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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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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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My Morning…er…Favorite Jackets

Helloooooooooooo everybody! I’m back! *toots horn like James Brown’s “Get Up Offa That Thang”* Alright, I took a lot of time here and put together a large collection of my favorite jackets. What really got the ball rolling on this were the Tracksuits from GearShift. Donovan Brennen (creator) unveiled them for the Harajukubox event that they had a little while back. Unfortunately one of the three that were out was exclusive to the event, so the Mech Love style that I have with a Mech pattern on them is no longer available. Anyhoo….that’s actually what got me started on jackets. The way I’m going to slide you shoulders and zip you up into these jackets would be in this order: Blues, Black & Red, Dressy, and Leather. Some of the items will overlap categories, but generally I think I got them in the right spots.

Let’s start this off with the Blues. The main shot (closeup) is a jacket I picked up a little while ago when I first got tped into Novocaine on one of Pheobe’s shopping trips. The official name of it would be the Dusk Rider. I really love the color splashes across this jacket because theyI coupled it up with GearShift Maverick jeans in ripped faded blue. I really like all of the new jeans that GearShift has out because they go with just about everything. Down to my feet, we’ve got the essential FNKY! Racers in Blue. I was really really enamored with these when they first came out and they reminded me a lot of one of my favorite shorts from The Animatrix (pic & link to short on YouTube). Finishing off this outfit we have my classic Alaskan Aviators from The Young Urban and on top is the hairstyle Dan from UncleWeb Studios in cool black. Let me tell you something about what UncleWeb does with their hair that I really like is that they mold the hair to different head styles. Style A is for a thinner head and then Style B is for a wider/more round head. I love this option because often I’ll buy a hair that was created for a thinner head style (as my head is more round) and you almost need to adjust a multitude of prims to get it right. If you’re just trying to enlarge the hairstyle using your basic stretch tools, you’ll end up with (not a forehead or a fivehead, but…) a sixhead.

Blue Jackets Collage

Moving down the line we’ve got the jacket portion of the aforementioned GearShift Tracksuit. This would be the jacket from the M.I.A. Track Jacket, which will definitely let you fly like paper and get high like planes. It may also aide in you becoming a bonafide huslta makin’ your name. This jacket comes with matching pants as well that are a basic black with the same double blue stripes up the seams. Last, but certainly not least, is the Armidi Moto Leather Jacket in Jumper. I was one of the lemmings that got the group notice and rushed over to check them out. The colors on this one are pretty excellent, as is almost everything that Hudsen Armidi (Emma Gilmour) puts out. Some of the other colors you may remember from such pop references as Michael Jackson’s red jacket and Uma Thurman’s iconic yellow Kill Bill outfit. A final note on this collection would be that before my hard drive crash and all of my images from the S/S09 collections were wiped, the dominant color throughout a lot of the collections was a blue like the one displayed in the Novocaine jacket and FNKY! Racers.

Gliding right along here we get to some more of the fall colors and my favorite black & red jackets. First, please note that an extra one to this can be noted in my last fashion post with the latest Laqroki jacket that I love. The jackets that I tossed into this one would be from Civvies, Moderno, Sinistyle, and Armidi Limited.

Black & Red Jacket Collage

The full picture on the left is the Charlatan coat in black from Civvies. I really like this jacket. It just feels fuzzy and warm, but with badass written all over it. The cut and style of it reminds me of coats that the Russians wore in WWII (if they buttoned up the middle and had forearm straps/belts). The first iteration of this came in the form of a coat named Road Agent and Posy had branched it off into a few different styles in its evolution. Going down the middle we have the Moderno Block Track jacket in red. Despite the tragic event that occurred with Ginny Talamasca, Starley Thereian still has the selection of clothing that she made for Moderno out in the Lithium City sim. What I love the most about this jacket is that it really hones in the 80s sports effect. Again reminiscing, but it reminds me of something that Kevin Kline would’ve worn in The Big Chill. Yes, I was only 1 when that movie came out, but that doesn’t refute the fact that it’s a classic movie with an amazing soundtrack. Moving right along, footloose and fancy free. The bottom jacket is Sinistyle and at the time it was a capitalization on the hit TV show Heroes. Although originally made because Sylar was the villain in Seasons 1 & 2, Sylar is now maybe a good guy? A few too many plot twists in this latest season (#3) to know exactly where Sylar lies. He’s in a sea of gray with a lot of other characters. Ok, I’m a Heroes freak! I’m sorry! Let me get at why I like this coat 1) I love the cut of it and how the flexi moves when you walk. 2) The shine texture on the shirt underneath. Though simply designed after the character, the shine fabric brings this older coat very fashion forward. Personally, I’m not a huge fan of items that are overly shiny, but you gotta hit ’em with a little shine. Finally, in this we’ve got Armidi Limited’s Military Refuge jacket in red. This, like a coat coming up later, is a very very classic coat and the military theme that strutted its way down the runways earlier this year for the F/W ’08 collections. As with most everything @ Armidi Limited, this coat comes in a plethora of colors (10 total if memory serves me correctly and mostly darker tones) to fit anything you want to wear.

