“You remind me of the babe — What babe?
The babe with the power? — What power?
The power of Voodoo — Who do?
You do — Do what?
Remind me of the babe.” – D. Bowie, Magic Dance
Jareth, the King of Goblin City, rules over the Labyrinth. He is an imposing and magical figure, surrounded by all the fantastic creatures in the World of Labyrinth. He has all the power he needs, commands a host of sycophantic goblin folk, and has some mad talent for singing and dancing. Yet he lacks the thing he craves most: The love of his life. He sought to please her by taking away her troublesome baby brother, then offered her thirteen hours to find her way through his Labyrinth to his castle in the center of Goblin City. He reordered time for her. He did all she asked. In the end, she rejected him, and he flew off as a great Barn Owl.
As perpetrator of Avatar Bizarre, I get my inspiration from a variety of sources, and this outfit is heavily inspired by what David Bowie wore during the Magic Dance scene. … Read the rest
Bowie fans all over the world know about the iconic instructions on the cover for The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
To be played at Maximum Volume.
It’s not just a suggestion, it’s a command. Ziggy is here, and he will not be ignored.
Avatar Bizarre has improved the original Ziggy costume with some Materials enhancement, a color HUD, and not just a male version, but also a female version! Both versions include the five standard sizes, and there is a demo that includes the male and female suits. The iconic platform boots are also included. These are rigged boots that fit the costume perfectly.
These boots include the small size (female) and the large size (male), plus a pair of unrigged boots that can be repositioned and resized. The color HUD is included; the colors are visible on the vendor ad above. Oh, and did I mention that these are SLink enhanced? It probably doesn’t matter too much for boots, but it’s a nice bonus!… Read the rest
Twisted Hunt is once again lurking in the shadows, ready to pounce in September, and eat Second Life hunters for breakfast. If you aren’t familiar with the Twisted Hunt, it’s a semi-annual grid-wide hunt in Second Life. Second Life’s culture is such that hunts are kind of falling by the wayside, and most people would prefer not to take landmark after landmark, and stand around waiting for things to rez in various lagged sims so they can find some object that contains a free or dollarbie gift. However, Twisted is one of those perennial Love It Or Hate It deals that crops up twice a year, in September and March.
While most other hunts are floundering and giving up the ghost, Twisted persists in its popularity because the merchants involved go the extra mile. The gifts can be exceedingly difficult to find, due to reasons, but you will find all kinds of extra fun and goodies in most of the stores involved. For example, some stores will have mini-hunts, some build fun labyrinths, some will have zombie killings, others provide extra fun by setting up games for hunters, and quite a lot of merchants will have more than one gift. … Read the rest
“High hats and narrow collars, white spats and lots of dollars – spending every dime for a wonderful time!” – Puttin’ on the Ritz
There a new kid in town, and he’s belting out the jazz hits at Club Noir in Second Life. It’s an exciting time for tuxedo fans, because Avatar Bizarre has just released the Niven Tux. Frank Sinatra, eat your heart out, because this fella’s definitely doing it his way.
The cool thing about this rigged mesh tux isn’t just that it comes in seven different colors, and includes a nifty color change HUD for the cumberbund, pocket square (Oh how we love the pocket squares!), and the bow tie. The super cool thing about this tux is it comes in both a male and a female version, because sometimes everyone wants to don the tail coat and bow tie. It’s the height of formal fashion. Not only is the tux for that all important James Bond role play, but it’s also great for wedding parties, Hollywood style jazz clubs, and generally looking dapper and amazing.… Read the rest
All you speak and all you hear
Hand that’s strong and voice it’s clear
An unforgotten memory when the moon begins to call
– Red Rockers, China
Okay, so really, really bad title pun. Fine, I see the pun jar, and happily pay the tax therein. Meanwhile, take a look at these awesome new shoes I’ve just made!
Honestly, when I was doing research on Chinese Traditional Footwear for men, not a lot of interest came up, till I found some photos of Hanfu Qing Dynasty Warped Head Shoes. They were traditionally worn by men (along with the Hanfu robes), and generally made from silk or satin with cotton soles. In more recent times, these shoes have been adopted by both men and women, as a Traditional fashion choice. Since the thought of making Lotus shoes feels repellent, it’s safe to assume these unrigged shoes are for everyone with SLink flat feet in Second Life.
