[#500] It’s Where My Demons Hide

They say it’s what you make
I say it’s up to fate
It’s woven in my soul
I need to let you go

Your eyes, they shine so bright
I wanna save that light
I can’t escape this now
Unless you show me how

Imagine Dragons, ♫Demons

In less than a week, America will be celebrating Independence Day and there will be celebrations and fireworks all over but today myself and this blog are celebrating something else entirely. The milestone 500th entry on these pages has finally been set and there were many times that I never thought that I could make it this far and that I would run out of ideas or I would never improve but through perseverance combined with determination and hard work here I am.

Blogging as many of my colleagues can tell you can be a lot of work and tons of effort to get the right style, angle, windlight setting and combine it sometimes with a few light touch ups in their favorite photo manipulation software to bring what you see on website blogs and also Flickr itself. It can prove to be exhausting at times as well but when you finally see the results of your work live and see it receive any kind of positive reception no matter how big or small it is, the feeling of accomplishment washes away any of the doubt you might have had during the process.

For me blogging is a lot like therapy (I’ve referred to it as cheap therapy at times) because it sometimes help deal with issues I’ve personally experienced or the hurt of someone close to me when they’ve needed my shoulder. To be able to come up with scenes to create visual digital art can be difficult as well or might come easy to you depending on the situation; it also can help bring a little light into what seem like dark times and struggles.

Before I get on with the technical stuff I want to thank a lot of people and I’m pretty sure that they all know who they are so I don’t have to single them out. They are the ones that have supported me through the beginning stages of this blog when my skills were not nearly what they are today or what they can be tomorrow. Also those who have come along the way to give input and lend support during the course of this 4 year journey that will continue on until I see it no longer viable. Friends and family have also made this easier with their support and encouraging me to never give up on something I love so dearly.

To the brands and events past and present that have given me the opportunity to showcase their items when others wouldn’t even look at me sideways, I thank you for the opportunity because it’s your products that fuel my passion to create and make the best digital photos in a virtual world. Our loyalty to one another is something that I will never forget.

Lastly to anyone who has ever viewed this site whether it be on purpose or by accident but took away something when they closed it out, I appreciate you as well because knowing that what I do has been viewed and occasionally commented on shows that besides the love I have for it, it not all for nothing. Keep coming back and I will do my best to help you find great clothing, accessories, poses, and now and again furniture.

This dream is very much alive for me and has plenty of fuel to burn for a long time to come.

Go&See is a brand that I find has a wide variety of unique products from skins to makeup and also eyes which is what I’ve got here in this post for you to see. “Equa” is the very most recent release by the brand that I find to be very cool. Now I hope that I’ve done them justice in the close up photo that I took because one of my weaknesses that I feel like I need to work on is getting better close up shots to get a good view of the eyes. I recommend them for those of you that like to do horror or sci-fi role-playing. You could just as well wear them for normal every day if you want as well and you would certainly stand out in the crowd.

Go&See – Equa Eyes

  • Catwa Eyes Only
  • 10 different iris colors
  • Available @ Shiny Shabby until July 15th

It is not often enough that I’m able to pair two different products by the same brand but for this look I was able to merge two different items by Gild. Originally I picked up the BadHeat Jacket during the Ironwood Hills “Paranoia” event but did not have the right idea to make it useful and as brought in some newer items like their “Mods Slim Pants” at Hipster Men’s Event, I came up with the idea you are seeing on this page. Gild is a store with unique clothing and when I see something from the brand that I like I enjoy using it in my wardrobe.

Gild – BadHeat Jacket

  • Black (wearing) or Brown Jacket (Sold Separately)
  • Plain or Bloody Version Included
  • Sizes included: Belleza (Jake) and Signature (Gianni)
  • Resizable neck chain also included

Gild – Mods Slim Pants with Side Gore Boots

  • Studded belt included
  • Side Gore boots included
  • 5 colors to choose from (sold separately)
  • Fatpack option available
  • Sizes for Belleza (Jake), Signature (Gianni) and SLink Physique
  • Currently @ Hipster Men’s Event until July 16th

Rarely do I ever venture away from Modulus when it comes to wearing hair but for this photo I had to deviate from my norm because I just didn’t have the right feeling. I came across the latest hair from Vango named “Aaron” and it is a long style that reminds me of one my favorite actors, Brandon Lee, who was only around for a short time. This hair spoke to me (not literally of course) and was instantly a part of my vision for this look and I knew it might be a style that I would go back to when it suited my needs for a long hairstyle of that sort.

