[#468] Flying High Again

Mamma’s gonna worry
I’ve been a bad, bad boy
No use sayin’ sorry
It’s something that I enjoy

Ozzy Osbourne, ♫Flying High Again

Productivity when it comes to blogging has been on the rise for me lately and there are too many things that I couldn’t just pinpoint to one thing. Maybe it’s the excitement of trying new things in post production or trying different things like focusing on less products so that I can blog more and focus on them better. Whatever it might be I’m just happy that things are coming to me a bit easier.

This might be one of the first times that I’ve ever used a song by Ozzy Osbourne for a soundtrack for a blog but it certainly fit this one in a sense. I focused my energies on getting the best angles for the newest store release by Image Essentials, the “Parkour” pose set and prop. I’m very excited for its release because I proudly helped Kay adjust some of the poses in the near complete stages of creation and also was a part of the ad photo shoot which was really cool to say I was a part of so you’ll see me in the ad when you pick it up (and you should definitely pick it up)

One of the best features of this set is that there are 16 different poses that depict the art (I consider it art anyway) of Parkour. If you’re not familiar with it and I suspect you might but for those who don’t it is the “activity or sport of moving rapidly through an area, typically in an urban environment, negotiating obstacles by running, jumping, and climbing.” You’ve probably seen it in movies or shows but never realized it. One of the movies I enjoy watching a lot “Brick Mansions” features several parkour scenes and it is such a rush to watch it in action. Personally I wouldn’t do it myself because for one I have a fear of heights and you couldn’t get me to do it on a building because I’d likely be stuck on the pavement.

“Parkour’s” included pose prop is the top of an urban building which you are performing the moves on and it has bits of graffiti scattered about it which are very detailed and what I would call completely legit and make this a cool prop on top of the poses that come with it.

Head over to Image Essentials to take a look at this great new release, I know that it is going to be a big hit!


Finding a good outfit to go along with the pose felt like it could be a challenge. I wanted to make sure I was wearing something that was believable for the activity I was photographing. Shorts seemed like a great idea because then there wouldn’t be anything at the ankles to hinder the motion or keep from sticking a landing and ending up with a toe tag. For the top I figure maybe a hoodie would work well and I knew a place that had new items with both of these qualities.

My next stop was to the Man Cave where I encountered the “Drawstring Pod Shorts” by REPRESENT. These were absolutely perfect with the look I was building in my head but I didn’t think buying the full set of colors was necessary this time so I pressed myself to pick just one and I went with the navy color. Most of my clothing is monochromatic and I’m trying to wear other things that I might not normally choose.

As I was wandering through the event looking at everything just in case I might have missed something, just before I hit the exit I found the “Sweatshirt Hoodie” by ExalteD. This brand has really been impressing me lately with their releases at the different events they’ve been a part of and I’ve done my best to pick up what I could if it was within my style range. This design has several different graphics on it that I didn’t feel were appropriate for what I was aiming for so I chose the plain Gray option over the plain White because I just felt it might be too boring.

I rounded off my look with wearing the “SQUID ATTACK TRAINERS” from Vale Koer again. This time I used the HUD to give them a gray/blue color scheme and love how it looks. Wearing these is really fun because as I said in a previous post they remind me of something I own in the real world and they are really great with being able to change the colors to create so many varieties of shoe.


Most of my face is pretty much products I’ve blogged before (skin, body etc…) the only new thing that I certainly want to shine light on is the “Chris” hair by Modulus. This style is similar to the “Harvey” hair that I blogged previously but this happens to be a bit more shaggy and has more length to it and covers the eyes more. This product is one that you can grab at the Modulus store in-world and soon on the marketplace.

If you are familiar with the Alpha Hairs from the Modulus brand then you know that each hair has 25 different colors (distributed in 5 different color packs, but can also be purchased all in one fatpack, where you get all of the HUDs). Each color HUD has a color picker that you can tint the hair with additional color to create a look that suits you best.

When it comes to hair I will definitely go to bat for Modulus and the workmanship of each release; the detail of the hairs are just top notch. I recommend going to the store and seeing what the brand has to offer as well as their skins. You can also get links to the events they participate in so you won’t miss out on a release.

In the pic above I also gave another look at a different pose then the one in the main story photo as this set is just that awesome. I actually took this one first but chose the other one because it seemed more of an action shot than the one above. Though I think playing around with things it turned out maybe a little better but only by a small fraction. Hindsight is always 20/20 they say and it’s more often right then it isn’t.

