The term "hipster" is cross-applied from the 1930s Beatniks. The modern hipster is a composite of individuals with a certain bohemian life situation and lifestyle. He or she rejects "mainstream" culture and embraces and contributes to independent culture, and prides him/herself on this. The modern hipster image has been proliferated through the internet, publications such as Vice Magazine, and sightings in the music, fashion, and art world. The image of the hipster is constantly changing, but several aspects have stayed constant over time. Lives in a young, artsy neighborhood of a major city such as Wicker Park in Chicago, Greenwich Village in Manhattan, or Williamsburg in Brooklyn. Usually has some degree of monetary conformability, although sometimes only because of their parents, due to cost of living in these areas. Works (or wants to work) in music, art, or fashion. Has "elitist" music taste and listens to nu-rave (i.e. The Klaxons, Cut Copy, Hercules and Love Affair), minimalist techno, independent rap (i.e. Spank Rock, Talib Kweli, Aesop Rock), nerdcore (i.e. YT Cracker, MC Lars, MC Chris), Elephant 6 (i.e. of Montreal, Neutral Milk Hotel, Apples in Stereo), garage rock, and punk rock in addition to all manners of independent rock. Favorite band is very likely Bright Eyes, The Arcade Fire, The Arctic Monkeys, The Libertines, The Strokes, or something of that nature. Also watches independent and foreign films and reads independent books, magazines, and periodicals. Is a fan of modern art and may also be an amateur artist. Dresses in a progressive but retro fashion that is often changing. Popular items include leggings, mini-skirts, leg warmers, '60s dresses, headbands, chunky jewelry, and large shirts and sweaters for girls and skinny suits and ties, tight jeans and cords, t-shirts with ironic sayings and images, cardigans, plaid and buffalo check shirts, colorful hoodies, and tight windbreakers for guys. Both genders frequently wear dirty Vans and Converses, flamboyant Nikes, large plastic frame glasses, and neon wayfarer sunglasses and are sometimes pierced and tattooed. Shops at Urban Outfitters, American Apparel, and thrift stores. Likes to hang out at fashionable coffee shops, indie rock shows, and hipster dance clubs. Does food shopping at stores like Whole Foods and is often vegan or vegetarian. Eats chic ethnic food and prefers organic and Fair Trade fruits and vegetables. Favorite beer is Pabst Blue Ribbon. Takes up many causes and is often socially minded. Enjoys irony in all facets of life, from fashion (wears mismatching outfits and unpopular vintage clothing often emblazoned with ironic sayings) to sports (plays in dodgeball tournaments at McCarren Park Pool). May ride a fixed-gear bicycle or a hybrid car. Networks through Myspace, Facebook, and/or Twitter. Usually rejects the term "hipster" and argues if called one.
Hipster: Hey, don't call me that!
1. A self-aggrandizing piece of hypocrisy.
3. A sector of the "enlightened" mass culture.
See all definitions pointing to pro-Hipster "movement", paying particular attention to definition number 19.
see non hipster
. today's 2008 hipster definition has flipped around. the hipster these days is the normal average everyday walmart/starbucks shopper. walmart is bigger than jesus. he drives a normal car, listens to normal mainstream rock and pop, hangs out at the mall and starbucks, eats mcdonalds and applebees.he lives a predictable and forgettable life. because punk and emo have become so prominant in the last few years. the normal guy is now considered the hipster because there are only a few of them left. the hipster insults punk kids, art kids, indie kids, coffeeshop kids, pretentious
psuedo intellectuals because the preppy 2008 hipster kid thinks he is normal, average everyday, and cool. today's hipster is a college kid getting drunk from using his rich parent's money and whining about liberals. he is too passive aggressive
to do it in person so he goes online to insult art kids, liberals, anything anti mainstream, booksmart people. he is showy
with his parent's money because his parent's are rich yuppie hipsters by this definition.
