[#590] Falling Inside The Black

You were my source of strength
I’ve traded everything
That I love for this one thing
(Stranded in the offering)
Don’t leave me here like this
Can’t hear me scream from the abyss
And now I wish for you my desire

Skillet, ♫Falling Inside The Black

It’s not very often that I shoot photos that lack a background but I made an exception for the idea that became the idea for this blog. The concept has been swirling in my head for more than a year but I just didn’t have the right things to make it happen until the last week or two and I’ll break it down as I write this.

Before I get any further I want to talk about the song that became the soundtrack for this blog. “Falling Inside The Black” was the first song I remember hearing by the band Skillet and yes they have a funny name but the music they make easily could fuel the soundtracks of many people lives (mine included). The song was used in a video I had watched on YouTube and little did I know that it would spider through many things over the years.

Some time passed after I first heard it and then I started hanging out with Lucky (our friendship goes well beyond the virtual world) and we bonded over music as it is both a passion of ours and we happen to like most of the similar things. He reintroduced me into Skillet and I had remembered them from the video I had seen a while back and it was just meant to be that I started listening to them more and became a solid fan of theirs almost as if I had been right from the start.

I take a lot of care when I use their songs as a part of ideas for blogs because I want to get it right and not be a disservice of what their music means to me. To this day I have seen them about a half dozen times going to festivals with Lucky and even to other shows they have been a part of as it has become sort of a tradition for us.

Music has the power to do many things. It has the power to lift us when we are down, it also can heal wounds in our hearts and minds and it can also help us cement lifelong friendships and bonds. Skillet is one of those for me and as I said they may have a name that makes people scratch their head but when I introduce them to some of what I like about them it seems as if it catches on and increases the fanbase.

As much as I love the events and stores that I blog for, when I have downtime from both I like showcasing items that likely might not find their way onto the blog because they don’t fit with the items I have chosen. So with that in mind I’m going to start out with the body paint that suits this idea perfectly and is reminiscent to a certain anti-hero from the comics world.

MooLoo Body Art’s “Starry Eye Body Paint” reminds me of symbiosis and the way that I’m using it in this particular blog is to show how the darkness is beginning to take over and in time could possibly control everything that I do if I choose not to fight it. The way this paint is used in application is very clever and I think I am very fortunate to be a blogger for MooLoo Body Art and that this was created for me to stretch out my creative legs.

MooLoo Body Art – Starry Eye Body Paint

  • Omega Face/Neck Applier
  • Body Applier for Belleza (M/F), Omega, Signature and SLink (M/F) mesh bodies
  • Available at the MooLoo Body Art’s store and marketplace

There is nothing more rewarding then when you miss an item at an event by a day and the store finally puts it out for sale. This is the case with the “Vulture Talons” from Contraption. I had seen them in a photo and had a major desire to own them but when I tried to go to the event (Equal10 in this case) it had already ended the previous day. Sometimes I’m not known for my patience and every few days I would check back with no sign of them in sight. It was then that I felt it was best to not do this to myself because it would just be a disappointment so I waited an even longer time before I went back and the next time I did they were finally there and I snatched them up fast and went to my platform to put them on.

Contraption makes really neat things and I have been a fan of theirs as far back as their first music machines at the Arcade so many years ago. They also make masks and other steampunk and gothic type products and these talons are one of them. The box contains these hand accessories that are fitted for the widely popular mesh bodies and also with a HUD to change different areas of the metal with an array of colors. I went with silver and black for this photo because it was meant to be in a dark setting as I played with darkness.

It adds to the appearance that I am giving in to the darkest reaches of my soul.

One of the things I like about the virtual world is that I can purchase and wear things that I may not wear in my real life for a multitude of reasons. Arm warmers are one such thing that I have never owned but at many times would have liked to own and the newly released ones by Gild at FaMESHed added something to this look as well in combination with the talons. Putting them on the same arm allowed me to keep my left arm bare and to be able to stay in the shadows as it is not in the forefront of the pose.

Black was the easiest choice for me (because I couldn’t see buying the fatpack and wearing the other colors) taking into consideration everything I was doing in this photo. For those of you that are interested they come fitted for Belleza (Jake) and both Signature bodies (Geralt+Gianni) mesh bodies; I of course am wearing Gianni and the fit is great. I recommend these for those who are just fashionisto’s or going to be doing weather related photos as they will add that extra something.