Also you can see in the left panel of my closeup of the “Chris” hair, I’m not wearing the hoodie as I figure after a parkour workout I’d be a bit hot and sweaty so it came off and you are able to see some of the tattoo that I’ve been wearing but haven’t really credited because it’s been covered up by shirts and sleeves. The “Flame” tattoo by { Speakeasy } is really cool and has different elements which really caught my eye (the roses were one of them as well as the words on the right side of the ribs that is not viewable in that angle). It comes in two different ink opacities (fresh & worn) and has applier HUDs for Omega, Signature and TMP.

Now that I’ve been overly chatty (I get that way when I’m over the top excited about things), it is time for me to wrap this up and take a little breather before I begin planning my next scene and what I’m going to wear in it. Hope you all have a good rest of your weekend and enjoy yourselves until our paths cross again.

Onto the next conversation…


HAIR: Modulus – Chris Hair (Browns)
HEAD: CATWA – Skell ✦ NEW @ Skin Fair 2018Previously Blogged
EYEBROWS: [theSkinnery] Hallford Brows Style 1 ✦ Previously Blogged
FACE: LV Designs – Brennan Tone 2 ✦ Previously Blogged
BEARD: Nivaro – Rough ✦ Previously Blogged
BODY: Belleza – Jake ✦ Previously Blogged
TATTOO: { Speakeasy } Flame Tattoo ✦ NEW @ Kinky

HOODIE: ExalteD – Sweatshirt Hoodie {Grey} ✦ NEW @ Man Cave
SHORTS: REPRESENT – Drawstring Pods Short “Navy” ✦ NEW @ Man Cave
SHOES: [VALE KOER] SQUID ATTACK TRAINERS FATPACK

POSE: Image Essentials – Parkour ✦ NEW

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[#465] Won’t You Come?

Black Hole Sun
Won’t you come
And Wash Away The Rain?

Black Hole Sun♫ – Soundgarden

When it comes to brainstorming for ideas and you connect them to songs to use as the basis for what you want to visually portray onto the screen (in the case of digital art), sometimes you hesitate at some songs because of the deep meaning of them to you. I wasn’t sure if I’d ever try to use a song by Soundgarden for the basis of a blog after Chris Cornell left the world but some of the songs he contributed to are just too good to ignore.

The 90’s were some of the best years as far as music for me, I discovered so much and really kind of understood artists like Alice In Chains, Nirvana, Pearl Jam and of course Soundgarden. Grunge wasn’t the only music that influenced my creativity back then but it was certainly a catalyst that sticks with me even today when it comes to some of my virtual fashion choices.

Creating the visual for this post, I wanted to do something that I don’t usually do with my work. I wanted to try shooting at different angles and really just going back to basics a little and not cram so many products to feature. Which is why I chose two of them for this and I’ll explain more about them after the photo.


Another thing I decided to do was focus on just one photo and try my best to make sure that it really stood out and looked the best I could possibly make it; while I could have did a concept similar to the music video they did for the song but to try and capture that essence in a photo would have taken a lot of photos to get it down. Though I think with what I did do I am completely satisfied with the turnout and is not completely like things I’ve done in the past.

This blog entry includes more coverage of Skin Fair 2018 and features three of my brand partners (Cold-Ash, Modulus and Go&See). To give readers a closer look at the facial features of “Garrett” the 2nd of three skin releases by Modulus for the fair is something I wanted to focus on. This release is for the LeLutka “Andrea” head which it’s been some time since I last wore but I still enjoy wearing it as much as any of the other mesh heads I have in my rotation. While I might be wrong, I feel like this skin has a very distinct greek feel to it’s appearance or at least a country that is farther east of the US. Garrett comes in Caramel, Chestnut, Fair, Latte, Rose (which I am currently wearing) and Sand. You also get a body and eyebrow shape to guide you to look how Modulus intended but there is also nothing wrong with styling things in your own way (we all have our own set of personal rules for how we want our virtual selves to be).

My eyes that I’m wearing are from Go&See and while they are not an exclusive to the event, they are being sold there for you guys to give a look at. I completely recommend the “Hole” eyes and for me they fit perfectly with my idea for my current look and setting. There are 4 different variants of eyes to choose from and two out of the four are darker in tone. Fantasy photographers or Role-Players will really dig these eyes and will want to use them when they see them up close.

