[#460] Medicate

I am so frickin’ bored
Nothin’ to do today
I guess I’ll sit around and medicate

β™«RX (Medicate)β™« – Theory Of A Deadman

While I was putting this look together I wasn’t quite sure where I wanted to go visually to present it on the pages of this blog; then I remembered I had the “Pills” pose from Reve Obscura. Looking at how I was dressed I looked like an athlete of some sort and I thought maybe if I find a cool gym to shoot at then I could kind of use the angle of someone who needs to use pills to keep themselves going or to keep their edge in whatever profession they are in.

That is where the soundtrack for this blog post comes in. Listening to it and really honing into the lyrics you can easily tell it is about the drug culture (more specifically in America but could easily apply to anywhere). It made a lot of sense to use it with the setting that my persona of an athlete taking medications (and most likely abusing them).


The Arcade opened up for it’s first event of 2018 and there were a lot of great products and machines and a mixture of different types of things, but there were only a small handful of things that caught my eye. I found myself trying to pick up certain figures in the Garbaggio SuperStars Vol. 2 collection (as well as help my buddy Kash out since I seem to have luck with them). The Gabriel machine has a really cool outfit which I didn’t have to play because my brother Ethan was nice enough to win me the important things (Thanks bubs!).

My favorite machine that is at the Arcade is the Versov “Beanie Gacha” which is pretty much filled with parts of an outfit for people who like skater wear (beanies, glasses…etc) but the one thing that put me over the top was the RARE sneakers which I am saving for an upcoming blog because I love the shoes I am wearing in this look). I am wearing a plain beanie from the Gacha but there is a RARE version that has color change and I like that kind of customization; it’s very high on my list when it comes to clothing and accessories. The beanie has a resizer installed in it and I only had to do a minor bit of adjusting but it nearly fit perfect right out of the gates.


Kustom9 is where you can find these super awesome sneakers from VALE KOER, named the “Squid Attack Trainers” and I love the brands customization so much that I went with the FATPACK. I did my best to recreate one of the styles of shoe they had for sale individually because it reminded me a lot of the White Ranger and his Tigerzord from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (yes there is a pop culture nugget for you!) It also happens to be some of the colors of my favorite NFL team, the New Orleans Saints. Another funny little nugget of a personal nature is that these remind me quite a bit of my bowling shoes (that are patterned after Michael Jordan) that are red and black. I could easily create an in-world version of those and I think I might in a future blog entry.

The shorts are currently being featured at the latest round of Hipster Men’s Event and come in 5 different colors (sold individually or all together in a FATPACK). The colors you get are (Caramel, Charcoal, Coffee, Goya and Smoke). I chose these for the fact that most shorts I own in reality are this length and I just have a small hang-up about shorts that are too short. Millo Copperfield has been appearing at more and more events recently and I saw somewhere on social media that there will be a store in-world soon as well which is great to see from a brand that is gaining momentum. Before I forget, the shorts come in sizes for Belleza and Signature (Gianni).

My first encounter with the brand LOB was at the February round of The Men’s Jail and I saw their “TOGYM Sport” set. I waited on it because I knew that I wanted to use it but I didn’t have an idea for it quite yet so I waited to purchase it until I started planning out the look for this blog post and had a use for it. You get a pair of workout gloves that have some kind of currency stuck in the side of the right glove. The tanktop is definitely one you would see a serious gym goer wearing to help keep themselves toned and defined. There is a HUD included that you can choose what kind of tank you want to wear (solid color or with a skull graphic). Sizing for the tank include Belleza, Signature (Gianni) and SLink and if you are looking for a great workout tank and gloves this would definitely be one of the best that I’ve seen on the grid. Take a look at their in-world store as I will have a taxi for you in the credits below (I know I’ll be taking a closer look at them!)


For my last pic I wanted to give you a more up close look of the Versov beanie to see more of it’s excellent texturing as well as more of the action of the “Pills” pose from Reve Obscura that I mentioned at the beginning of the entry. The package for the pose comes with the static bento pose and also the mesh pill bottle/pills as well as the cap. They even included transferable versions so if you would be posing someone that they would be able to use the props as well which I think is fantastic and should be something pose creators that use props like this do more of. It certainly couldn’t hurt and help photographers and bloggers who have friends or models that are not themselves posing for them.

Now it is about time to wrap it up for another blog post but check back soon for more great fashion creations from some of my favorite brands as well as new ones that I’m discovering from various events. I’ll be covering Skin Fair 2018 very soon as well as items from FaMESHed, The Men’s Department and more from the Arcade.

