[#557] Still They Try And Break Me

Excuse me while I tend to how I feel
These things return to me that still seem real
Now, deservingly, this easy chair
But the rocking stopped by wheels of despair

Metallica, ♫Hero Of The Day

For this particular blog post I thought it would be good to get away from the outside winter scenery and work with something that I know and enjoy much better. With the rise of super hero films over the years I decided to pay homage to the man with the suit of iron (see what I did there?) With the aid of the “Iron Soul” backdrop by The Bearded Guy (the brand not a person for those not in the loop). This set of backdrops which are a part of a gacha set, I really liked all of the different characters that were depicted in them but I knew that I could use it to accessorize my outfit much better.

This post has a lot of coverage for The Men Jail event so bare with me if I tend to flood this entry with a lot of words as once I get going sometimes it is hard to stop.

The top I have on is made by A&Y and called the “Nash Cyber Shirt” and it’s futuristic/metallic look, I thought it really paired up well with the backdrop. The HUD that comes with this shirt is very sharp, it acts like a computer interface which was a pleasant surprise; it also allows you to color change three parts of the shirt which come included with a dozen or more preset colors along with a color picker that allows for endless customization.

A&Y really did a fantastic job with the look and feel of this shirt, the metallic texture and shine make it very unique and not often seen on the grid (at least by me) and also lends to boost a futuristic or science fiction type role-play outfit.

The Bearded Guy Our Heroes Backdrop Gacha:

  • Original mesh
  • 6 backdrops to collect (5 commons, 1 RARE)
  • Resize script inside
  • Advanced Lighting recommended for best look
  • Exclusively @ The Men Jail until December 28th

A&Y Nash Cyber Shirt Fullpack:

  • Original mesh
  • 8 individual designs for sale
  • Fullpack available for even more customization
  • Exclusively @ The Men Jail until December 28th

It wasn’t necessarily intended that I make myself look somewhat like Tony Stark but it probably helps with the theme. Now that the trailer for next years “Avengers: Endgame” out it felt appropriate to do something like this because I cannot wait to see how the finish out this particular chapter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe; I also wanted to give off the feeling that the hero in this photo was emotionally on the ropes as if the bad guys had the upper hand and the chips were down.

One of the things that is easily figured is that even when it feels like certain defeat, heroes tend to rise up to meet the challenges they face and it is that hope in their stories that inspires us all in a variety of different ways. Some people become writers who hope to inspire, some choose the profession of physicians or surgeons with the hope of saving lives and also those of police, fire and rescue.

I sidetracked a little bit to talk about my thoughts of putting this scene together but I will get back on track. The facial hair applier that I am using is by FE Style and for as long as I can remember I was and still am a fan of the different types of facial hair styles that Kev Brunswick makes. There is a style for just about any type of presentation of mood and it is good to see that he is working on items other than clothes to provide variety for his customer base.

Mesh ears are something that I normally tend not to fuss with because most of the time I just can never get them to match well or there is always some kind of hang up that prevents me from wearing them or even purchasing them. I decided to give it another go and check out the Le Gene ” Oh, Oh Gun” mesh ears with piercings and I didn’t get frustrated with them. The HUD that comes with it is easy to use as well as gives quite a bit of choice as far as metals for the piercings and jewels that are a part of it.

Le Gene is also selling a tattoo HUD that works with these ears and I figured that if I were going this far that I’d go all the way with it and get the most out of wearing them. I’m not disappointed at all about how cool these are and has changed my view about mesh ears (from this brand at least). I’m certainly willing to feature their products if they continue to be a part of The Men Jail as it is worth it and gives me a chance to accessorize further.

FE Style Beard v52:

  • Applier HUDs for both Catwa and Omega
  • Applier HUDs for both black and tintable versions
  • Exclusively @ The Men Jail until December 28th

Le Gene Mesh Ears Oh, Oh Gun:

  • Original Mesh
  • HUD included changes skin tone, metals and gem colors
  • Tattoo HUDs available (Sold Separately)
  • Exclusively @ The Men Jail until 12/28/18

These items are just some of the variety that can be found at The Men Jail event and to me it just keeps getting better and I enjoy seeing what kind of things come to my door to use creatively in my photos. It is an excellent event filled with great designers and many of them I was already a fan of but I’m also finding new ones by being a part of this event.

I also hope that I am helping others find them as well.

Alas now it is time for me to get to the style credits and start to focus on the next venture but putting this scene together was a lot of fun (not that previous entries haven’t been). Hopefully I can do more superhero type things in the future providing there are products for me to do so within the rules of the virtual world.

