Research Study: Dieselpunk

As the steampunk trope gained the attention of the masses every kind of retro-futurism was labeled as “Steampunk” and most people don’t know or care about the emerging “Dieselpunk” genre, often considered some variant of either Steampunk or Cyberpunk.

Dieselpunk however differs both in timeline and themes from Steampunk, the only overlapping being the First World War era.

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Israeli illustrator lord_k collected some illustrations from the 1930s Republic of China magazine, which he called “Chinese diesel punk.” There are some sci-fi and steampunk styles.

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Horacio Coppola, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1936.

One of my personal favorite series of movies Mad Max was also influenced by dieselpunk, and has certain cult fans.Mad Max by Vance Kelly *PHOTO: Cars to survive the post-apocalyptic world. #MadMax

Research Study: Steampunk

Steampunk features 19th century technology, complete with lots of steam engines. It is inspired by the Industrial-Revolution, Regency, Victorian, and Edwardian periods of England, and was the first of the alternate-punk genres to appear.

Before the industrial revolution, the machine of the agricultural society was only a practical tool, and it was far from being able to step into the hall of aesthetics.

Classical aesthetics pays more attention to the beauty of pure harmony, which is a kind of beauty belonging to God and an eternal beauty. It is impossible to talk about aesthetic in the simple and bold artifacts. The Renaissance was a turning point. Artists such as Da Vinci, Michelangelo and Dürer had far more love for man-made mechanical devices such as airplanes and submarines than the functionality developed, and rose to the aesthetic level. Denying God, affirming oneself, human beings’ affirmation of themselves also brings about the affirmation of their own creation.

In Assassin’s Creed 2, the protagonist takes the flying machine made by Da Vinci.  

Airships, goggles, gears, clocks, keys.


Research Study of Subculture: Zoot Suit

The study of the cases in the subculture from the subculture how to resist the main culture (mainstream culture, subject culture, dominant culture), the style embodied in the resistance (subculture’s resistance to the main culture is not directly caused by the subculture It is indirectly expressed in the style.) And how the main culture captures the subculture from the perspective of cultural interpretation of the youth subculture.

With its super-sized shoulder pads, sprawling lapels and peg leg pants, the zoot suit grew out of the “drape” suits popular in Harlem dance halls in the mid-1930s.

The suits were worn by minority men in working-class neighborhoods throughout the country.

In 1943, young African Americans and Hispanics and clashed with soldiers  in Los Angeles. The riots were called “Zoot riots”

Zoot suits strengthen the wideness of wearer’s shoulder and the size of body, indicates power.

In Tom and Jerry, Tom wears Zoot suit to pursue the girl he likes and succeeded.

Zoot suit also influenced a trend “Power suit”, it was popular in 1970s and 1980s, even effected how movie stars and business man wears in Hong Kong.