I define "hipsters" as poseurs who are immitating people who are actually hip, or at least who they perceive to be hip. A hip person typically has some degree of fashion sense, and a good example of the difference between this and a "hipster" is how a hip person might buy articles of clothing from the Salvation Army because they're cheap and/or unique, whereas a "hipster" would shop at some sort of boutique that sells exclusively fashionable vintage clothing and pay 10 times as much for more or less the same items.

A hip person is cognitive of what styles are fashionable, and finds a style that suits his or her self, but doesn't necessarily have to be wearing exclusively non-mainstream vintage or designer articles. A hipster either copies a hip person, the other hipsters he knows, or whatever he sees in "Vice" magazine. A few fashion items are always acceptible regardless of how much of a poseur you are or aren't: Chuck Taylors, black hoodies, tight pants, etc.

A hip person might look hung over or like they just got out of bed, but if they do, it's because they really are hung over and just got out of bed. A "hipster" might spend considerable effort faking that look by messing up their hair and intentionally wearing wrinkled clothes. A telltale sign of a hipster douchebag is that he or she is clearly "trying" to be fashionable. They often overaccessorize with some sort of scarf, hat, or outlandish shoes, and put a great deal of effort into making sure everything matches.

A hip person most likely is an avid listener of music, but doesn't particularly care how others judge his or her taste. He or she might listen to anything, sometimes including things that were once, or even are currently, mainstream. A "hipster" contrives his or her music collection to be seen by others as cool and "indie". They love vinyl records. Crappy music seems cool to them as long as they listen to it on vinyl, and especially if it's some sort of rare recording that they can be sure no one else they know owns. If you asked a hipster whether he cared if people thought his music collection was cool, he would say "no", but he would be lying. They care.

In fact, the defining trait that seperates legitimate cool people from hipster douchebags is that truly hip people genuinely don't care what other people think of them, or maybe acknowledge it a little bit but don't base their whole persona around it. Hipsters are obsessed with this fact, and build their entire personalities in an effort to make it look like they also don't care. They want, just as much as normal people, to fit in. A really hip person just naturally fits in because he or she has a likable personality and is fun to be around. All hipsters hate other hipsters and consider them to be phonies, and no hipster will ever admit to being one even if they fit all of the stereotypes.
True story: I was recently at a thanksgiving party where a lot of food was being served. The skinny, pale, threadbare sweater and tight pants-clad hipster-looking guy who had been putting on music all evening walked into the room. People weren't talking much at the time because their mouths were full, and hipster douchemaster sweater guy decided the room wasn't sociable enough for him, said "This room sucks", turned, and walked away. He could have just walked away, but he felt he had to verbally pass judgment on the room's occupants to make sure he seemed superior to them. What a dick.
by Rassar December 05, 2007
Capitalism's ultimate victory over socialism.

A hipster defines themeslves as part of a supposed counterculture through what he or she buys, not what they do do. In other words, consumption instead of action.

Thus actually going out there and doing things has been replaced by wearing skinny jeans and a Che Guevara shirt and appearing like you actually care about major issues.
An activist will join or start a demonstration bringing public attention to the plight of immigrant farm workers.

A hipster will buy a pair of Toms shoes because the company will send some poor kid another pair of shoes, thus making them feel like they did something without not actually having done anything meaningful.
by TheFrankfurtSchooled September 11, 2011
The modern hipster is a creature that generally lacks a sense of belonging in mainstream society due to its aggressive hatred of all things it sees as belonging or relating to the idea of "father". The hipster can be identified by a few trademark signs.

It wears an atrocious array of clothing that is meant to immediately draw attention to the wearer. This is to help other creatures of the same species identify each other and also to fill the hipster's deep-seated need for the attention they feel was denied them by parents who "just don't get them". Perhaps the most iconic piece of the hipster outfit is the so-called "skinny" jeans, though it is rare to see a hipster who fits the aforementioned description. A further visual trait of the hipster is its hairstyle. The hipster considers its hair to be "edgy" and avant-garde when in reality, it is an attention-seeking ploy and a desperate appeal to humans to give it the attention its father never would.

It is not uncommon for the hipster to hold a degree from an educational institution, but the majority of hipsters are merely students with no sort of financial burdens. The degree, however, is usually is Sociology or another discipline of equal worthlessness and is only obtained as a way for the hipster to feel validation for its slew of unfounded political opinions. The average hipster also has a hefty knowledge of the obscure, unpopular music that it listens to to make itself feel unique and important.
Where can I find a hipster if I wanted to study one?

