On the Chill Winds of Winter

Featured Items: *N*Snowflake princess (Reduex), Zibska- Adoro Collar, Quyen Eyemakeup (We ❤ RP), & Cipriana Lips (BodyFy)

Body:
Hair- [monso] My Hair – Karina (Store)

Outfit:
Mask & Snowflakes- *N*Snowflake princess (Reduex)
Back Collar- Zibska- Adoro Collar (We ❤ RP)
Choker- AsteroidBox. Jubal Collar (Store)

Makeup:
Eye Shadow- Zibska ~ Quyen Eyemakeup (We ❤ RP)
Lipstick- Zibska ~ Cipriana Lips (BodyFy)

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The Shape of Things

Featured Item: Zibska Gauss (Bodyfy)

~No Story Included~

Body:
Hair- *Dura-Anime*06 (Neo Japan)
Ears-[MANDALA]STRETCHED_Ears_Season2 (Store)

Outfit:
Hat- cinphul // porkie  (Store)
Squares- Zibska Gauss (Bodyfy)

Decor:
Background Cloth- cinphul // brooding drapes (Store)

All I See is Red

Featured Items: .Reckless. – Wolves (Store) & Zibska Pari (Bodyfy)

~No Story Included~

Body:
Hair- =DeLa*= Mesh Hair “Kelsey” (Store)

Outfit:
Pants- [GIld] suspender pants for naked (FaMESHed)
Collar- ::GB::Take me Leash (Store)
Eye Art- Zibska Pari (Bodyfy)

Tattoos:
.Reckless. – Wolves (Store)

Let’s Cause Mayhem Tonight

Featured Items: CUREMORE / Punk Chick (Rewind) & DRD – GG – Chester Helmet (Store)

~No Story Included~

Body:
Hair- tram G0718 (Store)

Outfit:
Dress/Rat/Collar/Piercing- CUREMORE / Punk Chick (Rewind)
Gloves- =Zenith=Bone Glove (FaMESHed)
Hat & Boots- DRD – GG – Chester Helmet & Dirty Combats (Store)

Makeup:
Eyeshadow- Zibska ~ Maiara (Enchantment)

Tattoos:
RedFish – Maya Tattoo (Bodyfy)

Decor:
Building- /anxiety/ shoplifters (Rewind)
Anarchy Sign- CUREMORE / Punk Chick (Rewind)
Bar Sign- {vespertine}- pop culture neon signs (Collabor88)
Posters- .peaches. The Anarchists Wall Decor (Rewind)

With the Scent of Jasmine

Featured Item: CURELESS[+] Roissy Piercing Set (Romp)

~No Story Included~

Body:
Hair- =DeLa*= “Tashanna” (Fetish Fair)

Outfit:
Kimono- +HILU+KIMONO ROBE (Romp)
Jasmine- *NAMINOKE*Jasmine (Enchantment)
Nipple Rings- CURELESS[+] Roissy Piercing Set (Romp)
Necklace- (Kunglers) Vatusi necklace (Store)

Makeup:
EyeShadow- Veechi – Turbo Eyes (Store)

Tattoos:
PMS – Octo Tattoo (Bodyfy)

Decor:
Roses- Ariskea[Nordica] Hybrid Roses (Store)
Orniment- Air_Malik (Enchantment)

Sick Boy

Featured Items: [Cubic cherry] {Drop} (BodyFy)

The Status Quo SL Style!
PSA (Public Service Announcement)

It’s been a long while since I’ve stretch my typing fingers to do one of these and well since Dehr who usually rules this section of my blog with stories is busy with RL, why not? Hope you all enjoy, and maybe take something away from my personal thoughts upon the Status Quo of  Second Life avatar shapes and looks.

Some of you who follow me on other social media may have noticed that I ventured into a new arena in SL known as Modeling and became a L’Homme Guest Model. This, by the way, is Not something I usually take any kind of interest in and I solely did it because a friend of mine wasn’t about to let me get away without applying. I actually kind of fealt bad about it during the application process because the other applicants probably wanted this way more than me; and there I was sitting in my corner not caring really if I won or lost.