Until the next time I rattle away at the keys with whatever ramblings my brain puts out along with what I hope are creative visuals, I wish all the very best as I seek out the next conversation and adventure.


BACKDROP: The Bearded Guy – Our Heroes (Iron Soul) @ The Men JailNEW

POSE: Chair Noir – Pose 1768 ✦ Previously Blogged

HEAD: CATWA – Daniel v3.2 ✦ Previously Blogged
EYES: Hermony – Eyes of The Beholder #19 ✦ Previously Blogged
EARS: Le Gene – Mesh Ears – Oh, Oh Gun @ The Men JailNEW
FACE: Session Skins – Ian Tone 02 ✦ Previously Blogged
BEARD: FE Style – Facial Hair v52 @ The Men JailNEW
BODY: Signature – Gianni v4.6 ✦ Previously Blogged

SHIRT: A&Y – Nash Cyber Shirt (Fullpack) @ The Men JailNEW
PANTS: Mirage NA – Saudade ✦ Previously Blogged (No Longer Available)

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[#555] Calling You

And I feel like I can fly when I stand next to you
So while I’m on this phone
A hundred miles from home
I’ll take the words you gave me and send them back to you

Blue October, ♫Calling You

As I said in the last blog I would likely not be posting another winter themed pic but that almost became a misspoken truth as I was wandering around and found a spot or two that I could have done something with but I don’t want to exhaust that well too quickly (least of all not in December already). I’ve once again found a nice spot within the I Am (SL) Amsterdam sim and got to make friends with a kitty (well of course logically that didn’t happen) and came away with a great pair of photos to put into this blog post.

I was a bit worried that with my outfit I wouldn’t be able to come up with a song to work as the soundtrack but with how everything work out I decided on “Calling You” by Blue October for two reasons: the first being that I felt my facial look was a tad like Justin Furstenfeld and the second was the words of the song have a meaning to me personally. I can see how it applies to the way I feel about my special someone and when your gut tells you to go on something you do it.

Man Cave ends tonight and I have a few items from the event that I think are really great and worth checking out before they head to their respective brands main store locations.

I’ll start out with the “Chase Hair” by Modulus not only because they are one of my brands but also most of the time I like to start from top to bottom when writing about products. This is a mid length release with some locks cascading in the front of the face (and there are left and right versions included to choose the best side to photograph from or the best way to make it realistic). I thought this really went well with the kind of grunge look I was going for (and I go to this style more often then not).

Modulus Chase Hair features:

  • 100% original nex-gen alpha mesh
  • Mirrored left or right versions
  • 5 color HUD options + integrated tinting
  • Fatpack with all 40 colors also available
  • Exclusively @ Man Cave until December 9th

The other item from the event is the “Jersey” shirt collaboration from TonkTastic and Hermony. You’ll recall that the first batch of designs were a part of the November round of The Men’s Department which I previously blogged but for the Man Cave a new crop of fun designs have been added which can be put together by the HUD that comes with any of the shirts packs.

I am wearing the Broccozilla shirt because it tickled my funny bone and clearly was a fun design (and also reminded me a little of Groot from Guardians Of The Galaxy). I’ve said plenty of times before that when these two brands get together that magic happens and that is true because of all the releases that I currently own from them I find a way to put them into later blog entries or just wear them when I’m not in blog mode.

TonkTastic and Hermony Jersey Shirt (Man Cave) features:

  • Original mesh
  • 24 more designs to add to the original set of shirts
  • Fitted sizes for Aesthetic, Belleza (Jake), Signature (Geralt & Gianni), SLink Physiqe and TMP male bodies
  • Exclusively @ Man Cave until December 9th

It feels like a better time than any to get this blog posted so that anyone who wants to sneak into the Man Cave event before it closes can do so and take a look at some really great items that are for sure worth being brought into a respective wardrobe and also homes (for those decor items that are must haves). A new week has started which means that it is time for me to start thinking about what to do next for this site.

Also I’m still trying to figure out how to get better at ending blogs but until then I will just have to suck it up with the realization that it isn’t a strong suit of mine. Hopefully this week is filled with great events, shopping and good times across the grid and I will be back again soon with the next conversation.