Vango – Aaron

  • Two Different Styles Included
  • 5 color packs available
  • Naturals pack and Fatpack options
  • Currently @ Men Only Monthly until July 15th

As I close out this 500th post I feel that it is like a chapter of this blog is ending and turning over to the next 500 posts to come. I think with all the new advents in the virtual world who knows what kind of great things I’ll be able to share with the world and I look forward to doing it. Take each day a step at a time and never take more than one step because who knows what could be missed.

I hope everyone has a safe 4th of July and I know I’ll be posting again by or before then but thought I’d get it out of the way early. Until our paths cross again,

onto the next conversation…


HAIR: Vango – Aaron ✦ NEW @ M.O.M. (06/2007/15)
HEAD: CATWA – Daniel ✦ Previously Blogged
EYEBROWS: Patane – Manly Brow FATPACK ✦ NEW @ Hipster Men’s Event (06/2307/16)
EYES: Go&See (Store / MP) – Equa ✦ NEW @ Shiny Shabby (06/2007/15)
FACE: LV Designs (MP) – Brennan Tone 02 ✦ Previously Blogged
BODY: Belleza – Jake ✦ Previously Blogged

JACKET: Gild – BadHeat Jacket with Chain Loop – Black
PANTS: Gild – Mods Slim Pants with Sidegore Boots (Red) ✦ NEW @ Hipster Men’s Event (06/2307/16)

POSE: WRONG – BENTO Static Male Poses – 25 ✦ Previously Blogged

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[#487] Wrong…

I was marching to the wrong drum
With the wrong scum
Pissing out the wrong energy
Using all the wrong lines
And the wrong signs
With the wrong intensity

Depeche Mode, ♫WRONG

Most of you probably have no idea how long since I’ve been blogging items from the pose store, WRONG, that I’ve wanted to use this Depeche Mode song as the theme for a photo and today was that opportunity so I grabbed the ball and ran with it!

Truly this brand has really great male poses and they’ve done some fantastic collabs with The Owl that I’ve also featured in photos not only by myself but with guests as well and there is so much care that goes into these poses and I am rather glad that they’ve helped contribute to my visual creations and certainly encourage you to check out their new store location that has recently open and find out for yourself.

Now that I’ve gotten that thought out of my head there’s plenty of great things I’m wearing that helped make this photo possible and most of the time I save the best for last but I am going to work from head to toe and start off with my my hair which is called “Mason” and is from my friends at Modulus. This release is a longer length hair (just past the ear/neck) which I’m always a fan of and a lot of the time you don’t see that with guys hairs, they are usually more of an above the ear length and swept to one particular side.

Of course I’m using the HUD with the brown tones in it because that’s just been the mood I’ve gone with as you usually see blonde hair or black so I tend to go middle of the road. I definitely do not see myself as a red/ginger type guy though I have thrown that in a time or two when the direction of my photo needed it. There’s 5 different shades in the pack which make up part of the 25 hair colors the hair comes with; they are also all available in a convenient FATPACK option which includes all 5 color HUDS and each of them provides an additional integrated color picker so that you can give additional color tinting to your hair.

You can find this hair at the main store which I’ve provided transportation to in the credits below!

Men Only Monthly is halfway through its current cycle and the shirt I am wearing by {FE Style} is currently available at the event right now. The “RUDEKEM” t-shirt comes in 10 different graphic designs and also has 8 solid colors to choose from which you can purchase separately or altogether with a money saving FATPACK. As much as I love this shirt and most of the styles offered I had to make a decision based on budget and I chose to go with the graphic shirt that has “Mr. Chaos” on the front of it and this was before I ever chose any of the rest of the outfit or my setting but it seems pretty fitting in hindsight.

Men Only Monthly runs up through the 15th of May before they close for restocking their shelves with new products.

Cold-Ash is back with brand new footwear for a second straight TMD release! This time it comes in the form of boots (the Valkyrie sneakers that I enjoy so much were last months release). These work style boots come with the option of the full version or a half version which fits under pant legs (and is how I’m dislplaying them in this look). The WOODCREEK boots have 8 color options to choose from and have sizes to fit Belleza, Signature (Gianni), and TMP with an Unrigged size for classic avatars included for good measure.

The Men’s Department is open until the 31st of May so there’s still a LOT of time for you to head over there and check these boots out and browse through other equally as good designers and their products.

Another blog post is in the books and as I wrap this up I continue to look at the number of each post knowing that I am drawing closer to a goal I never thought or expected I would get to… 500 posts. I’ve definitely learned a lot since I made my first blog entry back in 2014 and continue to learn and grow with each passing day and photo I take. The one thing about blogging and artistry is that it is not always everyone’s cup of tea and for every 1 or 2 people that dislike something there may be twice as many that like it or vice versa. Trying to please everyone is not something that works and trying to do it is only a fools mission. Enjoy what you do because if others see the pride that you take in yourself it might just be infectious enough to spread around.

