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
Kind of like an Emo kid who never really grew out of it.
Person: "So, what do you do for a living?"

Hipster: "I prefer to say I hipst. Excuse me, I'm late for a jam session at my parents house with my old high school buddies. We're gonna record our Indie rock covers on our old school tape machine. Oh yeah, and get this - after, we're gonna get high. It's awesome."
by sodapopmary December 18, 2005
n. someone who flaunts cigarettes.
"Jackie, check out that hipster's cigarettes!"
by Rich December 08, 2004
Noun. One who attempts to project originality, intelligence and coolness by opting for ostensibly poor quality, care and coordination of clothing and goods; exerts significant effort maintaining outdated, unattractive mode of dress and hairstyle; feigns or forces personal interest in certain types of music, art and activity with the primarily social intent of promoting the illusion of eccentricity; yet lacks true creative skill, communicative eloquence, stylistic depth, or independently cultivated thought. Common in large and mid-size American urban centers and near universities, typically near gentrification boundaries. Demographically mostly white, middle class, age 20-30, non-professional. (See Silver Lake - Los Angeles; Manhattan/Brooklyn - New York, Austin, San Francisco, Chicago)
Look kids, that hipster girl is wearing Tootsie glasses, bangs, and a mid-thigh sweater from the 1980's, and she's riding a one-speed bike with two flat tires - isn't she interesting?
by beverlyfreakinwhite May 02, 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

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