New Assignment – Subcultures (SteamPunk)

For our new assignment, we had to come up with a subculture that we would pick and research on and base the front page and 2 pages within a creative review magazine on. I initially chose SteamPunk.

What is SteamPunk?

SteamPunk is a science fiction subculture that is mainly based around and features steam powered machinery as well as it is mainly in a setting inspired by industrialized Western civilization during the 19th century. Steampunk works are often set in an alternative history of the 19th century’s British Victorian era or the american wild west, in a post-apocalypic future during which steam power has regained mainstream use, or in a fantasy world that similarly employs steam power. Steampunk perhaps most recognisably features anachronistic technologies or retro-futuristic inventions as people in the 19th century might have envisioned them, and is likewise rooted in the era’s perspective on fashion, culture, architectural style, and art. Steampunk also incorporates additional elements from different sorts of genres like fantasy, horror, historical fiction and alternate history.

Why is it called Steampunk?

Steampunk has always been first and foremost a literary genre, or least a subgenre of science fiction and fantasy that includes social or technological aspects of the 19th century (the steam) usually with some deconstruction of, reimagining of, or rebellion against parts of it (The punk).

When did Steampunk start?

Steampunk’s first known appearance was in 1987, though it now retroactively refers to many works of fiction created even as far back as the 1950s or 1960s.

Whats the evolution from when steampunk was first noticed and now?

The evolution from now and when the subculture first got noticed on a large scale in the 1960s-1980s is that over the years, steampunk has evolved into more than just a sub-genre of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Steampunk now extends into fashion, engineering, music, and for some, a lifestyle. With the Victorian British Empire or American Wild West as the backdrop, steampunk projects are a challenge of making something elegant out of random bits and bobs.

What sort of clothes do they wear?

Steampunk’s fashion has no specific guidelines on what they wear but most of the styles they are mainly wear and portray is the modern styles with influences from back in the Victorian times. This would include people to wear: bustles, corsets, gowns, petticoats, suits with waistcoats, coats, top hates, tailcoats and many more.

What other type of accessories/fashion does this subculture include?

The other types of fashion that being part of the steampunk subculture includes is that Steampunk-influenced outfits which are usually accented with several technological and “period” accessories including timepieces, parasols, flying/driving goggles, and ray guns. People in this subculture can use modern accessories like ell phones and music players but they are modified to give them the appearance that they were made in the victorian times. Also in the steampunk subculture you could see people wearing post-apocalypic clothing which would include: gas masks, ragged loathing and tribal motifs.

What type of music does Steampunk get involved with?

Im not too sure on what music is involved with steampunk but after listening to a few songs from some steampunk subcultured artist like ‘Steam Powered Giraffe’ and ‘Doctor Steel’, all i can say is that the music in general is all different but they mainly go around normal punk/rock although steampunk has its own genre of music, its just like normal punk but with a more old fashioned/futurist sound to it as well as in a way the music that they listen to is pretty much alternative rock.

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