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Although originating as a genre of fiction, steampunk has become a subculture in its own right. Steampunks congregate online, discussing Steampunk fashion, Steampunk art, and modding. Forums allow steampunks to share ideas, designs, and how-to projects, and even sell their own steampunk wares.


Steampunks often meet in real life through steampunk conventions. They typically dress in steampunk attire, shop for steampunk clothing and gadgets, attend panels that may feature steampunk authors or other topics of interest, and participate in group projects. Some of the more common and well-known steampunk conventions include:

To find a local Steampunk convention, festival, fair or gathering near you, visit the Steampunk Fashion Guide's 2020 Event Calendar.

Green Steampunk

The Neverwas Haul

The steampunk culture has come to develop an environmentally friendly bent. Because steampunks revel in the idea of making the old new again, they often recycle and reuse items. Steampunk fashion designers and modders scour thrift stores and flea markets for vintage items to reuse and remake. Modders who alter vehicles frequent scrap yards looking for just the right pieces and often even make their creations energy-efficient. Jewelry designers search flea markets and antique stores for knick knacks to make into new centerpieces for their designs. Generally speaking, the creative minds of the steampunk world much prefer the gritty, antique objects found in dusty attics to shiny, new things found in department stores.

Perhaps the most curious of the green steampunk inventions is the Neverwas Haul, a self-propelled Victorian house created by the Academy of Unnatural Sciences in Berkeley, California. It was originally made for the 2006 Burning Man Festival and is made of 75% recycled materials and runs on an alternative fuel source. It is available for rent for private events.

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