[#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

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[#580] Blood In The Water

We’ll never get free
Lamb to the slaughter
What you gon’ do
When there’s blood in the water

grandson, ♫Blood // Water

At first I had not planned on doing a blog post today but I felt a little bit inspired by a few things which meant a super quick post for everyone to look at. Once again I’m stepping out of my normal boundaries as I’ve always kind of wanted to shoot a photo like this but never had the courage to do so. It just took a tattoo, pose set and a shower build for me to complete it and maybe it’s about time?

One thing that I know for sure is never show it all just give a little bit and leave the rest to the imagination. I feel like my secondary shot also perhaps may have gone outside of my comfort level but if I am ever going to get over the fear of always playing it safe then I have to take risks (albeit tasteful ones). As I said a few key items helped me move towards the darkside a little closer, one of them being the “Dragon Lord Tattoo” by MooLoo Body Art.

I also thought I was finished with covering items from The Men Jail but I remembered this tattoo is a part of the January round so with about a week left of the event it was the right time to show it off. I like the incorporation of the flames mixed in with the skulls and what I would liken to Japanese masks which leads me to believe that it is an Asian inspired design. I’m not the creator of the item but that is what I would care to guess if I were asked about it more in depth.

Given the choice between the fresh and faded applier types, I chose to go with faded as it gives it a more worn look and I’ve also spoke about my feelings for fresh tattoos on the grid. This definitely looks awesome from front and back which I made sure to give equal showing of and hope that it is a good enough reason to take another trip to TMJ this month.

MooLoo Body Art – Dragon Lord Tattoo

  • Faded and Fresh ink opacity Applier HUDs
  • Applier for Belleza (Male & Female), Maitreya, Omega, Signature and SLink mesh bodies
  • Exclusively @ The Men Jail until 01/28/19

Recently within the last few blog posts I used a pose set from Lush Poses for The Men Jail and I’m once again using this stores pose set that is currently a part of the Pose Fair for January. Everyone knows of the old calendar’s with females in them (they still have them today so to speak) but this pose set is based off of what an all male calendar would be like and is appropriately named “12 Months Of Hunkiness”.

The prospects were good with finding the right pose (well poses since I used two for this shoot) and angles that ensure that I wouldn’t be showing anything extremely naughty because it would make me have to label it a certain way when I post to Flickr and that’s just not something I enjoy doing so it’s safe enough and that’s good enough for me.

As the name also implies there are 12 different poses (with mirrors for 24 total) that vary from laying, sitting and also standing which gives it not only a variety but also value as well. I like the concept of the pose set so I’m giving props to Lush for making another solid set of poses for men to use and for others to enjoy after the photos have been taken.

Lush Poses – 12 Months Of Hunkiness

  • Bento enabled poses (bento viewer required)
  • 12 different poses (each with mirror versions)
  • Poseballs, Pose Stand, and Static Poses in pack
  • Exclusively @ Pose Fair until 01/26/19

N21 starts it’s January/February round today and Modulus is releasing a new medium length hanging style, the “Adrian Hair”. When it comes to hair there really isn’t much out there that has a wet look and I figured that with this hair hanging down in the front that it gave the best appearance of the water from the shower hitting it just right so that I could wash it.

As a fan of the store and their releases, this is really high at the top of my current favorites list next to “Leo” which I have enjoyed that style as well. I also realize that Modulus has a style for just about every scene I come up with an idea for so that tells me that our partnership was meant to be and I hope that whenever I do blog the products that it shows in what I say and also how the photos present themselves too.

Modulus – Adrian Hair

  • 100% “nex-gen” alpha hair
  • 5 color HUDs + integrated color picker (sold individually)
  • 40 color FATPACK also available
  • Left and right mirror versions included
  • Exclusively @ N21 until 02/12/19

To aid me in completing this scene I used the “Wet Body & Face” by Izzie’s to give my skin more of a wet and glistening look but most importantly the background in the scene is the new “Minimalistic Walk In Shower” by Fourth Wall that is a part of the freshly opened round of FaMESHedX. For those who are not initiated it is like the original FaMESHed event but with a more adult selection of clothing and furniture.

I would have used the animations in the shower itself but it would have prohibited me from using the pose set; usually I don’t use builds or furniture with animations unless I use the included ones but I had to make a sacrifice to get the shot I wanted. Also I didn’t think it would be that great of an idea to do a video showing some of what it did as it would likely not be kept on YouTube very long.

