Like being a Goth without scaring your parents (or kids!)

Why is Steampunk so popular? I love this article. I think it highlights some really significant cultural trends and how people are responding creatively. It makes me think that in a sense, Steampunk is the new version of what the DIY music scene was in the early 90s. Well that’s my thought. So here for your delectation and amusement, another bit from this great article…

“3. LIKE BEING GOTH WITHOUT SCARING YOUR PARENTS. A lot of kids in today’s steampunk music & style scene used to identify with the goth aesthetic — and are pleasantly surprised to discover that normal adults seem intrigued by this new thing rather than alarmed. Well, yeah. People think of goths as weirdoes who take vampires too seriously, and therefore they can’t help being worried on some level that a crazy goth might, you know, want to make them bleed. Whereas steampunks are — what? Weirdoes who take pocket-watches too seriously? What are they gonna do, vehemently tell you what time it is?”

Full article: http://weirdtales.net/wordpress/2008/09/17/five-thoughts-on-the-popularity-of-steampunk/

In some of us older steampunk’s cases its a matter of “Like being Goth without scaring your kids”! In 2002 for a week I wore black nail polish, and it nearly did my kids heads in 🙂 And the people at the church I was pastoring at the time just looked on in disbelief. My techno DJing they could just handle, but Goth! Anyway, seize the day.

A picture of some steampunk ghostbusters I found somewhere

A picture of some steampunk ghostbusters I found somewhere

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Another beautiful-looking Steampunk movie

Hmm, not sure when this is coming out but it looks cool. “1884: Yesterday’s future” by Peculiar pictures. Oh I do love steamtrains and airships 🙂

Some basic info is here  : http://www.peculiarpictures.co.uk/page2.htm

a screentest image

a screentest image

How to make a Steampunk Raygun in 3 easy steps, no, 4.

Professor Uncle Festa’s guide for the home assemblage of a jolly good raygun on the cheap. (From Chapter 3 of  “How to Defend Yourself from Ethereal Invaders from Mars, Venus and Beyond”- soon on sale in better bookstores).

Step 1: Go a’hunting around scrap yards, second-hand shops and cheap $2 shops with your eyes open for interesting shapes and things with that cry out “raygun”. Collect a bunch of stuff that looks like it may add up to a jolly good item. Assemble a basic idea. Like this below. Who would have thought that an old candle stand, egg stand, strainer, scrap tube etc would present such jolly good possibilities. Hmm, if I cut off a bit from the candle top, will it look better to add the strainer or the egg thingy? (I mean, does the gun need an ethereal scanner/projector, or just a simple polarising ethereal disperser? It depends whether this is for Martians or Venusians really).

Collected junk

Collected junk

For the next steps you’ll need welding gear or metal bits to join everything together, lots of brass bits, screws, brass or gold paint, maybe some leather and…more details in Step 2.

My first Neo-Victorian painting

Awhile back when I was trying to capture some feelings of hope, despair and mystery I painted this. It’s from about 5 years back when I was first learning to paint so don’t be too harsh!

The white rosebud and the walking leg and other elements are obviously quite symbolic. Especially the old castle.  I still like how the sky, lake and drapes turned out but the hand is not right. The photo doesn’t show the colour gradations very well especially in the sky, and please ignore the wood grain edge where I photographed it a bit off square. Anyway, hope you enjoy.

The castle.

The castle.