Monday, November 10, 2008

Sore Opening.

Hi guys.
So those of you who are apart of the GearShift group would have gotten a landmark to the sim that Ive been nattering on about on this blog for what seems an age now. Its been a personal project and one Ive tried to see through with the same amount of focus I put into my clothing designs. Its taken a long time, but its been something Ive really wanted to do. I think for me I really wanted to open it the right way, I envisioned this big opening and inviting all my friends to come and hang out. New swag, free swag and a special competition.
But, I feel all my planning has been taken away from me. Linden Labs seems to have changed their policies on their open sims, now known as homestead sims. I thinks it ridiculous about the price increase that they are going to be putting in place with them, especially after they are gimping the sims. The sims once their new policies fall into place in the new year will see these sims only hold 20 people. Its outragous, they talk about unexpected load on systems and how the sims were created for low usage - their solution is to raise the price which I think will be for their maintenence but also tear out anything that I would find useful in owning it. Im so frustrated as Ive invested so much time, effort and money in making this project a reality. Now it seems like if I want to carry on with this project I HAVE to purchase a sim. There has been ample talk about these issues and Im sure that my thoughts are mirrored in the blogs and in other written media on the web.

With all the economic turmoil that is gripping not only the american nation, but affecting countries globally you'd think that maybe Linden Labs would maybe find a more subtle way in fucking the arses of its loyal users. All hail the almighty dollar right?

Bitter, me?

Well, I would really love to invite everyone to come and check out the sim. Explore, take pictures, mingle with the other few Gear Shifters that may lurk about. I really wish it was a more cheerful invitation. But I think, why keep it locked away when I will eventually have to move the whole thing.

Class is now open!

Peace out cool cats!


Sunday, November 02, 2008


Hey guys!

So Ive been MIA for a little bit. Ive been settling into quite a few changes, least of all a new job and a new home. They are good changes though and have been keeping me positive. I know, I know - the sim still isnt open. Im a real fuckface. (Makes his fuckface expression for you) But bare with me, I really want to open it right and me not being at the opening seemed...well quite strange. One thing Ive noticed, my store at The Block is starting to look smaller and smaller. Really need to open the sim 0_0. Maybe Im putting to much thought into it?
But again, things have been settling down and its allowed me to get a little creative for GearShift. Ive been really thankful for the support and kind words from those who buy from me. It really lifts my spirits and motivates me to keep pushing out new designs.

Ive put out some freebies for the GearShift group.

Thanks again guys, I really do appreciate all your support.

Love you!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Code Monkey!

I love Jonathan Coulton. That is all.

Peace out cool cats.


Sunday, September 14, 2008

Expose yourself.

Ive been getting a bit of exposure lately. Which Im really greatful for. Wanted to show off an advert for the store with some original artwork. :D

Peace out cool cats!


Running track.

Hey guys,
yea... Ive been kind of M.I.A as of late. So what have I been up to? Well, I got over being sick a little while back. Ive kept myself motivated trying my best to push myself with alot of new stuff for my sim openning. Ive been working on a new tracksuit template which Im actually quite proud of. I think there are a few track jackets out in SL already, but I hope the little details Ive added to the whole outfit help mine stand out a little from the crowd.
To celebrate the HBox fashion faire, Ive released a few tracksuit designs including a limited edition design that will be available ONLY during the faire. After which it will not be sold again.

I have 5 brand spanking new items available at the faire. For now, they are only available at HBox. So be sure to run down and grab some, theres a ton of really awesome limited products available from other designers too. Go on and treat yourself :D

Peace out cool cats!


Friday, July 18, 2008

Welcoming new students...

So once upon a time in what seems a million moons ago, I thought it would be fun for my first store to be based on a school. I cleverly (well not really...seeing as its not entirely unique) dubbed this idea the Rival Skoolz project. I bought a small plot of mainland (shudder) and went about building the school. The idea kept snowballing as the concept resonated with others I would tell about it. Soon I had half a sim and a whole idea of how I wanted this RPed fueled monstrosity to work.

