Cyberpunk is a subgenre of science fiction in a future setting that tends to focus on society as “high-tech low life” featuring advanced technological and scientific achievements, such as information technology and cybernetics, juxtaposed with a degree of breakdown or radical change in the social order.
Cyberpunk plots often center on conflict among artificial intelligences, hackers, and megacorporations, and tend to be set in a near-future Earth, rather than in the far-future settings or galactic vistas found in novels such as Isaac Asimov’s Foundation or Frank Herbert’s Dune. The settings are usually post-industrial dystopias but tend to feature extraordinary cultural ferment and the use of technology in ways never anticipated by its original inventors (“the street finds its own uses for things”). Much of the genre’s atmosphere echoes film noir, and written works in the genre often use techniques from detective fiction.
Classic cyberpunk characters were marginalized, alienated loners who lived on the edge of society in generally dystopic futures where daily life was impacted by rapid technological change, an ubiquitous datasphere of computerized information, and invasive modification of the human body.
Cyberpunk to me is a very interesting style category and not always easy. Many times I saw people confounding cyberpunk with post apocalyptic styles and the other way round. But in the end those are 2 totally different things. While you have kinda nothing to style from for post apocalyptic looks – basically you only can wear what you find, left over after an apocalypse – with cyberpunk you have all kind of fancy, hyper high-tech and futuristic accessories and implants in a sci-fi looking surrounding.
As well for the colors you have a very different choice. While post apocalyptic mostly uses, black, brown and all kind of grey shades, for the cyberpunk stuffs you see a lot of lights, electricity and mostly you have a blue, teal, green, pink and cold/neon looking color palette where you go from – besides black certainly 😉
It is very easy if you just type cyberpunk or post apocalyptic to google and then look at all the pictures and movies you can find. For me a typical cyberpunk movie would be Ghost in the Shell or even the Matrix Trilogy to just name 2 popular ones of so many existing 🙂
Maybe I will go over post apocalyptic soon too, since we are short before the amazing ‘Thereafter‘ event (https://thereaftersl.wordpress.com/), but I had a desire to do some cyberpunk today, because it is such a great style that rarely gets showcased and I really do love it a lot. We can do all the funky things with implants and not yet existing gadgets 😉
You should try it and be not afraid of looking awkward or funky in the first place.. I just can say when you started, it can become an addiction 😉
Only the sky is the limit since everything is a futuristic dream when it comes to cyberpunk – and all of us have different dreams and visions of the future…
Outfit: Wicca’s Wardrobe – “Samara” (Maitreya)
Shoes: *DL* – “Baggers”
Headpiece: Wicca’s Wardrobe – “Commander Headset”
Hair: EMO-tions – “Stars”
Rings: FORMANAILS – “Rings Simple” (Maitreya)
Weapon: Breach – “USP”
Right Arm: [Neurolab Inc.] – “EV3 Android” (Maitreya)
Makeup: Zibska – “Noir Pack 06” (LeLutka Applier)
Lipstick: je suis… – “LeLutka Lips no. 006 [blues]” (LeLutka Applier)
Tattoo: Letis Tattoo – “Rigel Princess” (Omega Applier)
Location: [Neurolab Inc.]
Model & Photographer: Wicca Merlin
Head: LeLutka – “Simone 3.0”
Body: Maitreya – “Lara 4.1”