Eyewear has always been a big part of the cyberpunk aesthetic. This goes all the way back to the founding members (Gibson, Sterling, Shirley, Rucker, Cadigan, Bear, etc) of the cyberpunk genre, dubbed The Mirrorshades Group, because of their frequent use of mirrorshade sunglasses within their fiction as a kind of Easter egg/gang sign.
And then, of course, there are the embedded mirrorshade lenses of Molly Millions in Gibson’s Sprawl trilogy. Mirrorshade are perfectly symbolic of the dehumanism and and rebellious distance of the cyberpunk aesthetic. Glasses become a kind of anonymity and armor.
Just in time for some cyberpunk Halloween cosplay, here are several kinds of futuristic shades.
In this video, Jessica from GeekGirls Review looks at a pair of edge-lit LED glasses that create a cool heads-up display look on the cheap.
On Boing Boing, Rob posted about a piece of face jewelry by glasses maker Mykita. Easy to replicate if you like this look (and don’t have a spare $255 to burn).
Rob also mentions the very classic Johnny Mnemonic cyberpunks shades, only $12 bones on Amazon.
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