Fast forward to today and since then cards have been cut, that sim sold and still no main store. Ive talked about this in prior blog entries, I know its starting to get old now. But truth is, I was really upset that I didnt get to see that project through back then. So Im excited to report that after months of work Im on the final straight before the opening of my first main store EVER! So in fantastic non-windlighted fashion I wanted to post some pictures!

Im hoping to have the opening next weekend. Hopefully by then I'll have a new monster machine to chew up the pixels and spit out beautiful. I have some new clothing Im hoping to present upon opening. Dont worry, Ive heard the cries. There will be new short designs at the opening as well as some other yummy goodness for you to pour on your avatars. I'll be posting another official post about the whole thing soon. Watch this space!

Peace out cool cats!


Saturday, July 12, 2008

Can anyone do anything better than Prince?

Apparently he can.


Peace out cool cats!


Wednesday, July 09, 2008

I <3 Tegaki!

Im really enjoying the Tegaki blog. Its so fun to do quick sketches, Id forgotten. I dont draw nearly as much as I used to. So its fun to take time out and just put some ideas on screen. It feels very much like doing ballpoint doodles, you know the kind you used to do at school. I think I practiced my anatomy and drawing faces more then I did working on math problems.
I was wondering if anyone else has one. Right now I only have 2 friends. And Id love to join with others (who speak english of course) at Tegaki. And if your not at Tegaki I hope I can inspire you to want to take part. You can always check my progress with the small widget I have on the blog to the side. It scrolls through what images Ive finished and have posted.

Ive been really surprised at how quickly Ive been able to throw out these images. Its really satisfying to get down what you think in your head - usually when drawing your trying to achieve that, its rare when you get anywhere close. Well it is for me anyway. This particular image was inspired by the movie The City of Violence . I watched it and was really blown away by its slick visuals and fresh editing style. You could see a lot of western influences in it. Theres a great 'The Warriors' style moment when the protagonists go up against school gangs, each with their own look and flavour. The climax to the film was epic. Waves upon waves of henchmen in a pogoda style building, however unlike Tarantinos 'The Bride'. Its not a gratuitous gore fest with limbs flying, instead the director showed the struggle and painful journey of getting to the point of their revenge. I thought it was cool as fuck and hope you guys get to check it out.

(haha...I just noticed I drew them in ties in my image. Whoops! Ties look cool anyhow.)

Peace out cool cats!


Thursday, July 03, 2008


Hey guys!
Ive been building my ship for the new Plunder sim. Its still under construction, trust me to wait till the last minute. But Im having fun doing it. You can check out its progress and all of the wonderful and unique ships at the plunder dock. Go to the Scout sim! :D

So I was checking out Elecs blog and he made a post about these wonderful Tegaki blogs. I JUST had to get one! They are great, it feels so nice to draw on them. The tools although primitive with a small selection of colours cant get in the way of the ease and just sheer fun of drawing on them. The lines are so crisp and flow really well. I'll be doing more stuff for my Tegaki blog in the future. I just gave it a quick run through before watching a movie. (No Mercy for the Rude.) I should do some movie reviews, Ive watched some just fantastic asian movies recently. Crows Zero, Chocolate, Dororo - to name but a few. But anyway - *laugh* to the point.

Check out my first piece for my GearShift Tegaki blog!
my 1st quick post!

Whats fun, is that I can do quick doodles. Nice for fun practice pieces. I hope I keep it up. This one was inspired by what Im wearing at the minute! <3 Its a lil messy but I like it. :)

Peace out cool cats!


Monday, June 30, 2008

I really like texturing.

So Ive been chipping away at this for what seems an age. And one thing that has become clear (well even more so) is that I am obsessive. I really do need to have things just right. Its like a strange sort of designer only OCD. God knows Im not this way with other things - like, I should probably clean up my living room...meh. Or, maybe throw away that milk...hmmm. Regardless of how disgustingly slobbish I can get. When it comes to PSing, things need to have weight, I hate things feeling flat, they just HAVE to be right. I cant explain it, but Ive been known to go back and rework something ten or even twenty times till I feel satisfied.
I was embarrassed the other day, I know its kind of weird to worry about trivial details. I know I would get things done faster. But it just weirds me out looking at builds that are flat and untextured. I bought a toilet the other day and it looked perfectly fine. I know people would see it, understand it and probably not pay any mind to it. Its a prop for a room. But I see that build and I just have to fix it. I was explaining to Vas that doing it helps me sleep better at night. I know I sound crazy, I freak myself out about this too. But I will sit there and texture a toilet just to have shit stains in a toilet bowl looking authentic. Just for my own nutty enjoyment.

