It’s special David-time again people! I.o.w. I’m giving the NX-Nardcotix David mesh body a bit of TLC. We know he’s somewhat of an enfant terrible when it comes to finding clothes that fit his body, but then again David does look pretty fine with very little clothing.
I’m reusing the VYC Shane skin on the Lelutka Guy head in a different skin tone this time. The great thing about VYC skins is that they are all sold as fat packs while they are only marginally more expensive than a single skin tone from other skin creators. The neck seam isn’t great (i.e. it is visible most of the time), but as the skin includes a specific applier for this body, everything lines up perfectly.
Each time I go out fashion hunting for David, I manage to find one or two items. This time my visit to the current round of Fameshed (ends on June 27th) was fruitful in the shape of the new TECH Bomber Jacket by L&B Swear. I’m wearing the Gianni size which fits well enough to be able to wear it without a t-shirt.
I’ve paired the jacket with the Broberry jeans by Deadwool in the TMP size. It took some fiddling with my shape to make these jeans fit well enough to be able to wear them shirtless. Tip: play with your butt, belly, leg muscle, saddle bags and hip width and you’ll get there.
The Versov Kurtov Low sneakers work well if you use the unrigged version and resize them to make them fit. Tip: make your feet quite small, so you don’t have to resize the shoes to the point where they look too big.
Also at Fameshed you can find the Legal Insanity Wesley Denim Shorts. Here I go with the Enzo size for the best fit. Now in an ideal world you’d be able to wear these ripped shorts without the patches and show more skin, but unfortunately that’s too much to ask for in this case. I could not make that work without glitching through the shorts while I was walking. On the plus side, because these shorts are quite low on the hips, you can easily wear them with the tank top from the NX-Nardcotix Darrel underwear set and show an inch of midriff. Houston, we have bare skin! With that I have come to the point to wrap things up.
Here’s another one for guys who like a little something something in SL.
The Birth Tribal Tattoo add-on for Birth cocks is momentarily available from the Fetish Fair till June 6th. I can only imagine how painful it must be to get a tattoo down there and in real life it will NEVER happen. Luckily in SL it’s applied with the click of a button. Phew! While tattoos are much too mainstream these to be considered a fetish, it does take a certain dedication to take it this far, so it feels apt to find this product at the Fetish Fair. I’m sure it will become available at Birth’s main store after the event.
I’m running out of excuses for these fairy days. OK, I guess I just like it! So what! I can break a man’s arm with these wings! Eehm, no Billy, that would be swans and that in itself is a myth. The bones in their wings are hollow, so they far more likely would brake a wing. Mind you, that gissing is scary though. RIGHT! Where is this swan analogy going? A FAIRY! I created another feather-winged fairy, based on the look I made yesterday for the Catwa Freya head, you know, that free one that’s going to disappear soon (May 24th).
We’re rapidly rushing towards May 24th in the way that we are rushing through all of life lately because everything is just the same all of the bloody time. If the media isn’t going on about the coronavirus crisis, it jumps on that orange buffoon in charge of the USA, occasionally leaving just a bit of airtime for that bumbling blond bonehead in the UK. Anyhoo, that’s not quite what I wanted to talk about. May 24th is the last day on which you can grab the free unisex mesh head Freya by Catwa and I wanted to do another look with it that’s totally different from what I’ve done so far.
I went with a dark skin (#9) named Carter by Stray Dog. Again it looked a bit strange around the eyes on Freya until I added Izzie’s – Catwa Eyelid Changer and tinted it to better match the skin. The eyebrows weren’t all that great either, but all Stray Dog skins come with a no-brows version, so I’m using that together with the IDTTY Real Eyebrows. Everything I’m using here is BOM, so there are no issues of appliers cancelling each other out, but keep in mind that the eyelid changer needs to go on top of the skin and the eyebrows on top of that. You can change the order of layers by going into outfit editing mode. In the Clothing tab of editing mode you will see that when you hover the pointer over an item, arrow buttons pop up to move the item up or down in the list. It’s interesting to know that you do not need to click save for these changes to take effect.
That’s pretty much all I have to say about this, other then HURRY, time is running out to grab this head. If you haven’t already, you may want to take a peak at the previous look I created with Freya.
