20 May 2008

I'm not sure what I think of the whole Neo-Victorian / Retro-futurism/ "steampunk" thing. It just seems silly. I'm all for old shit: tufted leather, gilded oval frames, the haute couture of men in suits tipping their hats and opening doors for ladies, high ceilings and dark wood but I wouldn't go out of my way to make my new shit look old. It reminds me of this time when I was a kid on vacation with my parents at Plymouth Rock and there were all these guys dressed like Pilgrims and indigenous American Indians and whatnot. This one dude was showing how the Indians built boats and he was dressed to the hilt, totally period correct in a breechcloth, moccasins, a Sioux war shirt, even that buckskin canteen thing. Then I noticed he had a Band-Aid on his thumb and that ruined it for me. Suddenly it all seemed really silly. Not unlike the steampunk guy and his Venetian blinds.

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