Lately I’ve been doing some extensive research on a sub-culture of our society which seems to be very subtly taking over. The unique thing about this sub-culture is that they do not aspire to doing much, so the fact that they are becoming so wide-spread is something of a phenomenon. This population is made up of those who insist on standing out by fitting in. They scoff at brand-name clothing, yet stick to a select few popular stores when shopping for what wear. They are fixated on irony whether or not it is apparent to them. They deny being who they are. Yes, that’s right. I’m referring to the Hipsters.
“That’s what being hipster is all about: wow-ing people, and being cooler than everyone else,” confidentially quips a video blogger (“vlogger”) Caroline on YouTube. She can be seen in a few Hipster fashion how-to videos (see below). The problem I have with this statement of hers is that it somewhat contradicts how one can put an effort into being cool, and yet, in true Hipster fashion, deny the fact that they are cool and are a Hipster.
The following quote is from this website which shows us a how-to video on creating an ideal Hipster look:
“Then we have your more standard hipster items like the scarf. Every good hipster in the fall, is gonna have a scarf. Just wrap one around! You gotta wear one! You gotta protect the neck. Not only does it keep you warm, but it sets you apart from everyone, ’cause you can just wear all black and have a scarf and then you’re cool, right? But not really. Also a crochet beret is also standard, standard hipster wear for us girls. You just gotta have these hats! You just gotta! Just put one on. Everyone’s wearing them.”
I can not believe this girl is being so bossy about what to wear. “You just gotta!” I am surprised at her extroverted attitude towards others here. The stereotypical mannerisms are to be extremely passé and show that you do not care about anything. I guess this is once again, another fine example of what Hipsters have been known to perfect: irony.
As you can see, Hipsters can be best recognized by their distinctive style of dress. While there are many different types of Hipsters (see this fine example), it is still pretty easy to tell a Hipster from a non-Hipster.
An additional category of Hipsters not included in most people’s vocabulary is the “Blipster.” A Blipster is a Black Hipster. From my observations, Blipsters are more inclined to dress in bold, vibrant, neon colors. From their skinny jeans to their high-top shoes, to their insanely-patterned hoodies, Blipsters have a more wild color palette.
Of course, Hipsters are not solely defined by their fashion. Hipsters are also known for their exclusive taste in music. Hipsters pride themselves in liking musicians and bands which are still up-and-coming in the music industry. Hipsters will quickly lose interest in music groups once they catch on and become popular with the mainstream “aka: square” rest of the world. Some current popular musicians in the Hipster music loop nowadays include Animal Collective and MGMT and a lot of other groups I have never heard of. From what I can gather, the difference between Hipster music and Indie music (it’s own more specific genre, short for Independent music) is that Hipster music incorporates more of an electronic, layered, and sometimes repetitive characteristic than Indie music. But basically, most music groups you have never heard of, that also have strange names, are likely to be popular amongst the Hipsters.
Of course these are just a few defining matters about today’s Hipsters. But in order for this article to be cool enough by Hipster standards, I have to cut this short, because really guys, I don’t really care. Whatever….