[#631] The Rains of Castamere

 

And so he spoke, and so he spoke
That lord of Castamere
But now the rains weep o’er his hall
With no one there to hear
Yes, now the rains weep o’er his hall
And not a soul to hear

Ramin Dijwadi feat. The National, ♫The Rains of Castamere♫

 

Tomorrow marks the end of an era as HBO will air it’s finale Episode of “Game of Thrones”. Many of my friends and colleagues were huge fans of the show and tried for a long time for me to watch it but at the time I was engrossed in something else. It wasn’t til very recently that I broke down at the behest of my Brenna and also Lucky that I told them I would make sure to catch up so that I could watch the final episode the night it aired. I’m very close to achieving that goal and have been consumed by it; watching it feverishly. Now knowing what everyone else knows that are fans of this show…that it is epic.

Everyone has a favorite character whether it be Dany or Jon (who are probably the main two that people are fans of) but the one person that’s stood out to me with great writing and even better acting by Peter Dinklage, is Tyrion Lannister. The character comes from a house full of really bad people and while he’s not necessarily clean himself, he’s proven to me at least that he has the most heart and he thinks very hard before he acts. The world he comes from looks down on him for being a dwarf and with everything set against him has come along way from where he started.

I’m not sure how the story will end which is the fun and scary part about any show so I will be waiting along with everyone else to see exactly how it all plays out.

I was certainly worried about how well poses would work after shaping myself like a dwarf but luckily with the cool “DYLN” pose set by DAE, which is available right now at Pose Fair, it all worked out very nicely. DAE is a store that can be filed under the stores that I’m not as familiar with but I have heard of them before, I just have never really utilized them until now. With covering all the different stores for my coverage of the Fair, I usually try to choose several that are not sponsors or stores I see in every day conversations.

The actual pose from the set that I chose looked and felt to me like something Tyrion himself might do on the show and wouldn’t essentially be breaking character as essentially when we do scenes that are homages to something we try to keep it as true to the source as possible. When the idea came to me I was pretty excited.

DAE – DYLN Pose Set

  • Bento static poses
  • 6 poses to choose from
  • Exclusive to Pose Fair until 05/25/19

Image Essentials provided the backdrop that makes up 3/4 of the scene outside of the torches from Aisling and myself. While it is harder to show features of something like a prop, I can give you the pertinent info that is necessary. It’s an original mesh item that can be resized by a menu that comes up when clicked in case you want to make it monstrous.

That brings me to what I’m wearing and it’s definitely a mix of things and much like the last post I did (even though it was female items) it’s comprised of mostly gacha items and one new event item which happened to coincide nicely as far as timing went to do this post. Many creators lately have been doing items that were inspired by the show and even the Enchantment event is fully dedicated with their current round currently titled “The Iron Throne”.

Hotdog has made the tunic I am wearing that is a part of Enchantment; it’s called the “Casterly Rock Tunic” and it’s very nice. There are two versions to it (I bought the leather version as it suited me better than the noble version). It comes with a HUD that allows you to change the outer part of the tunic as well as the inside part as well. It’s not fitted for a specific body so with the right alpha cuts it should work with the main bodies currently out there (save for maybe Aesthetic but for those of you guys with that at least check the demo!)

The pants and boots come from the “Fire and Ice” gacha set by RIOT which was a part of The Epiphany April round. It is likely now in their main store and has sizes for both Belleza (Jake) and Signature (Gianni). The entire set for the males is truly super cool and for fans of the show it’s very accurate with touches that any enthusiast will notice.

There have been a lot of photos I’ve seen that have been GoT themed and many of them are awesome, I hope that those of you who do see this post will think that I captured the essence of it. One thing I know is that it was a lot of fun putting together and will likely do more themed from the show even after it ends as I have a lot of making up for that as well.

Just because the show is ending doesn’t mean a fans love for it will.

