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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.

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i agree this is the correct term for it. i am so surprised that everyone believes it is what the girl above believes it to be. it almost seems like this generation assume a term means something, and then give it a completely new meaning.
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I value those things, but I am not a hipster, I HATE hipsters, they are D*UCHE BAGS!!! they have no sense of morals and they are like hippies in the sense that they have very 'eccentric' beliefs, but don't do anything about them, I intend to do something to change society from its terrible state...
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please... they VALUE INDEPENDANT THINKING? COUNTER-CULTURE? PROGRESSIVE POLITICS?.. gimme a break hahahahahahaha
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A hipster is like a person who follows the latest trends and fashions.

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yes :)
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opposite..
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opposite of the opposite
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Wow EXACT opposite of that.
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opposite of the other opposite of that opposite
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That is incorrect sir.
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Not correct but nice try.
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They hate stuff that is popular with the masses, unless they like it ironically.

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not really.
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DolceMonserrat7

Ha...what graceful-Lolita said.... She stole my answer XD

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I'm sorry. :P
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Haha nah it's cool...:D
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Most people think hipster is a bad thing. I use tumblr and my sister also uses it. My sister HATES hipster blogs. I asked her what it meant to have a hipster blog and she said that hipster blogs reblog pictures of girls, unicorns and things that say something like "I have homework, but I also have tumblr", or "tumblr > Facebook".

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idk

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A white kid that thinks he's hip (Hence the name Hipster)

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haha look at my answer it's funny like urs
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Nope. Not the definition.
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not at all
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I think hipsters are people who think they are cool and wear their pants all the way down to the floor. My personal oppinion, haha :)

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Um I've always worn my pants all the way to the floor 0.0
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Haha, I meant the top part that is supposed to be belted, not the pant leg itself.
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Ohhhh! Lol that makes sense :D
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Hahaha, I'm so sorry about that! :)
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No problem! I guess I'm not a hipster I just like some of their styles
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Yeah, they have some unique styles, everyone is probably hipster-ish in some way :)
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CONVERSE! Lol are you from Russia or in Russia?
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Haha, and I'm from Russia
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Oh ok that's cool! I'm actually studying Russian accent (no offense)
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Oh, no problem! We love it and make fun of our parents and grandparents because of how strong their accents are :)
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Lol yea do you have an accent?
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It's starting to fade now because I'm getting to know the English language better and better but my parents have it reeeeal badd
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Haha how long have you been in America?
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10 years.. that's a lottt.....
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Yea! But I suggest holding on to a little accent! Guys dig that :D
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Haha, for real? I still have it just not that bad
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Yea really! Most of the time it's British but personally I enjoy listening to all accents!
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Ah, yeah, everyone loves British :) But wow, that's nice!
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So your 15 going on 16?
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Yep :)
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Cool! You look older than that, but your user name gave it away!
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Yeah, Russians get that a lot for some reason, haha :) And okay, maybe I should chance it to something like RussianGirl08, haha
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That would make you 5 0.o lol
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That won't be good, haha
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Yea since you have to be 13 to be on here!
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Ah, okay, well I don't need to worry about that :)
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Yea :D do you text?
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No creeper :)
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I don't really text, but I do use Viber and Kik and Instagram. And yeah, I got that :)
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Cool! Wanna Kik?
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I have a guy.....
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I have a girl :)
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Congrats! :)
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Lol I don't mind not kiking :) I understand! Congrats to u 2
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Okay, I just want to stay loyal to him :) And thanks :)
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Yea yea! That's good! Avoid any chance of confusion :)
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Exactly :) Anyway, I need to go get ready. Bye!
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Yea! Nice talking to you! Have a good day
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Thanks, you too :)
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no thats gangster of corse most are fake ut swag or something stupid like that
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1. A person who follows the latest trends and fashions
2. someone who does not follow what is "mainstream"


I think number one is a hipster

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I think they use to be number two but have become number one
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People crack a lot of jokes about hipsters, & their desperate attempts to escape the trend cycle, yet always failing.

