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Retropolitan A Journal of Style, Fashion, and Culture

Volume 1, Issue 8

July, 2009


Publisher/ Editor in Chief ………………… Phideaux Mayo Layout/ Production …………………….. Echo Underwood Contributing Writers… Phideaux Mayo Firehorse Rearwin Photography… Tyrehl Byk Echo Underwood Men’s Stylist …………………………… Firehorse Rearwin Cover Image – Ishtar Roux wearing Poison by Sonatta Morales. Photo by Tyrehl Byk Left – Ishtar Roux wearing Phoenix by Sonatta Morales. Photo by Tyrehl Byk

Retropolitan is your guide to Retro style, published monthly. Find us at our main location in owr own sim Esoterica, on the Web at http://issuu.com/retropolitan, and at better stores and clubs throughout SL.


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Get Behind Wheel...

enthusiastic buyers of their wares. These are vehicles which are wonderful to look at but also a thrill to drive. Yes, drive. Most of the cars are made to be worn and driven around SL and to do so is quite an experience.

The

This month we are all about Automobiles. !You will find them throughout the issue along with our models, gleaming in the Second Life Sun. So many fantastical things are made here in this amazing world we inhabit, things which are impossible in First Life. Giant versions of tiny things, Fantasy worlds, Things made of pure imagination. In the Retro Movement , however, there is an emphasis placed on the recreation of things from a bygone era. !In these pages we have had a focus on fashion and buildings, so it is a departure to have something so specific highlighted.!

Many thanks to Tanya Matahari for working with Retropolitan Magazine and making this year's Matahari Riviera Car Show 2009 a showcase for these vintage beauties. And to Bakersfield Kidd for the inside look at the creative process behind the cars of AM Radio. In our expanded VAMP style section, feast your eyes on cars by Theresa Graziadei, AM Radio, and others along with Ladies fashions exclusively by Sonatta Morales. !The Gents enjoy their time with the Autos as well in fashions by Olrik Jacobus and Brealla Tal. ! The fashion photography in this issue is by Tyrehl Byk,!!an SL Photographer and Artist who will soon be opening his experiential sim ~(NotA-Knot).

There is an entire subculture of sorts of people in SL who delight in vintage cars of every stripe. From the numerous creators who use the physics of SL to recreate in fantastic detail every fender and light, each mirror and full engines, to the

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RFL team, The Ministry of Dance, at the Relay for Life, and give generously when you see their kiosk here at Esoterica or anywhere in SL. !Let's cure cancer in our lifetime.!

Towards The Sky, Welsh Lakes (129, 47, 2056), throughout the month of July. !This SL favorite is being made available to readers of Retropolitan, and to those who attend the Matahari Car Show 2009, and all proceeds will benefit Heifer International, !a charity which aids families and towns to become self sufficient one animal at a time. For more information on this outstanding charity go to www.Heifer.org.

Enjoy your July issue !and the hot summer days. Just keep motoring! The 1948 AM Radio American (below) is available for purchase exclusively at this location,!AM Radio's recent build,

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leisure activities.

Vintage Automobiles will be the stars of the show this year at the Matahari Riviera Car Show 2009. Retropolitan Magazine sat down with the owner of the Riviera and its entertainment center to talk about the event. !

RM: That's quite a variety. !Is this the first show of this kind you have hosted? TM: The first Matahari Riviera car show was in 2008 - it took the form of a contest for SL car builders to showcase their work. !We had a great selection of very different cars. I can't remember how many creators exactly, I think about 8 - it was aimed principally at private creators, not necessarily commercial.

Retropolitan Magazine: Now, !let's start at the begining, !Tanya Matahari, !who are your partners in Chateau Monentes? Tanya Matahari: My SL partner, Zak Monentes after whom the Chateau was named. He worked hard on development of the whole of Matahari Riviera.

RM: And how has the Car show changed for 2009,! TM: This year we are fortunate to have more land available to display cars (or should I say more prims!), therefore we decided not to restrict the show to the museum, but to extend it across the whole sim. !Visitors will be able to see cars on display in every area.!

RM: And the Riviera incorporates numerous shops and other venues as well? T M : Yes, we have a Mediterranean style shopping village with a great variety of products on sale, the cruise liner SS Inspiration which has a party deck as well as some small stores, The Med Museum of Movies and Motors, which changes attractions frequently, plus various other

RM: Artanis Kappler is overseeing all of this? TM: Yes, Artanis has done a wonderful job on previous events, including our recent Boat Show 4


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we are fortunate and grateful to have his participation once again on the car show.

What is most rewarding is seeing it complete and enjoying it. Also, hearing from others that they like my cars, truck, and soon, tractors from that era.

