Neko Graffiti Girl Meets Banksy

•April 21, 2012 • 2 Comments

Irony. Wit. Anonymity. Banksy

Excerpted from Seven Years with Banksy, © Robert Clarke 2012

It was 1994. I was living in the Williamsburg borough of Brooklyn, New York City, shoulder to shoulder with artists, poets and transients all converting a large old warehouse into living quarters. Spaces were huge and rent was minimal. About twelve of us shared a bathroom but it was all good and functional.

My room was basic, with access to an adjacent roof that offered a view of the city. There was a nest of rats down my stairwell but as long as they didn’t come into my room they never bothered me.

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Kawaii War and Japanese Pop Art

•January 8, 2012 • 5 Comments

There’s a war going on in Japan. Few of us have ever heard of it, fewer still would recognize it because it looks deceptively sweet. One might even say… very kawaii.

From the battlefront however, it’s a whole ‘nuther story. Allow me to introduce Mikati Slade, an incredibly talented Japanese pop artist and veteran of this strange cute war, who chose to share her tale via an amazing, 3D artistic explosion called Kuru Kuru World in Second Life.

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The Return of the Solstice Fairy

•December 25, 2011 • 9 Comments

Pale mist hovered at the edge of the lake, wrapping icy fingers around the dry reeds and transforming their plumy heads into a thousand wild and magical fairy wands. The moment had come. A riot of stars dimmed in anticipation as soft, rhythmic footsteps emerged from the trees.

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Totoro and the Neko 隣のトトロ

•December 5, 2011 • 8 Comments

隣のトトロ tonari no totoro

I dreamed I was walking with Totoro, in a forest of magical light.
All around us the flowers were singing, as we whispered long into the night…

Come hear what he had to say…

Neko Tricks and Neko Treats

•October 30, 2011 • 6 Comments

“Ugh. Where’s my big brother when I need him? This candy bag is getting heeaaavvvyyy…..”

I promise, this little Neko won’t play any tricks. I won’t even make you smell my virtual cat feet (who came up with that poem anyway?!) — provided, of course, that you give me something good to eat. Preferably dark chocolate. With hazelnuts. In return, I offer you the following treats…

just knock on my door for the goodies…

Native American Indian Neko Princess

•October 1, 2011 • 7 Comments

I, Kikisoblu, speak to you as the firstborn daughter of Chief Si’Ahl, great father of the Duwamish and Suquamish peoples. Like my father, I stand tall before you. My heart beats with his strength and courage. It is with this heart that I say to you, I will not leave my home.

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Second Life Neko Eyes by Lano Ling / Poetic Colors

•September 13, 2011 • 10 Comments

When the very talented Second Life designer Lano Ling announced his new Neko eyes, I could barely contain my excitement. When I tried them on — in no less than sixteen sparkling, magnificently detailed colors ranging from natural to creative — my excitement did nothing but grow.

click here to see all 16 colors

A Neko Tribute to Audrey Kawasaki

•July 27, 2011 • 11 Comments

What happens when a couple of Nekos find a Japanese artist that completely captivates their imagination?

I’m not sure if “cosplay” applies to works of art, but the challenge was irresistible. Please accept our humble tribute to the distinctive talent of Audrey Kawasaki.

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Neko Goddess Bastet Meets Nefertiti

•June 16, 2011 • 8 Comments

Long before a cosplay catgirl was seen in Japan or the first Neko set paw in Second Life, we humans have been drawn to all things feline. Perhaps the earliest known record of this is the Egyptian cat goddess Bastet, dating as early as 3,500 BC.
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Virtual Neko in a Second Life Garden

•April 28, 2011 • 2 Comments

Whether you love to create beautiful landscape in Second Life, explore beautiful landscape in Second Life, or just look beautiful against a lovely landscaped setting, I’ve got you covered with a handy list of gardening stores, slurls to park-like sims for exploring and gardening inspiration, and an adorable outfit of course…

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The Art of Being Neko

•March 10, 2011 • 2 Comments

“Family Pet” by 64 Colors

Sure, you’ve seen nekomimi in manga and anime. You’ve admired catgirl cosplay outfits at anime conventions and on the streets of Japan. You may have even enjoyed creating a neko avatar in the online virtual world called Second Life.

But allow me to introduce you to a new facet of all things neko and catgirl: the art of being neko, as interpreted by very talented artists from around the (very real) world. Come see the incredible collection I’ve discovered…

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Second Life Oiran, Or Neko Diva?

•February 10, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Clothed like a rare tropical bird, with sophisticated education, culture, etiquette, and the demeanor of a diva: meet the Oiran of Edo era Japan.

Careful you don’t confuse this breathtaking, kimono-clad beauty with a Geisha my friends, lest you incur her wrath and a thousand bamboo canings. What sets an Oiran apart? Where can you find the most complete list of Second Life kimono stores? The whole story is here, on my Virtual Neko blog >

© Stacia Villota / Virtual Neko in Second Life – 2011