This week is bit of a national movement. It’s Speak Out with Your Geek Out week, in which those with aetherweb journals, like our own B.L.O.G. for example, speak and discuss that which they love and share their geek with the world at large.And no, not the geek that bites the heads off chickens, I refer more to those who identify themselves as fans of any and all things esoteric, artistic, entertaining, and any and all points between. In this case, I want to share with you all my love of all things Steampunk.
Enter Talloolah Love, burlesque girl, geek, and amazing woman. She wanted to do a clockwork doll outfit back in the very beginning of 2009 and would not do it unless I got on stage with her to introduce her. So there I was, on stage, in an outfit. The MC of the evening looks at us both and asks how to be introduced, she immediately says “well, the piece is called Doctor Q’s creation, so he’s Doctor Q.” And there it is. That’s how I ended up well in the deep end of all things steampunk.
Since then, I have been amazed and delighted with the openness and welcoming nature that this group of folks have for one another. We swap tips as to how to make this prop or that costume, we encourage others to do it themselves and make it your own, there’s an incredible streak of individuality and DIY to all that we do.
And so I thought to give back to this stellar group of crazy kids who have embraced this science-fiction, alternate history, thing that we do. Just so happened Talloolah and I had an idea for a Steampunk party and had zero budget for a DJ. So I collected all the music I thought would work, and we were off. Since then, it’s become what I do. And that’s another thing about Steampunk that’s so great – it accepts all kinds of art and says “Hey, that’s great! Welcome to the fold.” Steampunk is a movement that just puts a nice retrofuturistic touch to anything you do – be it DJ, or craftperson, jeweler, propmaker, costumer, burlesque girl, bellydancer, etc. so on and so forth.
In the spirit of trying to share this wonderful culture with the world, I do what I can to help inform and help shed some light on all the creative things we’re doing around the globe. I help the folks of the Steampunk Chronicle and serve as their Media Editor, and for those that love this culture, I highly suggest keeping track of that online periodical, as it is a paper by steampunks, for steampunks, and continues to grow due to the wonderful folks contributing stories about all that we have going on.
Lastly, this Blog is a facet of the Artifice Club, an organization I founded along with Talloolah with a simple thought in mind, “Steampunk is a driving force here in Atlanta. We have so much creativity here, why not share it?” So that’s why we formed this thing, and the success we’ve gained and the people helping shape and contribute to this Club in our gatherings both as patrons and staff are what I like to point to all the time. So when I get asked, “What is Steampunk?” by a local, I just hand them a flyer to the next Club event and respond, “come to this show and find out, it is a world you’ve never seen but always wished happed my friend, and it’s full of some of the best, most creative people I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting in my life.”
And I mean every word of that. And the best part is, no matter where you are in the world, you can find steampunks doing things just like this. So go out, get yourself involved. You don’t need a costume to start, but you’ll want one after just one good night out with your spectacled, corseted pals.
My name is Doctor Q, and I am an Anachronist Geek for all things Steampunk.