THE CARS

Theresa Graziadei

We asked Artanis Kappler and two other Car Creators, Theresa Graziadei and Ray Monnett, about their experiences building these fantastic vintage vehicles in SL. !

I have been making vintage cars in SL about 2 1/2 years. My favorites are the cars made between World War I and World War II. I like the big luxury cars of that era as well as the sports cars and the racing cars. Ettore Bugatti built some of the most wonderful cars of that time, and I try to model several of mine after things he did. All the cars I have for sale are drive-able and I keep them under 29 or 30 prims. I have made some more detailed models on special order. It's hard to distinguish between frustrations and challenges sometimes. The big challenge is to bend prims to make car forms that are recognizable. A huge frustration is making them drive-able because sim crossings in cars are really difficult. I hope Linden Labs can do something

Artanis Kappler About 8 months in I started out buying cars. But one day thought, I can build that! I like making cars from the 1920s to 1940s. And I do not make drivable cars. I like the posing cars., so have sits and cuddles in them. But I like having them out at my clubs and stores so do not script them. The most frustrating thing is trying to have great detail while trying to keep the prims down. It is easy to make a nice car that is primmy. but more difficult to make the same car with less prims. 5


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about this eventually. What is most rewarding? I really enjoy relationships with my customers, some of whom are real connoisseurs. I like doing custom work for appreciative collectors, and I have been lucky to have several as repeat customers. Ray Monnett I believe I started building cars in 2007. !I love older cars. !All the vehicles I've built so far, range from the 50's through the 70's.

THE MUSEUM There is also a Museum as part of the complex. The museum was conceived as an outlet for the creativity of my friend Magus Burton - he is a wonderful graphic artist with a particular interest in movie memorabilia, and automobiles and he's done something special for this year's show We are changing the museum for the duration of the show. Magus is preparing some new digital art on the Vintage theme. !His early artworks for the museum had been principally centered on luxury contemporary vehicles - he is currently focusing on the period selected for the theme of this year's show.

I enjoy most building Corvettes. !Wild customs from artists like George Barris. !And TV/movie cars. They are all drivable, but with my high-prim cars, I also include static versions. Most frustrating is getting the car to the standards I want. !This mainly involves scripting and sound f/x. And what is most rewarding is making people happy. !Giving everyone the chance to have(in SL) something that perhaps they could not have in RL. 6


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Magus Burton: The works for the current show are very specific-the license to create classic vehicles was gladly accepted

RM: Is there anything special you would like the readers of the article on the car show to know about your work there?

R M : So all of the influences are from 1900 through 1959?

Magus Burton: yes there is Magus Burton: Any car that they may want can be built, all they need do is ask.

Magus Burton: yes, hence we have created works for the Beetle-truly a car for the people RM: What is your medium creating art in SL ?

THE EVENT

Magus Burton: I use Photoshop for my artwork-I do the same for my clothing-I am proud to say that I have never bought clothes in sl in all my time here

RM: I know there are always prizes involved in the events at your fantastic Sim, !what can people expect this time?

RM: That is fascinating!!!

TM: Each exhibitor in the show has been asked if they would kindly donate a single product from their range to be given as a prize at one of our several dance events to be held at the Chateau. ! In addition we have one of our regular sim-wide treasure hunts running throughout the duration of the show. It's not quite finalised yet, but we generally have around 50 quality gifts for all visitors to find. !Most items are created especially

RM: What is the full name of the gallery at The Riviera? Magus Burton: the gallery is called 'The Med Museum of Movies and Motors' RM: How long have you exhibited there? Magus Burton: I am the curator as is my friend Ido Magic. We have exhibited since the creation 7


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for these hunts - this time !we have asked contributors to work to the Retro theme as far as possible.

RM: Where can people get more information about the events? TM: We shall be posting regular notices in the SL Events calendar throughout the show, it will also be in Classifieds, otherwise people just need to teleport to Matahari Riviera to pick up information at the landing point.

RM: How long has the Chateau and Riviera been in SL? !and can you tell us more about the Chateau? TM: Zak and I came to Babeli in May 2008, after running a small dance venue for a year or so at another sim. !We had the concept to form a Mediterranean style village and felt that a Chateau building would be its "jewel in the crown"..... we wanted to find something that reflected the elegance of a bygone age, and think we succeeded in the beautiful building by Cal Corleone that is Chateau Monentes.

MATAHARI RIVIERA, Babeli (117, 41, 22)

It features Elegant dance salons, a cocktail bar, open terraces facing west over the open sea, upstairs a cozy library and the Riviera !Lounge, and below a wine cellar and relaxation spa room.

