Hipster. This word gets thrown around so much that I don’t even know what the hell it means anymore. Because I sometimes wear a fedora or
skinny jeans jeggings with plaid shirts, love big thick rimmed glasses, have feathers in my hair (graduation gift from my stylist!) and knew who Arcade Fire was before they won a Grammy, does that make me a hipster? My sister has called me a hipster plenty of times, and there have been days I looked in the mirror and thought, “Damn, look at that effing hipster!” But if one calls themselves a “hipster” doesn’t that automatically take away any sort of hipster cred they had, because true hipsters are supposed to deny the fact that they are hipsters?
From my understanding, hipsters are a subculture of 20-30 somethings that have a strong appreciation of art, creativity, intelligent conversations, literature, indie music, politics, their prefered mode of transportation is a Fixie, smoke American Spirits, drink PBR, and they like getting their clothes at second hand shops or American Apparel. The last few bits are stereotypical, but what else can I say? It’s what the interweb told me. Hipsters stereotypically also have a tendency to hate when something they love goes mainstream. I am guilty of this. Again I ask, does that make me a hipster?
I don’t have anything against the hipster subculture. I’ve fallen in love with so many hipster-looking dudes I’ve seen walking around the Mission in SF, and I do have a very strong appreciation of art, creativity, literature, have an affinity for second hand stores, and my iPod contains music by bands that you’ve probably never heard of. Hell, I’ve never even heard of some of the bands I have on my iPod. Sometimes when I have my iPod on shuffle, I’m like, “Who is this? When did I download this? What le fook?” I like intelligent conversation, but don’t ever talk to me about politics. Mostly because I find it boring and also because I get angry when people have an opposing political viewpoint from me. We can talk nerd politics though, like how Twilight is inferior to Harry Potter and all who think differently must be insane in the membrane, what actor played the Doctor best, or tell me why you like Star Wars over Star Trek and vice versa.
The word “hipster” is so overused these days, I don’t even give a crap if someone calls me one anymore.
PS: If you get the reference to this post’s title, does that make YOU a hipster???
- hat: Free Authority
- earrings: Lucky Brand
- necklace: purchased at TJ Maxx
- ring: from grandma
- cardigan/skirt: Target
- shirt: purchased at a Broken Social Scene concert
- shoes: Report