Dieselpunk + Steampunk Culture

There have been some interesting appearance of references to Dieselpunk in the media. Not long ago Doug Bell of the band Bellevue Cadillac referred to their band as as "dieselpunk band" during an newspaper interview.


In the university paper The Oxford Student as part of a review of the movie Priest 3D described it as having "diesel-punk dystopian elements."


While these are small steps when combined with the dramatic growth of membership of this Forum it appears that awareness of Dieselpunk is growing. The future for Dieselpunk looks bright.

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Comment by Larry on May 22, 2011 at 2:06pm

Cap'n's right. I read a good article in Steampunk Magazine a while back addressing the same fears Steampunks have about it going mainstream.


The author was trained in classic and authentic belly dancing and she used her style of dance as an example to make a point. Some may know that "belly dancing" (I used quotes for a reason) became a fad not long ago. She pointed out that like any fads they come and go yet the authentic and ancient practice of true belly dancing will long outlive any fad. In other words, Steampunks had nothing to worry about if it went mainstream, which it appears to be doing.


If Dieselpunk becomes widespread certainly we're going to see bad marketing of it. It's the nature of our socio-economic system for that to happen. Yet, when the fad passes then real Dieselpunk will still be around.  

Comment by Cap'n Tony on May 22, 2011 at 9:33am

We're already seeing bad Dieselpunk-labeled kitch, as witnessed by Tome's "Diesel FAIL" thread. As is happening now with Steampunk, Diesel will find itself beset by Trend Followers and "tack a Fedora on it and call it DP" marketing. That's where it's up to us to inform the public, protect the "brand" as it were, and make sure we stay true to ourselves. Most people, at tleast the ones I care to know, can tell the real from the fake a mile away.


Plus maybe those trolls at wikipedia will be forced to aknowledge us soon! ;-)

Comment by lord_k on May 22, 2011 at 4:19am

by Wels:

first, it won't happen soon. Second, we seek recognition, not popularity.

Comment by Wels on May 22, 2011 at 3:36am
I think there's a possibility that, like all 'subcultures', Dieselpunk comes to a point where it's more mainstream than a subculture.. Question is whether that's a good or bad thing.
Comment by Leviathan on May 22, 2011 at 2:02am
I wonder how public consciousness of dieselpunk will change the movement itself. Will it give us more ideas or just make of us something the mainstream society can point at, taste, chew and spit?
Comment by Larry on May 21, 2011 at 4:48pm
LOL! You got that right Lord_K. :)
Comment by lord_k on May 21, 2011 at 3:50pm
The future for Dieselpunk looks bright ... Only a diehard Ottensian could write a thing like that!
P.S. Don't worry, I'm Ottensian too.

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