The Matahari Car Show 2009 runs from Sunday July 5 through July 30th. !Get on your best Vintage duds and come on out, !Retropolitans from everywhere will be gathering to enjoy the show!

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On the Road with Bakersfield Kidd

and I try it on, most times there’s a piece of the motor sticking out or a seat is sticking out of the door, LOL so I can size it and he gets to make sure it'll still fit any av size.

Retropolitan took a few minutes to sit down with Bakersfield Kidd, !personal friendof AM Radio, and road tester for all of his vehicles. !We got some insight into the cars and the process of their creation.

RM: Those are all valuable aspects of the process. !Which of his cars do you think have been the most popular? Bakersfield Kidd: wow, that’s hard to say really.. specially if you count his other than car vehicles like the plane. I would definitely have to say its the rat rod though, which I think is so awesome, that he did that and it's become so popular. Before he built that we used to be in IM and just be trading youtube links back and forth of different rat rods and custom hot rods that we found, he and I both agree on 'No Trailer Queens,' which basically means those multi hundred thousand dollar fully restored, right off the showroom floor cars that you see the dudes hauling around to different car shows on flat bed trailers. If you've restored an old car to that condition and it's worth so much money you

RM: AM tells me you test drive all his cars before they hit the streets, Baker. Bakersfield Kidd: ha, yea. crash test dummy, great gig ain’t it? AM and I talk cars non-stop, and I guess he trusts me enough to let me test drive his vehicles when he's got 'em about 80% done. Either that or he just like someone there to race around with, I don’t know, but it's definitely something I don’t take for granted. I think it's a great privilege to be able to help out and give feedback. I drive it around and let him know if I see anything buggy, or if the script is interacting weird with, like, the hud or the prim streets. Also, I think he digs it cause his and mine are so radically different that when he fits a car to his av 9


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don't even wanna risk driving it, then you killed the soul of that car in my opinion, you made it a piece of candy you'll never eat. Those cars are meant to be driven, and if they look old, then

those are all the marks that it's earned. That's what he and I loved about the rat rod culture, and the fact that his is here and doing so well gets me so stoked.

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RM: We did some Model Pictures with the Rat Rod. They are Hot.

appeal is, unlike the rat rod (which rat rod culture is a thing all its own), the American is a more contemporary and recognizable build. If you had a granddaddy who had kept his car all the way from the war and it still ran and was parked in the garage, there was a good chance it looked very much like that one. It's just like its name, The American, it's clean and humble and so much a part of our past. People are receptive to that. And the SL Christmas log in picture helped out a bunch too (smile)

Bakersfield Kidd: You could take pictures of a dead bird next to that car, they'd still be hot. RM: Tell me something about the background of the 1948 AM Radio American. !It has become an SL Icon. Bakersfield Kidd: hahaha. How bout the fact that car almost didn't see the light of day! That's a funny story actually, he was working on it at the IBM sandbox and I TPd over to check it out. I thought it looked awesome but he was convinced it wasn't gonna work. He had made some sculpty parts and the rest of the surrounding pieces just weren’t fitting right. He was just gonna chunk it and go to work on a rat rod truck instead. Astra and I were there and we were tryin' to tell him it looked fine, you could tell he was still frustrated with it. He pretty much finished it that night and placed it at the Refuge. I sneaked some shots of it and posted it on Flickr and the response was HUGE. I think the reason that car has such

RM: It's Nostalgic? Bakersfield Kidd: Incredibly Nostalgic. I think you think of the time you would've seen something like that cruising brand new down the blvd, and your heart slows down to a crawl, like you would drive it. It's got a personal touch that I think is built into its design. RM: I believe the 33 Land Speed Car !is one of AM's cars that is going to be shown at the Matahari Car Show 2009, How does that one drive? 11


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Bakersfield Kidd: That car is really awesome! Have you seen the HUD for it, man.. so cool. The different speeds on it make it feel like you're really driving something that belongs on the salt flats of Utah at around '63, lapping time trials and going for the sound barrier. I really love that car. The great thing about AM is he is forever a 'learner', and every car he puts out, there something that he is carrying from a previous build and something that he's improving.

year ago... you'll notice his right off the bat. RM: It's all about the details Bakersfield Kidd: That’s an understatement, and yet a perfect statement for anything AM builds. To keep from sounding like a an AM infomercial, LOL... nah but really, You see what a guy like that can do with entire sims, so its no surprise when he decided to be a used car dealer that they would come out highly detailed, highly primmed and awesome to look at.

RM: For the folks who will attend the show and have never seen an AM Radio built vehicle before, what can they expect, what are the hallmarks?