Now, some of you might be thinking why am I bringing this up and what does this have to do with the “Status Quo”? Well, I promise it has a lot to do with it but, before I get to that I want to talk briefly about what exactly is the “Status Quo”. Many of you may be very aware of what I mean when I say “Status Quo” in relation to SL avatar shapes and how it effects your SL experience specially when visiting certain sims and such. But, for those who don’t… the “Status Quo” is an outdated notion that your avatar needs to be a certain height and shape (Men: very tall and buff.. Beefy Muscle Man that can grace one of those erotic romance novel covers; Women: not as tall but but don’t skimp and you be damned if you don’t have big boobs and a nice fat booty). And, mind you if you don’t fit this “Ideal” you may end up with many a horror story about being harassed and or banned from sims where they accuse you of things like being a child avi or too girly and the list goes on based solely on whoever’s idea of how your avatar looks. And, yes I too have a few of these horror stories packed away in my 10 years of SL baggage.

But ok, now back to the L’Homme model contest and what this has to do with the “Status Quo”.  One of the questions that was asked of me during the 2nd phase was if I was willing to change my shape and height to fit a certain standard of beauty and consumer expectations. Lets just say good thing I have a sense of class and grace so there was no blood bath. And mind you, there are perfectly good and sound reasons for needing to change your shape for modeling so L’Homme is well within reason for asking this no matter how badly the question was asked…we’re human and to be human is to sometimes error.

For instance due to liquid mesh certain shapes fit better into the look, I actually have several shapes for certain clothes in my inventory, that is what copy/mod is for. And, yes even height can be a reasonable issue for a photo shoot several times when taking pictures with another I’ve actually had to make myself hover and crop the pic at a certain spot to hide the huge height difference between me and the other. Changing my height can actually make it easier on the photographer so once again perfectly reasonable to ask of that.

{Disclaimer Time}
L’Homme and it’s staff is in no way held accountable or should be victim to any type of harassment for what I’m about to say below. I’m using a personal experience that brought on much thought of a bigger issue that effects SL on a larger scale and inspired this particular PSA. These are my personal thoughts and feelings upon the matter (which mind you the L’Homme owner is well aware of how I feel and understands) so they are not responsible or some big evil entity to blame.

So, I reluctantly made a “Tall Ralphie” shape that I tried to keep true to the one you all see on a regular basis here on this blog. But, sadly it wasn’t good enough and Hika sat with me and threw out scale numbers of what he wanted and I did it because it’s not that big of a deal and it’s not like I will be wearing or caught dead in this shape outside of the photo shoots. On the other hand by the time the shape was “perfect” I started to feel rather uncomfortable about it because I was no longer me. It was my head placed on a “Status Quo” body which in my opinion is a noob looking overly muscled and fat avi that makes me want to gag and throw up in my mouth a little when looking at it…but that’s just me though and my personal preferences. It’s perfectly fine and beautiful on someone else but not on me. Kind of like when you see and outfit that is just awesome on a clothing rack or another person but there is no way in hell you’d wear it yourself.

This did get me thinking and questioning a few things though:

This shape isn’t me so should my name even be attached to it or the pictures I have to use this shape in; and do I even want it to be?

Does allowing the change of my shape in this way promote the discrimination and harassment that inflicts certain avatar types on a regular basis?

and

What does this say to my followers and readers who know I’m a big advocator, supporter, and wearer of the less accepted avatars like short cutie pies and femboys?

I’m really conflicted on this matter of conforming to another’s ideal specially when it’s tied to a “Status Quo” that many use to discriminate against those, including me on many an occasion, who don’t fit into that mold. Either way, I want you all to know that even though I have this side project I won’t be conforming my avatar to this outside of the side project.

Maybe what I’m trying to say with this PSA is that I really wish and hope one day SL (where with a few clicks you can be anything your heart desires) will transcend this outdated notion and embrace a true diversity where my “Real” short avatar can grace all things I do including my side projects. But alas, sadly I don’t think it will happen any time soon since SL mimics RL quite often in this aspect and we all know how that’s going.

~Ralphie~

Body:
Hair- *Dura-B&G*77 (Store)
Horns/Face scars- + Kintsukuroi Horns & Tattoo + {aii} (We ❤ RP)
Hands- *katat0nik* Bento Prosthetic Hands (C88)

Outfit:
Hoodie- ::GB::Hoodie Sweat jacket (Store)
Choker- Atomic // Ribbon Choker (C88)
Ear Gauges- [Cubic cherry] {Drop} (BodyFy)

No More

Featured Item: .Reckless. – Fuel (Bodyfy)

Some say that the Fates weave our lives out of the threads of creation, that the 3  –  Clotho, Lachesis and Atropos, are the ones that give us birth, set our path, and cut the threads at the end, when we die. It sounds like a lot of work, but if you’re a god, maybe it’s less literal.

