The state of being a hipster prior to being a hipster. A person who exists predating the premier of the hit film Garden State.
Proto-Hipster includes, but not limited to, male and female hipsters predating the 1980's in fashion and witty catch-phrases, ahead of their time, avant garde.
"Susan's record collection is great, even though I've never heard of these artists. They aren't even featured on Pitchfork... she's such a Proto-Hipster"
Someone who was a hipster before being a hipster was cool.
A: I liked them before the hipsters did.
B: Doesn't that make you a proto-hipster?