 

“I drink and I know things”
Tyrion Lannister

 

POSE: DAE – DYLN @ Pose FairNEW

BACKDROP: Image Essentials (Store / MP) – Dark Gateway
TORCHES: Aisling – Torch

HAIR: elua – Mose
HEAD: LeLutka – Guy v3.3
SKIN: Clef de Peau – Norman (Tone 01)
BEARD: LeLutka – Hip Hip Hooray Beard

TUNIC: HotDog – Casterly Rock Tunic @ EnchantmentNEW
PANTS: RIOT – Fire & Ice Set / Burlap Pants – Cocoa ✦ Gacha Prize
BOOTS: RIOT – Fire & Ice Set / Leather Boots – Cocoa ✦ Gacha Prize

 

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[#628] Darkness, Darkness

 

Darkness, darkness, be my blanket
Cover me with the endless night
Take away, take away the pain of knowing
Fill the emptiness of right now

The Youngbloods, ♫Darkness, Darkness♫

 

While this may not be a full on black and white photo (that I said I would do more of) I have to say that it turned out a lot better than I expected. I’ve also started to become a little more comfortable with Depth of Field within the Firestorm viewer, I still have reservations about it. Probably as time goes on I’ll get even more comfortable with using it as an idea dictates but for now I’m going to use it sparingly.

The goal I had when I was putting this idea together in my head was that I wanted to capture what I consider to be solitude in the night, how peaceful it can be and for someone who seems to keep strange hours this is something I’m more familiar with then I’d freely admit to. As I was taking the photos I thought that maybe it would give off the feeling of loneliness and that may come through a bit but in my mind the peaceful quiet while trying to find sleep is what I was truly trying to achieve.

I often find myself saying that Pose Fair is a great place to discover new stores on top of those that I would consider favorites or well liked. This is my first encounter with H.Knauber but seeing the ads for what they have released at the event made it the focus of what would become this photo and scene. The sitting poses of “Posepack Men 02” has given me all I needed to build around it what you are seeing in this blog post. At first my concept wasn’t a night shot but something told me that with the right lighting and the aforementioned depth of field, this would turn out nicely.

The pose pack has 5 different sitting poses that certainly will come in handy in the future but I have to be clear that the pack contains just the poses as there are no props. I chose to park myself on the edge of the bed and for added effect added a furry friend who is chilling as I try to find a way to empty my mind so I can sleep. When you have as many ideas as I do when it comes to taking photos on top of all other daily things, it can get very cluttered in my noggin.

H.Knauber – Posepack Men 02

  • Bento static poses
  • 5 different poses (with mirrors included)
  • Exclusive to Pose Fair until 05/25/19

My wardrobe is comprised of stuff from my closet as my focus for this was the pose itself and building around it as I previously mentioned. Taking into account that it was an evening shot I went with wearing just a tanktop and boxers for a little bit of sex appeal (for lack of a better term). As I look at the photo it seems almost like it could be a dream sequence itself.

I’m not sure if this falls into it but my brother Lucky thought we should keep up the challenges and said that I should do things that were not my normal style. With having a more muted tone for the photo as well as using the depth of field, that to me constitutes as me going out of my comfort zone. Once I get comfortable using this technique maybe I’ll be able to conquer some other ones.

 

“I’ve always envied people who sleep easily. Their brains must be cleaner, the floorboards of the skull well swept, all the little monsters closed up in a steamer trunk at the foot of the bed.”
David Benioff

 

POSE: H.Knauber – Posepack Men 02 @ Pose FairNEW

HAIR: Valiant – Brando ✦ No Longer Available
HEAD: LeLutka – Guy v3.3
SKIN: Clef de Peau – Norman (Tone 01)
BEARD: LeLutka – Hip Hip Hooray Beard

TANKTOP: Boo’s Designs – Rob TankTop (Ribbed)
BOXERS: Yack – Boxers

 

[#627] All Along The Watchtower

 

All along the watchtower
Princes kept the view
While all the women came and went
Barefoot servants too

Jimi Hendrix Experience, ♫All Along The Watchtower♫

 

When I was thinking about songs that I felt would go with the visual of this blog I came up with a few of them but the one that stood out was “All Along The Watchtower”. Originally by Bob Dylan, it’s almost always associated with Jimi Hendrix who did a cover version of it a year after it was first recorded. I have nothing against Bob Dylan, the fact remains that I’ve already used some of his songs already and until today have never featured anything from Hendrix, who I have always felt was an amazing talent who left the world too soon. Perhaps maybe some of the best musicians who were gone much too soon could have continued blazing a path or could have fell off the face of the planet but it’s something we’ll never know as we cherish the things they gave us while they were here.

I chose to visit Ironwood Hills, which is a place I enjoy going to when I want to do some kind of post-apocalyptic scenes. Though with this I didn’t throw in any zombies or anything because I’ve done that and I wanted to make it more about anticipation instead of action. While I may not actually be on a watchtower in the scene, I am keeping an eye out with this pose set by Kirek Poses called the “Defense Pack” there are three different poses each with an accompanying rifle. To me the pose I picked really shows that I’m surveying the area but if need but would be ready to defend myself from whatever could be around the corner.