Oh how I jumped and jumped and jumped not so long ago, trying to get to EQUAL10, but to no avail. The sim was full and there simply was no more room for little old me. After a couple of days I had more luck and I finally could go for a crawl to see if there was something that would look nice with the Noche Nick Mesh crop top which is on show at this event.
And the answer is: nope, not really. None of the bottoms at EQUAL10 that could have worked with the mesh top called out to me. I decided to jump into my inventory and go for that “something not too old, something new, can’t really borrow stuff in SL, nothing blue” look. Don’t get me wrong though, EQUAL10 is a great event and I did see some decor items that seductively whispered “you know you want me” in my ear. It tickled, but nevertheless I resisted, returned to my virtual home and put together an outfit which I would describe as red hot.
While I was at it I revised an old shape and slapped on one of the more resent Birth skins and named the end result Nicco. The shape and style card is on my Marketplace store, which now counts 16 shapes / looks. It’s growing, OMG, it’s growing! *smirks* That’s what SHE said. I think that’s my cue to leave you all to it. Cheerio!
Myths and stories about fairies do not have a single source, but stem from a wide range of folk beliefs. This knowledge gives us the excuse, if one was needed, to create whatever fairy we want in Second Life™, providing you can find what you’re looking for. There’s only one limit to SL: your imagination. TWO! There’s only two limits in SL: your imagination, and whether someone has made what you’re looking for. THREE! There’s three limits in SL: your imagination, whether someone has made the thing you need and your budget! Anyhoo, I still enjoy it though. Compared to the daily dumpster fire we call Real Life (it doesn’t even deserve a trademark, that’s how shitty it is) our bit of virtual stress relieve is bloody lovely. Oh, and I’ve been listening a lot to Sarah Millican and now in me head everything sounds northern. Wowsers!
I find it always tricky to dress these fairies. Often I’ll go for a less-is-more approach, but I feel it shouldn’t look too contemporary. A fairy in speedos? Oh no, that won’t do! The Roman Toga by Noche doesn’t sound very fairy-like either, but its simple elegance and playfulness works very well with this look. It comes with underwear so you don’t have to worry about dirty gnomes taking a cheeky peak and you can get the gold cuffs as a separate accessory, if you feel the look needs something extra.
I like the Mandala Season 5 Steking ears (weird name, what does it mean?) even though I find it impossible to perfectly match their skin tone to that of a mesh head. It’s mostly their shape I appreciate and the jewelry and tattoo options. Using a longer hairstyle helps to hide the ear seam and I find Dura is the best option for this kind of boyish / unisex hair. Speaking of unisex, this look was created using Catwa’s Freya Gift mesh head and you’ll better hurry if you want to grab it, cause it’ll go “poof” (think smoke and glitter) on May 24th. Because this head is unisex (more about that in my previous blog post), I found it particularly suitable for a fairy look. Sure, one could make a much more “butch” looking fairy with a manly male head (there are no rules, remember?) but I always wanted to try a softer look and finally with a little bit of pixie dust, it has come true. Now I’ll leave you with the full list of credits before I fly away.
…what more could a boy want? I say boy, because currently you can grab a free Catwa head at three temporary locations inworld and on Marketplace until May 24th and it’s best suited for a young look. The head is called Freya and is meant to be unisex. When you take a look at the main hud and find your way to the “ALPHA.LASHES.TINT.NECK SIZE” tab, you’ll see the male and female symbols that allow you to switch between neck sizes. The truth is though that many skins that work well on other male Catwa heads will not align perfectly with Freya. You’ll be able to get more out of Freya with a female avatar, But it’s free until May 24th and one shouldn’t look a gift horse in the mouth (no pun intended). It has all the usual bells and whistles of Catwa heads and with a bit of TLC, I was able to put together a look I like.
I looked at the head on the Legacy body and the Classic Meshbody, but in both cases the neck joint was looking rather funky like a deformed adam’s apple. On the Belleza Jake and Signature Gianni mesh bodies this effect is less pronounced. I went for the Belleza body in this case and the skin is Erwin by Stray Dog. As mentioned above, male skins tend to “travel” on this head. After trying several skins in my inventory, I settled on Erwin because it seemed to be the best fit and then I started to make some improvements.
