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Saturday, February 23, 2013

The Seampunk Rope Yarn - Steampunk Military Uniforms, Part 1

The term "ropeyarn", or more appropriatly "rope yarn sunday", has its derrivations from classical nautical experience from the tradition of preparing and fixing one's uniform for use and for inspections (per the US Navy's Origin of Terminology webiste).  However, one of the many unique aspects of nautical life is its uniforms, as is also one of the unique aspects of Steampunk.  As I've seen over the years watching Steampunk, there is an intersting divergence between real service uniforms, cos-play uniforms, and what one might need on a Steampunk airship.  I did wonder about the amount of divergence and utility of attire, so I'll try to touch upon a variety of articles of aero/nautical attire, including dress and work uniforms.

Though I do enjoy seeing ladies in sausy attire, most seem really ill-suited for a shipboard environment (though I'll still post them, of course)!   For starters, I did wish to post some of the betst collections of Steampunk military art I've seen, from Mr. Keith Wormwood, who yes, did the seminal art for Levithian.  Well, I'm off to start on one of my favorites pieces from the old days, and an iconic hat from the US Navy - the white hat (aka, the "dixie cup")!

My hat of "choice" for 20 years (or so), and yes, from the Steampunk era (1886)!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Sailor Jerry biography, (Horu Smoku), Part 2

Continuing on with the Sailor Jerry series, I did wish to respond to a few requests to outline Nautical / Steampunk uniforms - from the classic era digs, to current cosplay works (and I suppose I should commeong on the god-awful modern "dress whites" - probably the worst military uniform devised for grown men).  Stiil, for now, please enjoy part two of Sailor Jerry (Hori Smoku)!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Sailor Jerry biography, (Hori Smoku), Part I


Figured I'd start the "reboot" with a small series/documentary about the real Sailor Jerry - a very "old-school" kind of guy, and the impact he had on inking... and its nautical ties.  Do beware - there are sailors, so yes, there is cursing, and maybe some gratitutious NSFW parts (in later episodes).  However, for now, do enjoy this bit of sea-faring history!

Monday, February 18, 2013

Turning port with the Steampunk Shipyard....

The Sailor Jerry "Rise & Shine" tattoo

As part of my re-focusing of the plethora of blogs I currently pen, I'm taking more nautical bent on the blog... not abandoning Steampunk, mind you, but just a bit more infusion of the sea/aero faring life here.  You'll see small tweaks, such as more "old school" Navy blogs (so if you're a politcallly correct land-lubber, either hold your hanky and cry with your self-rightnessous as you read the blog, or feel free to read the plethora of Jane Austen blogs on the Steampunk Links), so please be ready for a bit more racy (well, for the mid 20th century norms) writing and photos!  I will also repost some of the nautical / aero Steampunk entries from the Steampunk Tribune here (and an occassional "bonus" work), so do check back!  I stand releived!