Today's definition of hipster has really turned around. i'm part new definition hipster and part old. i admit, i like some indie stuff everyone considers pretentious and some mainstream stuff people think is too poppy. i shop walmart, starbucks and drive an suv and i eat at some underground mom and pop shop and hang out with artists and punks and conservative people. my favorite food is mcdonalds. i wear thick framed glasses but alot of brand names from Express and Addidas and the buckle. asics are my favorite shoe. i like underground experimental art and some mainstream summer blockbuster movies. i listen to heavy metal, gangsta rap, indie, pop top 40, punk, death metal, country noir, britney spears, broken social scene, classical music, film score, trip hop and neo soul, and rock. i graduated college and have money from a career in graphic design making mainstream commercial ads and logos.
Generation Y person born between about 1977 or 1978 and 1993 with yuppie parents who separates themselves on a pedestal from the rest of humanity due to their artistry and misery. This includes the subcategories of emo. This is what hippies were to the baby boomers-a rebellious gesture that is in actuality very unrealistic and became commercialized. In the same way that hippies and later punks stemmed, though in different ways, from the pursuit of materialism, hipsterness and its child of emoness stem from the search to be unhappy. Most hipsters as children were so provided for and sanitized that they have never experienced real need and unhappiness, and don't blame materialism because they have no knowledge of money and how it is used due to their parents. Most hipsters were born in the latter half of Generation Y, between 1985 and 1993. All are liberals, though they usually don't have any clue as to the reality of what they're talking about, and are either obsessed with politics or hold some stupid theory about how the beauty and sadness of life (etcetera, etcetera) is more important than politics, and they listen to only very cutesy, brainlessly stylized, confessional music without any honesty, only hipness. They cluster in certain areas like the South End in Boston and the Lower East Side/Alphabet City and Williamsburg in New York. Many are trustafarians, and all either adamantly reject or endorse drug culture, though next to none are in between.
Man, look at all those hipsters wearing scarves and acting better than everyone! These people are going to have control of this country some day....wait. I'm going to shoot myself.
Best known for walking out of an Urban Outfitters
Catalogue. Female Hipsters tend to wear either 1. Leggings 2. Super skinny jeans 3. ballet flats 4. over sized sunglasses 5. and/or sporting a haircut with some kind of angled bang. Male hipsters are usually spotted wearing: even skinnier skinny jeans 2. iconic t-shirts 3. some subtle accessory like a leather bracelet or aviator glasses 4. and slightly tousled hair, that looks styled but greasy. (giving the illusion of not caring)
They are best known for being super exclusive and elitist and looking down on those who follow the trends dictated by the mainstream.
They also seem to miss the entire irony of how they buy thrift store" clothing from department stores. Just feeding into the "mainstream" culture of consumerism that they claim to be countering.
But getting to the heart of hipster culture, it should be understood that true hipsters care a lot but they don't care. I.E. it’s all about the image. They spend obscene amounts of time calculating their outfits, the bands they like, and the hobbies that they're into. However, they have to pretend that all of it bores them, and that it comes naturally... because only the coolest hipsters don't try, yet still manage to be subversive and hip.
They also tend to be seen in obscure Indie
concerts, in their own bands, being...
You know that guy that works at starbucks
has a carefully constructed 'i don't care' hair cut, seems perpetually disenchanted with society, politics, his work, everything everyone else does, over estimates his own intelligence and feels cheated in life, acts like he's broke, but gets hand outs from his well-off parents, studies a useless subject at university, and models himself on Seth from the OC
? Yeah, total hipster.
Hipsters tend to pride themselves on obsure popular culture references and go to great lengths to formulate a pretentious scruffy look which actually requires great care.
A insecure label, that a snobby young creative (bohemian
) uses to call other young creatives snobby.
"Oh, this coffee shop is too overrun with hipsters. I'm going back to mine to read Catcher in the Rye with an espresso."
teenager to twenty something who like to hang out in local coffeehouses and art gallerys, and think they're better then everyone else because they're not mainstream. They like vintage clothing and anything that looks like it's been sitting in a closet for upward of twenty years.
"That girl is such a hipster, she wouldn't be caught dead at a Shins' concert."