I’m also wearing the BURLESON bracelet from {Cold-Ash} which is a very cool and unique accessory that’s up for sale at The Men’s Department right now. The bracelet is a nice leather band with an infinity symbol accent in metal. You can change both the metal and the leather band with the included style HUD. I think this bracelet is great for any fella that likes to accessorize but isn’t a necklace, ring, or watch type. It will fit any avatar and you can easily edit it to fit your avatar which is what puts this product on the must have list as well. It certainly would be cool to see people around various places I may go wearing this.

Now that I’ve relayed my thoughts and passed the most pertinent information along I’m going to wrap this up and start planning what comes next which I want to say will be “who knows what”. More Skin Fair coverage to come as we get towards the half way point of the event and mix in some great brands along with over newness out on the grid. As always it’s been my pleasure so…

Onto the next conversation…

Photos taken & Mother Road / Mirage Hotel 66


HAIR: Wasabi – Dylan Hair – Blacks Pack
HEAD: LeLutka – ANDREA ✦ Previously Blogged
EYES: Go&See – Hole ✦ @ Skin Fair 2018Not Exclusive
FACE: Modulus – Garrett (Rose) ✦ NEW @ Skin Fair 2018
BODY: [SIGNATURE] Gianni v4.5 ✦ Previously Blogged

TANKTOP: Vale Koer – Essential Tank Top ✦ Previously Blogged
BRACELET: {COLD-ASH} – BURLESON Bracelet ✦ NEW @ TMD

BLACK HOLE: Imagination Labs – Black Hole 2.0

[#461] Psycho Killer

Psycho Killer
Qu’est-ce que c’est ?
fa fa fa fa fa fa fa fa fa far better
Run run run run run run run away

Psycho Killer♫ – Talking Heads

From time to time I just get these thoughts in my head about something I want to create visually for the blog but the fact is that some of it can be rather strange. Take for instance the blog I did where I introduced the world to “Chicken Stick” who was a man with a barbed wire bat and a chicken head who liked to randomly hang out around supermarkets at night after close and harass the employees.

Well in that vein I am at it again but with the help of the brand, katat0nik, I am bringing into the world The Creeps who are a take on Agony and Irony (only with creepy clown sack masks on their heads). I find it funny that a week or so after I came up with this idea in my head (either from a dream or just something random) because I found the masks on the Marketplace and had to have them, I start seeing these commercials for a sequel to an older movie, The Strangers, which had some random creepy people stalking a trailer park home or something. I don’t remember the complete details because I was doing something else when I saw the commercial. I just found it both strange and humorous how things like that happen.

After showing my brother Ethan the “Intruder Happy Clown” mask, he went to the katat0nik store to play the machine to get one for himself so I told him he could come be a part of the shoot that I had planned and gave him a slight idea about what it was going to be. He loved it but the only thing we needed was a female to terrorize (as aren’t most horror movies that way?” Luckily we were able to get our sister Sweet in on the fun so what makes this great for me is the photo shoot turned out to be a family affair which with various schedules we all have is not something that always happens.

Thank you Ethan and Sweets for putting up with my insanity!!!


Modulus was cool enough to release the “Macabre Alleyway” as a store release as it was at one time an exclusive only to the now defunct “Swag Bag” subscription service for guys. I fondly remember doing a collab with Nile Austin of the Double Trouble blog during the original blog post and I thought that was pretty good and creepy but with a new lease on life to those just being able to get their hands on this backdrop I had to up the anti on the creep factor and I feel like I did that. Kudos to you Chucky for bringing a great pose prop to the masses and allowing me to come up with something even more disturbing!

Most of my wardrobe are not new event items but they are very recent and are what I would consider new to store releases. Depending on the situation and if anyone I have in my blogs is wearing new event items I usually post their styles as well but neither Ethan or Sweet are but if anyone sees something they are interested in then don’t hesitate to drop me a line and I’ll get the information to you. This is one blog that doesn’t hold credits hostage!!!