LOCATION: I am (SL) Amsterdam

POSE: Chat Noir – Pose 1768

HAIR: Modulus (Store / MP) – Chase Hair @ Man CaveNEW
HEAD: CATWA – Daniel v3.2 ✦ Previously Blogged
EYES: Hermony – Eyes of The Beholder #19 ✦ NEW / UPDATED
FACE: Session Skins – Ian Tone 02 ✦ Previously Blogged
BEARD: f u o e y (MP) – Ricardo Beard ✦ NEW
BODY: Signature – Gianni v4.6 ✦ Previously Blogged

SHIRT: Tonktastic & Hermony – Jersey @ Man CaveNEW
ARMWARMERS: Hilted – Boston Arm Warmers (Gray Knit)
JEANS: Deadwool – Broberry Jeans (Washed Pitch)
SHOES: FLI. – Fliverse Low Black

[#553] Snow (Hey Oh)

Went to descend to amend for a friend all the channels that have broken down.
Now you bring it up, I’m gonna ring it up – just to hear you sing it out.
Step from the road to the sea to the sky, and I do believe what we rely on,
When I lay it on, come get to play it on
All my life to sacrifice

Red Hot Chilli Peppers, ♫Snow (Hey Oh)

Now with it being December I felt like maybe now is a good time that I do some wintery photos and this is the start of that. After scouting several locations I stumbled upon SNOW FALLS at the Hrodas Fen sim. I’m not super huge on snow or winter because of the reality that I deal with on a consistent basis and lends to a lack of wanting to take these kinds of photos.

I feel like it is too early for me to start doing any kind of Christmas stuff yet as I would limit myself to the kind of songs I would use to base a blog on. This blog I decided to go with something super simple to correspond with the elements of the scene and “Snow (Hey Oh)” by the Red Hot Chilli Peppers works great for me as the sim is covered in the white powder.

Knowing the band though it’s probably a metaphor for something but I’m just going to stick with my interpretation.

Focusing singularly on one product I went with the “Tokyo Jacket” by Native Urban which is a hooded sweatshirt paired up with a jacket. This is a kind of style I would definitely use out in the real world because a lot of the time I live in these kind of sweatshirts and wear a jacket on top of them. The All Colors pack which is what I’m blogging has so many crazy customizations that I could go a long time without wearing the same style twice.

The way I styled the jacket was to give the appearance that I took the arms off of the jacket and wore it with the hooded sweatshirt to give the appearance that it was a vest; I like how it turned out and feel like it was a good move to show that with the HUD on the All Colors pack you can make these kind of things happen. It was a release at November’s TMD but I missed the cut on it but fear not it can be found at the Native Urban store as a recent release.

Native Urban Tokyo Jacket All Colors features:

  • Original mesh
  • 10 custom faces with 21 different colors in HUD
  • Logos can be turned on and off
  • Hood Add-On allows for both up and down versions
  • Fitted sizes for Belleza (Jake) and Signature (Gianni) male bodies
  • Maitreya version also included for the ladies
  • Available now @ the Native Urban in-world location and marketplace

I paired the jacket with the Slim Fit Jeans in Indigo by the ::K:: brand along with the latest group gift pose set by Chat Noir. I was excited when I learned about the new gift as I really enjoy working with Chat Noir’s poses they tend to bring out about some good photos for me and I’m honestly proud of what I’ve accomplished with this one for being a winter picture (I don’t feel like I excel at them truthfully).

Lastly the beard I am wearing is a random find through Flickr of a brand called “f u o e y”. The style of the beard is just what I like and even though it is a new brand I thought I would give it a try and see if I can shine a little bit of a light on them so other guys who may like the same kind of things I do would be interested as well. It is for CATWA and Omega and comes with two versions with black or tintable options.

Hopefully this brand will produce other great beards and the store takes off which I hope I have success and a lengthy stay on the grid. Nothing is guaranteed of course but it’s always something to hope for to see someone do well.

This was more fun than maybe I anticipated but I will say that it is time for me to take my virtually frozen rear inside for some hot cocoa and start to pull together ideas for my next entry which will likely feature items from The Men Jail which opens for the December round this weekend. I wish the best for anyone who has found this site or for those who frequently come here. I truly do this for more than just myself because I hope to connect people to new brands as well as those who appreciate art.

Until I am back again with something new it’s onto the next conversation!


LOCATION: SNOW FALLS

POSE: Chat Noir – Pose 1003 ✦ Group Gift

HEAD: CATWA – Daniel v3.2 ✦ Previously Blogged
FACE: Session Skins – Ian Tone 02 ✦ Previously Blogged
BEARD: f u o e y (MP) – Ricardo Beard ✦ NEW
BODY: Signature – Gianni v4.6 ✦ Previously Blogged

JACKET: Native Urban (Store / MP) – Tokyo Jacket
JEANS: ::K:: – Slim Fit Jeans (Indigo) ✦ Previously Blogged

[#498] How’s It Go Again?