Kirek Poses – Defense Pose Pack

  • Bento static poses (poseball versions included)
  • 3 different poses
  • Rifle for each pose included
  • Pose Fair exclusive until 05/25/19

My wardrobe is a mixture of both old and new but I’m going to focus on the event specific things that have hit some events this month. My glasses are a part of a new gacha from BlankLine that have two different styles of glasses each with different frame colors to play for. Somehow I got lucky and was able to pull the RARE from the machine that includes a HUD that can change the lenses on it with emoji’s and things like that. I am going to have to see if I can get my hands on one of the commons I was looking for because after getting the the most sought after prize, I felt like I shouldn’t keep trying my luck.

I also have been hanging onto these for a bit since Anthem opened because I wanted to break them in for the right scene and they almost made it into the last one but I reserved them for a little longer. I’m talking about the “Kojima Jeans” from Deadwool, and this is I believe the first major jeans release for the store since the collab with Blueberry a few years ago; I may be wrong so if I am I’m sure someone will inform me. These are fantastic and great fitting with several features including three different leg bottom styles (Deep Cuffs, Rolled Up and Stacked) and for those interested in getting the FATPACK there is a cool belt loop chain included but for those of you who just want maybe one or two color choices you’re in luck as well because it is sold separately too.

The beard I picked up from LeLutka maybe a week or so ago has literally been one of my most favorite things ever and seemingly haven’t been able to take photos without it. I think this evening was the first time I went without it as I took Brenna to the big prom that was posted about on Facebook. I wanted to truly clean up well and did so by shaving my face so I looked fresh. I’m sure that by tomorrow the beard will be back or by the time I take the next photo but we will have to see.

 

“All art is a kind of confession, more or less oblique. All artists, if they are to survive, are forced, at last, to tell the whole story; to vomit the anguish up.”
James Baldwin

 

LOCATION: Ironwood Hills

POSE: Kirek Poses – Defense Pack @ Pose FairNEW

HAIR: Modulus – Christian Hair
HEAD: LeLutka – Guy v3.3
SKIN: Clef de Peau – Norman (Tone 01) @ A+ EventNEW
BEARD: LeLutka – Hip Hip Hooray Beard

GLASSES: BlankLine – Glasses Gacha 01 RARE @ TMDNEW
TANKTOP: Cold-Ash (Store / MP) – TYLER Tank Top
JEANS: Deadwool – Kojima Jeans (Stack) @ AnthemNEW

 

[#626] At The Car Wash

 

Working at the car wash
Working at the car wash, yeah
Come on and sing it with me, car wash
Sing it with the feeling now, car wash yeah

Rose Royce, ♫Car Wash♫

 

Even if the weather hasn’t been as cooperative as I’d like, I know that I can jump to the virtual world and enjoy throwing together a scene with summer vibes. Pretty soon around the corner all the guys will be in shorts and tank tops and the girls will be in their bikini’s at the beach so what’s better than having a bit of fun with a car wash?

You can find just about everything that could be thought of at Pose Fair much like the “Get Wet 02” couples pose by CuCa Designs and “East Side Parking Lot Backdrop” from IlluZion. CuCa Designs released several different compatible pose sets to go with the backdrop for the event. Summer fun can be easily kicked off with any of the sets but I really thought this pose that Brenna and I are using was a lot of fun.

I probably look not very enthusiastic about getting sprayed with water but we had a lot of fun so that’s what matters isn’t it?

CuCa Designs – Get Wet 02

  • Bento static couples pose
  • Adjustable by built in script
  • Mesh hose rezzes upon use by both avatars
  • Exclusive to Pose Fair until 05/25/19

IlluZion – East Side Parking Lot Backdrop (Wet)

  • Original Mesh Build
  • Dry version also available
  • Car can be color changed via click (many colors to choose from)
  • Exclusive to Pose Fair until 05/25/19

Man Cave is still open until this weekend which gives all you guys time to give it a look and one of the cool things you’ll find their is a new ‘do by lock&tuft called “David”. It’s a short length that is just long enough to have a few splayed wisps which is a change from the longer styles I had been wearing in several of my last couple posts.

