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Someone who was a hipster before being a hipster was cool.
A: I liked them before the hipsters did.
B: Doesn't that make you a proto-hipster?
by Dio von Karma December 16, 2011
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Certain people of the indie variety who may be considered Hipster in most circles, but never actually went full hipster. A proto hipster has the ability to acknowledge cultural norms, and chooses to exceed them to an extent.
A proto hipster must meet all of these conditions to be considered: does not wear douchebag v-necks on a daily basis or often, does not have a moustache or a full beard, does not wear fake glasses, does not wear buddy holly glasses regardless of weather they are real or fake, does not have visible tattoos, does not have dyed hair, does not wear beanies when it is not cold, does not drink PBR or any other "indie" beer, is not vegetarian, vegan, or on a gluten-free diet.
A proto hipster is generally one who wears funky clothes that does not excessively succeed cultural norms, and listens to obscure music, and watches old or weird movies
Naw dude, I'm a proto hipster cause I never went full hipster.
by AAAaaahhh September 28, 2011
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The state of being a hipster prior to being a hipster. A person who exists predating the premier of the hit film Garden State.
Proto-Hipster includes, but not limited to, male and female hipsters predating the 1980's in fashion and witty catch-phrases, ahead of their time, avant garde.


"Susan's record collection is great, even though I've never heard of these artists. They aren't even featured on Pitchfork... she's such a Proto-Hipster"
by DB1976 October 13, 2011
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People who think they're ahead of the trend curve but really are just full of themselves and annoying.
"look at that proto hipster, he thinks he's the first one to wear skinny jeans!"
by RAWRLICIOUS206 March 05, 2009
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