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
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
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
A term given to people who choose to develop their own cultural tastes and not support those adopted by mainstream culture. The whole hipster argument exists solely because society is becoming less intelligent, and because of this anything which possesses an intellectual capacity is dismissed as pretentious art school hipster shit. The term hipster is usually used as derogatory term to describe people who maintain a level of INTELLIGENCE. Contrary to popular belief hipsters don't try to be cool. This is a preconception maintined by misinformed individuals who misinterpret their mainstream defiance as a popularity statement. Although people regarded as 'hipsters' can present themselves in an obnoxious manner, it is not intentional and is most likely a by- product of their cultural tastes. Much the discrimination against these people is exercised by narrow minded people who remain intimidated by the misconception that intelligent people take pride in chastising the limited cultural diversity of other individuals. Furthermore, since when did being your own person become a bad thing?
Conformist: God, youre such a hipster...

Hipster: You say that as though its a bad thing, but I'm only trying to live how I want. If you want to continue representing the banality of mainstream society then be my guest...
by GoAskAlex1991 March 07, 2012
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
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
by LEANNA JADE PLATTS June 22, 2011
A non-productive member of society. Typically the offspring of two highly successful parents who live in places like Greenwich, Connecticut or the Upper East Side of Manhattan, the hipster is someone who has failed to achieve the level of success of his or her busy parents and tries to compensate for the insecurities that come with abject failure by conforming to a culture that claims to hate conformity. They shop at thrift stores and try desperately to shed their blue-blooded upbringing by wearing old, ratty flannel shirts and by bleaching and/or rubbing dead fish in their hair.
Person 1: Dude, have you ever been to an urban farmers' market?

Person 2: No, seeing all those hipsters makes me depressed about the future of our society.
by Le Phénix June 22, 2011
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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