Cyberpunk Fashion Guide Pt. 3: Augmenting the loadout
"Chiba. Yeah. See, Molly’s been Chiba, too.’ And she showed me her hands, fingers slightly spread…Ten blades snicked straight out from their recesses beneath her nails, each one a narrow, double-edged scalpel in pale blue steel"
While Molly’s hand razors aren’t yet available, there’s plenty of gear, body mods, and accessories everyone who calls themselves a cyberpunk should own (note: a lot of these items aren’t legal everywhere, so it’s your own ass).
Downright synonymous with cyberpunk, mirrored sunglasses have a distinct psychological effect. Whoever comes up with an implanted mounting system for the lenses, your drink’s on me. Styles other than aviators are infuriatingly absent.
When you’re carrying a phone around, watches become more of a style piece. Tokyoflash (pictured) makes watches with slick, but tricky to read interfaces. If you want something more rugged, Casio G-shocks tend to come in black and have that blend of futuristic/’80s that fits Gen 1 nicely.
Hair and Makeup
Hair is usually short, due to it’s practicality, with undercuts and buzzes common on all genders. Mohawks, dreadhawks, and synthdreads are also favored. Colors can vary widely, but titanium white is particularly popular for females. Zoetica Ebb’s Blush Response is practically the cyberpunk makeup bible, but more distinct is a kind of war-paint style, with black “raccoon masks” and facial recognition camouflage showing up in more outlandish examples.
Andy Laplegua with mohawk and Blade Runner warpaint
Khymeirah with synthdreads, which she custom-makes
Body Mods and Bionics/Cyberware
In addition to tattoos and piercings, functional body modifications are gaining traction. One of the biggest proponents of this is Lepht Anonym, pioneer of “back-alley cybernetics”. Her self-experimentation in this field isn’t alone, as more and more people are looking at neodymium implants.
Neodymium implants add an extra sense, allowing users to feel electromagnetic fields
While prosthetics are now relegated to those unfortunate enough to be missing function in their body, newer models qualify as bionic augmentations.
Aimee Mullins, athlete, actress, and model, with Hugh Herr, head of MIT biomechatronics
Myoelectric arms have been around for some time and development on two-way nerve splices is underway to grant tactile neural feedback, so they can feel.
The iLimb Ultra Revolution (seen here with custom-printed arms) offers good dexterity, using a neuromuscular interface. Prices range from $38,000-120,000.
Prosthetic legs have been the subject of controversy in sports, with carbon-fiber spring limbs suspected of granting an unfair advantage. Bionic versions get “tired” slower than the original bioware.
Bespoke Innovations offers custom designer prosthetics you’ll want to show off
These powerful BiOM ankle units are attached to carbon fiber sockets, similar units have been fitted to war amps, and have likely seen combat
Cybereyes are in their infancy, though research is promising. Current efforts are focusing on retinal implants, but full-eye prostheses with integral cameras are on everyone’s mind.
Cyberpunk tattoos generally fall into three categories: geometric, circuit-like blackwork, UV tattoos that show up under blacklight, and “biomechanical” tattoos designed to mimic cybernetics.
CCCF user Calem showing off his ink
Ultraviolet ink tattooing
Mirror’s Edge-inspired tattoo
HR Giger-esque biomechanical piece
EDC gear and bags
Everyday Carry is a movement of sorts that blends aesthetics with functionality. A typical EDC loadout might consist of a multitool, knife, phone, sunglasses, wallet, watch, pen/pencil, flashlight, lighter, and pistol (again, legality is YOUR responsibility). Purpose-made EDC gear is something to behold, usually rife with knurling, titanium, and advanced polymers. Definite appeal for the Techwear crowd. Packs and bags should be mil-spec, made from rugged nylon (look for 500+ denier). MOLLE/PALS webbing allows you to customize gear by adding and removing pouches in seconds.
This EDC features a Zero Tolerance folding knife, Fenix flashlight, Zippo lighter, and compact Glock pistol
Acronym’s legendary 3rd Arm bags include MOLLE/PALS webbing as one of their many features
A good folding/assisted-opening knife like this Kershaw Brawler is incredibly useful for everyday tasks
I’ve decided I’ll do a Part 4, collecting links to stores and inspiration.
Part 1 - Pattern Recognition
Part 2 - We can get you anything you need
Part 4 - Links