You mean, you don’t see the clockwork stuff on the pocket? Don’t you know that if you add anything with gears or clocks to something, that makes it steampunk?
I think Abe would look fab as a Zazzle product!
Not when worn by cool old Abe, but mayhaps when donned by a basement dweller?
yeah, cuz when i think steampunk – and i do often – i visualize copper and brass and gray and black….not the whole blue colorwheel from sherwin williams.
abe’s lookin’ good, though.
well…maybe he got confused between “steampunk” and “steam press” as he was ironing the shirt that morning.
I would love a poster print of that Abe ‘shop! I hate when good subcultures go bad.
Because back in the beginning of the industrial revolution, they had vibrant turquoise dyes. Yep Yep Yep.
This is obviously from the clown steampunk alternate universe. Duh.
I’m just biding my time until CasioPunk.
In the seller’s defense, I get “steampunk” and “blue striped shirt” confused a lot.
Josh we have the same hair.
I always wanted to get into the SteamPunk trend… I never realize it would be this cheap and easy!
@LeeLooDallas: Cool. Do you get yours from a bottle every eight weeks? I do.
More like Steampuke.
Gears embroidered on a Nordstrom’s shirt =/= Steampunk. Steampreppy, maybe.
Josh: We must shop at the same Walgreens. See ya in aisle 5!
Steampreppy. I like it. I’m startin’ it. I’m going to go tie clock parts onto my loafers.
you guys are so shortsided: he has a PONYTAIL!
Had to put on my magnifying ocular device to take a good look. I have checked quite thoroughly my companions and we all agree under no circumstances would a shirt that would be worn to a Nickleback concert be categorized as steampunk.
Please excuse me while I retire to the parlor with a cup of Earl Grey. I am feeling quite faint from the assault upon my eyes by this hideous conglomeration of hues.
@#16 thembone: Just put little gears in the slots on your penny loafers.
No, that is definitely Douchewear. Douchepunk?
Do you think the black t-shirt he is wearing underneath says “kiss me, i’m a crafthole”
There are so many things wrong with that outfit: the top button is undone, there is no tie, or hat (well, eh *could* be wearing a hat; his head’s cut off) or gloves or vest OR jacket.
Oh, and the shirt is… just wrong.
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Ok, so I’m totally out of the loop about this, I admit it. I just googled steampunk, and this is what popped up.
Weird, who’da thunk old honest abe was up to that
Steampunk is a early ’80s movement created in the Chinese laundries of upper Eastside New York where asian teenaged boys were forced to do the pressing in their fathers Chinese laundry
“Ancient Chinese secret huh?
“SO SORRY! Number One son just step in number 2″
Awesome Princess Bride quote on the Lincoln poster. I think that needs to be on the Zazzle.
I do like that they include the definition of steampunk in order to reinforce the statement that this shirt is in fact steampunk and not just an unfortunate collision of ugly shirt and silkscreen.
I’m willing to wager the reason his head is cut out of the picture is that he refused to be associated with this no matter how much his girlfriend begged. Too bad there wasn’t a spare ball of yarn laying around.
Wow. When I think ‘mad scientist’ a button-down seizure of blue stripes on a shirt is totally what comes to mind. I don’t remotely think about someones about-to-be-thirty Dad trying to stay ‘hip’..no, not at all.
Abe is my new steampunk hero. If we could get him wearing goggles on his hat, and put that on some zazzle, well, i’d be GETTINGsburg me somma that.. bad joke.. really bad.
@#16 thembone: Steamfunk was a cool trend, remember James Brown’s steam-powered Sex Machine?
SteamCrunk. Now that I’d like to see.
I did once go on a date with a man who looked like the stereotypical Victorian scientist, sideburns and all.
(This reminds me of the dot com guys in the 90′s showing up at the goth clubs in SF and thinking if they wore a black shirt and black jeans they would blend in just fine. They were usually hideously over charged at the door.)
