Hipster-

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
A word used by white people from suburbia who moved into an urban environment but dislike hip hop, to pass negative judgement upon other white people from suburbia who have moved into the same urban environment, and also dislike hip hop.
"This party is so lame, it's just a bunch of hipsters talking about obscure bands."
by cockmasa flex March 20, 2009
|hip•stər|

noun

1. a highly contagious social disorder based on fear (see 2)
2. a person afraid of being accused of being a hipster

3. a person that knows the definition of hipster esp. after looking it up on urbandictionary.com

adjective

1. (of a person or place) slightly negative judgment based on real or perceived pretentiousness
n.
1.
"In this late capitalist stage of Americanism in which meaningful culture has virtually been destroyed, hipster is now spreading everywhere to near genocidal proportions."

2.

Person one: "You're such an edgy hipster."
Person two: "Edgy hipster? You should keep razors away from your legs."

3. "Man, I don't feel like such a loser after reading through over 150 definitions of hipster; after all, bigger ones wrote them."

v.
1. "This place, Frjtz, is so fucking hipster. They only plus is that the cute Mexican cashier and I are sustaining homoerotic eye contact."
by señor cunty March 29, 2010
see: Faggot
works at Jamba Juice or Starbucks.
also.
any idiot that listens to TERRIBLE indie music because it is SOOOO underground and deep/ artsy. Arcade Fire, Stock Market Crash, Black Tie Dynasty etc.. (every song will be identical to the last)
attire includes old man clothes. ex: cardigans when clearly said hipster is NOT Mr. Rogers or a girl. stupid fucking fedora hat when hipster is NOT Frank Sinatra. and any article of clothing from a bum or thrift store. similar to grunge kids and equally as retarded. just an all around dipshit. Hate away.
Normal person: cool hat D-bag.
hipster: i bought it with mommy and daddy's money from a corporation that i constantly bitch about. i'm off to take a shit in my clothes because i heard it's the in thing to.. *BANG*

Normal person: That's right bitch.
by Isaidit August 04, 2009
A group of people that embrace everything considered "unique" for the sake of being "unique". Drinks chai most of the time and thinks they know everything about Art because they know a few works by Andy Warhol. They usually goto clubs that is in the middle of nowhere because they don't play mainstream music and circle jerk about the fact that they are the only ones that know a particular band and how everyone else in the world is a conformist.

Their favorite movies consist of mostly anything by Wes Anderson and any B-movies or other independent films that hasn't been poisoned by the corporate Hollywood, or so they would have you believe. Oh, and they think Bruce Campbell is the best actor in the universe.

Hipsters also like to think they are Buddhist despite the fact that they know nothing about it, and to top that off they are usually vegan. They like anything retro and vintage, especially anything to do with the 8-bit generation of video gaming when in reality all they know about video games is Pacman and Super Mario.

They like to spend their time on blogs to an invisible audience about their fashion statements and writing reviews of indie music albums and the occasional rant about how their life sucks because their local thrift store isn't open on sundays anymore. Yeah, tell that to the starving AIDS-ridden african kid dying on the other side of the world, dumbass. Perhaps you'd like to trade places?

Hipsters also like to think they are environmentally-aware and join facebook/myspace groups that supposedly help fight global warming just because they just reached 200 members (and still counting!).

In a nutshell, just a bunch of fake pompous douchebags that like to think they are unique because they like things that no one has heard of.
Douchebag Hipster kid: My favorite artist is Andy Warhol.

Normal person: Oh really? what year was he born?

Douchebag Hipster kid: I don't know... (changes conversation)
by J Y January 03, 2008
a serious problem on the L train.
lets stand next to these hipsters so when they get off at Bedford we can take their seats.
by staywarm December 07, 2006
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
A derogatory word fashionable young people use to refer to other fashionable young people that they don't like.
Ugh, John and his friends are such hipsters.
by Tinyfolk December 29, 2008

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