Hipsters are driven by a need to NOT be like everybody else. Something a hipster was adamant about advocating becomes much less appealing to them when everybody ELSE is doing it, & as Sarabeth336 points out, it doesn't typically have to be what most people think of when they hear the word: fashion.

I mean, if you consistently vote for independents or third parties in politics, instead of the standard Republican & Democratic parties, you are somewhat of a hipster, whether people are willing to recognize that broader definition or not.

Guys and gals who change their style of dress, interests, & political beliefs on a dime because they are popular are hipsters. Ever watch the T.V. show 2 broke girls? The girl who makes fun of hipsters is technically being a hipster, cause hipsters are popular.

If I could only use one word or phrase that fits in with a hipster mentality, it would have to be one of sarabeth336's descriptors: counter-culture.

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Long and excellent answer! :)
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a modern day 60s hippie. Embracing differences for the sake of being different. A compulsion to resist that considered the norm. No matter how much things change, some things remain the same but are updated to fit the times. Hippies though added peace and love into their ideologies, I don't know that hipsters necessarily include these. Perhaps hipsters are in need of attention, be it positive or negative.


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No, hippies were just people who supported a cause but didn't do anything about it. They wanted to save the environment... So they smoked pot and listened to "(then)new age" music
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Hippies and Hipsters aren't the same thing.
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a person who follows trends

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A hipster is a person who always follows what is popular.

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You make your jeans into capris, wear chucks or converse, maybe vans too, slouch beanie, thick rimmed glasses, you have corn rows and you're a white chick, you're always painting and doodling on stuff, you listen to old rock and pretend your pencils are drumsticks, you can't help but crushin' on that granny sweater, you think the coolest invention in the world are paper airplanes and you still write letters to your sweetheart. I can live that way, it isn't bad as long as it isn't your intention.

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Well I wear converse and write letters to my sweet heart! So I'm good
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lol :D
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Heres a cite that can tell you the definition of a hipster

http://www.bing.com/Dictionary/search?q=define+hipster&qpvt=what+is+a+hipster%3f&FORM=DTPDIA

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Some idiot thinking he's all that cuz he's got expensive shoes that his mommy bought him

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Haha I'm sorry but your answer goes against like EVERYONE else's lol
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Sounds about right.
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haha yes lol :) i like to be different
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not the definition... I think what you are describing is a type of idiot.
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not the case... i think you are messing with the wrong gal.
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I'm not trying to mess with anyone. I wasn't even trying to be offensive. :/
Maybe you misunderstood... I'm sorry I can be confusing I realize. Let me try to restate that in a way that is more clear ::: I disagree with your definition of hipster, though I know the kind of people you are talking about, and I don't like them either. Hipster has a much different definition.
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ok sorry i was in a bad mood thanks for not chewing me out :) um and ok i was just reffering to what i know but hey you never know i could be wrong... thanks... you're not a jerk.
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ok. Well thank you. I was half-expecting to have to drop the conversation because nobody understood what I was saying (that happens to me a lot)
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oh... well sorry to hear that. you seem like a nice person. ;)
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Thanks :)
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:) wanna follow eachother?
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I tend not to follow people...
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ok whateveri just want to get followers
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so, so, not true
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Hipsters, used to be people who are original and carefree. they were kind out-going types of people. they wore whatever they pleased. but now most hipsters copy one another and are very main stream people. they aren't their creative selves like they should be.

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Not all of them.
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The easy answer can best be given with this question: "How many hipsters does it take to change a light bulb? No one knows. Once its cool enough to replace, hipsters won't touch it."

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Stereotyping.
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look at your profile pic then imagine it with big frame glasses a scarf on and a underground band poster in the back as your drinking a Starbucks coffee hope this helped

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Add Pbr and a cat, and it's complete
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Maybe even and grey borate hat thing
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Stereotyping.
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A hipster is someone who goes with there own flow

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francinewurch

Me! i think i am a pretty very hip grandma even at this age! i follow all the latest trends...at 79 years old!

