I present to you, my new artistic jam: Dieselpunk.
Unlike Steampunk (which I also adore, but found it never quite fit into my favorite fashion, design and architecture and historical eras, to be honest), Dieselpunk eschews the high morality and sometimes thin veneer of propriety and emphasis on class status of the Victorians in favor of the post-and-pre-World War timeframes. A time of political upheaval and tilting moral compasses, we have a much more urbanized and industrial feel in Dieselpunk - think chessecake, noir, fedoras & trenchcoats, sleek, powerful cars spewing fumes into the night, pencil skirts and wiggle dresses. Breathy-voiced secretaries. Dashing Lady Pilots. Men of action. Nefarious villains in high rise offices made of steel and glass. Super villains in underground bunkers. It's all a post-modern utopia of dystopian proportions.
Dieselpunk is based on the aesthetics of the interwar period between the end of the World War I and the beginning of World War II. This sub-genre is sometimes named Decopunk, referring to the Art Deco art style (including its Streamline Modernevariant). The genre combines the artistic and genre influences of the period (including pulp magazines, serial films, film noir, art deco, and wartime pin-ups) with postmodern technology and sensibilities. First coined in 2001 as a marketing term by game designer Lewis Pollak to describe his role-playing game Children of the Sun, dieselpunk has grown to describe a distinct style of visual art, music, motion pictures, fiction, and engineering. Examples include Rocketeer, Crimson Skies,Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, Dark City, Greed Corp, Gatling Gears, Iron Sky, the BioShock series, K-20: Legend of the Mask and Skullgirls.
A Punk Punk genre of Speculative Fiction based on the 1920s - 1950s period, spiced up with retro-futuristic innovations and occult elements. The dieselpunk narrative is characterized by conflict vs the undefeatable (nature, society, cosmic), strong use of technology, and Grey and Gray Morality. The protagonists are often Heroic Neutral and have low social status.