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
The hippies of the 2000's. They listen to "undiscovered" bands, wear retro clothes from thrift stores, and only hang around other hipsters. They try to look as though they don't have a lot of money, while still looking trendy. They usually smoke a lot of weed, and use various other drugs. They don't wear any brand name items, or visit at any chain stores. They are sometimes vegetarian or vegan. They are very into "artsy" things. They may be a painter or musician, or a dancer, or have a low-paying job. They try to go for the "starving artist" look. A lot of times hipsters will actually come from wealthy families. They may have gauges, and do not typically wear makeup of any kind. They try to be as "natural" and "organic" as they can. They buy their groceries from either Whole Foods, or Trader Joe's. They are usually very liberal. They often practice Buddhism, or try to be "zen." They also often protest against large corporations, or chemical companies, because "they love the environment." Hipsters try very hard to be hipsters, but if you tell them that they are a hipster, they will deny it, because to them it is a compliment, not a stereotype. They range between 15-30 years old. They are very strongly opposed to "conforming," which to them is anything that anyone else might have, do, or say.
Person: Hey, check out my new phone!
Hipster: I don't approve of technology, it's not natural. You're such a conformist. I'm just gonna go hang out with my other natural friends.
by my inner peace January 23, 2010
A retarded kid who was allowed to dress themselves for the first time.
That guy looks like he is a retarded kid who was allowed to dress himself for the first time. Hipster.
by NatsMcGee July 22, 2009
People between the ages of 18 and 30 who claim to reject mainstream culture. They like to say that they possess creativity, intelligence, and witty banter...but in all reality, they are all cynical assholes who refuse to shower and like to feed on the souls of the innocent. When they aren't being total tools or having butt sex with each other, they like to pretend that they are God's gift to creation. Their humor resembles that of a dead horse, and they listen to music that makes even a deaf man want to kill himself. They wear jeans that an infant would have a hard time fitting into, and sweaters that someone's deceased grandmother gave to the salvation army. Every hipster comes fully loaded with an $800 camera that (obviously) makes them a professional photographer. Instead of playing outside during their youth, they liked to stay inside and listen to their parents old records. When they aren't riding around on their bicycles, they are usually browsing an antique store spending the money their upper middle class parents gave them, because getting a job is too mainstream. Although they claim to be nonconformist, you will only find them decked out in the latest edition of everything Apple. They tend to be rude, selfish, and have a smug sense of superiority. What once was hip and indie in the 80's has been completely ruined by the new age hipsters that lank the streets of society today. Saying you're a hipster today is like saying you're an ignorant douche bag bastard.
Oh my, that woman's thong is sticking out of her extremely tight pants! Never mind, it's just Johnny the hipster again.
by TahtGril October 20, 2011
Guys: Physically weak, un-masculine wimps that wear tight girl-jeans and talk about having sex very loudly. Worse than indies. Long, dyed hair under trucker hat. Wannabe intellectuals; think reading the paper once in a while makes them intelligent.
Girls: Hard to tell apart form soft-core punk chicks; usually tattooed, and clothed similarly to the guys.
See: Bus stops on Capital Hill in Seattle are 30%-50% hipster populated
by UseThisNameOnce May 24, 2009
A dedicated fan of "The Tragically Hip", the best band in the whole wide world.
The Hipsters were out of control at the concert.
by grace too February 15, 2005
Douche who misunderstands the concept of irony. Often self-righteous, and thinks he/she are cooler than and have a special knowledge above everyone else. Drink PBR for reasons other than the taste. Don't realize that when the counter culture became the main stream culture (in the 60s), being part of the counter culture makes them part of mainstream culture.
"You wouldn't understand, it's a hipster thing."
"Oh no, I understand. You're a heterofag that thinks they're better than anyone who doesn't share your exact beliefs."
by Guysittinginachair November 08, 2009
Human beings incapable of critical thinking. They think they are different than the rest of society, yet they are all the same. They dress the same, and think the same. They think they are unique individuals who express it through art, but they all have no talent and make stuff that 5 year olds can make. They say us normal joes are sheeple, but the truth is they are the real sheeple.

Hipsters enjoy telling others how different they are from other hipsters. For example: "oh those guys aren't real punk, they are trust fund punk assholes and aren't working class. Damn hipsters!" They also like pretending they are poor as stated in my quote.

They don't like their parents because living in a nice suburbs is bad to them, and having lots of money isn't fun. They are the main cause of gentrification. They think they're progressive and open minded. They want to show how progressive and open minded they are by going into poor neighborhoods and running the poor people out of there. They end up driving the poor folks out of there, and they'll laugh about it because it's ironic.

I pray to God (the one of the judeo-christian tradition you hipsters hate) that the hipster plague will be over soon. Perform performance art on them by getting a post-punk-egyptian-emo CD, cut them up with it, and beat them with those thick noam chomsky books. They'll like it because it's ironic.

If you want your kids to not be hipsters, make sure to beat them when they need to, make sure they major in science, business or math, and make sure they don't take pseudo-intellectual classes like "history of postmodernism." Make sure they never learn the word "postmodern" either.

Also, be cheap! When they graduate, make sure you tell them you aren't supporting their asses. You aren't paying 6 figures for rent for a 2x2 sized room that's rotting in San Francisco or NYC. Make sure to tell them how kids in Africa are starving and are the ones who are REALLY suffering, and tell them starving artists aren't suffering at all. Tell them to love America because other places in the world are suffering more than Americans are. Be sure to tell them Europe and Canada suck (they will threaten to move there if you tell them they can't go to an Emo Death Indie band concert) and that there's racism there among other issues, and it isn't a utopia because of it. Make sure to tell them how superior American Football is to hockey and soccer.

Hipsters will give me a thumbs down for this definition. I know you will, be ironic and give this definition a thumbs up!

Note: I can't prove it, but I will try to donate $1 to the Society of Saint Vincent De Paul, an organization that helps real poor people world wide (not fake poor people like hipsters), and because it's a Christian organization, hipsters will likely hate it. Please note, event though I hate hipsters, I am accepting (not tolerant!) of different view points. Except hipsterism. Fight hipsters and poverty by giving this definition a thumbs up!

Ok I lied. As much as I'd like to help the poor, I need to pay for food. So I can't donate to them. But I know I made some hipsters squirm, and for that I am happy. I can just look at your face, thinking to yourself "should i give this definition a thumbs up? I hate Christians, but I love poor people. I also love irony!"
"man i can't pay rent! how does that idiot HIPSTER afford to pay his rent by painting lines and dots all day? Let's shop at wal-mart to make ends meet, because we are REAL poor people unlike these douches."
by Anti-hipster2K June 15, 2008

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