All my new friends
We smile at party time
But soon we forgot to smile
At anything else

AJR (feat. Rivers Cuomo), ♫Sober Up

Putting fun (or just funny) scenes together is something I do like to do even though most of the time it seems like everything on this blog is super serious. I like to try and show a little bit of everything when I can so that’s what I’ve got going on in this post. I’d say that I came into contact with this song that I’m using for the soundtrack of the blog about maybe 3-4 months ago when I was traveling and listening to the radio. I thought that it was a really upbeat type of song even though some of the lyrics to it are a bit deep and maybe even troubled. I have at times felt this way in my life and I’m sure many others have too but there’s always someone in our life that brings our spirits up and we might not have seen them recently.

This is dedicated to those people because no matter how long time passes between visits or communication they always have that special place.

As my coverage for my first round as an official blogger of The Men Jail is winding down, I have several different items that are making an appearance here because I wanted to get as much as I could in when it was applicable. The event has such a variety of things so choosing what to show has been a bit of a struggle for me but in a good way. I hear things from others saying that they have hard time blogging items from events because it doesn’t fit what they do or whatever the reason might be but I am of the mentality that I can make just about anything work and I’m going to try win, lose, or draw.

Poses are something that you can always easily apply to a photo because it’s essentially a lifeblood to help you capture something unique (unless you are a landscape or decorative blogger than that does not apply) and {Phantom Animations} latest release “Cart Saga” definitely fits the bill. “Cart Saga” is definitely something fun as who doesn’t remember goofing around in their youth at the grocery or at the local retail chain goofing off with the carts with siblings or friends. It’s very possible that adults may attempt to do this as well to a lot less favorable outcome.

Cart Friends Saga:

  • 5 singles poses
  • 2 friends poses
  • Unisex
  • Includes mesh shopping cart prop
  • Bento compatible

As a part of my look I’m wearing the Purfect “Mesh Beard A 012” which when it comes to mesh beards I figured I’d be tweaking it or trying to tweak it so much that I’d end up getting frustrated and giving up and wouldn’t end up using it but this beard was super easy to do a simple tweak and it fit my face “purfectly” ok that was a bad pun but I have to throw one in there now and then. I seriously like this beard and it’s not so much a hipster style beard and for a moment before I added hair to my look I thought I kinda had the “Eric Young” look going on (if you have no idea who he is hit up Google to learn more about him!)

Purfect Mesh Beard A 012:

  • 8 different hair tones (Fatpack Available)
  • Upper, Lower, and Full beard versions
  • 2 different mustache versions
  • Applier HUDs for both CATWA and LeLutka

My third and final item is from another brand that I’ve heard of but like Purfect is making it’s first appearance here on the blog. MP Style has been around for a while but for some reason I just haven’t gotten around to showing any of their stuff until their TMJ item “Bruno White Shorts” and could also quality as a Bermuda pant as they go past the knee. I am a fan of any short that doesn’t go too far above the knee like your inner thighs have swallowed the material and I know that some people like that style but I don’t feel it looks right on me.

MP Style Bruno Shorts

  • 6 colors to choose from
  • Fatpack available
  • Fitted for Belleza (Jake), Signature (Gianni), and SLink Physique

Fortunately I’m able to show off the latest Modulus hair from The Men’s Department with over a week left in the round. Hopefully in the near future I’ll be able to get myself together with taking photos and getting them posted but sometimes my energy levels suck and I just can’t force myself to post something because then I’ll hate it and if I don’t like it how are the brands I am blogging going to like it? It’s a multifaceted process and I’ve made it goal after posting something that I realize I wasn’t feeling 100% to never consider “phoning it in” again.

The “Joey” hair is a short to mid length style that is combed off to the right, I have the sides and back of my head shaved to give it more depth. Hair is another thing much like facial hair that sometimes needs a bit of resize tweaking to look it’s best on you and I didn’t have to do much of that with this product or usually any of Modulus’ hairs.

For this particular scene I’m wearing a tone from the Browns pack as that’s been my signature hair color as of late.

Modulus – Joey Hair

  • 40 colors to choose from (5 different hair packs)
  • Fatpack is also available
  • Color tinting integrated in the HUD

I was also able to get the credits from my buddies look and can tell you that I may have to take a trip to Men Only Monthly to get the A&D “Gregory” shirt because it looks pretty cool. He’s also wearing the latest group gift from Akeruka which is the “Leon” fully loaded Deluxe Mesh Head…yes that’s right you can join their group (it costs only 150L) and you can take home a fully functional mesh head but there’s a catch (as most of the time there is) and that is it is for a limited time only so you have to get to their main location before the 1st of July otherwise you’ll miss out!

