Monday, July 13, 2015

I Should Be a Hipster

When I hear the word "hipster," I think of young guys who dress like lumberjacks and wear strange hats.



They hang out at independent coffeehouses because they're "too hipster" for Starbucks.



They thumb their noses at pop culture and attend poetry readings, where they proudly announce they don't even own a TV.



But hipsters are really, in essence, people who can't be defined. They're hipsters because they don't follow rules of fashion. They could look like this:



Or this:



Or this:



Or however else they want to set themselves apart.

I can't think of a better place to be than an independent coffeehouse or bookstore. The very hangouts of hipsters are the same hangouts I want to frequent.



How do you define "hipster?"

63 comments:

  1. I don't think of them as lumberjacks. That Monty Python sketch put lumberjacks in a whole new category.

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    1. I have to admit I'm not very familiar with Monty Python!

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    2. it's a very good song/sketch. I never watch much of their work, but that one is very funny

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  2. haha I love the Urkel one! For me any "hipster" I've come across has just had a holier than thou attitude that turned me off. I always think of my friend's ex bf. Talking to was literally painful, b/c he was an "author" and when he asked about my publishing journey he laughed that I write YA, and acted like it would be so easy to get published...then again he's my only real experience chatting with one lol

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    1. I hate literary snobbery of any type. It's just annoying. I heard stories about children's authors being asked, "So when are you going to write a real novel?" but I never experienced it personally. Most people have been very supportive and wonderful about it. I did have someone say, "You should write one of those picture books. That would be easy. Just a few words." I, of course, explained that the fewer the words, the harder it is to write!

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  3. I don't define hipster. I would know what a hipster was. It's called youth to me.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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    1. Seems the definition varies from person to person...but when I looked it up, my research showed why--because it just means someone who doesn't conform to fashion trends and social standards. That's a pretty broad definition!

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  4. Great question, Stephanie. "Hipster" has taken on a bit of a negative connotation in Brooklyn as it seems they've taken over the whole place. However, I like your definition better; it's more open and less hostile, which is a good way to be.

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    1. I agree...as with anything, a few bad apples spoil the whole bunch!

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  5. Yeah, no tv? Pffft no hipster for me haha

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    1. I can't imagine life without any TV at all!

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  6. There are so many of these guys around Missoula, but they're generally really nice. The guy who unloaded my moving van this morning looks exactly like the guy in the top photo!

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    1. I just don't ever see those long beards as attractive. I'm sure they care what I think!

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    2. All I can think of is how dirty they are, lol!

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  7. Hipster is basically a person who thinks they have a great taste in fashion while they have none whatsoever :) And I don't know whom I rather beat and shave to the head - those freaks with ridiculous long beards or kids who wear Beaber hair....

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    1. Haha! I hate the Bieber hair. The grocery store bagger today had that and it just seemed way wrong!

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  8. I consider hipsters sort of academic & fashion free spirits. If the hipster wears the label displayed anywhere on his being, he ceases to be a hipster.

    The rules for Flipster are similar...but you have to be mid-life or above (ha ha) and think snark is a love language. Your repertoire of things you don't give a flip about grows exponentially year by year.

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  9. LOL Funny how that works huh? Coffeehouses are pretty spectacular and great places to people watch so you can't really blame someone for wanting to hang out there. :P

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    1. I love people watching. I've personally found malls are the place to see the most interesting people...

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    2. I agree. people watching is entertaining enough. I don't watch TV anymore. nothing good to watch on tv. everything you do is found using the internet and your computer monitor.

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  10. I wish there was an independent coffee shop close by here--in my former town there were two coffee shops and four greasy spoons, great places to hang out. Even though hung out there and had a long period in my life without a TV, I am not a hipster.

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    1. What's really sad is that we've moved to a part of town that probably has an independent coffeeshop and I don't even know where it is yet!

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  11. I think it was Jimmy Kimmel who had someone pretend to be a news person and stand outside a hipster music festival, asking hipsters their opinions on different bands that would be playing. Only the person made up all the band names. It was HILARIOUS.

    So basically, I view hipsters as full of crap! LOL

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    1. The sad thing is, at that age people are just striving to find their identity. No matter what crowd/trend you follow, you're still following a crowd. By the time you get to your 30s, you know who you are...at that point you're the real hipster because you don't follow any trends anymore and you're just YOU!

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  12. Everyone on Tumblr=hipster.
    People who wear beanies=hipster.
    People who name their kids pretentious shit like Alistair and Sebastian=hipster
    Literary snobs=hipster
    The list goes on.
    Oh and some of these ppl in your comments just described assholes not hipsters.

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    1. Haha! I like all that! I've been told by teens that "everyone" hates hipsters. Of course, the hipsters would say "everyone" hates those people.

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  13. I saw five people in a coffee shop the other day with the exact same Apple laptop. FIVE. There were only 6 people in the shop. By trying to be different and independent, you often end up conforming to something else.

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    1. Uh-oh...I'm on an Apple laptop! Probably the same one they have. Of course, I'm not hipster--if I were going to set my laptop apart, I'd put a blingy case on it.

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  14. I'll be a Hipster as soon as I find some of those rainbow socks. I'll fit right in at my local indie coffee shop.

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    1. I was sock shopping while I was in Charleston because I forgot mine. I was amazed at the crazy socks that are available now.

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  15. I try not to define people. And try not to spend time with anyone who is holier than thou. Or holier than me.
    And, like Alex, lumberjacks and Monty Python are permanently linked in my head.

