Steampunk! More Steam!
Modern day can be very depressing. Yet the past, when you really look, is often just as if not more depressing to look at. Many feel they need to reinvent something new. Out of this breed a new kind of subculture born of literature. What was done was the romantic look, feel, and joy of a past time combine with the hope and fun of futuristic design. It’s called Steampunk. And it is one of the most interesting movements yet. What nerds, the new leaders of the world, have done is create a fun, and often sexy world of fashion, technology, music, and way of life. Most of the look of this is based off the steam age, or Victorian London. The looks have both elements of an older finer life and a punk “do it yourself” look. It has spawned great comics, novels and even some movies have elements. Games are starting to come out in the genre. Dishonored is one such game, and so is the new Bioshock game. The steampunk comic Lady Mechanika is one of the most popular indie comics out right now. It’s next to impossible to get this constantly sold out comic by Joe Benitez.
Fashion also has been one of the most amazing things that have been influenced by this genre. Shops, like Clockwork Couture and Steampunk Couture are out there where you can buy the clothing for either costumes or day to day. But in true Punk fashion, most of the steampunk work you see will be hand mad, often by the person you see wearing it. Krippes.com’s besty blog, Emm’s Page, has begun to make her own steampunk fashion. Check it out!
Felicia Day dressed by Clockwork Couture!
If you want to know what Steampunk is, look up Steampunk Couture, and its creator Kato. It is the oldest steampunk shop out there. Kato has done her best to create steampunk clothing, not costumes; this woman has created clothing that could be worn every day without making the wearer feel too much like they are in costume, or need five people to get them out of it. She has what may be the best example of modern steampunk style. All in true steam punk manner its hand made.
Think Steampunk is dumb? Think again, most steampunk people are hardworking and often very successful. You can even find them jumping into the most popular shows out there like Castle and Warehouse 13. Steampunk is here and in the past five years it has started to become more and more influential. I myself am using it as the inspiration of my new web comic.
Are you still a nerd but just don’t like steampunk. Well, there is always Cyberpunk, which is futuristic. Diesel Punk, which is more WW2 like in its fashion, like the game Fallout 3. And there still more Punk play-on movements. When people see a world they do not like, they often try to create a better one to escape to. Hey at least it seems healthier then the Vampire thing.