September 2, 2010

Steampunk Thursday - Interlude - Steampunk or Not Steampunk?

It's funny.  Steampunk Thursday happens on Thursdays, yet it always sneaks up on me.  This week, here's a bit of an interlude for you.  Steampunk vs Not Steampunk.

The definition of steampunk is loose, but not so much that it is non-existent.  And while I try not to be judgmental, some things are so far outside of the category as to be laughable.  See for yourself.  These are all finds tagged as steampunk on Etsy.

Steampunk



Not Steampunk


Steampunk (well, Victorian)


Not Steampunk


Steampunk


Not Steampunk


I think you get the idea.  Feel free to share some of your examples or tell me why I'm wrong in the comments.  Also, Regretsy has pages of Not Remotely Steampunk that will make you smile.

Read more steampunk Thursday posts from my blog or at Mary's blog, Three Years of Roses.  Stay tuned next week for an interview by Mary with an awesome steampunk costumer!

7 comments:

  1. Not steampunk: Attaching gears decoratively to everything as though they were metallic paisleys.

    Steampunk: Having clothing/accessories which are functional or look like they very well could be; exposed process (gears, levers) optional.

    Not steampunk: Obsessing over possible sociopolitical ramifications of the word "punk" as it relates to an alternate Victorian era.
    Steampunk: Realizing that the term is an accident of language, coined with tongue in cheek by K.W. Jeter, after "cyberpunk."

    Steampunk: Mechanical; clockwork; electrified; aetheric.
    Not steampunk: Computerized; electronic; cyberpunk.

    Steampunk: wood, metal, natural fibers, leather.
    Not steampunk: latex, plastic, nylon.

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  2. Hehe, some of the things I get when I Google 'steampunk' are just hilarious - great idea for a post! XD

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  3. John - thanks for the addition! :D

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  4. That cat is so Steampunk. You just don't realize.

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  5. Maybe the steampunk is all in the meow.

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