You can usually find them in their natural habitats: either pretending to find symbolism and deep meaning in manga books at Barnes and Noble, or pretending to enjoy coffee at a Starbucks.
by IIVII February 14, 2011
People who are disapointed that you don't know the band they like, wear suspenders, make ironic jokes, wear lots of hats (especially toques), read lots of books, enjoy wiriting, enjoy mixtapes, dislike most of the mainstream, or have names like Braxton would be considered hipster.
Also hipsters are often those who protest being called a hipster. It would be too mainstream for them.
your friend: "Hey, that new kid's name is Braxton."

you: "Whoa, why is he wearing suspenders?"

your friend: "I don't know, but he just asked about some band called the Hundreds. What a hipster!"

Braxton: "I'm not a hipster!!!"
by jDeo January 12, 2011
A guy who listens to indie bands you've never heard of, always has his ipod, and uses the word cheek several times a day. He might also wear t-shirts with hipster slogans and play an instrument in a garage band.
Kevin: Dylan is such a hipster

Me: Yea I know, dude.
by deeklecheeks147 November 19, 2010
A person, usually in their 20s, who likes indie music, alternative lifestyles, indie films, riding fixed gear bikes, and hanging out in bars and other places you probably never heard of.

An actual hipster doesn't go around saying things like "I'm so hipster" or "I'm such a hipster" because hipster isn't a thing to be or a subculture, a hipster just is, despite people who say hipsters spend their time trying composing their whole persona. Most don't.

Hipsters are not scene kids, as the generally don't listen to overly emotional music by scremo bands, they usually tend to listen to music by boring bands, mature bands, and experimental stuff. Even though the music can suck, it tops scene kid music any day.

Hipster style is usually outlandish, but ranges to plain an no flashy. Thick rim glasses, usually darker(not goth or emo dark) or earth tone clothes. Normalized colors, but outlandish way of dressing.

A hipster do not have wild hair, people get them confused with scene kids, hipsters usually wear hair that's less outlandish that scene kids, and they usually sport one solid color, unlike scene kids. And while they do, their hair still seems dirty, and less composed.

They also like vintage things, music, clothing items, video games, photographing, books, and even homes, vintage is a plus for hipsters.
Williamsburg New-York is fucking hipsters paradise. They're gentrifying Bedstuy by the day.
by RolphSemensDickOvensUWIDI October 10, 2010
Someone who believes that they are being unique and non-conformist, while in actuality they are all the same. Hipsters, while stressing individuality, all like the same general things: combat boots, cross jewelry, mermaids and american flag apparel for girls; skinny jeans and beanies for guys. Hipsters try so hard to be different that they are actually all alike. Hipsters most likely have a tumblr.
I'm such a hipster, I listen to indie music that nobody else has heard of, and buy all my clothes from vintage stores that nobody else goes to.
by justanotherconformist February 15, 2011
Forget everything you know about hipsters its all wrong. Hipsters are the third gender of the human race, these individuals segregate themselves from the other two genders by sporting their own gender specific fashion, culture and music. The hipster gender has to this day baffled the scientific community for they play no part in reproduction nor contribute to society what so ever (because they usually have no job and live off their parents trust fund ... its fucking true). The usual human hipster would generally perceive members of other genders as inferior, rejecting all ideas and culture of the genders and referring to it as being "too mainstream" a term they use for something that doesn't appeal to their gender much like a man playing with barbie dolls or a woman who is somewhere other than the kitchen. Hipsters are usually found boasting about their great knowledge on pointless topics that most people wouldn't really give a shit about and their useless philosophy/art degree that they cant and wont use. Scientist theorize that the reason the hipster gender is not found in the wild is because the members of the gender had long ago died off. The hipster lifestyle is not compatible in the wild for there are no Cafes, Parliament Cigarettes, Crappy Indie Music and all carnivorous hipster animals would have perished from refusing to consume meat. Also like the whole population of the United States all hipsters have no clue as to the correct usage of the word "irony"
Hipster: I wear prescription glasses even tho i dont even need them cos im being ironic hurr derrrrp.
by thatdude2012 July 08, 2011

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