RM: Awesome indeed. !Thanks so much Baker!

Bakersfield Kidd: haha, wow.. hmmm.. Well, there’s going to be a tin man keychain in the ignition, the motor is going to be incredibly realistic- his word textures and intricate design to the motors of his cars are big selling points and to me a definite hallmark. AM's cars are all about the details, I mean if you sit his next to the 'texture boxes' designs of cars say, even a half a 12


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New on the Retro Scene Ivalde &-L`Abel- are still sold at XStreet but mainstore and rentals are closed!

family, !enjoying her new home, !fast installation of her new internet connection (selfishly), and great joy in her illustration project. !We will look forward to welcoming her back in the Autumn, revived and restored to us, and ready to open the next chapter of the story that is Ivalde.

It is a shock to the system for any hardcore vintage clothing buyer, but Neferia "Nef" Abel, for numerous reasons, has closed the Ivalde main store and rental locations at least for the summer. Citing both health reasons and various First Life events precluding her keeping up her always frenetic pace, Nef informed her loyal followers via her blog that she would be taking at least 1 to 2 months off. !Part of the issue is a total lack of internet connection at a new home - just try to run an SL business that way. !And another is the opportunity to pursue the completion of a longtime dream, !the illustration of a children's book. !Something which was put aside while Nef worked tirelessly creating all the glorious fashions we all love so much.!

New Location for 1920's Berlin After a smashing opening party, !the folks at the 1920's Berlin project were given no notice of losing their location and had to shut down. !After purchasing some land, !and quickly rebuilding, better than before, !they are open again for Happy hours !at !2 Pm daily !and will soon be planning a grand re-opening. !The new LM is The 1920s Berlin Project (under , Dudintsev (92, 77, 77)

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Ishtar Roux, wearing Sonatta Morales – Turquoise Photo by Tyrehl Byk

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July, 2009 Bellastomi Constantine, wearing Sonatta Morales – Philharmonie Photo by Tyrehl Byk

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Ishtar Roux, wearing Sonatta Morales – Phoenix Photo by Tyrehl Byk

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Ishtar Roux and Bellastomi Constantine wearing Sonatta Morales – Astrologie & Jewel Photo by Tyrehl Byk

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July, 2009 Bellastomi Constantine wearing Sonatta Morales – Adlon Photo by Tyrehl Byk

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Ishtar Roux wearing Sonatta Morales – Poison Photo by Tyrehl Byk

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The Gent’s Look -Firehorse Rearwin beautifully detailed (and excellent value for money) English "country sports" style clothes. Walpurgis is wearing the "Pence Pants" (the pack contains a variety of colours), the O.O.O. brown jacket, the !Hunting vest (waistcoat for those of us in the UK), and, wearing nothing but the Loden vest and the check scarf to keep the chill off his manly chest‌ all from Olrik Jacobus owner of Oak Outdoor Outfitters

This month I have a little treat for you - two new models for you to admire: Seth Tyrellium, who is new to Second Life and still defining and refining his look, watch out for him in future issues. Don't be afraid to drop him a line to say "hi", prove me right when I told him some of the best, nicest people are on SL and are always happy to help a new resident find the hidden jewels in this amazing virtual world of ours. Our second new face is the ever charming Hamlet Kornbluth, one of the most dapper and delightful dance partners in SL. As usual they are joined by the positively angelic Mr Walpurgis Welles.

Hamlet manages to look dignified and stylish in the Mandarin suit, in amber by kinyo Nino (Haute Couture Designs by Kinyo Nino). Seth is wearing the Nylons Mens Set by Brealla Tal (why it is called the Nylon set when it features such a wonderful leather jacket, I don't know) and the Valence Grey Tuxedo by Brealla Tal - casual or formal - these clothes show that a rebel doesn't need a cause to be well dressed.

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Left: Walpurgis Welles Below: Seth Tyrellium, Hamlet Kornbluth, and Walpurgis Welles Photos by Tyrehl Byk

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Right: Seth Tyrellium Below: Seth Tyrellium Photos by Tyrehl Byk

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The Martini Shot… - E Underwood

The best things in Life, Second or First, don’t seem to be bought, or bargained for, they are gifts. The one thing that strikes me again and again, like a resounding tone, is the fact that the best time and talent in SL has to be found and shared. Most gifted builders, DJ’s, writers, and artists are happy to share, but often reluctant to sell.

We’ve shown a lot of AM Radio’s cars in this issue, and we’ve talked about Relay For Life. That’s no accident. I’ve been impressed by the amount of generosity and charity in SL. People here are often willing to donate what they can, be it time, money, or talent to people in need, be it individuals or organizations.

