Feb 272016

“I shall not today attempt further to define the kinds of material I understand to be embraced within that shorthand description [“hard-core pornography”], and perhaps I could never succeed in intelligibly doing so. But I know it when I see it, and the motion picture involved in this case is not that.”United States Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart

The Honorable Justice Stewart may have been referring to something in that famous, and often paraphrased quote, but I think the same thing applies to Steampunk, the cosplay/subculture/fashion/nerdy/sci-fi/fantasy/maker phenomenon where people dress up, design, act out, or otherwise embrace a re-imagined future of a past that never quite was.  Steampunk does not define itself and those that practice it will argue over what is “true” steampunk, but the classic example is the old TV show The Wild, Wild, West or H.G. Wells stories or Jules Verne.  Mostly Victorian-age fashion with a sense of “high tech” powered by pre-electronic technology.

I think I’m turning steampunk.

This is not a bad thing.  Like any hobby, the thrill of the hunt in finding the right piece for the costume can be exhilarating.  The problem is, I don’t know what the right costume is for me.  September 11, 2016 is RocCon!  Rochester’s, ComicCon & Pop Culture Convention!  I’ve never been to one, but this year I’m really strongly considering going – in steampunk.  I know, I’m late to the party, but hey, I’m adult and I can chose what parties I’ll be late to.

The picture here is of a really famous guy in a really famous steampunk costume.  You can find him by searching the web.  I don’t have time for that.  So I’m thinking of something simpler.  I’ll be starting from scratch, except I have a really awesome pair of leather half-boots I picked up last night at the second hand store for $5 that just scream “I’ve been used by someone exploring the depths of the chronomultiverse and I could use a good cleaning!”

For everything else, I’m asking you, my readers, to help me out.  Feel free to comment or contact me with any ideas.  Pretend I’m new at this and have never done it before.  Advice?  Thoughts?  Traps to avoid?  Any good online or local sources for costume bits?  Please hurry; the chronometron is ticking.