Saturday, April 17, 2010

Mr. Singh sans shirt

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"Berry" Singh


Last night I went to see Nur Moo's art installation opening. I looked around and realized how international SL can be, and enjoyed the welter of languages. It was a very Snowcrash moment for me, which is perhaps the point of a formless virtual world, right? Before and after this installation, I got to photograph two gorgeous girls. The first, Strawberry Singh, is featured here. Berry's boy avatar is so smokin' hawt that he probably models underpants somewhere, for exhorbitant rates, and made me ponder that girls really make some amazing boy avatars…

Then, I had an interesting conversation with Truth… I asked if he'd like to be in this series. He said that actually, he mostly logs into SL as a woman so that he can make hair… and feels absolutely no sense of identity tied to his avatar. I pondered this. Since Truth is male IRL, would I photo his female avatar's bare chest? In fact, does the real-life gender of someone matter in SL, considering that Berry here is a gorgeous female IRL? WHAT IS GENDER, ANYWAY?

Then I got a headache and went to bed. Thanks, Truth! :D

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Man-Berry's credits: :D
***Shape: Manifest Shapes by Catero Revolution
***Skin: -Belleza- Thomas V2 Mega Pack Deep Tan by Tricky Boucher
***Eyes: Poetic Color - quicksilver - medium by Lano Ling
***Hair: [Uncleweb] Daniel-Hair size-L Meteoric swarm by Din Raymaker
***Suit: AOHARU_ElegantSuit_Brown by machang Pichot
***Shoes: ANEXX_HorseBitLoafer_Brown by machang Pichot
***Socks: VITAMEN Men's SocksGarter by Vitamen Hax

Friday, April 16, 2010

Spanish moss

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Aristoteles Allen


I admit to perving on alternative/skater/gothic/hippie type boys. Early indoctrination, I tell you. I used to sit at the edge of school grounds and stare longingly at the skater boys with their baggy shorts and a-line bob cuts, moving with their board as if it was a part of their bodies. I wanted to hunt them down and … and BE them, but instead I was such a good little girl. Therefore, I admire Aris here for his scruffiness. It's tough to look slightly grimy in Second Life, and he's done it with a combination of low-slung pants and unshaven face and chest hair. (Damn, chest hair! A story. Once I went on a search for chest hair with a pal of mine, and most of it looked like a strange creeping skin disease. This looks nice, though.) So yes, another kind of shirtless male sexiness for the gallery.

Who's next? ;)

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***Hair: [CheerNo] Hair ROMEU.2 [Brown]
***Skin: [CheerNo] Teseu_Tan_Beard#1.Shaved
***Shorts: AMERIE M - Loose pants_Blue
***Eyes: .:Hermony:. Eyes - Stone
***Boots: [CheerNo] YAJI Boots High/Black

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Quiet Riot

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Riot Core


I'm too sleepy this morning to form much of a coherent thought, so I'm going to tell you the fragments that are on my mind: iPads get grotesque by the end of the day, completely covered in other people's fingerprints. Honest to God, those things attract fingerprints like a candy store window… And so of course last night I dreamed about licking one clean. This has nothing to do with Riot Core, of course. Riot Core is adorable. There's something about huge glasses and a tiny little face that makes me want to pinch his cheeks, so here's a sleepy incoherent *CHEEEEEK PIIIIINCH* for you, Riot. I dig his cool-geek style.

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***Skin: :: DUTCH TOUCH ::MaCe :: Cream - EBBlack - HairBase
***Hair: (epoque hair) Calm - Dips
***Ears: Schadenfreude Fey Ear
***Scarf: The Dogs - Shorditch scarf black white
***Pants: [W&B] Boyd Dress Trousers BLACK
***Shoes: *COCO*_OxfordShoes(Two-Tone)
***Glasses: Reek Denton Shades

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Pink shirt(less) day

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Lucius Godard


Happy Pink Shirt(less) day! Lucius was kind enough to go pink for my series, even if it isn't precisely on his torso. What do I have to say about bullying? I think it's insidious and difficult to identify right at first… What's the difference between two people bitching about a third and two people bullying a third? I'm not sure, and -- mea culpa -- I know I've been guilty of the former.

I think our actions cross the line into bullying when harsh words are exchanged that make the third person feel belittled, and yes, I've sometimes been guilty of that too, although I've most often been on the other side of the fence. A day like today is a good reality check; stop and ponder what you're doing every time you cut someone down… Are you getting more than one friend to dislike someone, for whatever reason? Then you're bullying, even if you feel that your intentions are noble. Thanks to everyone for the chance to reflect upon myself today.

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***skin: eito-pale-/06 insomnia
***eyes: madesigns naturals - true blue eyes
***hair: je*republic - claudia - light pink
***shoes: hoc apparel - hocs lowtops tied on left and alternate tied on right (tintable)
***waist bag: arai
***pants: ninikoboy sweatpants red
***rings: my cross ring and my cheri ring
***bangles: my cheri bangle
***shape: home made.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Purplicious

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Ugly Duck has come out with a range of neat makeups for the dusky Laura skin. These come in red and purple tones, and I'm wearing one of the purple ones here. I like how my purple mascara is running down my cheeks to meet my pouty little purple grin. It's positively purplicious (like that book Alba makes me read over and over and over … but better). (SLURL to Ugly Duck)

***Skin: Ugly Duck Laura Purple 3
***Horns: Schadenfreude Kinder Horns
***Eyes: Shine Lustrous Achariya Orange
***Dress: ~silentsparrow~ Batty Babydoll Dress (iris)
***Necklace: Schadenfreude Vitalle Necklace
***Hair: lamb, I'm a realist, Twix
***Henley: ~silentsparrow~ (copper) chapiteau henley
***Ears: Schadenfreude Mer-Elf Ears, Ankh and plug
***Pose frame: from Long Awkward Pose

