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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 follower. Someone that keeps up with current trends, but tends to not, in fact, be a trend setter. Many present themselves in a way that it may appear that the are capable of making truly intelligible conversation. However the opposite becomes very evident once they attempt to be engaging with those outside of their social circle. Now when it comes to current events, generally speaking, it's usually only those pertaining to popular culture. It's truly the epitome of what it is to be of a herd mentality.
Hipster one: "I can't believe how popular that band has become"

Hipster two: "I'm not really into that sort of music, but if everyone is going count me in"
by Fkit August 27, 2014
A subculture of boys and girls between the ages of 17 and 30, who live off of their parents' trust funds. They buy expensive clothing and listen to horrible music. Hipsters will usually clump together in groups, like barnacles. Anyone who isn't a hipster in their eyes cannot be fully integrated into their social circles.
Man, those hipsters got their parents to buy them an art studio downtown. They're looking for bands to perform every Thursday, but only if you're a hipster too; only if you're friends with them.
by Perv Tycoon March 08, 2014
A label used by the public to describe individuals who's cultural preferences are rooted in independent media rather than mainstream society. With the glorification of superficiality in Western culture post - 9/11 (celebrities, lifestyles, manufactured pop music etc.) any media which deviates from this and fosters an intellectual ethos is derided as 'pretentious' by current generations, who have subsequently become accustomed to the holocaust of mediocrity now permeating popular culture. Modern hipsters are mostly individuals who came of age during the 90's, and (having their beloved culture usurped by the information age and it's subsequent technology) find a defiant comfort in aspects of culture which reflect a kitsch/amateur/thrift store aesthetic representative of the times they grew up in. Because of this, they sometimes hold opinions which seem obnoxious to those who can't relate to having been a part of it. This is not usually intentional however, and mostly represents their anger at how the society they grew up in (which in an unusual move for society put substance and authenticity first) has been replaced by one which instead celebrates superficial values. Of course, those unfamiliar with this tend to interpret the hipster phenomenon as a fabricated trend (or cheap substitute for previous subcultures), and proceed to mock them for not sharing their vapid love of the Kardashians, Geordie Shore and the rest of their mainstream ilk. Hence, the hipster label was born.
(the unpoken rule of being a hipster is to not admit to being one, but I've broken it for this example)

Average Joe: Are you a hipster?

Hipster: Depends, can you appreciate the fact that I prefer stuff with substance? you know, stuff I can personally connect to? because god knows I can't connect to what others like, and they've made their feelings about this very apparent. That's their whole game; if you don't like what they do, you're the freak, the weirdo, the mental person. Rejection forces people to find somewhere they will be accepted. For me, its in the music and movies which say 'don't worry, we're not like them either'. It's the only thing that keeps me sane. Can you understand that?

Average Joe: *Derisive expression*

Hipster: Well that explains it all doesn't it? We try to be accepted, and get ridiculed for it. We try to be independent, and get ridiculed for it. Brilliant :/
by GoAskAlex91 October 18, 2013
Hipster in the contemporary sense is a subculture of men and women generally in their 20's and 30's. Aspects of this sub culture include rampant consumerism of "ironic" or "kitschy" pop culture items and art, examples of this include large colored sun glasses, indie music, street art. The nihilistic and self indulgent characteristics of this group have grown and developed from the failure of past youth cultures i.e beats, hippies, and punks to make any sort of true cultural or political change. Thus the hipster culture is an acceptance of all the things which previous countercultures believed they were fighting against such as commercialism and consumerism.
Those hipsters over there dress ridiculous and don't care about anything.
by ThisMoniker July 26, 2011
unicorns and triangle tattoos smoking cheap cigarettes and drinking alcohol while eating marijuana brownies on there magic carpet- they love their vintage slippers and jam jars.. people with kooky names like leanna& andrew
wow steve look at those uber cool Hipster. across the street, lets bow down
by LEANNA JADE PLATTS June 22, 2011
A non-productive member of society. Typically the offspring of two highly successful parents who live in places like Greenwich, Connecticut or the Upper East Side of Manhattan, the hipster is someone who has failed to achieve the level of success of his or her busy parents and tries to compensate for the insecurities that come with abject failure by conforming to a culture that claims to hate conformity. They shop at thrift stores and try desperately to shed their blue-blooded upbringing by wearing old, ratty flannel shirts and by bleaching and/or rubbing dead fish in their hair.
Person 1: Dude, have you ever been to an urban farmers' market?

Person 2: No, seeing all those hipsters makes me depressed about the future of our society.
by Le Phénix June 22, 2011
Something you beat with a stick.
Person 1: lulz look at that thing. Is it a guy or something else? I can never tell.

Person 2: It's a hipster.

Person 3: *Beats it with a stick*
by Theodore McStick June 06, 2011

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