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Author Topic: What Make Grind Your Gears ?: Steampunkers Pet Peeves  (Read 1761 times)
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« on: October 27, 2015, 03:12:21 am »

What your pet peeves as a steampunker ?

Mine would be the use of top hat as a shortcut in a ''steampunked pop culture figure'' type piece of art. It is for accoutrement what non-functional gears are for artefact.
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« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2015, 04:35:20 am »

"Etsy Steampunk"

granted, everyone needs a starting point, but a majority of the things there now have been so mass produced it's hard to call them steampunk-- it's just junk at that point, and junk to make money. There are a handful o decent makers still selling their crafts through etsy, I know a few personally, but trudging through the hoard that's accumulated is just tiresome now when i'm looking for inspiration.
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« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2015, 06:33:23 am »

I think non-functional cogs would be at the top of most people's lists.  "Just glue some gears on it..." and that.

I don't have a problem with a top hat that is an appropriate part of an overall outfit.  After all, though we aren't doing Victorian/Edwardian reenacting, the base for our focus is the Vicwardian period.  When I am in search of inspiration, some of the earliest cinema, or photographs of early engineers - Brunel had a huge topper! - help set me straight.

Par exemple:



But yes, random crap (for the technical term) with "Steampunk" slapped on as a label is downright depressing.  How can we subvert today's youth to the world of Steampunk if they are given such trash and told it is the Real Deal? 

Sigh.




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« Reply #3 on: October 27, 2015, 04:49:35 pm »

worse than non-function gears: fake gears.

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« Reply #4 on: October 27, 2015, 09:48:33 pm »

People who call Steampunks "Steampunkers"
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« Reply #5 on: October 27, 2015, 11:59:27 pm »

Ouch ! Got Me.
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« Reply #6 on: October 28, 2015, 02:38:47 pm »

People who call Steampunks "Steampunkers"
Hear, hear!
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« Reply #7 on: October 29, 2015, 05:49:50 pm »

It's better than calling us "steamers."
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« Reply #8 on: October 29, 2015, 06:03:56 pm »

It's better than calling us "steamers."

I've heard someone say that
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« Reply #9 on: October 29, 2015, 06:49:04 pm »

It's better than calling us "steamers."

I've heard someone say that

I feel trunked about that.
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« Reply #10 on: October 29, 2015, 06:50:58 pm »

Also, my friend is convinced steampunk is a music style (only) and kind of refuses to believe otherwise.
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« Reply #11 on: October 29, 2015, 07:08:47 pm »

People who call Steampunks "Steampunkers"
I must admit, this one does grab me a little and makes me gringe sometimes, usually American, but hey-ho. whatever, at least people are showing interest, no matter the semantics. TBH still not sure whether I'm actually a Steampunk or not, I love it, make it and collect odities but dress biker stylie in the main.........

Are labels and pidgeon holes that important?  Undecided

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« Reply #12 on: October 29, 2015, 07:23:29 pm »

I don't have much trouble with gears as a decorative element, as in integral border or corner designs, or fabric or background patterns, but I do tend to insist on drawing or tooling them in (in leather, for example) myself - and I insist on a definite pattern, hopefully an artful one (though I'm my own worst critic in that regard).

Things that look like somebody just sprinkled gears on like glitter just give me the willies. Such a thing is creepily offensive to me, as if somebody took the gears-as-decorative-design idea and assumed it meant gears in any form, pattern, or lack thereof - and went tastelessly wild with that idea. IMHO It's kind of like a wanna-be deer hunter not thinking things through and scattering plastic corn cobs on the hunting lease, and expecting the deer to be fooled by it (and yes, I do speak from actual experience. Some people are just appalling).

The hell of it is, there are also people stupid enough to be fooled by gears-as-glitter. Some would even see it as wonderfully creative (bleagh!).


Though I happen to be an Americam, Sludge, I do sympathize, but one has to remember that not everybody knows steampunk from their asshole nether region. And, fewer have the grace not to blatantly show that they don't.

As to whether or not you're really a steampunk, well, you're on here...
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« Reply #13 on: October 30, 2015, 02:38:18 am »

Gears are giant sequins, after all.  As with sequins, ideally one should use them logically, in moderation, in my opinion.  The look one is aiming for is not brassy Pearly King.
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« Reply #14 on: October 30, 2015, 06:31:20 am »

Yes, I think that too many, or in the wrong pattern would indeed be a ... sequinsing error.


Sorry.  I'll just get my coat.


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Cheers!


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« Reply #15 on: October 30, 2015, 06:57:38 pm »

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« Reply #16 on: October 30, 2015, 07:59:17 pm »

People who join an established steampunk group and after just 1 meeting try to change the group because they don't like it!

Plus non steampunk people who ask you "why are you dressed like that is it a special event or something?"
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« Reply #17 on: November 02, 2015, 12:39:11 am »

Gears are giant sequins, after all.  As with sequins, ideally one should use them logically, in moderation, in my opinion.  The look one is aiming for is not brassy Pearly King.

"Brassy Pearly King"...

...Hmm, I could see that actually becoming a thing; all the gears interconnected, and moving, perhaps operating a governor on the shoulder...
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« Reply #18 on: November 02, 2015, 02:15:22 am »

Gears are giant sequins, after all.  As with sequins, ideally one should use them logically, in moderation, in my opinion.  The look one is aiming for is not brassy Pearly King.

"Brassy Pearly King"...

...Hmm, I could see that actually becoming a thing; all the gears interconnected, and moving, perhaps operating a governor on the shoulder...

Yeah, I know.  As soon as I said it my mind started turning over the idea of how to do it ...

(Normally I say the gears in my head started turning, but it seemed rather inapt this time ...)
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« Reply #19 on: November 04, 2015, 09:05:32 am »

People who call Steampunks "Steampunkers"

Well at least they don't call us Steampunkists or Steampunkites.

...... or at least, I hope not.......

Plus non steampunk people who ask you "why are you dressed like that is it a special event or something?"

The correct reply to this sort of thing would be "Sir (or Madam, as the case may be), to me every day is a special event."

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« Reply #20 on: November 08, 2015, 12:12:01 am »

Serious steampunk society (like the Vinci in Rise Of Legends) who define their whole culture by his steampunk nature and serious steampunk character whose name is based on a self-definition as a inhabitant of a steampunk world. Unless you live in the Jetson/ Flinstone universe or you are the Beast's butler, there no culture , even technocracy, who are self-defined by his technological level and the variable of Smith, Emile/Emily or Carpenter are the only names whose are born from their birth time period tech level.

Also, more a collective pet peeve than a personal one ( in fact, i have been more a perpetrator than a victim in the past) but their nothing than this person who use the term steampunk as if it just mean "cool" for unnerve the esthete.
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« Reply #21 on: November 08, 2015, 09:37:10 am »

Quote
he correct reply to this sort of thing would be "Sir (or Madam, as the case may be), to me every day is a special event."

My response now tends to be "It's Saturday/Sunday! " (as appropriate)

Plus now  we have business cards prepared reading
"It's steampunk" on one side and "Google it" on the other
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« Reply #22 on: November 08, 2015, 04:33:17 pm »

People who call Steampunks "Steampunkers"

Well at least they don't call us Steampunkists or Steampunkites.



Could be worse.  Could be called "spunks"

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« Reply #23 on: November 08, 2015, 05:44:42 pm »

People who call Steampunks "Steampunkers"

Well at least they don't call us Steampunkists or Steampunkites.



Could be worse.  Could be called "spunks"



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« Reply #24 on: November 09, 2015, 03:47:39 am »

Oh, god no to both of those!
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