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    1. I try to eliminate toxic people from my life altogether. Life's too short.

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  16. Gee maybe I'm a hipster and I didn't even knew it. We have two TVs in the house and I never watch either. The sounds of the news repeating over and over annoys the shit out of me. I never hang in coffee houses wether they are Starbuck or independent. For one thing, I'm way too cheap to spend my hard earned cash in coffee houses and I have enough of one large coffee in the morning. But then I like wearing classic clothes and stay away from fads. I don't like someone dictating what I should wear to be cool and then the next year they change their mind and i have to wear something ridiculous to be cool. I sure look like a hipster in my barn work clothes.

    Stephanie, you always have the coolest topics.
    Hugs,
    JB

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    1. I make my coffee at home, too. The only time I've spent in coffee shops is for meetings.

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  17. I think hipsters are the latter...people who dress funky and are different from others.

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    1. That's what I'm told...but as someone above said, the definition varies because the very definition of hipster is that they don't follow trends. But teens appear to have their own labels they put on people. I'm finding what they call hipster depends on what their friends say hipster is. Whatever it is, they look down on hipsters for some reason.

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  18. This ages me, but I think in terms of the 60s and 70s hippies.

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    1. I think in the 90s they were the people who followed the way independent bands dressed. The word for it escapes me for some reason...but I would say it all goes back to the 60s and that independent, free-spirit way of thinking. Isn't it interesting that you didn't see this extreme fragmentation until the 60s or so?

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    2. I'd have to agree with this definition. Then again I'm 58.

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  19. it's a cut of panty where the waste cuts right across the hip line. :)

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  20. Oh gosh-I think of Hipsters as people who know all the latest fashion stuff and are hip and "in the know". The first picture reminds me of lumbermen since I grew up with them around me

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    1. That doesn't have a name, really, because that's the norm, I guess. Especially among young people. They think they're cool but really they're just following what they see on TV and around them. They scoff at hipsters and goths and other people who don't just blindly follow everyone else to Forever 21.

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  21. I see hipster as those who battle anything organized. They buck fashion and tradition, and just keep going.

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    1. It's amazing to me how rare that is now, though! I remember wanting to be different when I was a teen. Not TOO different...but I didn't want to wear the exact same thing all my friends were wearing and drive the exact same car and say the exact same words... It seems for young people, either they're non-conformist or they are followers.

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  22. Hey Stephanie,

    I much prefer your thoughts on the word hipster and what it means to you. I think of a hipster as somebody following along with the latest trend and basically not making much of an individual statement.

    Of course, I'm a lumberjack and that's okay.....,eh!

    Gary :)

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    1. Actually, this is not really how I define it--it's what I found online...I wasn't sure what hipster was until I started writing this blog and researching.

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  23. I don't "get" hipster, but then again, I spend a lot of time with teenagers. I'm not sure where I'm going with that statement.

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    1. Teenagers will tell you what hipster is...and when they're finished, you'll realize they don't even know. They're just describing the people in school that don't fit in!

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  24. I'm not sure I could define hipster, which probably means:
    A. I need a life.
    B. No hipsters around me.
    C. I was never one.
    D. All of the above.

    betty

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    1. They didn't exist when I was young. In fact, I don't think the term existed until recently, right? I remember people talking about "freaks" when I was in school--people who listened to metal and went for a minimalist look. The show Freaks and Geeks captured the 80s version of all of this perfectly!

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  25. Being from the Bay Area, I've seen a lot of hipsters around. I regard hipsters as folks considered too cool to do what normal cool people do, and occasionally they loudly assume "new trends," like eating with chopsticks, that people have been doing forever.

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    1. It seems the more time goes on, the more everything is just recycled. Not much is original these days. Perhaps because of technology--everyone seeks comfort in things that were around before computers.

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  26. Lol no tv??? I won't know where to point my treadmill! I still have not encountered an hipster i think ? ( or maybe I am one?)

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  27. I think hipster is basically anything outside what's usually cool and in. I also think hipsters sometimes get a bad rap for trying to be too different.

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  28. I never really gave the word any real thought, so this is a great topic to make me put on my thinking cap. (lol) I think anyone who doesn't care to be defined by what's in and trendy is the person I want to hang out with. In fact, I've found quite a few bloggers who meet this criteria that I'm totally hooked on them and the things they have to say. Fun, outside of the box and unique = cool to me! Hugs...

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  29. Good Question. Hipster, I figured was, what was in style at the time. But now you have me second guessing.

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  30. Every time I hear hipster, I think of the Smashing Pumpkins line in Cherub Rock about them ("'cause deep down/we are frightened and we're scared/if you don't stare.")

    Not an actual statement on what hipsters are, more of a "this is what I think of when I hear the word 'hipsters.'"

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  31. Great discussion comments and the post...I wouldn't know who to call hipster...or what to call it!

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  32. I have no idea what a hipster is! Sounds like it could pretty much be whatever you want it to be. My question is who is doing the labeling, those inside the hipster circle or outside of it?

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  33. A couple of years ago The Hurricane told me that Favorite Young Man is a hipster. I didn't know what that meant, so I asked Sam, who cares for my golden tresses. She said FYM isn't a hipster, but he has hipsterish qualities, such as wearing shorts that are almost knee length, and riding an expensive bicycle.That's all I know about it.

    Love,
    Janie

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  34. I think your no TV reference defines them best. They think they are superior to everyone. They are condescending snobs and very judgmental! I think you can love used bookstores and independent coffee houses without being a hipster!

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