Until our paths cross again, onto the next conversation…

Photo taken @ Motorheadz Cafe


HAIR: Modulus – Mason Hair (Store / MP)
HEAD: CATWA – Skell ✦ Previously Blogged
EYEBROWS: [theSkinnery] Hallford Brows Style 1 ✦ Previously Blogged
EYES: Avi-Glam – Hope Eyes ✦ Previously Blogged
FACE: LV Designs – Brennan Tone 02 ✦ Previously Blogged
BODY: Belleza – Jake ✦ Previously Blogged

SHIRT: FE STYLE – RUDKEM T-SHIRT [MR.CHAOS] ✦ NEW @ M.O.M (04/2005/15)
JEANS: COLD-ASH – RILEY STRAIGHT JEANS (Store / MP)
BOOTS: COLD-ASH – WOODCREEK BOOTS FATPACK ✦ NEW @ TMD (05/0505/31)

POSE: WRONG – Male Poses – 30

[#486] And What Of My Soul?

All those things that you couldn’t say
You should’ve said
All those I-love-you’s lost
Weighed more like lead on your chest

Atreyu, ♫The Remembrance Ballad

WOW, it has been some time since I’ve done a “fantasy” type blog post.

Pulling this together took more than I want to go over the details of considering that there were several outfit changes (not by me personally but for Brena) to make this come to life (or is that unlife?) Image Essentials released a group of different poses that focused on vampires and this is a topic I’ve always been interested in that began when I was much younger than I am today.

Whether it is books, movies, or even rpg’s or video games that have to do with these creatures, be sure that I’m all in (though I’m not the biggest fan of Twilight because vampires do not sparkle…sorry!) It even reminds me of something some of you in-world might have heard of called Bloodlines. When I first started out my virtual journey I remember the game/rp and I entertained the idea of getting involved with it but the more research I did, the more I found out what a blatant money soak it was and for me there wasn’t enough of a TRUE role-play experience for me so I took a pass on it. I come from a very extensive RP background well before my time in this virtual world and felt that I would be selling out to something I felt was against what I stood for creatively.

There are some of you that might have played it (or still do if it is still a thing) and if I have offended you then I apologize sincerely but I do not feel like there is anything wrong with having a difference in opinion.

During the process of staging the photo and getting everything prepared it helped that several products other than the “Bloodlust” bento 2 person pose by Image Essentials. Go&See’s latest skin “Theo” is also available at Men Only Monthly and let me tell you when it comes to skins that allow an avatar to look gothic or vampiric, Kristyna Wikifoo does the best job. I’ve used the “Goth” tone of skins by Go&See for several photos and they’ve all come out the way I’ve wanted. With the way the lighting came together I certainly have the undead creature of the night down pat.

Besides the Goth applier (which includes two HUDs for both CATWA and OMEGA), the skin is also available in Pale. Summer, Tan and Dark Tan and feature options for brows/no brows as well as facial hair options mixed in. The body skins are sold separately for OMEGA compatible bodies and only work with the latest versions of Go&See products.

Men Only Monthly runs from the 20th of April until the 15th of May so there is still plenty of time to check it out.

FaMESHed is also back again and for those of you fortunate enough to have been able to make it in there you’ve seen plenty of new fashion, accessories, and decoration. It was a fruitful trip for both myself and Brena as we both found new items to use in our wardrobes as you are about to find out in a moment. The event is celebrating it’s 6th anniversary which seems CRAZY to think it has been that long since the very first event took place. Even before I started blogging I still was very much into all sorts of things like furniture that I could find at the event so it’s really great to see it still going strong with so much support.

Once again I’ve been hit by the Deadwool bug. Their latest item at FaMESHed is the “Lorenzo” shirt which is a half buttoned tucked in shirt that gives you the option to wear it with or without an undershirt both of which can be colored by HUD if you’ve purchased the FATPACK (which is the only real way for me despite the elevated cost). If the FATPACK is just a little bit out of your limit there are three different packs (Light, Medium, and Dark) that you can certainly get your fill if there’s a certain grouping of colors you can’t live without. I do see myself wearing this shirt in different stylings over time so it validated my choice of going all the way and getting the FATPACK.

