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Hipsters are a subculture of men and women typically in their 20's and 30's that value independent thinking, counter-culture, progressive politics, an appreciation of art and indie-rock, creativity, intelligence, and witty banter. The greatest concentrations of hipsters can be found living in the Williamsburg, Wicker Park, and Mission District neighborhoods of major cosmopolitan centers such as New York, Chicago, and San Francisco respectively. Although "hipsterism" is really a state of mind,it is also often intertwined with distinct fashion sensibilities. Hipsters reject the culturally-ignorant attitudes of mainstream consumers, and are often be seen wearing vintage and thrift store inspired fashions, tight-fitting jeans, old-school sneakers, and sometimes thick rimmed glasses. Both hipster men and women sport similar androgynous hair styles that include combinations of messy shag cuts and asymmetric side-swept bangs. Such styles are often associated with the work of creative stylists at urban salons, and are usually too "edgy" for the culturally-sheltered mainstream consumer. The "effortless cool" urban bohemian look of a hipster is exemplified in Urban Outfitters and American Apparel ads which cater towards the hipster demographic. Despite misconceptions based on their aesthetic tastes, hipsters tend to be well educated and often have liberal arts degrees, or degrees in maths and sciences, which also require certain creative analytical thinking abilities. Consequently many hipsters tend to have jobs in the music, art, and fashion industries. It is a myth that most hipsters are unemployed and live off of their parent's trust funds.
Hipsters shun mainstream societal conventions that apply to dating preferences and traditional "rules" of physical attraction. It is part of the hipster central dogma not to be influenced by mainsream advertising and media, which tends to only promote ethnocentric ideals of beauty. The concepts of androgyny and feminism have influenced hipster culture, where hipster men are often as thin as the women they date. The muscular and athletic all-American male ideal is not seen as attractive by confident and culturally-empowered hipster women who instead view them as symbols of male oppression, sexism, and misogyny. Likewise, culturally-vapid sorority-type girls with fake blond hair, overly tanned skin, and "Britney Spears tube-tops" are not seen as attractive by cultured hipster males who instead see them as symbols of female insecurity, low self-esteem, and lack of cultural intelligence and independent thinking. Hipsters are also very racially open-minded, and the greatest number of interracial couples in any urban environment are typically found within the hipster subculture.
Although hipsters are technically conformists within their own subculture, in comparison to the much larger mainstream mass, they are pioneers and leaders of the latest cultural trends and ideals. For example, the surge of jeans made to look old and worn (i.e. "distressed"), that have become prevalent at stores such as The Gap, American Eagle, Abercrombie and Fitch, and Hollister, were originally paraded by hipsters who shopped in thrift stores years before such clothing items were mass produced and sold to the mainstream consumer. The true irony here is that many of the detractors of hipster culture are in fact unknowingly following a path that hipsters have carved out years before them. This phenomena also applies to music as well, as many bands have become successful and known to mainstream audiences only because hipsters first found and listened to them as early-adopters of new culture. Once certain concepts of fashion and music have reached mainstream audiences, hipsters move on to something new and improved.
Because of the rise of various online photo-blog and social networking sites, insights into urban hipster culture is reaching sheltered suburban audiences at an exponential rate. Cultural "norms" have been deconstructed by hipster culture as a whole. Hipsterism is often dismissed as just an image thing by some, but the culture as a whole is effecting changes in society, leading to feelings of insecurity and resentment in people who are no longer a part of the cultural ruling class. For example, a lot of anti-hipster sentiment evidently comes from culturally-clueless suburban frat boy types who feel that the more sensitive, intelligent, and culturally aware hipster ideal threatens their insecure sense of masculinity. Anti-hipster sentiment often comes from people who simply can't keep up with social change and are envious of those who can.
A conversation outside a hipster bar in downtown NYC:

Frat Boy #1: Dude, are you having any luck picking up chicks in there?