I‘m a hooded sweatshirt guy (aka hoodie as most call them now) and I’ve really been digging the one that Lenox released not too long ago. It seems that a lot of the time they put out a release and if I like it then I just jump head first and get the FATPACK because I never truly known until the last minute what color I’m going to wear with it. For those of you that might not have it and are contemplating giving it a shot and are a fan of options as I am, the “Zip Hoodie” has 12 different colorways to choose from (11 solids and camo). This product is designed to fit Belleza, Signature (Gianni), and TMP male mesh bodies.

Since I was going with a with a random look for my creep, I had purchased the “Rutig” pants during TMD last month but couldn’t get this shoot pulled together before now. The thing I like best about these as they are like flared slacks and as a bonus for getting the FATPACK they offer 3 other patterns as a bonus to those who go all out. There are 7 different patterns that are sold individually (and 3 as a part of the FATPACK) which give you an option of 10 different styles of pants you can wear. Of the variety that is included I would wear all of them (and you might see them pop up again if an outfit calls for it) due to the fact that other than the checkered print that I have on now, there are plaids I really am very fond of. A job well done by Boys To The Bone who also made one of the hoodies I wore in a previous blog entry (that was not all that long ago). Fits for this product include Belleza and Signature (Gianni) male mesh bodies.

The RAINYDAY boots by VALE KOER were the perfect final touch for my look because I figured that someone that is creepy such as IRONY creep would be wearing boots like this. I’m not sure how well they are going to help with chasing down the potential victim but if he’s had plenty of practice then I’m sure they wouldn’t hinder him too badly. These may not be in the store quite yet but definitely check out other great VALE KOER footwear as you await their arrival.


To truly appreciate the creepiness of this blog entry I figured I would thrown in a better closeup of the “Inavader Happy Clown” Mask by katat0nik, which you can try to play the gacha machine for at their store. There are other great and interesting masks in the set so that is something I would highly recommend for those of you that are a little different like myself.

Without the help of both LOVEmeBRUTAL and LW Poses, my idea would not have been possible as the poses used from those two stores helped narrate the visual. Where else would you find two weird masked creepy clowns leap frogging over one another as they chase a woman down an insanely grungy alleyway that looks about as warped as the men themselves? Maybe in a horror movie perhaps?

One last thing as I wrap this up, I felt like the title of the song I used as the soundtrack to this post was appropriate for the narrative as well (as well as it is a really fun song to play in the Rock Band series of games but not easy to sing for those who are not great at French haha!) I’m looking forward to getting this posted and hitting social media so I can get ready for my coverage of TMD, FaMESHed, and of course the much anticipated SKIN FAIR!!!!

Onto the next conversation…

 


 



BODY: Belleza – Jake ✦ 𝔓𝔯𝔢𝔳𝔦𝔬𝔲𝔰𝔩𝔶 𝔅𝔩𝔬𝔤𝔤𝔢𝔡


MASK: katat0nik – Intruder Happy Clown Mask RARE𝔊𝔞𝔠𝔥𝔞
HOODIE: Lenox – Zip Hoodie – FatPack
PANTS: BOYS TO THE BONE – Rutig Pants – Fatpack
BOOTS: VALE KOER – RAINYDAY BOOTS FATPACK ✦ 𝔓𝔯𝔢𝔳𝔦𝔬𝔲𝔰𝔩𝔶 𝔅𝔩𝔬𝔤𝔤𝔢𝔡


BACKDROP: Modulus – Macabre Alleyway ✦ 𝔓𝔯𝔢𝔳𝔦𝔬𝔲𝔰𝔩𝔶 𝔅𝔩𝔬𝔤𝔤𝔢𝔡


LOVEmeBRUTAL – Leap Frog
LW Poses – I Won’t Stop Running

 

[#460] Medicate

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

RX (Medicate)♫ – 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 ✦ 𝔓𝔯𝔢𝔳𝔦𝔬𝔲𝔰𝔩𝔶 𝔅𝔩𝔬𝔤𝔤𝔢𝔡
FACE: LV Designs – Brennan Tone 2 ✦ 𝔓𝔯𝔢𝔳𝔦𝔬𝔲𝔰𝔩𝔶 𝔅𝔩𝔬𝔤𝔤𝔢𝔡
BEARD: Nivaro – Rough ✦ 𝔓𝔯𝔢𝔳𝔦𝔬𝔲𝔰𝔩𝔶 𝔅𝔩𝔬𝔤𝔤𝔢𝔡
BODY: Belleza – Jake ✦ 𝔓𝔯𝔢𝔳𝔦𝔬𝔲𝔰𝔩𝔶 𝔅𝔩𝔬𝔤𝔤𝔢𝔡

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

[#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!!!).

