[#607] We Don’t Know

 

Oh we don’t know the roads that we’re heading down
We don’t know if we’re lost, that we’ll find a way
We don’t know if we leave, will we make it home
We don’t know, there’s hope, then we’ll be okay

The Strumbellas, ♫We Don’t Know♫

 

One of the coolest things about a virtual community like Second Life is that creators really put a lot of effort into the items they make (well the ones that are legit and don’t take from other hard working people but that’s an entirely different story). Many skin makers tend to pay homage in ways to some of their favorite celebrities or pop culture icons when making face skins.

The proof of that can be seen in Birth’s latest male offering that is a Skin Fair exclusive named “Mr. Lee”. I likely don’t have to tell you who this skin is patterned after but just in case I can at least give you a hint: He is a legendary martial artist who passed away way before his prime and his son Brandon (who is in one of my favorite movies of all time) did as well in 1993 during filming of that movie.

The level of detail in this skin is remarkable as is the quality of the body applier. I would say that personally I would wear more Birth skins (as I also love their facial hairs) but their range of skin tones doesn’t cover what I feel represents me. Their skins are awesome but as an every day wear it just isn’t in the range that I’m used to, however, it is for a lot of people as I know most skin creators work when I see people out on the grid I know who created their face. Yes that sounded a lot less weird in my mind but I hope it makes sense.

This release has 7 different tones which I am also providing a skin key for so that you can see what is offered. Also keep in mind that this is a Catwa applier which I am wearing on the “Daniel” head. Each tone applier has options for eyebrows, hairbase and beard combinations with different hair tones for all three. The body appliers which are sold separately also have options for bare skin or two different options of body hair also with the same tone colors for body hair.

Also from Skin Fair is the very discreet “Infinity Tattoo” from Reviver. This is a store that is new to me so I am just learning about it as I go but I chose to wear this ink because I enjoy the message it has to it which is essentially “love forever” in the form of an infinity symbol with a feather and the word “love” on the top and bottom.

Such a great message really and it doesn’t have to even mean love for your significant other, it can be love for your parents or family or even for yourself because it all starts there. While it may be cliche to say…love truly starts with yourself and if you can’t love you then there’s no way that you can love anyone else.

Birth – Mr. Lee Skin

  • CATWA head appliers
  • 7 different skin tones (sold separately)
  • HUD includes No Eyebrows, Eyebrows, Hairbase and Beard options
  • Body skins sold seprately
  • Exclusive to Skin Fair 03/24/19

Reviver – Infinity Tattoo

  • Unisex tattoo
  • Applier HUDs for Belleza, Maitreya, Omega, Signature and SLink mesh bodies
  • Exclusive to Skin Fair 03/24/19

With a face that looks like one of the most legendary martial artists of all time it would be ridiculous not to have hand wraps (taped hands). The “Luctator” hand wraps by L’Emporio & PL are just the thing that anyone who wants to take a photograph depicting hand to hand combat or fighting of any kind to make it more realistic. The tape is so realistic looking that you know L’Emporio took great care in making these. Truth be told I had been looking for something like this for a while but had given up looking. Seems it was the right timing and just fell into my lap.

The coolest part to me is that each version comes with 3 colors (white, dirty, and black) each with clean and bloody types so that you could take a photo before a skirmish and then take another one that would take place after with the blood stained texture. These are the kind of things that make me happy in the virtual world when it comes to accessories or clothing. It just takes the right person with a similar mind and the expertise to be able to create it and bring it to consumers like myself.

L’Emporio & PL – Luctator Hand Wraps

  • Bento compatible (Bento viewer needed for proper use)
  • 3 colors included via HUD (White, Dirty, and Black)
  • Clean and Bloody versions also included via HUD
  • Fitted for Belleza (Jake 2.0), Nyramith Aesthetic and Signature Gianni mesh bodies (sold individually)
  • Exclusive to The Men Jail until 03/28/19

Now that I’ve had my fun trying my hand at being a peaceful warrior, maybe I’ll wear the hand wraps again and do a follow up photo where I’ve hit the streets of some location and take down some evil doers with my fists of rage. Come to think of it many video game characters have also had their fists wrapped over the years so that could be put to use for an idea as well.

On that note I’m going to tuck this blog post in as it is also getting late where I am at and there’s plenty of things to do tomorrow. It’s looking to be a full day so my next blog entry may not be again until Wednesday with how things look. I hope that something in this blog has inspired even just one reader to take a glance at both of the events I’ve covered in this post even if not for the items I have featured.

Be well until our paths cross again grasshoppers!

