[#414] This Hurricane…

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

Hurricane” – 30 Seconds To MarsListen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

HAIRTableau Vivant \\ Eastern Promises Hair

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

HEADCATWA – Dino ♯ NEW

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

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

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

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

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

BODYBelleza – Jake

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

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

Compatible with: Belleza, Signature, SLink, and TMP

SHOES[sYs] ZORI TABI Shoes – Black / White

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

DISPLAY:BAMSE: Bushido Display

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

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

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


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

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

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[#413] Sympathy For The Devil

Just as every cop is a criminal
and every sinner is a saint
As heads is tails
Just call me Lucifer

Sympathy For The Devil” – The Rolling StonesListen

You might call this my first foray into October theme blogging but it’s not my usual creepy type work but I think I’m saving that for deeper in the month before Halloween but rest assured it is coming. I’ve been use the song choice for this entry as a theme for a while but just couldn’t figure out the right time and place for it but it seems now I have.

For this scene I combined a bit of new items, items I’ve used previously, and things that are recent but not new enough to be given that distinction.

In a second straight entry, I put together several pictures besides my main storytelling photo to give different angles along with close-ups of items that aren’t as clearly seen (which I do to give you a better idea what they look like) so it might help you make a better informed decision on whether or not you may purchase an item.

Sponsors for the blog that are being featured in this post are Avi-Glam and two different items from Go&See. Events that I’ve been to with items being shown here include Shiny Shabby, Men Only Monthly, and The Men’s Department.

In summary I think that I put together a pretty good look that would befit the “Prince of Darkness” and make a pretty handsome devil (I got jokes I know!)

Before I put this entry to bed, just to let all of you know the Men Only Monthly event will close for the current round on the 15th of October so you still have a few days to check it out to see what’s available. Shiny Shabby will also close their current round on the same day which gives you an opportunity to grab a friend or your significant other or whoever you might want to take with you and make a day of shopping.

For those of you that are reading thanks for stopping by and joining me on this adventure or any of my previous others that I’ve been on. I hope that you continue to follow this space as I continue to grow. Now that you’ve patiently waited through my rambling, here are the credits and I bid you adieu for now.

On to the next conversation…

HAIRTableau Vivant \\ Late Hair
HEADCATWA – Stanley

This head has been around a while but this is my first time using it for a scene. Stanley has a more rugged look to him with certain skins and shapes and I’ve been known more for having looks that were less defined. I do certainly like the possibilities of combinations I can work with in the future so I consider this to be a successful experiment.

EYES⊱ AG. Charm Eyes @ Shiny ShabbyNEW
FACE⊱ Go&See * Christian * @ M.O.MNEW
BODYBelleza – Jake
SHAPEGo&See * Stan * Shape

As with using the head for the first time, I am using this shape which was created with Stanley in mind. I also combined it with the newest skin in the Go&See lineup which is at Men Only Monthly. I think it is a great combination and a little different from the majority of looks I go with but doing different things is a challenge that I’ll gladly accept.

JACKETBakaboo – Baka Yakuza Suit – Color B

If you like diverse style as I do then Bakaboo is definitely a brand to keep an eye on. Creator Ocean Blackthorne’s approach at fashion is quite different from anything I’ve experienced. I’ve had my eye on the brand for a while and finally seeing this suit (which is sold separately from the trousers) I knew that I had feature it. Keep in mind that it is classic sizes (XS-XL) but with alpha cuts I am wearing the M size and I think it looks great.

PANTSBakaboo – Baka Yakuza Pants – Color B

The second half of this ensemble and what more can I say that I haven’t already said. The whole outfit together certainly gives a new dimension to formal wear as far as suits are concerned. It’s certainly not plain by any means and definitely draws attention. The sizes are the same as with the suit jacket (XS-XL) and should work with most normal male mesh bodies but try a demo first just to be on the safe side.

SHOES⊱ SEMLLER – SLIP ON @ TMDNEW

Normally I do not write anything about item’s I have previously featured but I did receive an updated version today which changed the layout of the HUD but there are not any new features or colors added.

WINGS⊱ .::Arkan::. Bento Wings + Fitmesh ♯ Marketplace

What better than a pair of wings for a fallen angel? These bento animated wings come with a HUD giving you five color choices so that you’re able to pick what best suits your mood. I like how detailed this product is and it was easy to time my shots with the animations so that made it a lot easier to work with. If you are into fantasy or role-play I’d recommend you check this out as I am very impressed.