Catero covered in kisses

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Catero Revolution


Catero overachieved and somehow lost his pants before this shoot… And I'm really not complaining. However, my favorite part of Catero's avatar is also my favorite part of his partner Berry's avatar: the eyes. Catero has a gleaming shade of grey that looks excellent against a darker skin tone, giving us much to pan into, a reflection of deep thought and intelligence. Considering how smooch-covered this gentleman is, I think I'll stop discussing his avatar right here. :D

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***Hair: SOREAL Original Rasta Bun V2
***Necklace: +RR+*CORNUCOPIA*NECKLACE[SI]BOX
***Boxers: VITAMEN Monthly Freebie For April @ House
***Socks: SiniStyle Tube Socks (shown in Violet)
***Finger Tape: SiniStyle Taped Fingers W/ Black Nails
***Tattoo: Eoma's World *THE LADY KISS*
***Face Kiss: BP*SMACK!

Alba has sunburn

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Yesterday, my bro asked in plurk to name three things that make me happy. Yesterday's list included happy news of a tax return! (Yes, we waited until the last minute, we suck.) Today, these things are: A full day off from both jobs! An empty house with no visitors that I can tidy up and clean and relax in… And the pretty Batty suit from ~silentsparrow~. It's been a few outfits since hyasynth has devoted the time to a suit, and as always you can wear it many ways. Do zoom around and pan in on the textures, they're worth a good long navel-gaze. I adore wearing the shirt and pants (below) with hya's Fenris vest, perfect for a day of relaxed day of tinkering with one's clockworks. Oh, and I stole Luc's hair. (SLURL to ~silentsparrow~)

Back to shirtless boys in a moment. I have two lined up that are quite, quite tasty.

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***Ears: SLink Sachara Elf Ears Long
***Monocle: Tekeli-li lovecraftian monocle
***Hat: Rotten Toe Top Hat Black
***Pierce: EllaBella tricog lip lovin'
***Hair: Ugly Duck Uriel Patch - Bodyhair
***Shoes: Lassitude & Ennui Laudanum in black
***Hair: JE*Republic Claudia Light Brown
***Suit: ~silentsparrow~ Batty Suit in (penny)
***Ring: Jackal's Chaos - Men's Ring, very special edition

Monday, April 12, 2010

Don't stand so close to me

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Gabe Bookmite


Speaking of unclad torsos, Gabe's avatar gives us a lot to work with here. I like the elongation of his form, and how his skin really suits it -- especially (well, to me) the sharp dip of muscle at his hip. I had a discussion with hyasynth once about torsos. "Your avatar doesn't have much of a torso," hyasynth pointed out. "Clothing looks so much better when there's a long line of back." She's right, clothing really does suit long torsos -- and unclothing, too. *cough* Back to Gabe. I like that he's really used what he had left to work with. His shorts and socks really try hard to distract the eye from his naked top, eh?

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***Skin: Signature: Rob Faite - Tone 3 - HAIR - Shaved
***Eye: Expressive eyes gray by Nany Merlin
***Hair: booN XXX777 hair blonde
***Shorts: Doppelganger Inc. - Madras Shorts - Nantucket
***Stocking: Ducknipple~ Leggies - White
***Boots: [0N] Wo Boots
***Pose: Get Bent: Stand Aside, AND LAP

The megane

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Masairo Absent


I'm so happy with the diversity of this series. I've photographed buff fellows and skinny fellows and dark ones and light ones… but I'm quite overjoyed to have photographed a megane. Megane is the Japanese word for glasses, and it also describes a certain type -- bookish, reserved, sweet once pried from the shell, or perhaps dry to the core. Masairo might not actually be any of these things, but his style allows for a perfect typecast. …Suspenders everywhere can't be wrong! (Also, I'm swiftly realizing that I have enough material for Shirtless Boy Fortnight.)

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***Hair: Aitui (Ease.Original)
***Shorts: Adjunct (Suspender Pants)
***Boots: BC322 (Work Boots)
***Glasses: Artilleri (Buddy Glasses)
***Scarf: Adjunct (Sail Away Scarf)
***Lip Piercing: A&M
***Tattoo: Aitui (Mr. Midnight)
***Socks: Pig
***Skin: Milage Valenti

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Recidivist in his inked skin

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Recidivist Sideways


I dig how dressed some men can be without their shirts on. Recidivist here is attached to the gills with jools and gloves and boots and hat and beard and stuff, and the shirtlessness seems like it's just part of the outfit. He's not actually wearing a tattoo, either -- that's his skin, made by his partner Munchflower. The aspect of his avatar look that really stands out to me is his beard. Prim beard, how rare is that? I approve, though, because it makes his avatar a unique and special snowflake. So who's next? Mr. Sprocket, wherever you are. Get your look together. ;)

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***Hair: Rowe, by Philotic Energy (Color: Teaparty LE Hunty Gift)
***Skin: Custom, by Nomine
***Eyes & Blind Left Contact: Custom, by Nomine
***Earring: Bone Collector Set, by Nomine
***Goatee: Leon, by Discord Designs (Color: Midnight)
***Necklace: Custom, by Nomine
***Right Bracelet: Chorus Bracelet, by BLITZED (Color: Grey)
***Left Bracelet: Custom human bone mala, by Nomine
***Belt: Belt 10, by NC (Color: Black)
***Pants: Rusted Set 2, by Nomine (Color: Brown)
***Boots: NAU Combat Boots, by Abyss (Foot Part only)