wearing it. It also comes with an undercoat, shirt and these plaid pants you can see in the pic to give great value for money, and considering it is a limited edition available only for this month, how can you not go and grab one?

The Yeti in smoke wasn't my only purchase though. I bought this Muism Slim fitted S.W. suit in brown as I have rarely seen any suits that aren't in standard colours that I really like, and I must say this suit is an awesome addition to my inventory also. Classic styling, the option of 3 different collars and enough layers to wear it with other parts of inventory make it good value. This suit is available in other colours as well but when the gf tells you how good you look in this as mine did, I think I made the right choice. Also in these pics I am wearing the new Muism stud earrings and they are awesome. After hunting around since December last year for a quality Mens earring I finally found the one I am after. These releases once again show that Icemocolo and Migi Voom are at the forefront of urban fashion in SL and I anxiously await their next new releases.

Outfits and accessorys available from Muism

Footwear from Redgrave