This is another one of those occasions where I didn’t limit my styling exercise with the NX-Nardcotix David mesh body to just one event.
Before I covered up, I got inked first. There are several interesting tattoos just gathering dust in my inventory, which is a shame. This “Baptism Tattoo” by Dappa is a good example of something that deserved an outing and looks great on David. Most tattoos come as a universal omega applier, so I’m sure there are tons of options out there for David. For the newbies I should probably mention that, as is the case with most omega enabled body parts, you will have to pick up the Omega Applier System for David (L$199) at the NX-Nardcotix store. You just add it, click it and remove it again. This makes the body omega ready so you can apply tattoos and skins. Speaking of which, the Birth omega body applier is a perfect choice for David. All shadows and nipples are where they’re supposed to be, which oddly enough isn’t a given in SL. If you find that a tattoo is very slow to get sharp, try going into the Layers tab of the body’s hud and toggling the tattoo layer on and off.
A couple of days ago I picked up the new Wrynn jeans by Legal Insanity at Fameshed. Depending on how you want to use these jeans, you can switch between sizes. If you want to go shirtless, you are better of with the Enzo size, though you may want to tweak your shape a little as your legs and butt will look very thick in this size. If you don’t need to worry about your waistline cutting into the jeans because it is covered up, the Gianni size may be the better option. Let’s look a some examples…
It is time again to drop trou and shake it all about… Literally. A couple of weeks a new penis hit the grit… Oh, painful!
It’s called The Physics Cock “The P” and it’s made by ASA in collaboration with Session Skin. The product is still in beta phase but you can already purchase it for L$ 1,980. I don’t know if that means it will go up in price once it’s out of beta phase, or if this is yet again a perfect example of the inappropriate use of the the word “beta”. In any case I’d say it isn’t perfect but it’s damn good fun and you can demo it before you cough up the dough.
The texturing is quite detailed and I believe it is possible to create your own textures for it, if that is part of your personal skill set. There are several size options in the hud, but I would have preferred something on a sliding scale. Still, all in all it’s a handsome looking piece of equipment, as far as a scrotum can be handsome of course. Oh, the ball height options are a nice touch too. You can have them high and tight or low and loose… Apparently at a certain age that becomes knee height by default. I’ll let you know when I get there.
I still think Aeros penises look better, but “The P” has some very cool tricks, particularly in the animation department. It looks like more animations will be added in future (soon?) so things are looking up. I would like to see a good walk in the hud or possibly natural subtle movement of the penis that can be combined with an AO.
If you want to know more about the look, check out yesterday’s post What’s Eating TMP episode 18. And with that I’ll modestly cover up and let you get on with playing with yourself.
Each time I start one of these “What’s Eating TMP” posts, my first step is to check if there’s something new at their store, weirdly named “The Shops”.
It is still the same underwhelming click & teleport shopping experience and there is nothing new for us guys. They do have a heavily pregnant version of the female body, for those of you that want to start a family in this virtual world. Whatever floats your boat… That should be the official SL slogan.
The lack of anything new at The Shops doesn’t change the fact that I do really like the Legacy body. Surprisingly it is getting a lot of designer support, considering how easy it is to start a moaning-fest about how bad TMP has been in terms of customer service in the past and how the body isn’t really worth it’s premium price tag of L$5000, etc. To the naysayers: I’m hearing ya, but it’s just so najs! That’s how they spell “nice” in Swedish, cause they couldn’t just borrow the word without raping it.
Even in the underwear department, which doesn’t leave any room for use of alpha cuts, new items are popping up for Legacy on a regular basis. There’s already quite the range at Thirst as well as a growing offer at Noche, where I got this Tom Thong.
Skin choices are great too for Legacy, as it’s supported by nice brands like Stray Dog, Clef de Peau and what I’m using here, Birth.
After that sultry bedroom session I headed over to Fameshed for some new threads. I found the new Jourdan hoodie by Noche and Wrynn denims by Legal Insanity at the event and these pieces work quite well together, safe for a bit of clipping with the belt loops. If you’re going for zero glitching perfection, you could of course for example pick up the Noche Kaleb chinos. In both cases the good old Deadwool Chase sneakers work well with these outfits and with Legacy you can wear these sneakers in the Signature size. The carrier bag is something I got in a hunt a couple of years ago. It’s from ILLI, but I don’t think it’s available at their store. Seeing how I appear to have my bag packed though, I’ll leave you with some credits as I buzz off into the sunset.
