Noche recently released a latex version of their Jack Crop Vest. Noche’s Jack Latex Singlet includes a slightly looser version that allows for something to be worn underneath, like this crop vest. Together they make for a rather stunning “uniform”. The obvious setting for this kind of outfit would be a (fantasy) wrestling ring, but I thought I’d go for something a bit more science fiction and give my guys a goofy looking retro style ray gun. It kinda works, right? I mean sure, you didn’t see a lot of latex in Star Trek, but some of the outfits were definitely provocative.
If you are into roleplay or simply enjoy a sci-fi environment, make sure to check out the Cyber and Sci-Fi roleplay sections in the Destination Guide. You’re bound to find something there that tickles your fancy among the mix of moderate and adult futuristic sims. Personally, for photography purposes I was drawn to the preview image for Cocoon. When I hit the ground at this landmark, I immediately got the impression that this sim is taking roleplay quite seriously, but you are allowed to visit as a guest without fully emmerging in it. Cocoon is a space station and, in the words of the destination guide: “a medium-sized commercial hub that has grown exponentially in the past decade, home to mega-corporations, crime syndicates, and much more.” This sim manages to be both bold and colourful and yet quite moody and positively reeks of shady deals, which would be a good name for a perfume. It seemed only right to parole the streets in our “uniform”, which is a good-ish segue to the credits. First though, I’ll remind you that I now have a Patreon page so if you feel like showing your appreciation, you can sign up and get the occasional extra image. For this blog post I’ve made an extra naughty (NSFW) image for my Patrons, featuring a thong and crotchless jockstrap by Noche.
The latest edition of L’Homme Magazine, arguably SL’s most popular quarterly male fashion magazine, was published in August (2021). Personally I like to leave it until we’re into the second month of the quarter before I start looking for the gifts that come with each edition of the magazine. Quite often not all creators who are kindly donating a gift, have put it out yet on the day the magazine is published. Even though we’re rapidly approaching the end of September, some creators still seem to have no gift available. Oh well, no use crying over spilled milk, especially when the milk wasn’t there to be spilled yet. Let’s look at some of the gifts I could find.
I’m also using this as an opportunity to continue the Belleza Jake mesh body and Lelutke Skyler mesh head tutorial. From Vendetta we’re getting the Milan Skin for Lelutka Evo X mesh heads. Remember to switch to Evo X in the HUD for your Lelutka head if after putting on the skin your face is all over the place.
Typically you will not get a body skin for Belleza Jake or any other mesh body with this kind of gift. You can either purchase it separately from Vendetta or you can use Belleza’s own body skin. Keep in mind that the face skin needs to go on top of the body skin, otherwise you’ll get a very bad neck seam. Either you put on the body skin first and then add the face skin or if you’re already wearing these the wrong way round, you can edit your outfit (click on the button with the wrench) and when you hover over an item in the list, you’ll see an arrow that lets you move it up a position. I think that with some skins it doesn’t matter much in which order you wear the layers, but with this Vendetta skin it definitely does.
Right, now it’s time to start embellishing! The hair base can be found in the Unpack – HAIRBASES – lel EvoX BOM (m) folder and the freckles are in the Unpack – ADDONS – lel EvoX BOM folder. I’m also wearing the HD beard that comes with the head. And now for some more L’Homme Magazine group gifts:
The backdrop I’ve used here is a group gift from Minimal and it reminded me I should mention that L’Homme Magazine isn’t “just” about fashion, it usually has some smashing interior design editorial pages too, so it’s no surprise that there are also gifts for in and around your virtual home. Sometimes there may even be a (tiny) home.
Varonis has gifted a cute little cabin and while I’d be hard pressed to turn this into a proper home, it has potential as a romantic hideaway somewhere in a wooded area… Spontaneously bursts into song: the loooove shack is a little place where we can get together… Right! Moving along! The cabin has a wood burning stove to make it nice and toasty and there are several furniture creators in Second Life™ with a lovely back catalogue of group gifts that will be helpful to create a cozy space.
The L’Homme Magazine group gift from Zerkalo is a small stack of books with a whiskey tumbler and cigar. While you’re there you can also pick up Zerkalo’s own group gifts, like the chaise longue and basket with blanket. There’s no joining fee for the Zerkalo group at the time of publication. I also rezzed a rug, side table and some artwork, all gifts from Fancy Decor. There you’ll pay L$ 250 to join the group but the Fancy Decor gifts are plentiful and more than worth it. Meanwhile the shirt I’m wearing is the L’Homme gift from Gabriel and the boxers are a group gift from Kalback. The charming onesie worn by my equally charming buddy is an oldie but a goodie from Noche and also just happens to be a group gift. Finally, the sleeping corgi is yet another group gift from Jian. It will probably please you to learn that there’s no group joining fee for Kalback, Noche and Jian.