You see, most of them have the means to get onto SL, and that means that they have… well… means. Some more than others, but we all have a roof over our head and a decent computer. We have time to devote to the frivolous artistic pursuit of creating a Virtual World as we would have it, and sharing that world with others.

Esoterica and Retropolitan have always been something of our gift back to that community- a bit of frivolous fun to people who give so much. So to everyone who reads this, take a moment and reflect a sec on what you have- your health, your home, your family… and consider tossing a few toward people who don’t.

Except, well, Real Life doesn’t always work that way. You see, in RL people get sick. In RL, there are LOTS of people who can’t get clean water, let alone a clean High Speed connection.

- E

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Retropolitan A Journal of Style, Fashion, and Culture

Volume 1, Issue 8

July, 2009


Publisher/ Editor in Chief ………………… Phideaux Mayo Layout/ Production …………………….. Echo Underwood Contributing Writers… Phideaux Mayo Firehorse Rearwin Photography… Tyrehl Byk Echo Underwood Men’s Stylist …………………………… Firehorse Rearwin Cover Image – Ishtar Roux wearing Poison by Sonatta Morales. Photo by Tyrehl Byk Left – Ishtar Roux wearing Phoenix by Sonatta Morales. Photo by Tyrehl Byk

Retropolitan is your guide to Retro style, published monthly. Find us at our main location in owr own sim Esoterica, on the Web at http://issuu.com/retropolitan, and at better stores and clubs throughout SL.


Retropolitan

July, 2009

Get Behind Wheel...

enthusiastic buyers of their wares. These are vehicles which are wonderful to look at but also a thrill to drive. Yes, drive. Most of the cars are made to be worn and driven around SL and to do so is quite an experience.

The

This month we are all about Automobiles. !You will find them throughout the issue along with our models, gleaming in the Second Life Sun. So many fantastical things are made here in this amazing world we inhabit, things which are impossible in First Life. Giant versions of tiny things, Fantasy worlds, Things made of pure imagination. In the Retro Movement , however, there is an emphasis placed on the recreation of things from a bygone era. !In these pages we have had a focus on fashion and buildings, so it is a departure to have something so specific highlighted.!

Many thanks to Tanya Matahari for working with Retropolitan Magazine and making this year's Matahari Riviera Car Show 2009 a showcase for these vintage beauties. And to Bakersfield Kidd for the inside look at the creative process behind the cars of AM Radio. In our expanded VAMP style section, feast your eyes on cars by Theresa Graziadei, AM Radio, and others along with Ladies fashions exclusively by Sonatta Morales. !The Gents enjoy their time with the Autos as well in fashions by Olrik Jacobus and Brealla Tal. ! The fashion photography in this issue is by Tyrehl Byk,!!an SL Photographer and Artist who will soon be opening his experiential sim ~(NotA-Knot).

There is an entire subculture of sorts of people in SL who delight in vintage cars of every stripe. From the numerous creators who use the physics of SL to recreate in fantastic detail every fender and light, each mirror and full engines, to the

Watch for Retropolitan Magazine at our friends' 1


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RFL team, The Ministry of Dance, at the Relay for Life, and give generously when you see their kiosk here at Esoterica or anywhere in SL. !Let's cure cancer in our lifetime.!

Towards The Sky, Welsh Lakes (129, 47, 2056), throughout the month of July. !This SL favorite is being made available to readers of Retropolitan, and to those who attend the Matahari Car Show 2009, and all proceeds will benefit Heifer International, !a charity which aids families and towns to become self sufficient one animal at a time. For more information on this outstanding charity go to www.Heifer.org.

Enjoy your July issue !and the hot summer days. Just keep motoring! The 1948 AM Radio American (below) is available for purchase exclusively at this location,!AM Radio's recent build,

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leisure activities.

Vintage Automobiles will be the stars of the show this year at the Matahari Riviera Car Show 2009. Retropolitan Magazine sat down with the owner of the Riviera and its entertainment center to talk about the event. !

RM: That's quite a variety. !Is this the first show of this kind you have hosted? TM: The first Matahari Riviera car show was in 2008 - it took the form of a contest for SL car builders to showcase their work. !We had a great selection of very different cars. I can't remember how many creators exactly, I think about 8 - it was aimed principally at private creators, not necessarily commercial.

Retropolitan Magazine: Now, !let's start at the begining, !Tanya Matahari, !who are your partners in Chateau Monentes? Tanya Matahari: My SL partner, Zak Monentes after whom the Chateau was named. He worked hard on development of the whole of Matahari Riviera.

