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Hipsters are a subculture of men and women typically in their 20's and 30's that value independent thinking, counter-culture, progressive politics, an appreciation of art and indie-rock, creativity, intelligence, and witty banter. The greatest concentrations of hipsters can be found living in the Williamsburg, Wicker Park, and Mission District neighborhoods of major cosmopolitan centers such as New York, Chicago, and San Francisco respectively. Although "hipsterism" is really a state of mind,it is also often intertwined with distinct fashion sensibilities. Hipsters reject the culturally-ignorant attitudes of mainstream consumers, and are often be seen wearing vintage and thrift store inspired fashions, tight-fitting jeans, old-school sneakers, and sometimes thick rimmed glasses. Both hipster men and women sport similar androgynous hair styles that include combinations of messy shag cuts and asymmetric side-swept bangs. Such styles are often associated with the work of creative stylists at urban salons, and are usually too "edgy" for the culturally-sheltered mainstream consumer. The "effortless cool" urban bohemian look of a hipster is exemplified in Urban Outfitters and American Apparel ads which cater towards the hipster demographic. Despite misconceptions based on their aesthetic tastes, hipsters tend to be well educated and often have liberal arts degrees, or degrees in maths and sciences, which also require certain creative analytical thinking abilities. Consequently many hipsters tend to have jobs in the music, art, and fashion industries. It is a myth that most hipsters are unemployed and live off of their parent's trust funds.
Hipsters shun mainstream societal conventions that apply to dating preferences and traditional "rules" of physical attraction. It is part of the hipster central dogma not to be influenced by mainsream advertising and media, which tends to only promote ethnocentric ideals of beauty. The concepts of androgyny and feminism have influenced hipster culture, where hipster men are often as thin as the women they date. The muscular and athletic all-American male ideal is not seen as attractive by confident and culturally-empowered hipster women who instead view them as symbols of male oppression, sexism, and misogyny. Likewise, culturally-vapid sorority-type girls with fake blond hair, overly tanned skin, and "Britney Spears tube-tops" are not seen as attractive by cultured hipster males who instead see them as symbols of female insecurity, low self-esteem, and lack of cultural intelligence and independent thinking. Hipsters are also very racially open-minded, and the greatest number of interracial couples in any urban environment are typically found within the hipster subculture.
Although hipsters are technically conformists within their own subculture, in comparison to the much larger mainstream mass, they are pioneers and leaders of the latest cultural trends and ideals. For example, the surge of jeans made to look old and worn (i.e. "distressed"), that have become prevalent at stores such as The Gap, American Eagle, Abercrombie and Fitch, and Hollister, were originally paraded by hipsters who shopped in thrift stores years before such clothing items were mass produced and sold to the mainstream consumer. The true irony here is that many of the detractors of hipster culture are in fact unknowingly following a path that hipsters have carved out years before them. This phenomena also applies to music as well, as many bands have become successful and known to mainstream audiences only because hipsters first found and listened to them as early-adopters of new culture. Once certain concepts of fashion and music have reached mainstream audiences, hipsters move on to something new and improved.
Because of the rise of various online photo-blog and social networking sites, insights into urban hipster culture is reaching sheltered suburban audiences at an exponential rate. Cultural "norms" have been deconstructed by hipster culture as a whole. Hipsterism is often dismissed as just an image thing by some, but the culture as a whole is effecting changes in society, leading to feelings of insecurity and resentment in people who are no longer a part of the cultural ruling class. For example, a lot of anti-hipster sentiment evidently comes from culturally-clueless suburban frat boy types who feel that the more sensitive, intelligent, and culturally aware hipster ideal threatens their insecure sense of masculinity. Anti-hipster sentiment often comes from people who simply can't keep up with social change and are envious of those who can.
A conversation outside a hipster bar in downtown NYC:

Frat Boy #1: Dude, are you having any luck picking up chicks in there?

Frat Boy #2: Man...I haven't experienced anything like this before. These chicks are totally rejecting me and going for all these hipster guys in tight pants and shaggy hair instead.

Frat Boy #1: Maybe we should head back up to that bar in Murry Hill where you hooked up with that drunk b*tch from Alpha Sigma Phi last week?

Frat Boy #2: Yeah...I don't think we have what it takes to compete with these guys in here. These hipster chicks won't even give us the time of the day!
by Trey Parasuco November 22, 2007
A person, usually in their 20s, who likes indie music, alternative lifestyles, indie films, riding fixed gear bikes, and hanging out in bars and other places you probably never heard of.

An actual hipster doesn't go around saying things like "I'm so hipster" or "I'm such a hipster" because hipster isn't a thing to be or a subculture, a hipster just is, despite people who say hipsters spend their time trying composing their whole persona. Most don't.

Hipsters are not scene kids, as the generally don't listen to overly emotional music by scremo bands, they usually tend to listen to music by boring bands, mature bands, and experimental stuff. Even though the music can suck, it tops scene kid music any day.

Hipster style is usually outlandish, but ranges to plain an no flashy. Thick rim glasses, usually darker(not goth or emo dark) or earth tone clothes. Normalized colors, but outlandish way of dressing.

A hipster do not have wild hair, people get them confused with scene kids, hipsters usually wear hair that's less outlandish that scene kids, and they usually sport one solid color, unlike scene kids. And while they do, their hair still seems dirty, and less composed.

