Welcome to The Electric Monocle ~Private~ Speakeasy
operated by Subversive Vavoom since 2013
Re-opened February 2017 for members only! Welcome to our modern-day speakeasy featuring the best in electro swing, neo swing, nujazz, EDM and much more! Please take a few moments to review our new rules of participation.
We ask that all members create and maintain an enjoyable atmosphere through their attire and behavior that combines the maturity, humor, dignity, intelligence and creativity that has always represented this club and a common interest in both electro swing and anything vintage. We are first and foremost, vintage-lovers. We are secondly a wild bunch of intellectual residents and artists who enjoy virtual cosplay or the wearing of costumes (which is why we have themed events).
We are here to have a good time and unwind. At this speakeasy, it’s not who you are that matters. We can get along with anyone, by keeping the peace and a certain level of decorum. To read more about the definition of a speakeasy, see below. Think of this as a roleplay environment, where your avatar should appear pre-70’s unless attending a themed event. The ‘spirit’ of a good speakeasy is a place where one can relax and enjoy themselves within reason. Because reason is so loosely defined (or had) we have policies that we will enforce. Negativity, discontent, and nonconformity are not welcome here.
- Members can invite guests who will be expected to follow these rules
- Ask Subversive Vavoom to add guests to our security (please note: I may say no)
- Everyone will be given three opportunities to comply before the banhammer drops with the exception of script limits and ARC (avatar rendering complexity) limits. Scripts and ARC are monitored by our Caspertech Orb and it’s much easier to let the orb be the judge and jury, in that if it warns you to lower either, you must. If you continue to run high on either count it will ban you on it’s own. The settings are very high, so that the average person will never have to worry about it. If you do get bounced, you’re wearing way, way too much stuff.
- Dress Code is strictly enforced- see below.
- No tummy talkers, poofers/particles, or hovertext/huds.
- Lengthy or obnoxious ascii gestures are prohibited (commonly called gesturbating).
- Complainers, bellyachers, crybabies, grumblers, moaners, snivellers, squawkers, whiners, and those creating a nuisance will be shown the door.
Semi-formal to Formal is required. Black tie, cocktail, lounge, and white tie are all appropriate here. Vintage clothing is also always welcome here as long as it is semi-formal to formal. Ask if we are having a themed event before you show up in any fantasy or futuristic costumes please. Themed events will be announced to the group once per month.
Revealing clothing must be vintage, tasteful, and at least semi-formal. Exaggerated body shapes with deformed and abnormally large breasts, crotch, hips, legs, or butts are not welcome here. Advertising that you are a slave, use of D/s animations or other sexual exhibitionists are prohibited. Jeans, gymwear, slutwear, transparent/plastic, blood/gore, and typical-SL-clubwear are not allowed here. Any casual wear is not appropriate for this environment.
Men are required to wear some form of suit, tux, or themed costume if attending a themed event. Your suit does not have to be “vintage” however, Kauna and Deadwool carries handsome ones that are affordable. Yes, we do have silly events and we will possibly show up as penguins, roasted turkeys, or tiny dapper robots- but only to themed events.
Club events will be themed once per month in a wide range of fantasy, period, or travel/cultural themes. Music ranges from electro swing to more electronica, nujazz, dark cabaret and various other themes. If you’re looking for strictly jazz, this is not your grandpa’s ballroom. Your password is “sultry”. Thank you for reading and following our private club rules!
My world, my imagination.
If you disagree, this isn’t the club for you. This isn’t open for debate or discussion.
This is my vision, and I share that same vision with my friends who can appreciate it.
I’m also an artist, and I am trying to create a certain atmosphere and aesthetic.
adjective: aesthetic; adjective: esthetic
- concerned with beauty or the appreciation of beauty.
“the pictures give great aesthetic pleasure”
- giving or designed to give pleasure through beauty; of pleasing appearance. synonyms: artistic, tasteful, in good taste; graceful, elegant, exquisite, beautiful, attractive, pleasing, lovely
“several aesthetic gardens radiate from the fountain in the square”
noun: aesthetic; plural noun: aesthetics; noun: esthetic; plural noun: esthetics
- a set of principles underlying and guiding the work of a particular artist or artistic movement.
“the Cubist aesthetic”
What is a Speakeasy?
(blatant Wiki cut/paste)
A speakeasy, also called a blind pig or blind tiger, is an illicit establishment that sells alcoholic beverages. Such establishments came into prominence in the United States during the Prohibition era (1920–1933, longer in some states). Speakeasies largely disappeared after Prohibition was ended in 1933, and the term is now used to describe some retro style bars.
Speakeasies were numerous and popular during the Prohibition years. Some of them were operated by people who were part of organized crime. Even though police and agents of the Bureau of Prohibition would often raid them and arrest their owners and patrons, they were so profitable that they continued to flourish. The speakeasy soon became one of the biggest parts of American culture during this time. Several changes happened as speakeasies formed; one was with integration. With “black and tans”, people of all races, black or white, would gather together and even mingle. People would mix together and have few or no problems.
These days, every major American city seems to have a modern rendition of a Prohibition-era speakeasy — secret clubs where illegal alcohol was sold during the booze-ban days of 1920-1933.
Speakeasies might not be technically illegal nowadays, but their dated decor, hard-to-find entrances and innovative cocktails attempt to recreate an age when flavors were mixed to overpower the repulsive taste of rotgut hooch.
Which begs the question: why try to recapture the Temperance Movement?
“Sure, most [Prohibition era] speakeasies would be pretty awful,” says Christine Sismondo, author of “America Walks into a Bar: A Spirited History of Taverns and Saloons, Speakeasies and Grog Shops.”
“Some of them had dirt floors, they were in dark basements with inadequate lighting — complete fire traps.”
“On the other end of things, there were gorgeous, well-known speakeasies where the chief of police had a regular table. These places were frequented by a mix of people. There were journalists, students, celebrities, artists, high society folks and mobsters. It was a thrill to mix with such a large group of diverse people.”
Even today there can be a sense of exhilaration when you walk down a dark alleyway and pass through a nondescript door into a world of tinkling ice cubes and old timey stemware.