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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

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A guy who listens to indie bands you've never heard of, always has his ipod, and uses the word cheek several times a day. He might also wear t-shirts with hipster slogans and play an instrument in a garage band.
Kevin: Dylan is such a hipster

Me: Yea I know, dude.
by deeklecheeks147 November 19, 2010

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Snobby group of gross men and women who think its cool to read and wear old shit. Often listen no indie music so they can seem less mainstream and therefore more hipster to other hipsters. Mainstream ideas and products are shunned by hipsters, iphones being an exception. They show great disdain for anyone who is "mainstream" which really means anyone who doesnt like their crappy music or their shabby looking clothes and bad hair. Any person with half a brain will realize that the only thing seperating a hipster from hobo is an iPhone and taste for bad music.
Normal guy: dude, why do they let that smelly hobo in the coffee shop?
Normal guy 2: idk... Wait! Check the iPhone! Totally a hipster! .. Gross
Normal guy: Even worse! Why would they let a hipster in here! At least hobos realize it's not cool to look the way they do!
by Hipsterhater February 12, 2012

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A typical 20-30 year old douche bag that believes they're better than everyone else because of their misguided and unrealistic ideals. They believe in nonconformity, listen to terrible indie music, wear clothes from the Salvation Army, are usually vegetarian and do tons of recreational drugs. Their extremely liberal stance in politics makes them incapable of accepting reality for what it is, and they’ll actually defend drug abuse, claiming it’s healthy. Hipsters specialize in mooching off society, believing in utilitarianism and socialism, and that everyone should be equal and that they have a right to have everything handed to them. It is because of this that most of them are jobless, having no incentive to work for or earn anything that isn't free (See: Occupy Wall Street).

You can recognize a hipster for their odd piercings, odd colored hair, tight jeans, donated clothing and pothead-like voice. They can usually be found at raves or indie rock concerts, and occasionally at house parties rolling up their own cigarettes and / or holding a Pabst Blue Ribbon. You may also recognize their incredible ability to reject reality and their intense effort to do absolutely nothing. This means staying up til odd hours of the morning, and sleeping all day, only to wake up, smoke a cigarette, then smoke 2 other drugs just in time for another cigarette. They usually proceed to ask to borrow some money, being they just spent it all on smoking, instead of necessities like food.
Normal Human: Hey Storm, what'd you end up doing last night? I went out to a house party and had a fuckin blast haha.

Hipster (Storm): uhhhh, oh yeah haha. I went out to a foam party and dropped 90 bucks on shrooms man. It was unreal man heheh. I was trippin balls and danced my ass off for hours then hooked up with this chick with blue hair and a shaved head.

Normal Human: Oh. Sounds... Sounds fun man..

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Normal Human: Say, that cough sounds pretty nasty. You aren't sick are you?

Hipster: Nahhhh man, i don't know, it just came outta no where man. I've had it for a while now.

Normal Human: It couldn't be from stupid amount of smokin--

Hipster: Hah what?

Normal Human: Oh..
by Alcolawl January 27, 2012

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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

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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

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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

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Usually can be identified by skinny jeans, Tom's shoes, the 'ironic' t-shirt, thick rimmed glasses....They deny being hipsters of course, insisting that they 'don't believe in labels'. They insist on eating organic food, yet they all smoke (the approved hipster brands of cigarettes being Camel Lights, Parliament Lights, & if they're really extra pretentious, then American spirits). They claim to be very open minded & non-judgemental, yet only seem to date, hang out with, befriend, or associate with people that dress like them,like the same music, talk the same, walk the same, etc. They all like to pretend they have some kind of talent when it comes to art, & enjoy watching 'films' instead of movies (the more artsy-fartsy & less sense it makes, the better). They even all eat the same foods. Look in any hipsters basket next time you're at the store,& it'll always be greek yougart, hummus (or supplies to make hummus),some kind of organic, vegan snack that costs a zillion dollars a box, tastes like crap, yet they claim they 'can't live without!', & then some kind of 'ironic' cereal, like capt'n crunch or something like that.
Hipster #1-"I'll take a PBR"
Hipster #2-"I found the BEST brand of organic, cruelty-free, vegan turnip chips at Whole Foods-omg, I CRAVE those things!"
Hipster #3-"They're just too mainstream now-I liked them when no one else even knew about them"
by akPhilly March 17, 2013

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