Tuesday, May 14, 2013


After uncovering the mysteries of elfpunk, I wanted to delve into a few more of the lesser-known punk genres.

What I've found, ladies and gentlemen, is that I still have a lot of work to do, and some of these lesser-known punks are really flipping obscure. Which is half the fun.

*Cracks knuckles* So let's get started, shall we?


In case you're not familiar with Nikola Tesla, check out this incredibly informative and totally academic video:

Okay. Now you have a grasp on what made Tesla so awesome and why he got his own punk genre (you don't see Edisonpunk, now do you?).

Teslapunk is similar to steampunk, but in a lot of ways, not even close to it. The technology is based on Tesla's inventions (Tesla coil and whatnot) and is most of the time incredibly cheap or even free, like the scientist wanted. However, Teslapunk can also be mildly dystopian in nature in that the government or some other shady society often takes control of the technology, using it to manipulate the masses, thus explaining why we don't have this technology in present time.


From Fallout: New Vegas
The second of these mysterious punk genres is Atompunk or Atomicpunk (not to be confused with the Van Halen song). Considered a subgenre of cyberpunk, atompunk typically takes place between 1945-1965 and utilizes the political climes of those years--most notably Communism, the Cold War, and the Race to Space. Its technology is based on the atomic era, meaning--you guessed it--RADIATION. Well, nuclear power. Still. Awesome. The most notable examples of this awesome-sounding subgenre are the Fallout video game series (New Vegas, FTW!) and Destroy All Humans!

I do not own this awesome image

In the same vein as Atompunk is Dieselpunk. Dieselpunk is BIG. It's an amalgamation of everything awesome about the years between the 20s and 50s, drawing inspiration from artistic and genre influences. Pulp fiction (not the movie), serial magazines, pinup girls, you name it, and it's in there. As indicated by the name, Dieselpunk relies on diesel fuel. Probably the best known example of Dieselpunk is Scott Westerfield's Leviathan.

Or this one.
On the other side of the coin is Decopunk, a subgenre that spans the same decades as Dieselpunk. Decopunk is the stylish younger sister of the above-mentioned subgenre, relying more on the art deco aesthetic than its better-known predecessor. Decopunk is flashy and shiny, very stylized, and filled with chrome. Otherwise, it's not *that* much different from Dieselpunk. If you need a visualization, think Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow with Jude Law and Gweneth Paltrow.

I hope your interest in these fantastic--and somewhat underutilized--genres has been piqued. Go forth, do your own research, play some Fallout: New Vegas (it's awesome, guys, seriously), and impress your friends at parties. 


  1. I heard Gail Carriger's series referred to as "Bustle-punk" which was a new one to me! lol