One of the wonderful things about Second Life is an abundance of Science Fiction and Fantasy fans inworld building things for role play and other stuff. When you throw together a virtual world where you can build anything you want, and a few thousand rabid fans of various genres, your imagination really is the limit, and you end up with some wonderful things to find and explore. If you set foot in this virtual world, you could end up cavorting under the waves with mermaids, flying through the air in World War I Sopwith Camels and Fokker Triplanes, running with dragons at Avaria, or you could even end up on the deck of a Steampunk Dirigible in Caledon.
Of course if one ends up in the Steamlands, one must be properly attired. To the layman, if you just slap a few gears on something, you can call it “Steampunk”, but the genre goes much, much deeper than that. Steampunk rose from the World of Jules Verne and H.G. Wells in the 19th century. Loosely based in Victorian times, Steampunk is the science and the imagination of that era. …
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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
De colores, de colores
Se visten los campos en la primavera.
De colores, de colores
Son los pajaritos que vienen de afuera.
De colores, de colores
Es el arco iris que vemos lucir.- De Colores, a Traditional Mexican Folk song
Cinco de Mayo is coming up, and we’re just about set to celebrate with Mexican flags flying, ladies dancing with skirts a-whirl, and the folk music of our neighbors South of the Border. While we enjoy Tamales, so spicy they will blow off the top of your head before you can gulp down a chilled glass of Horchata to ease the flames tracing their way through your digestive tract, let’s pay homage to the musician of the mesa; a wondrous player of the guitar, the bass, and the concertina. I am speaking, of course, about the mighty Mariachi.
He wanders from town to town with guitar in hand, and a sombrero on his head to ward off the intensity of the midday sun. He is the minstrel who sings his tales – everything from the colors of the sky, on up to the Ballad of Heisenberg in Breaking Bad.… Read the rest
Here comes Peter Cottontail
Hoppin’ down the bunny trail
Hippity hoppin’, Easter’s on its way
– G Autry
Easter is roughly a week away, so of course there’s a great need for bunny costumes, right? Even if there wasn’t a burning need for them, here they are, because it seemed like a fun thing to make and inflict upon the huddled virtual masses in Second Life. Not only do we have a prime Easter Bunny costume here in lovely rigged mesh, and knitted from the finest virtual Angora rabbits, but this number can double as jammies for that sleepover you’ve been aching to have. The cool thing about this costume (apart from it being a bunny and all), is it comes with a color HUD that gives you six delightful Springtime Eastery color choices.
I’m sure you already that that this might entail pink. But not to worry, there’s also purple, yellow, blue, green, and white with pink bits. Hey, bunnies are fluffy and cute, and come in pastel colors, apparently. … Read the rest
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to explore the Linden oceans? Well, as soon as you get that pesky Donovan song out of your head and put on a scuba suit from Avatar Bizarre, you can find out! It’s slick and smooth like the skin of a dolphin, and it’ll provide your avatar with the comfort and movement you will need as you swim among the creatures of the reef. The SLink-enhanced flippers are modify and copy, so you can resize them to fit your own feet. They should fit normal avatar feet, and an alpha is included for feet and for the scuba suit itself. The mask and snorkel are unrigged mesh, and will also resize if you need it to.
The fantastic part about this ensemble is the color HUD, which gives you eight color choices: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Teal, Blue, Purple, and White. Everything is Materials enhanced to give the suit its smooth shiny look, as if you’ve stepped from the water after a day of playing with the dolphins.…
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Avatar Bizarre has, by some amazing circumstances, and a bit of applying, made it into this year’s Second Life Fantasy Faire, an event created to raise money and awareness for Relay for Life. To be fair, there have been a couple of sneak previews as yours truly jumped the gun and started making stuff just in case. Enthusiasm, coupled with that elusive Inspiration has resulted in a few new things.
You already got a sneak preview of the Goblin King and the Boudica Armor. Now let me give you a taste of the Goblin Queen! Of course this is mostly because my lovely model (pictured above and below) is champing at the bit for a picture or two. The Goblin Queen, like the King in a previous post, is going to be available in seven colors and includes the pants and jacket (plus alphas) and shoulder armor (one shoulder).
