*VOICE-OVER* Previously in What’s Eating TMP: Billy found himself surprised and puzzled at the sudden change in direction from TMP. First he was dismayed at the removal of the free body and then pleasantly surprised though somewhat alarmed at the sudden drop in price for a Deluxe body and head from 5000 to 500 L$. His bewilderment continued as he saw all the boutique clothing being thrown at people for free (and he got everything!). It didn’t come much of a surprise anymore after that however, when the skin price went down 50 % as well. What will he be looking at next?
Right, let’s stop referring to myself in the third person now, Second Life is disorienting enough as it is. I wanted to show a combination of an up-to-date bento mesh head with the TMP body as an alternative to getting a rigid non-bento TMP mesh head. Give the Aron head from Akeruka a try. It automatically comes with a set of both Omega and TMP body appliers so you can easily use the head’s default skin and match your body to it. As in so many cases when you start combining a mesh head from one maker with the body from another, you will notice a neck seam. Usually this will be most prominent at the back and depending on the windlight you are using, it can range from hardly noticeable to very obvious. For this example I stepped away from the standard Akeruka skin and applied one from 7 Deadly S(k)ins to increase the individuality of this look. 7DS is one of the few places that have Omega appliers which will work with this head as well as the matching appliers for the TMP body. The price tag is around 2500 for the head, which comes without animations. You can purchase an animation hud for it separately which brings the total price to a little over 5000. Of course once you decide to move on from the TMP body to another one, you will be able to keep using this head.
Let’s continue this TMP story while I’m on a roll. If you haven’t read any of my previous posts on the subject yet, I should probably repeat that they aree having a big sale. I haven’t seen any official adverts for it and not even a group announcement has been sent out. Now one of SL’s most well known bloggers, Strawberry Singh, has picked up on it as well. She asked the “LifeHelp” person (#DeadHelp) at TMP whether this was a temporary sale or if this price change is going to be permanent and she was told that as far as they knew, the sale was temporary. It must be such a rewarding thing to be part of TMP’s LifeHelp team, especially if you enjoy passing on wishy washy information.
This brings me to the other misinformation being spread in SL about the TMP body. People seem to think that nobody is making any clothes for it anymore. Actually, some people go as far as to say that nobody made any clothes for it ever. I imagine them being high placed members of the Alternative Facts Club. In all fairness, I should say that support from creators for the TMP body has been fluctuating and nice underwear brands such as Noche and Dufaux have stopped rigging their saucy little numbers for the TMP derrière. Admittedly, in the past there have been times where much to my chagrin I couldn’t make a nice tank top, a t-shirt or a pair of shorts work for this body. However, looking at a recent blog post about Men Only Monthly, the tops from A&D, Etham and Aitui which I purchased at this event all came with a version rigged for the TMP body. The Deadwool Broberry jeans I’m wearing them with are hugging my peaches perfectly and shoes aren’t an issue with most mesh bodies most of the time anyway.
I went back to Men Only Monthly for a second sweep and found myself a nice pair of sweatpants from BrunStyle, perfect for lazy Sunday mornings.
From the Invictus booth I got a denim shirt and pair of shorts, perfect for those early evening strolls along the beach when the sun starts dipping under the horizon and the breeze makes it a bit too cold for just a pair of swim trunks. And with that, I’m walking off into the sunset.
Extra! Extra! The free fall continues! Last week the price for the TMP mesh body and heads took a spectacular and somewhat suspicious nosedive from 5000 to 500 L$ and now the skin prices have been slashed in half. The avatar I once paid 11.250 L$ for is now achievable for 1.750 L$. You can even safe yourself another 250 by NOT getting TMP’s eyebrows. Instead, head over to Aeros and take a look in the area where they keep their system skins. You will see some low tables there with appliers for the TMP mesh head and among those (lo and behold!) you’ll notice a free eyebrow applier. You’re welcome! Oh, and don’t come crying if you landed in the willies’ department first.
