fatalGRACE wrote:You can call it whatever you want, but that doesn't make it steampunk. Steampunk as a genre has a certain aesthetic associated with it, regardless of changes from the classic victorian era ideal, that aesthetic remains. This shirt in no way matches the ideal, and putting some brass coloring and smoke doesn't make this into a steampunk shirt.
And people wo don't like it can 'not buy it' all they want, but that won't change the fact that better shirts that fit the theme, such as DeadFrog's entry, were denied the win by shirts such as this. I can not buy this shirt, but because it managed to slip through the cracks on a vague, false interpretation of the genre, I lose the opportunity to buy a shirt that actually meets the aesthetic and theme of the derby.
What I don't understand is, everyone knows that this is based on WOOT votes. So, if people prefer the more traditional steampunk style then they will vote for more traditional shirts. If they prefer cutesy anime designs, then they vote as such. I do like some of the other shirts that aren't winning, and I suppose the real question is, if so many people dislike the fog shirts, then why are they in the fog at all? There is obviously support, and there are those who feel this shirt does meet the criteria. It's the fun of art. It's all open to interpretation. Why should we spend so much of our energy hating on a design? One offers constructive critique and moves on. It's up to the artist what to do with said critique. Buyers and Sellers of art define what is and is not, what fits modern, post modern, and classical. And today, the masses deem this to be steampunk. Regardless of proper definition, enough find the design aesthetically pleasing to vote for it. I like the shirt, even if it isn't 100 percent on point with the theme. And, if so many people are greatly displeased, why do they not design their own, proper steampunk shirts and submit them? It's easy to dislike and condemn, but where are the artistic challenges? Show us proper steampunk, a design we'd all like to wear. Often times to appeal to the greatest masses some of the elegance must be lost in translation.