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Monday, May 21, 2012

Steampunk World Fair 2012 - Want to see what I do for fun?

The Steampunk World Fair 2012 held in Piscataway, NJ was dubbed the
Largest Steampunk Festival Nationwide.

I was privileged enough to attend this event, and I'd like to give a written (and pictorial) account of our time there.

To give you a brief idea, the SPWF was held between 2 hotels (and it's in between parking lot.)
There was a 3rd hotel that the overflow of guests were staying at.
It was That big.

Hours before the weekend long event started, the masses had amounted.
Hundreds of people were trying to check in, get last minute day passes, or on a hope and a prayer get a room. (The hotel we were staying at actually confirmed there was only 4 rooms available... in the whole hotel).

When we got there, we quickly went up to our room... and got ready...
You know, wearing plain clothes is UNACCEPTABLE... One must have proper attire!
So we all started out, just as Tom, Dick and Jane... Plain People from a Plain world... 

What we turned into was:
  1. The Professor
  2. The Sky Thug
  3. The Sky Mechaness

 (at least on day 1 that is who we became).

We made some new friends!

But, honestly...
Why were we there?

Steampunk is a genre which originated during the 1980s and early 1990s and incorporates elements of science fiction, fantasy, alternate history, horror, and speculative fiction

And.. Also... Because...
Well, we like to dress up.

Plain and Simple.

Steampunk (much like a Ren Faire) is a place where you can let your freak flag fly HIGH...
And you are 100% NOT alone.

My favorite part of events like this is the VENDORS.
Usually these are Artisans of the trade, with a keen sense of style and ability.
These are items you can't just buy in any store.
For instance:
This cute piece...
Hand stitched and sewed.
It had gears on it, and was exactly what I needed to complete my look.
 (Can't find this at a Hot Topic or Target).

This faire also brings out the inventor in all of us.
 My father for instance, made his own Steampunk Weapon.

It is normal practice for patrons to create a persona... a character, if you will.
Some even make multiple characters.
(I had the same concept.)
But, you know...
Still pretty cool to see how many characters you can make, without purchasing extra items of Etsy.
Don't know what Etsy is?
Go to and enjoy.

There was drinking.
Oh lord was there drinking.
Absinthe tasting was brought to you by our hosts...

Uncle Monty's Mollyhouse
Uncle Monty's... is well...
It's a burlesque.

My favorite?
Stella Chuu

But, as you can see from the picture to the right... not all the ladies were "lovely".
There was definitely a variety of "beauty" going on...
And, since it's SPWF... and we are all letting ourselves be.... As vulnerable as we want to be in the real world... We embrace it and are embraced by our Kin.
 (I know you all understand where I am coming from here).

The inovation was at a all time high as well.
Check out these Favorite Costumes, Items, Etc.


What would we be without music?
Just to name a few:

These were the ones I saw, but there were SO many others.
 All different styles and genres of music.
There really was something for everyone.

What about non-musical performers?

 But for me, it was more about hanging out with my loves, friends, family, and complete strangers.

Some of us realize early on in life that we are different from the pack.

If you are anything like me, when you realized this fact, it felt like the world was over. There would be no friends... No one would ever get you...

But, then you grow up and realize there are more of US than there are of THEM.

These events show case this. That it is okay to be an individual.
That is okay to have an outlandish imagination...

You make the best of friends. People who you can turn to, confide in, and love.

Once liberated from the mold of ordinary, you can feel free to fly through the sky.... Grabbing trinkets and gadgets along the way.... The occasional gear or so... We are talking STEAMPUNK PEOPLE!
 Embrace the imagination.
Embrace the artistry
The creation
The Character...

What lies beneath the character.

 There may be sparkle and a pretty face, but, at these events... you see through the blur... and see the simplicity and shocking truth of it all.

That's what you will find when you attend the SPWF or any similar type of event.
And yes, after two or three glasses of absinthe, everything will start to look like this... But, you are amongst friends, you're safe here... We'll pour you back in to the hotel bed, if need be...

 You may wake up feeling (and looking) stranger than when you passed out to begin with... But, we'll still give you the affection you deserve....
Everyone needs an "I love you man" drunk hug/kiss.
 We won't laugh, when you take pictures like this... trying to show case how blitzed you are...
Okay, I lied, we'll laugh, but only because we have 10 similar pictures on our own camera.
 You will wear funny hats.
But it's fun.
 You may find a set of goggles, or even a hair barrette or two...
Still... it's okay, you are actually helping our economy...
Small business and artisans helped build this country
(Yes, this is what I tell myself, so I have justification to shop.)
 People you just meet will try on things for you, and take silly pictures...
At the end of the day.
When it's daylight and the rest of the SPWF is still sleeping off the night before.

You'll find stuff like the above picture in the parking lot...
And know that the Steampunk Gods (and most likely Goddesses) left it just for you.

I hope this all makes sense.
And I hope you all can see how much fun I had.

SPWF 2012 - Thank you Jeff Mach.

1 comment:

  1. that's pretty awesome that you were able to go to that. i have a brother in law who is into the steampunk thing too.

    looks like you had a lot of fun! loved the pictures and recap of your time there. :)