My last featured product that also comes from The Men’s Department event are the “Zoe” Sneakers from Native Urban. Don’t let the name fool you this are unisex shoes that you can wear and use for exercising, jogging, or just hanging out with your favorite people. I love that the Fatpack version has so much customization and sure in this photo I played it safe to match my outfit but I can always do something really different in future looks. Native Urban really has a good sneaker game and I’m pretty strict about my footwear.

Native Urban – Zoe Sneakers

  • 8 single colors for purchase
  • Fatpack option available (full 20 color customization)
  • Unisex
  • Male sizes for Belleza (Jake), Signature (Gianni) and SLink Physique

The Men’s Department will keep it’s doors open for this round until the 30th of June so you can take a look at what both Modulus and Native Urban have to offer as well as other top brands for a premier shopping experience. It’s one of the things that easily gets my excitement level up when the beginning of the month starts because I know that new and great guy stuff will be near.

Now that I’ve run out of wind I feel I got a bit heavy handed with writing this entry and could have probably went further but I don’t want to overkill anyone that might be reading or visiting for the first time. I’m going to take a few days and get back into the swing of things and you’ll see something new over the weekend or the beginning of the week (possibly both). Tons of fun things coming up as it’s almost time once again for the next round of Pose Fair as well as a new round of The Men Jail along with commitments to my wonderful brands I’m partnered with.

Hope you enjoy this first week of official summer and until our paths cross again, onto the next conversation…


HAIR: Modulus (Store / MP) – Joey Hair ✦ NEW @ TMD (06/0506/30)
HEAD: CATWA – Daniel ✦ Previously Blogged
EYEBROWS: [theSkinnery] Blakes Eyebrows Style 1
FACE: LV Designs (MP) – Brennan Tone 02 ✦ Previously Blogged
BEARD: Purfect – Mesh Beard A 012 (Fatpack) ✦ NEW @ The Men Jail (06/0806/28)
BODY: Belleza – Jake ✦ Previously Blogged

SHIRT: Legal Insanity – Oliver T-Shirt
PANTS: MP Style – Bruno White Short ✦ NEW @ The Men Jail (06/0806/28)
SHOES: Native Urban (Store / MP) – Zoe Sneakers (All Colors) ✦ NEW @ TMD (06/0506/30)

HAIR: Little Bones – Alex RARE (Gacha)
HEAD: Akeruka – Leon Bento Head ✦ NEW (Limited Group Gift Until July 2nd)
BODY: Belleza – Jake ✦ Previously Blogged

SHIRT: A&D Clothing – Shirt -Gregory- Stone ✦ NEW @ Men Only Monthly (06/2007/15)
JEANS: Legal Insanity – Gary Rolled Bleached Blue Jeans
SHOES: VERSOV – JUMPOV ✦ Group Gift

BACKDROP: Pseudo – Parking Garage Scene (Gacha)

POSE: Phantom Animations – Cart Saga Friends 1 ✦ NEW @ The Men Jail (06/0806/28)
POSE (Single): Chat Noir – Male Crouch Pose

[#484] You Got The Touch

You got the touch
You got the power
When all hell’s breaking loose
You’ll be riding the eye of the storm
You got the heart
You got the motion
You know that when things get too tough
You got the touch

Stan Bush, ♫The Touch

Some time has passed since my last post but things were a bit hectic lately but at least it hasn’t been the longest amount of time I’ve ever gone without posting. I also did most of the work on this several days ago before I got wrapped up in the world of flesh. A moment of geekdom took over as I was putting everything together all based upon the RARE item in the Stealthic/Toksik gacha machine at The Epiphany.

It’s the only new item in this look so I thought I would do something at least a bit special because it’s definitely a throwback moment to my much younger and formative years. It’s very glam and 80’s and despite my feelings towards some of the fashion and things from that time, one of the biggest part of my years was the time I spent (and still spend) as a fan of the Generation 1 of The Transformers.

Saturday morning cartoons helped build my imagination and creativity as I spent time with Optimus Prime and the Autobots, as well as Duke and G.I. Joe (among many other greats of that era but don’t get me started or I’ll be here forever).

I am certain that I’ve spent time reminiscing about my love for The Transformers and their animated big screen debut in 1986. At the time my family was not real big into going to the movies yet as it was just kind of one of those hassles that made it just about impossible to do. I remember that there weren’t very many video stores (yes there were things called video stores that rented out VHS tapes much like your Redbox etc do today). I managed to earn good grades and when the book fair came along (they also had movies as well in in) I was able to order the movie and once it came and I took it home it was like magic happened and I was forever a fan.

