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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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Someone who doesn't fit any other social group. Listens to indie music. Dresses in a style kindly described as "oddly".
just look at this Pandora profile....THAT is a hipster or young soon-o-be-hipster, if I've ever seen one:
"Hey! I'll just talk about music here, throwing in little tidbits about me. I really like "Indie" (though such differing styles should never be crushed into one genre) bands and things nobody's(at school, anyhow) heard of, so I'm glad Pandora has them. I really like irony, and I would think it amazing if the lyrics of a song reflect effort of intelligence spent on them, rather than the cookie cutter mainstream things out there today.EVen though I'm just 14, I despise the direction music is headed, both lyrically and instrumentally. Where are we, in 1984? Music making machines might have worked in George Orwell's world, but that's why Big Brother would have killed me. On a related note, I was recently distraught to discover that Indie FM in soCal has been replaced by Spanish station. How could they get rid of such a groovy station?

When not, I like reading, writing, debating, having intellectual conversation, knitting, creating theories, talking to cats with different opinions than my own, and riding my totally amazing bike (vintage schwinn with LOOOONG fenders!!!). By the way, despite comments made by some drones I know, I am NOT a hipster. I refuse to submit to an group. WHy limit yourself? (I hang out with self identified nerd, dorks, activists, emos, punks, hipsters, geeks, band people, and drama geeks. However, I hate social branding, just can't convince my ragtag band of amigos.)"
Notice how the girl edits her pandora profile.... she also describes herself as a "student/novelist/poet/blogger"

Look at the station, it's called "Groovy Tunes for Tubular Cats"....seriously?
by Harvey Jones July 05, 2009

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The new thing you DO NOT want to be. Hipsters tend to purposefully look for the things that no one else likes just to say that they like it. To them, if the music, art etc. are in style or cool to others, it is uncool. Hipsters usually are the people who think they are original when there parents probably did the same thing when they were kids. Indies and hipsters are VERY different.
First person: Look at elaine and her new "geek style" glasses.

Second Person: Hey! I saw a picture of my mom with those same glasses on from the 80's!

First Person: wow. what a hipster.
by Starsty January 13, 2011

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A person who makes being lazy trendy. A hipster gets an easy job and a shaggy looking haircut by rolling out of bed and picking out his clothes from the thrift shop in the dark. Instead of reading the news, a hipster can babble on incessantly about philosophy and art, going from one subject to another sounding seemingly intelligent and full of knowledge, but really being too lazy to coordinate his thoughts.
Greta (to a hipster in a Starbucks)- Wow, I like your American style. I heard that this crazy clothing and modern art book that you're reading are trendy now in American Starbucks.
Dax- I don't know what you're talking about. I just grabbed these clothes upon waking so they are my own look, and this book I foound in a trash dump wandering around today and this coffee shop I just wandered into, it just happens to be a Starbucks.
by Jane Doeski September 23, 2012

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People who complain about hipsters.
A true hipster would love hipsters, cause everyone else apparently hates them.
by Milo123456789 September 25, 2010

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Usually in their late teens or early twenties... Male hipsters consist of sloppy facial hair looks, cheap flanel t-shirts, fixed-geared bikes, and ugly girlfriends. Female hipsters consist of facial piercings, bad body odor, straight up ugly outfits, loose clothing with bland ugly colors, and really bad teeth. Both male and female hipsters love to drink coffee, have "deep" conversations, smoke pot, drink alcohol, and "enjoy life"...
You can usually find poser hipsters at places like starbucks. Hipsters are against corporate america, and drinking at starbucks would be as corporate as you could get. It's pretty easy to spot poser hipsters considering every hipster is a poser. A stone cold poser. These people love to just to ruin nice urban areas.
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by Willshore23 January 30, 2011

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Someone who is so indie and urban that they are actually mean and ignorant or possibly dead (or seam like it).
Those hipsters at american apparel were so boring and dead.
by SkankyBri June 17, 2008

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A person who hasn't been accepted as an adult by anyone with half a brain. These people are the product of our fuck-up, filth-ridden modern day world. In most cases they come from a dysfunctional up-bringing or just simply have no clue on how to be themselves. They are usually quite out of touch with reality.

You can spot these clowns a mile away. The guys, usually wearing what would appear to be a pair of girls jeans, you just want to plow your fist into their scrawny, perverted-facial-hair covered face. The girls(some being very attractive) usually hide their beauty under a hodge-podge, haggard mess of asinine, mix-matched clothing.
Anyone reading this who doesn't fit these descriptions, I know you know EXACTLY what and who I'm talking about.

Mostly teens and 20s, but sadly, many people are like this in their 30s. Anyone like this in their 40s, see definition: PATHETIC.
A Hipster is a person who is trying hard to be something or someone, or a person who is trying hard to not be anything or anyone at all, and has no idea how to just be as they are.
by AntiHumanlifelover April 30, 2011

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