The human manifestation of Trying Too Hard
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Hipsters are a group of people obsessed with what they perceive to be nonconformity. While there are many different flavors of hipster, they all are alike in their celebration of irony and desire for individuality. Like all "counterculture" followers, hipsters hilariously fail to realize that their attempts to fight the system only bring them closer to the conformity that they claim to reject. IRL, hipsters are easily identified by their either outlandishly colorful or ironically unfashionable clothing, their fake glasses, and their choice of Djarum Black, Pall Mall, or American Spirit cigarettes. They tend to pool around indie music venues, independent coffee shops, consignment shops, local record stores, and off-beat dive bars, which usually double as indie music venues.
Online, hipsters can be found on Tumblr, where they re-blog indie art and artistic quotes, and Flickr, where they proudly display their black and white photos of flower petals, city streets, and everyday objects like lawn furniture. Photos get extra points for being out-of-focus and having unintentional motion blur. They can also be found on Last FM, where they operate under the assumption that people care about their music tastes. On Facebook, they clutter others' newsfeeds with awful song lyrics and "artsy" pictures from their latest hipster gatherings.
Lately, this subculture has been garnering a lot of hate from the internet at large, particularly upon Reddit. Like the emos of yesteryear, hipsters have come under attack by basement-dwellers and other denizens of the Internets. Of course, hipsters will soon be forgotten as they evolve into a new subculture.
The term 'hipster' was originally coined in the '50s to refer to the beatnik generation. Within the last few years the term made a re-emergence as people used it to refer to modern-day hipsters. The subculture itself emerged in places such as Williamsburg, New York, Silver Lake in Los Angeles, and Portland, Oregon as scene kids grew tired of trying to look like troll dolls and decided to dress like homeless men and Wes Anderson characters instead.
Filtering down into the lower age groups, slated to infiltrate American middle schools within the next year. Concentrations of hipsters can be found in any major city and are scattered elsewhere.
- Hipsters refuse to listen to bands with over 5,000 friends on Myspace.
- A hipster will literally burst into flames if it admits that it's a hipster.
- The hipster subculture exists to steal and combine the aesthetics of other subcultures. It is driven by materialism and contributes little.
- Hipsters hate anything you like and like anything you hate.
You know you're a hipster when nobody talks to you at the party, and you decide it's because you're 'unapproachable'.