When I was given the hair by my blogging friend, Aleriah, I knew that I had to do something epic and throwback with it because it is very 80’s and nothing reminded me more of that then one of the main songs associated with The Transformers: The Movie. Stan Bush’s “The Touch” is every bit of the 80’s that anybody who was a part of that era would know it embodies it.

For my outfit I raided my closet to find as much denim that I could find and both my jacket and jeans are from L&B Swear. With the jacket I knew that I definitely hit the mark of the style and look that I was going for as I tried to do my best to create a visual that compared to the music video for the song which is highly obscure.

This was meant to be a pretty short entry but I have one more quick thing before I wrap things up.

As of the 28th, I found out that I was selected to be a part of the bloggers for the brand Native Urban; I look forward to being able to come up with creative and great ways to feature the brands products going forward as I welcome them to my brand partners. There are new releases that I am looking forward to digging into in my posts for this upcoming week. I hope everyone has had a great weekend and for those of us that are finally being rewarded with spring are able to get those windows open and get some fresh air.

Until our paths cross again, onto the next conversation…


HAIR: Stealthic x Toksik – 2. TOS Facade Hair RARE ✦ NEW @ The Epiphany
HEAD: CATWA – Skell ✦ Previously Blogged
EYEBROWS: [theSkinnery] Hallford Brows Style 4 ✦ Previously Blogged
EYES: Amara Beauty – Gem Eyes ✦ Previously Blogged
FACE: LV Designs – Brennan Tone 02 ✦ Previously Blogged
BODY: Belleza – Jake ✦ Previously Blogged

JACKET: L&B Swear – Patrol Denim Shirt – Fatpack
JEANS: L&B Swear – Salvage Cuffed Jeans Fatpack ✦ Previously Blogged

POSE: Chat Noir – 1760 ✦ Previously Blogged

[#463] When The Man Comes Around

Hear the trumpets, hear the pipers.
One hundred million angels singin’.
Multitudes are marchin’ to the big kettle drum.
Voices callin’, voices cryin’.
Some are born and some are dyin’.
It’s Alpha and Omega’s Kingdom come.

The Man Comes Around♫ – Johnny Cash

For some reason for the second straight blog entry I came up with a darker lit post. Though the previous one wasn’t really dark as a theme, the way it was shot was in darker lighting. This time my story shot came out darker because it seemed appropriate for what I chose as the soundtrack. This is the first time I believe that I have used a song by Johnny Cash and it’s about time. I didn’t come into being a fan of his work until a bit later in life but I am grateful that I was able to know about him.

“The Man Comes Around” seems to me a song about end times and the rapture in the way the lyrics are written and structured and I found it very interesting and wondered how I could apply it to a shot full with fashion that would co-exist along with it; as I look at the overall feel of the visual it didn’t turn out too badly.


The way I visioned this post with some of the interpretation of the lyrics is that death has been sent to collect souls as a part of the end of the world. So the main story shot you see above is my thought of what death could possibly look like as he’s roaming the earth to complete his job. I knew I wanted to shoot the photo in a place that had dead looking trees to kind of fit in as well with it.

As I said the photo came out a little darker than I anticipated but I like how it feels; the only downside is you don’t see the details of the hair I am wearing as well. Which is why in the next pic you’ll see below three different angles (some with better detailing than this one). The hair I am wearing definitely reminded me a bit of Johnny Cash and what might be worn when he was in his prime. Modulus released the “Aaron” hair as their very first release being a part of the Colabor88 Event which I was excited to hear about.

“Aaron” comes with 25 different colors (a Modulus standard) and you can get them in 5 different color packs (or treat yourself to the FATPACK if you are undecided). What’s great is that each individual color pack has 5 colors but also comes with a color tint portion of the HUD where you can give a style a little extra color and come up with your own style that might not be included. This is definitely a rocker style hair that I think is going to be a hit at the event.


This also happens to be my second Skin Fair 2018 post and you are all getting a double dose of Modulus as I am wearing one of three new skins that you can pick up at the event. This handsome devil is “Graham” and he comes in 6 different tones (Caramel, Chestnut, Fair, Latte, Rose and Sand respectfully alphabetized). You can pick up the body appliers at the fair or at the main store which I’ll be hailing a cab for you down in the credits below for you to take when you are ready.

I’d like to also mention that this is a CATWA applier and made for the Victor head but if you feel adventurous as I sometimes do you can try it on any of CATWA’s other products (including the new Skell head that I’ll be covering soon!). Brow and Body Shapes are provided to help you look your best as was intended.

