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 diminutive word insecure people use to refer to others they think are cooler than themselves.

Alternatively, to refer to a person who is part of a countercultural scene.
That hipster didn't invite me personally to the Collective's block party last week, I wish his pants weren't so tight.
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one who buys his underwear at american apparel
brent is a hipster
by better than moses May 25, 2011

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A subculture of men or women who value progressive politics, creativity, and independent thinking.
The main, most recognized, idea of the hipster is to reject the mainstream. . This means Harry Potter, Hollister, Aeropostale, or anything related in popularity is shunned.
Also, hipsters are open to anything when it comes to love. They support gay, transgender, bisexual, lesbian, etc.

Because of their value of independent thinking, hipsters do not tend to lean towards the average tanning bed, bleached blonde girl. They like different. Different is good for them.
You can find hipsters at little known coffee shops, art exhibits, or random parts of town.
Clothing:

Women tend to wear haircuts that are very edgy- such as shaggy layers or a-symmetric side swept bangs.
Some hipster "trademarks" are thick rimmed glasses, weather faux or real, oxford shoes, saddle shoes, and tight jeans.
Most modern day hipsters have also gone towards aztec prints and Forever 21.

Some stores that tend towards the hipster style are American Apparel and Urban Outfitters.
Person 1: "Hey, I saw this coffee shop downtown! It looks really nice! Let's go sometime?"

Person 2: "Okay, but that place is plagued with hipsters."
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One crucial point is often overlooked in these definitions. HIPSTERS COME FROM SUBURBAN OR RURAL AREAS AND REINVENT THEMSELVES UPON ARRIVING IN BROOKLYN. If you were born and raised in lower Manhattan or south Brooklyn you are not a hipster. People will try to push us true New Yorkers into that group but we are different. I'll call "us" New York cool kids. We're into different things. We don't like being cheap always and doing indie stuff. Our sense of taste wasn't learned at age 20, we have had it since a young age since we've grown up in this city. Think the movie "Kids" versus "Garden State," "Kids" being us and "Garden State" being hipsters. Another tell tale sign of a New York cool kid is that we like New York hip-hop a lot because it was what we grew up on. Mob Deep, Diplomats, etc... We don't like Miike Snow etc... Also we know the real network of people that are on the scene and doing things in the art, fashion, and nightlife worlds. We go to the new clubs on opening night because we're best friends with the owner. Hipsters are broke faggots who create some kind of "cool" world with other broke ass nobodies. NYC cool kids get money. We are street kids or hang with street kids. Our parents are the people who were born here or moved here in the early 80's. To us the most important part of our identity is to have grown up in the city.
Tim from who lives in Bushwick but hails from Delaware is a hipster faggot. He eats trail mix, wears wack purple 98% cotton 2% spandex jeans, and likes the band Warpaint.

Jack from New York City likes sports but knows how to dress and well is genuinely cool.
by RealNewYork March 12, 2011

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Tiffany H.
"I'm not a Hipster...i don't like categories."
by Stachophile December 05, 2011

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Someone with amazing style who typically wears vintage clothing. They usually have an very unquie appearance and rebel against the "norm". They gave an easy-going carefree out look on life. They are mostly found on blogs such as tumblr. Most are unpopular at school and very creative.
DON'T FORGET HIPSTER NEVER CLA TO BE HIPSTER BECAUSE THEY DON'T WANT TO BE PLACED INTO A CATEGORY
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Jessica
Jessica is a hipster.
by Agent Oso February 22, 2012

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