Well, I guess this picture says it all. For some reason the well-dressed gentleman has become a rarity.
We interrupt our regular program for a quick commercial break:
My friend Anda, I featured her before, is having a sale at her Etsy shop, over here. Just let me quickly remind you of the quality of her work with a few exampes of her craftswomanship:
Right now, she is hosting a clear-out sale to make space for a new collection. So if you want to get your hands on some of Anda’s designs, saunter over to her shop and on check-out enter the code
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That’s today’s commercial break, regular program will commence later today with a review of David Brown’s Fistful of Reefer.
Once again I can rejoice in the fact of Steampunk being an international phenomenon. This time I may introduce you to a Steampunk fashion designer from Latvia, Anda Masque. I am delighted she got in touch with me. I am always looking for signs of the Steampunk subculture in the less obvious places, and I would in all likeliness only have found Anda by sheer luck, since Steampunk lady’s fashion is not exceptionally high on my research list.
I wonder if I should not research non-military Steampunk fashion after all. Looking at Anda’s Steampunk and Dieselpunk designs, it is well worth the time and this is just a small selection:
I would also like to use this opportunity and again call out to my readers from outside the anglo-, franco-, and germanophone countries:
Please get in touch, I would love to feature your take on Steampunk here!
Another thing I got via æthermail.
The people at Mighty Fine have released a really cute Steampunk-themed t-shirt:
It’s a bit like Hello Kitty, isn’t it? Really sweet. Also, it is really charming that this t-shirt is not all cogs and airship pirates but rather on the lighthearted, casual side of Steampunk. It goes well with normal pants. It is the ideal choice to display your Steampunkness in a more casual way.
I also delved around on their site and discovered this Mucha-esque piece:
Too bad I am not much of a t-shirt wearer myself these days…
A little late this time, the November issue of the esteemed Gatehouse Gazette:
Rather fittingly, this November issue is all about spooky subjects, after all, it is the season of the witch… Most interresting, though, I find the essay about feminism in Steampunk. The first example of gender sudies related to the subject I have come across so far. I guess there are some more examples around but I cannot read everything. Only Google can do that.
The issue is also quite heavy on the fashion side, this time also concerning gentlemen, and there are two examples of original fiction included.
A final note, yours truly contibuted the essay on Homunculi, Golems and Robots (Amazing Artificial Anthropoids, because of the astonishing abolutely arbitrary alliteration). Just a few days after sending the draft to Nick Ottens for editing, I received an offer to review a book about just that subject by Dr. Bob Curran. The review will be up shortly. Strange coincidences and dharmatic causality knots…
Thank the Gods (especially Cthulhu) for Army Surplus stores, seriously.
The third point has recently become increasingly important. My son is two months and six days old today and he has an uncanny talent to burp when there is no nappy protecting me from certain wet and milky stuff that tends to come along (yep, sounds gross, slightly yukky, I know), fellow parents out there and those who have taken care of younger siblings know what I am talking about. So, since the little guy is a sniper when it comes to hitting Dad’s unshielded garments, I have quite a turnover-rate right now.
So, I have switched from my lately adopted noir style to the military Dieselpunk, because it is far lower maintenance under the current conditions.
Three cheers for miltary surplus stores and the ætherweb (certain stuff is cheaper in the UK or US than it is here, even including customs charges and shipping).
While actually not looking for fashion, I came across a company by the name of The Affair which trades in t-shirts. But to say they trade in t-shirts and leave it at that would be like saying Terry Pratchett writes nice books or H.P. Lovecraft was a horror writer of some note. In other words, it would be a massive understatement. The Affair’s tag-line is fashioned by literature and they are true to that one.
The reason I found them was because I was looking for cool Mythos related things on the ætherweb. You see, I used to have the Miskantonic University Lapel-Pin (the one Chaosium sold a few years back) but I seem to have misplaced or lost it. Sadly, it seems to be out of production.
Anyway, so I came across The Affair. As, I said, they trade in t-shirts, but what wonderful t-shirts these are… They really are perfect amalgams between fashion and classic sci-fi/horror literature.
The one I found first was this one, inspired by Lovecraft’s The Shadow over Innsmouth:
But then I did some more browsing and was most pleasanty surprised by this one:
A real shame time in the northern hemisphere is heading towards winter now. Oh well, there might still be a few warmer days in store for us, who knows.
And those two shirts won’t go off, they may sell out but I got mine. So, I am looking foreward to wearing them in spring!
And in other news, James Ng, renowned artist with a selection of steampunk-themed works has pointed me towards The Clockwork Man – The Hidden World:
Quite a fascinating, puzzle-based game with beautiful graphics, my wife instantly fell in love with it. So, saunter over and check it out! Beside the game, there are goodies for download and also check out the screenshots!
Although James Brown famously sang „It’s a man’s world“, there are certain areas where being female is definitely of advantage.
One of those areas is fashion. No matter whether I browse the ætherweb in general searching for Steampunk gear or go to more specialised sites like Etsy, the choice for humans of the male persuasion is always far outclassed both qualitatively and quantitatively by the choice offered to ladylike humanoids.
A very fine example for a vendor of excellent headgear for the discerning Steampunk lady is Topsy Turvy Design.
This truely is a piece of art that just happens to be wearable as a hat. So, if you are a discerning Steampunk lady or you know one who would appreciate a piece of fashionable, wearable art, saunter over through the ætherweb and pay Topsy Turvy Design a visit.
And if any of you are in possession of information regarding comparable ætherweb abodes specialising in gear for gentlemen, drop me a line. I am aware of The Steampunk Emporium and The Chap, so those two do not need to be pointed out to me.
I like summer, it is my favourite time of the year. Right now, it seems that summer in Germany is coming to an end. This year’s summer has been rather wierd. First it was rather cool, then it was really hot and finally it was rather rainy. Right now it seems like the first autumnal storm is upon us and the rain is coming down in buckets outside. Which brings me to todays main point:
Autumn is the perfect weather for the dapper Dieselpunk. It is the perfect weather to wear a trenchcoat and a fedora (I’ve got a black and a dark chocolate coloured one) and get into the Film Noir mood.
I like walking the streets of a town when it is foggy outside, with the collar of my tenchcoat turned up and, if possible, with a smoking pipe in the corner of my mouth. Yes, sometimes I like to revel in personifying a bad cliché.
Besides, autumn simply is the most noir of the seasons. And for someone coming out of the Goth Scene and with a slightly pagan background, autumn has the added benefit of containing Halloween.
I can now also again safely wear a suit without turning into a walking sponge by early afternoon, which is a definite bonus for someone who prefers wearing suits in the office. Yes, I am completely aware that this has fallen out of style, but I guess I would not write this blog if I would be too oncerned regarding what is fashionable now.
So, I am once again looking foreward to a season of the year, when I can more easily wear cool gear and stay cool at the same time.
Ah, another great day in the life of a Steampunk. The H.M.S. Ophelia made a pass over my house today and delivered a lovely pair of Jodhpurs, which I am wearing right now.
The familial developments are advancing and I can now foresee a time when I will no longer be able to do daily updates (different update: My son weighs in at 1184 grams right now, it is the end of week 28 of the pregnancy now).
And coming back to yesterday’s post:
I guess I did not point that out clearly: I have a code that allows you to download the complete game AQUA, I would do it myself, but I d not have an XBox. So I am offering a free state-of-the-art Steampunk shooter for the XBox. This should be clear now.
If you want the code, answer yesterday’s question and send me the answer via æthermail.