Hipsters Tend to Pose
Hipsters belong to a subculture of men and women
usually in their 20’s and 30’s who value independent
thinking, counter-culture, progressive politics,
an appreciation of art and indie-rock, creativity,
intelligence, and witty banter.
Hipsterism is a state of mind
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.
Ahead of the Pack
Both hipster men and women sport similar androgynous
hair-styles which include combinations of messy shag
cuts and asymmetric side-swept bangs.
Such styles are often associated with
the work of creative stylists at urban
salons and are usually too ‘edgy’ for
the culturally-sheltered mainstream consumer.
The Hipster Bandwagon
The ‘effortless cool’ urban bohemian look
of a hipster is exemplified in Urban
Outfitters and American Apparel ads
which cater towards the hipster demographic.
Despite misconceptions based on their aesthetic
tastes, hipsters tend to be well-educated and
often have liberal arts degrees, or degrees in
maths and sciences, which also require certain
creative analytical thinking abilities.
No Fat People, Please
The concepts of androgyny and feminism have
influenced hipster culture, where hipster
men are often as thin as the women they date.
The muscular and athletic all-American male
ideal is not seen as attractive by confident
and culturally-empowered hipster women who
instead view them as symbols of male oppression,
sexism, and misogyny.
Similarly, culturally-vapid sorority-type
girls with fake blond hair, over-tanned
skin and Barbie-doll tube-tops are not seen
as attractive by cultured hipster males
These fakes are seen as symbols of female
insecurity, low self-esteem, and lack of
cultural intelligence and independent thinking.
The Need to Stay Cool
Although hipsters are conformists within their
own subculture, in comparison to the much larger
mainstream mass, they are pioneers and leaders
of the latest cultural trends and ideals.
[Since the above was written hipsters are out of vogue.
They are seen as pretentious and desperate to be trendy.
The hipster embodies postmodernism as a spent
force, revealing what happens when pastiche
and irony exhaust themselves as aesthetics].