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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!
بواسطة Trey Parasuco نوفمبر 22, 2007
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n. adj. from the English "hip" meaning too cool for public school. Anyone beneath the age of 40 who gives a shit about Brian Eno, David Bowie, and Jorge Luis Borges. Typically majors in English, Visual Arts, or Film Studies. Wouldn't be caught dead wearing any shoe other than Vans or Chuck Taylors. Considers local bands no one's ever heard of more important than food and shelter. Considers moving from the suburbs to a former ghetto a justified version of "white flight". Can be seen in abundance in Portland, Oregon and Williamsburg, Brooklyn; and to a lesser extent Austin, Texas and Athens, Georgia.
I used to like The Flaming Lips, but my HIPSTER friend suggested that Cat Power was more my speed.
بواسطة Camp Lickalotta مارس 10, 2008
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Despite the intent - a total commoner. All the attributes have previously been described. These are the "penguins" of modern youth culture. The real artists and musicians don't generally have much time to be "seen" at bars and coffeehouses.
I really don't care about your 3-chord music, hipster.
بواسطة ebato فبراير 18, 2007
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Hipsters, or anti-conformists with track bikes, can usually be found in groups in the center your town or city, whether they be postin' up straight up smokin' some camels, drinking energy drinks or alcohol to get smashed, just chillin', or going on a bike raid reppin' their area . Most OC Hipsters claim to be liberals and are the most ardent activists, sporting their Obama "Change" T-shirts or wearing their Toms shoes (When Toms are purchased an identical pair is sent to children in Africa) without socks (because they are most likely made by exploited children in sweatshops, or they want to show off their ankle tattoo) thinking that their insignificant lives make a difference (out of school and unemployed). OC Hipsters can definitely be identified by their ripped jean shorts, baseball caps, messy hair, vintage clothes, cigarettes, neon sunglasses, tattoos, messenger bags, Deep V-Neck shirts (to show off their chest tattoos) or D-Necks, amply called douche necks. They listen to Indie/Electro bands you've never heard off (and for good reason because most of them sound like white noise) because they want to be unique and different. They hate their parents, but they definitely love their fixed gear bikes, usually adorning them with promotional stickers or bright colors. They use phrases and words like: "postin up", "chillin", "straight up", "forsure", and "down", because normal vocabulary is so cliche.
Jon: " Hey bro, wanna go post up on our fixies with the crew?"

Brandon: " Jon, you're such a hipster "
بواسطة DJPhillyPhil اكتوبر 19, 2009
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A group of people who try way too hard, this subculture can be identified by males who wear skinny clamdigger jeans, ironic t-shirts, and sneakers that were only made prior to 1976. And females in thick glasses. Hipsters reject everything "mainstream" and conformist even though they are the most judgemental and conformist group in many cities. They fall over each other in attempts to be the nerdiest looking nerd in the group and are willing to deal with extreme pain and discomfort from wearing skinny jeans in order to fit in and conform to the hipster look.
Hipster 1: Look at those conformist losers drinking their Starbucks coffees.

Hipster 2: Yeah, they suck. They probably listen to mainstream music.

Hipster 1: Totally. Hey where did you get your new skinny jeans and ironic Atari T-shirt? I want a pair just like them so I can be just like you and fit in amongst the hipster crowd.

Hipster 2: You can't buy them, as I got them at the thrift store along with my ironic T-shirt and these thick-rimmed glasses.
بواسطة joejamesla يوليو 15, 2009
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A Hispter is a grown up scene kid. Too old to be a scenester, yet too young to say no to the common trend. Trendy. Grown up sceneyboppers.
Lindsay: Look at that hipster! OMG.

Ashley: Wait. Isnt't that a scenester?

Lindsay: No. He was most likely scene at a younger age, but now he's older and on to being hip!

Ashley: Oh. Still pretty much looks the same to me.
بواسطة YoRegiiis! يوليو 21, 2008
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A subculture of disaffected twenty-somethings that are characterized by their fickle attitudes toward basically everything. Their chronic un- or under-employment gives them plenty of time to listen to music, visit obscure art galleries, drink lots of coffee and alcohol, chain smoke, and read independently-published newspapers and magazines. By the time they figure out what they want, they've already onto something else because what they want might be what someone else wants and they don't want to identify with that person(s). You won't find them at suburban shopping malls. Try looking in the trunk of an AMC Hornet.
"Well, what've we got ourselves here, another hipster, eh?"
بواسطة Shattered Dreams مارس 4, 2008
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An insufferable, pseudo-intellectual twerp who defines his identity mainly through allusions to, and alleged knowledge of, obscure popular culture, often of the ephemeral variety. This urban poser advertises this identity via vintage clothing, thick-rimmed glasses, and ironically or iconically decalled t-shirts, oblivious to the concept that his conformity to a predefined template for appearance undermines and contradicts his attempt to be an independent thinker. He exibits a strong narcissism in the form of his constant hunt for attention and self affirmation via online social networks and communications technologies, through which he believes he is channeling relevant, interesting, and enlightening information, but which he usually employs to boost his hipster cred by making obscure references, parroting Internet memes, and generally proclaiming the superiority of his tastes. In quiet desperation, however, the hipster is racked with anxiety, as he is constantly driven by a desire to be "in on the joke" - the concept that other hipsters may be enjoying something of which he is cluelessly unaware, that he may not understand the disposable 90's movie reference which sent his peers into a titter, is anathema to this self-satisfied but inherently insecure social animal.
Mark cursed softly as the hipster in the aisle paused next to him to stow his Apple-logo messenger bag in the overhead bin. The Banana Splits t-shirt at eye-level and the thick, horn-rimmed glasses looking down at him told him that he was going to be in for a long flight filled with tedious conversations about the power of social media to help the unemployed take the country back from evil corporations.
بواسطة Herr Stehpinkler يوليو 16, 2011
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