If you’re itching for just the jacket, don’t worry! The jackets for the Queen and King will be available solo with a Color change HUD (all seven colors), plus the shoulder armor and requisite alpha.…
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My friends all know I have a borderline stalkerish admiration for David Bowie. Every time he’s visited my area for a show, I’ve gone. Sometimes multiple times for the same tour. The music collection includes something like 800+ songs – versions and reversions, covers and originals, live and studio…legitimate and bootleg recordings of all things Bowie. Heck, there’s even some Iggy Pop, Lou Reed, and Mott the Hoople in the mix for good measure. Then there’s the fact that Bowie’s appearance in Zoolander makes me giggle every time I see it. But then, I laugh like a little kid at Family Guy, but I digress…
In short, I consider David Bowie to be a demigod of some sort, and possibly an alien with photogenic superpowers.
So it should come as no surprise that some of the designs at Avatar Bizarre should be pretty heavily influenced by Mr. Bowie’s extensive wardrobe.
So, without further ado, and with much aplomb, I give you an advance look at the Goblin King! …
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The legendary Chinese dragon is a powerful creature. It generally controls water and air; holds court over all rivers and streams, controls rain and floods, and brings good luck to people. It is a symbol of power and strength to the worthy. It flies across the sky through sheer will alone; it has no wings. Dragons are often depicted in artwork, and you will often find them on clothing, which brings us to the Tianlong Cheongsam by Avatar Bizarre.
The short Cheongsam jacket is a traditional garment, usually made from silk or satin, and almost always brocaded in luscious, detailed designs. Tianlong means “Flying Dragon”, and it is heavily featured on this short jacket. Available in several colors, there is a male version and a female version. Both come in standard mesh sizing. Even though it is rigged, it has Modify and Copy permissions, like most of the items from Avatar Bizarre. It is also Materials Enhanced, so the dragon design pops if you have Advanced Lighting enabled in your viewer.…
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Winter is coming. It’s not only a failed attempt on the part of the Starks to instill fear into Westros, but it’s also a (ahem) cold, hard fact. The Holiday season has slammed its way into our lives like the powerful consumerist juggernaut it is, and with it comes snow, ice, sleet, and all kinds of reasons to enjoy a bit of frostbite with your friends and loved ones.
I live in California, so slieghing behind a magnificent horse wearing jingling tack is just not a normal activity. But for folks in areas that receive actual weather, and in Second Life, it’s not such a rarity. Some of my friends had a wonderful time riding behind Buck the Horse in one of Second Life’s most spectacular Winter sims the other day. You can visit
. Don’t miss out, because I’m pretty sure this is a holiday thing that will likely be turned into something else later on.
Of course the whole point of my bloggishness is to showcase some brand new Winter wear from Avatar Bizarre! … Read the rest
Once Halloween comes to a screeching halt, all Hell breaks loose as we gear up for one of the biggest holiday events in Second Life: Gothmas! Whatmas? Gothmas! It’s that black and romantic time when all the darklings come out of the woodwork and celebrate in a weird and wonderful way. We don our goth apparel and dance to the ethereal carols of Pretentious, Moi?, Sisters of Mercy, Imperative Reaction, and Thoushaltnot.
Gothmas by Gaslight is nigh, and as you wander the hallowed streets of the cursed countryside, you will be regaled with many fine Gothic wares from a wide swath of merchants across the Second Life grid.
It’s time once again to give those blackened blue eyes an advance look at what’s coming up from Avatar Bizarre during this most sacred of holidays.
“Ozymandias Female” – Modeled by Misha-Selene
The Ozymandias, named for the poem by Percy Bisshe Shelley is resplendent in six gorgeous jewel tones. … Read the rest
It’s been a bit too long between blog posts here, but what with one thing and another, things just sort of slipped out of mind. That’s all changing now, as Avatar Bizarre presents a brand new take on an older design. In the world of Second Life, there are a lot of possibilities for creating a dynamic and spectacular look for your avatar, because so many designers come up with a plethora of pieces in which to adorn oneself. As Avatar Bizarre has always been a purveyor of fine traditional clothing, in addition to fantasy, Gothic, historic, and casual clothing, mainly for the male avatar, it was time to reintroduce the short Kimono for men.