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Sorry Francine, but hipsters DON'T follow the latest trends, they think they're too "MAINSTREAM"
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You should learn not to question an old lady.
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i think your awesome, and i don't enforce it but i dress like a "hipster" i do beleve that the human way is kinda foolish but its just apart of being imperfect creatures, i don't know what i am based on that
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Haha! yes, i agree thank you :)
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someone who isn't 'mainstream' and is ironic, most people either love them or hate them

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Someone who has no exciting personal qualities, so they make things up and act differently to get attention

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i don't enforce it but i dress like a "hipster" i do believe that the human way is kinda foolish but its just apart of being imperfect creatures, i don't know what i am based on that, and i assure you i have a personality, i guess i would be, outgoing, not really hating the mainstream, i'm open minded, i <3 my fedora, i <3 my scarves, i <3 my steam punk room, i'm very mixed in intrest
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No, you are lame.
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No, you should learn not to judge people. This person has a lovely, creative style.
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it's because,well you probably never heard of it before.

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MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEe

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lol a hipster as in a person or a type of clothing

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An individual that at least tries to stay ahead of the trends.

They often abandon things as they get popular, in favor of other interests.

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i have some hipster friends and a hipster is someone who is way off mainstream

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I have pondered this question having a son who lives in Williamsburg. My research has yielded this- Urban, an ironic individualistic thought process and personality, someone who rides a bike in urban areas,wears a fringed scarf or a knit hat that leans to the back (men and women), has 2 days growth (men only I hope), wears flannel. I am also starting to see the rebirth of mutton chops and handlebar moustaches! Of course you cannot really generalize about these things:)

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it is a purse that crosses your body diagonally so it lands on your hip

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lol i think this is a joke so ill keep laughing lol
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rebels against the norm

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Ilove using the term hipster. And Swag5 is right! If you go on to google and type "Define Hipster" It says a hipster is A "person who follows the latest trends and fashions." I have called myself a hipster in the past before.. haha, but i guess everyone has there own definition of a hipster.

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They are an oxymoron, a paradox of society, one who represents themselves as an independent thinker, and avoids what's "mainstream", even though in itself being a hipster is mainstream, and the trend of the masses. So I believe a hipster is an individual that simply has a weak mind and follows what they see everywhere, but misrepresent it as "individualism".

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have you looked in the mirror lately?

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Hipsters are people who go on Instagram everyday, go to Starbucks every morning, wear turtle necks as low as the U.S. economy, and wear skinny jeans from their little sister's wardrobe. Hope that helps! :)

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Don't they wear green berets and oval glasses too?
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hey i kinda dress like one and i love my fedora with a plan white shirt with a short cover over it and my gauchos (that are black) also i love my fedora with my white button shirt sown to a longer cover that's dark blue and my awesome grey leggings with a short blue skirt, other then that i don't have the money for a lot of clothes
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a hipster is a person that follosw up on the latest trends pretty much

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That's the OPPOSITE of a hipster!
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Your question is way too mainstream.

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These are all modern-day answers. Back in the 40s-60s, a hipster or hippie was an "undesirable person" in most southern communities. They were generally classified as someone who did not follow by the social norms, such as not keeping their hair or facial hair trim and neat, someone who was not a protestant christian, or did not follow common traditions or made their own such as the concept of free love (premarital sex) a big shocker back then, or a growing interest in new genres of music, such as rockabilly (rock), also they are most infamous for starting the trend of smoking marijuana. They were segregated (almost) as much as African Americans. Of course, nowadays a hipster is, by its definition, the same thing, but they are more socially accepted.

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Literally, a "hipster" is someone who follows all of the current style trends.

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Someone who follows the latest fashion trends and someone who enjoys being different than anyone else. Someone that is also hated by a lot of people and the person who hates them obviously has no life.

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