I remain on the fence about this slashing of prices. As someone who from time to time has blogged about looking your best for less in Second Life, I should feel elated to be able to pass on this happy news, but there are too many uncomfortable question marks surrounding this sudden sale. TMP’s Facebook page known as “The Shops” doesn’t even mention this sale. Very suspicious indeed! Clearly open and honest communication is not their strongest point and allegedly it is hard to get any kind of support from TMP. There website has always been a dud and on top of all that there is the strange situation of TMP running everything on their own servers. I still don’t know what this means for the body and head if these servers go offline. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if in less than half a year from now someone will be flicking the off switch and we’ll see what happens. My advise for now would be to not invest too much money in this and save copies of your body, head(s) and TMP clothing with the different skins and textures on them, because if something will stop working after server shutdown, it is most likely going to be the StyleMode hud.
It’s been 11 days since I last reported on any kind of event, so it was high time to jump into the NX-Nardcotix David mesh body and go take a look at the current round of Men Only Monthly to see what’s on offer. In short I would describe as too many shoes, poses and tattoos for my liking and not enough menswear. Nevertheless I found myself some new bits to combine with older bobs (that sounds wrong!) and hey presto, here are some outfits to cover your David up with should you ever feel the need to do so. After all, public willy waving is frowned upon at most places, even in SL.
Breath is showcasing something at MOM and calls this a shirt, but what’s in a name? I could easily call this a jacket and get away with it. I slipped into the muted green version, which has nice decorative stitching on the sleeves and a graffiti style print on the back that says “of the madness”, whatever that means. There weren’t any new jeans or trousers at this round of MOM that I could make work with this jacket or body for that matter, so I went for the trusty Broberry jeans from Deadwool, paired with NX-Nardcotix newest pair of ankle boots which very nicely pick up on the green tint of the jacket. You’ll find these shoes at the current round of Men Jail and of course at the NX-Nardcotix main store after the event has ended.
Moving on to Aitui, we are seeing a blazer with rolled up sleeves and a t-shirt. Isn’t that lovely? Something for the warmer weather! How de-light-ful! Sure, let’s ignore that currently my real life has been turned into a winter wonderland again. That’s what Second Life is all about, no? Ignoring reality? What I couldn’t ignore was that with some sudden moves of my Animation Override, I noticed the back of my upper arms going through the fabric of the sleeves, but mostly this blazer is a nice fit and I would recommend using the TMP size for maximum comfort. I made good use of Deadwool’s Broberry jeans and NX-Nardcotix Jude ankle boots again, going for the pale blue “lapis” version of the jeans and the boots in a nice warm camel tone. Having the fatpack of both of these items make them the ideal combination to use with all sorts of smart casual looks.
The creator of Etham is quite the busy little bee, churning out one nice jacket after the other. This time around it is a slightly longer coat with the usual hud to change the colour of the t-shirt and buttons. At this point they’re not going to surprise anybody any more with this kind of work, but at least they’re dependable and surprises can be nasty little things. I didn’t bother with trying to surprise you either and stuck with my jeans and ankle boots. If you don’t like it, just skip to one of the many blog posts where my ass is hanging out.
I’m finishing off this round of David @ MOM by showing you this casual blazer with built-in shirt and vest from A&D. At the bottom of the vest there is a bit of bare skin showing but in the poster for this jacket and vest that particular gap is covered with a belt buckle, which probably is available at A&D’s main store. I don’t mind a tiny bit of teasing skin down there though, it goes nicely with the open buttons at the top of the shirt, but realistically the shirt should have been a bit longer.
That’s it for now. I believe that yet again the myth that there are no clothes for this body has been successfully dispelled. I agree that it takes a bit more effort and you have to try on several size versions till you find the one that works best, but you definitely can use this body for more things than being naked.
After yesterday’s shock of seeing the price of the TMP Deluxe mesh body and heads plummet from 5000 to 500 L$ with not a single word of official communication about it, my suspicious mind is on high alert. If you are the kind of person who has a bit of money to play with in Second Life but always thought that the TMP body was stupendously overpriced, then maybe this is the time to get one to play with it till it breaks. There is after all a chance that things won’t work as they should for much longer, as explained in the previous What’s Eating TMP blog post. As I have owned this body since quite early on in my Second Life, I had nothing to lose by getting a whole sh*t load of the textures for their clothing line which they’re now giving away. Perhaps the fun will be short lived, but boy of boy oh boy oh boooooy am I having fun! All whats missing up there at The Shops was a big button that said: get me everything!
