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

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Anyone who is NOT you.
Anonymous hipster friend: "Ugh, look at that fucking hipster! A PBR tattoo AND a handlebar moustache? What a dickhead."

You: "I know, right?" (mental note to self: shave moustache and get PBR tattoo removed A.S.A.P!)

* See ironic. Not to be confused with Alanis Ironic
by Captain American't July 11, 2011

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Ok, so most of the definitions of this word circulating are wrong. Yes I said it. The word hipster stems from the word hip. It is safe to say that 'hip' can be defined as 'what is cool right now'. A hipster can be defined as a person that adopts fashion, music taste, behaviours, blablah of what is considered 'cool right now'. It's just logic. Just Google "define: hipster" and you shall see that I am not talking utter bullshit. So anyone saying a hipster is trying to be 'independent' and striving for 'individuality' and is somewhat 'unique' or what ever crap I hear, you are wrong.
A hipster is a person that involves themselves with a popular scene. So now we have to understand that a 'popular scene' is subjective to the area you live in. So where I come from (england) a hipsters traits are as follows: chino jeans, listen to house music such as 'Swedish House Mafia' and 'Skrillex', vest tops, fake tan (men and women), identical to all of their friends, watch Jersey Shore, Georgie Shore, TOWIE and other crap like that. Paradoxically, the most defining trait of a 'hipster' are those that throw around the word 'hipster' its self because using the word 'hipster' is actually what is popular at the moment. So if you like to use the word hipster, you my friend are a HIPSTER. Yes, it is obvious I am going to get a lot of thumbs down on this definition because most people are just ignorant. However, I have matured to learn that people are dumb and don't listen to reason or logic.
WRONG USE - "Yo, that guy in the flannel shirt with a fleet foxes band shirt underneath and the old film camera round his neck is a massive hipster."

RIGHT USE - "That young fellow there that looks like he dropped out of school and had to do his GCSEs at college and now in a dead end job; slaving away to some fat rich person behind a desk. He seems to spend the majority of his life projecting his own problems on to other people that are above him in society, sleeping around with as many women as possible in order to raise his rank in his cave man attitude driven friendship group. His vest, chinos, comb over and fake tan make him look very hipster!"
by ihatepeople23214 April 05, 2013

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A middle class or rich kid who dresses like a hobo. They are plagued with Alanis Morissette syndrome which makes them misunderstand and fail at being "ironic". Hipsters claim to reject the mainstream and sadly have no idea just how mainsteam they really are.
Hipsters are so mainstream. Ironic, no?
by LaylaLegs July 06, 2012

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Hipster: Geek wannabe with too much fashion sense and not enough intelligence to qualify for the easy, unintended coolness that Geekdom is. Simply put, someone trying so hard to be a geek that they fail simply because of their attempt.
That hipster over there is trying so hard to be a geek that he FAILS just by trying.
by DS8 March 22, 2012

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Xenophobic conformists of non-conformity. If you live in an apartment building with a few you can always guarantee they will be drinking and partying every Tuesday night. If you are not like them, they will not speak to you. At all. They are terrified of you. If you want to become friends with one, it must be based on mutual usery (Bring weed/beer.) If they know you smoke, they will be sure to knock on your door. Every. Fucking. Day. If you leave a note on their door, they will never get back to you, even if that note asks them to take over your lease. Often tend to never acknowledge your existence (This is especially true on the west coast.) Listens to horrible music. Will be utterly horrified to find out you don't smoke weed.
*Walks out the front door, runs into hipster*
Me: "Hey what's up?"
Hipster:"....."
Me:"...Fine, fuck you too."
by HadrianVincent March 11, 2012

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Although it was once a name for a particular urban subculture, loosely defined by clothing choices, "hipster" has recently come to be roughly synonymous with "person between the ages of 12 and 40 who does not wear sweatpants outdoors."
"That guy once bought a t-shirt at American Apparel; he must be a hipster."
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A follower. Someone that keeps up with current trends, but tends to not, in fact, be a trend setter. Many present themselves in a way that it may appear that the are capable of making truly intelligible conversation. However the opposite becomes very evident once they attempt to be engaging with those outside of their social circle. Now when it comes to current events, generally speaking, it's usually only those pertaining to popular culture. It's truly the epitome of what it is to be of a herd mentality.
Hipster one: "I can't believe how popular that band has become"

Hipster two: "I'm not really into that sort of music, but if everyone is going count me in"
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