The Hanfu Warped Head Shoes, which are copy and modify, include a color HUD with six color choices. … Read the rest
A Tale of Wanders, The Ancient Ones Return
will be in full swing, starting August 8 and running through August 22 in Second Life.
The Ancients will take place in a fantastic setting where you can wander among huge mystical plants, imposing ruins, and lots of crumbly ivy-covered brick booths filled with amazing and interesting things. Avatar Bizarre has a little nook all to itself in this fairyland, and there will be some great offerings to the huddled masses.
Order of the Falcon (250L) is a new Medieval outfit for men; available in seven colors and materials enhanced. This doublet and pants combination is lovingly detailed and includes five standard sizes, plus an alpha. There’s a demo box sitting under all the vendors, so feel free to pick up a copy to check the fit. In addition to the outfit, there’s a set of Order of the Falcon ankle boots for sale in the booth. These shoes are unrigged, copy and modify, and include a color HUD with all seven colors (175L). … Read the rest
It was a tale of wanders, the Ancient Ones returned. A lone wanderer found himself in a magical land populated by dark fae, warriors, and gods. One morning, he came upon a temple where a goddess stood guard. Imposing in her stature, and stunning in her simple toga, wrapped with a leather corset embossed with roses, she rules over the temple.
The Aphrodite Toga is a short form fitting dress that highlights and accentuates the mystical beauty of the female form, turning its wearer into a Greek goddess.
The Aphrodite Toga is rigged mesh that comes in the standard sizes, and includes a color HUD with six colors. It is materials enhanced for your visual pleasure, and will be available at the Hidden Sanctuary A Tale of Wanders
event starting August 8. Cost of the Aphrodite Toga will be 250L.
In addition to this lovely little toga, there will be a fun new Medieval outfit for the men. More on that in the next post. Meanwhile, get ready for a fantastic event full of surprises and neat stuff.… Read the rest
“Well Stu I’ll tell you, surfing’s not a sport, it’s a way of life, it’s no hobby. It’s a way of looking at that wave and saying, “Hey bud, let’s party!” – J. Spicoli, Fast Times at Ridgemont High
It’s finally happened. The “Best Of” blog post, which sneaks up on a person quite sneakily, and insists on showing things you may have seen before. Unlike the normal “Best Of”, this particular piece has been given a bit of a make over. You see, it used to be a Hawaiian shirt you could get as single colors and patterns. Oh, you still can, if you look hard enough on the Second Life Marketplace, but I’m here to tell you that if you really want a Hawaiian Shirt from Avatar Bizarre, you’re getting six whole colors in one of three patterns for the price of about one and a half of the old shirt. So what a deal!
Thing is quite a lot of older merchandise I can’t seem to delete has been getting a mesh make over and, in some cases, a color HUD make over. … Read the rest
“But I don’t want to go among mad people,” Alice remarked.
“Oh, you can’t help that,” said the Cat: “we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.”
“How do you know I’m mad?” said Alice.
“You must be,” said the Cat, “or you wouldn’t have come here.”
― Lewis Carroll
, Alice in Wonderland
Some time ago, when yours truly was making those first tentative steps into the world of mesh, I started making a bunch of fantasy outfits inspired heavily by Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and Through the Looking Glass. The clothing line was called, “Lewis Carroll’s Fever Dreams”, and included a half dozen gender neutral outfits: Madder Hatter, Jabberwocky, Mock Turtle, Mitternacht Hatter, and The Cheshire Cat.
These outfits were system layer creations with unrigged mesh details, for the most part. While system layer clothing can be really well done with some spectacular texturing, I felt that eventually these outfits would need to be replaced with fully mesh options. … Read the rest
Awake in the night to whisper your name
Only a silence replies it’s answer a sleeping refrain
The moment dies but memory stays
Love like a run our way by
We spin and we climb
To where once islands cried
And there sometimes angels can be devils too
It’s true of you
It’s true of you – The Damned, Sanctum Sanctorum –
post to get the skinny on the Ashe suit, guys. Then you can hop over to this
post for more information on a delightful dress called Evelyn for the ladies.
