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.
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".
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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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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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".
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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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.
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.