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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A label used by the public to describe individuals who's cultural preferences are rooted in independent media rather than mainstream society. With the glorification of superficiality in Western culture post - 9/11 (celebrities, lifestyles, manufactured pop music etc.) any media which deviates from this and fosters an intellectual ethos is derided as 'pretentious' by current generations, who have subsequently become accustomed to the holocaust of mediocrity now permeating popular culture. Modern hipsters are mostly individuals who came of age during the 90's, and (having their beloved culture usurped by the information age and it's subsequent technology) find a defiant comfort in aspects of culture which reflect a kitsch/amateur/thrift store aesthetic representative of the times they grew up in. Because of this, they sometimes hold opinions which seem obnoxious to those who can't relate to having been a part of it. This is not usually intentional however, and mostly represents their anger at how the society they grew up in (which in an unusual move for society put substance and authenticity first) has been replaced by one which instead celebrates superficial values. Of course, those unfamiliar with this tend to interpret the hipster phenomenon as a fabricated trend (or cheap substitute for previous subcultures), and proceed to mock them for not sharing their vapid love of the Kardashians, Geordie Shore and the rest of their mainstream ilk. Hence, the hipster label was born.
(the unpoken rule of being a hipster is to not admit to being one, but I've broken it for this example)

Average Joe: Are you a hipster?

Hipster: Depends, can you appreciate the fact that I prefer stuff with substance? you know, stuff I can personally connect to? because god knows I can't connect to what others like, and they've made their feelings about this very apparent. That's their whole game; if you don't like what they do, you're the freak, the weirdo, the mental person. Rejection forces people to find somewhere they will be accepted. For me, its in the music and movies which say 'don't worry, we're not like them either'. It's the only thing that keeps me sane. Can you understand that?

Average Joe: *Derisive expression*

Hipster: Well that explains it all doesn't it? We try to be accepted, and get ridiculed for it. We try to be independent, and get ridiculed for it. Brilliant :/
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Hipster in the contemporary sense is a subculture of men and women generally in their 20's and 30's. Aspects of this sub culture include rampant consumerism of "ironic" or "kitschy" pop culture items and art, examples of this include large colored sun glasses, indie music, street art. The nihilistic and self indulgent characteristics of this group have grown and developed from the failure of past youth cultures i.e beats, hippies, and punks to make any sort of true cultural or political change. Thus the hipster culture is an acceptance of all the things which previous countercultures believed they were fighting against such as commercialism and consumerism.
Those hipsters over there dress ridiculous and don't care about anything.
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A social group typically in their mid 20's to early 30's, Hipsters are an offshoot of Gen Y thought to derive from a class of disgruntled upper-middle-class suburbanites, frustrated with the lack of culture that comes with having a life devoid of poverty. Disenfranchised in their youth by the Abercrombie generation, Hipsters-with the support of generous trust funds-propagated into various cultural centers around the country, and proceeded to replace the endemic and unique qualities of such areas with urban outfitters, american apparels, buffalo exchanges, and a host of Pho noodle joints and falafel stands. Thus, while Hipsters pride themselves on being mainstream contrarians, they in fact unwittingly create a "sub-culture" as large and annoying as the one they rail against.
Hipster 1: Hey check out how this new filter on my Hispstamatic App makes my photos reflect my artistic and brooding qualities!!
Hipster 2: oh wow man! You should totally take a picture of this PBR can an put it on Fbook!!
Hipster 3: Have you heard the new Bon Iver?
by Tanksilver June 23, 2011

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unicorns and triangle tattoos smoking cheap cigarettes and drinking alcohol while eating marijuana brownies on there magic carpet- they love their vintage slippers and jam jars.. people with kooky names like leanna& andrew
wow steve look at those uber cool Hipster. across the street, lets bow down
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a male or female that feels all attention should be directed at him/her. He wears ridiculous clothing that screams "Look at me!" The males often hit on girls that have boyfriends relentlessly until they get their way. In other words, hipsters are girlfriend stealers. They also listen to alternative music. Only. They are perhaps the most closed-minded beings on the face of the earth. When standing in a group they are usually the most obnoxious and loud ones there. Often, a hipster plays a musical instrument. But they only play the songs that are alternative (naturally). If a song is released by their favorite band and becomes popular, they refuse to listen to it because everyone else is. The common word for a song like this is mainstream. An antonym for mainstream is underground.
That guy is such a hipster, he gelled his hair to look like a member of his favorite alternative band.
by Uh........... June 06, 2011

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A hipster is a self-appreciating young adult, often taking a liberal arts degree in university, who think they are unique and inidividual because they don't follow mainstream ideas and trends. In reality, hipsters are guided by the mainstream and rely on it to create material to complain about on tumblr.
Man 1: Look at that fucking hipster

Lady 1: That ratty pair of underwear is so hipster.
by Teleute March 07, 2011

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An evolved emo. Usually happens when a closet emo or an actual emo discovers that there is in fact, other colors other than black and pink so they star mixing it up a lot to a point that their clothes wont match.

Unlike the species from which they evolved, they don't try to act suicidal, on the contrary, they act like life is nice to them even though everybody hates them even other hipsters.

They tend to "like" things like music and clothes that non-hipsters don't like because that makes them feel special an superior even though it makes the look stupid and asshole-y. This is in part because when they were emo they used to think they were shit and now they think they are The Shit, this kind of thinking, of course, is wrong.

Irony, no matter how much they try, wont work for them because they simply don't know how to use it.

They are usually NOT poor people but tend to act like it.

Male hipsters usually become really thin and Female hipsters start dressing non-sexy.
They also wear overpriced used clothes.
Andy:Look at the way that guy is dressed, it so much color i think I'm gonna have seizure!
Jorge:Uh-hu
Andy:What the fuck is he listening to?!
Jorge:Sound like shit
Andy: his girlfriend looks kinda cute but her clothes! Ugh
Jorge: Dude you are looking at a fucking hipster!
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