Help Build Steampunk’s Funeral Pyre

It’s been coming for a while. The steampunk penis pump, that Randy Nakamura article on Design Observer – steampunk fatigue has been a-circulatin’. But do not mourn Steam-boom’s passing! Let creativity thrive instead by entering Gizmodo’s “Final Nail in Steampunk’s Coffin” Photoshop contest.

We’ve seen enough normal gadgets covered in leather and brass to last a lifetime. It’s no longer new or interesting, and until someone makes a functioning airship, I don’t care about steampunk anymore. Let’s celebrate the life of steampunk while confirming its death with a Photoshop Contest, shall we? I want you guys to make some completely ridiculous steampunk gadgets as we give this trend the Viking funeral it so badly deserves.

Whether  you think Steampunk is, in fact, on its last breath, or just love to play with Photoshop, this could be fun! If I were any good with 3D modeling I’d enter a sweet pair of brass knuckles. Made of wood. With brass embellishments, oh yes. Hurry and submit your creation – all entires must be in by tomorrow morning!

14 Responses to “Help Build Steampunk’s Funeral Pyre”

  1. the daniel Says:

    lawl – i am all thumbs with photoshop, but I’d love to see something like a steam-powered teakettle, that would be way out there.

  2. Jon Munger Says:

    What? Huh? Steampunk’s dead? Well, shit, man, why didn’t anybody tell me? Here is me, all “hey guys, I just built a two-man dirigible, lets go buzz the Sears tower,” and you’re all like ,”sorry, brah, but everyone knows its all about Braveheart Punk now.”

    Splitters, man, a packa fuggin’ splitters!

  3. Tequila Says:

    Well now this just sounds fun…I do love playing in photoshop land. Think I’ll start with the brass knuckles made of wood with brass embellishments used to make steam powered tea…that have Magda Make The Tea carved in them :P

    I’d totally wear those Nike’s though.

  4. Zoetica Says:

    thedaniel, for you?

    Jon, you KNOW there’s someone out there, right now, kilting it up and thinking about painting their face blue.

    Tequila, do it! Do it and win. I’d vote for you.

  5. David Forbes Says:

    Hm. So it goes.

    Time to roll out that oil drum full of woad and go dust off the family tartan.

  6. Zoetica Says:

    Predictably, I’ll be using hair dye instead of woad. And i already have a tartan or two.

  7. Mer Says:

    and you’re all like ,”sorry, brah, but everyone knows its all about Braveheart Punk now.”

    Dude. You jest, and yet, AND YET…

    HAGGISPUNK. It’s back and it’s proud. You heard it here first!

  8. Tequila Says:

    Here it is Lady Zo…the utterly daft steampunk inspired brass knuckles made of wood!

    They came off a bit more pirate looking than planned though. I’ll have to add more gears and what not to the “Tea Serving” version

  9. Tequila Says:

    I honestly can’t stop gut laughing at the awesome nature of the flying sword and sword swinging. I would start a band just to make a video like this. No groupies, no awards, no massive tour…just one video exactly like this.

  10. Zoetica Says:

    Mer, it’s too early for me to be spitting tea at the screen from laughter. Thanks a lot!

    Tequila, you’re my hero. I love the ivory accent, and that background…! hope you submitted this. SO. GOOD.

    [Now, where does the tea come from?]

  11. David Forbes Says:

    Tequila: That made my morning, thank you.

    Zo: Perfect. Coilhorde Assemble!

    Mer: Ach! Too much for before breakfast! Dead from laughter!

  12. Tequila Says:

    Haha…glad you both enjoyed it.

    @Zo…the tear serving version is one I’m still working on. Had a better idea for it that not only makes it wildly impracticable but wonderfully complicated and will appear in diagram form. I’ll send you the link when done!

    “Coilhorde Assemble!”…hmmmm….I like that. Gives me an idea.

  13. Jerem Morrow Says:

    CoilHorde..ohmygawd. Hahahaha.

  14. Jon Munger Says:

    @ Tequila
    I would own those and hope to root around the backteeth of some poor bastard with them on a daily basis.

    I set trends. I can’t help it, it’s what I do.