Second Life Neko Retrospective

•January 8, 2011 • 4 Comments

What Constitutes a Neko in Second Life?

Are we defined by skin, personality, fashion or mannerisms? Are we grungy, outspoken and outrageous; shy, kawaii and delicate; or just a regular avatar who wears and does what she pleases, when she pleases?

My friend Ewokian has begun a project in which he hopes to prove that a Second Life Neko is all of these, none of these, and everything in between. His believes most of us are just like cats: you can’t really define us, you just have to take each one of us for who we are, with perhaps the only common denominator being our kitteh bits.

His medium? Photography. His goal? To capture the essence of Neko and show how unique each one of us is. The process? Simple! Pick your favorite outfit, pick your favorite pose, and drop him a notecard. He’ll take the photo and do the rest.

The result? A “Neko Retrospective” on Flickr, cross-posted to Koinup, and eventually made available for viewing in-world (I’ll keep you updated).

Now It’s Your Turn…

I’d like to urge each and every one of you to reserve a time to have a photo taken for this historic retrospective of Neko in Second Life (not just you outgoing Neko, but you elusive shy ones too, please!!) Whether you are a respected oldbie from 2003, a “middle aged” Neko from 2007, or a relative newcomer in the last year… whether your favorite outfit is casual, fashionable, kawaii, kimono, cyberpunk, cosplay, fantasysteampunk, grunge, gangsta‘ or roleplay gear… each of us represents what it means to be Neko in Second Life. So let’s show ’em!

Here’s How to Participate:

1.  Choose your outfit (if you’re like me, this could take days…)
2.  Choose your favorite pose, or your favorite AO
3.  Send a notecard titled “Neko Project” to: Ewokian Pessoa
In the notecard, provide him with this information:
– Your name
– What days and SL times you are available for him to take photos

Please note: this is not a paid photo shoot… you are volunteering to have your picture taken. Ewokian will not photoshop these images (except to correct anomalies like a skirt going through a leg), so the photos will represent exactly how you look.

View the Neko Retrospective Here:
Koinup site

Visit the Neko Retrospective Wall in SL:

Visit the Neko Blog Here:


All She Wants for Christmas is a Tank, Girl!

•December 25, 2010 • 1 Comment

Tank Girl. Irreverent, foul-mouthed, fierce. And very, very cold……..

Snow whistled past the old wooden hut, countless tiny flakes flashing momentarily in the glow of a dingy window. A loud crash was followed by some muffled scraping. Suddenly the door slammed open, causing a cascade of snow to come shuddering down over a scantily clad figure.


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Cyberpunk Neko Superheroes

•November 20, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Cyberpunk Neko Superheroes

Brave Defenders of Second Life Neko:  Volume 4, Issue 12 (50¢)

A damp Fall night, just after 23:00… the dim glare of streetlights cast shadows in the grime of a tall building, where three darker shadows stirred imperceptibly…

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Featured Neko Guy: Eden Darkfire

•September 10, 2010 • Leave a Comment

I’ve been wanting to start a routine feature on Neko guys for a long time, in support of all the wonderful (not to mention handsome) Neko men I’ve met around the grid. At long last, the stars crossed and it happened.

Get the full story (and some excellent Neko male fashion tips) here >


Second Life Steampunk and Nikola Tesla

•August 4, 2010 • 3 Comments

What does Second Life Steampunk and Nikola Tesla have in common?
How about this: a most amazing sim, a most amazing steampunk outfit, and a most amazing builder by the name of Sextan Shepherd.

Get all the details right here >


Neko of the Omo River

•June 25, 2010 • 3 Comments

Na’vi of Second Life take note: authentic beauty and a connection to nature does not exist only in the realm of computer graphics. Step away from virtual Pandora and travel with this little Neko to a very real, very lush river valley in Ethiopia, where residents with uncommon artistic vision create beauty that will take your breath away.