[#452] Where The Streets Have No Name

We’re still building
Then burning down love
Burning down love
And when I go there
I go there with you

Where The Streets Have No Name♫ – U2

It’s been a while since I was inspired by something I haven’t listened to in a while but was reminded of by just kind of going through music in my head; maybe I’m not the biggest U2 fan that’s ever lived but I can tell you I do enjoy a lot of their music (especially a lot of earlier works including albums like “The Joshua Tree”).  The look I put together for this blog is a rather simple one and very casual for every day appearance. Most days I could easily just relax in clothes like these so it is easily relatable.


There’s always a nice feeling you get when you’re rummaging through your closet and you find a backrop you’ve forgotten about. Then you put it out and come up with a scene pretty quickly. Another great thing is when you are going through clothes you like and realize that they’ve updated them to fit the body you are wearing right this moment (it’s kind of like Christmas all over again when that re-delivery comes).


For this blog post there are three new products mixed in with some other goodies to make up everything you see in all the pictures. One of my favorites is this COLSON henley shirt from {COLD-ASH}. As a proud partner of the brand I was excited to get this preview which comes with just about every current mesh body fit and two versions for each (a regular waist and a wider waist for those who like a looser fit).

Making sure I get all the purchases I made at Men Only Monthly to use, I’m wearing the VANGO “Keith” hair and also the “Hipster Style” bento beard by Magnificent (a part of the GA.EG brand family). These two in combination with one another give me a bit of a weathered look which I don’t mind due to the fact that I personally try to stay away from the baby face look if at all possible.


The above pic gives you a better look at the three new items being shown in this blog post (the shirt, hair and beard). I also have to share that the skin I am wearing by LV Designs that is named after me has been released in another tone. The skin is also now available in Pearl/Tone 2 (for those of you who own Stray Dog body appliers) which was a request I had made as well as a few others from I have been told.

My closet just got a little fuller over the last day or so with having hit TMD, Hipster Mens Event, The Men’s Jail and also a fresh round of Man Cave for February that just opened today. Gives me plenty of things to work with so now I just have to come up with some scenery ideas and get back to it which means it is time for me to wrap things up and guide you to the credits below.

Onto the next conversation…


HAIR: Vango. Keith ✦ NEW @ M.O.M

From the moment I saw this hair I knew it would be one that I would want in my arsenal of hairstyles (especially long ones that I wear consistently in the winter months). With each new release I feel that the Vango brand is getting better and better. This particular hair comes in two styles (the one you see above and also a version with more strands falling in the front of the face). The full fatpack has a total of 17 different hair colors ranging from your basic tones to a few ombre tones for those of you who like a bit of streaking in your hair.

HEAD: CATWA – Daniel ✦ 𝔓𝔯𝔢𝔳𝔦𝔬𝔲𝔰𝔩𝔶 𝔅𝔩𝔬𝔤𝔤𝔢𝔡
EYES: AG. Reverie Eyes ✦ 𝔓𝔯𝔢𝔳𝔦𝔬𝔲𝔰𝔩𝔶 𝔅𝔩𝔬𝔤𝔤𝔢𝔡
FACE: LV Designs – Brennan Tone 2 ✦ NEW

BEARD: [MF] Hipster Stache & Beard Medium – Night ✦ NEW @ M.O.M

This stache and beard combination is specifically made for the CATWA Daniel head, with that said I don’t know if it would work with any other CATWA product so if you dare to test it make sure to grab a demo first before doing anything. The “Night” pack contains dark versions like Black and even a Salt n Pepper style along with a darker brown and blonde as well. I really liked the way this looked on me but being a guy who is always wanting to wear facial hair that’s not much of a surprise. This product will be available through February 15th so you can certainly treat yourself to a little Valentine’s Gift and why not?