I didn’t know they sold Steampunk garb at Wal-Mart!
haha I learn something new every day from this blog… I had no idea that steampunk was the genre theme for bioshock and fallout… now I know, thanks to google and April.
However, this shirt looks nothing like anything from this genre (now that I know the name for it)… it looks like it’s an old Express men’s shirt from 2005… with gears on it. Although it does spike the same uneasiness in me as playing bioshock does…
This is steampunk. It doesn’t show up that well in the photo, but that color blue is powered exclusive by coal strapped to his head. In fact, that shirt has the same carbon foot print as a small Eastern European country, which makes it the most steampunkiest steampunk button down shirt on the market.
I saw someone once made a steampunk vibrator. It was honest-to-Verne steam powered, but the woman who made it warned that it got too hot to actually use. She was then assaulted by comments from people saying since it had no unnecessary cogs or springs stuck to it, it obviously wasn’t steampunk.
#20 LadyGrey : I was thinking the same thing, that is was kind of douchey.It looks like a dress shirt for the Ed Hardy set.
Thanks to Regretsy, I have the inexplicable urge to see Steampunk Abe vs. Tribal Tattoo Teddy Roosevelt in a Dance Dance Revolution grudge match.
I bet TR would kick his ass.
This inspired the birth of a new regretsy section . . . I don’t know whether to laugh or cry . . . Strangely, I’m doing both.
Well, steampunk is certainly popular this morning. I was just perusing the local free weekly and there is an advertisement for the opening reception of a showing of steampunk themed art. Perhaps someone will purchase this shirt and wear it to the exhibit.
#37 sudabaki, don’t you mean Eb Hardly?
You mean “adventurer” and “mad scientist” aren’t valid career choices in this world?
#20 LadyGrey: Why, I believe you just started a new subculture for dounchey punks.
#41 geektastic : Oops, you’re right. Looks like I’m the King of Stupid.
#1 echoes my sentiments about steampunk to the T.
And I can’t wait for more “Omg I put gears on this so that makes it steampunk zomg!”
Not only, as so many before me have pointed out, is this not steampunk… it is slightly farther away from punk of any kind than Anita Bryant.
Mayhaps if people actually read once in a blue they would have a better understanding of steampunk. That’s my theory. Much like if people read once in a blue, they would also understand that vampires don’t sparkle.
The seller can give literary examples all they want, I don’t believe she read them.
just read the crafter’s profile….all about sandy and taryn.
ummm. i’m no expert on the americans with disabilities act but i don’t think this is what that piece of legislation had in mind:
Taryn’s fondest wish is to be the first cripple velcro-tossed on the David Letterman Show.
is that code for something?
#47 redredred : After a perusal of the items in her store and the descriptions that accompany them I believe that the young lady may have made the recent purchase of an encyclopedia.
(It’s good to know there is a kindred spirit out there when it comes to books.)
Could someone explain all this poppycock about vampires sparkling?
@51 kitten -
It might be better that you don’t know. Somehow, you’ve managed to completely avoid any knowledge of Twilight – and you are a better person for it.
I love Steampunk. If I ever win the powerball (or am magically gifted with all sorts of carpentry, electronic and metalwork skills), I’ll be perusing Regretsy on my entirely steampunked computer. I am fond of many books in the steampunk genre (being a total Neal Stephenson fangirl, The Diamond Age is my favorite).
This shit is NOT steampunk. It is silk screened telemarketer.
#51 knittin-kitten, Twilight. Mormon vampires can’t go out in direct sunlight because their skin sparkles like…
Dynomoose, “silk screened telemarketer”
I’m going to try and use that in a sentence.
So all steampunkery bullshit aside, why has no one has commented on this carnie disaster?
#56 Efit : I saw it. I refuse to acknowledge it’s existence.