Walk the Night With Me
is a Gothic event in Second Life, which starts July 18. It will cater to all things dark and romantic, so it was imperative to decorate the booth in rich purples. Avatar Bizarre’s offerings for this event include a Gothic gown (sort of Virctorian style) for the ladies, and a stylized Victorian style Gothic suit for the guys. In addition, there’s a Nyarlathotep head sitter with a color HUD available at a special 99L price just for the run of the event.… Read the rest
“At only twenty-eight I felt no great rush to settle into anything boring.” – White Tiger, Book 1 of the Dark Heavens Trilogy
In the Dark Heavens trilogy (Kylie Chan), Emma, an Australian living in Hong Kong, suddenly finds herself working as a nanny to the Dark Lord of the Four Winds, Xuan Wu. He is the black turtle god or Shen, ruler of the Northern Heavens. He’s a dark creature, the master of all Martial Arts, destroyer of Demons, and the owner of Wudang Mountain both on the Celestial plane and on the Earthly plane. Five years prior, he had married a mortal woman and they had a child (half Shen, she would grow into a powerful force of nature). Demons killed the wife of Xuan Wu and her family, leaving the Turtle Shen with his small daughter.
Emma works as a nanny to the Shen’s daughter, but eventually trains in the Arts, discovers she has an innate talent for both physical and energy work, and is able to protect the Dark Lord’s child from Demons, who would kidnap her in order to have power over Xuan Wu. … Read the rest
“Do you remember a guy that’s been
In such an early song…” D. Bowie, Ashes to Ashes
Walk the Night With Me is a Gothic event coming up in Second Life in July. Organized by the team from Hidden Sanctuary Events, the theme centers on Gothic Weddings and Tragic Gothic Romance. The theme conjures up all kinds of inspiration for your humble narrator, my droogs and devotchkas.
Ashe is a lonely wanderer, clad in velvet brocade. This suit hearkens back to Victorian times, but adds a little Tim Burtonesque twist with the black and white striped lining of the coat. This is a rigged mesh suit, which comes complete with five sizes, an alpha, and attached coat and pants. It has been materials enabled for your viewing pleasure.
Ashe will be available only at the event, till its end, then will be available on the Marketplace, and inworld at the main store location.
As the time draws near, and booth set up is imminent, an SLurl will be provided so you can hop on over for a bit of Gothic awesomeness. … Read the rest
They’re forming in straight line
They’re going through a tight wind
The kids are losing their minds
The blitzkrieg bop
They’re piling in the back seat
They’re generating steam heat
Pulsating to the back beat
The blitzkrieg bop – Ramones, Blitzkrieg Bop
“I blame Society. Society made me what I am…” – Duke, Repoman
And with those famous dying last words of the penultimate mohawk wearing film antogonist, I give you the Spizzenergi ensemble from Avatar Bizarre! You too can revel in the styles of a bygone era; an era steeped in a crazy and rebellious subculture. People listened to three chord bands, often discordant, more often than not, hardly able to play their own instruments without a sneer and flailing. It was a time when you could change your name to Seeth Ransom or Jed Horrid, and create your own bubble of anarchy in a rancid system of broken society and failing governments. You could dance to your favorite bands, like Dead Kennedys, New York Dolls, Dead Boys, and the Ramones. … Read the rest
Countdown it’s getting near to flight time
Night stars are shining in my eyes
Ma’ says I’m going to be the first one
To dance the be-bop in the skies!
Dancing in heaven, I never thought
I’d ever get my feet this far (orbital be-bop) – Q Feel, Dancing in Heaven (Orbital Be-Bop)
The Skydancer Shoes are here, and they’re ready to make you feel like soaring! These 100% unrigged mesh shoes are the latest in Avatar Bizarre’s growing footwear collection, and feature a color HUD that gives you seven different color choices. Along with the full spectrum, these shoes were built to accommodate the SLink male flat foot. However, as these are modify and copy, you should be able to resize them for the SLink female flat foot. With a little tweaking of size and position, these should also fit the conventional Second Life avatar foot. Materials enhanced for your viewing pleasure!
Currently available on the Marketplace
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We walked till the sunlight died
How could I breathe without your love
Like others we all fight
Against the cruel, cruel time – Clan of Xymox, “Evelyn”
Walk the Night With Me is a Hidden Sanctuary Event centered around all things Gothic Wedding and Dark Love. It takes place July 18th through the 23rd, and will feature all things dark and sticky. A Gothic Wedding is one that evokes romance with a Victorian flare.