In a bold move which ditches whomever has bought the Davide avatar, Exmachina dropped it like it wasn’t quite so hot to market a new version under a new name: EVOLVE. That’s one way to do it, I guess. This move certainly won’t win them any sympathy votes, but who knows, maybe the new Evolve body will be a bigger success than Davide ever was. For now though I’m holding off and will create one last look with Davide. You can make him bom-ready with the free bom applier that’s available at Exmachina (go through the door to the fashion area to find it).
Yet again the DNA skin that was a group gift with the November issue of L’Homme Magazine came to the rescue. If it’s no longer a gift when you get there, you should be able to purchase it bundled with the female skin for L$500. I would have preferred some more ab definition, but it’s not a bad basic skin to add things onto. This is what Davide has going on in this shot:
That’s it for Davide. Goodbye my something difficult to style friend.
Poor little Signature Geralt has been left with his latest look for about three months now, impatiently waiting his turn for a revamp. It’s fun to imagine that the various mesh bodies in my inventory are actually fighting for my attention. Recently Signature dropped an update for both the Geralt body and head and that’s as good a reason as any to have another go at it.
The Signature Geralt mesh body and head now are both BOM-ready. The body has a button in its hud to easily switch from applier skin to BOM and for the head there is a separate BOM activation hud. It’s not easy to find a nice new BOM skin that works with the Geralt head and Recycling an old skin isn’t a good option either. With the November issue of L’Homme Magazine there was a group gift at a place called DNA. It contained one skin in 64 skin tones, suitable for Signature and Legacy with some options for eyebrows and hair bases. One of the cool things about BOM is that you can combine it with Omega appliers. If you were to take my Geralt apart, this is what you would find:
Geralt doesn’t get the same level of creator support as his big brother Gianni, but there probably is always at least one new item in his size at any of the ongoing men’s fashion events and plenty more at stores across the grit.
That’s it for now. My conclusion is that the Geralt head isn’t as malleable and arguably less refined than for example the Catwa, Lelutka and Akeruka mesh heads, but with some TLC it definitely is possible to create an interesting look with it. It’s worth noting that at L$3500 the Geralt head is L$1500 cheaper than the other two brands.
Let’s face it, we’re half way through January and at this point you’re back on the smokes and booze and while you are still going to the gym, it’s mostly for the scenery. Que sera sera oh la la.
The combination of three key components in SL allows for the creation of some wildly different looks. One Component is the mesh head, another is the shape which manipulates the mesh head to a certain extend and of course plays a big part in the look. Equally, if not more important is the skin. Apply different demo skins to the same head with the same shape and you’ll notice what a difference it can make. With that in mind, Clef De Peau have a rather clever name, as it literally translates to “skin key”.
I particularly favoured their skins on the Lelutka Andrea head I’ve been using for some time with my alt. Every now and again he makes an appearance in my photo shoots when I need a second person. Because I lack the patience and time to collaborate with other people, I find “alting” the best option (yup, I just turned that into a verb). So far I have always been using Clef De Peau’s Clint skin…
…but now I treated my (other) self to the newer Allan skin. I also got myself the Lelutka Guy head while I was at it. In for a penny, in for a pound, right? If you really want your avatar to look like the store poster for Allan, then you need to use the Guy head and the shape that comes with the skin. Personally I enjoy playing with shapes too much to go for that approach.
Clef De Peau also has some nice apparel. I’m sure their Miles Outfit is the kind of thing you’ll see people wearing at (some) clubs, though I suppose they strip down to this when they get there. On the other hand, London does have that yearly No Trousers On The Metro Day. So yeah, there’s that. Of course you don’t need to go out . Maybe there’s someone at home who will greatly appreciate you prancing around the place, doing the dishes and some light dusting in this “uniform”. I’ll leave you alone with that thought now.
