To continue about the Heidnisches Dorf:
Most of the merchadise there was either not what I like or simply too expensive. I really would have liked to add some steampunk or at least steampunkish spectacles from Shades Nosferatu to my eyewear collection but I had promised myself not to overstretch my budget like last time…
So instead I purchased some recreational beverages and took some more photographs of my suroundings:
Self-portait, amidst a medieval setting (a steampunk lost in time):
Some of the vendors:
And here’s a shot of one of the elusive natives (he jumped into the picture, so I consider myself lucky). The traveling trader to the far left sells most excellent spirits:
After this little episode we went back to the Agra Halle and met a trio of most charming young ladies:
So far, I thought (being a steampunk with only western hemisphere travel experience), the gothic lolita subculture was still firmly planted in the empire of Mutushito Tenno, oh, I’m getting displaced in time again, *cough*. It seems I was wrong. The style has left Japan (where Akihito is the present Tenno) and there is a German community on the æthernet Dunkelsüß.
But now let’s turn to the two cultural highlights:
She’s such a lovely crazy little thing. She also describes her style of music as „violindustrial“ and since she plays a lot with Victorian aesthetics and has a upcomming book (novel?) titled: „The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls“ I think you should not miss her, there are so many steampunk elements in her works and personality. Granted, she does not call herself steampunk as far as I am aware but everything she does fits in.
The last big concert my wife and me attended was S.P.O.C.K.:
20 active years now, this was their anniversary concert. When they anounced this at the beginning of their concert I thought „By Jove!“, (ah, what a steampunk expression) „Those guys are old!“ Then I remembered when it was that I bought my first S.P.O.C.K. CD, back in the days when they were still allowed to call themselves Spock, and then it struck me: I am old! And a lot of time has passed. Those were the days, back in the 90’s, even the early 90’s when I had only recently joined the goth scene and slowly crept towards electro and industrial. Now I am steampunking and I like the style, it fits my age-induced preferences, too.
Steampunk: For elderly industrial goths.
This concludes the penultimate episode about the Wave Gotik Treffen 2008, narrated by the traveling steampunk.