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.
kids, Hipsters still maintain the air of snobbery
, still shop at salvation army
, and still have a completely astonishing array of knowledge when it comes to obscure music
, pop-culture non-sequiturs
, and political sneers
. Absolutely a blast to be friends with, hell to be enemies of, hipsters are the most bi-polar
of all the stereotypes
when it comes to how they treat you. Can be recognized by books like "The Clockwork Orange
", "Everything is Illuminated
", or obscure philosophy
books, by authors akin to Dostoevsky
"Dude, remember sarah?"
"yeah, that little indie kid, why?"
"i saw her in a coffee shop they other day, reading The Brothers
. She now goes by Anthurium..."
"Oh, our little indie kid has transformed into a hipster butterfly!"
Huge believer in evolution, whose enemy is those "unenlightened" conformists who follow their evolutionary desires in choosing sexual partners.
Though early women evolved to prefer muscular, athletic, confident, secure men, hipsters are convinced that men who try to achieve these characteristics and their female admirers are doing so because they lack the intellectual capacity to realize that pale, sickly men with a smug attitude make the best partners.
Hipster: Look at all those conformists who waste their time working and exercising, when they could be buying trendy clothes.
(hip-stur) n. A 20 something white, upper-middle class suburban transplant to any gentrifying neighborhood in any major city, but Brooklyn, NY in particular. Disheveled, hand-me-down appearance to present the image that they are not a slave to trends or fashions(ha!) They typically wear thick, Andy Warhol-like glasses (whether they need them or not), unshaven, unkept shaggy hair and retro Converse sneakers sometimes with no laces. The term is often used as a pejorative considering a "hipster" detests being called a "hipster."
Williamsburg, Brooklyn is now a hipster neighborhood.
describing someone who is as self-important as the emo
, but with self-declared superior taste in fashion, music, and art. Where the emo's primary identifying feature was self-deprecation, emotional instability and general public hatred, the Hipster identifies with being so far head the rest of general society in terms of "indie
-ness" and aesthetic that they take being misunderstood and overlooked as a compliment - because the masses of pop-culture whores don't get it anyway.
Hipster: "I'm so indie, I listen to bands that don't exist yet."
An unwashed and ungroomed person who hates corporations and everything mainstream, yet still buys Apple products.
hipster 1: Ugh..I like totally hate corporations and mainstream companies who just steal from the world and stuff. I like hate mainstream!!!
hipster 2: I totally feel that. Oh hey the new iPhone 4 is out in stores!!!!!
hipster1: Oh! Em! Gee! i'm gonna call my mom and ask her for a check. Check your GPS for the nearest Apple store.....
people who think they are original and unique for having "innovative" opinions, when really the only opinion they have is the opposite of whatever is considered "mainstream" at the time. these people think they are above everyone else for being so "different," and thinking they are the shit for not conforming to society when really their whole life revolves around being different JUST to be different so people think they are cool. Being a hipster basically means THINKING that you can fool people into thinking that you have it all figured out by using reverse-psychology, when really you want to be accepted just as much as anyone else...Hipsters just try harder.
hipsters: "what! you're not allowed to like (insert underground band name here)! you're too mainstream! you listen to the.....RADIO"
average person: "oh..um.... i just like their music...because it's good....im sorry?"
hipster: *puts on fake glasses and walks away*
Such people are the true "cool cats" of the world. They're those "in the know", ahead of the norm. They're not of the mainstream. They be eternal beatniks! (And certainly not hippies). Yes, they're people who are-- or at least consider themselves to be-- "hip", as in "hip to the jive". Older hip hipsters will of course always look down on latter-day versions, those (younger) folks who think themselves to be hipsters simply because, for instance, they're able to exhibit a little facial peach-fuzz and have a taste for some generic pop music that they've deemed to be, umm, "non-corporate". Hah!
and finger-poppin' daddies:
Knock me your lobes.
This bit of hipsterism was written by "Lord Buckley" (Richard 'Lord' Buckley'), who was a singular, amazingly influencial (Caucasian!) comic genius that looked a little like Salvador Dali, affected a British accent, dressed in a tux and was best known as one who performed hipster interpretations/translations of well-known dramatic scenes and notable speeches.
The above quote comes from Lord Buckley's version of the very beginning of Mark Anthony's funeral oration in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar:
Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears;
I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him.
The evil that men do lives after them;
The good is oft interred with their bones...