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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 hipster is someone who does common things in life in an uncommon way and attracts attention

Usually a hipster is smart but also has a sassy attitude

Hipsters are modern and pop like they are simply just UNIQUE
The new girl... Tarica, she's such a hipster! Did you see her hot pink sneakers...?
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In short, a hipster is a socially evolved version of a nerd. Hipsters claim to be unique and not follow any mainstream trends and activities. Yet they all look and act the same. They drink the same beer, listen to the same music, and wear the same clothes.

Usually at a point in their life, a nerd may begin a transformation into a hipster. They will go through a social evolution where they become more social and can converse with people. Soon after they begin to grow facial hair which will eventually turn into a large long beard or mustache. Next on the list is to get the "hipster cut" which means cutting the side of their hair very short while leaving the top very long. Hair products are then used to comb the top hair back or to the sides. Some may not use any hair product at all. New clothes usually include shirts with something ironic or sarcastic. A hipster's second language is sarcasm. As the evolution continues, they will refuse to take public transpiration or even drive cars. Bikes will replace every form of transpiration year-round.

Hipsters spend a good part of their lives drunk and high. Many of them attempt homebrewing to support their love for craft cheap beer. Much of what they talk about will involve different types of craft beer.

At the end of the day, a hipster may never know or admit to being a hipster. But if they look like a hipster, act like a hipster, and talk like a hipster, they're simply... a hipster.
Bus driver: It's cold out, just take the bus, you'll freeze to death!

Hipster: No sir, my beard and hipster cut will protect me. I'm riding my bike till the day I die. Buses and trains are for mainstream folk.
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Someone who tries to look like they don’t give a damn what you think, while in secret desperately caring what you think.
What’s the point of hipsterism?
Well, everyone’s got to be better than SOMEBODY.
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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.
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A hipster is now basically just a caricature of a liberal, urban European student. The hipster lifestyle started in the late 90s/early 00s as reaction to the MTV/TRL/popstar/celebrity worship/fast food consumer culture that peaked in America right before 9/11. Some people were trying to get away from all of that, and instead shopped at thrift stores, started growing their own organic food, read nonmainstream literature, listened to indie music etc, and didn't really fit in with the average joe, and their intentions were at least somewhat authentic in the beginning, unlike most hipsters now. Its origins were mostly on the west coast like grunge was, because that area already has some slight counter-cultural tendencies. Eventually it was picked up and marketed to the youth as an image and a lifestyle so they could be labeled and to get them to buy stuff, just like they did with grunge in the 90s. Today's stereotypical hipster is an exaggerated version of this earlier hipster.
Today's hipsters are different than the ones in the 90s
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As a hipster, you are epitomizing a look/trend/"movement" of a particular area that you moved to because you heard of it's coolness, and once there, you mimic the style and attitude of what seems to be the 'hippest'. They go out of their way to be hip, and in no way does the term stand for individuals who are counter-culture or rebellious like in the 50's/60's, although they truly believe they are THE and THE only shit. They act like snobby assholes towards anything they think that they know about, especially what they've heard from CNN, but are easily stumped if you ask them any sort of details about the issue that they bark about.

These days, you can spot a typical hipster by their unnecessarily tight jeans, TOMS or VANS slip on shoes, and most wear glasses that they don't need, with fake lenses. Basically, a hipster of a particular city is one who mirrors the people around them. Hence why they all are dressed the same and are so easy to spot. Hipsters are the lame, wannabe versions of iconoclasts: James Dean, Allen Ginsberg, and the like. Trailblazers, who really were 'hip' because they weren't. People who would either be hiding from society or kicking it's ass for taking their style. Hipsters just try way to hard to be cool.
Real hipsters are usually nothing at all like what the yuppies at thrift stores try to be.

Looks can be deceiving, of course, but if someone tells you you are a hipster, believe them. If they say you are what hipsters try to be, be proud.
Hipster #1: You want to walk to that trendy coffee shop, have a shopping spree at Goodwill, and then browse around the book store like we are actually going to read the books we're looking at?

Hipster #2: Only if we can wear our matching 100% recyclable scarfs! Hey, grab my cigarettes...
by stonymontana'92 May 08, 2013

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Middle class materialistic white kids who have no real interests, hobbies or personality and does not do hipster activites for fun but do it to be oh so ironic and ultimately conformist. A hipster is under the pretension that they rebellious and original when they are far from it. Hipsters only have 'surface' interests in things, they are poseury and only do it for the whole 'look at me' factor. They manage to take different aspects of other subcultures in a poseury fashion without having any interest in it and destroy and are a disgrace to the subculture. In conclusion hipsters are overgrown 12 year olds who are poseury and attention seeking and try and hide the fact that they have no hobbies or interests other that shopping. The good thing is that this tends to surface around 14 years old and most of them they'll grow out of it before they hit 25 where they will realise how boring and ordinary they are.
Take punk: hipsters wear dr.martens and their £80 acid 'grungey'wash jeans, pretend they are liberal say 'f*cking tories', they have no real knowledge of politics or of views or experiences on specific social issues and I promise you that they'll be voting tory in 10 years time. Take sporty subculture: they wear adidas originals because they want to look 'cool' but have no interests in sport as that wouldn't be hipster.
by plmmlp April 22, 2013

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