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 mainstream label referring to someone who rejects mainstream labels.
Person 1: You're a hipster.
Person 2: No I'm not.
by guywiththeeyepatch June 29, 2011

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Basically a hipster is your modern day Amish. They don't like the trends of the world, so they shun them and live their own worthless lives.
Everyone in the world loves stupid designer things and doesn't appreciate the finer things in life, such as this bag i found in a tree. No one else has it. Hipsters are cheap.
by Amlahe October 07, 2009

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The blend of every failed fad since the early 1900s.
The hipsters in my town sport ironic mustachios and ride pink speed bikes to local coffee shops where they bust out their superior Macintosh laptops and give people disgusted looks who are not seen to be as ironic as themselves, concerning fashion.
by mattydubs203 July 19, 2009

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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.
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Hipsters are a subculture of American consumer for whom the idea behind the marketing holds more value than the product being marketed.

The attachment of certain words, phrases or ideas to a product (e.g.; counter-culture, independent or "indie", progressive, alternative or "alt", organic, holistic, "old-school", etc.) whether that product is music, fashion, technology, food, social media or real estate, is enough to connote to the hipster "authenticity" and value, regardless of whether there is any innate value to be found.

Ironically, the hipster perceives him/herself as the counterpoint to mass-culture and conformity when, in fact the ease with which hipster "culture" can be appropriated, repackaged and marketed makes them the ultimate conformists (e.g.; tattoos were once a sign of rebellion and a badge of one's outsider status, now over 40% of all Americans under 50 have a tattoo, essentially making them all members of the same tribe.)
Definition #1 was clearly written by a hipster.

Gay porn used to feature nothing but hairless meth-addled circuit queens, now we have to watch skinny, bearded hipsters get facials.

Befuddled observer: "It's 79 degrees out, why are you wearing a kitted wool cap?"
Hipster: "Because I reject the mainstream banality of weather in favor of an authentic expression of my inner self."
Befuddled observer: "Oh, I thought it was because you're a hipster douche-bag."
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Formerly a person with an appreciation of art and indie-rock, creativity, intelligence and witty banter, Hipsters are now those idiotic teenage girls who dance around in they're high waisted shorts, cropped tops, cross rings and dip dyed hair whilst making triangle symbols with there fingers.

They claim to be individual and have original style, but are really all the same. They have killed Tumblr for most with their shitty blogs with urls like "glittercrystals" and "sparklyturquoisenailpolish".

All of these "Hipsters" believe that they are indie and original, but because of them; there is pretty much no such thing as indie anymore. These girls have killed the stereotype.
Nina: "Lol babes i'm a unicorn. I'm so Hipster bebz. KE$HA IS MY LYFE! I like wearing my cross ring and buying my clothes from Supre. I wanna dip dye my hair. Follow my tumblr- promo for promo baybee? YAY GLITTER."

Lachie: "Just fuck off."
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there isn't much difference between hipsters and indie kids. their favorite color is probably either yellow or red. they like triangles, owls, and they all smoke. hipsters MUST know what omegle and 4chan are, lolcats and insanewolfs are a must, too. every hipster needs a camera. they'll take pictures, put them in black and white, and they're automatically photographers. they spend most of their time complaining on tumblr, and making fun of hipsters for being hipsters. they constantly bicker about twilight and harry potter, often favoring harry potter. yeah sure, hp and twilight have nothing in common, but who cares? hipsters don't.
person a: what's that lyric from?
person b: oh, just some obscure band you've most likely never heard of.

person a: LOLOLOL look at that hipster.
person b: lulz, i know.

person a: i have so many followers on tumblr, but they all delete my cred!
by George Oscar Bluthe July 02, 2010

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