For my outfit (which you can’t do a song by Johnny Cash without wearing black right?) I am wearing the “Interus” suit in black from E-Clipse Designs. With the setting being a little dark, I did my best to show the details of this suit which are separated by top and bottom (and not one whole mesh). The suit comes fit for Belleza, Signature (Gianni) and SLink male mesh bodies.

Chat Noir has a new set of poses out for sale at the freshly open March round of The Men’s Jail. Pose set 1765 has 6 new poses (along with mirrors for each one) to help you capture that exact look you want to convey to your audience as a blogger or photographer. Take a trip to The Men’s Jail and give these poses a better look as well as other clothing, accessories and poses avialable.

This is definitely a look that would make “The Man In Black” himself proud I think.

Normally I do post more pics but for this entry I felt the two were enough so I could continue working on getting more Skin Fair posts cooking so that you can all see what some of my favorite brands are up to and check them out for yourself. I have more coming from TMD, as well as the Man Cave which is just opening today and perhaps more from The Men’s Jail as well.

Time for me to wrap this one up but I’ll be back again soon with more great things to shop for from stores and events that we all know and love.

Onto the next conversation…

Photos taken @ The Wastelands


HAIR: Modulus – Aaron Hair ✦ NEW @ C88
HEAD: CATWA – Victor ✦ Previously Blogged
FACE: Modulus – Graham Skin (Fair) ✦ NEW @ Skin Fair 2018
BODY: Belleza – Jake ✦ Previously Blogged

OUTFIT: E-Clipse Designs – Interus (Black)

POSE: Chat Noir – Pose 1765 ✦ NEW @ The Men’s Jail

[#454] Drink Deep In The Morning

La da da da
Lift up your voice
Let love cut through the American noise

American Noise♫ – Skillet

The one thing I knew after having such a huge and thought provoking post last time out, I felt like I really needed to come up with something strong to follow up with. I had my hair style and clothing but the one thing I needed was a setting. I looked through some of my resources and came across a sim I know I have never done any pics at so that was my destination…or so I hoped.

The Whole Wheat sim is a cornucopia of different settings all wrapped up into one and just randomly picking a door to go through I found a nice little place to set up shop. I really started getting a vibe with all the abandoned junk and debris which had things such as a cassette player and a record player that had been discarded and left abandoned. It was then that I finalized my look and knew that the pose set I wanted to use would work just right with the setting.


Recently I came across an ad that Chat Noir poses was looking for bloggers and before that I had been to their store to see if they had anything knew in male poses that I did not own. I came across pose set “1760” which was for guitar poses. I’m not going to turn down a guitar pose set even if I have other ones at my disposal as this is something new and not like others I have (a plus being it is bento enabled).

While there is no guarantee that I’ll get selected as a blogger I certainly hope that they see what I can do with their poses as I am a fan and enjoy the work they do.

With that said all the boxes for what I needed for this shoot were checked and I happily took quite a few shots from different angles and tested out different lighting but I feel the one I ended up with along with some minor magic with the help of the Nik Collection, I was able to capture a good photo.


When it comes to events I don’t always walk out with a purchase (even when I’ve looked at the shopping guide before hand). Most of the ones I go to outside of the usual all male variety can be hit and miss as far as male objects. Colabor88 is one of those events where every now and then something will catch my eye (usually footwear from some of my favorite designers as is the case for this post).

Vale Koer released a new pair of boots called the “RAINYDAY” boots and if anything was worth fighting the madness of trying to get in on the first day…these would be a good reason. When something in the virtual world reminds me of an item I own or have owned in the past and no longer have comes along I don’t hesitate. For a long time I had a pair of boots like this and wore them for many years, they got me through some of the last few years of High School and ended up being something I wore to work until they were finally done in for good. While I probably will most often wear the regular version of these or all black, it’s nice to know that I have other options in the FATPACK to entertain myself with on a whim.


Besides the Vale Koer boots, the rest of my outfit is completely from my brand partner, {COLD-ASH}, which I am wearing one new product and one previous product that has been updated to fit the Belleza body. The jeans work fantastic with the boots which I don’t think I could have planned any better than I did but my focus is more on the button down shirt which I guess you could say is also a previous product but it is different because it’s got a new coat of paint so to speak.

The Taylor shirt which I proudly wore in one of my favorite posts, #440 (Whenever The Rain) has gotten a makeover and now along with the Classic Pack which you can get at their store, they have released a version with dotted, plaid, and check patterns for those of you who are into that style. I can admit the moment I saw it and put it on along with the HUD that’s included I was super excited. It was really hard to decide what pattern to go with until I chose the one you see in the photos.