The cabin has a small loft, but you can’t really get up there by climbing the ladder, unless you have a very short avatar. Varonis kindly included some pillows with sitting animations with the cabin, so you can rez these on the loft to give you something to click on and take a seat as a way to get up there, away from the world and its worries. It’s a good place for a couple of ice cold brewskies and we just happen to get a bucket full of them from 8f8 Creations.
That’s it from me for now as far as the L’Homme Magazine group gifts are concerned. There are more of them and maybe some will pop up in another blog, but now it’s time for me to go get the laundry out of the drier and probably spend way too much time on trying to match up gray socks in correct pairs.
Near the end of August Belleza finally got round to updating their mesh bodies to what is now the 3.0 version. There was no automatic redelivery and as I don’t always keep my ear to the ground (it’s such an awkward position) I only found out about it a couple of weeks into September. Oh well, never mind. I got my update now, so I’m using this as an opportunity to go over the basics of putting together an avatar with this particular mesh body.
I suggest that first you get yourself down to one of the classic standard avatars. Then you start stripping til you can’t remove anything else. You’ll be left with a shape, skin, eyes and brow shape. For the next step you are already faced with a choice. You can either use a BOM skin, in which case you do not need to wear an alpha layer. Alternatively you can use an applier skin on the mesh body and in that case, you will need to wear an alpha layer to hide the so called system body. Let’s look at the BOM option first.
Put on Belleza Jake V3 BOM/BENTO and Belleza Jake Body HUD V3, by right-clicking each item and choosing “add”. The body has been set to BOM mode by default, so what you are seeing here know is the skin of the standard avatar “Baked” On the Mesh body… Aaaaah, that’s what BOM means! As it happens, the shape of the classic avatar I’m using doesn’t make the body look too weird. Sometimes at this stage you end up with something that will make you pause to savour the moment, a.k.a. laughing so hard you can’t breath. In any case you can of course edit your shape till it’s just how you like it and if you find shape editing too much of a kerfuffle, you can always shop around for one. Usually shapes are made for a specific mesh head and will include versions for different mesh bodies. My own shapes are usually for a specific combination of mesh head and body, but I find that often a shape I made for the Legacy mesh body, also looks good with Belleza. I believe Tivoli is a particularly popular shape creator, at least that’s the impression I got from anything I’ve watched on Boston Blaisdale’s Youtube channel. As I always make my own shape, I can’t spontaneously name any other shape creators. I do know that often when you buy a skin for a mesh head, it will include a shape for a particular head. If you look closely at a poster for a skin, it will probably tell you which head it’s shown on.
Now that I have touched on skins and mesh heads, it’s time to start using them. Today I’m choosing the Lelutka Skyler mesh head. If you are new to Lelutka, it might be interesting to know that you’ll find two male mesh heads from their older range slightly tucked away in a corner, named Guy and Andrea. Although these two can be used with BOM skins, they were originally created to be used with appliers. I realise that for the totally uninitiated this will all sound somewhat bewildering, but bear with me here. In a later stage Lelutka started created a new line of mesh heads, naming it their Evo line. Their most recent development has been from Evo to Evo X, using a different method to map skin onto the head.
Because the Evo X heads use this specific way of mapping the skin and also because the shape of your standard avatar most probably will not be very suitable for the mesh head, when you first put on the Lelutka Skyler mesh head, your avatar is going to look well messy. Don’t worry, Lelutka’s got you covered. In the HUD for this head you’ll find buttons to switch between Evo and Evo X. To get the look you see on the right in the above image, you need to add the following items to your outfit (always right-click and choose add). I’ve used the exact naming as shown in the folder for the head.
If at this point your eyes are just empty red sockets, it means that they are set to BOM. There are two things you can do. You can remove ALPHA (BOM Head + Body – APPLIER Eyes) from your outfit and the eyes of the standard avatar will be baked on the mesh eyes that come with the body (sounds kinda painful!). You can also leave that alpha on and click on one of the eye textures in the HUD, which is what I have done here. This avatar is coming along nicely already and we haven’t even looked at skins yet. The standard avatar skins are quite bland and lacking in detail, but luckily there are lots of options available from various skin creators for the combination of the Belleza Jake mesh body and Lelutka mesh heads.
