Dieselpunk: Retro Futures of the All-American Art Deco Years

Posted By on December 18, 2014

Available today at Amazon

Dieselpunk: Retro Futures of the All-American Art Deco Years

General Editor: Stefan with Tome Wilson and Antoni Cadafalch

Dieselpunk book cover“Dieselpunk: Retro Futures of the All-American Art Deco Years” is the first book covering the best artists and fashion designers of the movement. Presented in a stunning illustrated volume edited by the world-renowned dieselpunk artist, Stefan. Includes an extensive introduction, a fascinating section on the aesthetic sources of dieselpunk, a detailed fashion section, and a long-form interview with Dieselpunks creator, Tome Wilson.

This was the era of Detroit, jazz, big band and swing; of aluminium and of glamorous transatlantic travel; of Hollywood stars, prohibition, radio, skyscrapers, outrageously glamorous cars and of serious talk of going to the moon.

More than anything this was the American era, when US power was unchallenged, industrially, militarily and culturally, and when the future too was all-American. It is perhaps nostalgia for the latter that is accounting for Dieselpunk’s growing attraction. The contemporary Dieselpunk artists within this book have created some astoundingly memorable images. For graphic designers, this book is a gold-mine. For anyone into classic US interwar style or sci-fi enthusiasts, it is almost irresistible.

Hardback [260 mm (h) x 212 mm (w)]
176 pages, including 200+ color illustrations and a foil-embossed cover by Stefan.
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Organizing All Of The Things

Posted By on December 17, 2014

I have limited space in my shop and am constantly trying to condense the volume of space that my materials and supplies take up while still allowing me to find what I am looking for without digging through bin after bin. One of the best solutions I’ve found to this problem are large, shallow drawers. […]

Converting Welch Allyn Otoscope & Opthalmoscope to “C” Batteries

Posted By on December 15, 2014

Like many small New England towns we don’t have curbside pickup for our trash, instead we bundle everything up and take it to the town dump on Saturdays. This would seem like an inconvenience but, also like many small New England towns, our town dump includes a “Swap Shop.” The Swap Shop is simply a […]

Open call for dieselpunk and steampunk art submissions for the Antique Automobile Club of America Museum

Posted By on December 15, 2014

The AACA Museum, an affiliate of the Smithsonian, is seeking dieselpunk and steampunk artists for an upcoming exhibition.

The show will spotlight artwork having to do with dieselpunk and steampunk automobiles. It will run from October 2, 2015 to January 15, 2016 (dates subject to change) at the AACA Museum gallery in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

If you are interested in submitting your steampunk/dieselpunk art to the exhibition, please download and return the submission form by January 2, 2015.

Submission form: http://bit.ly/1AcJAVz

Please direct all inquiries to: aacamuseumexhibits@gmail.com

Please keep in mind, the AACA Museum is open to the public. All submissions should be suitable for both children and adults.

Antique Automobile Club of America Museum
161 Museum Drive
Hershey, PA 17033

The art of David Uhl

Posted By on December 11, 2014

David Uhl was born in Toledo, Ohio on September 20, 1961.

Early on David began creating amazing drawings and, by high school’s end, had decided to pursue a career in art. He applied for, and won, the only full-ride scholarship to the Colorado Institute of Art offered to a high school senior in the U.S He was dissatisfied with the design programs the school offered, yet he excelled at the life drawing and illustration classes. Leaving school after one year, he focused his talents on commercial illustration, eventually forming David Uhl Illustration, an award-winning firm servicing many prominent clients such as FedEx, IBM, Coca-Cola and Time magazine.

Acquiring a motorcycle in 1988 and riding to Sturgis South Dakota, David saw first hand the culture of cycling enthusiasts. He entered the world of Harley-Davidson® apparel (t-shirt designs) with great success. Yet, after a time, David felt there was something missing, artistically.

In the beginning of 1996, after 20 years of producing drawings for commercial clients, David entered the world of oil painting. This radically changed everything. Developing his own unique style, he focused his attention around the turn of the century.

In 1998 David conceived of a brand new, yet timeless avenue for Harley-Davidson art; museum quality oil paintings. Harley-Davidson, exhibiting nearly a century of history at the time, was the perfect match. David researched motorcycle imagery from the 1930s and ’40s. This led to his first work; A Change in the Weather.

He flew to Milwaukee to present the painting to Harley-Davidson executives. Over a hundred paintings later David feels he is still in the infancy of his painting career. David’s artwork is displayed throughout the world, and sought by serious art collectors and celebrities alike. Charles Osgood, of CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood, referred to David as “The Norman Rockwell of Harley-Davidson artists.”

View more of David’s paintings in the Dieselpunks gallery at: http://www.dieselpunks.org/photo/albums/the-art-of-david-uhl

Who Ya Gonna Call? 2014 Hallowe’en Decorations

Posted By on December 8, 2014

This year our theme for Hallowe’en was Ghostbusters! The inspiration was my wife’s as she looked at the 1973 VW Type III Squareback that is sittng in our driweaway. Her name (the car, not my wife) is Adelaide and I am fixing her up for a friend. She will be for sale in the spring […]

Miskatonic Monday – Musical Recordings From the Realm of the Dead

Posted By on December 8, 2014

Lights out, everybody.

