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Author Topic: wearing steampunk-themed goggles in public  (Read 781 times)
MechanicalQueen
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« on: July 22, 2015, 01:09:15 am »

I know a similar question was posted about 8 years ago, but there were no recent comments so I hope its ok to start a new one....

I am in love with my stylish machinist goggles and I wear them as much as possible....at home, that is. I have chronic dry eye syndrome which forces me to wear some sort of eye protection. I live near the beach and its very windy here. i am however terrified to wear the goggles out in public because of my anxiety. i do not like modern style glasses so i have stopped wearing those. its weird tho, I'm used to going all out steampunk when i go out and i LOVE dressing up to share my uniqueness to the world, but when it comes to wearing my steampunk goggles I'm afraid of getting "that look" from people! please tell me I'm not alone here. any helpful feedback would be greatly appreciated, thanks!!!!
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« Reply #1 on: July 22, 2015, 02:22:57 am »

The first thing to consider is this:  There are approximately seven billion people on this planet. You can't please them all. Therefore, do what pleases the only person that matters--you.

Are those the goggles in question in your avatar? If they are, the picture is too small; would you mind posting a photo to the thread? It is irrelevant to my previous comment, but they look cool and I'd like a better look.

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« Reply #2 on: July 22, 2015, 03:16:07 am »

yes they are the same ones. I don't know how to insert a pic from my pc on here. I don't have it uploaded anywhere other than facebook so I cant put a link to it.....
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« Reply #3 on: July 22, 2015, 03:16:48 am »

Life is too short to worry about what other people think of how you dress.
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« Reply #4 on: July 22, 2015, 08:24:29 am »

yes they are the same ones. I don't know how to insert a pic from my pc on here. I don't have it uploaded anywhere other than facebook so I cant put a link to it.....


The picture must be stored outside of brassgoggles. We were working on a way to host images directly here on Brassgoggles, but you'll have to ask the "Wizard of Oz," Mr. Proteus about that. Any image host service like Tinypic, Image shack, Twitpic, etc. will do.  An easy way: if you have a Twitter account, tweet the picture and then copy the URL (e.g. http://imagehostservice.com/yourpicture.jpg). I do that all the time. Paste the URL of the picture between the "img" and "/img" commands using brackets like so (same as clicking on the "insert image" symbol in the buttons above):

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[img]http://imagehostservice.com/yourpicture.jpg[/img]

You can centre the whole thing by using the "center" and "/center" commands (same as using the "centered" text format button above):

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[center][img]http://imagehostservice.com/yourpicture.jpg[/img][/center]

For example this picture in my Twitter timeline


is the same as this

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[center][img]http://pbs.twimg.com/media/CKTJAd0VAAAB1Vt.png[/img][/center]
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« Reply #5 on: July 22, 2015, 09:03:57 am »

yes they are the same ones. I don't know how to insert a pic from my pc on here. I don't have it uploaded anywhere other than facebook so I cant put a link to it.....


The picture must be stored outside of brassgoggles. We were working on a way to host images directly here on Brassgoggles, but you'll have to ask the "Wizard of Oz," Mr. Proteus about that. Any image host service like Tinypic, Image shack, Twitpic, etc. will do.  An easy way: if you have a Twitter account, tweet the picture and then copy the URL (e.g. http://imagehostservice.com/yourpicture.jpg). I do that all the time. Paste the URL of the picture between the "img" and "/img" commands using brackets like so (same as clicking on the "insert image" symbol in the buttons above):

Code:
[img]http://imagehostservice.com/yourpicture.jpg[/img]

You can centre the whole thing by using the "center" and "/center" commands (same as using the "centered" text format button above):

Code:
[center][img]http://imagehostservice.com/yourpicture.jpg[/img][/center]

For example this picture in my Twitter timeline


is the same as this

Code:
[center][img]http://pbs.twimg.com/media/CKTJAd0VAAAB1Vt.png[/img][/center]
You can do the same thing via Facebook too.  Right click the photo & click on copy image location, then use the insert image icon as above.
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« Reply #6 on: July 22, 2015, 10:47:17 am »

I have a deviantArt account. can I paste a url from there? or does it have to be twitter?
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« Reply #7 on: July 22, 2015, 11:09:45 am »

I have a deviantArt account. can I paste a url from there? or does it have to be twitter?


You can use any URL you want, but remember it has to be the URL of the picture - not the page where the picture is.

For example I have a DeviantArt account: http://j-wilhelm.deviantart.com
If I choose one page: http://j-wilhelm.deviantart.com/art/eCog-Mercury-tm-cover-for-Sony-VAIO-R-279570967 there is a picture.  But I want the picture alone.

So I right click the picture as select ("open picture in new page" or "view picture", etc - most browsers will do that), and I can see the following URL with the picture alone and nothing lese but the picture (note the .jpg suffix at the end of the URL that is the picture).
http://orig00.deviantart.net/6320/f/2012/015/0/e/ecog_mercury__tm__cover_for_sony_vaio__r__by_j_wilhelm-d4mg6c7.jpg

This is what you write in the box:
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[center][img]http://orig00.deviantart.net/6320/f/2012/015/0/e/ecog_mercury__tm__cover_for_sony_vaio__r__by_j_wilhelm-d4mg6c7.jpg[/img][/center]

and you get:

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« Reply #8 on: July 22, 2015, 11:17:20 am »

grrr, the "open picture in new page" option is grayed out so I cant click on that. maybe ill figure it out somehow. id like to show some of my artwork here too so im gonna figure it out somehow, haha!
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« Reply #9 on: July 22, 2015, 12:02:20 pm »

Hmm I think the problem we are having here is one of item bulk and social practicality. Those are a fine set of goggles, certainly they are. They also scream "Hi! I'm a self confident person that can take the mindless jibes of people who see something a little different and just force themselves to open their cake holes."