Birth have been branching out from skins into mesh eyes lately and interesting animated eye textures. In my previous post I went shopping for the NX-Nardcotix mesh body at TMD and In every shot I used the Birth animated eye texture that’s available at the event right now till the end of the moth. I didn’t zoom in enough to make it really noticeable, so let’s remedy that here and now.
I like the idea of having a flickering flame in my eyes, as if I’m constantly staring into a campfire on a chilly night, maybe with someone softly strumming a guitar, marshmallows for toasting and hot cocoa that’s ever so gently spiked. Put that whole scene in a snow globe and put it somewhere far out of reach of reality.
The current round of TMD is a rather good one for the NX-Nardcotix David mesh body. There’s nothing in his particular size, but there are several items in other sizes that can be combined with each other or with something else I happen to have in my wardrobe.
The gorgeous leather (faux sheepskin?) Maverick jacket by Minimal at TMD comes with a built-in T-shirt, but it makes me happy to see that the shirt can be taken off to show a little skin. I’m using the Signature size for the jacket and luckily there are some jeans that work well with David in the Aesthetic (Enzo) size. The Gary rolled blue jeans by Legal Insanity are a good example. You just need to adjust your shape slightly, so your legs don’t look much bigger in the jeans than when you are naked and also to stop you from glitching through the waistband. You’ll effortlessly slip on the NX-Nardcotix Jude Ankle Boots under these jeans and in the words of a magician with a lisp: “hey pesto!” you’ve got yourself an outfit. What? No laughs? Tough crowd.
For this next outfit you could be working with pretty much any mesh body or even no mesh body, because you’re totally covered up. The MGMen’s jacket, sweater and scarf, L&B Havoc Ops tucked jeans and boots are all from TMD, so right now this is a one-stop outfit. I find it cheeky from MGMen that they charge extra for the sweater, as it’s not possible to wear the jacket without it because then you have a gap between the sleeves and the pockets of the jacket, where your wrists should be.
You’re ass will look like a new world wonder (where are we with the count on those these days?) in the L&B Havoc Ops jeans, especially in this outfit. If you attempt to wear the jeans shirtless, you’ll have to suck in your cheeks, expand your tummy and saddle bags and overall show a lot of willingness to play with your shape. You’ve got to massage the numbers a bit, so to speak. I’m using the Signature size, but it’s a shame that L&B no longer seem to support the Aesthetic size, because chances are that would have been a better fit for David. Still, this doesn’t look too bad though, does it?
The story is pretty much the same for the Aitui Chino Wrap at TMD. Some love and care and a thicker core is needed to make them work. I find the TMP size is your best option here. The NX-Nardcotix Mecatl are a good fit with these chinos. They help to tell the story of a surprisingly warm spring day on which you found yourself taking off your shirt cause you were schvitzing like a schmendrick.
Now for something smart casual. As much as I like underwear, I also get a kick out of seeing my avatar in a sharp suit or that sexy combo of a suit jacket and jeans. There are two options for this kind of look at this round of TMD. On the left you see the Not So Bad Erwin suit jacket and on the right there’s the Tori Torricelli Byron jacket. Both are worn with the L&B Havoc jeans (available at the L&B main store, not to be confused with the tucked jeans they have at TMD now) and the NX-Nardcotix Jude ankle boots.
That wraps up this styling session with David and with those last couple of outfits he looks sharp enough to go have a martini in a fancy hotel bar. But in reality, I’ll just be going to bed. *bubble burst*
Time to wrestle my self out of that holiday fog and back into reality… NOT. In Sweden we’re blessed with yet another bank holiday on December 6th, which this year happens to fall on a Monday. Nevertheless I thought I’d return to some normalcy with one of the two underwear items from the December Jockd set at Thirst.
Traditionally ballet dancers wear a so called dance belt and not a jockstrap, but fork it, I’m running out of interesting things to do in my underwear so I’m going to ballet-pose the hell out of that Thirst Tommy Jock. It’s fitted for Belleza Jake & Legacy mesh bodies and comes with 10-colour hud.
Shown on the Belleza mesh body with Birth skin and Stealthic Psycho hair. Pose from Body Language set and Dance Hall photo booth both by Fox City. I added the framed ballet photographs myself and dropped a city skyline in front of the booth for a more interesting view.