Onto the next conversation…

Photos taken @ ALPHA Gym

 


 

HEAD: CATWA – Daniel ✦ 𝔓𝔯𝔒𝔳𝔦𝔬𝔲𝔰𝔩𝔢 𝔅𝔩𝔬𝔀𝔀𝔒𝔑
FACE: LV Designs – Brennan Tone 2 ✦ 𝔓𝔯𝔒𝔳𝔦𝔬𝔲𝔰𝔩𝔢 𝔅𝔩𝔬𝔀𝔀𝔒𝔑
BEARD: Nivaro – Rough ✦ 𝔓𝔯𝔒𝔳𝔦𝔬𝔲𝔰𝔩𝔢 𝔅𝔩𝔬𝔀𝔀𝔒𝔑
BODY: Belleza – Jake ✦ 𝔓𝔯𝔒𝔳𝔦𝔬𝔲𝔰𝔩𝔢 𝔅𝔩𝔬𝔀𝔀𝔒𝔑

BEANIE: VERSOV – Beanie Gacha – GREY ✦ NEW @ The Arcade
TANKTOP: [LOB] TOGYM SPORT SET – BLACK
GLOVES: [LOB] TOGYM SPORT SET – BLACK
SHORTS: Millo Copperfield – Shorts F/W18 – Stone ✦ NEW @ Hipster Men’s Event
SHOES: [VALE KOER] SQUID ATTACK TRAINERS FATPACK ✦ NEW @ Kustom9

Reve Obscura – Pills BENTO Pose w/ Mesh Pills & Bottle

[#437] Stand By Me

When the night has come
And land is dark
And the moon is the only light we see

β™«Stand By Meβ™« – Bootstraps
(Originally Performed by Ben E. King)

Very rarely do I ever write about my reasons for a post or any background on them (usually they speak for themselves). Though for this I want to give a little bit more because finally being able to use this song choice as a theme of sorts is a long time in the making. When I did finally use it, I wanted to make sure that I was able to really do it justice and lately my work has started to help me become more confident than I have been previously.

Since I was a younger man, music has been a passion of mine. While I never could quite get the hang of being able to create it myself, it has helped me in so many ways that I could easily lose count. The song “Stand By Me” has been easily one of my favorite classic songs of all time and it found itself tied in with a novella turned into motion picture of the same name.

Beginning as a short story in a book of collected novellas, “The Body” by Stephen King transitioned itself into the 1986 film, “Stand By Me”. It featured young actors who would later become some of the more well known ones (some of which you still see today in various projects). Tragically, one of it’s stars, River Phoenix, became a fixture of the party scene and fell to addiction and anyone in their early to late 30’s will remember the news of him overdosing and dying in front of the Vyper Room night club in 1993.


The inspiration for this post came when my friend, Chucky Hollak (owner of Modulus) released the “River” hair for Hipster Men’s Event. I knew instantly that the style was reminiscent to the fallen actor (of which most of his films I’ve seen). It brought me back to “Stand By Me” which falls easily into my movie top 10. I guess you could consider it a tribute of sorts.

I’m also featuring items from MESANGE, Go&See (brand partners), as well as Deadwool and two brands that are new to me (Newphe and Millo Copperfield). As for the events covered within this blog entry, we’ve got Hipster Men’s Event, Limit8, and another fresh round of Men Only Monthly.


Lately I’ve been using a few new things I learned and have been applying them to my work. It’s given me a lot more confidence in creating when I’m doing both the shoot and also the small bit of post production on the photos (I don’t feel overdoing it gives a true view of the items I’m featuring). By doing this it has made me want to try and create and post as much as I possibly can. I want to be able to provide looks that might entice you to run out to a store or an event as everyone deserves to have great items in their closets.


While I would like to try to get at least one more look in before the ball drops at midnight on the 31st, this could very well be my last blog entry for 2017; if that is the case then I feel like I went out with a bang. It’s been a year of many different ups and downs (as I’m sure it has for many of you). I hope that you continue to come on this journey with me in 2018. Be well and be safe in the last few days of this year and to a refreshing new set of adventures for all of us.

Onto the next conversation…

⊰HAIR⊱ Modulus – River Hair – Browns @ Hipster Men’s Event ⚜ NEW

As previously stated, this hair is inspired by late actor River Phoenix. It’s a nice longer mid-length hair that is combed more to the left side of the head.Β  There is a choice of 5 color packs (each with 5 colors inside) distributed via a HUD that has a color tint option to enhance your styling preferences. It also works well with the “Joel” hairbase which you can find at the Modulus flagship store.

