Fetish Fair 2016 is underway


I could not manage to get in to Collabor88, so a little devil in me decided to check out the Fetish Fair 2016 instead. I am glad I did! The fair is huge this year. (Or, as Trump would say, it is “Hyuuuuge”.)

This year’s fair runs from August 19 through September 2. A lot of great designers are on hand including some of my favorites like SYS, Earth Stones, DURA, Insanya and more. The mask I am wearing is by SYS and I love the work that went into it. Look at the detail of the leather and rubber! It comes in four colors and has a styling HUD for added customizing. I am wearing the Alex mesh head from LOGO and the mask fit my head with no adjustment required.

If you are looking to shop, be a bit daring and check out the Fetish Fair while it is still going on. You will be glad you did.



Fear and Loathing

fear2.pngWe were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold. I remember saying something like “I feel a bit lightheaded; maybe you should drive…” And suddenly there was a terrible roar all around us and the sky was full of what looked like huge bats, all swooping and screeching and diving around the car, which was going about a hundred miles an hour with the top down to Las Vegas. And a voice was screaming: “Holy Jesus! What are these goddamn animals?”
 – Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Tools:  Lumipro & Photoshop
Hair:  Argrace – Tomoe
Head: LOGO Alex 3.1
Skin: Pink Fuel – Harley
Glasses: Redgrave – Maddison
Shirt: Erratic -Yvonne Tie Up Shirt

Gos’s Gacha at the Garden is great!

Everyone who knows me knows I like gachas, and I like shoes. I like all shoes, but I especially love old style tennis shoes. Sneakers. Trainers. Chuck Taylors. Chucks! They go by different names but in RL and SL,  I have them in all styles and colors. They have been around since 1917 and I fell in love with them when I saw Riff Randall and the Ramones wearing them in Rock ‘n’ Roll High School!
gos postI  was really excited to learn about a new gacha that Gos currently has at The Gacha Garden’s one year anniversary event. You know Gos. They have been making highly detailed footwear in SL since the beginning of time. These shoes are no exception. They are highly detailed down to the laces and the traditional rubber label on the back.

The base shoes are free and textureless. They fit both Slink and Maitreya mesh feet, as well as system feet. They are sized for both men and women. The textures are the gacha you must purchase, and they come in a variety of colors and styles, including two rare sets and one exclusive set just for the event. Each texture comes in the “paint can” shown in the photo to the right. You just rez the can and load the textures into a HUD and apply them to the shoes. You can load as many textures as you want into the HUD.

The shoes at the Gacha Garden are the “high-top” style. I learned that Gos also has a “low-top” version available at their in world store. They are sold as a gacha item as well and have their own unique textures. The Gacha Garden event will run until August 31.

I know not everyone is a fan of gachas. I will likely have my own comments about gachas in general one day soon. You can often come out on the losing end with gachas but, the way these shoes are set up by Gos, I think you could ultimately come out spending much less then you would end up paying for a fat pack. If you collect this style  of shoes the way I do, these shoes are winners!

Oh Snap! LL is testing a snapshot addition to your outfit folder


outfitfolder fullshotWhile everyone is obviously excited about Linden Lab’s Project Bing which will improve the avatar skeleton, another project is sneaking in that I think is just as exciting.

Currently, if you check out the list of official alternate LL viewers, you can find the Project VOB Viewer. This viewer includes a great new feature I have been wishing for LL to add to appearance folder blogtheir viewer for years. If you are like me, your appearance folder is full to the brim of different outfits you have saved. I have tried various naming systems, but still always end up with a few folders that I am not sure what outfit I have saved inside.

With this new feature, we can attach a picture to each outfit folder, so we can see EXACTLY what outfit is inside! Pretty cool, right? Even better, the designers at LL have made the process very simple. If you look at my Appearance Folder in the photo, you will see I have selected to view “Outfit Gallery”. This breaks each outfit folder into a large folder icon. You simply take a snapshot of the outfit you have saved inside that folder and TADA! You can now add an image of the outfit to that folder icon, giving you a visual representation of all your outfits. The folder’s menu let’s you add an existing image, or you can simply select “take snapshot” from the menu and you instantly have a snapshot for your folder. You are charged 10L per snapshot, so be aware of that.

You can try the VOB viewer now, but remember, it is a test viewer and is not even considered a beta release, so expect a few bugs. If it becomes a part of the official viewer code, I can see myself using this feature quite a bit. How about you? Is this a feature that you will find helpful in your Second Life?