Avatar Bizarre is thrilled to be a part of this event, and will be debuting two new items, which will exclusive at the event until its end, then they will be released to the Marketplace and in the Main Store location afterwards. The first of these items is the Evelyn, pictured above. This gown is a lovely Victorian-style garment with a black leather corset, frilly black lace accents at the throat and the wrists, and sumptuous puffed sleeves. The floor-length skirt is slim, and drapes gorgeously, ending in a lovely sweep on the floor. … Read the rest
In a city, dark and eerie, surrounded by the Vernian Wastelands, a lone figure emerges from the increasing fog in a final showdown…
She gazes unblinkingly at the menacing Dirigible of Doom, flown by her mortal arch-nemesis, a mad man bent on destroying the whole of civilization for his own nefarious gain. Reaching for the weapon in her coat, a powerful electrically charged object designed by Nicola Tesla himself, she takes aim and fires. The white-hot lightning projects from the muzzle, hitting the dirigible, enveloping it in a blaze so super heated that a shock wave from the explosion could be felt for several hundred meters. Phinaea remains stoic, unflinching, as her hair is blown back by the shockwave. The war machine of her arch nemesis seems to drift lazily to the ground, supports and beams floating gently in all directions. She bends down to retrieve her top hat, wipes a film of dust and soot from the goggles, and wanders off…
Phinaea is the counterpart to the mad men of the Steam age; a woman of strength, who is highly intelligent, yet lives in a Patriarchal society that values beauty over brains. …
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It’s been a banner week. After winning a hard fought battle with Blender, a couple of brand new outfits have emerged. Granted, they are female versions of outfits I had already made, but you wouldn’t believe the tantrum Blender threw at the time. You see, we have a love-hate relationship. While it’s mostly not that hard to make things, it can be a real challenge to get things to rig properly. You see, Blender and I have wildly different ideas on how things should move on an avatar’s body, so the gloves get thrown off, and we are steeped in the worst Hockey fight Goon War ever in the history of everything.
But Stubborn pays off. So does having a couple of days off work, because then a whole lot of time that otherwise wouldn’t exist can be spent in warping the logic that is my program of choice for making mesh things.
If you’ve been paying attention, the last blog post was about the Djelibeybi Djinn. It’s quite a nice outfit, and was a real challenge for someone unused to making things with transparencies. …
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It’s time to introduce you folks to an outfit called “Djelibeybi Djinn”. If the name sounds familiar, you’re either a fan of the late, great Terry Pratchett, or you like jelly beans and happen to be from Enghand. Either way, this is sort of a homage (in name) to the author of the Discworld series.
While Djelibeybi is technically a culture based on ancient Egypt, this outfit is completely, utterly, and decidedly not very ancient Egyptian. In fact, one might make the claim that it looks suspiciously like a male belly dancer costume. While macho male belly dancers exist, surely, a Djinn is not to be taken lightly. Not only do they have crazy bad tempers from being stuffed into tiny magic lamps all day, but they have a tendency to take you quite literally when you make your three wishes.
Did you rub the lamp and then wish for a yacht? Did that boat appear right where you were standing – on dry land – on your foot? Oh yeah, the Djinn is a devious and passive aggressive creature, and you must always be careful what you wish for around them.…
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The Dragon Queen conjures up an image of a strong authority, who rules her domain with magic, an iron fist, and a whole lot of ferocious dragons. Inspired by equal parts H.R.Giger and Daenerys Targaryen, this asymmetrical dress has the look and feel of skin taken from an alien dragon. Resplendent in six dark jewel tones, the dress itself is rigged mesh. The pearls at the waist, upper arm, and upper thigh glimmer with an inner light, only seen in the eye of the kraken. These bands bring the regal look together with gently draped flexi cloth, pulling together the gentle shine of the leather that draws the eye to the left and down.
Then, when it’s finally time to plead to you, good lady, for their lives, the lines lead the eye back up your stunning visage, which is frame gorgeously by a high sweeping collar.
After all, your subjects are facing royalty, and must avert their eyes unless you command them to look up. You are the Queen of all you survey, and this will be an astoundingly gorgeous addition to your already amazing wardrobe.… Read the rest