Finding the right dress that really worked with the theme was definitely a challenge for me to get Brena ready but while I was at the FaMESHed I came across the “Embroidered Strap Bodycon Dress” by Rebel Gal. I chose the wine color because it matched the red highlights in her hair and so I coordinated her dress to that and it worked out perfectly. The dress has two faces to it (the shirt and the dress itself) and an included HUD allows for you to change the color of the top with a variety of different options so that you won’t have to worry about it being stale after a while for those of you who like to wear things more than once (and I hope you would otherwise it would be a gross misuse of funds).

With my last new piece of my look (to which I am slightly behind but am going to be caught up with very soon and humbly apologize) I have a very recent hair release from Modulus which is named “Mateo”. It’s a short length hair that I personally think would work best with a shaved base but you can still go with a normal base if you are not truly a fan of the shaved style.

As with previously releases there are 25 different colors divided into 5 HUDS (all 5 are available in a FATPACK to save you some dough) and each one has an integrated color tinting section to give you unlimited options. This item can be found at the Modulus store as well as online at their marketplace location both of which you will have access to down in the credits below.

This was definitely quite the enjoyable challenge but for now it is time for me to wrap this up so I can begin to stage my next photo/look as there’s always plenty to wear and feature; I’m looking forward to seeing what turns up next and what location or backdrop (whichever the case might be) becomes the next visual. Hope everyone has had an enjoyable weekend and until our paths cross again,

Onto the next conversation…


HAIR: Modulus – Mateo Hair (Store / MP)
HEAD: CATWA – Daniel ✦ Previously Blogged
EYES: Avi-Glam – Hope Eyes ✦ Previously Blogged
FACE: Go&See – Theo (Goth) ✦ NEW @ Men Only Monthly (Store / MP)
BODY: Belleza – Jake ✦ Previously Blogged

SHIRT: [Deadwool] Lorenzo Shirt – Fat Pack ✦ NEW @ FaMESHed
PANTS: [Deadwool] Tweed Trousers – Black

BACKDROP: Paparazzi – TownHouse

POSE: IE – Bloodlust (b) (Store / MP)


HAIR: nani – Kenna V2 Hair [Fatpack] ✦ Group Gift
HEAD: LeLutka – Chloe 3.0 ✦ Previously Blogged
FACE: Insol – Liv (Milk)
MAKE-UP: POUT! – Back To Black Beauty Set
BODY: Maitreya – Lara V4.1 ✦ Previously Blogged

DRESS: Rebel Gal – Embroidered Strap Bodycon Dress – Wine ✦ NEW @ FaMESHed

[#474] The Road To Nowhere…Leads To Me

The wreckage of my past keeps haunting me
It just won’t leave me alone
I still find it all a mystery
Could it be a dream?

Ozzy Osbourne, ♫Road To Nowhere

While I was sitting at my desk just relaxing and full from a Bunny Day dinner (what I like calling Easter) and just wanting to put together something simple to shoot I reminded myself that there were some products from my brand partners I’d been excited about blogging and it might be a good time to dig into them (rabbit joke y’know?)

It took little time for me to get my visage figured out and quickly put together an outfit from things in my closet that were both from Cold-Ash and would pair up together well as they were pretty much made to go hand in hand. At this point it was going to be one of those fluid photo shoots that would just come together and I wouldn’t be overthinking anything but that was until I needed to figure out what I was doing for my background setting.

A backdrop would have done the trick but I wasn’t really feeling like any of the ones I had at present moment so the clear choice was to find a location to take them at; it was then that I realized that I hadn’t explored the Whole Wheat sim all that much so this was some kind of sign that hit me right in the face. I went there and just kind of did a rock/paper/scissors as to which place I was going to look around first (other than the one I was at during my first visit). I found myself at a desert like location with one side having a broken down truck and a hotel which looked a bit sketchy. My eyes then caught a glimpse of a sign that said “You Are Nowhere” and that was when my inspiration hit.


My brain started kicking into gear as I readied myself and posed next to this sign. The pose I’m using comes from the “An Emotional Man” set from Image Essentials which first debuted at the 4Mesh event but will be a new to store release (if it already isn’t). With all of the things going on today I didn’t get a chance to publish this during the time when the event would have still been open as the 1st was it’s last day of being open. This set includes 5 different depictions of emotion (with mirrored poses included). I definitely think I’ve only scratched the surface of this set as there are some really good candidates for future pictures down the road.

The only other thing I really needed was a soundtrack as this time I did not have one chosen before hand and I debated a while but it seemed very clear that even though I recently featured a song by Ozzy Osbourne in a recent blog entry, this setting was too good to not use “Road To Nowhere” and that is a solid choice and a good song in my estimation and there are probably plenty who might agree (and or disagree if it is not their genre).


