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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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This is urban dictionary, so the blunt definition of a hipster is a loser. Yet another group of clones who pride themselves on non-conformism, much like emo and scene kids. These people are snobs who normally talk with an upward inflection. Although they do have a knack with obscure music and literature, the fact remains that the only reason they know about these things is out of conformity. They dress, talk and believe the same way. Agnostic spirituality or Atheism and liberalism are mandatory. Always very thin, I have not once seen a fat or athletic hipster. Very open minded, indeed. Spineless cowards, they will not raise a fist to save their girlfriend from a rapist; and if they did they would be mutilated for it. Worthless intellectual snobs with no real depth or substance. Nothing but a lot of hot air and big words.
I don't conform. I fight against the pangs of mainstream culture by joining another one. I and my friends are intellectually diverse, believing in basically the same things, rejecting clone-wear, by dressing the same and pretending to be classy snobs while the real classy snobs laugh at us from their BMW's and Porches, all 120 lbs of us. I'm a hipster.
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are way too mainstream.
Hipsters used to be unique individuals, but have now created a whole culture out of it
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An individual who has shoved their head so far up their ass they've found a way to make themselves more of a fagot than emo kids. They can't dress like a half-way descent human being, can't talk without making themselves seem like a self righteous douche bag, can't play more than two chords on a guitar and most certainly cant do art. Doesn't matter who you are, if you think you can deem the title "hipster" you'll find yourself shitting where you eat.
Joe: What's that kids problem?

Ben: He's a hipster.

Joe: Just for that I'm going to kick his ass side ways.

Ben: Have fun.!
by Rasgen April 10, 2011

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Better than you. A hipster is better than you in every way.
Hipster 1 - What do you think about the article on the socioeconimicly oppressed in today's New Yorker?
Hipster 2 - I'm better than you.
by GusBus59 December 16, 2009

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Hipsters are a subculture of American consumer for whom the idea behind the marketing holds more value than the product being marketed.

The attachment of certain words, phrases or ideas to a product (e.g.; counter-culture, independent or "indie", progressive, alternative or "alt", organic, holistic, "old-school", etc.) whether that product is music, fashion, technology, food, social media or real estate, is enough to connote to the hipster "authenticity" and value, regardless of whether there is any innate value to be found.

Ironically, the hipster perceives him/herself as the counterpoint to mass-culture and conformity when, in fact the ease with which hipster "culture" can be appropriated, repackaged and marketed makes them the ultimate conformists (e.g.; tattoos were once a sign of rebellion and a badge of one's outsider status, now over 40% of all Americans under 50 have a tattoo, essentially making them all members of the same tribe.)
Definition #1 was clearly written by a hipster.

Gay porn used to feature nothing but hairless meth-addled circuit queens, now we have to watch skinny, bearded hipsters get facials.

Befuddled observer: "It's 79 degrees out, why are you wearing a kitted wool cap?"
Hipster: "Because I reject the mainstream banality of weather in favor of an authentic expression of my inner self."
Befuddled observer: "Oh, I thought it was because you're a hipster douche-bag."
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A Hipster is a neo-beatnik bent on individuality and seeking a culture previously underground or unique. The word Hipster is synonymous with poser. See poser. A hipster will never claim being a hipster unless they are jokingly denouncing hipsterism and are in fact an individual.
"Hipster chicks are hot, I like the way they dress, they listen to good music"
"Yes, but creative women with their own tastes who dress like hipsters, and listen to hipster music out of their own enjoyment are the ones you want to talk to".
by Shagmelon March 10, 2011

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first of all, there are the fake hipsters.
aka- the girls who have summer "hipster" blogs on tumblr. they think being hipster is wearing high-waisted shorts and wearing crosses on their necks. they still listen to nicki minaj and kesha.
no.
that is not a hipster.
a hipster is someone who simply does not give a fuck.
they appreciate what they want to appreciate.
they dress mostly in sweaters and plaid.
and they listen to bands no one has ever heard of before.
"omg lewk at me im a hipstur!!!!!!! trianglez 4 lyfe!!!!"- not a hipster

"my feline disgorged this morning."- hipster
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