A lot of the time I don’t step out of my usual color comfort zone but I am this time by choosing a more golden blonde tone that I was easily able to match my beard with. It’s not a requirement mind you but I generally at least like my hair and beard to look similar (Eyebrows are a bit tougher to get exactly right so those stayed as they were).

lock&tuft – David

  • Original Mesh
  • Resize script built into hair
  • 5 color HUDS with dozens of colors
  • Man Cave Exclusive until 05/11/19

Some notes for the rest of the non feature specific items for this blog that are new include the new Longline Tanktop by Tonktastic that I grabbed while I was at the Anthem event. Finding excellent fitting and stylish clothing from this store is like a snap and I really like the praying skeleton design with the stars (it also doesn’t hurt that it’s in monotone colors which is kinda my thing). For those of you who picked up the recent hoodie collab with Hermony, there is a really affordable add-on with the longline tanktop so you can add your shirts to the HUD for even more wear-ability.

A new pair of low top sneakers from Semller have also hit the shelves of The Men’s Department, I didn’t necessarily have these in my budget but I made an acception to get the full package because of all the different options it had and the amount of faces that could be recolored by the included HUD. One of my fave options about them is that you can wear them with the laces out or tucked in which helps with various styles of jeans. This is definitely something I’d like to see more designers doing because I have not seen much of it (and if there are a lot of products out there of that type then I am likely very blind! Haha)

Brenna has a few new things as well which I’m sure the ladies might like to hear about. For those that are members of TRUTH’s VIP group there are two new VIP styles one of which is on the wall in the store and the other is in the group itself as an attachment for a limited amount of time. “Horizon” is the limited time hair that you can get in the group notices and is a full pack with every color and different style variations in the hair. For those not in their group there is a minimal fee to it but for the amount of perks you get it’s well worth it and you can trust me on it.

The bikini Brenna is wearing is new to FaMESHed this month by Baiastice. The Aura Bikini is definitely hot enough to melt asphalt and maybe I’m not really supposed to say that but I truly don’t care as I appreciate the detail and the features that this item has. Each color/pattern variation has a dry or wet sheer version in the package so it definitely works either way for a day at the beach or even the car wash.

I always enjoy taking photos with Brenna as they are always a lot of fun; they also turn out well too!

 

“Keep your face to the sun and you will never see the shadows.”
Helen Keller

POSE: CuCa Designs – Get Wet 02 @ Pose FairNEW

BACKDROP: illuZion – East Side Parking Lot Backdrop (Wet) @ Pose FairNEW

My Style

HAIR: lock&tuft (Store / MP) – David @ Man CaveNEW
HEAD: LeLutka – Guy v3.3
SKIN: Clef de Peau – Norman (Tone 01) @ A+ EventNEW
BEARD: LeLutka – Hip Hip Hooray Beard

TANKTOP: Tonktastic – Sleeveless Longline / Praying Black @ AnthemNEW
JEANS: Tonktastic – Tapered Pants / Denim Contrast
SHOES: SEMLLER – Canvas Low Tops (FatPack) @ TMDNEW

Brenna’s Style

HAIR: Truth – Horizon (VIP Gift) ✦ NEW
HEAD: LeLutka – AIda
SKIN: TheSkinnery – Michele
BODY: Maitreya – Lara v4.1

BIKINI: Baiastice – Aura Bikini @ FaMESHedNEW

 

[#625] We Only Come Out At Night

 

We only come out at night, we only come out at night
The days are much too bright
We only come out at night

Smashing Pumpkins, ♫We Only Come Out At Night♫

 

Let the Pose Fair madness begin! My last post for the month of April featured but one of the many great pose items from the fair and I’m starting (It’s gonna be) May with another. Tomorrow the fair will open to the general public and everyone will be wanting to get in on all the fun and creativity that can be had.

The hardest part once again is that I didn’t have a soundtrack for this post before I took my photo and that lends sometimes to going through tons of different things that I personally own as well as scouring YouTube for possibilities and I narrowed it down to about three but I’m going to keep the ones I didn’t use to myself because they will potentially be used in other future posts.

Salacity’s contribution that I found to be really cool is a window backdrop complete with curtains, ledge and a surround which can be changed between three different scenes (midnight, stormy and sunrise) and I did try them all as I was initially setting up my shot but much like the song I chose, I went with midnight. In reality I tend to be a night owl and as such most of my creativity happens during the hours that most people are asleep. I paired it with the male pose set that is meant to be a companion of the backdrop; there is also a female version and as a whole I really think all of these releases could inspire a lot of great photos.