If you’re making your own shape, try to avoid an upturned nose as it will draw attention to slightly miss-aligned nose holes. One of the other most common issues is the inner shadow of the eye sockets “leaking” which gives you a messy eyeliner appearance. Maybe you like this, or maybe you will hide it by applying even more eyeliner, but I found Izzie’s – Catwa Eyelid Changer. It cleans up the messy eye lid and gets rid of the “eyeliner”. You can tint it in the Catwa hud if you feel the skin around the eyes looks too light for the rest of your skin. If you’re using the eyelid changer as a bom layer, than you can tint this layer in edit mode.
Erwin’s lips are quite dark. If you want something lighter, you can apply one of the lighter lipsticks in the Catwa hud and play with the blend slider to reduce the effect.
I wanted some stubble on this face and applied the Birth Bristle Catwa Beard applier. You’ll have to play with the blender and tinting of the blush and lipstick to make it all show in the same colour and intensity. Possibly you will knock off your lipstick by applying this beard, so you’ll have to apply lippy again after getting the beard. All areas on Catwa heads have an upper and lower layer, which means that you can use up to two appliers on each area. For example, the lipstick is on the upper layer of the lips while part of the stubble around the mouth is applied to the lower layer. Of course you can save yourself this hassle by finding a good bom layer beard.
Catwa ears are always a bit sad in my opinion, so I further embellished the head with the more refined L’etrê Basic Mesh Ears, even though they are partly obscured by that luscious mop top hair by Dura. Phew! After all that I need a shower!
Now on to Fameshed and Noche’s newest pair of Kaiden Shorts. They’re short, sporty and spicy. Noche has made similar shorts in the past, but these are an improvement on that older model, which makes sense. The more items you produce, the more practice you get in 3D software, the better your work becomes.
Combined with the Noche Hawk Cropped Tee and Versov Kurtov Low sneakers I like this as an outfit to hang out at a beach sim where the setting feels more residential and one wouldn’t run around in speedos. Or you could imagine it’s your outfit for travelling there before you strip down to your swimwear for an evening dip in the water. The Kaiden Shorts have a strip script in them in your crutch area. Click it once to drop the shorts to your knees, click again to lose them all together and click a third time to be a good boy and put them back on. Note that you will not be able to actually wear your speedos underneath these shorts in SL. We’re still eagerly awaiting that level of realism.
That’s it for now. I hope you’ll make the most of the free Catwa head and have oodles of fun putting the Noche shorts on and off and on again.
Most of the time when I’m styling the NX-Nardcotix David mesh body, I use a Birth skin and a Catwa head. This time I decided to mix things up a little and see what else I already had in my inventory that could work with David.
VYC is one of the few skin creators that made a skin specifically for the NX-Nardcotix body and still has it today. I’m using the VYC Shane skin on the Lelutka Guy head. It’s perhaps interesting to note that this skin is only sold as a fat pack of 5 skin tones for L$1250. The neck seam isn’t perfect and the neck fix that’s available in the body’s hud (under options) sometimes makes matters worse, so for every day use you’re better off not using it and hope for the best with your windlight. Personally I’m still not happy with anybody offering me the windlight solution, because I know this changes how I see my avatar, but not how everybody else sees it. Don’t give me that sacharine BS that it doesn’t matter how others see your avatar! Why do you think people are wearing sweatpants all the time now they’re working from home? Anyhoo, I digress. The neck seam isn’t great, but it isn’t disastrously bad either. Just demo and make up your own mind. I think I’ve had better neck seam results with Birth skin and a Catwa head on this body, but as the Birth skin is a universal omega applier, it has misplaced clavicle bone shadows on David, though it’s otherwise well aligned. You can have some real fun with the Lelutka Guy head and all its built-in options like the beard, freckles and hair base I’m using here .
I don’t usually go bargain hunting for David, but I’ve had a landmark for the L$1 corner at Gabriel for ages and I finally went to take a look. Obviously they haven’t put their best work in this corner, but this leather jacket, which you can wear with or without a snood is definitely a bargain. It’s fitmesh, so you can put it on, hide the bits of your body that are sticking out by using the many alpha slices the David body offers and then you can play with your shape a little if you find the jacket makes your arms look a bit too thin. Don’t forget to use the “save as” button to rename this new shape, so you don’t mess up your original shape. I’ve paired the jacket with the Broberry jeans and Chase sneakers, both by Deadwool. Neither come in the Nardcotix size, but with some shape editing you’ll be able to squeeze into the TMP size of the jeans and wear them shirtless. The sneakers can also be worn in the TMP size, with your feet hidden and using the built-in socks to bridge the gap between sneakers and trousers. Alternatively you can use the resizeable version and make them fit on your feet, but that’s a bit of a kerfuffle.
