Sixx Yangtz

How old are you?
30+ lets leave it at that. 😦 (Yes I’m feeling old around all you youngins!)

Where do you live or where are you from?
Born and raised in the St. Louis, MO area.

Care to give your personal background? Married, single, partnered, kids, etc.
Single father of one child.

When did you join SL and why?
Gosh, I can’t remember the date. Sixx is actually my second account. I deleted my first account for various reasons we won’t get into =P. I’d say around 2008 or 2009 maybe however my activity was maybe once a month if that. I know I took like an 8 month hiatus so even though it may seem I’m a SLveteran I’m really still a newbie, I swear. =P I still get the comments from people “you don’t know how to do that?” on various things. 😦 To answer the question “why”, that’s kinda a long story but in a nutshell a friend suggested it to me when I was going through some things in RL. Some friend he turned out to be! ROFL

What do you do in SL?
Currently I’m making guy static poses and part time blogger. I go and do where ever the shiny light takes me.

Describe your style in SL. Does it differ much from your RL? How?
Wow these are hard questions! This is actually one of the things that attracts me about SL, I love experimenting with different styles. I’ve explored most all of them but always find myself returning back to the midwest hometown boy with jeans, no shoes and t-shirt. shrugs. I LOVE trying on suits and ties in SL! But walking around as a suit kinda makes you look uppity. lol

How did you get into designing/blogging/djing, etc? (whichever applies)
Hmmm…I’m going to go with “designing” since that’s my current adventure. I’ve ALWAYS wanted to experiment with it. Just never could find the time. I’ve made a couple poses here and there for specific blogging scenes, but only when I couldn’t find the pose I wanted. Finally I just bit the nail and said let’s do this.

What was the first thing you created/blogged etc? Will you share it with us? (link, pic, etc)
Uhm, okay let me back up. BEFORE blogging and making poses I use to do photography. I deleted most of my early work so I don’t have that to share. My first blog post was deleted too so…yeah. Lol . My first pose was THIS though: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sixxy/6825306816 which I made for a specific blog posting. I later put it up for sale.

What have you created/blogged etc that you are most proud of?
I’m most proud of this picture I did when I was doing photography. It’s my most faved and most viewed on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sixxy/4695193780 . Recently I’ve been floored at the response I’ve gotten on my pose store. I’m most proud of my EmoLean poses: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sixxy/7186535012/ They’ve been a hit and I’m really happy how they turned out. I actually made them when I was being emo in RL =P

What is the silliest/craziest thing you’ve done in SL?
I don’t do silly and crazy things! SL is serious business! Lol seriously, I don’t get out much. I’m always on my platform, I know I suck.

What would you like to do in SL that you’ve never tried?
omg there is so much! I’d like to learn more about mesh designs. I think that’s my next adventure.

When you’re sitting at your computer playing SL, what do you usually wear?
REALLY?! You pulled out the “what are you wearing” card? rofl uhm gosh idk. Weekdays I usually have on what I wore at work that day, dress slacks, shirt and undone tie cause I normally only log in, check messages/notices and log out. Weekends where I may sit longer and I know I’m not going to be going out afterwards and no one’s coming over, then PJ bottoms and tee. =\

Describe your workspace.
Desk, office chair, window behind me (so the whole world can watch lol) printer, acoustic guitar lying against the wall saying “learn how to play ME not SL!”

Has anyone in SL inspired you? Who and in what way?
o…m…g… SO many! Uhm, with photography I have to give credit to the great Gabrielle Sinatra. She inspired me to work with close ups. I also have to mention Janaina Delvalle who got me to go “outside of the box” and work on other things than close ups. In my blogging world Rylan Carling got me into that with her masterful writing and unique way of blogging. With poses I have to give credit to Rogan Diesel who shaped the direction in where I wanted to go with my poses. There are SO many pose designers however that continue to give me inspiration. Adorkable Peapod and Del May are the master at thinking outside the box in their own way. Ruby Starlight’s couple poses are interment and poignant. I know I’m forgetting others, I’m sorry I’m getting old.