They also like vintage things, music, clothing items, video games, photographing, books, and even homes, vintage is a plus for hipsters.
Williamsburg New-York is fucking hipsters paradise. They're gentrifying Bedstuy by the day.
by RolphSemensDickOvensUWIDI October 10, 2010
1. An independent thinker who eschews trends and tends to know a lot of obscure bands/films/literature etc. May or may not buy clothes from thrift stores or dress in so-called "hipster fashion". The type of person that many so-called "hipsters" aspire to be like, and ignorant people hold in contempt and call "hipsters".

2. A person who tries way to hard to fit into the "hipster subculture" or "be different". The irony for these so called "non-conformists" is that they themselves are conforming to a subculture, both real and imaginary, that bases itself on individualism, yet has it's own unofficial rules of what's "cool" and what's not.

3. A person who is so concerned with being "different" that ironically they are no longer true to themselves.

4. Someone who is very pretentious with a superior attitude.

most of the time the term is meant as an insult.
Greg's not a hipster, he just likes what he likes and stands up for what he believes in.

Greg's such a tool, dressing up like a hipster, quoting Schopenhauer and pissing on all the old bands he used to like just because they're "mainstream"

Fucking Greg, it's not enough for him to just be himself he has to try harder.

Fucking Greg thinks he's better than everyone, he's such a self-aggrandizing hipster douche.
by Heavy Metal Hockey Fan November 15, 2013
Hipsters are people that try too hard to be different (and genuinely do think that they're being different), by rejecting anything they deem to be too popular.
Ironically, so many other people also try too hard to be different that they all wind up being the exact same, so hipsters arent actually different at all, theyre just people that are snobbier and more annoying about their taste in "alternative" things, which are all popular now thanks to the other hipsters.
Hipsters pride themselves on liking things that no one else likes, and normally only really like them because they think no one else likes them and that theyre being unique. This is being delusional because all the other hipsters also like the same things.
Hipster: "I love Mumford and Sons because they're so different to popular music nowadays."
A Million Other Hipsters: "I love Mumford and Sons because they're so different to popular music nowadays."
Mumford and Sons consequently becom a popular band because of their large hipster following of people who think they're being different for listening to them.

(Note: this isn't a hate on Mumford and sons, it's just an example!)
by Annascaulgirl3 June 18, 2013
A hipster is a person, usually between 18-30, who enjoys trends and being ironic usually because it's fun and looks cool. The type of trends hipsters like are not considered trendy by the general public. For example, a hipster usually dresses in tight jeans, a shirt from salvation army, plaid, and oversized glasses. (Sometimes even unprescribed.) A hipster believes the stereotypical image of men and women are degrading, so instead they shop at stores geared toward the poor. A favorite among hipsters is over sized shirts, usually with animals printed on them like wolves and tigers.

A hipster generally doesn't follow the general social standards because a hipster feels more intellectually inclined and claims to be cultured. A hipster is generally enrolled in art school and takes photos of things that are trendy. (Mostly themselves and their friends who are also hipsters.) Hipsters claim to be the cultural phenomenon of our time and modern day philosophers. But don't be fooled, hipsters have not contributed to changing the world or benefiting it in any way other than acknowledging that Salvation Army has enough colorful clothing for everybody to wear.
Hipsters believe they are making a difference by taking pictures, creating paintings of miscellaneous objects, and playing music with a lot of loud noises. But when reflecting on all of this, no one has seen any progress in the world. A hipster is actually making the world a worse place by boycotting mainstream stores. It is killing the economy and making it hard for hipsters to pay their loans off from their liberal arts colleges. Therefore, hipsters have made a very sad and viscous cycle. Too bad it's not at all ironic.

Jack: Why is that kid coming out of Salvation Army with bags of clothes?

Betty: That boy is a hipster. He's against mainstream society!

Jack: Oh, I'm silly.

Betty: Yeah, you are.
by badlikeyourchildhoodoverbite March 09, 2011
A hipster is very similar to an Indie Kid. Hipsters generally are snobbish, holier-than-thou sorts of people. They tend insert non-sequiturs about pop-culture into everyday speech, as well as obscure music references, and comments on political goings-on. They're quite fun if you get to know them, but be from another label and you might be snubbed. They frequent coffee shops and the salvation army and know more than you ever will or would hope to about... well, pretty much anything obscure or remotely creative/underground-culture-based.
1: Did you see her shirt? I bet she got it at the salvation army.
2: Oh, yeah, thats that Hipster that works in that coffee shop. She's a bitch, but she's cool.
by regretsareawaste April 09, 2008
Anyone who is NOT you.
Anonymous hipster friend: "Ugh, look at that fucking hipster! A PBR tattoo AND a handlebar moustache? What a dickhead."

You: "I know, right?" (mental note to self: shave moustache and get PBR tattoo removed A.S.A.P!)

* See ironic. Not to be confused with Alanis Ironic
by Captain American't July 11, 2011
Although it was once a name for a particular urban subculture, loosely defined by clothing choices, "hipster" has recently come to be roughly synonymous with "person between the ages of 12 and 40 who does not wear sweatpants outdoors."
"That guy once bought a t-shirt at American Apparel; he must be a hipster."
by gg179 February 03, 2010

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