Go Packers!

On Sundays where I live, there is so much green and gold on every living person, it’s enough to make one wonder if investing in gold and green dye plants would make one a millionaire. Packers fans are about as devoted as they get, and with this weekend’s battle against the Minnesota Vikings, there was a buzz in the air. We wanted to CREAM the Vikings. And we did! I am sorry to say, but there was something so satisfying seeing Brett Favre throw that last minute incomplete. (My international friends can pretend they are above all this but I have seen the World Cup. You don’t have to know the players or game to know the feeling ;))

Go Packers!

Well, the biggest fans know it requires more than just cheering—it requires a sort of psychic oneness with the team to get them through. And this psychic oneness necessitates dressing up in the team colors in the most outrageous ways in order to push that ball through the end posts. Rob1977 Moonites accommodated me in my efforts by making his very cute Jackson sweater in green and gold. (I don’t think he intended this at all—he’s Irish and probably has no idea who the Packers are but it’s a lucky coincidence, dontcha think?)  Skinny jeans from Gin Galtier with a yellow pocket make it all nice matchy matchy.

Go Packers!

I modified this hair from Kavar Cleanslate to make it greener. I hope the dye washes out tomorrow—eek! Tiff Aristocrat has made some darling facepaints for the 2.0 tattoo layer that bring out the spirit in all of us (though I would caution her against using trademarked team names for them). We know that’s why LL made that tattoo layer–so we can show our team spirit!

I love these high tops from Coke Dreadlow. They are beautifully sculpted, textured and scripted to let a person change the colors all over the shoe. A custom-made Packer Backer sneaker! (Say THAT three times fast!) And my beer helmet? Well ya know, it’s never a Packer game without some beer. (Found this in Blazed Undercity’s head shop—I don’t think I laughed quite so much as the night I visited that place.)

Go Packers!

Teamwork is what the Green Bay Packers were all about. They didn’t do it for individual glory. They did it because they loved one another. ~ Vince Lombardi

Hair: Exile Dori/aqua by Kavar Cleanslate for Exile (modified)

Skin: *YS & YS* Andrea 07 Passion by Monicuzza Babenco for *YS & YS*

Makeup: Facepaint Green Bay Colors ‘half’ – f by Tiff Aristocrat for ***Sports Teams Face Paint

Sweater: *FIR & MNA* The Jackson Sweater Green Womens by Rob1977 Moonites for *FIR & MNA* *

Jeans: Djinn & Tonic [Bootcut Denim, Dark & Belted] YELLOW  by Gin Galtier for Djinn and Tonic *

Scarf: >TRUTH<  Lygon Scarf [yellow stripe] by Pixel Chrome for >TRUTH<

Socks: *Sprawl* Scrunchy Sock (green) by Pushbutton Skolnick for Sprawl

Shoes: PornStar Hi-Tops MultiColor v2 by Coke Dreadlow for Urban Bomb Unit

Hat: !Blazed.BeerHelmet by Blazed Undercity for OD Games & Scripts

Gracie and the Real Girl

I met Gracie Kendal when I first went to Tiphares. We have known each other for some time, and I would be lying if I said we were besties, but we certainly do like each other tons. I asked Gracie to provide a guest blog because she has done very specific work centered around her avatar. She wants me to mention that she is an artist—and she is—but her work is so much more than mere art. It’s an incredibly personal statement about her identity

Gracie Kendal is a woman who has been seeking her way in her first life using her second life as a mirror, a vessel for her identity, a means of growing both personally and artistically. Gracie, who is now an instructor in art, did her entire masters thesis using SL. She explored the embodiment of Gracie, her avatar self, to understand the embodiment of Kris, her human self. You can read more about Gracie.. and Kris.. at www.kristineschomaker.net and see pieces of her thesis at The Gracie Kendal Project.

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To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

How can I be myself when I’m immersed in thousands of advertisements, TV shows and movies every day persuading, influencing, telling me who to be? How can I be myself when I am constantly being judged and criticized by family and friends for not living up to their expectations? How can I be myself when I don’t have control? Ralph Waldo Emerson was right, It will be my greatest accomplishment to be able to find myself amongst the constant barrage of “something else” out there. I wonder what Emerson would have thought about avatars. It is funny, creating this virtual representation of myself, this ideal figure, this avatar I control, I can be myself. Is she my doll? When I was a kid, I played with Barbies. I wanted to be a Barbie. Who didn’t? Now, I have become my own “doll” which I project my hopes, fears, passions and imagination on while I explore this amazing path of self exploration.

