Quaintrelles, Dandies, and Flâneurs #2

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~~~~~ Time for another installment of my vintage punk street fashion column! Sticking with casual menswear, I'd like to introduce a gentleman that Jake and I acquired this past summer at the Bay Area Maker Faire. This is industrial designer Noah Beasley, originally hailing from Denver, CO. Noah does

Brass Dragon!

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Back in August I received a slightly odd email: Phil is drawing a cover for Windycon's Blaylock short story collection, and he sort of used you as the guy building a mechanical dragon in his garage… Well, it seemed like a good idea at the time.  If it wasn't,

Yr Doin’ It Right #1 – Sunday Driver

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One of my most common rants about steampunk style involves long-winded kvetching about the forgotten Eastern influences on the genre. I'll spare you the snarky details, but it comes to this: I want to know why I practically never see steampunks tapping into the deliciously decadent culture of India.

A Visit to the Pratt University Steam Plant

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JGN Writes: Steam Engines in NYC!!! Who would think that the oldest continuously-operating, privately owned steam-powered electrical generating plant in the United States sits in a quiet Victorian section of Brooklyn, New York?  Pratt University has its original steam-powered engine room intact. It was used for many years to generate electricity for

Quaintrelles, Dandies, and Flâneurs #1

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Vintage Punk1 Street Fashion at SPWS Because I am primarily a photographer (and only secondarily a coolhunting blogger), a major aspect of my posts here at SPWS is visuals. Thus, once a month or so, I will be posting photographs of the sort of timeless, casual style I laud.

Just saying . . .

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  From the recent Victoria’s Secret runway show . . . granted, the source material is the same.

Libby’s Steampunk Fashion Gift Guide

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As previously mentioned by Jake, I'm in charge of the wearables for this year's SPWS gift guides. So, without further ado, thus follows a selection of items that might find a lovely home in the wardrobes of you and yours. I've included prices, which range from stocking-stuffer to bank-breaking,

Jake’s 2009 Steampunk Gift Guide – A few of my favorite things.

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The definition of steampunk is still a fluid and flexible thing, and that's exactly how I like it.  When we talk about what steampunk is we talk in generalities and we leave a lot open for interpretation and thus creativity. But there are some memes in steampunk which are

Datamancer and Der Clacker!

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  Get a glimpse of Datamancer’s latest "OMG, I squeed my pants!" casemod: The Clacker on German TV on Doc’s own blog.

Vice Versus series on VBS.tv Covers Steampunk

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  The VBS.tv series Vice Versus covers Steampunk. If you’re an East Coast steampunk or hang out in The SteamFashion Community on LJ you’ll see many familiar faces here in as a bunch of NY steamers visit the New York Anime Festival and talk about  steampunk and Anime’s Neo-Victorian influences