The Person Behind the Screen

Supposedly, all of us in SL are old, balding paunchy men. Every single one of us. (Now having met and seen photos of quite a few people from SL, I can tell you that is SO not true. In fact, some people in SL look better than their avatars. You know who you are, Callie….) Let’s indulge that fantasy, though, and show you the *supposed* man behind the screen (again, this is not me!!!!).

The Person Behind the Screen

Our guy occupies a certain character named Speedlvr458 Seymour in SL. “Speed,” as he prefers to be calls, runs a club called “Trancepositive,” where the playlist includes trance and psytrance. He likes to dress up like a big bear furry and dance with big colorful particles while iming with his partner, Haruhi Spitfire, a darling little fox furry, who is a 25 year-old female automotive repair student from Fenny Stratford, UK (whom he constantly exhorts to “Stay in school!”). His staff loves him; they think he is the coolest thing since paperclips. They engage enthusiastically, working their patrons into a frenzy of particle- and music-induced mania every Tuesday evening, Saturday night, and Sunday afternoons during the school year for tips to spend on their furry goodness. SL is his favorite hobby and his “family” is his touchstone for the kindness and the openness of people around the world.

In real life, Speed is named Frank, and Frank is the Building Superintendant of a 8-apartment building in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He doesn’t need to dress up—he’s behind the computer or attending to his work in the building. He’s neither famous nor infamous. He’s just a guy. But in SL he’s a big furry warm bear.

The Person Behind the Screen

Thanks to the incredible work of Lorac Farella, I can bring Frank to life. Her artistry goes beyond the simple pretty to skins with character and skins that tell stories. Lorac made this as a gift for her husband on his 1000 day in SL. (This, supposedly, is what 1000 days in SL looks on a person.) The shirt is from Rob1977 Moonites, SL’s resident friendly Irishman and male clothier extraordinaire. Pants were thrifted at Floatie Hock, where clothing for the retro set can be found. Shoes are from the amazing Eponymous Trenchmouth, who is even cooler than you imagined. Glasses were found dropped off the elevator at Svarga but appear to be made by Guu Nishi.

The Person Behind the Screen

Today’s show has been brought to you by the letter B.

Hair: Bryce ~ Nicholas – Whitewash – Chalk by Bryce Tully for Bryce Designs

Skin and Shape:  Pulse Gift-1000 Days in SL/Male by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins * (no longer available)

Shirt: *FIR* White Wife Beater by Rob1977 Moonites for Fir *

Pants: HB – Leonard – Golf shorts and pants by Floatie Hock for Hell Bop

Tattoo: /artilleri/ maggie tattoo (no chest) (ushirt) by Antonia Marat for /artilleri/

Glasses: HOC – Aviator Style Glasses – Unisex #003 by Guu Nishi for HOC

Shoes: Scratch – Sand by Eponymous Trenchmouth for Jeepers Creepers

Most Likely To

Remember that one guy in high school, the one everyone liked, the one who spoke the truth but never spoke it so as to hurt anyone, the one who was a great athlete, great student, who would do anything to help anyone and also your pal, even though he had a girlfriend and you were a dork?

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Rob1977 Moonites is that guy for me. Even though he is a successful businessman and graphic designer, even though he is partnered to a lovely lady, he always has time to talk and joke around and lend his expertise. In fact, he designed the new blog theme I will be unveiling soon (once I get my stuff together) as a rez day gift after we talked about it for 2 hours at least (and yes he has a sexy Irish brogue). He really is tops.

Rob is also a great men’s fashion designer, lending his very male tastes to this underserved market. This incredible letter jacket (with “M” for “Mighty”?) is one of his latest creations. Made out of cleverly sculpted jacket and button placket and collar with puffy sculpted sleeves, this letter jacket brings to mind “Glee.” I wear it with black cords from Rob and a wife beater also made by him. The complete look is all guy (even smells like a guy).

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I show it with a skin from Aeon Jiminy that Rob turned me on to. Turn on is the story here with this skin. Between the handsomely drawn face and the hot bod, Aeon has made a new male skin for men who are looking for another look to add to their arsenal. (This skin also makes a particularly good one for guys who want to look like a good guy—the smiling lips, the kind eyes with the slight shadow underneath, the sexy whiskers.) I will mention that Aeon’s store is on an adult sim—only verified users can access. There is nothing particularly salacious there but without verification, you can’t get in.