BODY: Belleza – Jake ✦ 𝔓𝔯𝔢𝔳𝔦𝔬𝔲𝔰𝔩𝔶 𝔅𝔩𝔬𝔤𝔤𝔢𝔡

SHIRT: {COLD-ASH} COLSON Henley Shirt (Classic Pack) ✦ NEW @ TMD

As much as I enjoy blogging costumes or suits and fancy things, when it comes down to a nicely made shirt you don’t have to worry about it not getting my attention. Collared shirts with a few buttons are effective and are easy to just throw on after getting out of the shower before leaving the house. They are even casual enough you possibly could wear them to certain work places. As I mentioned earlier this is a review copy and it is the entire pack with a HUD containing 10 solid colors. This pack in its entirety is worth it because if you get just one color and get home and put it on, you’ll be kicking yourself that you want it in more colors and would end up spending more to get the full pack when you should have just done it in the first place.

JEANS: L&B Swear – Salvage Cuffed Jeans ✦ 𝔓𝔯𝔢𝔳𝔦𝔬𝔲𝔰𝔩𝔶 𝔅𝔩𝔬𝔤𝔤𝔢𝔡

Even though I have blogged this in a previous entry it’s worth noting that they’ve been updated to fit the Belleza mesh body for those who might not own these and didn’t give them a look because they didn’t fit your body at the time.

SHOES: [VALE KOER] USAGI TRAINERS – FATPACK

RAMA – #selfie_RAMA Robbo Bridge

I’ve apparently had this sitting around for an undisclosed amount of time. From the moment I set it out to see if it would work with the idea that was starting to form in my head (and it did), it made me glad that I am one of those people that tend to play gacha backdrop machines on whims. While I am not sure if it is supposed to represent an actual place in the world, I do know that it would look like a place I would probably wander to (or through) in my virtual travels.

Go&See – Firm ✦ NEW @ M.O.M𝔓𝔯𝔢𝔳𝔦𝔬𝔲𝔰𝔩𝔶 𝔅𝔩𝔬𝔤𝔤𝔢𝔡

[#451] Fly Like An Eagle

Feed the babies
Who don’t have enough to eat
Shoe the children
With no shoes on their feet
House the people
Livin’ in the street
Oh, oh, there’s a solution

Fly Like An Eagle♫ – The Steve Miller Band

Most of the free sports loving world was glued to their televisions and sitting at the edge of their seats on Sunday evening during the NFL’s 52nd Super Bowl. While I profess I am not from or a hard core fan of either team (in fact New England is one of my least favorites), I can appreciate a well contested game. The Philadelphia fans have waited so very long for their team to bring home a championship which they have come close to on a few occasions. Finally on the 4th of February they secured the Lombardi Trophy for the “City of Brotherly Love”.

One of the things I like about sports is seeing a team who is considered a long-shot that has overcome the odds. Through injuries to key players that could have crippled any team, the Eagles persevered and a man who once was their future at Quarterback but found himself passed around other teams (when the team gave up on him in favor of a younger up and comer) found his way back and made not only his dreams, his teammates dreams, and the dreams of a city that eats, sleeps, and breathes their sports teams come true.

That is why I’m dedicating this blog entry to them.


The putting together of this scene and look came fairly easy with bits and pieces here and there. I found some private land near my home that belongs to a friend of mine and used their cliffs to stand upon while I found myself entertaining a majestic bird.

A few things about my look before I get to the credits is that I am wearing the latest group gift from the etham brand. It’s a sweatshirt in which you are getting the fatpack just for being a member of the group. As far as group gifts go there’s not much better then receiving a full product just as a thanks which I am quite okay with.

Once again for a second straight blog in a row I am wearing the ::K:: Soft Cargo Pants in the Olive color which works perfectly with how I chose to wear the sweatshirt. I’ve also got my eye on some of the new products that Kitt has released at the freshly open February round of TMD so keep an eye out for future posts as you just might see them in one of my looks.


On of the main features for this blog which you will get a closer look at in the image below is the newest face in the M-Bare line from Modulus. This new CATWA exclusive release comes with an applier HUD that allows you to apply just the face itself or with brows (as well as an optional beard which I did not add for this blog). It comes in Fair, Rose, Latte, Caramel or Chestnut and a fatpack is also available if you like more than one skin tone and would like to save a little extra spending money (to hit up those latest events).

Lastly my hair is one of the latest additions to the Taketomi Club which is a combination of both the Taketomi and Burley brands. For those of you who might not have read one of my previous blogs about this club I’ll be happy to tell you about it again. You join the Taketomi Club group in-world for a small fee and they release 2-3 hairs from one or the other of their brands and you can get an entire fatpack for 50L for the first two weeks of it’s release. Once it is “retired” they put it on the wall and the fatpacks are sold for 450L a piece.

