First of all, a huge thank you to (left to right) Calli Carlucci, Rioki Feldragonne, Whimsical Aristocrat and Keeley Snowfall for being my fighting models for this shoot! The poses from this shot come from this round of Collabor88 by Le Poppycock (Catfight series). The girls are wearing (note only the information they felt comfortable sharing is detailed below):
Calli – Body: TMP Basic; Head: Sadie by LOGO; Makeup: Tears/Eyeshadow/Lipstick by Izzie’s; Shirt: Trisha by R.icielli; Thong: The Boutique from TheShops. Various piercings from Punch.
Rioki – Body: Slink Physique Hourglass body; Tank top by Goji and Conie shorts by Blueberry
Whims – Body: Lara by Maitreya; Head: Jessica by CATWA; Classic sheer teddy by (fd)
Keeley – Body: Belleza; Revival Military Jacket by Addams; Heart Top by Addams; Lola shorts by Blueberry.
Now, before I get into the survey results – in case you haven’t heard, LOGO’s Sadie mesh head has been updated for Omega, so if you own her go and get a redelivery in store!
Now, on to the reason we’re all here…
The moment you’ve all been waiting for is here – the results of the 2016 Mesh Body/Head Survey! All be told, over 1,500 of you participated in the Survey, so I want to say a huge thank you to all of you for taking the time to have your thoughts heard. The Polls are an important part of what I do here on my blog – more important than I even I realised at first. Last year I started putting little ‘what are you wearing?’ polls on the sidebar of this page – but after a few months I decided to discontinue doing it – because really people are answering the same question over and over, and most people don’t switch bodies like underwear (like me).
When I took the polls down however, the outcry from designers was VERY loud – it turns out they’ve been watching the polls to get a general idea of what bodies are most popular in the fitmesh market. It’s an imperfect science of course, but some indication is better than none. So with all that in mind, I decided to put the polls back AND do a big annual survey that will enable us to track trends (as much as possible, anyway).
A few things about the survey first. The survey was shared on my blog, through my various social media outlets (Facebook, Plurk etc) and in both my SL group and some other various SL groups.
Also please note approximately 18 entries were discarded as being from the same IP address (meaning the same person was doing the survey multiple times).
Some questions such as ‘do you use a mesh body’ were used only so that I could identify the mesh body users in the survey and therefore identify any data skewing. This question itself won’t provide an indicative answer of the take up of mesh bodies (and I’m pretty sure there are still more non-mesh bodied users than mesh bodied users), because it’s unlikely these users would a) follow my blog or social media and b) bother doing a mesh body survey.
I asked this question about gender identification purely for statistical purposes when correlating the other data in the survey, because most bodies are classified ‘male’ or ‘female’ – however SL has an amazing non-human or non-gender-specific population that I didn’t want to exclude either. For these users particularly, I may do another survey down the track to identify what they are using.
Note – all bodies listed that received a zero response were removed from the results to save space. All remaining participants responded that they did not wear a mesh body. As far as accuracy goes, I would say this is a fairly accurate result (all things considered). Maitreya is a very clear market leader with SLink and Belleza fighting it out for second place for the moment. What I will be interested to see is what happens to these figures if/when TMP finally release a designer mesh kit, thus allowing the more popular clothing/accessory designers to create for the TMP body.
Now this I found interesting – whilst a vast majority of men still don’t wear mesh bodies, of those that do, Slink Physique for men is becoming more popular than TMP. This is no doubt due to TMP’s incompatibility with standard fitmesh and the fact that there’s no quality fitmesh available for it (that isn’t made by TMP themselves).
The female responses to the mesh head question didn’t surprise me – Catwa is still leading in the mesh head department, very closely followed by Lelutka and LOGO.
What did surprise me was how few men have taken up mesh heads. 66 of the 135 male respondants said they don’t use a mesh head, and those that do largely use TMP mesh head (29) followed by Catwa (16), Samurai (8) then Adam (7).
Finally, on to the last few questions…
Now a few of you asked me about these two questions (especially the ‘most important feature’ question). Yes, I know there are so many things to consider when choosing a mesh body, but I made you choose one specifically for a reason. To me, when you have the ability to ‘rate’ or select multiple options, you often don’t give a true answer as your ‘first’ priority, because other factors weigh into your decision making (eg. ‘Should I answer Omega as first then, so more designers will add Omega compatibility, even though my first response is really fitmesh availability’) and so forth. So I made you choose one!
I wasn’t really surprised that the availability of fitmesh clothing for a mesh body is a primary influence to be honest. Most of us who have used mesh bodies since they were first released know that there’s nothing more painful than fighting with standard mesh trying to clothe your body. This is, I believe, why the alpha cuts came second in the survey answers. It’s all about fitting into clothing, and wearing items we feel good in, at the end of the day. This does have quite a number of connotations for designers of bodies as well, which is something I’ll talk about at a later date.
Now to wrap this all up, I asked the question about standard sizing and if you use it. This is a question that I know many clothing designers want to know the answer to, because of course the more bodies you create for (and each of the ‘standard sizes’ is like a body itself) the more workload involved. What DID surprise me was that nearly half of mesh body users surveyed don’t wear anything other than fitmesh, because I honestly thought more mesh body users were still playing with standard mesh. The big take away from this one is that a quarter of mesh body users still want standard sizing included – with the other 3/4 either not caring, or not using it at all. Food for thought!
Well that’s all for now MAddicts, up next is Weekly Fitmesh Finds!