TAG GACHA has begun and the theme is ‘The Side Show’. It’s an absolute must visit if you like twisted clowns, bearded ladies and especially ‘American Horror Story: Freak Show‘. The location is incredibly well-styled and evocative so be sure to take a few snaps as you begin your Tag Gacha game. It’s incredibly enjoyable and I was chuffed to win the ISON rare; this turn of the century style dress that comes complete with a HUD of different colours. It’s rather evocative and reminded me of Eva Green’s fabulous turn in ‘Penny Dreadful’. I’m also wearing the latest skin from ZOUL CREATIONS in this shot, called ‘Chloe’, and like every release from Shantia Soulstar she’s a joy to wear and style. (I’ll talk more about her in a future post because you can’t really see her properly on this snap). My hair is by MINA from KUSTOM 9 and really does add a turn of the century vibe to this shot.
Guys, have you ever sat down and considered exactly how many events there are in Second Life these days? Every day, another event.
I have a confession to make; I’m suffering a severe case of event fatigue, and I refuse to be alone in thinking that I’m the only one who is completely overwhelmed by them all.
But don’t get me wrong, there are many amazing monthly events, and I would miss them if they ceased to be.
I’m the first in the queue for Fameshed and Collabor88, so I could be accused of being a total hypocrite by moaning about events as a concept. But let’s be honest, it’s quality NOT quantity that I’m moaning about here.
It’s very clear that some events are better than others; so what is it that makes a great event?
In one word: Originality. There are regular events on the calendar that quite frankly I just wouldn’t set foot in. Why is that?
Because the items on offer are, quite frankly, crap, and as a community we seem to find it very difficult to admit when something is below par. Am I being harsh here? No, I’m being honest. I know that Second Life is a builder’s paradise and it empowers us to create our dreams, but there’s a lot of truth in accepting the knowledge that just because you can craft an item of clothing or texture a template doesn’t mean that you necessarily should. (Let alone charge for it!)
And that brings me onto another point, and one that really drives me mad. There are a number of events on the calendar that regularly feature textures, pictures and logos that can be found in their original locations after a five second Google image search. I don’t want to see famous brands in Second Life unless they have a legitimate reason to be there. I’m in a virtual environment wearing bespoke items created for it, so what could possibly make you think I’d desire to wear something by Chanel or Nike?
Here lies the problem; for some, looking stylish in world means covering themselves head to toe in logos and designs that have been sourced illegally, and that’s just not on.
Unfortunately it’s relatively easy to take a texture or design, load it into Second Life and apply it as a texture. It shouldn’t be, but alas, it is. Within minutes you can create a wearable item that you can flog and make a profit on, and the original designer will be none the wiser.
It’s unfair, unimaginative and crass. It’s cheating.
I’ll be honest here; if I see a really elaborate pattern or design on a template item I immediately try to determine if it is original, if it’s been purchased under license, or if it’s been taken without consent.
It’s not hard to do this and please don’t be afraid of putting a content creators nose out of joint by posing the question to them before you hand over your hard-earned Lindens. If you’re curious about the origins of a design then all you need to do is drop a note card to the designer and ask them. In fact, I implore you to do just that. If they have nothing to hide I’m sure they’ll be more than happy to tell you how it was made and where the textures were sourced from.
Sadly, some people don’t like admitting that they’ve ripped someone’s work off and can get very offended and even threatening when you challenge them, but that reaction stems from fear of being found out.
As a community I feel that we’re way too accepting; there are only a few designers out there who advertise their work as 100% original, and to my mind it’s something that we should see so much more. So let’s make a stand. Don’t patronise events or purchase from creators that blatantly rip-off logos and textures and pass them off as their own. Challenge the assumptions, ask the questions and hopefully we’ll encourage more designers to be open and honest about their creations.
Let’s see if we can bring it to a point where the badge ‘100% original’ is the standard, not the exception.