KittyPrawn and Dynomoose I once had one of the Twi-lits corner me and try to force the entire series upon me. I do not jest. She said it was the greatest series of books ever written and if I would only go with her to the bookstore she would BUY the entire series for me. Up until that moment she had seemed an entirely sane and reasonable person. I only escaped due to my quick wit and the brandishing of the parasol I was carrying. I shudder when I remember the fanatical gleam in her eye.
New meaning to loose interp. I’ll just throw cogs and gears on… oh, this-or-that, and sell it as steam punk. Oh, at a community event, I saw an acne covered pre-teen wearing goggles and creamsicle colored chuck taylors. He also had some strange upsidedown triangle shaped animal hanging from his bottom lip.. reminding me of this horrible VH1 show..
I read the books. They were entertaining. Not particularly well-written, but entertaining.
The thing I LOVE about the Twilight and Harry Potter crazes is that they have gotten a lot of kids excited about reading.
Do I think that everyone absolutely MUST (omg)READ THOSE BOOKS? Uh…. no.
Maybe one of the vampires from the Twilight series would like this shirt. I’m sure the hideous blue stripes would complement sparkly diamond skin perfectly.
Best thing ever written.. my AP english teacher probably dropped dead the moment those words came out of that persons mouth. I mean, J.Swift has nothing on this beeotch, unless he comes up with a new book.. I see that happening. Real soon.
#58 knittin-kitten: I read all four of those damn books to see what the hype was about. I tried to keep an open mind. If there wasn’t such a twi-orgy going on in the world, I’d simply find these books bad but amusing. In the way that something is so bad that it’s unintentionally funny. That being said, I have never in my life seen such a pathetic portrayal of women. Well, I have, but this is the first time I saw it being celebrated so much.
redredred – I made the “mistake” of reading Forester, Wharton, James, and Dreiser while still in high school. Had already plowed through Tolkien and Edith Hamilton whilst still in grade school. Too bad. If I hadn’t done that I might be able to enjoy the Twilight “novels”. Silly me, stuck now with a taste for the well written!
I did make an attempt to read the first chapter of Meyer’s The Host but was thrown out of the bookstore when my giggles erupted into uncontrollable laughter.
#64 knittin-kitten: True story: In one of the High Schools I went to, a guidance counselor felt the need to speak to me privately about the discovery that I was reading Lady Chatterley’s Lover. The same day my house was called. My mom was so confused because it was the first time the house was called when I *didn’t* do something wrong (As far as she was concerned.). You should have seen one teacher’s reaction when I was caught reading Kafka. This is what happened to me for not reading crap.
“Look Ma, gears! Must be one of them Steampunks.”
We are all persecuted by the powers that be for not reading crap. This may be why no one will feel up my sense.
I liked steampunk before it had a name. It’s cooler that way.
@leftfoot, just to be pedantic, vibrant turquoise dyes were available before the Industrial Revolution. The dye was Saxon blue – indigo treated with sulphuric acid. (That or overdyeing indigo with a bright yellow, like weld.) Steampunk might be all muted colours, but natural dyes will give eye-searingly bright colours if done correctly, and have been doing so for centuries. The stripes on this shirt are still hideous and poorly chosen however.
excellent new category.
did anyone say SteamJuggalo yet? I am reading comments only sporadically because i’m still a solipsistic dweeb.
I read crap. I also read brilliant literature and several shades in between.
I’m reasonably sure that Steampunk and electric blue are mutually exclusive.
My husband got this same shirt at Costco.
Well, you’ve given me a quest, now. I shall be submitting huge amounts of things to fill out that new category, as it is one of my larger pet peeves… Oh, how I love you, Regretsy; if I have not professed my love before, I do now, adamantly!
I see something like this labeled as “Steampunk,” this comic is all I can think of…
(snipped down URL to make it easier to deal with… no, it is not pr0n or somesuch)
#75-right there with you sir!
I’m steampunk on the inside.
I have been guilty of abusing the “steampunk” tag but this seller has some BALLS trying to justify it in the description as well.
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