Allow me to introduce you…

Virtual Neko Store Alert x2: My Pinkie Skull + Something in Your Mouth

•June 10, 2010 • 1 Comment

In this, my second official Virtual Neko store alert, I bring you not one but two cool shops. Believe it or not, this time you’ve got Bobby to thank for discovering them (see, I’m not the only shopper on this blog)…

The first store shown above, My Pinkie Skull, isn’t considered “Neko” per se, but it’s got enough selection to keep most of my Neko friends in shopping bliss.

The second store, Something In Your Mouth (shown below) is perfect for when you need to finish off an outfit with a unique touch… or for those times when you’re hungry… or if you’re a die-hard  trivia buff (there’s a trivia game going at all hours). Many of the vendor pics show a Neko model, and many of the items are quite Neko-friendly. You’ll just have to visit to see what I mean.  ~.^

Store #1: MPS / mY pINKIE sKULL
Creator: Tatyana Ultsch
What You’ll Find: Several different but very cool skirts, pants, jeans, sweaters and shirts (a few for guys in the back left corner), casual lingerie and body suits, lycra arm/leg-warmers, well-made unisex belts, and in the back room of the store, more fun arm/legwarmers with matching collars, shoes, a couple hairs, and a couple skyboxes
What I Love: Nice selection without feeling too overwhelming; great textures and shadowing; the way cool layered ripped socks, and the unique “LaceMe” lycra arm- and leg-warmers.

Store #2: Something in Your Mouth
Creator: Aletta Milena
What You’ll Find: Pretty much anything you can imagine to put into your mouth — from RP weapons, animals, food, red vines, instant cocoa, tea, voodoo bags, chew, drumsticks, steampunk gears, a flashlight, an ipod, a vinyl record, a whisky flask, a love letter, a toothpick, a piece of straw, heck there’s even a ganja leaf — to a number of rather brutal looking mouth piercings against the back and left walls.  o.o
What I Love: The imagination that went behind all of these items, letting you personalize your avatar with unique extra touches

Find even more Shopping Resource pages here on my Virtual Neko blog.


Second Life Motorcycle Mechanic

•May 23, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Before me the open road stretched out like an old dog waiting for a belly scratch. No schedule, no responsibilities, nothing but good old Route 66, the wind in my hair, and the philosophical musings that always seem to come forth while riding a motorcycle. Where would I end up? And what would I wear during my travels?

The journey awaits you here >


Early Second Life Photos of a Neko

•May 2, 2010 • 7 Comments

Second Life’s first catboy Chibi Chang, admiring the Moonlight in Summer 2003

After posting a blog story about the early days of SL Neko-dom from Chibi Chang’s perspective (a catboy born into Second Life in May 2003), I saw countless messages from readers in various forums all wishing for photos from those early years. Last night Chibi was kind enough to dig through the remote, dusty corners of his 7 years’ worth of inventory to share what he had with us all.

Come see them all here >


Second Life, First Neko

•May 1, 2010 • 14 Comments

Oscar Wilde once said, “Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.”

Give him the ability to make ears and a tail however, and he just might tell you what it was like to be the very first Neko in Second Life. Allow me to introduce you to Chibi Chang, the oldest known catboy in all of SL’s virtual universe.

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New Second Life Neko Ears

•April 21, 2010 • 10 Comments

I don’t typically go ga-ga over the latest Neko ears, and I always try to be (relatively) unbiased in my reviews, but I had to make an exception for Outland Tech and Curious Relics (OTCR)’s newly released Neko Ears V3 by Anisa Naumova.

Click here to see what I’m talking about >

Neko Dragon Princess in Second Life

•April 3, 2010 • Leave a Comment

He woke up sobbing, the sound pouring forth from some deep nameless place inside his scaley soul. As his vision cleared, he scented the air. All around him the night lay dull and strangely silent.

Was it a dream, or had the fires already begun? Why would they go so far as to burn this ancient forest? He shook his head involuntarily.

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