Salacity – Window Seat Backdrop

  • Original Mesh
  • 3 different backrounds (midnight, stormy, sunset)
  • Compatible with Window Seat Female and Male pose sets
  • Exclusive to Pose Fair starting 05/04/19

Salacity – Window Seat Male Poses

  • Bento Poses
  • 5 different poses (mirrors included)
  • Exclusive to Pose Fair starting 05/04/19

A new event just started today called Anthem and one of the proprietors of it is Mikel Monk who is also associated with The Men’s Department, one of my all time favorite events since the beginning of such things to exist. I felt like I couldn’t go wrong trying to get in there during the middle of the night (even if it might get me a talking to). From what I did see, there are lots of great items and a few of which came home with me so you’ll likely see them this month unless I forget and then it’s a tragedy.

The event also marks a new release by my longtime brand partner, Cold-Ash, who is proudly bringing to consumers the “TANNER Open Hoodie”. When the notice came in of the new item and I saw what it was, I am not going to lie I became really excited. Spring and the beginning of Fall are probably my second favorite times of year outside of summer weather wise. I can go out and not have a clunky winter jacket on and normally am wearing a hoodie of some sort (I own many of them rl).

The Fatpack of Tanner comes with two options for the hoodie (with or without shirt option) and I should have been a bit bolder and gone without the shirt but at the same time I didn’t feel the photo deemed for that. There are plenty of basic color choices between both the hoodie itself and shirt to make a lot of different combinations and I think that will be enough of a selling point in itself because if there are a lot of people out there like myself, I am a fan of choice and to have many is by far the best option.

Cold-Ash – TANNER Open Hoodie (FatPack)

  • Original Mesh
  • HUD Contains 15 hoodie colors & 9 shirt colors
  • 2 versions (With or Without Shirt)
  • Fitted for Belleza (Jake) and Signature (Gianni) mesh bodies
  • Exclusively at Anthem until 05/30/19

Finalizing my wardrobe are two items from Native Urban (one of which a current release, the other a previous release that I really have wanted to wear). The “Guetta Snkrs” are currently at Access for another few days so for anyone who really likes a good classic hi-top shoe should check this out ASAP but do not worry if you can’t make it to the event, they’ll be placed in the store shortly after it ends. The amount of colors and faces you can change are everything I mentioned earlier in my writing. Styling for this shoe is almost infinite and I could wear it just about every day with a different color scheme and never have the same one unless I wanted to.

Going with a casual look as I am wearing a hoodie, I went with the “Wezol Joggers”. I knew that doing it this way would make it easier for me to wear the hi-tops without clipping and it worked well with what I am wearing on the upper part of my body. My goal is that if I can make something work without having to make slight edits (because I want to ensure the integrity of the item remains intact) and can achieve it then I’m a happy guy.

Native Urban – Guetta Snkrs (All Colors)

  • Original Mesh
  • HUD includes 25 colors with 11 customizable parts
  • Unisex Item
  • Fitted for Belleza (Jake), Maitreya (Lara) and Signature (Gianni) mesh bodies
  • Exclusive to the Access event until 05/07/19

During the course of this month I’ll be covering Pose Fair obviously and be throwing in bits and pieces of events that I’ve gone to and shopped. I’m looking forward to the kinds of things that will come from this as I recall mentioning that poses are one of the most important things to a photographer. They help tell the stories sometimes more than the decor or clothing we have on and around us.

I also want to give a thank you to everyone behind The Men’s Jail event from the owners, to the blogger manager as well as all the designers I’ve had the pleasure of featuring during my time as part of the event. It was invaluable to me and hopefully once I’m able to have more time we’ll be able to work together again.

 

“It was the possibility of darkness that made the day seem so bright.”
Stephen King

 

POSE: Salacity – Window Seat Male Poses @ Pose FairNEW

BACKDROP: Salacity – Window Seat Backdrop @ Pose FairNEW

HAIR: Stealthic – Psycho
HEAD: LeLutka – Guy v3.3
SKIN: Clef de Peau – Norman (Tone 01) @ A+ EventNEW
BEARD: LeLutka – Hip Hip Hooray Beard

HOODIE: Cold-Ash (Store / MP) – TANNER Open Hoodie (Fatpack) @ AnthemNEW
JOGGERS: Native Urban (Store / MP) – Wezol Joggers
SNEAKERS: Native Urban (Store / MP) – Guetta Sneakers @ Access EventNEW