Interestingly the price for one of their appliers for the mesh head is still 1000 L$ for just one skin tone without eyebrows. You can either get one of their eyebrows for 250 L$, but save yourself the risk of investing more money in this head and have a look around at Aeros in their area with system skins. They actually have free eyebrow appliers for the TMP head. You’ll find them on one of the low tables. See, I keep saying: Aeros isn’t just for willies!
Yes you are right, I sneaked the Noche metallic thong back in, cause I couldn’t resist with these very low hanging baggy trousers.
I’m very curious to see where all of this is going, because absolutely diddly squat has been going on with TMP apart from a cockeyed survey that asked questions they should have been asking much earlier. At least now something is happening, even if it is pretty strange.
I was all prepared to do a follow up on my first blog post about the free TMP male mesh body, which I entitled ‘The Underwear Model’. I had put together a new look with a good quality system skin for the head, a bodacious hairstyle from Dura and a penis from Aeros , because I really don’t want to look at one of those freebie willies that seem to have been nicked from a body that’s been dead for a while. For eyes I went with a pair of Vermeer mesh eyes in a hazel tone from No Shirt Sherlock, because blue eyes would have been too evident(ly) dear Watson! I even found a free simple animation override on Marketplace.
Then someone told me that they had been up to The Shops and the free body was no longer available. He could see only the ones you had to pay for, ranging from the rather useless Standard, to the not so great Basic and of course the only one you really wanted, the Deluxe Body with all the bells and much needed whistles. Well no, actually you still need to get the whistle from somewhere else with that body, as mentioned earlier. I double checked and indeed it was gone, but I returned to The Shops in the evening and lo and behold, the Deluxe body and mesh heads have tumbled down from their hefty 5000 L$ price tag to just 500! Even crazier is that the entire TMP clothing line from their “Boutique” is now available for free.
This seems highly suspicious. Time and time again I have read that TMP operates outside of the Second Life grid, using their own servers. It has been pointed out that if those servers were to go down, the TMP body would become useless or you would be stuck in whatever skin you applied to it last and the same goes for the TMP clothing line. This extreme discount feels like a last ditch attempt to grab just a few more crumbs from unwitting customers before TMP will be pulling the plug. I don’t feel comfortable making such crass allegations, but what ARE we to think? Perhaps, for those that really still want to use the body now and again, it might be wise to store some back up copies in their inventory with different skins applied to each and repeat this exercise with whatever TMP clothing and textures they may have. I don’t know if that will make a difference, but as I always say: better shave than snorry (this joke only works for people that understand Dutch). I even wonder if the alpha hud would still work if their servers went down.
Naturally I did grab a whole bunch of textures for the TMP clothing, because even if they stop working soon, it’s free stuff innit though? This is just a very, very, very small selection of the different combinations I could create with what I picked up today. The (rather) low baggy pants work very nicely with Noche’s metallic thong and crop top, which are some of their last items that still supported the TMP body before it was dropped. Overall support for this body has been really weird of late. Sometimes you will find a TMP size version were you didn’t expect it and visa versa, brands that used to support TMP, took that size out of their range. So in short, what the acrobatic chandelier swinging f*ck is eating TMP?
by the short and curlies! Those of you that have seen the original teaser picture of this body or have flicked through my flickr page, know that it is very tempting to just lie around in the buff with the NX-Nardcotix David mesh body all of the time, but personally I can only have so much free willy time till I start itching to spent some money on new threads. So with Man Cave being only three days in its current cycle, I decided to head over to that manliest of manly virtual fashion events and see if I could get something snazzy to wear. I did accidentally wander into the Kinky Event first, but that’s still in the round I already visited. Oy vey, my timing is all effed up!
Of course there is the usual overload of beards and tattoos, some hairstyles and a bit of bling scattered about in the moody industrial quasi atmospheric sales hall and this time there’s even a nifty roadworks set from Krescendo. Not that I feel the need to be reminded of a situation that slows down traffic to a crawl in real life, but there is something hot about those bright yellow diggers.
Now let’s dive into menswear and start of with the steady stable we know as Etham. This creator has been quite productive of late, albeit somewhat predictable. Then again, I understand that plenty of people like to have several subtle variations of what is familiar to them, such as a cardigan with a t-shirt. As always with Etham’s pieces, you’ve got to watch your love handles, butt and saddlebags to prevent the cardigan from flaring out just a little bit too much. Apart from that, even though Etham have ditched the NX-Nardcotix size, I find that the Signature or TMP version works quite well for David.
