Uber is one of the events I don’t frequent very often and I don’t really know why. Possibly it’s because I gravitate towards the events that focus on menswear. However, with a widely supported mesh body like Belleza Jake, it shouldn’t be too difficult to put together a look with mostly items from a mixed event like Uber, right? Well, almost anyway.
Unless my eyesight and/or patience is failing me, the only two menswear items at Uber this time are a pair of jeans and sneakers. The sneakers by Native Urban looked nice, but for some ridiculous reason they did not include a Belleza size. I guess the creator made a calculated choice, by going for Legacy and Signature instead.
Meanwhile Mossu has the Nathan jeans at Uber which you can wear with or without the chain. These options are always appreciated. I also like how the jeans hug the Belleza cheeks without riding up the crack. There’s no butt cleavage showing with these jeans, which some may find disappointing but others will applaud. Believe it or not, but I’m undecided on this subject. The high seam of these jeans give you plenty of shoe options. I went with the Kurtov Low sneakers by Versov.
Birth has a new applier for Catwa mesh heads at Uber. It’s named Cason and described as “rugged handsome imperfection.” He’s slightly asymmetrical with little realistic details and blemishes on his chiselled angular face. Birth skins now include BOM layers and as always the skin comes with eyebrow, hairbase and beard options. A shape for the Catwa Daniel head is included as well. I’m using the Victor head and have created my own shape for it.
The Sadik hair by Modulus is also from Uber and I appreciate its nonchalant messiness or is it messy nonchalance? In any case it’s a winner for me.
You’ll find the Armani Mesh Crop Tank and Max underwear at Noche.
This concludes my Uber trip for now. I wish it had a bit more meat on the bone. Then again, I already posted a nude on Flickr with a version of this look, so maybe that was enough “bone” for one week. If you want to follow in my footsteps, you have until March 22nd to do so before this round of Uber closes. The links in the credits below take you to the main store for each brand.
The online version of that dreadful dishcloth of a newspaper we now as The Daily Mail published what they would call an article about how “hot farmers” are all the rage on Instagram at the moment. Now of course I’m partial to a bit of eye candy and as the link to the what-they’d-call-an-article was sent to me by a well-meaning person, I also don’t have to use that utterly ridiculous expression of “it’s my guilty pleasure”. Honey, guilt is a useless sentiment which I have no time for. Anyhoo, all this to say that this episode of Pleasing Aesthetic was slightly inspired by one of the farmers. Mostly his moustache, to be honest.
First we’re going to let our eyes travel a lot further down from that moustache to the buttocks. One fun little add-on I have found for the Aesthetic body is the butt enhancer by the aptly named Butter. You need to make sure you get the correct applier for your specific Aesthetic skin (in my case that’s “Raoh”) and if you’ve tinted your body, you have to get out the color and alpha hud and apply the tint again so the butt enhancer blends in nicely. It’s a great improvement on the original shading of the Aesthetic body’s butt.
While there are no (human) skins for the Aesthetic body worth mentioning, apart from Niramyth’s own offer, the neck fix does make it possible to combine the body with a Catwa head and any skin. Make sure you get a Catwa head that includes a version for the Aesthetic body. I noticed that for the Travis head this is not included. I’m using the Victor head with the Zack applier by Birth. The moustache and eyebrows are from Volkstone and really got me where I wanted to go with this look. The shape is of course my own creation.
A search for Aesthetic on Marketplace gives you such a distorted view. Sure, you get a lot of hits, but many of the products are just the same full perm items with different texturing, instead of original mesh. Go to any of the monthly menswear events and much of what you’ll see won’t work with the Aesthetic body. With a bit of digging though, you’ll find the occasional nuggets of pure gold.
The Patch Jeans by Entrance at Man Cave (until March 11th) are nothing if not original and with a skip and a hop I went over to Men Only Monthly (until March 15th) to grab the new Cubura Ziro Gym Shirt. Let’s be honest, this body just cries out for a tank top. The Jumpov sneakers are a group gift at Versov and thankfully come in The Aesthetic size. That’s one outfit done and dusted
In the underwear department the Aesthetic body doesn’t enjoy the same choices as the Belleza, Signature and Legacy mesh bodies, but occasionally some new original mesh item does pop up. Right now it’s the Cubura Max Boxers at Man Cave. The crotch, main body and waistband of these shorts have individual texture options, so you can make lots of funky or more demure colour combinations. All together the effect is quite pleasing. My work here is done.
There have been multiple dabbles with Geralt but it’s been a long time since I tried something new with the Signature Gianni head and body. It’s not a hugely popular combination, but it sure is an easy option for those that prefer to get a body and head from the same place. It is also a slightly more affordable option. The Signature Gianni head and body are both L$3500, while Catwa, Lelutka and Akeruka heads are all L$5000, so you are saving out L$1500. Maybe you simply prefer the look of this head and its less complicated hud.
The downside is that the skin options for the Gianni head are hugely dwarfed by the quasi endless sea of skins for Catwa heads. Still, with a bit of tender love and care, you can make something of it. I found the Jamaar skin at Vendetta as an Omega applier and while the shadows don’t align 100% with the face, I think the imperfections are acceptable. Let me break down this look for you…
I’m back with “The P” physics cock because the creators have been rather busy dropping version after version on me. Talk about a sausage fest!
The previous versions already had some facial expressions, which now have been expanded to include giving blowjobs rather than just receiving them. Well isn’t that considered! I’m a bit miffed that the icons for these animations are showing a female avatar, but it’s a work in progress so I’ll let that one slide for now. As you can see from the shots above, the hud is rather big, but then again, where would they put so many options if it was itty-bitty. You can of course minimise it to just a button if you’re simply hanging loose, so to speak.
For texturing there is a separate hud with 15 textures to choose from, which you than can tint to better match your skin tone. Other nice touches are the options for how low your balls are hanging (from cold to hot balls), the sound effects and of course the various full avatar animations. Who doesn’t want to do the helicopter, right?
I should mention that there are no pubes included with The P, so you need to get those somewhere else. I’m using Pubic Hair for Men by Nearly Tactile.
If you fancy the harness I’m wearing, it’s the new Nath harness by Thirst and it’s currently available at Romp, one of the more adult themed sales events in SL. As you can see it can be worn with or without the codpiece and seems to be working nicely with The P physics cock. Romp closes on February 25th, so if you’re reading this at a later date, you should check out the Thirst main store instead.
That’s it for now, all wat’s left for me to do now is list some credits and do a silly billy willy dance.
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.