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All ‘round good guy:

Hair: >TRUTH< Hank – treacle by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: no.07 :: Demetris – Natural :: Natural – Bald by Aeon Jiminy for no.07 *

Jacket: *FIR* Varsity Jacket “M” by Rob1977 Moonites for FIR *

Shirt: *FIR* White Wife Beater by Rob1977 Moonites for FIR *

Pants: *FIR* Black Cords by Rob1977 Moonites for FIR *

Shoes: HOC Apparel – Bolts Sneakers – Unisex by Guu Nishi for HOC Industries

Cool But Not Cold

Lately I have been exploring questions of Otherness and identity in my friendships in SL. It’s a long story but one that has found me poking around into putting on other avatars and looks. A friend challenged me to make a man and make the one I would like. Well, truth is that I like lots of types of men. And making men here is not exactly an easy task for me—there is something indefinable about men for me—elusive and mysterious. I always struggle, probably because I am not male.

Cool But Not Cold

Check out my guy. I worked hard on him. Are we allowed an alterego? This might be mine. I start with a guayabera shirt. I just have a thing about them—I think they are sort of retro and sexy and Latino-tinged all at once with a casual cool elegance. This one, made by Floatie Hock, is the first one I have found in SL, and it’s all I need. Floatie has a whole treasure trove of vintage and cool clothes in her store, by the way, and she does this white shirt deftly with all the appropriate wrinkles and pockets. (And designing white clothes is no easy task.)

I accompany the guayabera with cool pants from my pal Rob1977 Moonites. I met Rob when he and his partner, Lexie Jansma, double-handedly pulled off the Menswear Fair. Rob had some great designers there but he’s no slouch himself. Rob is a straight-forward guy, and he understands that the typical guy in SL—one who is not into RP or glam, for example—just wants a decent pair of pants. He provides that in these black cords.

Cool But Not Cold

The skin is a photorealistic rendering from iLLNiniA Palmer, one of ten male skins she has recently released in her new store in the Wastelands. I was prompted to seek out her skins after I read in plurk that someone felt they were the ugliest skins she had ever seen. In our world of airbrushed cartoon realism, elven ears and sour puss faces, perhaps a real looking male face is kind of startling, but it certainly isn’t ugly. Who hasn’t had a crush on a guy like this at one time or another, zits and all? The guy is, even with his little flaws, cool. Let’s face it. Please note that this skin is worn over my regular male shape—not the one provided with the skin. It still works pretty well.

Hair is from Truth Hawks. I was pretty stuck on this hair but I wanted the hat, so I jammed Maddox DuPont’s hat with hair over the Truth hair and moved prims around to make it all fit together. So, yes inside my head is another whole head of hair. The glasses are a cute color-change pair I received from Posy Trudeau. They include scripts to change the glasses to one of five cool tortoiseshell patterns or several other colors, and they are offered in small or large sizes.

Cool But Not Cold

Boy’s got his mojo on:

Hair: >TRUTH< Hank – almond by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH<

Skin: ILLNINIA SKINS-06-JOSHUA-LIGHT NO HAIR by iLLNiniA Palmer for Illninia Skins

Shirt: HB – Juan – guayabera – mexican wedding shirt White by Floatie Hock for Hell Bop

Pants: *FIR* Black Cords by Rob1977 Moonites for *FIR* *

Hat: .::MADesigns HAIR::. ~ CHRIS casual F3 ~ MTBR I by Maddox DuPont for .::MADesigns HAIR::.

Glasses: Homespun Hornrimmed Glasses – LG by Posy Trudeau for Homespun *

Shoes: Shanghai Black/Red by Eponymous Trenchmouth for JC’s

Cigar: (Tableau) Lunar Lounge Cigar by Polyester Partridge for Yummy! (given as a freebie on the Tableau sim a while ago)

Thank you to my buds, Skarat and Erehwon, for reviewing my maleness and giving me approval. And Eshi, darlin, if I were this guy, I would do you too ;)