Before you head out to purchase a skin, you may want to look at the options that come with the Belleza Jake mesh body and Lelutka Skyler mesh head. In the folder for the Jake body you will find an item named Belleza BOM Mesh Body Skin. Unpack this item and you’ll get a folder with 14 skins, consisting of 7 skin stones, each one in a smooth and hairy version. I chose the “Med Hair” version here. Now go back to the folder for your Lelutka mesh head and look for the four BOM skins, named “FACE lel Evo Skyler 001” to 004. I’m using 003 here, which seems to match up naturally with the body skin. I don’t think this would have been possible with the previous version of the Belleza body, but because the BOM skins have been made to blend into each other, you don’t get an ugly seam on your neck. If you’re still pretty new to Second Life™ (hello, welcome, have fun, please don’t be scared), you might think: “so what?”. But if you’ve been knocking around here for a while, the absence of a neck seam is a blooming halle-forking-lujah moment! Next you can add your eyebrows which ar also available from the Skyler folder. The fun doesn’t stop here yet with the addons. Go ahead and unpack all the items in the Lelutka head folder that have a name that starts with “unpack” and I’ll see you on the other side.
As we’re working with an Evo skin here (not Evo X), we can only use ADDONS – LeLUTKA Classic BOM (m) and HAIRBASES – LeLUTKA Classic BOM. I’ve added:
I also added the HD Beard, which comes with it’s own HUD for changing the style and colour of your facial hair. This is one way of wearing a beard. You can also wear a bom layer without using the HD beard.
Make sure to take a look in the HUD for your Lelutka head, as you will find even more options there like a subtle lip gloss, a smokey eye, an eyebrow scar, longer lashes, different teeth, etc. Here you can also change the angle of your ears and of course this is where you will find all the animations. You can find a detailed user guide on Lelutka’s website.
You may have noticed in some of the shots that my body was looking rather shiny. This is something you can adjust in the Belleza HUD. In the Skin tab you will find a button to turn the “materials” on and off. This is the N button. When it’s turned on you’ll notice that your skin looks more bumpy. Note that Advanced Lighting Model needs to be switched on in the graphics settings of your SL viewer or you won’t see the difference. The button with the sparkles turns your skin gloss on and off. You can use the Gloss and Environment sliders to make the effect less or more dramatic. The visibility of these effects also depends on the WindLight™ you’re using.
The Alpha tab is an important one when you want to wear clothing. Some items will just fit, others may have an auto-hide function built-in. These means when you put on that item of clothing, any parts of your body that might go through it, will automatically be hidden. If this not happening, you can manually click areas of your body on the mannequin in the HUD to make them invisible. You can then save this for future use if you want. It’s also possible to create your own auto-hide for specific outfits with a kit that’s available at the Belleza store.
That just about covers the basics. I found a video about the Belleza HUD on Youtube. It’s quite old, but the HUD hasn’t changed much since then, so you still may find it useful. The Belleza Jake mesh body currently is 50% off, so it’s L$1,500 and the Lelutka Skyler mesh head is L$3,990. So to repeat my exercise (not including the clothing) you’ll need L$5,490.
If you’re going for a more unique look, you’ll have to spent some money on a skin, hair and eyes. If you purchase an Evo X skin, you’ll be able to use many more add-ons that come with the Lelutka head. Changing your shape will make a big difference as well. You can either make your own shape or purchase one. Shapes usually come with a detailed notecard telling you which skin etc. to use if you want to resemble the poster image for the shape. Many skins also include a shape for a particular mesh head. In most, if not all cases, the shape will be modifiable, so if you like the look of one but want to make some “cosmetic” changes, then that’s perfectly possible. I do advise to make a copy of the shape first before you start editing. There is always the option to use “save as” once you’ve made a change, but there’s the danger of forgetting about that and clicking the save button instead, losing the original in the process. Then again, most stores offer redelivery, so it won’t be a disaster.
That it’s for now folks! I think my next blog post will be with the Belleza Jake and Lelutka Skyler mesh head with a shape and look I’ve created for it.
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Linden Labs doesn’t strongly market the sexual aspect of Second Life™ and while it’s perfectly possible to make your SL experience and altogether wholesome one, it’s safe to say that with the vast range of provocative fashion on offer, monthly events focused on kinky stuff and anatomically correct avatars (after you’ve got yourself some bells and whistles that is), you can turn this virtual world into your very own den of iniquity. Or to put it in les condemning terms: nowt wrong wif a bit of slap and tickle, innnit?
