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
“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
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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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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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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