Hipsters are a misunderstood character type, because nobody seems to be able to agree on who they actually are, or they assume they’re the popular stereotype of unemployed, overeducated indie lovers who care about nothing but ‘being cool’. Examples of Hipster Subculture are everywhere, from the streets of Canada, Europe, and America’s biggest cities, to contemporary TV shows such as Portlandia and Happy Endings, to ads for American Apparel and Urban Outfitters.
So what is a hipster? Good question! Urban Dictionary summed up hipster subculture perfectly. According to Urban Dictionary hipsters are ‘men and women, in their twenties and thirties that value independent thinking and progressive politics, with an appreciation of art and indie rock, creativity, intelligence, and witty banter.’ Hipsters pioneered everything from skinny jeans to indie rock but some aspects of Hipster subculture are just plain weird.
10 Different Influences But The Same Values
Did you know that back in the 1940s there were Hipsters, who were Hipsters, before being a Hipster “was cool”? On the surface contemporary Hipsters are a lot like 1940s era Hipsters. 1940s Hipsters were known for their fashion sense, their relaxed attitude towards sex, and their love of getting high. They rebelled against the American dream that became popular in the 1940s, of getting a stable job, raising a family, and moving to the suburbs. The society they were rebelling against also had a strict attitude towards sex, and favoured racial segregation.
9 Don’t Openly Admit To Being Hipsters
8 Vintage Clothing
7 Wearing Clothing and Listening to Music Ironically
6 The Lumberjack Look AKA “Lumbersexual”
5 One Of The Most Parodied Subcultures On The Internet
4 What’s Acceptable Is Constantly Changing
In Hipster: The Dead End Of Western Civilization, an Adbusters article on Hipster culture, Douglas Haddow made a pretty great point about the most problematic aspect of Hipster culture:
“Hipsterdom is the first counterculture to be born under the advertising industry’s microscope, leaving it open to constant manipulation but also forcing its participants to continually shift their interests and affiliations.”
3 Some Hipster Circles Consider Greasy Hair “Cool”
2 Grandma And Grandpa’s Wardrobe Is Hip
1 Hipsters Are Making Taxidermy Have An Unexpected Comeback
Taxidermy is popular again thanks to Hipsters. Why? Because it’s a vintage art therefore Hipsters are loving it and willingly invest their time and money in it. Artists and designers are making the art of stuffing dead animals trendy again, through creating DIY stuffing kits and homemade skull jewelry, and running taxidermy workshops, and making lots of money off the flock of mostly Hipster consumers who adore taxidermy, love it because it’s so old school, therefore somehow “cool”. Hipsters enjoy taxidermy both ironically, and non-ironically, although what they’re overlooking is the fact that their Victorian ancestors were Taxidermists before being a Taxidermist was “cool.”
Sources: <strong> </strong>dailymail.co.uk, oddee.com, harvardpolitics.com, wikihow.com, urbandictionary.com, adbusters.org, queensofvintage.com
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