A contrived identity constructed out of a pastiche of symbols co-opted from bohemian movements of the past, and then reassembled and repackaged. Yet, unlike bohemian subcultures of earlier periods, the hipster lives by no common creed, ethic, or collection of political beliefs. Nor does the hipster offer a unique form of art, music, or literature as groups such as the Beats, Hippies, Yippies, or Punks once did. Rather, the hipster is driven by an effort to cultivate an identity as an end in itself, a persona that will presumably distinguish the hipster from their despised, and over-generalized concept of “mainstream culture.”

Hipster Psychology-

Hipster psychology is born out of experiences of rejection during childhood and adolescence as well as the resultant inability to conform to contemporary social standards. The hipster, as a psychological self defense mechanism, constructs an alternative perspective on culture and identity as a response to their subjective experience of social failure and emotional pain. Rather than accept their own shortcomings at face value, the hipster cultivates a self centered world view whereupon culture, religion, politics, and society as a whole are at fault for all that causes dissatisfaction and frustration. Furthermore, the hipster believes that his or her non-participation in “mainstream” life serves as a form of subversion itself, as well as proof positive of their intellectual enlightenment rather than an obvious demonstration of their failure to adapt. Because arrogance is the shadow of shame, the hipster converts his or her social incompetence into an attitude of superiority, and his or her failure into a disposition of pride.

Consequently, hipster culture presents an “alternative image” that attempts to counter, parody, mock, or even satire their concept of mainstream culture while providing a safe environment that, from afar, collectively gives the appearance of a movement. Thus, hipsters make it their practice to flaunt the photo-negative image of their idea of popular “suburban” culture. For example, if the average person in the suburbs shops in malls, the hipster will buy their clothing in second hand shops. If (over generalized) suburban men drive state of the art sports cars with large engines, the hipster may drive a modest Volkswagen or an old, very undersized subcompact European car such as an early seventies BMW, or better yet, ride a fixed gear bicycle with a sticker exclaiming “One Less Car.”

Because the Hipster loathes above all things to be seen as conventional they, as a rule, don’t work. According to existentialist orthodoxy, “one is what one does.” As a result, the hipster does nothing. The hipster’s lack of participation in any type of career, at least on the surface, functions as an attempt to avoid being characterized as "mainstream." However, upon deeper examination it isn't hard to discover that the hipster lacks the requisite skills to do anything purposeful anyway. Rather, for the hipster, one is as one "seems." And the hipster is very adept at being able to "seem." Seeming requires collecting symbols both material and intellectual and proves much easier on a frail body and psyche than actual work. This is particularly the case when parents help around rent time, if the hipster doesn't already own.

Because the hipster’s life is a lie that they tell to themselves (and don’t believe themselves) they demonstrate a high degree of instability and mental illness which will often be treated by psychoactive medication. Often hipsters will merely self-medicate, particularly if their parents don't pay their COBRA. As a result, hipsters will eventually exhibit behaviors that are truly alternative until they face the fact that their subculture is an elaborate buffer from their fear of non-acceptance and failure.
Hipster Conversation-

Dylan: “Man, I’m so sick of my dad’s whole patriarchal disdain for any sense of leisure.”

Josh: "Yeah, man, tell me about it; I hardly ever get back up to Greenwich anymore for that reason.”

Dylan “Hey bartender, we’ll take two Pabst Blue Ribbons please.”
by Mickey M August 17, 2009
n. A perpetual child/self-professed intellectual. While the word "hipster" might have been tied to social awareness in the past, a modern hipster is defined as a consumer demographic by marketers. Bad beer, Apple products, gay pants, the music of undeserving bands, and pseudophilosophy e-books are all associated with hipsters. This change was carefully planned and executed out of desperation by dying hipsters in the 2000s Great Irony Famine.

Most deluded species of slacker in the world. Living bastardization of caring humanitarian. Would bring about own death by thirst if really in a third-world nation (whining).

Does not realize that people don't necessarily take typical jobs in skilled trade, social work, or applied sciences because they are sheep, but because they realize the importance of being, at the very least, self-sufficient. Shies away from hard studies because s/he is satisfied to complain about the rest of humanity. Putting hipster through serious schooling to make said hipster apply this education to human welfare is nearly impossible.

Believe it is noble to refuse work at a boring job in favor of artistic pursuits. (Some photographers, writers, and journalists become successful, but they truly work in the more competitive field, because, after a certain point, art is useless to human advancement). Does not realize that lucrative/respected careers in the arts require talent and entail endless work and self-promotion, though s/he does the latter by nature.
1. "Look at all these conformists, buying all these pointless things that I happen to not like---HOLYFUCKISTHATANEWIPHONE!?! EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEDADDYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY"

2. Trey Parasuco, the author of the notoriously self-aggrandizing top definition. Known for being so insecure about the hipster image that he, in typical hipster fashion, authored an intelligent, completely non-delusional thesis about hipsters, which was immediately rated up by thousands of esteemed members of the scientific community.
by Satiricus January 29, 2011
Hipsters are people that have the ability to think for themselves. There are broad subdivisions of hipsters that get labels based on the clothes they wear. A lot of the negativity expressed in the prior definitions are targeted toward emo and fashioncore people. I might be, or might hang out with a bunch of hipsters, but we don't call ourselves that or even talk about it, but i've seen others referred to as hipsters because they engage in conversations that have substance. The conversations a hipster might have generally revolve around culture, drugs, nature, politics, and soceity. Instead of wasting time in front of the television being brainwashed hipsters spend it enjoying the fruits of life. Whether it be music, poetry, making your own fashion, or just trying to change the world. The reason a lot of hipsters seem arrogant is because they generally spend their time around other hipsters learning and experiencing new things.

