Monday, April 09, 2007

Muhuhahahaaaa-cough-cough-cough!

Yeah, see the sad state Moon Flu has me reduced to, gallavanting around in antique safety goggles. I've been obsessed with old copper, brass, wood, glass & leather for years, since I was a kid. I like to touch old stuff and I even really get into the smell of old stuff. Watch me in an antique store huffing the old telephones and radios sometime.

This photo is a sad attempt at looking all mad-scientist-like. I found the goggles at the Goodwill about ten years ago and had been intending for at least a month to use them in some pictures, since they're damn snazzy. I hadn't dragged them out before because goggles just scream "Cyber-Goth" and I can't stand the whole plastic & neon bright colored raver-looking crapola. Plastic is way too disposable and cheap-ass to me.

Ya see these bad boys have wooden eyepieces, there's metal vents riveted on the sides and the glass lenses have metal rims that unscrew so the glass can be replaced. The nose piece is a ball chain covered with rubber tubing and can be adjusted. Unfortunately the cotton strap has dry-rotted but I can save the brass end caps and the buckle and scrounge up a new strap. It'll have to be dyed, maybe with strong tea to get the original color.

Throw some antique wooden goggles on with a corset and those big goofy gauntlet gloves, maybe some jet beads & brass doodads and you get the feeling that maybe I've just been tooling around town in a steam-powered conveyance of some sort and maybe was up for a ride around the world in an airship, with perhaps some Mad Scientist World Domination thrown in for good measure.

Maybe.

Or I just wind up looking like the cover of a 1970's DEVO album.

Curses! Defeated by my very own nerdiness.

13 comments:

Obsidian Kitten said...

i'll swing by and pick you up in my dirigible if you like.

but only if you're wearing the goggles.

i'll be the one with the rusty pitchfork and the ass full of pushpins. and the dirigible with tiny chickens stacked in the back.

Scott said...

Make yer own goggles.

Severina said...

Well isn't making my own a tad pointless if I have these glorious antiques?

I'm considering getting a leather welding apron and heavy metalworker's gloves and wandering around town looking like Rosie the Riveter.

Sherri said...

That's definately the outfit you should wear to the con. Geekboys will fall at your feet. You can walk on them instead of carpet.

Obsidian Kitten said...

you could sew or needle-felt the geekboys together. the leather welding apron would look dashing as you needled the boys into place.

Karen M said...

Oooh! Rivets might hold them together more...securely.

Your goggles are an incredible find! Very nice indeed.

Scarlett said...

People say that tv is not educational but I disagree.

I saw on a "buy me cause i am the freaking best" cell phone commercial, tonight, that you are included in ability to download 3 million songs from napster.

Why am I telling you this?

Because, in the commercial it appears on the screen that Devo had made 219 songs total.

Now, you can get over the moon flu and sleep better knowing that.

Gothknits said...

I have the same type of goggles and I love them! I am actually looking for tinted lenses (acetylene torch strength) as well as creepy red and purple ones.

Best goggles I've ever used!

che said...

Goddess!

Obsidian Kitten said...

so, okay. i told mr. o'kitten about your goggles and guess what he pulled out of his closet?

WWII folding goggles in a little tin case. i'm gonna have to email you and gothknits a pic.

i almost fell out the window.

now we really are all gonna have to go flying in my dirigible. (i know, promises, promises...)

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