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
A group of people that think they're so cool just because they're obsessed with triangles, horn-rimmed glasses and stupid outfits that make themselves look like a freaking hobo. They think that they're so induvidual just because they're ugly and have no lives. They also spend most of their day on the computer updating their blogs with entries such as "I'm listening to _______ by this awesome "hipster band" and drinking coffee from this small coffee shop down the street im soooo hIPSTER!!1!".
Hipster Guy: So you went to see the movie Avatar?

Hipster Girl: Yeah it was soooo cool how did you KNOW?!!

Hipster Guy: Well you blogged about it last week && you're wearing the 3D glasses with the lenses popped out

Hipster Girl: Wow you're so deep wanna go to the secondhand store and buy some new clothes, go get coffee and then blog about it?!!?!

Hipster Guy: Hella yeah! Let's go make fun of other people wearing hollister/abercrombie since theyre sooo not hipster like us!!
by me duh lol June 22, 2010
A word used by white people from suburbia who moved into an urban environment but dislike hip hop, to pass negative judgement upon other white people from suburbia who have moved into the same urban environment, and also dislike hip hop.
"This party is so lame, it's just a bunch of hipsters talking about obscure bands."
by cockmasa flex March 20, 2009
see: Faggot
works at Jamba Juice or Starbucks.
also.
any idiot that listens to TERRIBLE indie music because it is SOOOO underground and deep/ artsy. Arcade Fire, Stock Market Crash, Black Tie Dynasty etc.. (every song will be identical to the last)
attire includes old man clothes. ex: cardigans when clearly said hipster is NOT Mr. Rogers or a girl. stupid fucking fedora hat when hipster is NOT Frank Sinatra. and any article of clothing from a bum or thrift store. similar to grunge kids and equally as retarded. just an all around dipshit. Hate away.
Normal person: cool hat D-bag.
hipster: i bought it with mommy and daddy's money from a corporation that i constantly bitch about. i'm off to take a shit in my clothes because i heard it's the in thing to.. *BANG*

Normal person: That's right bitch.
by Isaidit August 04, 2009
|hip•stər|

noun

1. a highly contagious social disorder based on fear (see 2)
2. a person afraid of being accused of being a hipster

3. a person that knows the definition of hipster esp. after looking it up on urbandictionary.com

adjective

1. (of a person or place) slightly negative judgment based on real or perceived pretentiousness
n.
1.
"In this late capitalist stage of Americanism in which meaningful culture has virtually been destroyed, hipster is now spreading everywhere to near genocidal proportions."

2.

Person one: "You're such an edgy hipster."
Person two: "Edgy hipster? You should keep razors away from your legs."

3. "Man, I don't feel like such a loser after reading through over 150 definitions of hipster; after all, bigger ones wrote them."

v.
1. "This place, Frjtz, is so fucking hipster. They only plus is that the cute Mexican cashier and I are sustaining homoerotic eye contact."
by señor cunty March 29, 2010
A group of people that embrace everything considered "unique" for the sake of being "unique". Drinks chai most of the time and thinks they know everything about Art because they know a few works by Andy Warhol. They usually goto clubs that is in the middle of nowhere because they don't play mainstream music and circle jerk about the fact that they are the only ones that know a particular band and how everyone else in the world is a conformist.

Their favorite movies consist of mostly anything by Wes Anderson and any B-movies or other independent films that hasn't been poisoned by the corporate Hollywood, or so they would have you believe. Oh, and they think Bruce Campbell is the best actor in the universe.

Hipsters also like to think they are Buddhist despite the fact that they know nothing about it, and to top that off they are usually vegan. They like anything retro and vintage, especially anything to do with the 8-bit generation of video gaming when in reality all they know about video games is Pacman and Super Mario.

They like to spend their time on blogs to an invisible audience about their fashion statements and writing reviews of indie music albums and the occasional rant about how their life sucks because their local thrift store isn't open on sundays anymore. Yeah, tell that to the starving AIDS-ridden african kid dying on the other side of the world, dumbass. Perhaps you'd like to trade places?

Hipsters also like to think they are environmentally-aware and join facebook/myspace groups that supposedly help fight global warming just because they just reached 200 members (and still counting!).

In a nutshell, just a bunch of fake pompous douchebags that like to think they are unique because they like things that no one has heard of.
Douchebag Hipster kid: My favorite artist is Andy Warhol.

Normal person: Oh really? what year was he born?

Douchebag Hipster kid: I don't know... (changes conversation)
by J Y January 03, 2008
a serious problem on the L train.
lets stand next to these hipsters so when they get off at Bedford we can take their seats.
by staywarm December 07, 2006
A derogatory word fashionable young people use to refer to other fashionable young people that they don't like.
Ugh, John and his friends are such hipsters.
by Tinyfolk December 29, 2008

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