 

Well I know it gets harder every single day
And I know my darkness will never go away

 

POSE: X.T.C Poses – KJ

BACKDROP: Bitter Vanilla – Aisumicha (Black)

HAIR: Stealthic – Narcotic
HEAD: CATWA – Daniel v3.2
SKIN: Birth – Mr. Lee (Tone 02) @ Skin FairNEW
TATTOO: Reviver – Infinity Tattoo @ Skin FairNEW

HAND WRAPS: L’Emporio&PL – Luctator @ The Men JailNEW
PANTS: etham – Shane Joggers

 

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[#414] This Hurricane…

The promises we made were not enough
The prayers that we have prayed were like a drug
The secrets that we sold were never known…

Hurricane” – 30 Seconds To MarsListen

With this scene I brought together some things to add a little culture to the entries of These Conversations Kill. After having visited the Matsuri event, it inspired me to put together this look with the things I brought home and some that I already had lurking in my virtual closet.

For those of you who might not be familiar with the Matsuri event, it is an event full of asian centric items including furniture, clothing, poses, and photography aids such as backdrops.

Aside from the event area there is a nice little town to explore as well to further give you an experience. Many of the vendors in the shopping area have a HUD that you can used to collect “stamps” by teleporting to the participating storefronts and after you’ve collected 15 stamps you can return to the event and trade them in for a prize of your choice from one of several designers.

I‘m featuring items from blog sponsors LV Designs and Go&See (whom have a great eye set at The Seasons Story as well as a gift that I’m reviewing in this post). Other creators being shown include Gabriel, Catwa, Belleza, [sYs] and BAMSE.

Shooting this scene was particularly fun for me because I enjoy many aspects of Asian culture past and present. I’ve done scenes in the past as well with it being the theme so it is something I consider to be an interest.

I hope everyone that’s viewing this enjoys what they see and it gives them a reason to take a ride to the Matsuri event as well as a trip to The Seasons Story and the other great places that make up this article.

Another adventure is in the books so I will leave you with the credits and say sayonara for now but check back again soon. On to the next conversation!

HAIRTableau Vivant \\ Eastern Promises Hair

This hair is one I’ve had in hiding for a long time. I am not sure what reason I bought it in the first place but I must have had the notion for using it and now in the present I have found just the right place for it.

HEADCATWA – Dino ♯ NEW

The latest release in the male head collection by creator Catwa Clip, this softer and more ethnic featured face is still just as handsome as the others. This appeals heavily to those out there that have been looking for a diverse looking face.

EYES⊱ Go&See * Fall * (Anniversary Gift) @ The Season’s StoryNEW

Going to an event where creator’s give you gifts just for checking it out? Heck yes! Go&See is offering as a gift for the anniversary edition of The Season’s Story – Fall edition a 4 pack of eyes specifically made for CATWA eyes. These give you just a bit of a preview of the bigger pack of eyes with the same name that is for sale at the event. Very detailed and appealing and worth giving a look.

FACE⊱ ::LV:. Noct Applier – Pearl/02 ♯ MarketplaceNEW

In conjunction with the Catwa “Dino” head, LV Designs has created a skin based off of a character from a well known video game franchise. The skin is compatible with Stray Dog 02 body appliers and also comes packaged with eye and body shapers.

BODYBelleza – Jake

OUTFIT⊱ ::GB::Katakake Haori – Kon-ai @ MatsuriNEW

Personally I am a fan of this type of attire. I think it stems back to different television shows and movies that were located in Asian countries. I also thought it would be cool to be a samurai and learn the art of wielding a timeless weapon but not for reasons of violence. Swordsmanship is much more than that.

Compatible with: Belleza, Signature, SLink, and TMP

SHOES[sYs] ZORI TABI Shoes – Black / White

These have been in my closet for a good while and were also looking for a reason to be brought out and this helped make putting together this wardrobe a lot easier. There are only sizes for classic avi’s in this package, I was able to hide my feet to make it work with the length of the kimono.

DISPLAY:BAMSE: Bushido Display

This was the first piece that started the brainstorming into what you are seeing as the final production. I love learning about swords especially those of asian origin. They are beautifully crafted and not at all clunky like some of the bigger bladed weapons in history. To proudly display this fine creation by BAMSE is certainly an honor for me.

BACKDROP⊱ *bitter vanilla* -4- b.v Kuchinashi (Brown) @ MatsuriNEW

This is one of four different stylized backdrops that can be played for in the gacha machine at Matsuri. There are different color schemes each with accompanying HUD’s to change different parts of the scene. What’s best about this is that you can take the item from the machine to the main location and trade it in for a copy-able version that you won’t have to worry about it being eaten or accidentally deleted and gone for good.


<K&S> Fearless. Bento Poses 2 (2)

This is the second part of a pose set that I used in my last entry. Another three poses that are quite different from those you find in the first set. I really like the set as a whole and hope to find more like this from K&S