The next set of jackets I’m going to toss you way would be my dressier coats. Although, that’s not saying that you cannot wear them with jeans because they actually do work very well with them and that is demonstrated in my collage here:

Dressy Collage

Left to right here we have the MUWU English Boy blazer and shirt combo, Savvy Avvy black woolen coat, and Back & Forth’s pea coat in black. The MUWU English Boy I came across in another blog back in April. To be honest, I never really wore it all that much because I couldn’t get a color scheme that blended well enough back then. While throwing this idea around in my head and cruising through my inventory, I came across it again, and somehow it just clicked as to what I should toss on with it. In this shot we have Elephant Outfitters – Classic Elephant Jeans in a Dirty Dark wash, Hoorenbeek’s Patagonia Boots in Used Black, and Aitui’s Double Wrap Muffler Scarf in Storm. Down the line we have the Savvy Avvy black woolen coat. It’s an older coat, but still an excellent coat. I really like how the black and cream colors are coordinated here. The scarf and gloves both come with the coat as well as the multitude of attachments. It has a very Londoner feel to it. I could see Prince William strutting around town in this jacket on a snowy, English day. Lastly, we have an even older coat from Back & Forth. This has to be one of my favorite sets of pea coats because A) They’re in expensive, B) They remind me of a pea coat that I actually own, and C) They go with a lot of different things. Though they’re now outdated in terms of true quality, I still love these pea coats like no tomorrow. Also, added in here is the Gritty Kitty stripes & plaids scarf. This scarf is touch scripted to change into 9 different textures and I own just about all of the scarves from Gritty Kitty as I love them so much.

The last group of jackets can be found on the beaches of Florida, if we were talking about human leathery skin in this case. 🙂 This is a collection of some of my favorite leather coats, but these are your more traditional leather coats (unlike the leather moto jacket from Armidi that was mentioned before.

Leathers Collage

Again working left to right we have the Amodica ~ Rider in Copper. This coat comes in a multitude of colors. Randomly at a fashion show (I can’t remember which) I saw someone rocking this in white and it looked just as great as this one in copper. I really love the rich color in this coat. It gives it that extra tint of authenticity, if you will. The next coat in line is about the most badass coat in the entire group. This is an older coat that’s now only available via SL Exchange from Brutal Gear. The leather on this coat almost exudes the stories of the road that it was worn on. To cap it off it has spiked shoulder prims and a thick, loose belt strap. If you need a coat that says “Don’t even think about messing with me in a bar fight” this is it. The next up is actually a full outfit from TheZoo called Aviator with a single item switched out (Shai’s Men’s Ribbed tank in cream instead of the shirt). This is one of the first coats that I liked that connected at mid-torso and actually 1 of the first stores I’ve ever encountered where I don’t have to adjust any of the parts because they fit my larger av perfectly 99% of the time. I really wish that Froddo Beck would keep creating as he hasn’t put out anything in a long time. I think there’s a lot more depth of to his line that he hasn’t tapped into, and I hate to see a designer fall short of the potential that I see in his current clothing. This is a classic cool outfit in my inventory that I could wear to just about anywhere. The flexi is very well done. Saving one of the best for last, I first became obsessed with this coat when, again, I was perusing the crowd at a fashion show and saw it on Daydream Langway. I went to EtchD not even searching for this Drifter Gunslinger coat in brown because at that time I was looking for new tats and I had given up on my search. EtchD is mainly known for the tats, but this coat is amazing. You get a wonderful leather coat with a tattoo-inspired design on it. I truly love the brilliance of that as a male consumer. It’s along the same lines as an Ed Hardy, but much less colorful and gives a strong male feel to it. I love the Wild West feel to it as well like an updated version of the outlaw’s jacket. For a closer look at the design on this as well as the back of the jacket from TheZoo, check them out here.