In search of a newer release, I went to TMD. What? I went to a monthly menswear sales event on the second day of its current run. I must be mad! The lag, oh the la…a…g! Like wading through a river of custard. The things I do for you guys! Anyway, I found the Ezra chinos by Not So Bad and Will jacket by Etham, which go nicely together. The NX-Nardcotix Jude ankle boots are a good choice to go with this smart-ish casual outfit. Try on the different sizes of the chinos and jacket and play with your shape to create the final result that pleases you the most. Personally I get a little bit excited when I see something new from Not So Bad, because they include the Aesthetic size in their trousers which often works well for David. There is always a small chance that you’ll be able to combine trousers with the NX-Nardcotix Darrel tank top. Yay, it works! Pop on the NX-Nardcotix Mecatl sandals and this is an easy breezy outfit for a day on the water. It’s a plan! What a perfectly positive note to end on.
After having published two previous posts about the Niramyth Aesthetic body combined with a Catwa head, this time I’m opting to use the Enzo head that comes with the body. The price for an Aesthetic body including a mesh head is L$2,799 which makes it one of the more cost effective choices you can make in SL.
The Aesthetic body has been around for several years now, but still there aren’t any human skin appliers available for it. Birth does have a couple of appliers for the Enzo head that definitely transform it away from the standard look, in the right direction. I’m using their Maverick skin and it seamlessly blends in with the standard Aesthetic skin on the body. The price for these head appliers at Birth is L$950, which brings the total up to L$3,749. When you unpack the body, you’ll see that it comes with a medium and a lighter skin. I’m using the lighter skin here, but it’s tinted to make it look warmer. The Aesthetic’s huds are quite simple compared to what you get with other bodies. Of course this means the options are more limited, but it also means the huds are easy to work with.
The Aesthetic body isn’t overly blessed in the menswear department, but there are some good brands making new items for it. I got the “Strong 17” tank top and jeans at Invictus. If you have a look around at the store, you’ll see that many of their items come in the Aesthetic size, though of course I urge you to demo everything first to make sure you like the fit. For shoes I often go back to the trusty Jumpov sneakers which are a group gift at Versov. If you are looking for underwear or swimwear, you’ll find that there’s a lot for this body, but much of it is the same mesh item with a different texture on it. I found the the yellow swim briefs at NSS and there’s plenty more where those came from.
In this episode of the “For a Little Less” series I’ll be pushing the boundaries of what I find acceptable. To be honest, I have been spoiling myself with mesh heads in the L$5000 price range and now I find it difficult to be pleased with anything that’s available for free. However, I wanted to see what I could put together with around L$500 or less in the wallet. I’m using the Classic Meshbody again as shown in episode 4, which currently is available for free. That’s to say, you need to be in their group (there’s no joining fee for this group) and you pay L$1 for the body (I’m not sure if you get that Linden dollar back once the body is delivered)
Of course a body needs a head. I didn’t make up the rules, God did. Take any God of your personal preference and you will find that most of them will have put heads on their creations sooner or later. At Alantori you will find the Marco bento mesh head among their group gifts. The joining fee is L$50 and while you’re there you might as well grab some other group gifts. I took the beard home with me. She’s knitting a scarf and has a casserole in the oven for me at this very moment, but I digress. (if you didn’t get that, please look up alternative meanings for the word “beard”.) I’m not sure how long the head will remain a group gift. It’s also available on Marketplace for L$99. That’s a promo price too apparently. All the total prices mentioned below are based on the L$50 group joining fee.
Now you’ll be needing a skin, cause that’s another one of those creationist rules. You can’t walk around looking flayed or people will think you’re wearing a meat dress and such things are best left to Lady Gaga.