It was something about the legend of those three – the Fates – that was going through Raf’s mind when he took the strange shears from their ceremonial casing, and tried to remove the cord.

It wasn’t just any cord. It was a cord that had no substance, no physical existence, at least to the naked eye. But it was there. And he didn’t understand why he hadn’t seen it much sooner. But it was there. The Cord. Slightly out of phase with our reality.

At least that’s what that funny, strange man with the long, beautiful hair the shade of midnight, had said. He’d called himself Rynn De La Horn (such an odd name, which went well with his odd nature) and he’d spoken like a mystic. Raf didn’t even know how the two had met – he’d shown up one day at his table at the coffee house, and placed his hat on the table, asking if he could share the table – “Is this seat taken? Well, I won’t be long.” He’d said.

Maybe he’d slipped something into Raf’s coffee? But in the end, suddenly, he could see that snaking cord around his wrist. The Black Cord. It was wrapped around his arm like some serpent, and its other end seemed to vanish into thin air several feet away from his arm.

Raf couldn’t believe he was actually drawn into this world of strange and supernatural. It was just too odd! But it was real to him now, and he had to accept it.

And he had to accept that the last year or so had been a lie. A fabrication. He’d been led around, in a very literal sense, like a child tied to his mother’s apron by a string. Or.. worse.. Wrapped around someone’s finger.

Raf followed Rynn’s instructions -, he’d found the old curio shop, “Mycroft’s Emporium” and paid the proprietor the sum of a lock of hair, a coin from the pocket of his father, and a note sealed with a kiss. Rynn had been very specific that only that combination of ‘gifts’ would get the proprietor to give up the Sheers for a day – it was more a rental than a purchase. And there was still the matter of Rynn’s payment – nothing in this world is for free.

The sheers were strange – heavy iron and sharper than anything he’d ever handled before. Over-large, and old fashioned- and the metal was burnished like a dark mirror. But when you stared at its surface too long, it seemed like you were looking into the depths of the night sky. And the metal was cold. He didn’t want to handle them any longer than he had to. His fingers almost seemed to be going numb, the longer he held the damn things.

So .. he took the shears.. And opened the twin blades wide, and drew his arm up, where the cord seemed wrapped, and he closed the shears with a snap. It was as if he had tried to cut into a steel cable with a blunt butter knife. There was a “dong!” sound, like a funeral bell, that seeped into the air, as if from far away. As he tried again, his arm was YANKED hard – dragging him across the room, the cord taunt and tightening painfully at his wrist. He could feel the vibration of anger on the other end. The Sorcerer was aware his binding spell was in jeopardy, and he was undoubtedly planning to do something more nefarious, so .. Rynn growled low in determination tried to jam the shears closed.

THIS time they glowed – as if little stars lit up inside the sheers’ surface. They blazed up, going nova, and there was a hissing SNAP!! As they closed. The cord broke, like an elastic string stretched too far, it whipping back out of sight. There was a sting on Raf’s arm where the near end had snapped back and slapped his forearm, as the cord wrapped around his wrist materialized, the cut end dangling down.

Raf’s mind cleared instantly, free of the fog that he hadn’t even known was there. He could see and think again. But it wasn’t quite over, in one sense. Would it ever be? He didn’t really care. He was free from that cord. From the asshole at the other end. Damn the fates, but he’d cut it.

And that sorcerer would be forced to move on, his prey had escaped, and was now wary and ready.

With a snarl, Raf said to himself.

“That’s right.. Hit the road Jack.. and don’t you come back.. “

Dehrynn Shepherd 

Body:
Mesh- TMP Deluxe Body (Store)
Hair- Tableau Vivant \\ Sari hair (Collabor88)

Outfit:
Jeans- Legal Insanity – butch black jeans (Store)
Rings- [MANDALA]Sinra Rings Season3 (Collabor88)
Scissors & String- {egosumaii} Atropos Scissors & Lachesis Arm Threads (FGC)

Tattoos:
.Reckless. – Fuel (Bodyfy)

Extras:
Background Color Effect- E.V.E Dancing Bubbles & Fireflies (Store)