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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
hippie + gangster = hipster

some1 who smokes a shitload of weed and trips on shit like a hippie, but still keeps it gangster.
yo you see dat kid who just took sum acid and is now sparking up a beezy? thats a hipster
by shamkeem October 04, 2010
(1) n. An over-educated, pretentious, narcissistic teenaged-to-twenty-something-year-old in skinny jeans who despises everything mainstream when in reality their lifestyles and personalities are regurgitated and inauthentic, as hipsterism has already hit the mainstream

(2) n. Assassin of cool
"Being a hipster is the opposite of a movement; it's a crawl toward death."
—Portland Mercury
by NoMoreDBagsPlease July 12, 2010
Emo for people in their mid to late 20s.
A guy who listens to a lot of indie music and writes bad poetry graduates from emo school at age 25 and is now a hipster.
by Vandervest August 12, 2009
Men and women, mostly yuppies, in their early to late twenties. They love simple clothes and work at hipster places like American Apparel. Hipster men love to wear slim fitting sweatshirts and straight legged jeans or a solid colored tee, hot shorts, sweatband, and vinatge sunglasses. The women hipsters like to wear a floppy bohemian dress, dark stockings, slouch boots, a blazer, and a pendant necklace that comes down to their chest. When it comes to hair, hipster guys prefer to have scruffy beards and wavy hair- any length. Women have long wavy hair with little or no layers, but with eyebrow length bangs. All hipsters are obsessed with music, style, and movie subcultures. Their main goal is to look "cool", but they never use that word to describe anything.
OMG she like listens to The Kills and reads Vice magazine, she is sooo hipster.
by htotheetothello December 06, 2006
Anyone who thinks hipsters are from a young age group essentially consider themselves a brand of "hipster" but are in fact merely blissfully, painfully unaware of anything outside of their little uninformed, age-ist universe.

Vintage hipsters (yes, over 35 years old!) still enrage the status quo and run around in black pants like they are cooler than anything going. Don't worry, kids!, all of your complaining and dislike of all these little sub groups that mean next to or absolutely nothing will continue to plague you for the rest of your life, lucky you!
Think we can get into the Maryann Faithfull concert at St Ann's, or will it be sold out to HIPSTERS?
by jescoelvis October 23, 2006
A derogatory term used to describe free-thinkers and people that appreciate creativity. Because in most modern societies it is often looked down upon for an individual to appreciate creativity and to be able to think for themselves it has become somewhat rare to find people that do so. Many half-wits or people who abstain from thinking for themselves (the majority of people) have come up with a derogatory term (hipster) to describle all people that do such things. However, the term "hipster" fails at defining these people because it refers to a specific style of dress and a specific type of independent music (Rock) while people who appreciate creativity and think for themselves don't all have the same style of dress. They could wear anything and listen to a wide variety of independent music (not just independent rock as the stereotype suggests). One of the most obvious reasons why these people would prefer not to be labeled as "hipsters" and view the term as derogatory is that the term "hipster" implies that they are trying to conform to a specific subculture while anybody who appreciates creativity and can think for themselves would not conform to anything because doing so would not be being creative or thinking for themselves at all.
Tool - "Hey, can I ask you a quick question?"

"Hipster" - "I guess. What's up?"

Tool - "Hey, why don't you dress like everybody else and listen to bands that are on the radio?

"Hipster" - "Oh, that's because I don't have to dress the way that other people dress, and because I don't like the music on the radio.

Tool - "But, why don't you like the music on the radio? If it's on the radio, then doesn't that mean it's good?"

"Hipster" - "Well, the music that you hear on the radio is made specifically to appeal to ignorant, culturally deprived people like yourself that don't really care about the artistic and creative value of music and prefer to listen to music that sounds just like every other singer on the radio and sings about the same cheesy, shallow, unimportant, generic topics that have been used in thousands of other songs and don't really mean anything."

Tool - "Oh..."

("Hipster" lights a cigarette and walks away)
by rodriguezj75 July 31, 2011
Someone who tries way too hard to make an impression on others and is far too self conscious to ever live a happy and meaningful life. They think they are unique, but really they are simply a slave to their own subculture's trends. Overall, you shouldn't dislike hipsters, you should feel bad for them.
Look at that hipster, with his scarf and his skinny jeans. Poor guy, he must be miserable spending all of that time trying to attain that look. And oh, look, he just ordered a PBR. Never mind that that beer tastes terrible, all he cares about is the fact that he is upholding an image
by jb57 October 24, 2010

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