Reserving the best for last I decided to try a different method for close-ups but I’m not sure how well I like it other than that I feel it turned out well. Though had I done anything different I would have made sure I got a profile of left and right instead of having myself face the same in both instances. Something though I can keep in my head for the next time I work on this style of close-up.

Starting with the top of my head you’ll see that my hairstyle is courtesy of my favorite barber, Modulus. The “Patrick” hair is a nice short style with a bit of combing action going on. This hair is one that you can find at the latest round of Hipster Men’s Event which is currently going but don’t shuffle your feet too much because it’s only their until the 16th of April. When I feel like I’m in the mood for a short style, it’s this kind of style that really suits me and I know that Modulus does a great job with the hairs that they make. With 25 colors to choose from divided into 5 packs each with an integrated color tinting HUD (a Fatpack is also available).

Men Only Monthly is an event I enjoy shopping at and also from time to time my brand partner, Go&See releases an item for it and while it is been awhile since I’ve featured an item from the event. “Liam” is my return to blogging both Go&See and an item from M.O.M which is exciting for me. As I am looking at the skin (which I am using my personal shape for) enhances the handsomeness that already exists within the skin. I have always liked their skins and have worn them for probably every head I’ve ever owned (maybe with the exception of LeLutka). I am wearing the “Pale” version of the skin but there are 4 other skin tones to choose from along with the option to purchase a shape that coincides with the skin.

As I start to wrap this up, with the transition now into April and all the new events that have restocked new items by some of our favorite designers I can’t wait to dig into some of these things and be able to share them with you with my own fashion interpretations as I’m obviously not the only male fashion blogger out there (there are some very good ones as well which I hope I can corral for you and give you the opportunity to see who I enjoy).

Until our paths cross again, onto the next conversation…

Photo taken @ Whole Wheat


HAIR: Modulus – Patrick Hair – FatPack ✦ NEW @ Hipster Men’s Event
HEAD: CATWA – Victor ✦ Previously Blogged
FACE: Go&See – Liam (Pale) ✦ NEW @ Men Only Monthly
BODY: Belleza – Jake ✦ Previously Blogged

SHIRT: {COLD-ASH} TAYLOR Shirt (Dotted) ✦ Previously Blogged
PANTS: {COLD-ASH} DEAN Chinos (CLASSIC PACK) ✦ Previously Blogged

POSE: Image Essentials – An Emotional Man (b) ✦ NEW

[#464] Sharp Dressed Man

Top coat, top hat,
I don’t worry ’cause my wallet’s fat.
Black shades, white gloves,
Lookin’ sharp and lookin’ for love.

Sharp Dressed Man♫ – ZZ Top

This blog entry would be more appropriately titled “Sharp Dressed Men” considering I happen to be collaborating with a long time friend of mine who I’m finally getting the chance to work with. It is my first time collaborating with Lucky Spiritor in this medium but after some time away he’s back and ready to do some great visual work and I truly believe that (or I wouldn’t be saying it).

I feel very fortunate to be working with him and I know that this won’t be the last time we’ll be putting our heads together to work on photos; and you can check out his version at his website, LuckySpiritor.com.


Very recently I was invited to be a member of the Bakaboo clothing brand by the owner/creator himself, Ocean Blackthorne. I’ve had interactions with him through social media and have found him to be a really cool person and one I enjoy talking to so I was very honored to be asked to join the brand. I am joining Lucky as we are both a part of the team and the latest release “Baka Couture Tuxedo 2” which you can find right now at the Swank event is what inspired us to do this for our first collaboration together.

To say a little bit more about the Bakaboo brand itself if I were asked about it, I would say that it is a unique brand with lots of different patterns and very colorful attire. That is what drew me to them in previous blog posts that I have done because I like things that are not your usual suit or basic shirts and jean outfits (even though I love those too). As an ambassador for this brand I will make sure I do my very best to represent it the best that I can.

Lucky and I played off of one another as the suit comes in 3 different styles: Aaron (which is white with back embellishments), Markski (which is black with white embellishments) and Ocean (which is a blue base with color embellishments). It comes in separate pieces that include shoes with socks, pants, and jacket/shirt as well as bow tie accessory. The suit fits standard sizing fits (XS-XL) but works well with both the Belleza (what I’m wearing) and SLink (what Lucky is wearing).

Skin Fair has been pretty good to me this year as two of my brand partners are participating with creations and I found myself trying out and eventually buying the newest male CATWA head, Skell. I feel like it has a very European feel to it with some very nice features that made my primary skin by LV Designs look just as good as the Daniel head does; I’ll certainly be playing around with it more (and growing my eyebrows back!)

