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McEnroe

Ladies and gents…this started a while ago, a long while ago to be exact. It was around the time of the Shoe Expo back in July and I had just been turned on to a hair from Gritty Kitty by one Iustinian Tomsen. In my shopping for the aforementioned hair I came across another hair at Gritty Kitty that I just could not pass. After promptly slapping the new wig up top my head it hit me. I’m going to toss together a John McEnroe/80s tennis pro look. Thus, I went to the Shoe Expo dressed up in my John McEnroe outfit. I’ve thought about doing the John McEnroe look before, but my problem was that I didn’t have the items to do it. The original John McEnroe look had mini boxers from a, now long gone, discount Naughty Designs store and the socks came from Last Call’s “Right Said” outfit. Well, not too long before I ventured into the RL fashion arena I got a review package from one Dice Beattie of “Roll the Dice”. He gave me some gym shorts and it reignited my McEnroe outfit like you wouldn’t believe. The Australian Open (it’s one of the four tournaments in the “grand slam” of tennis) finishes up tomorrow with Roger Federer vs. Rafa Nadal and I just couldn’t let that pass before I got into this. Without further ado, I give you the McEnroe story…

McEnroe Storyboard #1

Eying up his opponent’s position on the court he mentally spins the wheel that holds his arsenal of serves and stops it like a well informed game of Russian roulette. He bounces the tennis ball up to his hands twice before it releases off of his fingertips up toward the sunny sky. Uncorking like a gun’s hammer he sends the ball screaming off the top of the net and out with judges calling out "LET!" and "FAULT!" He lets out a half smile as if he knew that ball was going to rub the outside service line clear off of the court. The Russian roulette begins again, but this time lands in a much safer spot as this is the second serve for match point. Two bounces and the ball is back up into the air. He slams through the ball with a much lighter top spin than the first serve to ensure it makes it over the net clean. Using the momentum of the serve he takes a couple of steps into the court before his eyes widen as his opponent sets up his body to slide in a drop shot toward the center of the court hoping to catch him off guard. With a flick of the wrist the ball lofts with the back spin and he begins to approach the net to make sure he sets himself up in excellent position after his next shot. He slightly puts too much on his returning drop shot and leaves his opponent with the advantage he was after. A light mental cursing about his short game aside, his opponent lobs a shot over his head to the back corner. Thankfully quickness needs no practice and he runs down the lob as it bounces quite high.

McEnroe Storyboard #2

Reaching back to release the hammer again, he follows through with all of his force and a light grunt with all of the raw force that he threw into that ball. The yellow fuzz holds on for dear life as it flies down the line from the forehand, and his surprised opponent reels to get to the corner. Fortunately, his opponent left his quickness at home today because he barely gets to the ball and flails his arm out laying up a bunny for him to simply put away and finish this match. Jumping up into the air to finish this match in style, the ball sails a little wider than he would have liked but it’s definitely going to stay in. As it hits he turns to the crowd and the cyclops (line judge) yells, “OUT!” He turns with fury in his eyes and screams at the umpire, “THAT WAS IN! ARE YOUR JUDGES FREAKING BLIND!? HOW COULD THEY NOT SEE THAT WAS IN!?” In a childish fit he throws his racket clear across the court and then punts the bended frame back over toward his bag. Reaching into his bag, he picks out another racket and continues on his quest to finish his opponent. He thinks to himself, “If you thought the first serve was fast, just wait until I unleash the rage into this serve….”

The Rundown
Hair: Gritty Kitty – Flynn in Liquorice L$130
Shirt: B-Side Couture – Grey Polo L$149
Shorts: Roll The Dice – Gym Shorts in Red L$50
Tube Socks: Sinistyle – Tube Socks in Red (9-color pack for L$150)
Shoes: Redgrave – Sneakers in Red L$380
Tattoo: EtchD – Koi Upper Body L$150
Skin: Damiani – Neo V2 in Tan 2 – Shaved (Pigment 0) L$2,000 single facial hair (L$5,000 set & L$15,000 fat pack)

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The Way of the Fist!

You know it. You loved it. At the very least loved to hate it. The Karate Kid. While pretending to know karate and play-fighting you probably used “san” after their name when addressing them like Mr. Miyagi (God rest his soul). You probably crane kicked your fair share of people or fell over while attempting one. You may have simply remembered them as the bad guys, but those bad guys have influenced a lot. I mean, when you see this older hoodie from Sinistyle you know exactly where that came from. Taking it a step further is Donovan Brennen of GearShift. He recently put out his Cobra Crew Tracksuit. All of the jackets in this style from Donovan I really like and this one is no different. The jacket includes a couple of different aspects from the Cobra Kai dojo including the large logo on the back and the iconic motto of the Cobra Kai: “Strike First. Strike Hard. No Mercy.” For a better view of the logo you can check out this montage of the matches in Karate Kid leading up to the final battle. Also, if you’d like to buy any real Cobra Kai merch check out this site. (the ‘Bow to Your Sensei! one is my favorite)

Now, moving down the line we have these amazing retro high tops from AKEYO. Let me give you a little history on these shoes. Back on the 26th of November, James Schwarz put up these shoes on his Flickr photostream asking to see if anybody knew where he could find a pair in SL. Well AKEYO saw the demand and answered with a pair of fantastic shoes just like them. They’re up there in price, but they’re a lot like the Urban Bomb Unit Pornstar HiTops. (I know a lot of links, but they’re all appropo) You can change colors on these things like mad to look just like the shoes from the shot or color them up any way you want from the touch menu.

