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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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One crucial point is often overlooked in these definitions. HIPSTERS COME FROM SUBURBAN OR RURAL AREAS AND REINVENT THEMSELVES UPON ARRIVING IN BROOKLYN. If you were born and raised in lower Manhattan or south Brooklyn you are not a hipster. People will try to push us true New Yorkers into that group but we are different. I'll call "us" New York cool kids. We're into different things. We don't like being cheap always and doing indie stuff. Our sense of taste wasn't learned at age 20, we have had it since a young age since we've grown up in this city. Think the movie "Kids" versus "Garden State," "Kids" being us and "Garden State" being hipsters. Another tell tale sign of a New York cool kid is that we like New York hip-hop a lot because it was what we grew up on. Mob Deep, Diplomats, etc... We don't like Miike Snow etc... Also we know the real network of people that are on the scene and doing things in the art, fashion, and nightlife worlds. We go to the new clubs on opening night because we're best friends with the owner. Hipsters are broke faggots who create some kind of "cool" world with other broke ass nobodies. NYC cool kids get money. We are street kids or hang with street kids. Our parents are the people who were born here or moved here in the early 80's. To us the most important part of our identity is to have grown up in the city.
Tim from who lives in Bushwick but hails from Delaware is a hipster faggot. He eats trail mix, wears wack purple 98% cotton 2% spandex jeans, and likes the band Warpaint.

Jack from New York City likes sports but knows how to dress and well is genuinely cool.
by RealNewYork March 12, 2011

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Tiffany H.
"I'm not a Hipster...i don't like categories."
by Stachophile December 05, 2011

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Someone with amazing style who typically wears vintage clothing. They usually have an very unquie appearance and rebel against the "norm". They gave an easy-going carefree out look on life. They are mostly found on blogs such as tumblr. Most are unpopular at school and very creative.
DON'T FORGET HIPSTER NEVER CLA TO BE HIPSTER BECAUSE THEY DON'T WANT TO BE PLACED INTO A CATEGORY
by Buba.W August 05, 2012

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Jessica
Jessica is a hipster.
by Agent Oso February 22, 2012

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One who wears skinny jeans, listens to indy and is born with the name Craig Martin.
Any one as hip as Craig Martin.
"I'm not a hipster, I just like bands that are so unheard of they don't even exist yet."
by stefandruzdzel January 30, 2009

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ppl who think they're better than everyone because they reject "mainstream" music and listen to indie and pop. they love to use a lot of big words to make themselves feel better than everyone.they dont really care about how they look or staying in shape even if there nut hugger skinny jeans and tight v necks make them look gay and destroy there sperm.some of the men wear unisex clothing and sometimes even women clothing which is pretty gay to me.they like to also wear glasses and sunglasses. try to act like they appreciate art and photography.not all hipsters are jerks but some are pretty snobby and think highly of themselves and have know it all syndrome and love talking shit about other sub cultures like hip hop because they will never understand it or probly didnt fit in and are too soft to actually fight. they also like to buy a lot of expensive things which ppl can sometimes get confused with hypebeast but they are actually pretty different.the men usually have bangs that look pretty emo like green day.some hipsters will actually deny that they are hipsters
Guy 1- "check out the curves on that chick"

Guy 2- "WTF man? thats a fuckin dude!"

Guy 1- "shit nigga fuckin hipsters and their damn gay tight clothing!"
by durdy deedz June 19, 2011

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The only definition of a "hipster" is that he is a person who can stand on certain street corners in any foreign big city in the world and connect for pot or junk without knowing the language, it all makes you want to go back to America to Harry Truman's face.

As defined by Jack Kerouac in Desolation Angels (book two, part one, chapter seventeen)
whole gangs of mexican hipsters mill around, most of them with mustaches, all broke, quite a few of italian and cuban descent. some of them even write poetry, as i found later.
by Bull Hubbard May 01, 2010

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