Men Only Monthly is the event that you can pick up the “Dandy” pose by WRONG & The Owl. When we started to plan for this shoot I knew this was definitely the right fit for the idea we were going to eventually go with and I’ve really been enjoying the work that these two brands do together as well as individually. It’s great that there is parity between pose creators because you can find just about anything for what you come up with in your head.

For this entry I decided to just stick with one shot just to test some things and try to do something a little different (much like I did with my face and hair). It’s not very often that I go browless for a look but I thought that with a unique outfit I should change it up some. That is also why I decided to go back to one of my more interesting hairstyles as well, which happens to be the “Jason” hair by the Yuth brand. I have the blacks pack so I decided to go with a grayer/white hair that is not my usual style either.

After conferring with a few different people I think that I could try some different things because I tend to fall into habits and it’s not something I want to be associate with or fall into being a “one trick pony” as it could be referred to as. I hope that this page shows some different looks and focus more on just a few products then trying to throw a million things together at once just because it’s easier to do.

We’ll see how it all goes but I am very appreciate of the support that I’ve been receiving lately (it means a great deal to me). Alas it is time to wrap this one up so I can get back to the planning stages for what might come next as I do have some ideas and things I want to try out. My credits are going to be listed below but if you’re interested in anything that Lucky might be utilizing, check out his site at LuckySpiritor.com for all his details/credits.

Onto the next conversation…


 

HAIR: Yuth – Jason (BLK)
HEAD: CATWA – Skell ✦ NEW @ Skin Fair 2018
FACE: LV Designs – Brennan Tone 2 ✦ Previously Blogged
BODY: Belleza – Jake ✦ Previously Blogged

COMPLETE SUIT: Bakaboo – Baka Couture Tuxedo 2 (Aaron) ✦ NEW @ Swank

DESK SET: (epia) – Executive’s Desk Set

POSE: WRONG & The Owl. Dandy ✦ NEW @ Men Only Monthly

[#449] I Came In Like A Wrecking Ball

We clawed, we chained our hearts in vain
We jumped never asking why
We kissed, I fell under your spell.
A love no one could deny

Wrecking Ball♫ – Miley Cyrus

Once in a while an idea will pop into my head that seems a bit insane or maybe even ridiculous but it sticks into my head until I have no choice but to try and work it out virtually. So this idea actually came out of a different idea and for the sake of if I manage to ever get that one done I’m going to keep it close to the vest. The reason why I put this blog together was to do something different and maybe even make people laugh.


FOXCITY is one of those pose stores that kinda has a little bit of everything…poses, backdrops and things of that nature and being a member of their VIP group has certainly been a treat. Not everything is something I could use in any type of photo but when you find gems like their “Wrecking Ball” pose prop it just instantly brings ideas into your head. My first thought was “I want to emulate Miley Cyrus” as a bit of a gag but was not entirely sure how to compile a look until I started to scour some shopping guides for different events.


I wanted to find a similar background to what was used in the video shoot for the song but I couldn’t really find anything passable so I found the next best thing: a backdrop with steps all made of cement. One of the things I knew for sure is that I wouldn’t be photographing any walls so I didn’t have to worry about what was on either side of me. I lined up my shots and found a pretty suitable windlight (which I overlayed a bit in post processing and it turned out so much better) and got to work.

Hipster Men’s Event has been open for about a week or so and I had the newest Modulus hair from the event to review which fit amazingly into this shot. It came out to looking pretty close to the hairstyle she had in the video which meant I killed two birds with one stone and didn’t have to find a different hair. You’ll find out more details about the hair down in the credits below.


In the above photo you get a little bit better look of the “Johnny” hair from Modulus; I can’t stress enough how well it worked out for my idea. Things like that don’t always fall into place as easy as you’d like them to so I’ll take a small victory like this.

Now that Man Cave is finished for it’s current round I’m starting to spread out items from Men Only Monthly and Hipster Men’s Event that I’ve gathered in the past couple shopping trips. I’ve been doing more of a selective shopping thing lately as I get items that I am going to use pretty much right away so they don’t sit in my closet or get forgotten and end up being wasted as some items I started to find as I’ve slowly been doing a bit of rearranging have been items I never opened and are dated and not useful to me presently which means wasted opportunity and money that could have went to something else.


Here is a closer look at the skin (Clef de Peau) I am wearing and also the lipstick (::frosting::) that I wasn’t sure if I should use or not but I figured that I was already doing something out of my normal and kept it on. Blogs like these have shown me that I can have fun with the photos and ideas that come into my head and not every one of them is serious, sad, or even at times a bit violent.

