The term "hipster" is cross-applied from the 1930s Beatniks. The modern hipster is a composite of individuals with a certain bohemian life situation and lifestyle. He or she rejects "mainstream" culture and embraces and contributes to independent culture, and prides him/herself on this. The modern hipster image has been proliferated through the internet, publications such as Vice Magazine, and sightings in the music, fashion, and art world. The image of the hipster is constantly changing, but several aspects have stayed constant over time. Lives in a young, artsy neighborhood of a major city such as Wicker Park in Chicago, Greenwich Village in Manhattan, or Williamsburg in Brooklyn. Usually has some degree of monetary conformability, although sometimes only because of their parents, due to cost of living in these areas. Works (or wants to work) in music, art, or fashion. Has "elitist" music taste and listens to nu-rave (i.e. The Klaxons, Cut Copy, Hercules and Love Affair), minimalist techno, independent rap (i.e. Spank Rock, Talib Kweli, Aesop Rock), nerdcore (i.e. YT Cracker, MC Lars, MC Chris), Elephant 6 (i.e. of Montreal, Neutral Milk Hotel, Apples in Stereo), garage rock, and punk rock in addition to all manners of independent rock. Favorite band is very likely Bright Eyes, The Arcade Fire, The Arctic Monkeys, The Libertines, The Strokes, or something of that nature. Also watches independent and foreign films and reads independent books, magazines, and periodicals. Is a fan of modern art and may also be an amateur artist. Dresses in a progressive but retro fashion that is often changing. Popular items include leggings, mini-skirts, leg warmers, '60s dresses, headbands, chunky jewelry, and large shirts and sweaters for girls and skinny suits and ties, tight jeans and cords, t-shirts with ironic sayings and images, cardigans, plaid and buffalo check shirts, colorful hoodies, and tight windbreakers for guys. Both genders frequently wear dirty Vans and Converses, flamboyant Nikes, large plastic frame glasses, and neon wayfarer sunglasses and are sometimes pierced and tattooed. Shops at Urban Outfitters, American Apparel, and thrift stores. Likes to hang out at fashionable coffee shops, indie rock shows, and hipster dance clubs. Does food shopping at stores like Whole Foods and is often vegan or vegetarian. Eats chic ethnic food and prefers organic and Fair Trade fruits and vegetables. Favorite beer is Pabst Blue Ribbon. Takes up many causes and is often socially minded. Enjoys irony in all facets of life, from fashion (wears mismatching outfits and unpopular vintage clothing often emblazoned with ironic sayings) to sports (plays in dodgeball tournaments at McCarren Park Pool). May ride a fixed-gear bicycle or a hybrid car. Networks through Myspace, Facebook, and/or Twitter. Usually rejects the term "hipster" and argues if called one.
Hipster: Hey, don't call me that!
by mtfn392 January 27, 2009
A hipster is male or female that wears tight jens, v-neck sweaters, cop shades, scarfs and old worn out flats.
WOW check those fucking Hipsters.
by TendallasukisukiHarper June 09, 2010
"Hipster" refers to those who are adopting an exaggerated form of 'Indie' style purely for cultural acceptance, whereas the indie style consist of those who are genuinely just 'INDIEpendently' minded and it just happens to show through their image and outlook.

There needs to be a realization that 'Hipsters' and 'Indies' are two different cultures.
'Jack' likes a band called "Maps & Atlases", so he wears their T-shirts. Jack wears straight legged jeans because he doesn't like the way baggy jeans feel on him, and wears bigger glasses because he likes being able to see more. Jack genuinely thinks, listens to music, dresses, and acts outside of what is 'popular', because that is just who he is. Jack is an independent thinker, or "Indie"

'Nick' wears a "Maps & Atlases" shirt, straight legged jeans and bigger glasses because he saw it on Jack. Nick envy's people like Jack. Nick tries to copy their style of dressing so that he can feel more like Jack. Unfortunately, Nick can't realize that there IS NO style of 'independent thinkers', and that as a result of his trying to be 'indie', he has bastardized the entire culture. Nick is a hipster.
by ThinkinSpace April 14, 2013
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
Its a pretty obscure subculture *looks down nose* you've probably not heard of them *smug look*

a group of arrogant poseurs who believe themselves to be better than you or me, because the are non-conformist. defined in this case by conforming slavishly to a different group.

they aggresively dislike the term 'Hipster' as they know that it marks them as stupid and moronic, so they call everyone else hipster, kind of like how the most aggresive homophobes call everyone else gay
"oh man, i love 'this band' they make awful music, but no ones heard of them yet. I am such a non-conformist"

3 weeks later

"oh man, i hate 'this band' they make good music and everyone has heard of them. anyone who likes them is a Hipster"
by genericguy-q93r September 30, 2011
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
People, usually between the ages of 15 and 20 who hang out at Starbucks and/or Barnes and Noble and drink massive amounts of coffee and read books, or go on their laptops for hours on end. These people claim to have no money and so they purchase all of their clothing at Salvation Army or Goodwill, yet show off their Apple computer or brand new iPhone. They are also huge fans of cigarettes, and look down on people who drink alcohol, even though they secretly go out and drink and smoke weed every weekend with their fellow hipsters. They love the outdoors and drink "healthy" things like Arizona Green Tea by the gallon. Oh, and most of them usually wear very tight pants and have short, butchy haircuts, regardless of their gender.
Have you seen Leslie around lately?

Yeah, I think she's turned into a hipster, I saw her at Starbucks the other day...

That's too bad...
by k10iskillah February 11, 2011
total asshole who dabbles in douchebaggery; laughs at people wearing neck braces.
Emily, you're such a fucking asshole hipster. Why are you laughing at that kid in the neck brace?
by butchypoo7 October 29, 2010
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