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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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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

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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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A person who acts similar to lead singer Jarvis Cocker in the music video for the Pulp song "Common People". YouTube it.
average man: Where'd you get those dance moves?
hipster: Jarvis Cocker, bitch!
average man: Damn hipsters!
by Corinthian_mirror November 05, 2010

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Someone who thinks something unknown is cool, and stops liking it as soon as it becomes popular. These people think they are cool because of it, but generally speaking, they are arrogant bastards who conform to an ideal of non-conformity.
Hipster: you like my pokemon hat and t-shirt with no brand name?

Other kid: yeah i have that exact hat and none of my clothes have labels either!!!

Hipster: uhh... *turns away* WHO WANTS MY CLOTHES?!?!
by Heisenburg. October 11, 2010

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Mix of Ghetto & Mixer

Makes raps and adds to other peoples raps

Dresses ghetto but sometimes preppy
Damn look at the hipster girl editting Young Forever && making new things.
by LidooMunster July 09, 2010

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A relatively new subculture (late 90's-present). A hipster can generally be identified as a skinny, efeminate looking male or a unkemp, annoyed looking female in their 20's wearing tight jeans and thrift store/vintage clothing and accesories.
The hipster is a subculture without a cause. They have no ideals or values except trying shunn the mainstream and appear as unconventianal as possible by advocating the independent. They can be seen: riding bikes, smoking expensive cigarretes, drinking independent coffee and cheap alchahol, and eating organic and vegan food. They will say they do such things so as to not conform to mainstream/consumer society, but really their only motive is to appear interesting and different. Theyr'e also pretentious as hell and have egos the size of Africa despite the fact that nobody really cares about them or their interests. They especially enjoy talking about themselves but will lose interest if the conversation moves to other subjects. They will not give up an argument but if confronted with violence they will quikly coil into the fetal position. Oh, and many male hipsters are closeted homosexuals.
Overall, hipsters are the embodiment of apathy, irony, and hypocrisy because by not conforming, theyr'e conforming.
The origin of the modern hipster is simple: Skinny, uncomfortable, nerdy guys in high school with small genetalia back in the late 90's couldn't find their identity and so decided to "not conform" by creating a sorry clusterfuck of a human being with oversized glasses and tight pants. The girls just did it to tag along and appear more interesting and inflate their egos.
The worst subculture out there in my opinion.
The CA bay area seems to be most heavily populated with hipsters, but you can find them at your local independant coffee shop.
hipster: I just rode my bike downtown while smoking a pack of cloves, then spent the day shopping at goodwill and loitering.

Me: Go fuck a duck.
by McToefats December 07, 2008

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ACTUALLY, anyone who knows anything about Callum knows that he isn't only in 3 bands. DUH! He also raps under the name Milton Diamondz and has another band called TOUR!
"Callum, you have gold shoes. You put the hip in hipster"
by Rosie O Donnell February 04, 2008

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