RM: And how has the Car show changed for 2009,! TM: This year we are fortunate to have more land available to display cars (or should I say more prims!), therefore we decided not to restrict the show to the museum, but to extend it across the whole sim. !Visitors will be able to see cars on display in every area.!

RM: And the Riviera incorporates numerous shops and other venues as well? T M : Yes, we have a Mediterranean style shopping village with a great variety of products on sale, the cruise liner SS Inspiration which has a party deck as well as some small stores, The Med Museum of Movies and Motors, which changes attractions frequently, plus various other

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we are fortunate and grateful to have his participation once again on the car show.

What is most rewarding is seeing it complete and enjoying it. Also, hearing from others that they like my cars, truck, and soon, tractors from that era.

THE CARS

Theresa Graziadei

We asked Artanis Kappler and two other Car Creators, Theresa Graziadei and Ray Monnett, about their experiences building these fantastic vintage vehicles in SL. !

I have been making vintage cars in SL about 2 1/2 years. My favorites are the cars made between World War I and World War II. I like the big luxury cars of that era as well as the sports cars and the racing cars. Ettore Bugatti built some of the most wonderful cars of that time, and I try to model several of mine after things he did. All the cars I have for sale are drive-able and I keep them under 29 or 30 prims. I have made some more detailed models on special order. It's hard to distinguish between frustrations and challenges sometimes. The big challenge is to bend prims to make car forms that are recognizable. A huge frustration is making them drive-able because sim crossings in cars are really difficult. I hope Linden Labs can do something

Artanis Kappler About 8 months in I started out buying cars. But one day thought, I can build that! I like making cars from the 1920s to 1940s. And I do not make drivable cars. I like the posing cars., so have sits and cuddles in them. But I like having them out at my clubs and stores so do not script them. The most frustrating thing is trying to have great detail while trying to keep the prims down. It is easy to make a nice car that is primmy. but more difficult to make the same car with less prims. 5


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about this eventually. What is most rewarding? I really enjoy relationships with my customers, some of whom are real connoisseurs. I like doing custom work for appreciative collectors, and I have been lucky to have several as repeat customers. Ray Monnett I believe I started building cars in 2007. !I love older cars. !All the vehicles I've built so far, range from the 50's through the 70's.

THE MUSEUM There is also a Museum as part of the complex. The museum was conceived as an outlet for the creativity of my friend Magus Burton - he is a wonderful graphic artist with a particular interest in movie memorabilia, and automobiles and he's done something special for this year's show We are changing the museum for the duration of the show. Magus is preparing some new digital art on the Vintage theme. !His early artworks for the museum had been principally centered on luxury contemporary vehicles - he is currently focusing on the period selected for the theme of this year's show.

I enjoy most building Corvettes. !Wild customs from artists like George Barris. !And TV/movie cars. They are all drivable, but with my high-prim cars, I also include static versions. Most frustrating is getting the car to the standards I want. !This mainly involves scripting and sound f/x. And what is most rewarding is making people happy. !Giving everyone the chance to have(in SL) something that perhaps they could not have in RL. 6


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Magus Burton: The works for the current show are very specific-the license to create classic vehicles was gladly accepted

RM: Is there anything special you would like the readers of the article on the car show to know about your work there?

R M : So all of the influences are from 1900 through 1959?

Magus Burton: yes there is Magus Burton: Any car that they may want can be built, all they need do is ask.

Magus Burton: yes, hence we have created works for the Beetle-truly a car for the people RM: What is your medium creating art in SL ?

THE EVENT

Magus Burton: I use Photoshop for my artwork-I do the same for my clothing-I am proud to say that I have never bought clothes in sl in all my time here

RM: I know there are always prizes involved in the events at your fantastic Sim, !what can people expect this time?

RM: That is fascinating!!!

TM: Each exhibitor in the show has been asked if they would kindly donate a single product from their range to be given as a prize at one of our several dance events to be held at the Chateau. ! In addition we have one of our regular sim-wide treasure hunts running throughout the duration of the show. It's not quite finalised yet, but we generally have around 50 quality gifts for all visitors to find. !Most items are created especially

RM: What is the full name of the gallery at The Riviera? Magus Burton: the gallery is called 'The Med Museum of Movies and Motors' RM: How long have you exhibited there? Magus Burton: I am the curator as is my friend Ido Magic. We have exhibited since the creation 7


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for these hunts - this time !we have asked contributors to work to the Retro theme as far as possible.

RM: Where can people get more information about the events? TM: We shall be posting regular notices in the SL Events calendar throughout the show, it will also be in Classifieds, otherwise people just need to teleport to Matahari Riviera to pick up information at the landing point.

