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The Post-Apocalyptic aesthetic is an aesthetic based off of the idea of a post-apocalyptic world. The apocalypse event may be climatic, such as runaway climate change; natural, such as an impact event; man-made, such as nuclear holocaust; medical, such as a plague or virus, whether natural or man-made; or imaginative, such as zombie apocalypse or alien invasion. The story may involve attempts to prevent an apocalypse event, deal with the impact and consequences of the event itself, or may be post-apocalyptic, and be set after the event. The time frame may be immediately after the catastrophe, focusing on the travails or psychology of survivors, the way to maintain the human race alive and together as one, or considerably later, often including the theme that the existence of pre-catastrophe civilization has been forgotten (or mythologized). Post-apocalyptic stories often take place in a non-technological future world, or a world where only scattered elements of society and technology remain.[1]

Other themes may be cybernetic revolt, divine judgment, dysgenics, ecological collapse, pandemic, resource depletion, supernatural phenomena, technological singularity, or some other general disaster.

Visuals

Visuals in post-apocalyptic worlds can vary based on the timeline and cause of the disaster. Typically, most visuals may include:

  • Barren wastelands
  • Destroyed cities and homes
  • Deserted, looted stores
  • Modified, dirty vehicles
  • Weaponry, notably guns and blades
  • Little to no wildlife, or overwhelming abundance of wildlife

Fashion

Fashion in post-apocalyptic scenarios are based on what is needed for survival and what one can carry without too much effort. On the other hand, the aesthetic community focuses on how proper clothing can be styled. Fabrics can be light and breathable or heavy and warm depending on the season and the ability to have free movement is key. The most important element of post-apocalyptic fashion is protection from elements, especially if battle or inclimate weather is abundant.

Key items include:

  • Heavy boots
  • Cargo pants
  • Long sleeves
  • Hoods
  • Dust/gas masks
  • Goggles
  • Loose fitting tops
  • Scarves
  • Gloves
  • Ponchos
  • Heavy coats
  • Leather, cotton, spandex

Fashion items include:

  • Jean shorts
  • Crop tops
  • Vests
  • Harnesses
  • Belts
  • Tall socks
  • Makeshift armor
  • Bralettes

Media

Video-games

  • The Last of Us (part 1 and 2)
  • Fallout
  • The Walking Dead (Telltale series)
  • Dying Light
  • Metro (trilogy)
  • NieR: Automata

Movies

  • Mad Max
  • A Quiet Place
  • Bird Box
  • Tank Girl
  • I Am Legend
  • The Book of Eli

TV

  • The Walking Dead
  • Daybreak
  • The Last Ship
  • The 100
  • 12 Monkeys
  • Z Nation
  • Black Summer

Anime

  • Attack on Titan
  • Desert Punk
  • Fist of the North Star
  • Akira
  • Humanity Has Declined
  • High School of the Dead
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion
  • Gurran Laggan
  • Ergo Proxy
  • Origin: Spirits of the Past
  • Girls' Last Tour

Books/comics

  • The Stand by Stephen king
  • Tank Girl comics by Jamie Hewlett and Alan Martin
  • Lucifer's Hammer by Jerry Pournelle and Larry Niven
  • Swan song by Robert R. McCammon
  • Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank
  • A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller Jr.
  • Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
  • The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  • On the Beach by Nevil Shute
  • The Postman by David Brin
  • I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
  • Daybreak by Brian Ralph
  • East of west by Jonathan Hickman
  • Winterworld by Chuck Dixon
  • Lola XOXO by Siya Oum
  • Loving Dead by Stefano Raffaele
  • Wild Blue Yonder by Austin Harrison, Mike Raicht
  • The Living and the Dead by Jason
  • Breaklands by Justin Jordan
  • Zombies Vs. Robots by Chris Ryall
  • Days of Hate by Alex Kot

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