The final piece I want to talk about in this is the hair. It’s an epic occasion for me when it comes to this hair because I’ve never dropped this much L$ on 1 single hair (one style, one color). The designer is Cookie Pink and she (in her profile picks) explains Heartcore to be “For all you Emo & Scenekids. For all the girls with a thing for trashy accessories, fashion, shoes, skins and unusual hairstyles…” I actually tried the demo of a few her other unusual hairstyles, but really wasn’t feeling them except for this one called Aiden that I really really liked. I debated for a bit, but finally, as this outfit was coming together, pulled the trigger and it really nailed what I was looking for. Some hairstyles like this almost seem like they’re either A) trying too hard to get the look or B) just come out looking too messy. It’s usually the latter of the two there. This hair is great because it’s right in the middle. Each spike is effortless, but intentionally placed. This is your warning ahead of time: The hair only comes in straight black (as shown) or black with two spikes colored, so if you can’t pull off a black this isn’t for you (unless you bother the crap out of Cookie to add different colors to her palette).

*UPDATE*
I had a short chat with Cookie today and she told me that the store that’s up is an older store. She’s in the middle of creating her sim and updating merch/hair. She said that she’ll have new hair textures and the prices will be reducing on her products, so watch out for that. I didn’t get any official grand opening date, but just know that it’s coming.

Alright enough of my talking, here are the shots…

Rail Slide
(Shot on location at the GearShift Academy)

Cobra Kai Collage

The Rundown
Tracksuit: GearShift – Cobra Crew Tracksuit L$350
Shoes: AKEYO – Cora L$600
Hair: Heartcore! – Aiden in Black L$300
Shades: Hoorenbeek – Lestat Glasses in Transparent L$420 for 4 styles
Snake Bite Lip Rings: Hoorenbeek – Piercings Set (Piercing 15 / mouth) L$420 for 20 different piercings
Cuffs: Action Surf & Sk8te – Unisex Studded Buckle Bracelet in Black L$200 (one copied and attached to other arm)
Tattoo: iNFLiCT – Serenity L$599
Skin: Damiani – Neo V2 in Tan 2 – Shaved Eyeliner (Pigment 0) L$2,000 single facial hair (L$5,000 set & L$15,000 fat pack)

The Soundtrack
Scary Kids Scaring Kids – Snake Devil
Nonpoint – Alive and Kicking
Red Jumpsuit Apparatus – Face Down
Ill Niño – Unreal
Nine Inch Nails – Every Day Is Exactly The Same
Underworld – Shudder / King of Snake

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A Crush With Guyliner

I…am…smitten. On the many random wanderings that I’ve been doing in SL lately while building up to be a Viceroy in the Camelot Kingdom of Tiny Empires, I came upon a skin display from Damiani for the Neo². I put on the demo and thought it was a pretty good skin, nothing truly worth going gaga over. Although, then I really started to look at the demo names, and noticed 8 different versions of the Shaved facial hair. 8 different versions of a skin for L$2,000 is a very very good deal. Usually you have to pay extra for eyeliner versions of a facial hair, but with the Damiani skin it automatically comes in the group. You get your standard bald head vs. hair and body hair vs. silky smooth as well as all of those versions with eyeliner. As soon as I saw that, I knew I had to have it. Little did I know that it was going to get better. Exactly the reason why I absolutely LOVE the FNKY! Antonio skin, the Damiani Neo² skin follows suit by putting some light alpha (very slight transparency) into the skin texture and allows you to use the Pigment slider (Edit Appearance > Skin tab > Skin Color tab > Pigment slider) to make the skin lighter and darker. Another thing that I like about this skin is that the body hair is very tastefully done. A lot of times you get some really really bad body hair that doesn’t even end up looking like body hair at all. Although an opportunity for improvement would be to remove the treasure trail and hair-down-there on the skins without body hair. Personally, this isn’t much of a big deal to me, but I’m sure others would like to see a completely smooth style to it. Alright I’ll cut off my rambling here and toss the skin at you.

Full Pigment Spectrum
Damiani Neo² - Full Spectrum

Other Details
Damiani Neo² - Details

The Rundown
Skin: Damiani – Neo V2 – Shaved in tone Tan 2 L$2,000 single facial hair (L$5,000 set & L$15,000 fat pack)
Undies: Brief Encounter – Picasso Trunks (Not currently available at any location. New sim in development)

The Soundtrack
REM – A Crush With Eyeliner
Death Cab for Cutie – Summer Skin
India.Arie – Brown Skin
Frank Sinatra – I’ve Got You Under My Skin

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