Being a hipster is fundamentally based on trying to be “untrendy” and thinking you have your own style. When many “untrendy” and “totally unique,” city-dwelling, men and women, who are mostly college students or college graduates, come together and unintentionally form a subculture, you end up with what has come to be known as “the hipster scene.” Hipsters are the “anti-trend” trend followers par excellence. All hipsters think that they come from diverse backgrounds, with diverse tastes in music, fashion, art, etc. They try to be as obscure as they can, so they can seem as intellectual and as unique as possible. But, because none of them really are intelligent or unique, they fail to come off as either, and instead, many of their behaviors end up rubbing off on one another.

In order to be a hipster you CANNOT call yourself a hipster. A person who thinks of him or herself, and identifies as, a hipster is automatically NOT a hipster. This is because you must believe that you are untrendy and different in order to be a real hipster, and by labeling yourself a “hipster” you are clearly declaring that you belong to a subculture, and hence, that you are a trendy little bastard. Thus, being a hipster is fundamentally based on denial and self-negation. That's why the common and seemingly binding behaviors we see among hipsters change every so often. For example, hipsters used to be known to buy all their cloths at thrift stores. But, because hipsters are "anti-trends," this activity is slowly dying amongst them. They have become aware of the popularity of the practice and hence, of its trendiness. Hipster culture is fluid and ever-changing because it is based on maintaining the appearance of diversity and difference. Therefore, hipsters can never be defined by the cloths they wear, the music they listen to, the places they go, or the topics they discuss. Here are the necessary conditions for being a hipster: (a) you must think that you are extremely different from everyone else, (b) you must think that you are in the intellectual elite and that you have a unique perspective on things, (c) you must try to be as ironic as possible, and act and think like you have the most obscure and elite taste in music, art, literature, and fashion, (d) you must go to parties with people who answer criterions a, b, and c (if you don’t surround yourself with other “different” and “unique” people, who are you going to be an "untrendy" hipster with?), and most importantly (e) You must never think of yourself or identity as - a hipster!!

Note that this is where things become a bit more complicated. If the hipster becomes aware of the paradox of being a hipster (self-negating, “anti-trend” trend), then they can start identifying themselves as hipsters and by doing so they would be ironic and different in comparison to everyone else in the hipster scene, who have yet to discover their self-negating natures! This will cause an infinite regression within the hipster, because you cannot identify yourself as a hipster in order to be a hipster, but by calling yourself a hipster and being aware of the paradox, you are being a complete hipster, but you cannot be a hipster if you identify as one...and so forth...into eternity.
David: I took a karate class in college, I wear designer cloths, I ironically work at a dry cleaners store, I got a 1600 on my SAT, and I like Merzbow, Joy Division, and Slayer
Tom: You’re a hipster
David: No I’m not!
by Narrow Souls July 02, 2008
Anyone doing anything in the name of a social status.
Hey Johhny, look at that hipster over there! It's fucking summer and he's got a scarf on!
by Windir VCN December 23, 2010
A pretentious, self-indulgent, usually a 20-to-30 something that believes because they posses a college education, particularly within the Liberal Arts & Sciences, that they are somehow more "enlightened" than the rest of society. The hipster in most instances falls within the "talker" side of society as opposed to the "doer" side, as defined by the Conservative/libertarian economist Thomas Sowell. Hipsters are fond of using terminology such as "misogynist" "androgynous" "feminist" "racist" and other "progressive" or "enlightened" politically cultural marxist or left-wing catch phrases meant to denote the feeling that "they care...YOU don't" "they are intelligent....YOU aren't." The irony to hipster logic, is that, despite often being described as having an appreciation for the "ironic" the hipster doesn't understand that whether a particular trend is mainstream, or counter cultural, that they are still buying into something that is marketable, despite the "dumb sheeple" that continue to buy into the mainstream. Their "brand" is just as altogether marketable and fashionable as Mainstream trends. Urban Outfitters, and other retailers are still making money off of the hipster's self-righteous dissent. The above said definition isn't meant to apply to all individuals that self identify as being a hipster, it is merely a generalization.
An assumption amongst the hipster is that all individuals that do not partake in their cultural charade are intellectually or socially inadequate or inferior, alluding to their self-righteous sense of grandiosity.
by Steel Reserve May 26, 2012
a "hipster": vneck wearing, pot smoking, photography lover, bike riding, skinny jean, weird-ass music listener. they are very easy to find step into stores such as, Forever 21, Urban Outfiters, American Apparel blah blah blah... Hipsters HATE being called "scene kids". When you go into their myspace profile all you see is random retarded photography. They usually have large friend counts too. When they take photos they usually cover their mouths and heavily photoshop the pictures. Hipsters have taken over sites such as myspace, facebook, twitter and the most famous one TUMBLR. They think there cool because they wear ugly shoes and ride fixed gear bikes. Hipsters are like roaches. They can survive anything....even a nuclear bomb. but the most important thing you have to know about a hipster is....THEY ARE F*CKING ANNOYING
Guy 1: dude that scene bitch on myspace "WhoIsKat" is fucking annoying. Guy 2: oh shes no scene shes a "hipster" Guy 1: dude can we just kill her already?!!?!
by crazystevelol August 30, 2010
Hipsters are a 21st Century subculture that, in an attempt to reject having a uniform style of dress or artistic taste, has developed a uniform style of dress and artistic taste. Hipsters wear sunglasses in winter and checked shirts and scarves all year round, and short shorts (regardless of whether the hipster is male or female). Hipsters wear Toms shoes and have multiple tattoos. Sometimes hipsters wear waistcoats. Hipsters often smoke, even though they are also proud of being well educated and live healthy, green lifestyles. Hipsters drink locally-brewed beer in cans.