In summary of today’s blog I really can step out of my normal zones of comfort to show a different side of my creativity (even if it’s bordering on parody). This is definitely one of the reasons why blogging can be rewarding when at times it seems to be a lot of work (and it is in ways). This was a bit of fun and brought me joy to be able to share it with the world wide web.

Onto the next conversation…


HAIR: Modulus – Johnny Hair – BLONDES ✦ NEW @ Hipster Mens Event

I have it on good authority that this is the second hair inspired by Johnny Depp (from his younger years such as when he was a part of the 21 Jumpstreet cast…if you have no idea what it is google or check it out on youtube!) 25 colors in all to choose from which you can get separately in 5 different color packs (Blonds, Browns, Monochrome, Reds, and Vibrants) or purchasing a valuable FATPACK with everything. This hair is suited to go with the Jai hairbase which you can find at the Modulus main location.

HEAD: LeLutka – Andrea v 3.1 ✦ 𝔓𝔯𝔢𝔳𝔦𝔬𝔲𝔰𝔩𝔶 𝔅𝔩𝔬𝔤𝔤𝔢𝔡

FACE: Clef de Peau.- Aaron T1 (Baby Face) ✦ NEW @ Hipster Mens Event

Some time has passed since my last time wearing a Clef de Peau skin and I thought it was time to do so after I demonstrated this product at the Hipster event; it also gave me reason to bring out my LeLutka HUD which has been used sparingly as of late. The “Aaron” skin is also available for those of you with CATWA heads (Daniel and Victor preferably) as well with several different options. The applier has the choice between the regular skin or what is called “Baby Face” which is a more youthful version with smoother features. There is also options for eyebrows and a bruise (or you can choose between one or the other).

LIPSTICK: ::frosting:: Matte Lips – Autumn

Trying to pull the faux Miley look off was something I knew would be a task and I thought really hard about whether or not I wanted to use lipstick. I tried to figure out how to change the color of my lips through the LeLutka HUD but failed so I did some looking and found this item on the MP. Four different shades to choose from with applier HUDs for CATWA, LeLutka, and Omega included.

BODY: [SIGNATURE] Gianni – v4.4 ✦ 𝔓𝔯𝔢𝔳𝔦𝔬𝔲𝔰𝔩𝔶 𝔅𝔩𝔬𝔤𝔤𝔢𝔡

TANKTOP: ExalteD – Running Tank – White ✦ NEW @ M.O.M

For a second straight blog I find myself wearing a product by ExalteD but why not? They certainly make quality products that would please just about any fella out there. While this may not be a style of tanktop I would wear all the time or wear in a public setting I do think it is unique and it fit the vision I was aiming for as Ms. Cyrus in the video was wearing a sort of crop top and this was almost exactly it right to the detail with an extra added part of it being pulled up for some added spice.

ℭ𝔬𝔪𝔭𝔞𝔱𝔦𝔟𝔩𝔢 𝔚𝔦𝔱𝔥: Belleza and Signature mesh bodies.

BOXERS: -NU- Lennon Underwears (White) ✦ NEW @ Hipster Mens Event

In a sense I feel almost like an underwear model wearing these and it is not often that I run around doing shoots without pants or regular shorts. The one thing I truly believe that Native Urban did right with this is they chose to sell these as a complete pack instead of selling them in single packs or in packs arranged by color type. The price point for these is consistent with what I feel is worth the purchase. If you like lounging around in your skivvies, you have 15 different choices to work with in solids and pattern form. There is something for all types of fellas in this pack and the nether regions are nicely proportioned and not over-accentuated.

ℭ𝔬𝔪𝔭𝔞𝔱𝔦𝔟𝔩𝔢 𝔚𝔦𝔱𝔥: Belleza, Signature, and SLink mesh bodies.

BACKDROP: Po^Z Mesh – Concrete Staircase

This backdrop is just as advertised: a concrete staircase build that you could use for a variety of different scenes that you might come up with. The construction of this item is well done and it really helped make this photo shoot shine by giving me a great addition to go with the pose prop. I’ll be sure to keep my eyes peeled for more items from this brand because you never know what might be useful.

FOXCITY. Wrecking Ball Bento Pose (M+F) ✦ 𝔊𝔯𝔬𝔲𝔭 𝔊𝔦𝔣𝔱

One of the main reasons this blog entry came to be. When I was looking at the different group gifts I saw this and thought that I could definitely make use of it. It has the included pose prop with a pose for both men and women but also has the poses individually included just in case you may have a project that you want to use them with and you do not need the pose prop.