On that note I think this is all the mileage I am going to get with this particular entry but I will be back with some more Pose Fair goodness before the time runs out on that. I appreciate everyone who has left comments here or on social media as of late because it’s been a great motivating factor for me which helps me keep working at kicking down the doors to new opportunities.

For all of the people that have had cold weather events recently stay warm, dry, and safe and know that I’m in the same boat as you. Keep the conversations going until we all converge on this page again!

Warmest regards,

B


POSE: Lush Poses – 12 Months Of Hunkiness @ Pose FairNEW

HAIR: Modulus (Store / MP) – Adrian Hair @ N21NEW
WATER DROPS: Izzie’s – Wet Body & Face
TATTOO: MooLoo Body Art (Store / MP) – Dragon Lord Tattoo @ The Men JailNEW

SHOWER: Fourth Wall – Minimalist Walk In Shower @ FaMESHedXNEW

[#549] Coming Apart

You’re the one thing I can’t, I can’t lose
You’re my one thing

Red, ♫Coming Apart (Deconstructed)

This month seems to be flying by so fast and I realize that if I blink again it’ll be over and I still have a few commitments to make to the brands I blog for. Getting my rear in gear as they say I spent most of this afternoon messing with lighting and several different angles before I finally came up with something that felt close to what I saw in my head.

Speaking of commitments I am proud to announce my new partnership with MooLoo Body Arts! I had a conversation with Mikey after I did my post for Then Men Jail using their tattoo and he liked it so much he offered me a spot on their team and I really like tattoos but had not really taken advantage of it much and thought there was no better time then now so I thank you for giving me this opportunity and I hope that I can do you and the brand proud!

The Men Jail is featured in this post as well and is represented by the “Wool 3/4 Length Pants” by Gild. It might not necessarily be the right time of year in the real world to wear pants like this but I am indoors and virtually I don’t have to deal with climate or weather unless I choose to (which is the best part about it). These pants have four different color choices and one patterned pair which I couldn’t resist for this photo.

Flowers may not be everyone’s cup of tea but I like how they look and the pattern is fantastic.

Gild Wool 3/4 Length Pants features:

  • Original Mesh
  • Four solid colors and 1 pattern for individual sale
  • FATPACK available
  • Fitted sizes for Belleza (Jake), Signature (Geralt, Gianni) and SLink Physique mesh bodies
  • Exclusively @ The Men Jail until November 28th

It would be foolish not to announce having a new brand partner and not feature one of their products out of the gate which brings the “Loser” Tattoo into focus. It is a full body tattoo that features several things that I like personally (Skulls, Wings and Lions of course!) I also like the words that go across the clavicle area which reads “Strength Through Loyalty” which is definitely something I can get behind as a message.

On the back there is a large diamond with the words “Diamonds Are Forever” scripted below it which is truly one of the toughest and most beautiful gems in history and can also describe people as well which makes this a tattoo one that I really like and am glad that I am getting the opportunity to feature it.

MooLoo is definitely growing as a brand and I see great things for them and of course the ways to reach them in-world as well as the marketplace are in the credits below and I recommend them to anyone looking for a new place to get ink that has exhausted their well of resources.

MooLoo Body Art Loser Tattoo features:

  • Full body unisex tattoo
  • Fresh (featured) and faded applier HUDs
  • Appliers for Belleza, Maitreya, Omega, Signature and SLink all in one

With plenty to do this week and the Thanksgiving holiday approaching in the next few days which will include some insane shopping deals that I will likely have a hard time passing up virtually (I don’t generally deal with the madness in the real world because it is much too frustrating). The pose that I am using (X.T.C.’s KJ Bento Pose Set) is a part of an early celebration called “Black Friday Bazaar” and started on the 17th and lasts until the 27th. This set was one that I know there are more than one pose that I’ll be using for photos in the future.

There are many great items available besides poses as there are things that deal with Christmas as well for anyone into decorating their living spaces.

Now with all the important information out there, I think it’s time to put this entry to bed (as is sometimes said in literary circles) and get to the next photo full of new (and possibly old items) for the world to see. Until the next post hits this site it’s on to the next conversation for me to turn into art.


HEAD: CATWA – Daniel v3.2 ✦ Previously Blogged
FACE: Session Skins – Thor Tone 02 @ Equal10NEW
BODY: Signature – Gianni v4.6 ✦ Previously Blogged
TATTOO: MooLoo Body Arts (Store / MP) – Loser Tattoo

PANTS: Gild – Wool 3/4 Length Pants (FATPACK) @ The Men JailNEW

POSE: X.T.C. Poses – KJ Pose Set @ Black Friday BazaarNEW