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
Those three girls at school who sit near a window on the third floor at lunch and hunch over one small chicken salad with light french dressing. They make the color black apart of there wardrobe everyday and have the most awesome pair of suede ankle boots you could imagine, there hair is always lazily styled along with there make-up which now includes glittery mascara with green eyeliner and they manage to keep there shades on all day with-out getting reprimaned by a teacher, they are getting all A's in school though you hardly ever see them turn in work...if you were to walk up to them they would smirk and throw out words with more then 9 letters as there greeting, they have there own secret language which at least at my school includes the word screened. They wear purple leather gloves they got from sak's on sale and claim to have gotten everything at the local thrift store though you know you've seen them coming out of annie creamcheese more then once while talking about Urban outfitters....which if asked about will say it's a conformity store....there the only ones not wearing the school colors on the day of the rivalry football game and will proudly say that the schools football team sucks while being wooed by its more then likely going to be recurited quaterback. they secretly love the fact that starbucks is only a few blocks away and will walk there when alone and without friends....they drink there coffee light/skim with no whipped cream and no matter what season it is there getting hot coffee...there the only ones at the zoo not on a date or followed by little kids, they paint there nails the same way its being done in china.....they wear glittery bra straps with tank tops and will have vomit contest in the schools first floor bathroom..they may be seen wearing a thing or two from places like lacoste and ralph lauren but will often downplay it with a pair of shiny black skinny jeans from a place they are determined to keep secret from you..they "help" with stage crew and end up getting the most praise....consider anyone over 112pds a fat fatty but are really great friends with one of the heaviest girls in the school, they have a signature thing they like to wear each (one might wear a scarf..one might wear a shawl....one might always have on red shoes)and are in love with small compact cars they can barely fit all the clothes they buy into....they spend way too much on water from italy or new zeland and love to pretend to drink by buying up fruit drinks that come in mystery cans...are determined to stay thin with out working out..secretly love looking at themselves..are considered really mature though when alone with there group are really completely immature and bitchy....they volunteer at some cushy place and think YOUR stupid for not having a tutor, they hate anyone with a fake tan who wears A&F, HOLLISTER and will only slighty tolerate those who shop at rheul.....LOVE martin+osa and have a one sided rivalry with one of the popular girls....thinks cheerleading is fun for the dumb and only gives golf claps to poms because dancing is an actual art form....there cell phones are old but they have the latest and greatest ipod...they always want to borrow yours..they know they look better then everyone else and play off the reason as to why there single as every guy in the school being immature while shifting it away from the fact that there just plain mean...have been out of the country and has downloaded masses of euro music for no apparent reason..will openly talk about race....they have this funny kind of walk they do..will talk about you once your atleast 3 ft away and know you'll be okay with it because they can tell you worship them..why? you still dont know..isnt afraid to go sit in the library and may even be in the book club...thinks guys with the helmet flip hair cut are disgusting....would prefer someone older...has downed wine before 10 and always makes sure to mention there one friend in ROTC....loves high waisted military pencil skirts and high heels but will also kick your ass if your planning on getting the only pair of flats that they happen to want..never goes shopping with the group..always alone with the mom but makes sure to say how much they spent before they actually tell you what they brought...thinks walking home from school is illgeal so will wait hours for a ride...........trust me i know....my sister is such a hipster...
Hipstersister:....I cant belive I had 3 kernels of pop corn...Im gonna head to the bathroom..you coming?
Hipster: what am I screened...no flip ill be there...oh I spent "only" 700 dollars this weekend...I forget what I brought
Hipstersister:(glaring)....oh is "that" all....ew look at that girl wearing A&F...shes a whore..
Hipster:....yeah..oh Im wearing pink to the game...forget white and orange...
Hipstersister:..oh yeah you know that korean girl.....she talks sooo white....
hipster: im korean....
hipstersister:....and......you sound white too
(hipster friend coming from the bathroom)....dont go in there girls from the JV cheer team are talking about the jonas brothers...
(all):.....screen...
by aynun September 21, 2007
wants to be indie, but is not
you = hipster
by frodo smith January 04, 2010
1. The guy who wrote the definition of hipster that starts with

"Hipsters are a subculture of men and women typically in their 20's and 30's that value independent thinking. . ."

and continues in an incredibly self-important and disappointing manner to idealize this counter-AnyRemoteUsefullnessToHumanCultureAndItsDevelopment
"counter-culture".

2. A very bad omen for the future
"Do you realize that the next generation of voters will be flooded with apathetic hipsters?"

"God help us"
by Unfortunate reader of Mr. Trey December 31, 2009
Annoying 120lb toothpicks running around in tight trousers and even tighter t-shirts.
Tend to (falsely) believe they're witty, eccentric, and refined, when in reality they have zero interests of their own and need to cling on to anything viewed as "uncool" to have something to talk about.

They're very head-strong, particularly when it comes to politics, an area in which they view themselves as enlightened.