RM: How long has the Chateau and Riviera been in SL? !and can you tell us more about the Chateau? TM: Zak and I came to Babeli in May 2008, after running a small dance venue for a year or so at another sim. !We had the concept to form a Mediterranean style village and felt that a Chateau building would be its "jewel in the crown"..... we wanted to find something that reflected the elegance of a bygone age, and think we succeeded in the beautiful building by Cal Corleone that is Chateau Monentes.

MATAHARI RIVIERA, Babeli (117, 41, 22)

It features Elegant dance salons, a cocktail bar, open terraces facing west over the open sea, upstairs a cozy library and the Riviera !Lounge, and below a wine cellar and relaxation spa room.

The Matahari Car Show 2009 runs from Sunday July 5 through July 30th. !Get on your best Vintage duds and come on out, !Retropolitans from everywhere will be gathering to enjoy the show!

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On the Road with Bakersfield Kidd

and I try it on, most times there’s a piece of the motor sticking out or a seat is sticking out of the door, LOL so I can size it and he gets to make sure it'll still fit any av size.

Retropolitan took a few minutes to sit down with Bakersfield Kidd, !personal friendof AM Radio, and road tester for all of his vehicles. !We got some insight into the cars and the process of their creation.

RM: Those are all valuable aspects of the process. !Which of his cars do you think have been the most popular? Bakersfield Kidd: wow, that’s hard to say really.. specially if you count his other than car vehicles like the plane. I would definitely have to say its the rat rod though, which I think is so awesome, that he did that and it's become so popular. Before he built that we used to be in IM and just be trading youtube links back and forth of different rat rods and custom hot rods that we found, he and I both agree on 'No Trailer Queens,' which basically means those multi hundred thousand dollar fully restored, right off the showroom floor cars that you see the dudes hauling around to different car shows on flat bed trailers. If you've restored an old car to that condition and it's worth so much money you

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don't even wanna risk driving it, then you killed the soul of that car in my opinion, you made it a piece of candy you'll never eat. Those cars are meant to be driven, and if they look old, then

those are all the marks that it's earned. That's what he and I loved about the rat rod culture, and the fact that his is here and doing so well gets me so stoked.

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RM: We did some Model Pictures with the Rat Rod. They are Hot.

appeal is, unlike the rat rod (which rat rod culture is a thing all its own), the American is a more contemporary and recognizable build. If you had a granddaddy who had kept his car all the way from the war and it still ran and was parked in the garage, there was a good chance it looked very much like that one. It's just like its name, The American, it's clean and humble and so much a part of our past. People are receptive to that. And the SL Christmas log in picture helped out a bunch too (smile)

Bakersfield Kidd: You could take pictures of a dead bird next to that car, they'd still be hot. RM: Tell me something about the background of the 1948 AM Radio American. !It has become an SL Icon. Bakersfield Kidd: hahaha. How bout the fact that car almost didn't see the light of day! That's a funny story actually, he was working on it at the IBM sandbox and I TPd over to check it out. I thought it looked awesome but he was convinced it wasn't gonna work. He had made some sculpty parts and the rest of the surrounding pieces just weren’t fitting right. He was just gonna chunk it and go to work on a rat rod truck instead. Astra and I were there and we were tryin' to tell him it looked fine, you could tell he was still frustrated with it. He pretty much finished it that night and placed it at the Refuge. I sneaked some shots of it and posted it on Flickr and the response was HUGE. I think the reason that car has such

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Bakersfield Kidd: That car is really awesome! Have you seen the HUD for it, man.. so cool. The different speeds on it make it feel like you're really driving something that belongs on the salt flats of Utah at around '63, lapping time trials and going for the sound barrier. I really love that car. The great thing about AM is he is forever a 'learner', and every car he puts out, there something that he is carrying from a previous build and something that he's improving.

year ago... you'll notice his right off the bat. RM: It's all about the details Bakersfield Kidd: That’s an understatement, and yet a perfect statement for anything AM builds. To keep from sounding like a an AM infomercial, LOL... nah but really, You see what a guy like that can do with entire sims, so its no surprise when he decided to be a used car dealer that they would come out highly detailed, highly primmed and awesome to look at.

RM: For the folks who will attend the show and have never seen an AM Radio built vehicle before, what can they expect, what are the hallmarks?

RM: Awesome indeed. !Thanks so much Baker!

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New on the Retro Scene Ivalde &-L`Abel- are still sold at XStreet but mainstore and rentals are closed!

family, !enjoying her new home, !fast installation of her new internet connection (selfishly), and great joy in her illustration project. !We will look forward to welcoming her back in the Autumn, revived and restored to us, and ready to open the next chapter of the story that is Ivalde.

