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What is a hipster?

Hipster, via dictionary.com:

a) a person who is hip

b) a person, especially during the 1950s, characterized by a particularly strong sense of alienation from most established social activities and relationships

c) an enthusiast of modern jazz

Hipster, via urbandictionary.com:

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. Although “hipsterism” is really a state of mind, it is also often intertwined with distinct fashion sensibilities. Hipsters reject the culturally-ignorant attitudes of mainstream consumers, and are often be 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 combinations of messy shag cuts and asymmetric side-swept bangs.

Hipster, via hipsterhandbook.com:

One who possesses tastes, social attitudes, and opinions deemed cool by the cool. (Note: it is no longer recommended that one use the term “cool”; a Hipster would instead say “deck.”) The Hipster walks among the masses in daily life but is not a part of them and shuns or reduces to kitsch anything held dear by the mainstream. A Hipster ideally possesses no more than 2% body fat.

Please leave a comment with your own definition of a hipster.


Q: How many hipsters does it take to change a light bulb?

A: It’s some obscure number.  You’ve probably never heard of it.


4 responses

  1. Mom

    haha-THE QA

    November 2, 2010 at 11:07 am

  2. anon

    Hipster, via anon:
    A person who has no intrinsic sense of self worth or identity and so defines themselves by rebellion from the main stream in hopes of finding a place in the world where they feel they belong.

    November 2, 2010 at 2:46 pm

  3. hispta: /noun/ : katherine dawson + sean beherec +/- bailey mcbride in a wig divided by black jeans and interesting photography angles

    November 3, 2010 at 9:25 am

  4. Nicky by far wins the definition contest here.


    November 7, 2010 at 7:40 pm

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