A lot of people are intimidated by the amount of knowledge a hipster might posess regarding his subjects of interest, because instead of doing nothing at all hipsters tend to do things.

Most hipsters are enlightened individuals through psychedelic drug use and shun some of soceity's accepted evils like religion, the television, and marketing in general. Instead of buying what is sold to you on the television at a normal price, why not get what you need at the thrift store, be unique, and then spend the money elsewhere and support the kind of culture you indulge in.

If you had a 3rd generation or before ipod, you are a probably a hipster. You might be one or not be one based on that, but its a pretty good guideline.
"Wait... your calling me a stupid hipster because I shop at the Salvation Army, think for myself and follow the culture I can relate to the most and instead of spending my money on jeans I bought these turntables and a bunch of ecstacy, and I'm arrogant because I'd like to hang around people that are open with their feelings, don't talk behind others backs, and have similar interests more than I'd like to hang out with you and discuss the latest mtv reality show and contemplate what Paris Hilton will do next?"
by Brian Edgell October 28, 2006
Someone who is part of a teenage subculture. For example skaters, hip-hoppers, mods, hippies, emos, jocks, ravers, metal-fans, rockers, geeks, punks, nerds, couch-potatoes, demosceners.

These scenes usually have adapted to a certain style of clothing, music, sports, behaviour which the teenagers following that scene support, as opposed to the mainstream teenagers who wear expensive clothes from brands known for child-labour, music dictated by the big music companies, thinking they are unique that way and making fun of the "hipsters" because they go their own way.
"Look at that emo guy over there with his thrift shop clothing, totally a hipster"

"So what, at least he's not walking around with $200 Evisu jeans and an iPod like you do!"
by Andre Miller April 15, 2006
a pretentious unemployed person who somehow acquired an extravagant apartment in Manhattan, Williamsburg, or Park Slope, listens to obscure indie and foreign music, says they like photography, art, and film, and does not own a television. Often seen eating a banana while walking.
person: what's your favorite band?
hipster: I would tell you, but you wouldn't know them.
person: oh. my favorite band is AFI
hipster: AFI?!?!?! THAT'S MAINSTREAM!
by alex gaba August 01, 2006
One who vehemently denies being a hipster.
NonHipster: Hey, skinny dude in the tight pants! You're a hipster, right?

Hipster: Oh fuck no.
by Mister Atlas June 16, 2009
Derogatory term used by (usually) fat, ugly, chronically insecure idiots who have a preference for mor and pseudo-"alternative" musics such as Nickelback etc., reality TV, and sexual repression. Commonly describes individuals who inspire jealously in these boring middle-class twats because they creatively avoid full-time work, are not afraid to be different, and (usually) have taste. As there is no "hipster" ideology as such this term could be applied to a miriad of different groups who may offend any number of social conventions. Interestingly, the word is derived from the Wolof (Senegalese) word "hipi" meaning "to open one's eyes" or "be aware", and was introduced into English through slavery, as "hipster" slaves developed their own language in order to communicate behind the backs of their masters. Current hatred of "hipsters" is rooted in a desire for control and conformity: slavery to a boring middle-class consumerist existence.
Boring Middle Class Twat 1: "Wanna do something interesting tonight?"
Boring Middle Class Twat 2: "Let's go to the mall."
Boring Middle Class Twat 1: "Yes, that sounds interesting."
by Erkin Koray January 29, 2005
A trendy homosexual fixie riding, grit smokin douche bag. He is always wearing a striped v-neck with holes in it, tight black cheap monday pants, a vintage fedora w/ a peacock feather. They wear old worn italian cycling shoes, vans with holes, and/or toms often wear nazi or WW2 jackets, and bright neon "Fay Banz" (fake ray bans). They have trendy facial hair, and long and short section in their hair that seem out of place. Often shop at urban outfitters and american apparel. Essential accesories include: 1st generation ipod (because its bulky and works better and is trendier supposedly, which is filled with indie rock, alternative, or strange french pop), Vintage cigarete case filled with camel or parliament grits, strange leather bracelets, keys on belt, Vintage messenger or courier bag, sidekick 2. Use words like janky, sketchy, and epic fail. have a vintage italian steel track bike thats never been on the track and most likely has bright colors and 1 or 2 aerospokes.
Hipster 1: dude thats one janky lookin fixed we should go work on that or someting..

Hipster 2: Hold on i gotta pause my 1st gen, yeah sounds good but im too lazy, id rather just brush my hair and smoke some cigarretes, did u hear they're having a urban out fitter sale?

Hipster 2: solid we can go with our fix krew and have a ride there.
by cheap monday 123 January 11, 2009

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