Originally made in system layer clothing, with some flexi prims for the bottom of the jacket and the ties on the sash, this outfit has been updated in fine rigged mesh. Inspired by the short Kimonos from real life men’s fashion, this is 100% original rigged mesh. The pants and Kimono jacket are separate pieces so they can be worn singly, or together, as you see fit. …
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People say that fashion trends repeat themselves, but apart from a bit of 60′s style Austin Powers Mod, I have yet to see a full blown men’s 18th Century suit sitting on the racks at Macys. It’s a shame, really, because some of the stuff from the Prince Regent era was pretty stunning, what with the hand-sewn brocade, glittery baubles, lace, and silk stockings strutting around all over the place. The 18th Century was a spectacular time for the Aristocracy (not so much for the proles), and not only brought us charming music from the likes of Mozart, but also gave us our first real glimpse of Baroque celebrity. We thrilled to see Prince George parading around in his finery. We cheered for William Pitt, the Younger. And if Edmund Blackadder had really lived, we’d have sarcastically mocked the whole gambit while getting a slap of tea at Mrs. Miggins’ pie shop.
With the advent of mesh (meaning I’ve finally mastered the Evil that is Blender), it’s time to unveil the Prince Regent suit from Avatar Bizarre!…
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“Clowns never laughed before
and beanstalks never grew.
Ponies never ran before
Till I met you” – Johnny Bravo nee’ Greg Brady
One of the things I love about Second Life is you can revive any fashion (or anti-fashion) you want, and scores of people will probably really like what you’ve done. Of course it really doesn’t matter if you’ve lived the era or not, as long as there’s something about it you enjoy. Personally, having lived through the Seventies as a small kid, and remembering what passed for “fashion”, I’m always stunned when a particular style manages to turn up like a bad penny. In spite of an inherent distaste for horrible polyester one piece leisure suits, collars you can use to go hang-gliding with, and that insane spray on hair for balding men, it is rather fun to come up with a mesh outfit that hearkens back to the latter days of the Brady Bunch on TV.
Originally, Avatar Bizarre put out That 70s outfit for men, and That 70s outfit for women as system layers and sculpts for a Vintage fair. … Read the rest
Amar is a male name meaning, “Forever, Immortal”,and what better way to express the timeless fashion of the Kurta? Typically worn with the loose fitting Dhoti pants, the Kurta is a long tunic style shirt that is worn on formal occasions and during celebrations. You will find men wearing the Kurta as a part of their wedding attire, or you will find folks wearing brand new Kurtas during the Diwali celebration. They are made from richly colored fabrics, and can have a short upright collar. Often, the Kurta is beautifully embroidered, or patterned with intricate designs.
Avatar Bizarre has always been a purveyor of fine traditional attire, and is happy to present the 100% original rigged mesh Amar Kurta. It comes in the standard five sizes for men and includes an alpha. This item is modify and copy, and while you cannot resize rigged mesh, this item can be separated, or tinted. If you wish to separate the Kurta from the Dhoti, simply rez on the ground and unlink things. …
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Back in the good old days, circa sometime between Victorian times and the early 20th century, beachwear was stunningly attractive, easy to swim in, and made from fabulously heat resistant wool. Men and women alike daringly showed off their ankles and elbows. It was quite the love-fest on the beaches of yesteryear, I can tell you!
Avatar Bizarre has long been one of the major providers for Vintage and Historic clothing in Second LIfe and, while there remains a system layer version of the 1900′s Men’s Bathing Costume, it was finally time to dive into the deep end of Mesh to bring you — Yes, you guessed it: The Mesh 1920s Men’s Bathing Costume!
Like most things mesh attire, this amazing bit of wooly swimwear comes in the five standard sizes, and includes a straw Panama hat, because no man should wander about outside bareheaded. That’s just barbaric! Oh, and you get an alpha layer, as well. But we don’t talk about male underthings. …
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