Im sure some of you are thinking well, dont you already obsess about stuff like that for clothing? Yea, I do. But when it comes to an actual island its kinda different. With clothes you texture that coat, fix any problems and move on. With an actual place there are endless details. And thats what Ive been preoccupying myself with these last couple of months. The details...details that thankfully help me sleep at night. You know, cuz I get the crazy shakes otherwise.

So here are some details for you to enjoy.

Peeping Toms and women only bathrooms. :D

Yay!! Space Invader soap!

Sleep :D Oh and stickers!

Picture by Leila.

Picture by Damon.

I decided to tackle the Rival Skoolz project once again. Its largely scaled down from my original idea. Mostly because I dont know how to do the things I want to achieve and finding reliable people to help is next to impossible. So Im concentrating on it being an attractive place for people to explore with my mainstore slap in the center.

I'll have more official posts soon and all that jazz. Really, I just wanted to do a post about the toilet. Ahaha! Heres to shit covered bowls everywhere!

Peace out cool cats!


Sunday, June 22, 2008

Strength In Numbers!

I just got The Music's new album today Strength in Numbers. And its fucking amazing! I remember them way back in 2002 and their track 'Take the long road home.' Thought they were awesome but they up and disappeared, but they are back this year with a new album and I am in love!

Yep, I still havent released anything yet. - something special is coming...just a bit more.

Peace out cool cats!


Thursday, June 19, 2008

Dont throw stuff at Josh homme.

I know I havent released anything in a while - or updated my blog. Lets just say there is something very special in the works.

But anyway -

Just wow.

How shit must you feel being torn apart with 50000 other people around you? And I thought being made fun of in front of class was bad.

That kid got owned. I hate people that do stuff and think, hey Im gonna get away with it. Being a dick for the sake of being a dick. Y'know? That kid in my opinion got JUST what he deserved. <3 QOTSA!

Peace out cool cats!


Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Muto by Blu.

Let this slowly drive you insane. The imagination in this piece is just amazing.

Peace out cool cats.


Sunday, May 25, 2008

Members only!

Hey guys!
I have some members only items just for those apart of my GearShift group! The Knight hoodie for guys, which comes in black. And the Allure hoodie for girls which is cropped and very cute.

You can join by doing a search for GearShift in groups on SL. OR, you can run down to my store at the block and click on my sign.

Photograph taken by the talented Leila!
Vas sporting the new hoodie. Its hawt yo! Become a member today! <3

Peace out cool cats!


Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Best issue ever!

This made me laugh so hard! I wanted to share it with everyone.

Made by the talented Broder Kubrik. Rock on.

Peace out cool cats.


Sunday, May 18, 2008

Gears in motion.

Ive been meaning to blog here for a while...Ive been so busy lately.

So Ive comfortably settled back into SL and Ive consistently been releasing new clothing. It feels good to be enjoying SL again and Im in love with designing for my store. Im all inspired and motivated to create new clothing and I feel that after coming back from my break Im reaching another level of quality. The new sculptie prims are allowing me to create more realistic clothing, it brings that new dimension and its exciting to be working with something new.
A good friend of mine Snips has been putting me through my paces when it comes to sculpts. Coming back into SL I knew that I wanted to improve. Seeing the influx of new designers really made it apparent that I had to change with SL to stay competitive. Snips was great about listening to my ideas and telling me what was possible and what was too outlandish. I didnt really know what was all possible with sculpts until working with Snips. We've made a great team so far and Ive really pushed myself with my textures to fit the flow of the sculpts. Communication has been the key, I have always drawn out my designs for Snips to make my ideas clear. I thought Id share some of those sketches for people to see. :D

So, in other news. The show that Im apart of got put back. But it should be going down soon, its for Hommes magazine. Im happy I was able to get all 8 outfits for them together and am excited to see how the event goes down.