In the above pic I’m also showing a second pose from the Chat Noir 1760 set. The ad shows an electric guitar but I felt considering the type of background I was working with an acoustic would suit my photos a lot better and seems to be the right decision.


Leaving the best (or what I consider to be) for last when it comes to brands is sometimes the right thing to do. This post features a new hair from the M-Cuts line of the Modulus brand which I’ve been honored with being able to use in my work. This hair is the second to be released at The Men’s Department along with “Carl” at the monthly event. They are quite the opposite of one another in the fact that with “Carl” the hair is swept to the left side of the head and with “Stefan” it is shorter in length and swept to the right side.

I did my best to provide the angles to show the hair off from front to back and also to note that it will work great with a very short hairbase style which you can find at the Modulus store.

When it comes to an overall feeling after you taken the photos and pulled them into whatever editor that is used to touch things up, I felt very confident that this is probably my second favorite blog post of 2018. Sure there are still ten more months left in the year (I know, I know I’m not trying to rush anything I promise) but if I am already at a place where I think I’m doing well then as time continues on there’s not telling what great visual stories will unfold on this site. You can now scroll down to the styling credits (if you haven’t already) and I’ll see you again on the horizon.

Onto the next conversation…

Photos taken @ Whole Wheat


 

HAIR: Modulus – Stefan Hair ✦ NEW @ TMD

HEAD: CATWA – Daniel ✦ 𝔓𝔯𝔢𝔳𝔦𝔬𝔲𝔰𝔩𝔶 𝔅𝔩𝔬𝔤𝔤𝔢𝔡
EYES: AG. Reverie Eyes ✦ 𝔓𝔯𝔢𝔳𝔦𝔬𝔲𝔰𝔩𝔶 𝔅𝔩𝔬𝔤𝔤𝔢𝔡
FACE: ::LV: Designs – Brennan Tone 2 ✦ 𝔓𝔯𝔢𝔳𝔦𝔬𝔲𝔰𝔩𝔶 𝔅𝔩𝔬𝔤𝔤𝔢𝔡
BEARD: -Nivaro- Rugged ✦ 𝔓𝔯𝔢𝔳𝔦𝔬𝔲𝔰𝔩𝔶 𝔅𝔩𝔬𝔤𝔤𝔢𝔡
BODY: Belleza – Jake ✦ 𝔓𝔯𝔢𝔳𝔦𝔬𝔲𝔰𝔩𝔶 𝔅𝔩𝔬𝔤𝔤𝔢𝔡

SHIRT: {COLD-ASH} TAYLOR Shirt (Dotted/Plaid/Check Fatpack) ✦ NEW @ Man Cave

The original Taylor shirt was a hit for me as I enjoyed the posts that I created while wearing it and as much as I love solid colors, I really enjoy prints and patterns that much more which is why having the plaid and check patterns for this shirt are super awesome. While I may not be crazy about dots I really like how these were done so there definitely a possibility that you’ll see me wearing one of them in a photo (if not on my blog then possibly just a random flickr photo).

JEANS: {COLD-ASH} RILEY BOOT-STYLE JEANS FATPACK ✦ 𝔓𝔯𝔢𝔳𝔦𝔬𝔲𝔰𝔩𝔶 𝔅𝔩𝔬𝔤𝔤𝔢𝔡

BOOTS: [VALE KOER] RAINYDAY BOOTS FATPACK ✦ NEW @ Collabor88

A great well constructed boot set with tons of different options (coming from the FATPACK). You can put together just about any color combination you’d like by just clicking a spot on the HUD and selecting your desired color choice. One thing I can say for certain is when it gets to be the time of year where designers are making shorts more, I’ll be wearing this quite a bit in combination as most pants would make it difficult to wear these without having to do some adjusting.

TA – Code Guitar

I’ve had this for quite a long time and it’s actually mostly for decoration as it is an acoustic guitar with a stand. They do give you one to wear and use (which I made a copy of to be able to make it work with the poses). After all this time it still looks great and stands up well as far as early mesh objects go and was glad that I could use it in this photo shoot.

CN* pose 1760

Anything to do with music is something I’m going to normally purchase if the timing is right and these guitar poses from Chat Noir are very well done. There are 6 different poses with (mirror/alternate sides) that are a combination of sitting and standing poses. I have to note that a guitar prop is not included with the pose and I had to use my own but pretty much any guitar you might have in your inventory can work with the right adjustments (make a copy of it first just in case!!!).