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This is Gracie. Gracie is me. I am Gracie. Her clothes help define us. Her signature paint pants were given to her by a great friend who said, “OMG you have to have these.” As he said, “they’ll look much better on you, than me.” I laughed. The black t-shirt from Coco, is amazing. The detail in the wrinkling and seams help make it seem real and natural. Gracie’s shoes are the fabulous UBU PornStar Hi-Tops. I especially love the detail of the writing on the toes and the ability to change color and pattern. This outfit, that Gracie wears all the time, is also what I (Kris) wears in the real world most of the time; Jeans, a black V-neck tshirt and Converse. Gracie is me.

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In her 4 years of existence Gracie has had the same shape from Alady, and only one other skin. Her current skin from Redgrave helps show off her blue eyes and bright smile. Another signature to Gracie’s look is her Artilleri Rhinestone retro glasses. While I wear glasses in real life, I felt it was important for Gracie to also have some stylish artsy specs. Her nose ring and Kaj <3 bracelet were created by my great friend Jordan, owner of Jordans Jewelry. These are both representations of two amazing long time friends in SL. The only thing that Gracie changes a little more often is hair. I mean come on, with so many amazing hair stylists out there, you just have to. Right? Her current hair, is Truth Linda champagne. The one constant as far as hair goes, is that Gracie always stays blond. That is who Gracie is.

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Radiohead sang, “I don’t care if it hurts- I want to have control- I want a perfect body- I want a perfect soul.” With Gracie’s help, I am trying to find “my” control through “my” perfect body and “my” perfect soul. Whatever that is.

Hair: >TRUTH< Linda – champagne by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH<

Skin: O4B Moon Pale Skin / blue (light-brows) *REDGRAVE* by Emilia Redgrave for REDGRAVE

Shape: AladyShapes68SlaveGirlCcup by Tracey Sassoon for ALady

Top: *COCO*_V-neckTee (black) by Cocoru Lemon for Coco

Pants: Painter Jeans created by Forseti Svarog (unknown where they came from)

Glasses: /artilleri/ Rhinestone Retro! BLACK by Antonia Marat for Artilleri

Nose Piercing: Jordan*s Diamond Nose Piercing by Jordan Morgenrote for Jordan’s Jewelry

Bracelet: Kaj <3 bracelet, blk cord (rs) by Jordan Morgenrote for Jordan’s Jewelry

Key: CFF- Heartwork Wind Up Key by Canolli Capalini for Capalini Fine Furnishings

Shoes: PornStar Hi-Tops MultiColor v2 by Coke Dreadlow for Urban Bomb Unit

New Yorker Passerby

There is an artist I have enjoyed following over the past few years since I found out about him. Jorge Colombo, who has since become famous for his iPhone New Yorker covers, was doing daily sketches of the people he saw out on the sidewalks of New York City every day that he called “The Dailies.” I was absolutely entranced because he seemed to capture their character so vividly in each sketch, from the tone of their skin to their expression, stance and details. You can see a few of them here but he has been doing them for 10 years. (He used to date stamp each one before it got put on his website.)

I realize that my foray into avatars that look substantially different me is a sort of Jorge Colombo deal where I want to honor the people who would inhabit these bodies, perhaps spark a bit of imagination about their lives, perhaps lend empathy. They are “character sketches” in a very virtual sense. And many of them are my fellow residents in SL.

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In this character sketch we see this gentleman, waiting to cross the street. His name could be Jorge.. or Dwayne.. or Hussein, depending on who his mother is and how she felt when she first saw his face. His sweater, made by potato beanster, shows a certain hipness. His drawstring cargo pants from swaffette firefly show practicality. His hi tops from Coke Dreadlow show a certain quirkiness (since they are orange) and his messenger bag from onakagoo Waco shows an artistic bent. He’s definitely a native New Yorker.

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You have to wonder what’s in the bag.. art supplies? School books? Graphic novels? As he gazes out from behind his sunglasses at the traffic, you can see he’s quite a handsome man. Perhaps it’s his modeling portfolio in that bag. Certainly the skin Emilia Redgrave has provided shows off his best attributes. He is a delicious man of color.

Kavar Cleanslate completes the look for our handsome city man with dreadlocks perfect for this man about town.

