Iris Ophelia's ongoing review of gaming and virtual world style
As of last weekend's Lunar New Year celebrations it's officially the year of the Snake. Traditionally in Chinese culture, having someone who was born in the year of the Snake in your house is very fortunate. However, in case you don't happen to have someone like that around, you might want to try channeling some of that serpentine good luck onto yourself with snake-themed items from the SL Marketplace. Whether you want to be a full-on naga or just add a splash of scales to your ensemble, check these items out:
- The flicking reptilian tongue (shown at the top of the post) by Jeanette Doobie is a good starting point, whether you're looking for a subtly snaky addition to your avatar, or a complete conversion.
- If you're going all the way, these realistic snake-inspired skins from Nomine (available for the boys as well) are an excellent buy, but this MIASNOW skin is a slightly more quirky and less intimidating alternative too.
- If it's a naga tail you're after, I love the look of this cyber tail by Kailrim Garrigus of Fairysnake Productions. Pair it with a less organic looking skin for a truly showstopping avatar.
- For the perfect set of animations to wear with your tail of choice, my top pick is the Lamia AO from Bakemonoya. It has oodles of animations that won't make your tail bug out while you're running, walking, flying, or even sitting. Bakemonoya also has AOs for merfolk, so if you're a fan of mythologically-motivated avs they're worth looking in to.
- Speaking of mermaids, this dreamy water nymph-inspired outfit from Evie's Closet may not have been made with snakes in mind, but the delicate scaled tattoo layer makes it ideal for anyone looking for a slightly more ethereal serpentine look.
Seen any other awesome and original scaly fashions lately? Share in the comments below!
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Iris Ophelia (@bleatingheart and Janine Hawkins IRL) has been featured in the New York Times and has spoken about SL-based design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan and with pop culture/fashion maven Johanna Blakley.