So, the Punk It series is taking me a while to work on. I was talking to a friend earlier and she had no idea there were so many different varieties of "punked" costuming, so I've decided to write up a basic primer for now. Don't worry, more in depth posts on each of these will be coming, too. As I write them, each will be updated with a link from this post.
I do understand the "Stop telling me what is and isn't Steampunk" argument. My view is that if you really know what it is you are into, then you'll be able to find out more about it and connect with that genre's fans and community. Knowledge is power, my friends!
Nerfpunk is a derivative of Steampunk, and the image basically says it all! Most Steampunks take Nerf guns and modify them to fit the steampunk aesthetic. Nerfpunks take the steampunk look and modify it to fit the guns instead! This brand of punk isn't seen in literature like the rest of them, just in the costuming realms. All of the outfits bear the signature colors of Nerf's products.
As I said earlier, this is just the basics and more on each subject is forthcoming! Do you think there is an area that I missed that I should add? Let me know in the comments, and don't forget to follow me on Facebook so you know when I post new stuff!
Recently I was invited to come work with a vendor at a Con and help him sell his art! I had so much fun working with Jason Lenox during Altoona, PA's Sci-Fi Valley Con. Jason is a pretty awesome artist and it was great getting to watch him work on some amazing comissions, including one for a kid of the nuclear apocalypse in the 1950's (that kid is going places, I'm tellin' ya). I know you're all used to seeing me at least vaguely steampunk, but Jason's artwork is of the horror and sci-fi genre, so I changed it up so we wouldn't be clashing. For Saturday, I reprised my Vampire outfit that I made for my event with DuBois Area Fantasy Photoshoot, and on Sunday I was kind of sexy goth....yeah, I definitely need new stuff for next time... then again, who doesn't need more costuming things?? I can't really tell you anything about what as going on at the Con because being a vendor is much different from being an attendee-- you can't just abandon your station to go wander and check everything out. Jason was great at teaching me some tips on selling at Con because even though I worked as a retail manager for a few years, Con is a bit of a different beast.
Apparently Jason likes me because he's already invited me back to work with him at this Con next year (which will be on my birthday, so if you stop by you either need to bring me presents or buy something from Jason ;) )! I'm excited to get some more stuff to have even better costumes to wear next time and to make some more new friends! But for now, here's some photos from this year's Sci-Fi Valley Con!
If you're interested in seeing more of Jason's work (which you definitely should), check him out at www.JasonLenox.com!
Look at this amazing commission Jason got to do of Spike from Cowboy Bebop!
This fan has great taste in anime and artists!
Hey, look, it's Jonnie Gummo! We actually had a few friends in common, so it was great to get to meet her! And she came to my last photoshoot, so you'll be seeing some more awesome pics of her soon!
This is Jason's art in a FUBAR book that we had him sign for my brother-in-law because he couldn't make it to Con.
That's Jim Krut, AKA Helicopter Zombie from Dawn of the Dead! He is such a nice guy!
This was a fun commission! These two girls wanted themselves drawn as the daughters of Plastic Man!
I also got to meet Jared Brown, who is a pretty cool artist in his own right. Plus he's hilarious!
I was worried that my little guy wouldn't like me in my wig and dark makeup, but he was super happy every time he came to visit me at our booth. He's the most awesome kid ever, just sayin'.