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“Every day I am a spy for two minutes – and every day I am after a different person.” ~ Jorge Colombo

Hair: Exile Andre cheyanne by Kavar Cleanslate for Exile

Skin: 04   Dark-Tan Skin -Tyson-/goatee+base+chesthair  *REDGRAVE* by Emilia Redgrave for Redgrave

Shape: Sophistishapes – LLOYD bodyshape by Sophia Rossen for Sophistishapes (modified from original)

Sweater: Ducknipple Tom Sweater by beanster Potato for Ducknipple

Pants: sf design cargo cutoffs stone mens by swaffette Firefly for SF Designs

Sunglasses: ROLE OPTIC SG-77 Escuda (male) by Rohal Schnyder for Role Optic *

Messenger Bag: ::: ArtMeter ::: bag S Orange by onakagoo Waco for ArtMeter(no longer available)

Earring: Made by me :)

Shoes: PornStar Hi-Tops MultiColor v2 by Coke Dreadlow for Urban Bomb Unit

Poses by Diesel Rogan of Diesel Works Animations *

Tomboy

Underlying a lot of discussion about SL is the issue of identity and representation. People come to SL to represent themselves, to represent some part of themselves, to represent some creative expression, to… well… represent.

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Many images of women in SL are based on heterosexualized imaginings we have about women—perfect bodies, perfect hair, perfect wardrobe. It could be argued that this is a result of the prevalence of the “male gaze.” But I think there is a resistance to that across SL—you find furries and short people and even butch women.

Beebo Brink has decided to create a woman shape that is much adored—by other women. Her “Boi in a Box” kits, which include shape, skin and styling notes, have been much embraced by the lesbian community in SL and by those who are looking for a look that represents them. I got her Tom Grrl kit and jettisoned the skin enclosed for a Tuli Asturias skin (though Beebo’s was nice). I topped it with messy boy cut and outfitted myself with some great vintage pieces from Floatie Hock and chucks from Coke Dreadlow.

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Beebo’s woman is winsome and approachable while not being “typical.” She makes the avatar shorter, makes her eyebrows and eyes open and inviting, makes her smile inviting—for conversation, friendship, and human connection. This tomboy could be your friend or your sister. And she is.

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Whatever precautions you take so the photograph will look like this or that, there comes a moment when the photograph surprises you. It is the other’s gaze that wins out and decides. ~ Jacques Derrida

Hair: *~*Damselfly*~*Adin – Oynx by Shylah Honey for Damselfly

Skin: []::Tuli::[] Hope  (fair/br) natural by Tuli Asturias for Tuli *

Shape and Bald Head: Tom Grrl (6′) by Beebo Brink for Brazen Women Shapes and Skins

Shirt: HB – Gilbert – Racing – Charcoal by Floatie Hock for Hell Bop

Pants: HB – Danica – Dickies Jeans by Floatie Hock for Hell Bop

Bracelet: Gritty Kitty: Snake Charmer Psychadelic Scales by Noam Sprocket for Gritty Kitty

Shoes: UBU PornStar Lo-Tops by Coke Dreadlow for Urban Bomb Unit *

Inventoil

I was on Pooky Amsterdam’s 1st Question show last night. I was representin’ for all us fashionistas out there in the grid who are thought of as brainless and boring. I won the game, partially on knowing about the Stanford Prison Experiment and partially on the made up word I presented—”inventoil”: the process of sorting inventory night after night.

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Which lead me to the inevitable—spending another portion of my evening trying to tame my out-of-control inventory. Remember those days when you were a newbie and you had a mere 2,000 and most of it was freebies and you spent hours working on that (sorting the dreck—it eventually all got dumped). Now I have far more than that.. far far more.. and most of it is darn great stuff. I can’t bear to get rid of any of it. Like the jar of fireflies.

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Or the drinks from Tableau and the super Tophat from Pandora Wrigglesworth, which sprouts a propellor when one flies. (A souvenir from a whole afternoon of entertainment at her store.)

Or this uh… pan of eggs and sausage I am lying in.

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Or this highflying umbrella from Elizabeth Attenborough.

The question is—what folder do I put these in?

Objects > Wearable > Particles > Insects?

Objects > Fun Silly Stuff > Food Related > Eggs?

Clothing > Hats > Animated > Silly?

Objects > Drinks > Alcoholic > Fizzy?

Cleaning inventory means you dress down, so I wore this cute hair from Truth Hawks named after Ana Lutetia (who probably has a doozy of an inventory herself), fresh and young skin from Monicuuza Babenco, top and shorts from Magen Jigsaw’s sensation sale at EmJay, socks from Krius Misfit (found in the back of the drawer), bandaids from Riq Graves (found in the bottom of a purse so I slapped them on), and my super cool Pornstar Lo-Tops from Coke Dreadlow.

