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Steampunk ~ The Future is Yesterday

Written by Maddox DuPont for RUNWAY Magazine December 2008

We are technology addicts. All of us, especially you who is reading this. You love your virtual lives, your ipods all those gadgets. They let you escape, dream, perhaps imagine better life. They make you feel more fortunate than your grandma, right?

I remember the first time I held my “touchy”, freshly unwrapped and fully charged. My fingers gliding on its smooth surface, with only few clicks I had my favourite track on while checking my e-mail and making to do list of all the things that I would probably never come around doing. I felt like Tom Cruise in “Minority report”, I felt future was here and I was part of it. I imagined how far we will get in the next 10 years if I am already here experiencing this. The future is now.

Then the reality sets in and the world that looks bright with hope starts flashing its wounds to reveal that we are not all living the same tomorrow. So, I try to escape, to freeze time so that I can live in this moment forever or visit the time where I felt at home with myself, with who I am.

And sometimes I am so paralysed to do anything at all often wondering if the path I will choose will be the best one for me. After all we create future, today and every move counts. Like the clock whose ticks announces each passing moment, each breath has purpose; each coil, spring and gear pulls the time with it in eternal cause and effect game.

It is from these dreams, hopes and ponderings that Steampunk was born. Steampunk can be broadly defined by it’s fashion, technology and lifestyle set in a world where steam power was widely used, usually Victorian and Edwardian era England, and with a strong helping of science fiction and science fantasy thrown in.

It’s the alternative path, that could have happened, like H. G. Wells and his time machine, or Jules Verne’s technologies. There’s steampunk inventions like dirigibles and other flying machines, steam automobiles and a real life computer called a “Difference Engine” invented by Charles Babbage in 1822. The emphasis is on steam driven or spring and clockwork propelled gadgets or any materials consistent with the Victorian era such as polished brass, iron, and wood.

In the world where almost everything is possible; where past, future and present can exist both at the same time (and often same place), is it to anyone’s surprise that steampunk has such a great following in Second Life?

What is so exciting about steampunk is that it combines two of our favourite things: nostalgia and technology. Everyone’s interpretation can be quite different and no rules really apply as long as they contain these two elements. As you will see it is not always necessary to adorn items that come from Victorian era, the style is much more flexible than that.

In the styles that are to follow I attempt to create characters with authentic presence who are embodiment of steampunk stereotypes to which I added my own personal interpretation. My intention was to challenge your perception of this particular genre and to inspire you to create your own unique style driven by your passions or suited to an occasion. I named styles: Nobleman, Nomad, Blimp Master, Steampunk Kitty and Firefly Commander.

NOBLEMAN

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STYLE TIPS

Really quite simple outfit when you look at it. I used modern hair style which fitted well with this period costume. Boots needed to be tinted as they were grey – choose light brown color with very little saturation.

This is elegant style suited for more formal occasion.

Steampunk Submarine Vessel is made by Carrah Rossini.

BODY

SHAPE: BUCK by MADesigns (modified)

SKIN: DRAGONFLY DESIGNS ~ (Desert)Ridge After Five GQ :Hair: Smooth Body\

HAIR: Defectiva ~ Gypsy BRN

EYES: MADesigns PROMISE eyes – brown pale 10

OUTFIT

OUTFIT: Unzipped ~ Classical Badlands

MONOCOLE: LCC  – victorian monocle

RING: Mhaijik ~ Steampunk Gold Etched Ring

BOOTS: Angry Monkey ~  Justice Boots

CANE: Khep’s Creations ~ Post-Apoc SteamPunk Cane v.3

NOMAD

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STYLE TIPS

I combined 2 whole outfits into one in this one. I also used helmet which comes with Sinister Designs outfit in addition to helmet from Blind Spot. I tinted all items from Blind Spot with brown to match the color of the outfit as it looked too pale in comparison. You can also add some glow to the monitor screen.

When I wore only a cloak I changed gloves to Steampunk Gloves from HC. HC is new label for combat gear and these gloves are exceptionally made.

You can also add goggles to this outfit which I did not ended up using but were originally part of this style. I used TonkTastic – Steampunk Goggles. They come with many great options for customisation and are all menu driven.

Location: Wastelands

BODY

SKIN: Gentlemen ~ Full 3

HAIR: bald by choice

EYES: MADesigns ~ PROMISE eyes – brown pale 10

TATTOO:  iNFLiCT ~ Im Not Pretending *Medium*

OUTFIT

CLOTHING: Unzipped ~ Badlands4

CLOAK: Sinister Designs ~ Wasteland Warrior

GLOVES: HC ~ Steampunk gloves

SHOES: Blind Spot ~ Spoiler Limb

WEAPON: Blind Spot ~ Ge Lance /back

HELMET: Blind Spot ~ SuperMultiplet  Helmet

BLIMP MASTER

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STYLE TIPS

This style is really no brainer, just wear items and adjust them to suit your body.