BACKDROP[ ISUKA ] Inbetween Backdrop

I needed a darker type background and I know ISUKA is one of my go to brands for backdrops. This stairway and hall combination was perfect for the scene I set up. If you are looking for something great to shoot a picture with there are a variety of different backdrops available at their store. Give them a look and see how your photography can be inspired.


<K&S> Fearless. Bento Poses 1 (3 / 1)

This pose set was originally for sale at the Hipster Men’s Event last month. I couldn’t really find an idea or inspiration where I could use these so I set them aside for when I could. K&S is a brand that I’ve been following for quite a while and have used a small but fair amount of their poses. I always seem to find something from them to use.

[#412] Tell Them What I Hoped Would Be…

Tell them all I know now
Shout it from the rooftops
Write it on the sky line
Tell them I was happy
And my heart is broken
Ally my scars are open

Impossible” – James ArthurListen
(Originally performed by Shontelle)

Hello readers, I’m back with another adventure that brought me back on location to Mother Road, where I just feel like I could shoot so many different looks and scenes but I know I need to pace myself so I don’t over-do it there and get tired of going there (though I don’t see that being possible).

With this particular posting I ended up doing something different and ended up taking more shots and split up my close-ups to more or less build the story of the scene a little more. I’m not sure if that’s something I’ll do as a permanent thing or if it is just for this particular scene.

I think with the ambience and mood of the setup, I chose to work more angles and when I wrapped up the photo session I was compelled to go that extra extra mile.

Featured sponsors in this edition include Cold-Ash (a double dose even) and MESANGE’s offering from the Men Only Hunt which recently started. This year they have a HUD that you can pick up HERE to guide you to the different locations with prizes. You can also go to their website to get the clues to help assist you with finding these prizes. Grab someone and take them along because these hunts are always fun to do with other people.

I cannot recall if I have or not but I do want to thank anyone that voted on my behalf and on the behalf of These Conversations Kill for the BVN “Bloggies”. While I have not heard anything regarding it yet, the awards ceremony is this Saturday the 14th which I certainly hope to be attending.

Regardless of the outcome, I’m proud of the things I’ve done thus far in the three years that I’ve been blogging male virtual fashion. With every new adventure, conversation, and step forward, I have learned a lot of new techniques, made a lot of lasting friendships, and have grown in many different ways. To the fans, supporters, and silent onlookers I am greatful for you.

Time to leave you with the credits and move on to a new adventure. Please consider taking a look at the events, stores and locations featured today. You do not know what you are missing out on.

Onto the next conversation…

HAIR⊱ MOON{Hair}. Painter – Ombres ♯ No Longer Available
HEADLeLutka – Andrea v 3.1
EYESMESANGE – Quartz Eyes Mini Pack ♯ MOH10 / NEW

Once you roam around the store and find the hidden moustache, you’ll be given the gift of this 5 pack of eyes. Included in the prize are classic mesh eyeballs and HUDs for both the included mesh and also for Omega compatible eyes to change the iris color and size pupil you desire. These are definitely appealing visually and look almost like they could fit well with a winter scene (though personally not quite ready for that yet ha!)

FACESTRAY DOG – CODY – TONE 02 ♯ NEW

One of three new skins made exclusively for the LeLutka “Andrea” head, Cody comes in 3 different tones (02/03/04) and has two different HUDs for those who want the eyebrows built in and one for those of you who prefer to use your own style. I like the youthful look to this skin that you can mature more if you choose to add facial hair but you can honestly go without (unless like me it is a necessity).

BODYBelleza – Jake

SHIRT⊱ {COLD-ASH} HEMSWORTH Tucked Shirt @ TMDNEW

Oh my what can I say about this shirt? A lot but I don’t want to get too wordy so I’ll try to keep my thoughts simple and to the point. A well made button down/open collared shirt that is paired perfectly with their previous release the “DEAN” chinos. There are four different packs you can purchase (Classic, Colors, Check and Dotted) and should fit anyone with a Belleza, Signature, or TMP body! The moment I threw the outfit together I thought I looked very casual and laid back but with a possible devious side (and you never know I just might!)

PANTS{COLD-ASH} DEAN Chinos (CLASSIC PACK)
SHOES⊱ SEMLLER – SLIP ON @ TMDNEW

When I first picked these up from The Men’s Department there were only a few colors in the FATPACK but within a day or so I was sent a new version of the product where they added things and the customization for this is truly a shoe lover’s paradise. You have the ability to pick solid colors or checkered and with the included HUD you can pick which parts you want colored so if you want a combo of solid and check then you are set. For those of you who own a Belleza, Signature, SLink, and TMP body these should work well for you. The package also comes with an unrigged pair as well as sizes for the ladies just in case you know of a gal who likes wearing slip-ons.