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The ugly truth:

Hair: >TRUTH< Ana – auburn by Truth Hawks for TRUTH

Skin: *YS&YS* Adriana Lust 01 Natural EB Brown by Monicuzza Babenco for YS & YS

Top: ::EmJay:: Sash Top Pink by Magen Jigsaw for ::EmJay::

Shorts: ::EmJay:: Jean Shorts Light by Magen Jigsaw for ::EmJay::

Bandaids: Reek – Bandaids – Stripes – Left Leg by Riq Graves for REEK

Socks: SiniStyle Tube Red by Kruis Misfit for SiniStyle

Sneakers: UBU PornStar Lo-Tops by Coke Dreadlow for Urban Bomb Unit

Fireflies: Reek – Look At My Fireflies! by Riq Graves for REEK

Top Hat: Topter Hat Red by Pandora Wrigglesworth for Curio Obscura

Cocktail: (Tableau) Toast’s Bitter Orange Truth by Nylon Pinkney found during a night of half-stupor on Tableau

Pan (worn): **GENNADOU**(AFK)Frying pan bed by ussi Amat for **gura-ya**

Umbrella: *ELISA* Flying Umbrella RED by Elisabeth Attenborough for ELISA

Making Cookies

Today’s a day for making cookies.

Making Cookies

I am celebrating my new shoes. (Yes, it turns out it really is all about the shoes… ask Anessa.) I had a chat with Coke Dreadlow, the maker of the puddle jumpers I reviewed a few days ago, and he asked if I had seen his Lo-Tops. Well, no I hadn’t so he kindly passed me a pair. I spent the next hour plus fiddling with them, clicking buttons on the hud, changing colors on the laces and the sides and the tops, joyfully experiencing my new shoes (which fit like they were old shoes).

They started out this spiffy black with white laces, the kind every cool guy wears until he’s 43 (and then at that magic age, they are not so cool anymore). Then I did this preppy punk version with the argyle and the checks.

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I kind of got out of hand with it. I did the koi with flowers with complimentary purple laces. Then I did the .. well.. clown shoes *cough*. I just couldn’t stop.

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It’s all due to the brilliance of this handy dandy super-magical hud included with the shoes. You can click the inside on and change that to polka dots, or click the inside and outside and make them all bunny pink, or click the tongue and laces and make the camouflage or… well you get the picture. The only thing missing is the ball-point penned-on doodles my RL Chuck Taylors had (and the tread traced around on the bottom with the same ball point). Coke has made a fun and functional piece of brilliant art.

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There really is a story about making cookies somewhere in here. I made some oatmeal chocolate chip cookies tonight, reminded by the handy dandy mixer strapped to my leg (complete with beaters). Gosh I love this mixer from PrimtroniCS. I pulled out a wooden spoon and put this ensemble on. The uber-cute jeans were a bloggers gift from Anyusha Lilienthal and the top is one from Cynthia Ultsch I snagged at the RFL clothing fair.

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Making Cookies

I bet you are wondering about these robot earrings. I bought the earrings and bracelet at the recent Jewelry Fair because they were whimsical and cool. They matched the shoes in lightheartedness. I saw an artist at a recent art show in Chicago doing prints with robots similar to these. I predict robots are the Next Big Thing. (Haven’t they been saying that for about a century now? Next thing you know they will be telling us we will be talking on typewriters to each other and walking around as cartoons!)

Making Cookies

Who’s gonna lick the spoon?

Hair: [TOP]_HA_Shaggy cut_1_Chocolate by Heidi SeraKorea by T.O.P.

Skin: Pulse Skin-Climax/Valeries T2 Champagne by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins

Top: [ Cynful ] Chequered Love – White (RFL Item) by Cynthia Ultsch for [ Cynful ]

Jeans: Ibizarre Boyfriend  Jeans by Anyusha Lilienthal for Ibizarre

Shoes: UBU PornStar Lo-Tops by Coke Dreadlow  for Urban Bomb Unit

Earrings and Bracelet: DooDads – Robot Earrings and Bracelet by Paisley Mizin for DooDads

Mixer: holstered mixer V1.2 female right by CJoke Oh for PrimtroniCS

Spoon: wooden spoon, part of the combat-enabled “Angry Housewife Set,” by Leetah Moxie for Curl Up and Dye. (I have good reasons for owning this. Do not ask.)