Frat Boy #2: Man...I haven't experienced anything like this before. These chicks are totally rejecting me and going for all these hipster guys in tight pants and shaggy hair instead.

Frat Boy #1: Maybe we should head back up to that bar in Murry Hill where you hooked up with that drunk b*tch from Alpha Sigma Phi last week?

Frat Boy #2: Yeah...I don't think we have what it takes to compete with these guys in here. These hipster chicks won't even give us the time of the day!
লিখেছেন- Trey Parasuco 22 de নভেম্বার de 2007
Being a hipster is just simply being a well-rounded person..an intellectual..someone who is true to who they are..and enjoys all the positive aspects of life while fluanting an unusual fashion sense unlike most others. Another word to describe people in this culture is "Non-Conformists."
From my experience random words or phrases associated with hipsters are..glasses,homo,skinny jeans,scarves,coffee,weird taste in music..scene kids,unique fashion sense..just to name a few.
লিখেছেন- Reggie Fresh 26 de ফেব্রুয়ারি de 2009
one who wears old-school chuck taylors, smokes parliament cigarettes, and drinks miller high life.
That hipster stole the keg, let's get the bastard.

It was very hipster chic to wear that 70's ski vest.
লিখেছেন- Stephanie 6 de মে de 2004
It's like a mix of Yuppie, emo, hippy, indie and beatnik which all share that smug liberal elitist attitude. Hipsters just tend to have a slightly better fashion sense imo. A 90's nostalgia thing of mine I guess.

The association with progressive politics can be seen in their inflated ego and low self-esteem as their suppressed social and tribal instincts are manifested in what they think is a nonchalant manner but is actually seen by outsiders for what it is.
That hipster stole my bi-cycle glove!
লিখেছেন- Hollercaust 6 de এপ্রিল de 2011
Those three girls at school who sit near a window on the third floor at lunch and hunch over one small chicken salad with light french dressing. They make the color black apart of there wardrobe everyday and have the most awesome pair of suede ankle boots you could imagine, there hair is always lazily styled along with there make-up which now includes glittery mascara with green eyeliner and they manage to keep there shades on all day with-out getting reprimaned by a teacher, they are getting all A's in school though you hardly ever see them turn in work...if you were to walk up to them they would smirk and throw out words with more then 9 letters as there greeting, they have there own secret language which at least at my school includes the word screened. They wear purple leather gloves they got from sak's on sale and claim to have gotten everything at the local thrift store though you know you've seen them coming out of annie creamcheese more then once while talking about Urban outfitters....which if asked about will say it's a conformity store....there the only ones not wearing the school colors on the day of the rivalry football game and will proudly say that the schools football team sucks while being wooed by its more then likely going to be recurited quaterback. they secretly love the fact that starbucks is only a few blocks away and will walk there when alone and without friends....they drink there coffee light/skim with no whipped cream and no matter what season it is there getting hot coffee...there the only ones at the zoo not on a date or followed by little kids, they paint there nails the same way its being done in china.....they wear glittery bra straps with tank tops and will have vomit contest in the schools first floor bathroom..they may be seen wearing a thing or two from places like lacoste and ralph lauren but will often downplay it with a pair of shiny black skinny jeans from a place they are determined to keep secret from you..they "help" with stage crew and end up getting the most praise....consider anyone over 112pds a fat fatty but are really great friends with one of the heaviest girls in the school, they have a signature thing they like to wear each (one might wear a scarf..one might wear a shawl....one might always have on red shoes)and are in love with small compact cars they can barely fit all the clothes they buy into....they spend way too much on water from italy or new zeland and love to pretend to drink by buying up fruit drinks that come in mystery cans...are determined to stay thin with out working out..secretly love looking at themselves..are considered really mature though when alone with there group are really completely immature and bitchy....they volunteer at some cushy place and think YOUR stupid for not having a tutor, they hate anyone with a fake tan who wears A&F, HOLLISTER and will only slighty tolerate those who shop at rheul.....LOVE martin+osa and have a one sided rivalry with one of the popular girls....thinks cheerleading is fun for the dumb and only gives golf claps to poms because dancing is an actual art form....there cell phones are old but they have the latest and greatest ipod...they always want to borrow yours..they know they look better then everyone else and play off the reason as to why there single as every guy in the school being immature while shifting it away from the fact that there just plain mean...have been out of the country and has downloaded masses of euro music for no apparent reason..will openly talk about race....they have this funny kind of walk they do..will talk about you once your atleast 3 ft away and know you'll be okay with it because they can tell you worship them..why? you still dont know..isnt afraid to go sit in the library and may even be in the book club...thinks guys with the helmet flip hair cut are disgusting....would prefer someone older...has downed wine before 10 and always makes sure to mention there one friend in ROTC....loves high waisted military pencil skirts and high heels but will also kick your ass if your planning on getting the only pair of flats that they happen to want..never goes shopping with the group..always alone with the mom but makes sure to say how much they spent before they actually tell you what they brought...thinks walking home from school is illgeal so will wait hours for a ride...........trust me i know....my sister is such a hipster...
Hipstersister:....I cant belive I had 3 kernels of pop corn...Im gonna head to the bathroom..you coming?
Hipster: what am I screened...no flip ill be there...oh I spent "only" 700 dollars this weekend...I forget what I brought
Hipstersister:(glaring)....oh is "that" all....ew look at that girl wearing A&F...shes a whore..
Hipster:....yeah..oh Im wearing pink to the game...forget white and orange...
Hipstersister:..oh yeah you know that korean girl.....she talks sooo white....
hipster: im korean....
hipstersister:....and......you sound white too
(hipster friend coming from the bathroom)....dont go in there girls from the JV cheer team are talking about the jonas brothers...
(all):.....screen...
লিখেছেন- aynun 21 de সেপ্টেমবার de 2007
wants to be indie, but is not
you = hipster
লিখেছেন- frodo smith 4 de জানুয়ারি de 2010
Annoying 120lb toothpicks running around in tight trousers and even tighter t-shirts.
Tend to (falsely) believe they're witty, eccentric, and refined, when in reality they have zero interests of their own and need to cling on to anything viewed as "uncool" to have something to talk about.