I just HAVE to tell you about these amazing Gifting Bags from Zinnia Karu.
Zinnias is a fantastic store and a firm favourite of mine. The owner, Zinnia Karu, designs beautiful furniture and homewares with a South Western/Mexican theme and the colours that she uses in her work are always zesty and eye-popping. It’s impossible to gaze upon her creations without a smile upon your chops. Well, her latest release is perfect for popping under your Christmas tree and will look sensational too. (There, I said it. Christmas has been mentioned on the blog.)
These ‘Gacha Gifting Bags’ are the perfect solution to the age-old question of what to do with your Gacha doubles. Deleting them is a waste, so why not pop them into one of these transferable bags and gift them to a friend?
The bags are actually Gacha prizes themselves; for L$25 you can play to win one of six beautifully decorated bags. There are two extra special rares as well, which are a little more fancy than the others with some extra decorations added to the ribbons on the bag. Don’t they look sweet? I really like them; such a simple item but one that really does look rather special indeed.
What will you gift in these bags? Pop over to Zinnias at The Cookie Jar to get yours!
So how was your weekend? I wonder if it was spent like mine, and I’m sure many others, trying to get into ‘The Arcade’. Can you believe I even got up super-early to try and get in and it made NOT A JOT of difference. It’s frustrating, BUT fortunately there are just as many, if not even more, yard sales as last time, so be sure to ask around your chums for recommendations.
My own personal fave is the yard sale at Pixel Mode; it tries very hard to stay legit, with items priced to sell at exactly the same price as the Gachas at The Arcade. They also recognise that not every designer wants their items to be included in the yard sale culture, and they are respectful of this. Whilst you’re not really getting the full Arcade experience, yard sales are great for getting your gacha on and grabbing items that you’ve been lusting after. Like most avatars I know, I had a list in my head of what I was after, and fortunately I found everything at the yard sales already.
Having said that, I’ve spent a fortune BUT it’s hard not to when the items are so fabulous. Can you spot my Gacha winnings in the picture above? Well, for a start I am totally addicted to the BOOM friendship bracelets and am adding them to my wrists like crazy. At only L$25 a punt they’re not breaking the bank and they look amazing, just like the bracelets I used to wear as a kid! They’re also mod, which makes fitting them a breeze, and I’ve discovered that they hide the tiny lines that come with wearing mesh hands absolutely perfectly. I still have a few colours left to get, but these bracelets are totally made of win as far as I’m concerned. My scarf is by MILK MOTION and my glasses from BAIASTICE. The glasses spoke to me as soon as I saw them; they’re are pure designer style and perfectly evoke ‘Selina Kyle’ spirit. Oh, and of course they look OUTSTANDING when you wear them!
By my bed you’ll spy one of the floral arrangements from ARIA. There are a few of these that I really fancy but funnily enough I haven’t seen many of them at Yard sales; I get the feeling this is because they’re just perfectly created. On my bed you’ll see my corgi from SILENT SPARROW. I got a couple of these in different colours because they’re just too cute, and well, Corgis are pretty awesome. Last but not least, I’m wearing another outstanding BOOM creation in this shot; the traveller tee that is currently available at the NUMBEROLOGY event. (Yes, there is other stuff besides The Arcade happening in-world right now!) It’s mesh, fits like a dream and features a curious time-traveller inspired print. (As you can see it looks amazing with my Milk Motion scarf gatcha prize!)
I’m also wearing one of the latest hair releases by EXILE. Exile are really nailing it when it comes to styles and colours at the minute, and as soon as I saw this shaggy bob, called ‘Bad Reputation’, I knew I had to have it. It’s stacked with volume and style, and the demo comes replete with a multitude of huds for you to select your perfect colour from. Such thoughtful presentation and ease of use makes for a brilliant shopping experience, and naturally I had to indulge. I think I look a right bobby-dazzler!
Best of luck getting into The Arcade, and if you can’t don’t despair; you still have 27 days left ;P