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
Grew up in generic suburbia, USA, and now lives in Brooklyn. Spends hours making hair and clothing look like they just rolled out of bed after an all-night bender.
Let me guess, that hipster over there is from Wisconsin and now lives in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
by Chito Sanchez September 26, 2006
16-25 year olds who love indie rock, modern poetry, art galleries, thrift stores, and independent films. Generally they dress in band t-shirts, subdued blazers, and jeans (not too loose or too tight). They have messy (generally) non-dyed brown hair.

Not to be confused with scenesters. Hipsters are pretty cool besides their snobby pretension, but scenesters are vain idiots. If you're not sure if someone is one way or the other, ask them if they have a MySpace. If they excitedly give you their address and go on and on about it, it's a scenester. If they stare blankly it's a hipster.
Hipsters are the same things as indie kids, by the way.
by kehya April 29, 2006
A snapback icon in human form produced in the 80's by the money-and-culture-loving human creations of nonconformist 60's parents. Simply, a way to do nothing to change anything except with superficial differences and on paper while appearing to and channeling energies in that exact same useless direction, like every other generation ever born. Another every 20 year change in same phenomonen in a media cultured floundering society.
00's Hipster: We're so unique
60's Hippie: Not as unique as 'we' were
80's Me gener: What's so special about unique?
by simple-minded August 12, 2008
Liberal 20 something men and women who drink coffee in independently run cafes, drink in dive bars, listen to any awful piece of shit band that isn't popular or even good, and watch foreign "films" all the while condemning anything held popular by the average consumer or "gullible sheeple."

They believe that because they dress in thrift store rags, took a few political science classes, and enjoy modern art (aka: $1000 finger paintings) that somehow this makes them better than the rest of society. They often have an extremely lofty opinion of themselves and their opinions to the point of unbelievable arrogance.
1. The author of the first/most popular definition is a prime example of a hipster douche bag.
by rynoth July 20, 2010
Someone too ironic for their own good.
1. Hipsters think Bon Jovi from the 80's is so awesome.
3. Hipster: "Oh my God! I just love these butt ugly pink sunglasses!"
4. Hipster: "Let's all go play kickball, and wear short shorts and headbands!"
by ohtheirony October 04, 2005
Young whippersnappers who go to sleep at night, and wake up in the morning.
Look at those hipsters, they think they're so cool. I bet hang out at indie coffee shops and say cool things like, "Yeah me too," or whatever.
by kreaee January 06, 2008
Conformist non-conformists who think by all following the same subculture they're uniquie and original. Usually found listening to Grizzly Bear, Passion Pit, Modest Mouse, Radiohead, Wilco, and the Flaming Lips with oversized headphones or on a vintage record player they picked up as soon as their favorite blogger told them how much greater they sound than CD's or digital downloads. Dress like hobos, even though they are mostly college-educated upper middle class yuppies with a trust fund. Go to great lengths to be viewed as original.
Guy: Dude, why do you look homeless? You're from Westchester.
Hipster: Shut up man, I'm deck.
Guy: Wait...what bands do you listen to?
Hipster: Arcade Fire and Animal Collective, man, doubt you've heard of them.

Guy: Yep, you're a hipster.
by Wandering911 June 21, 2010

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