Top Definition
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
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)
লিখেছেন- J Y 3 de জানুয়ারি de 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.
লিখেছেন- staywarm 7 de ডিসেম্বার de 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.
লিখেছেন- Chito Sanchez 26 de সেপ্টেমবার de 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.
লিখেছেন- Tinyfolk 29 de ডিসেম্বার de 2008
16-25 year olds who love indie rock, modern poetry, art galleries, thrift stores, and independent films. Generally they dress in band t-shirts, subdued blazers, and jeans (not too loose or too tight). They have messy (generally) non-dyed brown hair.

Not to be confused with scenesters. Hipsters are pretty cool besides their snobby pretension, but scenesters are vain idiots. If you're not sure if someone is one way or the other, ask them if they have a MySpace. If they excitedly give you their address and go on and on about it, it's a scenester. If they stare blankly it's a hipster.
Hipsters are the same things as indie kids, by the way.
লিখেছেন- kehya 29 de এপ্রিল de 2006
A snapback icon in human form produced in the 80's by the money-and-culture-loving human creations of nonconformist 60's parents. Simply, a way to do nothing to change anything except with superficial differences and on paper while appearing to and channeling energies in that exact same useless direction, like every other generation ever born. Another every 20 year change in same phenomonen in a media cultured floundering society.
00's Hipster: We're so unique
60's Hippie: Not as unique as 'we' were
80's Me gener: What's so special about unique?
লিখেছেন- simple-minded 12 de অগাস্ট de 2008
Liberal 20 something men and women who drink coffee in independently run cafes, drink in dive bars, listen to any awful piece of shit band that isn't popular or even good, and watch foreign "films" all the while condemning anything held popular by the average consumer or "gullible sheeple."

They believe that because they dress in thrift store rags, took a few political science classes, and enjoy modern art (aka: $1000 finger paintings) that somehow this makes them better than the rest of society. They often have an extremely lofty opinion of themselves and their opinions to the point of unbelievable arrogance.
1. The author of the first/most popular definition is a prime example of a hipster douche bag.
লিখেছেন- rynoth 20 de জুলাই de 2010

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