⊰HAIRBASE⊱ Modulus – Joel – Browns 1
⊰HEAD⊱ CATWA – Victor ⚜ NEW

⊰EYES⊱ MESANGE – Ollie Eyes (9) @ M.O.M ⚜ NEW

What is likely the last release for the MESANGE brand in 2017, the “Ollie” eyes offer 15 stunning eye colors from shades of blue to the golden orbs you see on me. Compatible with any Omega enabled eyes via the applier HUD, this product also includes regular mesh eyes and system eyes for those who do not use mesh eyes or prefer using system eyes (such as with a LAQ Bento head).

⊰FACE⊱ Stray Dog – Nate T2

This skin debuted at the November round of Shiny Shabby but I was still very heavily relying on my LeLutka head and Stray Dog’s “Cody” skin for most of my looks. Once the CATWA “Victor” head was released I tried and demo’d a bunch of skins but once “Nate” finally landed in their main store location and I tried it on there was no going back for me. I really like how it looks and I didn’t need to tweak the shape much if at all to get the look I desired for myself.

⊰BEARD⊱ -Nivaro- Rugged
⊰BODY⊱ Belleza – Jake

⊰JACKET⊱ [Deadwool] Genoa Jacket – Teal

I really wanted to use this jacket when it first was released at the District 20 event but I couldn’t really find anything I liked to combine it with. The jacket is great and has quite a few options to it even if you don’t purchase the FATPACK (which does come with an exclusive style). The jacket has an included HUD that allows you to change the shirt color (12 to choose from) as well as two different armbands (I have mine disabled for this look). Denim jackets are something I am fickle with because I don’t really wear them much and that’s a bit of my fault because I do enjoy them. I think those of you reading who have been on the fence about this product should give it a try. Once I put it on I was highly impressed.

Compatible With: Belleza, Signature and SLink male bodies.

⊰JEANS⊱ Millo Copperfield – Basic Marine Jeans @ Hipster Men’s Event ⚜ NEW

With events like Man Cave and Hipster Men’s Event, I’ve found that some of the newer brands are included and it’s a good way for them to get discovered. That’s the case for me with Millo Copperfield. Before walking around HME I did not know of them but I cam across their jeans at the event and I liked how they looked and they had a fit for my body so why not? The hardest part was picking a color and I chose to go with the darkest shade of blue they had but it was down to that or the lime green ones (because I like to do different now and then). The jeans have two types included (regular and slim cuffs) so that you can pick your footwear accordingly.

Compatible With: Belleza, Signature and SLink male bodies.

⊰SHOES⊱ {kokoia} – Leon Sneakers

I enjoy wearing snearkers, that is probably one of those things that you can easily pick out about my tastes when it comes to shoes. {kokoia} is a solid brand and I am not afraid to say I own a few different pairs of footwear from the brand. The customization they feature is really a good thing because I like to be able to breathe new life into a product I have blogged before and want to come back to down the road. I never want to consider items to be a one and done thing that’s just a waste of money then if you use it once and then it fades out of your mind. With 10 colors to choose from and 5 different areas you can apply the colors to it gives you a lot to work with and that adds value to me. These are worth looking into!

Compatible With: Adam, Belleza, Signature and SLink male bodies.

⊰BIKE⊱ PopArt Store – Harley Bike (Decor)

I came across this item during a 1 Linden 1 Hour special at the store (thanks Dad!). The bike has two different versions included (one that is rideable and the other just for simple decor as I’ve used here). I felt that it helped set the scene as a prop along with the backdrop that I’ll be getting into in just a moment here. With each version you get a choice of Black, Classic, Green, Purple, and Red bikes to use at your leisure.

⊰BACKDROP⊱ Newphe – Tennessee Backdrop Limited @ Limit8 ⚜ NEW

When I was trying to figure out what exactly this backdrop was supposed to be the only conclusion I could come to is that it was the outside of a motel where there is an office that you go to pay and get keys. I figured it would be a great front to put a bike at and stand by the bike which kind of makes it a play on words while using the song that is a part of the theme; I feel like this all worked out from conception to finish.

Authors note: This item was part of the Limited Editions at the event, there is a possibility that it may no longer be available for purchase.

Go&See * Gallant * Bento Animation Pack (3b) @ M.O.M ⚜ NEW

When I first received this review pack I thought it was static poses but after I unpacked it and started playing around with it I realized it was animations (such as you would add to an AO). I really liked the fluidity of the animations but one of the things I don’t feel that I am very good at is capturing an image from an avatar that is moving but I did it as you can see! There are 5 animations included (two of which have alternate versions for a total of 7 altogether). These would easily fit into your AO for you to use in your everyday adventures.