April 22, 2009

Look at this Fu@k!ng Hipster

First, the basics. What is a hipster?

Slang term used to to describe young, recently-settled urban adults and older teenagers with interests in non-mainstream fashion and culture, particularly alternative music, indy rock, indy films, etc.
Hmmm, so people who move from trend to trend while trying to claim they are actually outside of mainstream culture? Interesting.

Hipsters listen to bands you've never heard of. They probably have tattoos. Ambiguously gay. Definitely cooler than you. Hates the word Hipster. Denies being one. Addicted to coffee, cigarettes and probably coke. Lives off parents' money, but spends all of it trying to look like they don't have any. Hair dyed frequently in an abundance of various colors. Wears tight black pants, scarf and ironic t-shirt. Is "in a band." Majored in art, writing or photography.
...but that's just the stereotypical definition.

I edited some information I found online and here's what we have...
  • Hipsters reject the culturally-ignorant attitudes of mainstream consumers, and are often 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 a combination 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.
  • Hipsters shun mainstream societal conventions that apply to dating preferences and traditional "rules" of physical attraction. 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 (DAMN IT!!!).
  • 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.
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.

And THAT, ladies and gentleman, is the perfect segue for me to introduce you to my new favorite website!!
Look at This Fucking Hipster