Tainted Love Hunt Designer Application

Thanks for your interest in the 5th Annual Tainted Love Hunt!

The Tainted Love Hunt is a grid-wide treasure hunt whose theme is everything but the nice romantic love St. Valentine’s Day celebrates; obsessional love, love of pain, loving someone to death, the love of the suicide pact, these are the types of themes this hunt explores. Featuring great prizes from some of most troubled, twisted, and talented designers and builders in Second Life, it will run from February 1st to February 28th.

The Tainted Love Hunt exists to offer an alternative to the mainstream celebrations of the season. Please no happy cupids, traditional boxes of candy, or smarmy love stuff. We are not capping the number of stores in the hunt, but we are being very particular that merchants are established and are able to participate in a dark love themed hunt.

Important Information:

1. Your store and/or item must fit within the theme. We mean this. This is a dark love themed hunt – no room for fluffy bunnies or pretty dresses. If this doesn’t work for you, that’s okay. There are plenty of other hunts around. :-) In other words, our hunts tend to look towards the dark side of mainstream holidays. If your store isn’t particularly dark, or the stuff you make doesn’t look like it belongs in this kind of hunt – be warned. We’re pretty picky about who we let in . There are a LOT of hunts for mainstream stores, not so many for the kids we hang with. If you normally make frilly pink dresses, but want to try your hand something dark for the hunt? Better say so here – because if you say ‘dress’ and we show up and see all your dresses are frilly and pink, you won’t get in.

2. Tainted Hunts have gotten a solid reputation of offering quality and interesting items. You must be willing to make an original quality item with comparable value to the other items in your store. We’ve all been on the hunts where you get a balloon or a logo t-shirt – this will not be one of those hunts. This is a PR/Advertising opportunity for you to show hunters what you’re capable of so they’ll want to come back to shop. We also highly recommend the gift you make be somehow in line with items you normally sell. Making a pair of boots when you specialize in hair doesn’t really help anyone.

3. It is highly recommended and preferred that stores produce either a unisex item or an individual item for each sex. To encourage this, those stores who produce items in line with this philosophy will be placed before those that don’t in the running order of this hunt and future hunts.

4. Applications will be accepted through January 25, 2014.

5. We will decline any applicants who:

  • are not a main location store
  • sell ‘art prints’ that are not their own, original artwork
  • sell gestures or similar items that include sound bites from songs, television, movies, etc.
  • are resellers of other people’s stuff
    (a few vendors are okay, but must be less than 25% of your merchandise)
  • are breedables merchants
    (a few breedables or items for breedables are acceptable, but it must make up less than 25% of your merchandise)
  • market themselves directly to SL kids
    (if your keywords contain keywords aimed at SL kids, or more than 5% of your merchandise is for kids, we consider this marketing directly to SL kids)

6. Questions about the hunt? Send a notecard titled “Tainted Love Question” to Samantha Zwickel or Snow Sweetwater.

The primary contact person for the store (required):

This should be the store owner/creator.

Other contact persons for the store:

These may be managers, alts, other store owners, etc.

Your store's name, exactly as you want it to appear (required):

The SLurl for your store (required):

Is this direct to the store, or will hunters have to TP again? (required)

What type of products does your store sell? (required):

What is your hunt gift idea? Please note whether it will be M / F / Unisex. (required):

We realize you may not have a firm idea yet, but at a minimum would like you to confirm it will be dark love themed. If you don't confirm this you won't be approved.

How does your store and/or hunt item fit within the hunt theme? (required):

If your store isn't particularly dark and your items do not lean the horror/macabre direction, we suggest you be pretty specific here. There are a LOT of hunts on the grid - we want to make sure the Tainted Love Hunt stays true to the theme.

How did you hear about this hunt? (required)

Any comments or questions?

I have read rules above and I agree to follow them. I understand that not following these rules may lead to me being removed from the Tainted Love Hunt and/or suspended from future Woeful events.