Photo Taken @ Mother Road / Route 66

Animosity – Steve (3)

[#410] Come On Baby Won’t You Show Me What You Got

There’s a neighborhood called Blackhawk
Where all the rich people hide
I was down on my luck working for the Salvation Army
The shelter where I reside…

Salvation” – RancidListen

With the current round of Man Cave ending in just a few days (Oct 3rd), I wanted to make sure I got in some of the last minute goodies that I am finally putting to use for the look in this entry. Some brands that I haven’t featured in a while helped fuel this punk inspired adventure.

Alongside items from the Man Cave event, this entry has a heavy presence from my sponsor Avi-Glam. With another iris color from the “Charm Eyes” set as well as the new “Dorian” skin from Men Only Monthly it goes to show you how hard of a worker the creator, Kendra Parfort is.

Being a fashion blogger/reporter or visual artist (whatever you want to categorize it as) makes each scene primarily about fashion but having a great background and pose is just as equally important. After I found the look I wanted, I dug into my bag of tricks to find a pose prop (with included poses) and a backdrop that put the finishing touches on what you see here. I’m rather happy with the results of this scene.

This is all I have for you this time, be sure to take a look at the credits below an my notes/thoughts on items new to this entry. I also encourage you to check out the Man Cave event as well as the stores and other events featured within this post. I look forward to seeing you guys again soon with another new look and adventure. Until then…on to the next conversation.

HAIR⊱ [Deadwool] Slicked Back Hair @ Man CaveNEW

Deadwool is absolutely one of my top 5 favorite designers on the grid. It’s great to see that they’ve released a new hairstyle as it has been quite some time since the last time they did so. With 8 different Color HUDs to choose from (within those HUDs are Catwa hairbase appliers) there is likely an option for you. There is also an option of rigged and unrigged (resizable) in the package as well.

HEADCATWA – Shaheen
EYES⊱ AG. Charm Eyes – Fatpack @ Shiny ShabbyNEW
FACE⊱ AG. Dorian Skin @ M.O.MNEW

With the latest release skin from Avi-Glam, “Dorian” is a very youthful looking gentleman and gives the “guy next door” vibe to me. The skin has eight skin tones to choose from. It is a Catwa applier only and does not include a shape so you’ll have to use one you already have (which most of you often do).

BODYBelleza – Jake

SHIRT⊱ <Kalback> Basic T-Shirt M2 Vinyl @ Man CaveNEW

I haven’t purchased a Kalback item in a while but when I saw the different designs for this shirt (music ones always catch my attention), it was a must have even if I wouldn’t have used it for a look. The quality is very good as I have known this to be from the former brand known as Kal Rau. There are many different designs to choose from and there are even two separate packs to choose from that have exclusive shirts just for those packs. It also has the option to have short sleeves or long sleeves for a layered look.

JEANS⊱ Legal Insanity – Dirk Dirty Jeans @ M.O.MNEW

Ripped jeans, what’s more punk than that? Other than the music that is. These great rolled cuff denim jeans are perfect for the bad boy look you might be going for. The jeans come in a bootcut version as well and are compatible with the Aesthetic, Belleza, Signature, SLink and TMP male bodies.

BOOTSFAKEICON / Stomp Shoes / Black

Just having missed the cut as TMD is now closed until the new round begins on the fith, I purchased these the moment I had seen them but did not know exactly what to use them with until I started putting this look together and had the ripped jeans with a bootcut option. I had completed my look and it was perfect for the plan that was going on in my head. These boots are compatible with Belleza, Signature, SLink, and TMP; there are also sizes for the classic avatar and also for female bodies.

BACKDROPninety– Backdrop Corner Punk #places 05

This backdrop originally made it’s debut at the REWIND event back in August. I knew I wanted to use it for some type of music inspired post but it just had not come to me while the event was running. After I had my look put together I knew I had this laying in wait to be used so I put it out and set up the pose and the rest is history.


::WetCat:: “Guitar Solo” Street Musician @ M.O.MNEW

Whenever I have the option for a pose that has a guitar in it then I’m all for it. This set comes with 12 different poses and the guitar case and guitar (which appears during certain poses only). Any music fan that loves taking photos would be remiss not to head to Men Only Monthly to pick this up.

Wetcat has certainly outdone themselves again.