In Marketplace I found the Andrej skin by DNA for L$299. This skin includes a version made for the Legacy body which just happens to work on the Classic Meshbody without getting the gnarly toe look (more about that later). Eye brows are included too, but as a separate tattoo, which can be handy if you want to experiment with other brows. The Cole hair is a gift at Modulus and the hair base is a group gift at Dura (again, no joining fee here). A nice pair of eyes really makes a difference, especially for close-ups. I think the Avi Glam Fine Eyes are some of the best eyes you can get for L$10. Forget about eyes though! Damn it’s hard to find nice free or cheap underwear for the Classic Meshbody. The best I could do are these Angel Deluxe beach trunks, which aren’t too bad for L$19, but they’re not really underpants. The head comes with its own shape, but I’ve made one myself. You can find the Mark shape in my Marketplace store for L$10. This brings the grand total for this look to L$389.
Remember the problem with the toes I mentioned above? If you don’t, you really need to get those memory issues checked out. This look uses a skin that really has gnarly toes on the Classic Meshbody. The toenail for your big toe is somewhere in the middle of your toe. Looking at it makes me feel a bit ill, to be honest. On the plus side, the Liam skin by 7 Deadly S[k]ins is only L$100, which takes us down to a total cost of L$190. Apart from the less than ideal feet, the rest of the skin is quite nice. The hair base, facial hair and body hair are all part of the skin and the box contains smooth alternatives without hair base or beard too. You can always wear the free socks from Vale Koer to cover up the issue with the feet, but oy vey, when they updated this gift to add more sizes, they took out the old TMP size for these socks! I’m going to ask the designer if he can put that back in. Meanwhile you can go on that show “Help, my feet are killing me”.
Note to self: I have to stop putting on daytime TV in the background while I’m working. It’s starting to seep into my unconsciousness.
Another thing you can try is using one of the original skins that come with the Classic Meshbody. In that case you abandon the idea of using Bakes On Mesh (BOM) on the body and you need to wear an alpha layer. Unfortunately the alpha that comes with the body will turn the Alantori head red, because it’s BOM. There is a cheap (L$1) solution for that with the Alpha Helper by Tuli. Once you’ve unpacked this product, you’ll see that it’s a hud that can deliver various alpha layers. You need the alpha layer for wearing a mesh body with (separate) hands and/or feet.
Then you apply the Classic body skin that is closest to the skin tone you are using on your head. Next you need to unpack the folder with the neckfades that comes with the body. What you are looking for is the box with neckfades tattoos. You then add the neckfade tattoo that corresponds with the body skin you are wearing. This is a bit tricky, as the fades are numbered and the skins in the body’s hud are not, so you need to count the thumbnails to know which skin you have applied. There are various versions of the same skin tones and each version starts with the lightest and goes down to the darkest, so you always start counting from 1 down to 36. I know, it’s tedious! The neck seam is definitely going to be less than ideal (it’s less obvious in my pictures than it is inworld), but the body skins are excellent and your toes will be perfect.
I’m using Bjorn by 7 Deadly S[k]ins for the head, which is just L$1 on Markeplace. There are plenty of cheap skins in Marketplace, but some of them make my spider sense tingle. I think there’s some stolen content there. At least with 7 Deadly S[k]ins you know it’s all above board. This combo will set you back just L$92.
Maybe now you can splash out on sexier underwear? In the context of this budget friendly post, the 4BIDDEN Red & Black Cut out Mesh Briefs are a bit expensive at L$249. Noche’s bottomless trunks are all kinds of sexy fun, but at L$275 they’re also stretching the bargain hunter’s budget somewhat. It’s ironic that I can put a free outfit together while there’s no nice free form fitted underwear for this body anywhere. The bomber jacket is part of a treasure trove of freebies at Kauna, the skinny pants are a group gift at Gild and the sneakers are a group gift at Versov. There are no group joining fees involved for any of these.
By this point rather bewildered newbies will have been wondering for quite some time now when the elephant in the room is going to be addressed, or indeed the Ken-smooth absence of any kind of trunk in the nether regions. Bad news kids, all the freebie male genitalia out there look diseased. So that’s where I draw the line. No free willy for Billy! Have a look around on Marketplace and see what you can find within the 100 to 500 price range. The really good ones are more around the L$1500 price range. Sorry to put a downer on it, so to speak. Good luck willy hunting!