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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
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
a pretentious unemployed person who somehow acquired an extravagant apartment in Manhattan, Williamsburg, or Park Slope, listens to obscure indie and foreign music, says they like photography, art, and film, and does not own a television. Often seen eating a banana while walking.
person: what's your favorite band?
hipster: I would tell you, but you wouldn't know them.
person: oh. my favorite band is AFI
hipster: AFI?!?!?! THAT'S MAINSTREAM!
by alex gaba August 01, 2006
One who vehemently denies being a hipster.
NonHipster: Hey, skinny dude in the tight pants! You're a hipster, right?

Hipster: Oh fuck no.
by Mister Atlas June 16, 2009
Derogatory term used by (usually) fat, ugly, chronically insecure idiots who have a preference for mor and pseudo-"alternative" musics such as Nickelback etc., reality TV, and sexual repression. Commonly describes individuals who inspire jealously in these boring middle-class twats because they creatively avoid full-time work, are not afraid to be different, and (usually) have taste. As there is no "hipster" ideology as such this term could be applied to a miriad of different groups who may offend any number of social conventions. Interestingly, the word is derived from the Wolof (Senegalese) word "hipi" meaning "to open one's eyes" or "be aware", and was introduced into English through slavery, as "hipster" slaves developed their own language in order to communicate behind the backs of their masters. Current hatred of "hipsters" is rooted in a desire for control and conformity: slavery to a boring middle-class consumerist existence.
Boring Middle Class Twat 1: "Wanna do something interesting tonight?"
Boring Middle Class Twat 2: "Let's go to the mall."
Boring Middle Class Twat 1: "Yes, that sounds interesting."
by Erkin Koray January 29, 2005
A trendy homosexual fixie riding, grit smokin douche bag. He is always wearing a striped v-neck with holes in it, tight black cheap monday pants, a vintage fedora w/ a peacock feather. They wear old worn italian cycling shoes, vans with holes, and/or toms often wear nazi or WW2 jackets, and bright neon "Fay Banz" (fake ray bans). They have trendy facial hair, and long and short section in their hair that seem out of place. Often shop at urban outfitters and american apparel. Essential accesories include: 1st generation ipod (because its bulky and works better and is trendier supposedly, which is filled with indie rock, alternative, or strange french pop), Vintage cigarete case filled with camel or parliament grits, strange leather bracelets, keys on belt, Vintage messenger or courier bag, sidekick 2. Use words like janky, sketchy, and epic fail. have a vintage italian steel track bike thats never been on the track and most likely has bright colors and 1 or 2 aerospokes.
Hipster 1: dude thats one janky lookin fixed we should go work on that or someting..

Hipster 2: Hold on i gotta pause my 1st gen, yeah sounds good but im too lazy, id rather just brush my hair and smoke some cigarretes, did u hear they're having a urban out fitter sale?

Hipster 2: solid we can go with our fix krew and have a ride there.
by cheap monday 123 January 11, 2009
fist magnet . a person of low character that stands for nothing.the most unimportant counter culture cliche to exist in one hundred years. gaunt overly obsessed with creating the illusion of social awareness while in actuality concerned with nothing. usually can be seen in the parts of town where pseudo artists congregate. watch for veganism and che tshirts. also a large concentration of poorly constructed one speed bikes being ridden by people with no cadence skills. under nourished and pale hard to differentiate the difference between the females and males of this subculture.
usually one knows they are in the presence of a hipster when they are around someone using really large words but unable to say anything at all. bad odors due to the fashion statement being made by not bathing are also present. horrific music being played and the allusion to the fact you are not smart enough to get it. also watch for tshirts being worn of defunct bands like joy division. worship of ian curtis and nico also a common factor. over use of the word amazing.
by flesh and blood April 27, 2011

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