On Miskatonic Mondays we celebrate the “weird” fiction of HP Lovecraft and the genre of otherworldly horror it spawned.

Today’s tale of the otherworldly comes from the enigmatic Troy Morgan. In his short film, Musical Recordings From the Realm of the Dead, four separate individuals at the dawn of wireless technology become accidental collaborators in a musical composition that is pieced together through radio waves.

While not necessarily Lovecraftian, it has the right time-period, mood, and spooky strangeness to fit right into the world HP created. Plus, it involves Nikola Tesla and real history. Who doesn’t love that?

Written, Directed, Animated and Music by Troy Morgan
Costumes by Melissa Piekaar

No Such Thing as a Free Hot Tub

Posted By on December 7, 2014

We got our first hot tub at a garage sale for $50. We took it home and filled it up and found that the temperature controller no longer worked. The filter housing and skimmer also leaked because the plastic was cracked and the entire assembly had to be replaced. I found a bait bucket at […]

Repeal Day is December 5th! Here’s where you can get an old-fashioned drink in LA

Posted By on December 5, 2014

December 5 marks an important day in history for those who love to drink alcohol: Repeal Day. Back in 1933, Prohibition ended with the 21st Amendment. But the speakeasy culture didn’t end there as many bars in Los Angeles are still keeping up with the theme. This Friday, bars and restaurants throughout the city are offering cocktail and food deals, and some are even throwing soirees celebrating this watershed moment. The deals listed below are all for Friday, unless otherwise noted.

Cole’s: Over at Cole’s they’re celebrating Repeal Day a day early on Thursday, Dec. 4, where they’ll be serving $5 Campari cocktails and $2 Campari shots, which you take down an ice luge (yes, really) starting at 7 p.m. A jazz band will go on at 8 p.m. Then on Friday, Dec. 5, they’re celebrating Cole’s birthday (the joint opened up in 1908) all day with $5 Camparis. On both days, you can get two french dip sandwiches and two sides for $19.08.

Cole’s is located at 118 E 6th St., downtown, (213) 622-4090

1933 Group: 1933 Group’s bars are designed with old-timey themes and their company is named after the year prohibition ended, so their classy watering holes fit in nicely with Repeal Day. They’ll be serving special $1 cocktails from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at their bars throughout Los Angeles. Harlowe, Bigfoot Lodge, Oldfield’s, Thirsty Crow and Sassafras will all offer their one buck Old Fashioneds. Bigfoot Lodge West will also have $1 Old Fashioneds as well as Kapple Pie, and La Cuevita with a Tequila Press. There’s a two-drink limit.

More info on their bars here.

Melrose Umbrella Co.: Melrose Umbrella Co. is one of those bars that when you step in, you feel like you’re transported to the past. Their bar is post-Prohibition era-themed and they’re taking this Repeal Day seriously. They’re offering $5 shots and cocktails—Fernet, Old Forrester and Old Fashioneds—all day starting at noon. And most importantly, your first drink there is 5 cents! They’ll have live jazz from 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and will be doing raffles for drinks every hour. More info here.

DIY Powder Coat/Curing/Reflow Oven

Posted By on December 2, 2014

I found  a very clean, barely used toaster oven at the dump. I originally intended it for the kitchen but it turned out that the toast function timer was bad, so off it went to the workshop. I tried using it a couple of times for curing paint and epoxies but even at the lowest […]

Studio Softbox Flash Ceiling Bracket

Posted By on December 1, 2014

One of the reasons I redesigned The Steampunk Workshop website is that I thought WordPress with it’s easier to use interface and more flexible authoring would entice me to publish more stories. But an important aspect to any story are good photographs and I don’t always (read rarely) want to haul out the tri-pods and […]

Miskatonic Monday – Roddy Piper vs. Cthulhu!

Posted By on December 1, 2014

Lights out, everybody.

On Miskatonic Mondays we celebrate the “weird” fiction of HP Lovecraft and the genre of otherworldly horror it spawned.

Portal To Hell logo

Imagine, if you will, that the Great Old One, Cthulhu himself, had a secret soft spot for Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn in Overboard and convinced the great John Carpenter to return to Lovecraft mode to write him a part in it. We’d like to think the result would be very much like Portal To Hell!

Jack is a simple man with simple needs. Mostly he just needs to be left alone to read his book. It’s a good book and he likes it, or at least he would if the tenants of the building he manages weren’t so damn needy themselves. And it’s not just blown fuses and clogged toilets here … no, when the building power goes out the culprit is a pair of tenants opening a portal to hell in the basement. Does this count as building maintenance? Is battling the supernatural part of Jack’s job description? Maybe not, but if Jack can’t close the portal the entire building and – let’s face it – the whole world is screwed.

Portal To Hell!!! is a short film born out of the love that director Vivieno Caldinelli (Picnicface, This Hour Has 22 Minutes) and writer Matt Watts (Michael: Tuesdays and Thursdays) share for the genre-mashing films of the late 1980’s and specifically the performance of WWF (it wasn’t always the WWE, kids) superstar Rowdy Roddy Piper in They Live. “Why didn’t Piper ever really do another film like that? We should write something.” And so they did. And then Piper himself read it and liked it. And so what started as an idle wish is now becoming reality.

If this sounds like your cup of tentacles, you can help get it made at: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/portal-to-hell