Love to read just for the sake of it; they rarely take anything away from the texts. Chomsky is a favourite, as is Voltaire.
They also write -- most will attempt poetry, or a novel, which will be set in a far-off fantasy world with characters named "Takeshi" and "Riku".

Music-wise, hipsters love anything which isn't popular: mainly indie bands straight out of the sub-urban garage complete with nasal American singing and vain, repetitive lyrics.

You can usually find them in Starbucks on a Tuesday morning complaining in their blog, attending local protests (they have to maintain the image of being rebellious), or crawling around in the woods taking photographs of dead leaves.
Hipster: Look at me! I'm wearing tight black trousers with PINK striped socks and *blue* hair! I'm so eccentric lolz.
Hermit math wiz: No, I'm eccentric: I live with 200 cats, eat their food, and have a 163 IQ.

Hipster: Am I a connoisseur or do I just have too much time on my hands? You decide! ;)
*Shoots*
by Trice7UK August 11, 2010
n. A perpetual child/self-professed intellectual. While the word "hipster" might have been tied to social awareness in the past, a modern hipster is defined as a consumer demographic by marketers. Bad beer, Apple products, gay pants, the music of undeserving bands, and pseudophilosophy e-books are all associated with hipsters. This change was carefully planned and executed out of desperation by dying hipsters in the 2000s Great Irony Famine.

Most deluded species of slacker in the world. Living bastardization of caring humanitarian. Would bring about own death by thirst if really in a third-world nation (whining).

Does not realize that people don't necessarily take typical jobs in skilled trade, social work, or applied sciences because they are sheep, but because they realize the importance of being, at the very least, self-sufficient. Shies away from hard studies because s/he is satisfied to complain about the rest of humanity. Putting hipster through serious schooling to make said hipster apply this education to human welfare is nearly impossible.

Believe it is noble to refuse work at a boring job in favor of artistic pursuits. (Some photographers, writers, and journalists become successful, but they truly work in the more competitive field, because, after a certain point, art is useless to human advancement). Does not realize that lucrative/respected careers in the arts require talent and entail endless work and self-promotion, though s/he does the latter by nature.
1. "Look at all these conformists, buying all these pointless things that I happen to not like---HOLYFUCKISTHATANEWIPHONE!?! EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEDADDYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY"

2. Trey Parasuco, the author of the notoriously self-aggrandizing top definition. Known for being so insecure about the hipster image that he, in typical hipster fashion, authored an intelligent, completely non-delusional thesis about hipsters, which was immediately rated up by thousands of esteemed members of the scientific community.
by Satiricus January 29, 2011
Hipsters are people that have the ability to think for themselves. There are broad subdivisions of hipsters that get labels based on the clothes they wear. A lot of the negativity expressed in the prior definitions are targeted toward emo and fashioncore people. I might be, or might hang out with a bunch of hipsters, but we don't call ourselves that or even talk about it, but i've seen others referred to as hipsters because they engage in conversations that have substance. The conversations a hipster might have generally revolve around culture, drugs, nature, politics, and soceity. Instead of wasting time in front of the television being brainwashed hipsters spend it enjoying the fruits of life. Whether it be music, poetry, making your own fashion, or just trying to change the world. The reason a lot of hipsters seem arrogant is because they generally spend their time around other hipsters learning and experiencing new things.

A lot of people are intimidated by the amount of knowledge a hipster might posess regarding his subjects of interest, because instead of doing nothing at all hipsters tend to do things.

Most hipsters are enlightened individuals through psychedelic drug use and shun some of soceity's accepted evils like religion, the television, and marketing in general. Instead of buying what is sold to you on the television at a normal price, why not get what you need at the thrift store, be unique, and then spend the money elsewhere and support the kind of culture you indulge in.

If you had a 3rd generation or before ipod, you are a probably a hipster. You might be one or not be one based on that, but its a pretty good guideline.
"Wait... your calling me a stupid hipster because I shop at the Salvation Army, think for myself and follow the culture I can relate to the most and instead of spending my money on jeans I bought these turntables and a bunch of ecstacy, and I'm arrogant because I'd like to hang around people that are open with their feelings, don't talk behind others backs, and have similar interests more than I'd like to hang out with you and discuss the latest mtv reality show and contemplate what Paris Hilton will do next?"
by Brian Edgell October 28, 2006
Someone who is part of a teenage subculture. For example skaters, hip-hoppers, mods, hippies, emos, jocks, ravers, metal-fans, rockers, geeks, punks, nerds, couch-potatoes, demosceners.

These scenes usually have adapted to a certain style of clothing, music, sports, behaviour which the teenagers following that scene support, as opposed to the mainstream teenagers who wear expensive clothes from brands known for child-labour, music dictated by the big music companies, thinking they are unique that way and making fun of the "hipsters" because they go their own way.
"Look at that emo guy over there with his thrift shop clothing, totally a hipster"

"So what, at least he's not walking around with $200 Evisu jeans and an iPod like you do!"
by Andre Miller April 15, 2006

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