It is a shock to the system for any hardcore vintage clothing buyer, but Neferia "Nef" Abel, for numerous reasons, has closed the Ivalde main store and rental locations at least for the summer. Citing both health reasons and various First Life events precluding her keeping up her always frenetic pace, Nef informed her loyal followers via her blog that she would be taking at least 1 to 2 months off. !Part of the issue is a total lack of internet connection at a new home - just try to run an SL business that way. !And another is the opportunity to pursue the completion of a longtime dream, !the illustration of a children's book. !Something which was put aside while Nef worked tirelessly creating all the glorious fashions we all love so much.!

New Location for 1920's Berlin After a smashing opening party, !the folks at the 1920's Berlin project were given no notice of losing their location and had to shut down. !After purchasing some land, !and quickly rebuilding, better than before, !they are open again for Happy hours !at !2 Pm daily !and will soon be planning a grand re-opening. !The new LM is The 1920s Berlin Project (under , Dudintsev (92, 77, 77)

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Ishtar Roux, wearing Sonatta Morales – Turquoise Photo by Tyrehl Byk

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July, 2009 Bellastomi Constantine, wearing Sonatta Morales – Philharmonie Photo by Tyrehl Byk

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Ishtar Roux, wearing Sonatta Morales – Phoenix Photo by Tyrehl Byk

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Ishtar Roux and Bellastomi Constantine wearing Sonatta Morales – Astrologie & Jewel Photo by Tyrehl Byk

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July, 2009 Bellastomi Constantine wearing Sonatta Morales – Adlon Photo by Tyrehl Byk

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Ishtar Roux wearing Sonatta Morales – Poison Photo by Tyrehl Byk

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The Gent’s Look -Firehorse Rearwin beautifully detailed (and excellent value for money) English "country sports" style clothes. Walpurgis is wearing the "Pence Pants" (the pack contains a variety of colours), the O.O.O. brown jacket, the !Hunting vest (waistcoat for those of us in the UK), and, wearing nothing but the Loden vest and the check scarf to keep the chill off his manly chest‌ all from Olrik Jacobus owner of Oak Outdoor Outfitters

This month I have a little treat for you - two new models for you to admire: Seth Tyrellium, who is new to Second Life and still defining and refining his look, watch out for him in future issues. Don't be afraid to drop him a line to say "hi", prove me right when I told him some of the best, nicest people are on SL and are always happy to help a new resident find the hidden jewels in this amazing virtual world of ours. Our second new face is the ever charming Hamlet Kornbluth, one of the most dapper and delightful dance partners in SL. As usual they are joined by the positively angelic Mr Walpurgis Welles.

Hamlet manages to look dignified and stylish in the Mandarin suit, in amber by kinyo Nino (Haute Couture Designs by Kinyo Nino). Seth is wearing the Nylons Mens Set by Brealla Tal (why it is called the Nylon set when it features such a wonderful leather jacket, I don't know) and the Valence Grey Tuxedo by Brealla Tal - casual or formal - these clothes show that a rebel doesn't need a cause to be well dressed.

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Left: Walpurgis Welles Below: Seth Tyrellium, Hamlet Kornbluth, and Walpurgis Welles Photos by Tyrehl Byk

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Right: Seth Tyrellium Below: Seth Tyrellium Photos by Tyrehl Byk

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The Martini Shot… - E Underwood

The best things in Life, Second or First, don’t seem to be bought, or bargained for, they are gifts. The one thing that strikes me again and again, like a resounding tone, is the fact that the best time and talent in SL has to be found and shared. Most gifted builders, DJ’s, writers, and artists are happy to share, but often reluctant to sell.

We’ve shown a lot of AM Radio’s cars in this issue, and we’ve talked about Relay For Life. That’s no accident. I’ve been impressed by the amount of generosity and charity in SL. People here are often willing to donate what they can, be it time, money, or talent to people in need, be it individuals or organizations.

You see, most of them have the means to get onto SL, and that means that they have… well… means. Some more than others, but we all have a roof over our head and a decent computer. We have time to devote to the frivolous artistic pursuit of creating a Virtual World as we would have it, and sharing that world with others.

Esoterica and Retropolitan have always been something of our gift back to that community- a bit of frivolous fun to people who give so much. So to everyone who reads this, take a moment and reflect a sec on what you have- your health, your home, your family… and consider tossing a few toward people who don’t.

Except, well, Real Life doesn’t always work that way. You see, in RL people get sick. In RL, there are LOTS of people who can’t get clean water, let alone a clean High Speed connection.

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