In real life I wouldn’t throw caution to the wind and get overly handsy with some guy in the locker room at the gym. In Second Life™ that wind is a bloody hurricane and whatever caution I had here to begin with has long been sucked up and whizzed of to Oz. I do urge you to respect the maturity rating and covenant for whatever sim you happed to be at, before you engage in any heavy petting. Losing one’s caution is one thing, but there’s no excuse for a lack of common decency.
I noticed recently that among the destination categories in the SL viewer (or Firestorm) there no longer is an adult section, but I don’t have any strong feelings about that beyond “hmmm, interesting” with a touch of “meh” thrown in for good measure. You still can find an adult section in the destination guide on the Second Life™ website. Interestingly again, while everything else is in alphabetical order in the list of destinations, for the Adult only sims you have to scroll all the way past Z… meh. No matter how far down the list they put these sims, there will always be shenanigans going on in Second Life unless we experience another uprising of the prohibition movement. I can almost hear that in a deep movie trailer voice: The puritans are back, and this time they are going virtual.
There’s an even steamier Locker Room Shenanigans image available for my Patrons. I decided to create a Patreon account recently because I rather like the idea of my Second Life™ creativity paying for itself but I’m not a fan of random ads appearing on my blog (Russian bride anyone?). I’ll try to create at least one extra image to put on Patreon for each blog post I publish. To be honest, I don’t expect anything of this, but if you don’t ask, you don’t get.
Quite often the monthly search to find something new to wear with the NX-Nardcotix David mesh body starts on Marketplace. I enter NX-Nardcotix in the search field, hit the search button and filter on Apparel and Men’s. While there aren’t many new items being made for this body, if any, occasionally I do come across a full perm items that’s been given a nice new texture. As we’re through the first half of September now, I wasn’t surprised to find a sweater with a bunch of textures in autumn colours and halloween patterns.
I downplayed the Halloween theme for now, choosing a simple muted red and gray striped version of the October Sweater by Love Fashion. It goes well with the Lewis denims by Legal Insanity. These fit David in the Signature size (which I’m wearing) or the Enzo size, if you’re willing to play with your shape a bit. The shape editing sliders you need are leg muscle, saddlebags, butt size and belly size. These jeans are torn and sadly you can’t wear them without the patches that come with them, because you need to alpha out your legs. On the bright side, you can get a textures add-on pack for these patches and make them match your outfit. The Ulrich boots and socks by Deadwool look like they’ve seen a lot of action keeping my feet warm on long autumn walks through cities and parks.
Once back home I stripped off that sweater to show of the Dear Devil tattoo by Taox Tattoo and also show that the Lewis denims can be worn shirtless with David, if you are willing to adjust your shape as mentioned before. While I was at it, I continued stripping to show you the back of the tattoo, call it a day and take a nap with the cat.
I have made a bare bum version of the image with the briefs for my Patrons
For a brief period in real life I became quite the avid runner. I started gently by taking long walks straight after work. I was still living with my parents back then and had absolutely nothing in my way to prevent me from “stretching my legs” for a couple of hours every day. Then I gradually started building in short burst of jogging into the walk. As soon as I felt I could keep it going, I started driving straight home from work and running in the countryside where my parents still live today. At least four times a week, come rain or shine, I would run 5 or 10 km. I had already started a weight loss journey and the running gave it an extra kick, so it wan’t hard to find the motivation. Sadly, I never really enjoyed it. I enjoyed the after buzz, but not really the running itself. My knees weren’t agreeing with it either so I ended up trading it in for a crosstrainer. At least I could have the tv on while I was spinning away on that contraption every day.
I do envy people who seem to be enjoying themselves while running though. It is quite a popular way to stay fit for lots of people in Stockholm. Year in, year out those bloody joggers are being a nuisance to those of us that just want to enjoy a walk. It’s kinda funny how there’s a nuisance hierarchy in traffic. Walkers are annoyed by runners and bikers, then of course bikers feel threatened by cars and anyone driving a car has large vehicles like busses and trucks looming over them. Anyhoo, at least collisions in Second Life™ don’t come with any physical damage and virtual running doesn’t put any strain on my knees either. You know, I’m really starting to think SL is better than RL.
