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We adore seeing most of all: New steampunk outfits, gorgeous clothes bought or handmade , modified props, lovely home wares. We also don't mind interesting art, fine film and literature, and news items of note as long as fashion has something to do with it. Steam themed events are also beloved, providing you note what country and state the event is in. The sun never sets on Steamfashion, after all.

Now on to eye candy so you who have seen this all at one point have something new to look at.
Woman wearing a veil in the 1890s
The hat and veil are so pretty...

rubber stamp tattoo?

I was thinking about some temporary skin decoration - mainly for Teslacon.
I decided to try a filigree rubber stamp at Hobby Lobby, and a copper ink pad. 
Did a test stamping last needs a good few minutes to set up - don't touch until then or it will smudge.
But, if it does smudge, it comes of with just water and you can re-do.
Once set, it stays nice and crisp without any effort, as long as kept dry, but washes off clean with water.

So, that will work for me.  Photo behind the cut of the test-stamp on my arm, after it had been on overnight.

Has anyone else done this?  Suggestions of brands/types of ink pads?  Any that are more or less permanent on skin?
I went for ones labeled non-toxic.  But I figure I'm not the first person to rubber-stamp onto skin; it's pretty much the same as getting stamped at a nightclub.

The ink pad I used was Archival Brilliance "cosmic copper".  I also got a Stampabilities pigment ink pad in gold,
but on me it doesn't show up well - would look better on someone with darker skin (in other words, anyone but me).

Since I have fairly short hair, my thought was to stamp at the base of the neck in back.  Haven't tried that yet to see how it actually looks.

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So I'm thinking of getting a couple of steampunk themed tattoos on my hip bones.  Anyone have any suggestions for a matching pair type?  Nothing too big, maybe a few inches in size at the most.


So, this isn't strictly related to steampunk, my apologies, but I think it's still relevant to our interests.  One, I'm trying to gather a wide range of opinions on the matter: fantasy costume people, steampunk people, heavily modified, people who like historical costumes but don't make them, and maybe other actual historical costumers if I can get up the courage to bring this up in my historic communities and forums (I already feel like the oddball in hisotirc costuming circles).  Two, we all love old fashioned things and finding ways to make them work with our modern lifestyles.  It's reasonably relevant.

Here's the footnotes on my situation.  as much as I adore steampunk, late 19th and early 20th c. costuming is my first true love.  I do all of the crazy research, the proper undergarments, and my little pet projects are what keep me sane.  And, of course, this conflicts hugely with the laundry list of desired tattoos, piercings, and other mods that I've had since I was fifteen and started working on at seventeen--loooooong before I ever imagined that I'd end up more Victorian than rock & roll.  So far I've stuck to the more easily hidden ones with the exception of my nostril piercing.  I'm dying to move on to some of the more visible/out there ones on my list, but something's holding me back.  It isn't my job, any corncer of what my family might think, or any worries that I might regret it.  It's my costuming.

Now, keeping in mind that I don't do any reenacting or living history so having a period correct impression is for my own satisfaction only, I'm curious to see what others opinion are.  These probably won't sway my choice, that's something I need to to mull over alone.  I'm just curious to see what people think.

Do you think that one or two visible  piercings, tattoos, etc would kill the look of an otherwise period correct emsemble (keeping in mind that not all jewlery can be removed or replaced with clear retainers, and retainers are still pretty visible)?  Where do you draw the lin between what can be pulled off with historic dress and what cannot?  Or, are you like my mother and think I've already gone overboard? :)

sharing some steam-ink

Hey guys, over the last month I've been working on a tattoo on my upper arm.  It features two steam-powered mechanical birds (wrens) frolicking around a workshop.  Not *quite* finished yet, but it's close enough to start showing off  :)

I'll attempt to upload some photos here, but I warn you that I'm new at this and haven't figured out how to get large pictures directly onto this entry (seems I can only put a thumbnail link to the pic in my livejournal photo album?  I will have to look into this).  Anyway, here they are, enjoy!

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And many thanks to Mat Moreno at Insight Studios in Chicago for making this awesome piece!


Sam is the new Agatha

Yay, new glasses!  The eye doctor had no idea why a kid like me wanted nerd-specs.   Little did he know!  Live action Agatha Heterodyne?

And, for bonus points, a new tatto design

AND a Gorgeous outfit from an up-scale shop window in Wales.  Steampunk couture.

Someone aught to tell me how to put the image behind the link, like everyone else does...

Late night question

Hello all,

It's 4 am here, and I thought that I'd ask a question.
I realize that for most people, 'fashion' is a concept that envelops only those things that can be put on after our feet hit the floor in the morning: clothes, shoes, makeup, etc. For myself, however, I tend to place tattoos, piercings, scarification, and the like into the same category. I have seen some quick excellent earrings and other types of jewelry here, however, I have yet to see any steamy ink.

So, ladies, gentlemen, and everyone in between, I was wondering if anyone else happened to have Steam-inspired tattoos?



Victorian Tattooing & Nipple Piercing?

Browsing the web at work today, I came across this article.

I was never a fan of nipple piercing before, but I have to say the thought of “a pearl chain with a bow at each end” almost makes me want to go for it! (Almost.)

Blessed Samhain & Happy Halloween all.
I am looking for someone to help me design my sleeve tattoo for my right arm.
I was wanting something very steampunk with a big mechanical 3 leaf clover centerpiece and old pirate symbols (hour glass, skull with wings, dagger). I have tattoos on my wrists of butterflies and would like maybe a few mechanical butterflies and bats to go with that.
know anyone willing to help?
Thank you all!


Steampunk Tattoos and Continued Room revamp

Some more shots of my room redecoration project. This only shows one of my five steampunk-ish shelves, sadly the camera died before I could shoot more.


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