Hipsters often speak about esoteric musical bands from decades past, or bands from small towns few have heard of, but which are now based in Greenwich Village. When other hipsters (or worse, members of the general public) have heard of these bands, hipsters feel great frustration. Skilled hipsters mask this frustration by instead denouncing the band, explaining, "I was just trying to talk about a band you probably had heard of, because I am a really inclusive person, and I didn't want anyone to feel left out."

Hipsters often feel they are the best adjudicators of art, including films, music, literature and poetry, and visual art. The average hipster has read 2000 more novels than the nearest hipster in the cafe he or she is doing nothing in.

Hipsters often have no fixed income, yet they have all of the latest technology, most of which have a white apple symbol.
"Do you see that guy with the designer stubble, the tie-scarf combo, the coke bottle glasses, the skin-tight jeans, the leather boots, a tattoo on his arm that says 'RAMONES', and that walkman that probably doesn't even have batteries in it?"

"Sure do. Why does he have so much swag?"

"Because he's a hipster."

"I see. Makes sense."
by hipster_of_the_month November 28, 2012
The term “hipster” is loosely thrown around; therefore, it is very difficult to define the word itself. However, an unbiased definition of a hipster could be agreed upon: Any man or woman, typically in their late teens to early 30’s, who reject as much mainstream culture as they possibly can. They are generally seen in, but not restricted to, clothing such as flannel shirts, skin-tight jeans, bland colored shoes (mostly Toms or Converse), and thick-framed, old school style glasses. Also common styles are graphic tee shirts with ironic pictures or sayings on the front, or patterned thermals/sweaters. As far as music goes, hipsters will typically listen to anything that the general public has never heard of before. For the most part, when an indie band that a hipster listens to becomes popular, the band will be deemed “mainstream” and thrown out of the hipster’s music collection. Sports are qualified as “mainstream” by the hipsters, and are generally used as an ironic device in their culture (for example, signing up for a game of tee-ball at the recreation park, or taking a picture of themselves in cheesy 80’s workout clothing, playing a game of racquetball). If you live deep in a very urban environment, you will tend to see hipsters on the streets, in restaurants, and just about everywhere else you can wander (i.e. Williamsburg). But, if you live in a smaller city, you can go to a downtown coffee shop (not Starbucks) or a bar (not a sports bar) and likely see at least one.
Non-hipster: "Hey, what's up, man?"
Hipster: "Nothin, just listening to my friend's band's new album. It's called 'Underwater Station Cinema Five Layer Burrito Club'. Have you heard of it? That's right. Didn't think so."
Non-hipster: "Dude... I really don't care."
Hipster: "... It's ironic because burritos are real mainstream."
by EudoPhrynsy February 17, 2011
Generational "misfits". In the late 2000's emos decided that that being emo wasn't cool or hardcore enough for them, so they decided to turn hipster. Hipsters claim to be environmentally friendly even though their trendy clothes are made in east asian sweatshops by children. They love metalcore, and shitty indie rock bands. Standard attire includes oxfords or converse, huge scarves, horn-rimmed glasses, dirty emo hair, gauges, skinny jeans, "granny" sweaters, and ironic t-shirts that no one fucking understands. They might seem chill, but theyre really pretentious assholes trying to seem poor and original. Never call a hipster a hipster. You'll be socially shunned. Also it is unwise to remind a hipster of their emo hayday. They will deny it. Or deem you uncool and '"totally mainstream".
The emo kids at my highschool that refused to be labeled. Especially as a hipster.

And the rest of America.
by Juicalicious January 21, 2011
people who crave attention/security and try to obtain it by being unnatural or "counter-culture." Often they dress in vintage clothing or random articles of clothing that would not be worn usually at that time. ie: a skull-cap during the summer or not suitable clothing for a certain occasion. Frequently hipsters meet people by being different and usually become friends with that person until they must appear "counter-culture" to the rest of the world in their attempt to meet more people and gain a false security in a group. Most do not have friends and are often seen alone in an unfamiliar environment or dazing off in the distance with company of another person(s).
See that weirdly dressed girl staring off in the distance? I bet she's a hipster.
by The Dehipster November 03, 2010

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