These two T-Shirts featuring a Steam Punk Optimus Prime and a Steam Punk Soundwave are pretty cool, I especially love Optimus’ top hat and the fact that it looks like Soundwave transforms into a music box. They are both available from We Love Fine for $25 each… Maybe next month…
I saw the piece above entitled Pauldrons and Arm Braces by deviant artist vofffka and wondered to my self why there wasn’t a subculture of people who dressed up like knights? The concept of chivalry and honor are quite big in some geek sub circles, George RR Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones series is hitting it off big time both in the bookstore and on the small screen and it involves wearing armour!
Why is this not a thing? I’m not talking about LARP (Live Action Role Play) style costumes, dressing up in full plate would make day to day tasks completely impractical, I’m talking about incorporating things that look like armor into everyday outfits, a little like this Hoodie by Etsy seller SOFworks which was so successful it got the poor guys shop shut down…
We have Steam punk, that’s a thing that’s been a geek subculture for quite some time, arguably for some people it just involves wearing brown goth clothes and gluing on some gears, but it’s a vibrant subculture.
Likewise there is cyber punk, cyber goth, and hundreds of other subcultures consisting of people who want to for one reason or another dress like they come from another time period be it the past or the future, people even dress up as anthropomorphised animals and believe that that is their true form (Weirder still there are double furries who believe that they are animals dressed up as humans…)
Why don’t we have Steel Punk?
Like I said I’m not talking about people wearing full suits of armor, that’s impractical unless you are LARPing or Cosplaying.
They are all leather and maybe steel would be a little but less practical, but I still find it strange that there aren’t more people wondering about with bits of armor accentuating their outfits.
As I said actual metal would be preferable, and it’s not like modern fashion designers haven’t tried this like these costumes by designer Naty Chabanenko which are supposed to be android like but lets face it look like stylized armour:
What do you get if you try to re-imagine the cast of the original Star Wars Trilogy as Cyber Punk Hackers? Artist Sillof has done just that. He’s also done a 2 series of steam punk, a 50’s TV science fiction serial, a Wild West, and a medieval set toys as well as Samurai and WWII sets…
Imagine the Mario Bros were sucked into an alternative Steam Punk universe okay if you can’ t be arsed doing that artist Komical (web) has done the hard work for you. Look at the image above and save your imagination for something more mundane.
The Same artist also made and I assume is Modelling the Gir Hoodie below:
Given half a chance I’d blog everything I’ve seen by comic book artist Mahmud A Asrar , I went through his deviant artist gallery and… Well yeah… He is as far as I can tell an artist working for DC comics probably on Super Girl given she takes up most of his gallery. Here are some steam punk images and some other random tid bits, I’d recommend looking at his gallery if you like there is a lot more wher that came from.
The image above is a rendition of Emilie Autumn by Deviant art user Candra. Emilie Autumn is a classically trained violinist who does goth rock music. I was introduced to her by Avarinne, and to be honest although her music is actually really good I can’t take her seriously because the lyrics are so soaked in melodrama that they are ridiculous. That an her song “Liar” is infuriatingly irritating (The chorus is her repeating the words “Liar” over and over and over and over and over and over…)
Dead is the new alive is okay and as with most industrial artists there are dozens of remixes of her songs that make them 100% better or worse…
Anyway the artist Candra has a number of good images in their gallery (I’m going to assume they are a guy because of their obsession with drawing boobies), like the below image of Arcee from Transformers.
And these images of Delirium/Delight from the Sandman series, in which I love the bursts of colours used. There are lots of comic booc characters in the gallery too although be fore warned some are NSFW.