There’s a reason for all those jokes about gears and goggles, you know.
I can think of few subcultures so readily identified by a preoccupation with accoutrements. Steampunks love their stuff. Without it, they would be just another group of science fiction fans with some catchphrases and T-shirts to help identify one another. But visit any sci-fi and fantasy convention today and you’ll find numerous attendees wearing top hats, goggles, leather harnesses, and complex magnifying glasses, all identifying the wearers as devotees of steampunk.