Portlandia: Here Comes the Steam, Punk

World of Warcraft Steampunk Gnome“Did you read that steampunk article?” asked Steve referring to IFC’s Portlandia, episode 4.

“Yeah, I read it. It was mostly pictures, very few words.”

“What the heck is steampunk?” he asked.

The wiki says,”Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fictionalternate history, and speculative fiction that came into prominence during the 1980s and early 1990s.[1]Specifically, steampunk involves an era or world where steam power is still widely used—usually the 19th century and often Victorian era Britain—that incorporates prominent elements of either science fiction or fantasy.”

Portland SteampunkIf a wiki was powered by steam, it would be a steampunk. The Portland Sternwheeler is powered by steam, however, its not steampunk.

The entire gnome race in World of War Craft, appear to be steampunks. The movie “Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow,” symbolizes steampunk. The Golden Compass, written by Phillip Pullman in 1996, has elements of steampunk highlighted in the movie, but steampunk is man made technology not magic like the mysterious dust.

Steampunk creations are popping up everywhere — from the San Francisco Edwardian Ball to Nevada’s Burning Man to The Worst Day of the Year Ride in Portland. You can see antique qualities interlaced with punk and cyberpunk culture. It’s ironic really. The past and the future intertwined creating its own subculture.

Just like in the Portlandia “Dream of the 90s,” The Worst Day of the Year Ride combined a variety of human powered, not steamed powered bikes. However, there were no double deckers or unicycles or even clowns, but there were plenty of costumers that make our town’s bike culture complete unique. I invite everyone to Portlandia to see what we are really like.

Excellent Steampunk Cat Hat – Thanks Boing Boing and Diarment

Portlandia Steampunk Kitty


2 thoughts on “Portlandia: Here Comes the Steam, Punk

  1. I think the steampunk is rad. It makes me want to buy a vintage suit and a bunch of copper and brass tubing and plates for bike. Steambike!

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