Location: Blimp @ Plunder

BODY

SKIN: TheAbyss ~ Scorpio_Orion[4]B Body Hair [Skullcap]

HAIR: bald by choice

EYES: MADesigns ~ PROMISE eyes – brown pale 10

TATTOO: iNFLICT ~ Titan

OUTFIT

OUTFIT: CIVVIES ~ “Scavenger” Coat Top

HAT: SiniStyle ~ Tank’D – drab

BOOTS: T.KING ~ Steampunk Brass Gear Boots

ARM: Hob Goblin ~ Brass Arm ((One Piece))

GLOVES: Angry Monkey ~ Road Warrior Glove

GOGGLES: LCC  – steampunk goggles

STEAMPUNK KITTY

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STYLE TIPS

I love this style for it is eclectic – you got a bit of Scottish, Neko, SteamPunk and Rock ‘n’ Roll. I keep getting people looking under my skirt hoping for a lucky surprise.

Location: SteamForge

BODY

SKIN: Belleza ~  Ewan tan 6-E bald

HAIR: Find Ash ~ Calm Gangster[Black/gold tips]

EYES: MADesigns ~ PROMISE eyes – green pale 14

TATTOO: DEVOL ~ Tribal Hemp Tattoo 1

BODY HAIR: Body Hair Shop ~ [vdbv] – {Jack} – chest hair (black-straight-thin)

OUTFIT

KILT: The Syndicate ~ The Kurgan [Black]

TANK: World Wide Industries ~ lifted black floral tank

BOOTS: T.KING ~ Grunge Camp Kickers

TAIL: PrimtroniCS ~ Neko-Tail V1.2 Steampunk Gears III long

EARS: T.KING ~ Steampunk Brass Neko Ears

EYE PATCH: Last Eden ~ Goggle patch MALE

CUFFS: T.KING Grunge Camp Paw Cuff (large) & T.KING ~ Grunge Camp Paw Watch (large)

GUITAR: Hob Goblin ~ Steam-Punk Shredder Guitar

FIREFLY COMMANDER

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I already spoke about this style in my preview post so not much to say here apart from that at the bottom you would find information on Bike and Gun used for this shoot.

Location: Muism Fashion Show set @ KMADD City

BODY

SKIN: -Belleza- Ewan tan 6-E

HAIR: bald

EYES: MADesigns NATURALS – happy blue pale eyes

OUTFIT

COAT: Last Eden ~ Serial Killer Trench

SHIRT: Last Eden ~ Please Stand By

PANTS: Last Eden ~ Outlander Pants (Skinny)

HAT: Last Eden ~ Commissar hat skull an Cross Bones

BOOTS: [T.KING] ~ Steampunk Badlands Nemesis III Boots

BRACES: [T.KING] Spiked Bracers

EARINGS: Multi Earrings Skull (right) (models own)

NAILS: SiniStyle Taped Fingers & Black Nails (Index, Middle, Pinky)

GUN: T.KING ~ Steampunk Reactor Cannon II

BIKE: T.KING ~ Steampunk Badlands Terra-Bike

Buck Steel

KMADD City 1st Anniversary weekend is finally over and we had a total blast.

“Boogie Nights” themed event attracted porn stars like Maximus Fussynuts and Lafta Faque. Among them was my cowboy stallion, timeless Marlboro prime beef – Buck Steel.

This post is full of hard muscle – you have been warned.

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Big trouble in little Ahern

As a child of the eighties I have a deep affinity for all the bad action movies of that era: from the likes of Carl Weather in Action Jackson, Kurt Russell in Big trouble in Little China, [Insert any Chuck Norris related movie here]… Most of my favourite movies which qualify for the so-bad-it’s-almost-good award contain action hero legend Mr. Sly Stallone. So with my favourite freebie hair in tow, and a crazy Danish chick at my side (don’t ask where I’m packing my cigs), I enter into my killing spree with sly-style.

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One thing in common

Maddox DuPont for RUNWAY MAGAZINE

September 2008

I once visited an art exhibition that featured wood carvings of empty bottles that were painted over with washes of paint. As I held the catalogue of all the paintings in my hand I realised that each one of these pieces had a corresponding line of the poem allocated to it. Poem spoke about a complex relationship between two people that has come to an end. I later found out that poem was written by the same artist which explained a real reason for all the empty bottles featured on his paintings.

Couple of the lines from this poem stuck with me to this day and they go something like this:

“And we are connected in the way I do not understand
And one thing in common
Hating the way we want everything to be nice”

I often look at Second Life as a microcosm of the real world we live in. It’s almost easier to realise certain things about life as the scale of our world is far smaller while concentration of our ideas and tendencies far greater. It is not very hard to observe that we are completely mesmerised with beauty and perfection, engaging in all sort of crusades to achieve it. We like to be part of the community, yet we like to stand on our own and be recognised for being unique and different.