Breath reminds us that winter isn’t over yet, but it is getting slightly warmer and you may want to wear your coat casually off the shoulder cause you’re melting as a precious snowflake in that high noon sun, burning short but intense… At least that’s how I justify this look. There’s not really a need for a mesh body with this, if you have a system skin that matches your mesh head, because only a very small part of the neck is exposed.
From the Clef de Peau booth you can get this layered short-sleeved sweater which actually comes in an NX size, hooray! Even with a single colour version you get a little hud with a couple of options for the t-shirt. It’s always nice to have something to play with, right?
I’ve paired these three tops with the Broberry jeans from Deadwool (outfit 1 and 2) and with the Exmachina jeans (outfit 3) and I’ve been making thankful use of the colour hud that comes with the new Jude ankle boots from NX-Nardcotix which are just casual enough to wear with jeans but would also work well with a suit. That’s smart. It’s casual smart! You’ll find these boots at the current round of the Men Jail event until February 28th and at the NX-Nardcotix mainstore after that.
Second Life’s annual Valentine’s Day shopping event is back because evidently we’re rapidly approaching the most fake of all holidays. It’s obviously Valen-bloody-tines effing day innit and everybody gets heart shaped things stuffed down their throats! Don’t worry, I’m not a bitter singleton, I just love to swear, fudge it! There’s not even a bank holiday connected to this dung heap of a day. But lets leave the bitchin’ and moanin’ for Mother’s Day and concentrate on the benefits of this overly commercialised day of hearts and roses and chocolates and man-oh-man, a huge bottle of wine. Actually, make mine a bag in box with a big straw stuck to the side. That’ll brighten things up a bit. However, first we need to take a look at what freebies and discounts you can score at this fabulous event.
Deadwool took some of their casual items to this event, such as the Andrew cardigan, their “damaged” pleated jeans and the Ulrich boots. Put them together and you get an outfit that’s perfect for casually cozying up for a cuddle with your cupid and it’s all at -20% so you can be a cheap(er) date.
You can also grab their absolutely no strings attached Valentines gift, which is a version of the Chase sneakers dipped in red paint. There’s something poetic about the back of these shoes being grey. It reminds me that while love can make us stronger, it can also be our Achilles heel.
Crawling through the super lagged events hall, I finally reached the Zed Designz booth, which is the only other brand represented at this event that does menswear. They are giving away a couple of suits that aren’t too shabby, but just very slightly too chunky, dare I say lumpy for my taste. Let’s say that I’m 90% convinced that I do want to rummage around in their range to see if I can find something a bit sharper. One of the suits is a casual one with an untucked shirt and a hooded jacket, but I prefer the more classic one with a vest. Both suits come with a nice hud so you can play with the textures for the tie, shirt and vest and you won’t have to wonder about which shoes to wear with these suits, as they come with a pair of manly boots. Apart from this generous gift, Zed Designz also brought a nice selection of their range to this event with a 50% discount on most pieces.
Also worth mentioning is that Trompe Loeil has a bunch of furniture with PG cuddle animations on offer at half price, The Forge gets you ready for summer with their cute Beach Bum necklace gift and Fashiowl treats us to three sets of poses complete with props (yes, the horse is a prop, live with it).
Second Life’s annual Valentine’s Day shopping event will be on until 26 February and it will come as no surprise to you that there are plenty more gifts and discounts for items aimed at female avatars. Oh quelle surprise!
My NX-Nardcotix David was feeling a bit peckish. You might even say he was Fameshed, so I headed for the event as soon as it would let me in. It tends to get a bit hectic on the first day of Fameshed, so I prefer to wait till day two or three, or till the very end because I forgot about it. My goal was, as it always is when I’m working with the NX-Nardcotix David mesh body, to find items that fit without requiring extreme changes to my shape. I don’t mind a bit of shape shifting of course, but I wouldn’t go from athletic hunk to slim shady just to fit in a pair of shorts. So without any further ado, let’s look at what worked this time and keep schtum about what didn’t do so well.