What is something that not a lot of people know about you but you wish more people could know?
I think we all say the “RL before SL” term a lot, almost to the point it has no meaning. However, for me it’s exactly where my priorities are. SL is a “fun” thing for me when I have no other time in RL. I think I hurt feelings too much when I don’t respond quick enough to others or not give special attention and I wish I could fix or learn how to compensate in those areas where I lack in. I wish others would know that I truly value their thoughts and opinions. I look at Flickr and Plurk, I try to keep up but usually it’s 3-4 days behind everyone else. I don’t know where I’m going with this but I think we as SL residents “assume” about 90% of what others are thinking/doing and come to wrong conclusions. And rightly so, I mean we’re all behind a computer monitor and can’t see body communications and sometimes verbal tones so we’re left with letters that come from and IM box to make judgements. Which aren’t enough. We all need to have patience. Wow, did that answer the question? Rofl

Do you have any hobbies? What do you like to do when you aren’t in SL?
SL is sort of a “hobby”? lol It’s what I do when I have “extra” time. When I’m not in SL usually I’m involved with my daughter. I try to spend as much time as I can with her but as she grows older I’m noticing I’ve been getting more and more time for myself. 😦 lol Outside of SL I love doing yard work, camping and I volunteer on a weekly basis.

If you had to choose a movie title or song to describe your life so far, what would it be?
Movie title: “The Never-ending Story”

What things would you try if you had no fear?
Sing 😦 I love to sing in private but omg…I’m embarrassed even when I do it in the car I have to make sure no one is watching! =P

We’ve also asked her fellow plurkers if they had any questions and here they are!

From Cracked Mirror: Why did he choose the name Sixx?
I wish I had a captivating story to answer this but I don’t 😦 Rather dumb actually. When I was at that registration point when you’re trying to choose your first name for SL, I was really stuck with what to pick. My brain froze and the music that was playing at the time was Motley Crue, so; I chose Sixx due to lack of anything else. =P

From Grazia Horwitz: what is your ultimate photography tip/trick?
Levels & Curves. Learn them, own them, marry them, make sweet love with them. They really do change a picture dramatically.

From Cajsa Lilliehook: Who was your hero when you were 5? 15? 25? and now?
5 – My older brother. 15 – My dad. 25 – My Greek Philosophy Professor and now… my daughter.

From Reema Xue: what’s the most important thing you have learnt in SL so far?
hmmm … most ‘important’ thing? I’d have to say BEFORE you log in decide what you want to do and do it. Don’t just log in and expect things to happen. Make something happen. Do YOUR thing and own it. If your thing is making wooden prim boxes, then put red and pink bows on those damn boxes and make it happen! Enjoy SL, don’t have expectations that others are going to do that for you. Learn things, explore if that’s your thing. There is SO much to do in SL and it REALLY does kill me when i hear other say how bored they are…I’m like seriously???? I NEVER have enough time do do ALL THE THINGS!

From Cad Lorakeet: From the time of your first arrival into SL, how long did it take for you to locate and buy a penis suitable for a man of your stature?
The search is on going. There is always hope 🙂

From Starleigh Foxdale: Name one song you can jam out to all day long?
Right now, I can’t get enough of Jason Mraz “I Won’t Give Up”.

From Rhonda Elaine Pennell: if you were a Linden, which method of suicide would you choose?
Death by a Meeroo

From Damien Fate: Do you use photographs as references for your poses, or do you just do whatever comes to mind? I ask because you are one of the few places that offer very natural looking poses that seem to have weight to them.
Wow thank you for the compliment! I first decide what I want to do then I do searches for ideas or to expand on my own idea then I’m usually using between 2-5 references to go on. It could be another photo or made up of several photos. Thank you so much, you just made my day!

From Jorge Hutchinson: Boxers or briefs?
Boxer briefs =P

Thank you Sixx for a very entertaining look into your life!

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