It’s that time for me so on that note I am going to turn over to the credits so you guys can go get some shopping in (for those of you who will be busy tomorrow for the big football game). This blog was a joy for me even with it being a bit on the darker side as it gave me the opportunity to try some things that I wanted to experiment with as far as lighting; it came out to my expectation which is any artists wish.

Until we’re all back here for another conversation, I wish everyone well and to show one another compassion and kindness. Fans of good rock should click the link up at the top and give Skillet a try and if you do maybe leave a comment because I do read them.

Best wishes,

Brennan


POSE: Chat Noir – 1003 GG Pose Set ✦ Group Gift

HAIR: Burley – Ivar
EYES: Hermony – Eyes of The Beholder
PAINT: MooLoo Body Art (Store / MP) – Starry Eye Body Paint

TALONS: Contraption – Vulture Talons
ARMWARMER: Gild – Arm Warmers (Black) @ FaMESHedNEW

[#589] The Nights

One day my father—he told me,
“Son, don’t let it slip away.”
He took me in his arms, I heard him say,

“When you get older
Your wild heart will live for younger days.
Think of me if ever you’re afraid.”

Aviccii, ♫The Nights

Now that my area is beginning to thaw out from the negative temperatures, I thought I’d throw in a post to try and warm everyone (including myself) up. Even though I have never been much of a beach going person in the real world I still hold an appreciation for it. In the virtual world I tend to go to them to admire the beauty they possess and to also send positive warmth as best I can.

This blog entry if anything is another test of sorts of getting back into the swing of things before my event duties begin. The pose that I’m using is from a set that I used from the January edition of Pose Fair (that ended about a week ago which is also when I came down with a bit of a cold). Lush Poses “12 Months of Hunkiness” is a versatile set to say the least because it gave me the ability to do the shower scene in a previous blog and now to standing on a beach giving off a confident masculine vibe.

My focus for this blog though is the outfit I am wearing. I was recently contacted by Luis Crowne, owner of MAZA asking if I’d be interested in blogging an item from his store. This is a thing that is partially new to me as I’ve always applied to be on blogger teams save for certain situations where store owners know that they are able to count on me if they send me an item, knowing that I’ll feature it. Review copies are an option that I will continue to entertain as long as the fit is right.

The “Summer Jumpsuit” was inclination enough for me to borrow a beach build that my brother, Lucky, had created to take a few pics himself; I wanted to make sure that I got it in before he decided to pick it up.

Getting back to the jumpsuit, I really liked the design in the “Grayish Black” version even though there were several other choices in the collection I really liked. The texturing is rather nice as well as the way that it works with lighting along with the combined windlights and lighting culminated into a beautiful scene that at its core was peaceful.

I’d like to thank Louis for thinking my work is worthy enough for him to approach me to showcase his work; I hope that we can also work together again in the future!

MAZA – Summer Jumpsuit (Grayish Black)

  • Original Mesh
  • One of 10 different colors/patterns
  • Fitted for Belleza (Jake), Signature (Geralt+Gianni) and SLink Physique mesh bodies
  • Available right now on the SL Marketplace

Doing shorter blogs like this makes it easier on me as far as it isn’t as time consuming as when I do one that is loaded with items because as anyone that visits this site on a constant or semi-constant basis knows that I tend to wordy. I also tend to lead myself into run-on sentences which probably make it unbearable (I do read back things sometimes a day or so later and wonder what I was thinking).

On that note I believe it is time to get to the credits which there are not as many of as I just mentioned but you’ll know the items and where to get them and that is the most important thing to me. I started blogging because I once contacted a blogger about an item and they were reluctant at best to tell me where the item came from. As it turns out it was something that was no longer available (which I’ve also made it a point to tell people in my blogs).

I hope everyone is doing well and staying warm, safe and living their best life. See all of you again very soon!

Best regards,

Brennan


POSE: Lush Poses – 12 Months of Hunkiness

BEARD: Birth – Bristle Beard

JUMPSUIT: MAZA (MP) – Summer-Jumpsuit/ Grayish Black ✦ NEW