Shop at Irie Vibes

Quicky cause its late for me, bed time. πŸ™‚

Just set up a shop at Irie Vibes, the popular Reggae club:
Zion Kitty @ Irie Vibes
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Irie%20Vibes/144/179/29
Noted it on my SL FEED as well.

Looks like I didn’t get the best screenshot there. I’ll have to make a better one and edit this. πŸ™‚

This is the first time I’ve done rental spots in SL, since coming to SL originally in 2006. Always owned land, never used malls, not even club malls, before now. But it seemed like a good idea for exposure.

They used to have signs at Irie Vibes talking about Reggae and Rastafarians – but no more. I’m going to have to make some and put them up in my shop here and on my own land… πŸ™‚

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Updating my info for my shop in Bay City – Morton, one piece at a time

Outside my Shop in Bay City Morton
Piece by piece, I’ve put my shop together in Bay City – Morton.
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Bay%20City%20-%20Morton/28/113/25

Left my Zindra location a while ago. Bought the lot in Bay City even earlier, back in July or so. But failed to actually build the shop for it until early November… Yeah, I left a lot nearly empty for -that- long… well, not empty, but full of ‘Under Construction signs and boxes I’d rezzed for textures.

I had this idea of a broken down part of the hood for a shop, with ruins and junk outside, and products mixed around. But in the end I simplified down to a run down gas station, added some graffiti, and put a second ghetto building off to the side. Things which normally seem blighted, can have a certain appeal in the right context.

The gas station holds my builder products; sculpty maps, scripts, height meter, and some basic skins, alongside premade skyboxes. The ghetto-themed storefront building holds my Rastafarian art and fashion line. Some political art is on display on a wall outside, and some information boards along a wall between the two buildings.

Outside my Shop in Bay City Morton

TOnight I finally updated all the entries on Marketplace to point to the new shop, along with assorted Picks. I still need to do that horridly grueling task of putting new landmarks into every product… Something for tomorrow I guess… πŸ™‚

PS: Yes, the lot I had in Isabel, next to the infoHub, did sell. The new owner is still using my logo in About Land and the description / name still has my entry… πŸ™‚
Now I’m trying to clear out of half my lot in Honawan – my deep water boat rezzing land, I had a second parcel there for prims, on the hill, but ended up filling it with decorative stuff… Looked it over and realized my boat lot was big enough for my prim needs, so it’s time to lose the other spot:

Lot I need to sell in Honawan

I just can’t figure out what to sell it for… Only half want to get rid of it…

Note my neighbor next door selling their land, in 2 split 512s… The same neighbor owns the building in the background and the bus stop on the linden land across the road, I think. Or used to.

Zion Kitty – starting a fashion label in SL

Lion of Judah shorts from Zion Kitty
This is really about two week old news, but here we go.

‘Catbox Curios’ as a brand for me is gone. I did this at about the same time as closing up Toadstool. But its not really a closure. I’ve shifted the name over to ‘Zion Kitty’ and re-purposed my core focus.

Locations:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Charlesville/135/24/35 (A-rated land)
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Bay%20City%20-%20Truro/161/40/25 (G-rated land)
https://marketplace.secondlife.com/stores/40894 (Second Life Marketplace)

Well let be honest here, I’ve never had a core focus. Now I am starting to. I’m going to be making products that have a Roots, or Rastafarian and Christian theme to them. Yes, putting up an Ethiopian stylized church was not just a random whim for me. Its part of a new focus in Second Life. I want to amp up the spiritual side of things for me, and I want to start meeting a demand for the kinds of goods I myself have been trying to find.
Peace Reggae Shorts from Zion Kitty
This shift began almost a year ago when searching the Grid from some Reggae clothing. I came up short on anything I’d want.

Lots of references to drugs – some of it even anti-Rastafarian references labeled as ‘Rasta’ by people who have no idea what that means or stands for… People use the term to try and draw in the Reggae crowd, but use it for things forbidden to Rastas, like drugs, alcohol, slackness (foul language and conduct) and exploitative sexuality (Rastas are also vegetarian, but I’ve yet to find that mislabeled in SL).

Yes many if not most Rastas (self not included) use a certain ‘herb’ in reference to the words of God regarding Sinsemilla – but this is one thing, and is backed by a very strong disapproval of any other drug. Some devout Rastas will not even use caffeine or aspirin.

Other Reggae clothes referred to specific events – concert posters on t-shirts. Not so general.

So… I mulled over this for a year. Wanting Reggae clothing and not finding many suitable items. In that time I learned more and more about Rastafari and found it was very close to my own theology… morphing my search from Reggae to Rasta…

I knew the solution would only be to do it myself, but I dreaded certain aspects of making clothes in Second Life…
V-Strap blouse from Zion Kitty
Until now. I’ve decided to jump forward. The initial line is small, and not the most complex clothing in SL. But it suits my tastes, and I’m hoping a few others will enjoy it as well. Some of it has already begun to get some attention on Marketplace. Just enough to let me know I’m beginning down the right path.

I’ve also added some Rastafarian and Christian art to my inworld shop locations, which I plan to put on Marketplace in time.

Hope to get up to some 20 outfits soon, and then let it grow naturally from there as ideas hit me.

And yes, from time to time I will do some rather risque outfits, but I will avoid what I see as negative (dis-empowering) forms of sexuality.
Pasties Pack from Zion Kitty

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