Be Koi

Yo yo yo. I’m back at you once again. Now that I’m finally awake after the tryptophan nap (like chloroform, but without the headache) that is synonymous with Thanksgiving for me, I have some fashion to swing your way. I’ll come at you in three parts here and each part is set apart below the full shots here:

KoiShift Collage

The first part is these jeans from GearShift. Recently GearShift was used in a collection of images for Homme Magazine. What I noticed as I flipped through the magazine was that the jackets and sweaters were used, but nada on the jeans. Obviously, I don’t know what items were given for that shoot, but the jeans are definitely something to be displayed. GearShift jeans are definitely some of my favorites. I really feel like Donovan nailed a great pair of jeans in his Maverick jeans set that come in 2 colors (blue and black) and 2 styles (plain and ripped). From there he scooped up a handful of his own style and tossed it in to create these three unique jeans. Left to right above, we have the Rider Punch, Tainted Love, and Rider Kick jeans. The Riders are obviously influenced by Japanese style. That Japanese/harajuku/anime field is what Donovan usually throws our way and he has a hard time missing. The textures and graphics on these jeans really do pop out at you. The Tainted Love jeans touch on another style that you’ll find throughout a lot of Donovan’s items and that is graffiti. On this denim masterpiece it seems he took his blue jean texture and gave it a very nice dark blue hue and adorned it with very nice graffiti touches. If I had to order them, the Tainted Love jeans are definitely at the top of the three. Also, I do have something else I need to mention. Donovan has a new main store location for GearShift. It’s pretty cool and has some extra freebies in it if you’re in the group. I believe he opened it up on Monday and it’s the GearShift Academy, so go check it out in Raven Moore.

The second part comes in relation to the Japanese influence brought by Donovan. Koi in Japanese simply means “carp”, but koi is actually a homophone (a word that sounds the same as another, but has different meanings) that also means “strength and perseverance”. The Japanese legend says that if a koi were strong enough to make it all the way up stream and climb the falls at a location called Dragon’s Gate on the Yellow River that it would then turn into a dragon. Based on that legend the koi is also a symbol of worldly aspiration and advancement. I seem to be drawn to tattoos of koi. One of these tattoos I’ve actually already shown you guys back in my Golden Years. Left to right again we have the Koi Upper Body from EtchD, Koi Farm from Aitui, and then again the Serenity tattoo from iNFLiCT.

The final part to this all are the SOREAL Superstars that have been out for a while now. I really wanted to blog on these shoes closer to our historic US election, but I didn’t have a chance to. I say that because on these shoes I actually manned up and bought the full pack of them from Kwamey, and with the full pack I got a special texture in 3 styles. The extra styles have the same base texture of groundbreaking and influential black musicians in 3 different colors. The style displayed on the right side is the extra style in purple. Now, I did have to ask Kwamey for the exact name of the artists displayed on this texture, but I will say that I was not all that far off on them when I dropped a note card guessing on him (I got 8 out of 12). If you look closely you can see some of them. The official word from Kwami on his texture is as follows:

#1 Bob Marley, Roy Ayers, George Clinton, Louis Armstrong
#2 Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye
#3 Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, James Brown, Quincy Jones

These are definitely the most realistic Superstars on the SL market and the price says so. Personally, I wish they were scripted like the Pornstars from Urban Bomb Unit, where you can mix and match textures, lace colors, shells, stitches and other portions, but sadly they are not. You’re locked into the styles you buy. These shoes are size scripted allowing you to resize them to your feet with ease.

Alright that’s all I’ve got on this one. I hope you enjoyed it and seriously slide over to snag any and/or all of these. Even if you don’t buy these, at least check out what they all have to offer. One of the things I love about fashion blogs is that even if I don’t particularly like what the blogger had on, the designer may have something else that strikes a perfect note with me. It’s all about discovery and expansion, so that you can strike that perfect note of your own. Also, note that I snuck in my favorite pink mohawk again. That’s one amazing sculpty prim I tell you.

The Rundown
In All Three
Shoes: SOREAL Superstars L$399 single (L$3499 18 pairs in 1)
Shades: Young Urban – Alaskan Aviators in Silver L$90
Skin: FNKY! – Baby Face Soul L$1,850 single (L$3,000 pack)
Necklace: Shiny Things – Mechanica men’s necklace L$100
Bracelet: Shiny Things – Mechanica men’s bracelet L$100

Blue Collection
Tattoo: EtchD – Koi Upper Body
Jeans: GearShift – Rider Punch L$200
Hair: The Abyss – Blade in Pink L$200

Red Collection
Tattoo: Aitui – Koi Farm L$350
Jeans: GearShift – Tainted Love L$200
Hair: UncleWeb Studios – Dan in Cool Black L$130

Purple Collection
Tattoo: iNFLiCT – Serenity L$599
Jeans: GearShift – Rider Kick L$200
Hair: Chase – Seabreeze in Coal Black (L$295 for 3 colors)

The Soundtrack (Myspace Playlist Link)
Kasabian – Shoot The Runner
Gorillaz – All Alone
Daft Punk – Technologic
Fatboy Slim – Love Island
Rock Kills Kid – Paralyzed
Digital Underground – The Humpty Dance
A Tribe Called Quest – Can I Kick It?
Toe Jam & Earl Theme

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2 Comments

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2 responses to “Be Koi

  1. Anonymous

    that’s not what coy means…and since they don’t use the word ‘coy’ in Japan, it wouldn’t be used in tandem with koi fish. Koi are symbols of strength and perseverance.

  2. Oscar Page

    Random anonymous person…you see the tattoos on me all are koi fish. By “being koi” it would mean that people should go out and get these tattoos. It’s a play on words, as is the word koi in Japanese.

    Though, you are correct that it means strength and perseverance. I’m not sure where I got love & affection from, but I see that’s wrong. I’ll update my post to reflect that.

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