Steampunk as aesthetic, literature, and character play (but mostly aesthetic). Some Doctor Who, anthropology, a little politics, and other interests mixed in.

22nd March 2012

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Tagged: SteampunkSteampunk GunGunBrassWestern Steampunk

23rd December 2011

Photo reblogged from Spectacular Moments of Wonder with Dr. Monocle with 126 notes

When we run out of oil can we revert to prior technologies and do this?  Because that would be BAMF!

When we run out of oil can we revert to prior technologies and do this?  Because that would be BAMF!

Tagged: SteampunkAirshipLondon (I think)DirigibleHigh Society

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23rd December 2011

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This reminds me of the Tesla on Warehouse 13.  So awesome!

This reminds me of the Tesla on Warehouse 13.  So awesome!

Tagged: SteampunkWarehouse 13TeslaGunWeaponSteam powered

22nd December 2011

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Steampunk bounty hunter? 

Steampunk bounty hunter? 

Tagged: SteampunkMotorcycleBounty HunterSteam PunkSteam powered

22nd December 2011

Link reblogged from Dames & Dice with 11 notes

Is Steampunk the New Goth? Perish the Thought! →

tampasteampunk:

I find this article wildly inaccurate, stereotypical and a bit offensive, particularly this sentence: “A person may say “I am a Goth” whereas very few people would say “I am a Steampunk.”

Am I the only one?

As someone who used to write for Suite 101, I can say that most of the articles are shoddily written and researched because you only get paid per hit. It’s all about using search engine keywords, not good journalism.

I agree.  I think this article is almost offensive.  I really liked the aesthetic of goth when I was in high school (god that was like 8 years ago now), but never thought of goth as much more than liking death metal music (maybe “emo” music), and wearing dark clothing.  However, this article boils down Steampunk and Goth to demographics, when it’s appropriate to wear Steampunk/Goth garb, an association (or lack thereof) to self-harm, and literature (which I’m pretty sure the writer of the article never actually read). 

Steampunk, and I assume Goth as I never really was a part of the Goth sub-culture, isn’t about demographics, self harm, when you should wear your “outfits”, or even necessarily the literature.  Steampunk is an aesthetic and lifestyle that exists as a form of self expression.  Steampunk isn’t a demographic in the sense that it hasn’t been created by the media, nor is it being controlled through marketing tactics.  Steampunk is a self-defined, self evolving sub-culture that takes Victorian Period ideals and turns it into a form of self-expression. 

To boil Steampunk, or goth for that matter, to demographics and whether it is associated with self-harm, is offensive. 

Tagged: SteampunkGothSuite 101This person has no idea what they're talking about

22nd December 2011

Photo reblogged from Dames & Dice with 151 notes

tampasteampunk:

calembredaines:

Fortune Teller - Early 1870’s

I’m making a steampunk fortune teller outfit seeing that I’ve been reading tarot cards for years. This is a great inspiration outfit. 

tampasteampunk:

calembredaines:

Fortune Teller - Early 1870’s

I’m making a steampunk fortune teller outfit seeing that I’ve been reading tarot cards for years. This is a great inspiration outfit. 

Tagged: Steampunk1870Fortune TellerVictorian Period

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21st December 2011

Photo reblogged from CopperCogs with 37 notes

I wonder if it’s functional…

I wonder if it’s functional…

Tagged: SteampunkSteam PunkSteam PoweredScorpian

21st December 2011

Photoset reblogged from Dames & Dice with 27 notes

tampasteampunk:

Add a little holly to your steam this year!

Goggles by AirshipIsabella

Christmas Goggles!  Gotta reblog.

Tagged: SteampunkGogglesChristmasHolidayWinter

21st December 2011

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Airships: A Lost Form of Transportation Reborn?

CBC News Reports on “Sky Whale”

According to CBC News:

A Manitoba-built airship that could someday transport goods to remote northern communities, which now rely on sometimes impassable winter roads, has been unveiled.