For such a small fee and excellent prices this is definitely a great way to get your hair fix. Currently though the majority of releases to the club are female oriented but the male releases that are out are ones that you may not want to miss out on.


As I wrap this up I will give you a hint of what is to come to the pages of These Conversations Kill. I’ll be featuring new items from the Hipster Men’s Event as well as the newly opened TMD (as I previously mentioned). Brands you will likely see will include Modulus, Image Essentials, {Cold-Ash}, [Gild], Go&See just to name a few as there are likely more that I might find while I’m shopping so I can’t give every detail away.

My work as a blogger is never done so time for me to get back to it and get ready a to shoot and post a new entry.

Onto the next conversation…


HAIR: BURLEY – Thor – Fatpack ✦ NEW𝔗𝔞𝔨𝔢𝔱𝔬𝔪𝔦 ℭ𝔩𝔲𝔟

While it is nice having a full assortment of hair colors to choose from one thing I can say is sometimes it can be too much. I decided to go a route that normally I do not take with most hairs and that is with this Burley product I selected the Dips HUD which has a lot of different options to it of base hair with colored streaks/ends. As I debated over the different ones I decided to go with a darker color base hair and green highlights to match the rest of the theme that I was going for. Perhaps I’ll go down this path again sometime in the future when a look requires something with just a little extra kick.

HEAD: CATWA – Daniel ✦ 𝔓𝔯𝔢𝔳𝔦𝔬𝔲𝔰𝔩𝔶 𝔅𝔩𝔬𝔤𝔤𝔢𝔡
EYES: AG. Reverie Eyes ✦ 𝔓𝔯𝔢𝔳𝔦𝔬𝔲𝔰𝔩𝔶 𝔅𝔩𝔬𝔤𝔤𝔢𝔡

FACE: Modulus – Richard Skin ✦ NEW

Earlier in this blog I gave you a little bit of information about this latest skin from Modulus and in addition to that you also get an eyebrow shaper as well as a body shape to give you an idea of how it’s intended to look. Of course if you decide to be creative with it or you have a shape of your own that works there’s nothing wrong with that.

To me Richards face looks to be a bit hardened and mature which helps balance out the market between younger looking and more aged faces. While he may be cooler than ice you might not want to cross his path after a hard day if you catch my drift; I also think his features definitely do remind me of someone that might live on the east coast of the US.

BODY: Belleza – Jake ✦ 𝔓𝔯𝔢𝔳𝔦𝔬𝔲𝔰𝔩𝔶 𝔅𝔩𝔬𝔤𝔤𝔢𝔡

SWEATSHIRT: etham – Scotty Sweater – All Colors ✦ NEW𝔊𝔯𝔬𝔲𝔭 𝔊𝔦𝔣𝔱

When a group gift is available and comes in the form of a fatpack it definitely has added value because at some point in the future they may add it to their regular stock and if you didn’t grab it when it was a gift you might kick yourself. This sweatshirt features a HUD which you can color the top and bottom halves of with the assortment of colors provided (12 in all) and you can do mix/match any color combination or keep the entire sweatshirt uniform. Something to consider picking up while it is still available at the main location.

PANTS: ::K:: Soft Cargo Pants Homme Olive ✦ 𝔓𝔯𝔢𝔳𝔦𝔬𝔲𝔰𝔩𝔶 𝔅𝔩𝔬𝔤𝔤𝔢𝔡

SHOES: [VALE KOER] USAGI TRAINERS – FATPACK

These have been stowed away in my inventory for a while after I purchased them at an event (which at this time I cannot remember exactly what one). Usually when it comes to the Vale Koer brand I go out all because I know that I’m going to get plenty of use and also customization out of their fatpacks. One of the only things that I would change about this is the ability to be able to customize what looks to be a striped part of the show which is all a part of one section. I think it would make them even more versatile but at this rate with as many different combinations you can have with what is already possible there is not that big of a complaint.

YKZ4.- Man & Eagle

It just so happened that I was originally looking for a pose where I would be flapping my wings but on my search of the Marketplace I came across this well thought of pose and figured it would make my idea even better if I went with this instead. There are two poses included as well as two mesh eagle birds that correspond with each pose and for anyone who may do medieval pictures this could work for your compositions as well.