My Second Life Updated

Where to start? Life has a habit of moving along so fast we sometimes fall behind. My last post was clear back in February. I need to pull my head out and pay more attention to the posts. I do these posts for two reasons; first to keep you informed of the things I’m up to in my day to day travels through Second Life and second to help my own brain process these things.

Those close to me may have noticed that Dawn is no longer shown as my partner in my profile. This is not to be interpreted as meaning we are no longer together. We still spend all of our time together in SL but we decided to split our stores so we could expand. I wanted to start designing women’s clothing as well as men’s and our vision of how the store would appear and move forward was a little different so at this early stage in the store, it was better to split them. I have begun rebranding my store which is now named HellGate Trading Company (HTC). While I don’t have a main store I do have a store at ShenaniganS Music Café.  I will have a mainstore at some point but want to be able to fill it with quality products before I go down that road again.

I’m still DJing and while my schedule is always changing this is how it looks today.

Purple Gator – Monday & Thursday Noon – 2

ShenaniganS Music Cafe’ – Wednesday 10-Noon

I also will be doing a special Memorial Day tribute show at ShenaniganS this coming Monday @ 4:00 SLT, Hope to see you all there. Remember Memorial Day is not about barbecues but about remembering those who gave their lives in defense of our nation.

 

Alrik Halberd

alrikhalberd@gmail.com

My History of SL Fashion

 

 

I’ve been in Second Life for almost 10 years and the changes in fashion have been incredible. In the beginning there were just designs that basically replaced the skin layer. Designers could put clothing on underwear layers, shirt layers and jacket layers. Then came sculpties. Sculpties added another layer of depth and allowed for more detailed accessories such as collars, cuffs, buttons and jewelry. Next on the evolutionary chain was the inclusion of mesh clothing and jewelry. This made available an incredible amount of detail and depth in the designs as well as now the designs have far more to them with far less prim usage as well as HUD options.

When I first made a Second Life account in November of 2006 I was lost and wandering around. Rarely would people speak to me because back then the noob avatars were far worse than they are today. We looked like melted Ken and Barbie dolls. We had no body details except eyes and a basic shape. The skin looked like a mass of butter melted over the boxy shape. Linden Labs had no real options as to how you would look when you rezzed in except male or female. But I have to tell you I was damned proud of my ugly avatar. And I was oblivious to the various shape and skin designers. I had discovered the freebie stores so I was wearing the best fashions that no money could buy. I wish now that I had saved a few of the photos from back then.

Then I met two women who changed my view of Second Life.

The first woman, unfortunately, was to become my first true love in Second Life lol. She cajoled me into buying my first shape and skin…and hair and eyes. All I remember of the new and improved Alrik was she dragged me to a place called Naughty Island and introduced me to the best skin and shape for men in SL. There were two versions, one blonds and one for darker hair. This designer also offered hair. I wish I could remember the designers name because looking back these skins and hairs would still be fashionable in today’s Second Life but, alas, they went out of business about the same time as that first woman got booted to the curb.

The second women is still, to this day, been an amazing influence in my journey through Second Life and I’ve never actually met her. This woman, every fashion forward man and women in SL knows. She introduced me to real, high quality, extremely detailed men’s fashion in early 2007. Of course I’m referring to Emilia Redgrave, owner and designer of Redgrave Skins and Fashion.

Now, nine years later, I still own and wear some of those original fashions and own almost everything in their store.  Ms. Redgrave, along with her partner Dean Ashby are still my go to fashion designers. Whether you are looking for beach wear, jeans, casual or formal attire, shoes, boots, skins or hair you will find some of the best detail on the grid at Redgrave Skins and Fashion.

 

Alrik Halberd

alrikhalberd@gmail.com

https://www.facebook.com/AlrikHalberd

Cold Ash Virtual Fashion

I am always on the hunt for new and exciting, high quality men’s fashion so I was pleased to discover Cold Ash Virtual Fashion recently. ColdAsh and I had a visit and I was surprised to find that we have had similar reasons to get into men’s fashion, him into the design side and me into the writing side. Both of us realized soon after joining SL that high quality, realistic men’s fashions were hard to find and both of us claim Emilia Redgrave and Dean Ashby, owners of Redgrave HD Skins & Fashion as our inspiration to delve into the relatively uncharted waters of our trades.

ColdAsh has designed some incredibly detailed rugged clothing for the discriminating man and the prices are so reasonable even this writer can afford them. He also makes group gifts to go with certain events.  Right now he is giving a cool bracelet and the Austin Tee in Steel Blue Color.

ColdAsh has had requests for a women’s fashion line and I can’t wait to see what he comes up with on that front. He also is planning a summer men’s line. I look forward to see what he has to offer in the future. Is a larger shop in the cards; ColdAsh says until he finds a larger location he will have to squeeze more designs into the shop he has.

My Adventure with Mesh Heads

 

 

This past weekend my girlfriend and I decided that I needed a mesh head. I had been thinking about this for quite some time but products for men are often behind women’s products in respect to availability and, more often than not, quality. We decided on a Catwa Jackson head primarily because she has a Catwa head and likes it. Guys, just because a woman can make a major change like this does not mean men can do the same easily, but it can be done.

My adventure into mesh heads had me so pissed off and frustrated at times that I was seriously considering throwing my computer out the window. Don’t get me wrong, Catwa has wonderful products and now I’m glad I joined the growing throng of men in Second Life who have been dragged, kicking and screaming, into this new arena of fashion technology.

My first problem arose when my skin didn’t match the head so I went to TELLAQ, my skin designer. Unfortunately TELLAQ does not offer appliers for mesh heads so off I went hopping around from skin shop to skin shop looking for not only a skin that had the applier but most importantly a skin that was high quality. I finally settled on the L’Etre Homme Dave Skin [Golden Tone]. This is a pretty good skin that is specifically designed for the Catwa Jackson head.

My next adventure, and the reason my girlfriend logged off, was that my hair would not fit nor would it adjust to fit. So, off I went in search of new hair. It is important to note that while searching for hair in SL I was pulling my hair out in RL. Now, the annual Hair Fair is going on now so I hit the TP button to go there….and the sim was full, so I patiently waited like 10 seconds and attempted the TP again….and the sim was full. This went on for about an hour (I’m now pretty much bald in RL). Finally I decided to go directly to the source. One my bosses at Superior Modeling Agency and Academy and SMA Glam Magazine recommended I visit bade where I decided on the [bade] Wesley Brown hair. Off I went back home to my pose stand to admire my new look. Crap, now I needed a shaved hair base so I decided on a search through Marketplace where I found the L’Etre shaved hairbase [light brown]. Back to my pose stand and a few adjustment to the hair and I looked like….a well-built teenager.

My face was a bare as a babies butt and I looked about 16 years old. I checked my new L’Etre skin for facial hair options and there were none. So, back to L’Etre I went to see if I had purchased the wrong skin option. It turns out that had bought the right skin and the facial hair package was an additional option. The facial hair item was very affordable so after buying that I was back home to grow some stubble. After reading the instruction for applying the facial hair I remembered that I see no color so how do I tint the stubble to match my hair? Due to a traumatic brain injury I am monochromatic. This means I see shades of grey but no color.

After a bit of consultation with Catwa and the RGB color model I figured out the scruffy look that I was looking for and Bingo Bango Boom….Here is the new me. It will take some getting used to but overall it was worth the effort. Now I’m going to have to sign off, I have an appointment with Bosley Hair Restoration.

Alrik