After a yet another week of everybody at work needing a piece of me, I have to tell myself to relax and take it easy. It doesn’t necessarily need to be a physically lazy weekend, but I mindfully need to tell my brain to slow down. I swear I’ve got an overactive hamster in an exercise wheel in my head and often I’m having a hard time trying to make the little bugger slow the hell down.
Let’s face it, Second Life™ isn’t always the most relaxing environment. Between its learning curve and sometimes insane lag it can easily become a world of frustration. In my little swanky cabin up in the sky however, the lag isn’t too bad and there’s not much of a learning curve when one is just hanging out in one’s pants. Throw in some welcome company and a couple of very cute kittens and you’ve got yourself a bit of virtual relaxation heaven. Not much more to say about that now.
It is no secret at all that I like my virtual underwear. Hell, if this would be a secret it would be the very definition of the world’s worst kept secret. As Second Life™ is a place where a lot of people like to live out fantasies which real life might not let them get around to, much of the undergarments in SL are of the daring kind. I wear the butt floss quite often when upper garments will allow me to show it off and I sure like the buttock-lift of a good jockstrap, but every now and again I like to wear something a bit more, dare I say it, normal. Enter the newest creation by Noche, the Devlin briefs.
It’s rather refreshing to see a pair of well executed y-briefs in SL. It’s the kind of (fresh) underwear youre mother wants you to wear just in case you get hit by a car and they have to undress you in hospital. Oh the shame you would bring upon the family if you were caught wearing something slutty in such a situation! The fatpack of these briefs comes with 26 colour options which can be applied to the main fabric, trim and waistband separately and there are 30 designs for the print on the waistband.
I’ve been playing some more with the look for the Lelutka Connor EVO X mesh head I put together for my previous blog post. The shape was tweaked just slightly and because the eyebrows are much more visible with this hairdo, I also edited the brow shape. Then I dived in the folder with extras for this head and applied the freckles. Last but not least I slapped on the HD beard that belongs to this head and went for one of the scruffier options. The changes are subtle, yet the overall effect is pleasingly different from the previous look. I’m calling this shape & look Brent and it will be in Marketplace some time this week. The real life job has been rather demanding lately so I’m not putting unnecessary stress on myself in Second Life™.
When it comes to always keeping up with the latest developments in Second Life, I will freely admit that I’m not the best blogger. I’m far from the first to mention that Lelutka have updated their existing “EVO” heads to “EVO X”. How lovely is that! Free updates for all! It had me a little bit worried though. When Lelutka updated the rigging for some of their existing heads a while ago, all the shapes I had made for these heads ended up looking wonky (good word!) and I had to edit them all. So now I wondered if perhaps the suggested skins for these shapes would be all over the place.
Thankfully Lelutka have given us the option to switch between EVO and EVO X with a simple click on the hud, so we can keep using the classic skins or splash out on one of the new EVO X skins, which are popping up all over the place. I won’t have to review my shapes again. Which is a good thing, because in real life when I’m done with a brochure or catalogue in one language, it usually means I have to repeat the darn thing in at least eight other languages. Talk about a glitch in the matrix!
The skin I’m using here is Hendrix by Birth. It’s Birth’s first skin for a male Lelutka EVO X mesh head and while they used the Lelutka Eon head to show it, I went for the Connor head myself. This is one of the mesh heads that was updated from EVO to EVO X and I felt like I haven’t done enough with this head. The skin is very fresh faced and I deliberately left off any extras like facial hair, to show it as it is. I think that when I do the photoshoot for this shape, I might add some extras though. You get quite a lot with the Lelutka EVO X heads, it seems a shame to let it go to waste.
In my opinion this fresh-face male model-ish cocky twunk needed an outfit to match. I realise that visible thong with jeans has become somewhat of a go-to thing, but I think it’s because it’s not a given that you can combine any kind of underwear with any pair of jeans in Second Life™. It’s all a bit of a hit or miss thing and when it works with the Legacy mesh body, you often can’t achieve the same effect with Belleza Jake. It has something to do with the dev kit for these bodies. Underwear designers have to push their items inside the Legacy body ever so slightly while they’re working on it in their 3D software so it becomes a skintight fit in SL. Other clothing doesn’t have to be such a tight fit, which means that there is a bit of room to fit something underneath it. For the Jake body everything is a tighter fit, so there’s no wiggle room for underpants. The strings on the Noche Alan thong cut into the belt on the Legal Insanity Lewis denims, but I’m not too bothered about that. The Wes tank is also by Noche and whyle it’s teasingly lifted now, you can lower it so only a tiny titillating gap is left between the tank and jeans.