They're very head-strong, particularly when it comes to politics, an area in which they view themselves as enlightened.

Love to read just for the sake of it; they rarely take anything away from the texts. Chomsky is a favourite, as is Voltaire.
They also write -- most will attempt poetry, or a novel, which will be set in a far-off fantasy world with characters named "Takeshi" and "Riku".

Music-wise, hipsters love anything which isn't popular: mainly indie bands straight out of the sub-urban garage complete with nasal American singing and vain, repetitive lyrics.

You can usually find them in Starbucks on a Tuesday morning complaining in their blog, attending local protests (they have to maintain the image of being rebellious), or crawling around in the woods taking photographs of dead leaves.
Hipster: Look at me! I'm wearing tight black trousers with PINK striped socks and *blue* hair! I'm so eccentric lolz.
Hermit math wiz: No, I'm eccentric: I live with 200 cats, eat their food, and have a 163 IQ.

Hipster: Am I a connoisseur or do I just have too much time on my hands? You decide! ;)
*Shoots*
লিখেছেন- Trice7UK 11 de অগাস্ট de 2010
1. The guy who wrote the definition of hipster that starts with

"Hipsters are a subculture of men and women typically in their 20's and 30's that value independent thinking. . ."

and continues in an incredibly self-important and disappointing manner to idealize this counter-AnyRemoteUsefullnessToHumanCultureAndItsDevelopment
"counter-culture".

2. A very bad omen for the future
"Do you realize that the next generation of voters will be flooded with apathetic hipsters?"

"God help us"
লিখেছেন- Unfortunate reader of Mr. Trey 31 de ডিসেম্বার de 2009
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