I was drawn to Atomic Kitty’s new mainstore like a tourist to the zoo—and quite appropriately so, as Atomic is known for being one of the most sophisticated creators of Neko parts, skin, and accessories. I certainly fit the part of a tourist—my retro, bright outfit not accessorized by straps, blood, warmers, or boots. I was a sore thumb surrounded by dedicated avatars that fit right in.
I may not be a Neko (though I do own the parts and enjoy some of the aesthetic), but I absolutely loved this build. The architecture is enchanting—almost Tim Burtonesque—; the textures are deep and inviting; and even though the store utilizes hallways and overlapping rooms, it never felt claustrophobic.
But I don’t only enjoy the sim. It’s also important to appreciate at the deluge of new and improved products created by Ivy Graves. She has released clothing, hair, HUD-based parts (for pandas, puppies, rats, and of course nekos), accessories, skins…. It’s like a renewal of the brand, but without re-inventing the wheel and losing her (quite rabid) fanbase.
During my explorations, I ended up purchasing only one item, the Atomic Bound Wings in black (the ropes are flexi, by the way). There is a HUD for giving the wings position or movement that you don’t need to wear all the time. It is sufficient, and I do enjoy them. I only wish they came with the bells and whistles like texture-change ropes and feathers—just to keep the variety going. But besides my greediness, they’re great!
I commend Ivy for bringing a fashion trend/SL lifestyle out of its seemingly permanent place in the urban gutter, and giving it a facelift. I also nod to Maschinen Schwartzman, co-owner of Atomic, for his fantastic graphic design (I reviewed his tattoo shop earlier this year). His skills added the extra touch that sets this store above its peers.
I anticipate Atomic will attract more business and also encourage other Neko-style creators to beef up their inventory, break out of the box a bit, and show us something inventive like this.
The other stuff: