The first Wild Wild West Con took over the Hotel Tucson and Old Tucson Studios over the weekend, highlighting the world of steampunk, which combines the technology of the Industrial Revolution with Victorian Fashion (and American Western wear and military uniforms).
Others, however, went with the most basic motifs and obvious accessories. There were lots of weird déjà vu moments walking the convention, as numerous people were essentially wearing the same thing.
We get it -- top hats were popular in the Victorian era. An overhead view of Wild Wild West Con was probably like looking down on hundreds of black circles, usually decorated with feathers or little brass and copper gears. Abraham Lincoln would so not wear that.
Lots of people showed up to Wild Wild West Con in the goggles they wore to Burning Man. Goggles are good for steampunk "airship crew" costumes when they're at least somewhat true to the period. But wearing a pair of plastic goggles painted with copper-colored paint to a steampunk convention is like bringing a pack of Circle K matches to a Zippo lighter festival.
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Important note: If you're even thinking about bringing a gun to your next steampunk showdown, take a few pointers from the experts before spray painting a supersoaker.