[#442] Young, Dumb & Broke

I’m so high at the moment
I’m so caught up in this
Yeah, we’re just young, dumb and broke
But we still got love to give

Young, Dumb & Broke♫ – Khalid

With today’s blog post I tried to capture the essence of youth and being in love with the help of a fresh new face on the music scene. It wasn’t until new years eve that I heard a young man named Khalid singing on the television and instantly I was intrigued. After finding out who he was by doing a search of some of the lyrics I could remember I came across him and listened to a few tracks. The style of music is something I do not normally listen to but it was catchy and it has been stuck in my head almost every day since.


This post is based around my featured item from Image Essentials. The couples pose is called “Awkward Christmas” but we’re almost two weeks past that and I could not in good conscience create a scene that was Christmas themed. I took what little decorations that were down in my house so there was really no way I was going to do it. Going against the grain and using some out of box thinking, having had the song in my head I thought what better way to use this pose than to create a type of high school atmosphere and I already had this backdrop.


Obviously the wife and I are definitely not of High School age but for the sake of reason and for this blog, we’re playing pretend. The theme for today’s blog post as I alluded to earlier is young love. It’s honestly just as complicated when you’re in High School as it is when you’re an adult out in the world. Sure the way it’s pursued and seen out is a bit different mechanically but outcomes still generally turn out the same way on both sides of the scale.


In the above shot I wanted to get a closer look of the back of my other featured item for this blog post. The “Scott” hair from Modulus which is a cool slicked back mid-length with no sides. I’ve seen similar styles like this that came out after so it’s likely a trend that is taking off but I really think the textures really make this the champ. It’s definitely a great hairstyle that I think many fellas will enjoy.

Once again it is time for me to wrap things up so that you can get to the most important part (if you haven’t skipped down there already!) Here are the credits for what I’m wearing and all of the items I’ve used in this entry. Thank you once again for stopping by and I will see you out there at the shops or the events.

Onto the next conversation…

HAIR: Modulus – Scott Hair – BROWNS @ TMDNEW

The main description of this hair couldn’t be any better stated then what I wrote above. The hair is really well put together and I really love how realistic it looks when you are looking at yourself up close with your camera. This of course comes with 5 different color packs each with 5 colors but they can all be bought together as well. In each HUD there is a color tinter to enhance colors of the lighter variety so that you can really get the look you want.

HEAD: CATWA – Daniel
EYES: AG. Hope Eyes
FACE: ::LV:. Brennan ⚜ NEW
BODY:: Belleza – Jake

All of the above items have been previously blogged on These Conversations Kill. To find out more about them please copy/paste the item into the search button to take a look at the original posts they were featured in first!

SHIRT: {FE STYLE} ROLKOV SHIRT [FATPACK] @ M.O.MNEW

From the moment I saw this shirt I knew I had to have it because no matter how I used it in a scene I knew it would easily be something I wanted to wear. Even in the reality of the cold in which I live in, dual layers are extremely important sometimes because trying to stay cozy without becoming a frozen popsicle is not always easy. The shirt has 8 different color choices that you can purchase (all can be purchased together as well) with an included HUD that has 8 colors to change the sleeves to suit your desired look.

Compatible with: Adam, Aesthetic, Belleza, NX’Nardcotix, Signature, SLink, TMP male bodies as well as Classic sizes (XS-XL).

PANTS: ::K:: Slim Fit Jeans Homme Indigo

Previously blogged in other colors.

SHOES: FLI. – Suede Grey Gum Canvas

Previously blogged in other colors.

BACKPACK: Tableau Vivant – Backpack – Black (No Longer Available)

When I was doing a search in my “closet” for a backpack, I came across this item and it worked perfectly. I am surprised that I even still had it as it is from a previous Arcade event from the year 2013. While it may no longer be purchasable at the store there may be some floating around in other people’s closets as well or through various other channels.

BACKDROP: [ Focus Poses ] School Hallway Backdrop

I previously blogged this backdrop when it was a part of the Cosmopolitan event from late 2017.

IE – Awkward Christmas

A featured product from Image Essentials, this couples pose is actually being used at is was intended and I’m not trying to use some out of the box thinking. Though I think it was meant to be more of a holiday thing but just like the holidays, I’m over it and trees and all that kind of stuff. So I found an even better setting and ran with it and I feel like this photo shoot turned out successful.

AUTHENTIC Poses – Several Things (05)

When I started to do the alternate close-up shots near the door I was going through some of the pose packs that I had purchased but hadn’t used. This particular set is recent from one of the male events in the last several months. I had purchased it for a different setting I had in my head which I still intend to do but I found the perfect pose and angle to get my desired photo. The quality of these poses are very nice and I’ll be looking more into them in the future as I am not all too familiar with them.