Ive also been trying to help promote the Block. Ive been not only pro active about my store and its releases Ive also wanted to help give The Block that push, its been nice to be around my friends and feel inspired and invigorated by working with them. You can catch the Block blog here! Im excited about seeing the new stuff all the Blockers will be getting out!

Im currently working on some more clothing. A completely new jacket that I think people will enjoy as well as some suits and blazers. Im also hoping to purchase land for myself...think its over due for me to have my own mainstore. Watch this space.

Peace out cool cats!


Monday, May 05, 2008


Hey guys.
So some of you may have spotted the hoodies Ive put out not long ago. There are currently two flavours available : Guile and iCON Red. Ive really been inspired by Bape. I love their patterned textures and Ive tried to offer some unique patterns of my own. I have two more styles yet to release : Ronin and Scribe. Which should be available very soon. The designs are available for both men and women.

The hoodies come with various wearing styles. You can roll up the sleeves, wear them down. You can wear it with the shirt/tank provided or with another of your choice. And of course, you can wear the hood up or down. Aemilia was kind enough to make some hair for the hoods when worn up which you can also grab at my store or hers. I really wanted to offer as many wearing options as possible.

I also have some jeans that I have been working on. Ive really put in the time with them and the prototype version is looking really sharp. I'll be putting out various versions which I will be unveiling at an upcoming show (this Saturday I believe...more info soon) with a whole heap of new yummy goodness. Lots of exciting stuff happening at GearShift. :D

Peace out cool cats!


Sunday, May 04, 2008


So yea, HI! Remember me?

First thing you'll probably notice...other then a NEW post. Is that Ive actually taken time to redesign my layout. *wipes brow* Finally!

A blog post is certainly well over due. My 'absence' lasted I think at the very least for 8 months and while Ive been back in SL for maybe a month or so, I'm still getting used to all the changes. Changes to SL of course, changes to SL fashion, changes in attitudes from people and changes to how my store is received.
One of the first things I noticed when getting back was how many people had cut me. I cant really hold it against them. Ive heard it from quite a few people and the shared consensus was that I probably wouldn't come back. I guess it really is out of sight out of mind. But for every person that gave up on me, there was someone genuinely happy to see me back regularly.
Time in SL really is condensed, being away for just a week can see you miss so much. So with my extended absence it really was like a system shock trying to compute everything that HAD changed. For the first few days I pretty much camped out at my work space trying to create new things. I felt really sheepish and the idea of IMing people just seemed awkward at best. I think friendships in a virtual environment without constant attention can easily break down. Your always meeting new people, sharing new experiences. So those that aren't regular can be left behind or forgotten and replaced. People I think can quickly turn from being a friend, to just another name on your list, to a collection of letters on a card that can be deleted - its all just a click away. So the idea of trying to build those bridges again was a scary thought. I didn't want to be rejected, thats how I felt. But people can surprise you, with as much thought as I was giving everything - analysing how big a douche people thought I was . There were those that just didn't care about any of that - they were just happy to see me at the end of the day. Of course there are still people I think that probably humor me with light conversation - I guess that connection kind of burnt out with me being away. But then I cant expect everything to be as it was, people move on and Ive begun to accept that.

So other then dealing with issues like that Ive been trying to get back to that designing thing. GearShift is and will always be something special to me. Its an outlet for me to share my ideas with people. And Im so glad to be back working on things that get me excited...things are fresh again and Im definately enjoying it. Before my break I was trying to develop another project called 'Rival Skoolz' It was going to coincide with my mainstore. Things sadly fell through with that, a few people let me down and with a new RL job, I couldnt see the idea through to completion. Looking back, I think I was tackling something a little too big for me at that time, its definately a project I want to see acomplished - But its a project for later down the line. I think my priority back then should have been getting GearShift grounded. So thats one thing Im trying to do with me coming back. On returning its almost like starting from ground zero. So I have a little work ahead of me re-establishing my brand name. And I have a few things that people have been excited about. Lets watch this space.

Peace out cool cats.