Tonight’s contest was the most challenging one I’ve faced. The theme was “Go-Go Dancer” and the challenge is that there is no iconic image of the male go-go dancer. Women only need white boots and and paisley outfit to be readily identified as “Go-Go Dancer” and even that owes more to Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In and some images in film than it does the more sordid realities of Whiskey-a-Go-Go. So, lacking an archetype (no, Artie Johnson doesn’t count), I went to Google image for “male go-go dancer” and took my lead from there.
I took elements of urban and hip-hop, added a latex thong and body oil, to create the gay male
stripper go-go dancer. Coming up next to our stage is Roland-A-Go-Go.
Now, by itself, this look doesn’t exactly scream “go-go dancer” so I did what any good model would do.
First, I created three looks – one dressed, one semi-dressed, and one almost dressed.
Second, I divided the looks into folders and arranged layers so that some base items load and stay loaded while I was able to use the “folder quick change” trick to swap out layers and outfits while on stage.
Third, I dropped a chunk o’ change at Sine Wave Island buying dances and loaded them into my pose hud in addition to the normal model poses.
I won’t bore you with the details about where I danced and where I posed but the thrust (you should pardon the expression) was that I started peeling as soon as I started dancing. I’ll list the dances under “Stuff” below but if you’ve been around SL much, you’ll recognize them. Since the rule of the house is “no nude” I was able to keep on my blue latex thong.
One note on the tattoos. The AlphaMale Red Silk Boxers are “underwear” layer which caused some interesting shuffling when I added the low-slung tattoo below my navel to the mix. Luckily the thong was also available in a “pants” layer and I just put the tattoo and thong in the same folder. When the boxers came off, the tattoo was “revealed” rather effectively.
The result was a satisfying second place finish:
What would I do differently?
Gone all blue. I should have planned a little further ahead and realized I was going to be using the Marinesta parka as the “hoodie.” When I went to AlphaMale to get the boxers, I bought red to match the SF Designs Tartan Sneakers. With all I spent putting this routine together, the least I coulda done was spring for a pair of blue sneaks to go with it. I made the knit cap, so that might have been any color.
There really wasn’t much else I could do in terms of the go-go dancer theme. Believe me, I gave it a lot of thought before I decided to take the gay-stripper-boy route. My biggest concern was that it would be taken as derogatory or somehow dismissive. My second biggest concern was whether I could actually pull it off. I don’t think I’ll fool anybody with a seriously developed gay-dar and I’m certainly no “Urban/HipHop” afficionado, but I don’t think it turned into something campy or derisive.
Top: [Marinesta] 062 Riri Parka NAVY
Shorts: Alphamale – SilkBoxers – Red
Glasses: primOptic – Crowe glasses 1.17
Tatts: Celtic_Arms_Chest-3_a58 – *Tat’Tash Ink Tattoos*
Hair: Uw.St Ilias-Hair type-B size-LL coffee – Unclewebs
Thong: ThongForMen LatexBlue +Bodyoil pants – Nyokos
Tatt: Wings of Sin – +RocX+
Sneakers: SF Design – Tartan Sneakers
Necklace: M.R.M. Surf Choker *Shark Tooth* (M)
Bracelet: M.R.M. Surf Bracelet *White Shell* (M)
Skin: Belleza – Thomas Tan 3
Shape: Body Doubles – David Beckham
Eyes: E’s for Eyes – Gleaming – Forrest Green
Dances – all from SineWave:
Center of the Universe