University of Manitoba Prof. Barry Prentice, who is leading the project, said the prototype is not meant to carry cargo. But if all goes well, much larger versions of the airship could transport tonnes of supplies, he added.

"If we had enough money, we would go ahead right now, but we don’t even have a hangar big enough for a big airship," Prentice told reporters. "Without a hangar, you can’t build an airship."

Airships have often been seen as slower than planes, but could they be a cheaper alternative to plans for things like cargo transportation?

I really like articles like this because they feed the Steampunker in me.  I think, maybe someday I’ll see airships in regular use!  (although I truly doubt such a day will come)  But as well there is a very practical and pragmatic use for an Airship.  The same way that a helicopter can land in much more difficult places than Planes, an Airship can be more nimble while landing.  Airships could probably reduce the amount of necessary gas and oil used for Planes and Helicopters.  I’m going to try and be on the lookout for more articles like this. 

Tagged: SteampunkAirshipDirigibleCBC NewsSky WhaleCargo Transportation

21st December 2011

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The “Punk” of Steampunk

I’ve seen criticisms of Justin Bieber’s Steampunky “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” music video and I’ve seen some praise (little, not a ton) of Panic at the Disco’s music video for “The Ballad of Mona Lisa.”  I think that the difference between these two videos is an excellent demonstration of what, I think, is lacking in some of the Steampunk ideas today. 

Steampunk is not just brass, goggles, and Victorian/NeoVictorian aesthetics.  Steampunk is also about a Capitalist market that exploits people.  Steampunk is seen as this AMAZING Victorian period of great dress, fun times, and often times heralded as a better time.

But there is a dark aspect that seems to be lost and forgotten sometimes.  People have to remember that during this Victorian period land was being disputed for Nationalistic reasons, Africa was being taken over like there as if the people living there didn’t matter, poverty was as common place as a cobble stone road, and the general workforce was being exploited to work in factories for little to no wages.  Also, let’s not forget about the rampant racism that encompassed the thinking of most men. 

Steampunk isn’t just about the beautiful aesthetic, but a dystopic time period where the intellect and steam powered invention reigns king. 

There is also the idealizing of airship pirates.  Airship pirates are another one of these dystopic figments of the Steampunk canon.  Airship pirates are heralded as these masters of the air that go where they want, when they want, and do as they wish.  But pirates must also make a living.  So, as most pirates, they take over ships, raid transports for their materials to sell on the black market, smuggle illegal goods for bad people, and are overall lacking in a moral fiber. 

Bringing this back to the Bieber vs. Panic Steampunk videos, the reason that the Justin Bieber video is sorely lacking for me is because it lacks that grungy, harsh look that I think is so important for the punk of Steampunk.  The Panic video has that Punky feel to me.  It’s by no means perfect, but it gives the feeling of something sorely wrong, the harsh feeling, and the look of a darker time. 

Tagged: SteampunkPunkThe Punk of SteampunkBieber and SteampunkPanic at the Disco Steampunk

21st December 2011

Photo reblogged from Spectacular Moments of Wonder with Dr. Monocle with 58 notes

doctormonocle:

The Unattainable by artist Denny Khurniawan (via Scissorhands 20th)

This is super cool!  Love it.
(apparently the photo reblog doesn’t like me and the picture isn’t showing up, so I edited it into the caption here)

doctormonocle:

The Unattainable by artist Denny Khurniawan (via Scissorhands 20th)

This is super cool!  Love it.

(apparently the photo reblog doesn’t like me and the picture isn’t showing up, so I edited it into the caption here)

Tagged: SteampunkSteampunk ArtCog Art

20th December 2011

Photoset reblogged from Professor Steampunk with 41 notes

I really like the simplicity of this.  Sometimes I feel people get so wrapped up in the doo dads and whatchamakallits that they forget that something can be simple, elegant, and fit Steampunk perfectly.

Tagged: SteampunkSteampunk GunSimple