That’s all I have for this time through of my favorite jackets. I’m sure down the road, I’ll make updates or probably forgot one that got lost in my immense inventory, but for now this is a solid representation of all of my favorite coats in all of SL. I’d strongly suggest dropping by the slurls below and grabbing all of these jackets as the weather begins to fade toward the middle of fall with winter just turning onto the block. I just hope our winter doesn’t extend into March as shown in my Snowmageddon pix on my Flickr (add me as a contact if you want to see them). Anyway enough of my rambling, here are the full credits for all of the pictures above. Thanks so much for reading and I’ll try my best to not hold out this long for future posts.

The Rundown
In All Shots
Skin: The Abyss – Scorpio_Osiris 1(C) Hair L$2,000 single (L$4,800 set)

Blues (L to R)
Jacket #1: Novocaine – Sonic in dusk rider L$265 (6 colors for L$1,025)
Jacket #2: GearShift – M.I.A. Track Jacket L$200 (full tracksuit L$350)
Jacket #3: Armidi Limited – Moto Leather Jacket in Jumper L$475
Jeans: GearShift – Maverick – Ripped Faded Blue L$200
Shoes: FNKY! – Racers in Blue L$500 (12 colors for L$2,000)
Shades: The Young Urban – Alaskan Aviators in Silver L$100 (gold & silver)
Hair: UncleWeb Studios – Dan in Cool Black L$130

Black & Reds (L to R)
Jacket #1: Civvies – Charlatan Coat L$500
Jacket #2: Moderno – Block Track Jacket in Red L$100
Jacket #3: SiniStyle – Sylar “Boogeyman” L$500
Jacket #4: Armidi Limited – Military Refuge Jacket in Red L$155
Hair: Naughty – Ego in Black Shine L$300 for 3-pack

Dressy (L to R)
Jacket #1: MUWU – The English Boy L$90
Jeans #1: Elephant Outfitters – Classic Elephant Jeans in Dirty Dark L$145
Scarf #1: Aitui – Double Wrap Muffler Scarf in Storm L$165
Boots: Hoorenbeek – Patagonia Boots in Used Black L$520
Jacket #2: Savvy Avvy – Black Woolen Coat L$400 (comes with scarf & gloves)
Jacket #3: Back and Forth – Pea Coat in Black L$98 (6 coats for L$300)
Scarf #3: Gritty Kitty – Scarf in Stripes & Plaids L$100
Hair: Gritty Kitty – Czech Mate in Black L$130

Leathers
Jacket #1: Amodica Lookr – Rider in Copper (price and slurl to come when sim reopens)
Jacket #2: Brutal Gear – Highwayman Black L$200 SL Exchange
Hair #1 & #2: UncleWeb Studios – Nick in Cool Black L$130
Jacket, Scarf, Jeans #3: TheZoo – Aviator L$390
Tank #3: Casa del Shai – Ribbed Tanks in Light 3 for L$350
Hair #3: Chase – Seabreeze in Coal Black (L$295 for 3 colors)
Boots #3: Shiny Things – Old Shoes in Black L$300
Shades #3: [Armidi Gisaci] – Lifestyle Aviators – Silver L$325
Jacket #4: EtchD – Drifter Gunslinger in Brown 4 designs for L$300
Jeans #4: Armidi Limited – Male Loose A001 Jeans in Regular Industrial L$145
Boots #4: SSH – Stompers Engineer’s Boots in Brown L$300
Hair #4: Naughty – Dare in Black Shine

The Music
Overall: My Morning Jacket – I’m Amazed
Blues: Michael Jackson – Off The Wall / Nina Simone – Blues for Mama
Black & Red: Muse – Supermassive Black Hole / Jimi Hendrix – Red House (Zero 7 – Red Dust)
Dressy: Lou Reed – Perfect Day / Velvet Underground – Sunday Morning
Leather: ZZ Top – La Grange / Golden Earring – Radar Love

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