Thing is those look like industrial protective goggles, so you've got very little room for manoeuvre when retorting. Which is fine if your the kind of person who can barrel through life not giving 2 hoots. The self confidence to be different needs to grow in most people. Theatre helped me a lot, that said there is NO SHAME in engineering the situation so you have a good solid fall back position.

So something steam, that protects your eyes but is a little less "overtly" situational as to be an easy target...... Well that's easy. Sunglasses with side flaps!

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=sunglasses+with+side+flaps&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0CAgQ_AUoAmoVChMI9vjep8buxgIVoWjbCh0WywtZ

That way when you do get the inevitable bollocks (and you will) from some low brow, the come backs can flow like a river.

"Doctors orders I'm afraid and thank you for being so understanding."
"Now you see I would dearly LOVE to look exactly like you but unfortunately god in his infinite wisdom made my eyes imperfectly so I am forced to look like an individual."

Now some hard core individuals out there who regularly go to football matches in make-up and a tutu (I'm talking about the boys here) will accuse me of pandering to the sensibilities of others. That the only way of going is balls to the walls, all out and proud, silver hankies and jockstraps all the way.

Personally I like stacking the deck in my favour. Smiley
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« Reply #10 on: July 22, 2015, 12:09:12 pm »

ok, so I think I got this right. I was using internet explorer which for some reason wouldn't allow me to do it but google chrome did (go figure).

so heres a larger image than the avatar. personally I think they stand out more than they really should because I have very thin hair and a small head so they look bigger on me than they should. I really do like them tho. just wish society wasn't so picky on what looks "acceptable" to them and what doesn't! I have bad anxiety because of this. I don't get it, I can wear my (pagan) pentacle jewelry, chains, rhinestone tiaras, and my gothic clothing proudly, but im afraid to wear a pair of goggles when going out.



heres one of a tiara ive made recently
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« Reply #11 on: July 22, 2015, 08:45:25 pm »

I'd say those are not too over-the-top, but the lens color and the bright brass on the brown leather (the whole, in other words, rather than just this or that small individual part) work together to make them a real eyecatcher. It really depends, though, on what you want to do. I would go for something a bit more low-key myself, but that's just me, and in any case, I don't really worry all that much about what people think; as far as folks thinking I'm crazy, heck, I play a banjo, so that ship's pretty much already sailed...

My regular everyday goggles are a pair of fits-over sunglasses to which I've added black and brown leather top and side shrouds, removed the earpieces (after one broke from sheer fatigue) and added a buckle-tightened elastic strap attached to the drilled stumps of the earpieces with round rings and little clips. The whole looks remarkably similar to aviator goggles. They are all black and dark brown with no bright metal accents other than the rings, so they don't stand out much until people realize what they're looking at - and then they start to stare and ask if I ride a motorcycle, etc.. I wear these to walk, ride my bicycle, drive, go to the mall, grocers, basically everywhere unless it's a period costumed performance. Most of the time, if people notice at all, they just sort of glance twice and leave me alone. *shrug*

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« Reply #12 on: July 26, 2015, 11:50:28 am »

A couple of comments...

1. What exactly are you afraid that people will do? Don't worry about what they'll think because you can't tell. You might suspect they're thinking about how you look, but if you asked, they'd probably say something like "Oh, nothing much... I might have sausages for dinner." So, do you go to places where looking anything other than mainstream is likely to get you a kicking? (If so, don't do it.)

2. Unlike a tattoo, you can take goggles off pretty easily. Give it a try. See what happens. You don't even need to make your public-goggle-wearing trial somewhere you go every day. Go somewhere different. That way, even if people do stare and point, you know you'll probably never meet them again so it doesn't matter, and you can just take the goggles off.

One thing I've learned in a lifetime of sometimes-less-than-optimal decisions is that, when it comes to doing something you really want to do, you have to give it a try or you'll spend your life wishing you had, and wondering if it would have worked. If you try it and it blows up in your face, well, at least you'll know and you can stop thinking about it, and you can move on to something else. (...After wiping the soot off and saying to the world at large, "I meant to do that. Really.")

Good luck.  Smiley

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« Reply #13 on: July 27, 2015, 03:57:48 am »

I don't know what area of the US you're in, but I've had mostly positive comments on my googles (when people even notice them, and they are large, people tend to ignore things that aren't their problem), though they're black plastic and aren't really that steampunk (though many people just assume they are). - I say go for it, if someone gives you any crap, they're probably not the sort of person you'd want to associate with anyways.
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« Reply #14 on: July 29, 2015, 04:25:51 am »

You'd be surprised at the percentage of people who will be thinking, "wow, those are some cool goggles".. I know I'm always amazed at the amount of people I mention DragonCon to at work and they think it is so interesting that I do steampunk costuming. Quite a few of them I wouldn't have pegged as knowing what that is. So if you are worried about what other people think, try to imagine that it is something positive....

P.s. those are great goggles!
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