Inspiration – Episode 1

Belgium is a distinctive player in the world of comic books. Along with France, little not-so-old Belgium played a major role in the development of the European comics. Arguably the most famous one of them all is Tin Tin. Personally I grew up in the Flemish part of Belgium and my favourite comic was Suske & Wiske. In English they are known as Spike & Suzy, or Luke & Lucy or Willy & Wanda… How the hell did that happen? Anyway, I decided to use the boy of this duo as inspiration for a look, cause it’s fun and kinda easy and goodness knows, I need fun ‘n easy right now.

Luckily a pair of jeans with rolled up cuffs isn’t hard to find in SL. For this outfit I went with the Broberry jeans by Deadwool and a red polo by Cold Ash, who are really good at this kind of item. I think Suske (Spike, Luke, Willy… what’s in a name) is wearing some kind of boots, but I opted for the smart Nardov sneakers by Versov in dark brown. We’re going for “inspiration” here, not a carbon copy.

Recently the characters were revamped and Suske’s default outfit is now a red hoodie, skinny jeans and a flashy pair of trainers. Finding shoes that don’t clip with a pair of skinny jeans in SL is a bit of a challenge. Didn’t I say I was going to keep it simple? Oh well, in the end I settled on the Leo Jeans by Ascend which fit smoothly in the the Retro Dunks by Vale Koer. The hoodie is from Cold Ash and can be worn with or without the t-shirt, but I don’t think our hero is used to showing a lot of skin. It’s a rather wholesome comic book after all.

Speaking of skin, I have used one of the more obscure options. Stray Dog is of course very popular and they have a vaste back catalogue of skins, but not very many options for the Signature Gianni head. This is their Roman skin which, as you perhaps can see, does come as an applier for the Gianni head. I wanted to use this particular head for this little project, because I felt it suited Suske. The eyebrows on the skin were a bit too heavy for my liking, but Stray Dog always includes a no-brows version and I have applied the Identity Real Brows. Of course I’m going for a grown-up version here, as I’ve got no place for bloody teenagers in my life, so the Birth Bristle beard applier adds some years to the look in a good way. The muscle on the Signature Gianni body doesn’t doe a bad job at that either. The Stealthic Obscure hairstyle works a treat for this look and my trusty Avi Glam Solstice eyes are only to happy to make an appearance. All to hear you better with, I stuck on the Mandala Steking Season 5 mesh ears and that completed the look.

Now it’s bed time, maybe with a classic Suske & Wiske. I have collection of over a 100 of them all from my childhood and some later nostalgic purchases. *Sighs*… Simpler times.

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