Another Life

“Sometimes I can hear my bones straining under the weight of all the lives I’m not living.”  ~ Jonathan Safran Foer

Another Life

A few weeks ago I was asked to review the Altamura mesh body. I had never worn a mesh body before, so it was a new thing for me. Put on the full body alpha, wear the mesh, adjust shape, fiddle with HUD. I wore the fitted mesh body over my shape, found it looked kind of wrong, and I wore the shape supplied with the mesh body. Tall, lithe, model-like, I adjusted the shape a few more times and saw a very new me.

With a HUD that allows for alpha removal, hand and feet changes within two screens, it was relatively easy to click into a look. Click on alphas to remove spots and I was good to go.

Another Life

I wore this fabulous lace halter mesh dress from Ariadna Garrigus, slipped on Slink-ready shoes from Yani Trice, plopped a hair from Chiaki Xue on my head and great earrings from Maxi Gossamer. Everything fit with minimal effort on my part. Instant glamour!

Another Life

Except…. it was not me. The face, while beguiling, includes a darling lip biting animation if you wear the animated mesh head. But it can not be altered, adjusted, or otherwise changed. There is no accompanying make-up. (I am guessing the creator was planning on allowing appliers.) It’s an attractive face—the most attractive of the ones offered from Altamura but in wearing it, I realized the soul of “me” as an avatar was my face, especially since I take so many face shots. When I show skins in on my blog, I never change my shape. It’s a litmus test for the skin. So I am very attached to that face and seeing another one is very unnerving.

However, if I wanted to be someone else, have another life, this may be the way to go.

Another Life

Hair: *Dura-Girl*56(Irish Coffee) by Chiaki Xue for Dura *

Mesh avatar: Altamura: TANYA AVATAR by Rumegusc Altamura for Altamura *

Eyes: {S0NG} :: Prisma~ Ice Eye by Funeral Plutonian for {S0NG}

Dress: ***Arisaris AA58 2 Halterneck Black Pencil Dress by Ariadna Garrigus for ArisAris *

Jewelry: MG – Earrings and Bangle – Neon ChuChu by Maxi Gossamer for Maxi Gossamer, available at Collabor88 *

Shoes: :::LP::: Michi_Heels Black by Yani Tryce for Le Primitif

Poses by Luth Brodie for Reel Expression (no longer available)

8 thoughts on “Another Life

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  2. Thank you for this particular take. I was wondering if I was alone out here in resisting the new mesh bodies. If there’s a way to modify the face so that I look like “me” (the avatar[s] that I’ve established), then I might be willing; if the various color skins that I’ve collected could be used over the mesh body, then perhaps. But, even if SLink or Belleza can be modified that way, this one you speak of can’t.

    It takes away me; my individuality. In a world where it’s all too easy to be a clone of something, I prefer not to be.

    • You can’t modify the face at all because SL doesn’t provide enough bones in the face right now. The bodies of all these fitted mesh bodies provide for some customization, including this one. You can be taller or wider within reason. But wearing the face and body was just too much of not “me.” I didn’t see my own self represented there.

  3. Hahaha soooooo not only do you escape to someone else, now your escape (your avatar) can escape and be someone else too! Think about it! The possibilities are endless! A first, second, and 3rd life! ;) great info and thanks for sharing your thoughts. The face thing is something I wouldn’t five up either, tho I do, on occasion wear the body only. :*

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  6. I like my face and the faces I make, so no mesh head for me. I did speak with the maker and her body doesn’t use the SL UV map, though she does have a developer kit. That’s going to limit some of your choices.

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