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
What would you think if I sang out of tune
Would you stand up and walk out on me?
Lend me your ears and I’ll sing you a song
And I’ll try not to sing out of key
– With a Little Help From My Friends, The Beatles
Occasionally, the Vintage Bug will hit. This tends to happen when I’ve got the classic rock playing on the computer. A light bulb will pop on with a specular TING! and a EUREKA moment will occur, then suddenly I’ll be nose deep in Blender and Photoshop while feverishly pasting bits of my brain into place. Truth to tell, this outfit wasn’t from such an epiphany. My model, Misha (shown above, naturally), mentioned something about wanting a Sgt. Pepper outfit.
One of the perks of being a model (particularly if one is able to give some really good constructive criticism on things) is when I’m able, I’ll make what my model has asked for. Most of the ideas bandied about tend to get made sooner or later. It just depends on motivation and whatnot.… Read the rest
In a moment of synchronicity (no, not the excellent final album from The Police), I decided to start making some Dhoti pants for the store. Then two weeks after I received a note card from someone, I happened to open it up and read that they were looking for Dhoti pants. They had run across the Dhoti and Kurta set I had made some time ago, and really wanted just the pants on their own.
What a wonderful coincidence! Just as the male version of the pants had been modeled and rigged in Blender, I contacted the person who sent the note card, and let them know I was going to have a working pair of pants in a couple of days. As it turns out, they were thrilled because they were setting up a wedding in Second Life and all the Groomsmen needed black Dhoti pants. Sometimes things have a strange way of working out.
The Avatar Bizarre Dhoti Pants, currently available for male avatars only, comes in seven colors, and is materials enhanced. The silk material has a slight sheen to it, and the dangly bits on the left hip can be detached, if those aren’t your style. …
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World Goth Fair (located here
) is now OPEN! For the next couple of weeks, you can get your serious Goth on with dozens of fantastic Goth merchants, a wonderful Stygian-Dark sim, and some great music as only a bunch of Goth DJs can inflict upon the huddled masses.
As mentioned earlier, Avatar Bizarre is thrilled to be a part of this amazing event in Second Life. Several new items have been released for the fair, including the Dragonskin Coat shown in the photos.
The Dragonskin Coat, which is rigged mesh, and available for both men and women, is materials enhanced and comes with a color change HUD. I would recommend getting your hands on this wonderfully vampiric coat, made from the finest pixelated dragon skin. It’s well known that Gothic dragons are chameleonic in nature, so naturally a coat made from the skin of the dragon can change colors on demand..
In addition to the Dragonskin Coat, you will find the Sgt. Nemesis Marching Band uniform (in male and female versions), and the Arachne Jumpsuit (female only). … Read the rest
I believe in miracles
Where you from, you sexy thing?
Sexy thing, you
I believe in miracles
Since you came along, you sexy thing
– Hot Chocolate, You Sexy Thing
Just when you thought it was safe, the Jive Talkin’ 70s came roaring back with a disco flair as only that decade can. The 1970s saw a lot of political strife, social change, and one heck of a great poster from Farrah Fawcett. In the midst of all the pop culture of Car Wash, Smokey and the Bandit, Bee Gees, Watergate, Gilligan’s Island reruns, Star Wars, and eventually the rise of Punk, came that rollerskating, funky dancing, smokin’ hot beat of the Disco dance. Along with Disco, came the signature styles: The leisure suits, the polyester, and the ubiquitous shiny rayon jumpsuit.
Avatar Bizarre, is happy to present the 70’s Foxy Lady Jumpsuit. This outfit, strong enough for a man, but made for a woman (hah, I hope I’m not the only one to get that reference!) is materials enhanced and comes in eight groovy colors. … Read the rest
Here it is, after a couple of false starts, some Firestorm issues, and a bit of a Blender SNAFU: The female Mariachi Suit. You, too, can be a desperado, a Charro, an equestrian. Grab a guitar and head to the plaza with a couple of good friends and a pint of tequila. Soon, you will be singing in harmony in this fantastic Charro suit!
See the previous blog post for the male version and such.
Marketplace and inworld.
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