In Second Life we use style, appearance, engage in activities and careers that best express who we really are. These things are done to some degree even more successfully than we are able to do them in Real Life due to our genetic, financial and cultural constraints.

Many of us have come to the realisation that looking good and expressing our uniqueness is highway to success in any area of our Second Life. Personality and talent will only get you so far with certain people, but beauty is something that almost everyone has weakness for. Although looking good is not all and everything that is needed for success, the boost of confidence that it gives you is surely going to help break the initial barrier of meeting someone to give you the opportunity to win them over with your personality and talent.

Luckily to look good in Second Life is not as hard nor financially debilitating for most. It does however require a good degree of patience, resourcefulness and creativity. I presume that if you are reading RUNWAY you understand how looking good will benefit not only your modelling career but also your social interaction.
Thanks to some gentle persuasion from Maggie Mahoney and Thalia Jie, I am glad to be joining Runway team and lead you on the way to a better looking you.

As the creator of MADesigns Shapes brand I am bringing to the RUNWAY over 2 years of experience in creating and dressing men and women of Second Life. I am also the owner of MAD Modelling Agency and MAD Studio Photography two aspects of KMADD Enterprise business that is dedicated to promoting, presenting and capturing exceptional talents of our designers and models. It is my hope that my articles and experience I will share with you will be enough to inspire you to develop your personal style and give your appearance in Second Life the individuality it needs.

And now as promised, here is the complete list of items I wore for the RUNWAY shoot.

Please visit Designer Directory for store locations.

Gangster

BODY

SKIN: Belleza ~ Ewan tan 6

EYES: MADesigns NATURALS ~ happy blue pale eyes

TATTOO: dEVOL ~ JESUS CROSS TATTOO 1

OUTFIT

TANK: artilleri ~ skull artilleri tank top (long)

PANTS: REDGRAVE ~ 02 Pants Elegance / low waist – Black-

NECKLACE: Fing Shop ~ MaleDogTag-Psycho

WATCH: [ hoorenbeek ] ~ Ansor Watch – Large – Black

CUFFS: [ hoorenbeek ] ~ Leather Cuff – John – Black – Right – Medium

CIGS: [ hoorenbeek ] ~ Marlboro box – w/shadow

NAILS: SiniStyle ~ Taped Fingers & Black Nails (Index, Middle, Pinky)

POCKET: REDGRAVE ~ Scarf  // Left Pocket

BOOTS: D2TK ~ Mens Black Left Cowboy Boot v1.02

FEDORA: AKEYO ~ Fedora1_Black wool

RING: Mhaijik ~ Diamond and Platinum Ring Mns Sz

Renegade

BODY

SKIN: Belleza ~ Ewan tan 6

HAIR: Novocaine Hair ~ Flynn – licorice

BODY HAIR: BODY HAIR SHOP ~ [vdbv] – {Jack} – chest hair (black-straight-thin)

EYES: MADesigns NATURALS ~ happy blue pale eyes

OUTFIT

PANTS: TheAbyss ~ Oblivion Pants

JACKET: Meriken Co.Ltd ~ Jacket Gray Pyson

SCARF: Muism ~ Scarf _Dark silk_Short

COLLAR: ARMIDI ~ {Gisaci} Cambridge Cuffed Shirt Collar – Aufren Black

BOOTS: Eclipse Develpment ~ IMPACT – Boot

GLASSES: FNKY! ~ Dealer Glasses (Black)

RING: Mhaijik ~ Titanium w Black Ring Mns Sz

Samurai

BODY

SKIN: Belleza ~ Ewan tan 6

EYES: MADesigns NATURALS ~ happy blue pale eyes

HAIR: Muism ~ Fox   /black -L

BODY HAIR: BODY HAIR SHOP ~ [vdbv] – {Jack} – chest hair (black-straight-thin)

OUTFIT

GLOVES: Models own ~ custom

SHIRT: ARMIDI ~ {Gisaci} Cambridge Cuffed Shirt Top – Aufren Black

PANTS: AVid ~ Laureate pants

EARINGS: Muism ~ ear-ring / right

JACKET: REDGRAVE ~ 01c Suit Jacket Elegance -Black- // Jacket Solo (part of outfit)

SHOES: Kalnins ~ Shoes – Gallop

BRACELT: Mhaijik ~ Titanium Sleek C Bracelet Mns Sz

NECKLACE: EARTHTONES boutique ~ His Prayer Rosary, Bloodstone/SlvrBrs

Style/Model/Photography: Maddox DuPont

Location: GLAMWORLD

Cyber Couture

It was Sally’s Rezz day at KMADD Space Lounge. Sally is manager of AC Store helping Cheerno Destiny with his designing enterprise.

Since Sally asked for couture and venue was pretty space themed I thought of combining both.

Eclectic Cyber Style.

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