First up is a suit by Ascend that’s classic in style, but worn in a modern way that says: “I’m too hot for a bloody bow tie”. One never really knows which size is going to work best when the version for your particular mesh body is not included. In this case the Slink version did the trick and I played with the shape sliders just a bit to balance out the width of my hips compared to my torso. This suit comes in many colours and you can get the jacket either with or without print. Even if you go for a single colour version of the jacket, you still can choose from plenty of colours for the shirt and lapels. What I appreciate the most about this look is the plunging neckline, giving us a nice peek at that beautiful chest. If you find that your shoe closet doesn’t have anything in it to go with this suite perfectly, I recommend the “Triple Monk Shoes”, which you can find at the Ascend main store.
Next we’re taking a look at a sweater from Aitui with what they call a cowled throw, which essentially is a large piece of cloth casually draped around your neck. Again, just as with the Aitui sweater and scarf at MOM last month, I really like the drape on this piece. I had to rummage around in my wardrobe to find a pair of trousers that works with this sweater without poking through the sides, but eventually I found several pairs that combined nicely with it. In the end I settled on the “Jack Cargo Pants”, combined with the “Harry Long Boots” all from Ascend.
I don’t pay attention enough to real life street fashion to know whether low crotch skinny jeans are a thing at the moment, but that is what Legal Insanity is showing at Fameshed this month. I’m not a huge fan of this style but they are very well textured and include some nice details like a belt, a key chain and a bandanna wrapped around the upper leg for that bad boy rock ‘n roll look, or whatever you want to call it. Let’s skip right over the whole handkerchief code discussion and focus on how it often will be a challenge to make a pair of jeans work for a mesh body they were not made for. If you are able to achieve a shirtless look you can class as a little victory. By increasing the belly and saddle bags but decreasing the butt and leg muscle I was able to squeeze into these jeans without looking too shabby. To keep it light and airy, I’ve combined them with NX-Nardcotix sandals (NO SOCKS!)
Lenox brought a hoodie to Fameshed and I’m rapidly becoming a fan of their work. I recommend using the Signature version and depending on the trousers you are wearing with it, you will have to play with your love handles and saddle bags to make everything fit nicely. In this case I’m wearing the Kalback high cuff jeans and it really doesn’t matter whether these fit at the waist or not, because the top is neatly covered by the hoodie. The boots I’m wearing with this outfit are from Equal and also can be found at Fameshed. To wear these successfully I used the Signature version and pulled them down a bit. I recommend you make a copy of the boots before you do this, so you don’t mess up the rigging in case you want to wear them with the Signature body afterwards.
To concluded this Fameshed exercise (Fameshercise?) I stayed in those jeans and shoes, pulled off the hoodie and tried on a t-shirt and jacket from Etham. The TMP version works well for this one and of course there is the usual Etham hud with a number of t-shirt colours to chose from even if you go for a single colour version of the jacket instead of a fatpack. It’s simple but effective, which is how I would describe much of Etham’s line.
Hi y’all! It’s time to get down and dirty and get your ass over to the Kinky Event! There’s lot’s of figure-clinging little dresses, provocative footwear and seductive lingerie. Most of this is geared towards female avatars and it made me wonder what’s out there for male avis in terms of high heals… I can smell a little project.
For now though I’m sticking with the new briefs from Noche. I have been hoping they would create something like this, because lately we’ve been seeing thongs, jockstraps and harnesses from Noche, but no updated version of their very nice pair of Cletus briefs, which only work for the TMP body. These new Riley briefs with a cut-out at the back for a little naughty butt cleavage, work with the Signature and Belleza mesh bodies and are daaaaaaayum hot.
The crotch, waistband, straps and sheer material clinging to your butt cheeks can all be individually changed when you go for the fatpack, so you can keep it sober in monocolour or mix it up with different colours for each section and use one of the available patterns for the crotch area. Regardless whether you get just one colour or the fatpack, the package will always contain 4 size options for the, eeehm, well… “package”. I know I’m going to have fun colour coordinating these briefs with shoes and accessories for (kinky) underwear parties.
This round of the Kinky Event runs till February 19th, then the booths will be thorough cleaned, dildos boiled and leather gear oiled, ready for the next round. Or maybe that’s just in my mind.