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2013-09-16 12:07:25 AM
imgs.xkcd.com
 
2013-09-16 12:08:48 AM
I'm going to print this out and roll it up in a mason jar and plant it in a public garden and grow sorrow flowers, so he can remember, fondly, when exactly he became too individual to be tolerated any longer.
 
2013-09-16 12:11:18 AM
I'm genetically fortunate that I could never be confused for a hipster. I may be white as the driven snow, but I'm also 6'3" and 180 pounds, with even a mother wouldn't love. I generally have a choice between looking like an office drone or a dockworker, depending on whether I've shaved recently and am wearing a collared shirt.
 
2013-09-16 12:12:22 AM
I saw a guy riding a skateboard wearing a suit vest and tie the other day. In 85 degree weather. Surely that is undeniably hipster?
 
2013-09-16 12:12:26 AM

HotWingAgenda: with a face even a mother wouldn't love


Also, hipsters are great typists, 'n I ain't.
 
2013-09-16 12:15:34 AM

fusillade762: I saw a guy riding a skateboard wearing a suit vest and tie the other day. In 85 degree weather. Surely that is undeniably hipster?


I don't know who these mutants are who can walk around on a sunny 90 degree day in jeans and hoodies and shiat. I'd be naked from May until November if I could.
 
2013-09-16 12:15:56 AM
Dear god. The fact you are even concerned that someone is copying or judging your style at thirty means you have more problems than being a hipster.
 
2013-09-16 12:16:26 AM
I was complaining about being seen as a hipster just because I have some hipsterish hobbies before it was mainstream.
 
2013-09-16 12:16:28 AM
Oh God who the fark cares!?!? Put clothes on and do things and stop thinking about everyone else.
 
2013-09-16 12:17:29 AM
laughingsquid.com
 
2013-09-16 12:21:01 AM

FarkerSnow: Oh God who the fark cares!?!? Put clothes on and do things and stop thinking about everyone else.


So much this.
 
2013-09-16 12:24:35 AM
Whothehellcares.jpg
 
2013-09-16 12:26:56 AM
If you worry that strangers might think you're a hipster, you might be a hipster.

I sometimes worry that strangers might think I'm stoned, but only when I've been smoking weed.
 
2013-09-16 12:30:12 AM
Anyone spending that much time and effort over what they wear and what other people think about it is by default a hipster.  He is just in denial.  Unless that is what hipsters do then he is not in denial.
 
2013-09-16 12:36:36 AM
Dude seems to know a lot about hipsters.
 
2013-09-16 12:37:09 AM
This guy is farking hipster for writing a blog about how he's not a hipster.

A farking blog. About his fashion choices.

/spoon.. gag me with it.
 
2013-09-16 12:37:37 AM

Koodz: fusillade762: I saw a guy riding a skateboard wearing a suit vest and tie the other day. In 85 degree weather. Surely that is undeniably hipster?

I don't know who these mutants are who can walk around on a sunny 90 degree day in jeans and hoodies and shiat. I'd be naked from May until November if I could.


I'm not stopping you.

/ogle
 
2013-09-16 12:40:24 AM
I'm all out of f*cks to give.
 
2013-09-16 12:42:44 AM
I have yet to find a modern need for a handlebar mustache coupled with BCG's.
 
2013-09-16 12:42:53 AM

Danger Avoid Death: I'm all out of f*cks to give.


Somebody's mother is finally sexually fulfilled
 
2013-09-16 12:42:55 AM
Mind you, the glasses are ordinary brown frames, not retro black.

If you, or anyone you know uses the phrase 'retro black', you might be a hipster.
 
2013-09-16 12:43:03 AM

Koodz: fusillade762: I saw a guy riding a skateboard wearing a suit vest and tie the other day. In 85 degree weather. Surely that is undeniably hipster?

I don't know who these mutants are who can walk around on a sunny 90 degree day in jeans and hoodies and shiat. I'd be naked from May until November if I could.


Dear Sweet Goddess of Mercy, man. What about the sun burn?! Are you ready for sun burn where no man has experienced sun burn before?!
 
2013-09-16 12:44:45 AM
I complain about Hipsters, but mainly because they do things not for self gratification or for the betterment of others, but because they're always trying to make something new or "reinvent" something aka "Steal an old idea and hope no one notices," to remain ahead of everyone else in supposed 'uniqueness'. Worry more about becoming a superficial nihilistic arsehole sociopath (meaning, don't act like a Hipster) and less about how people look at you (to the author of the paragraph, in case he's reading this), unless you're at a job with certain clothing requirements or are interviewing for a job or have a required form of dress needed at a certain social setting (e.g. suit and tie for a funeral) then don't worry so much about how people judge your appearance. But if I do see this author one day and he looks like the stereotypical Hipster, I may prejudge him as an arsehole! ;-) :-D
 
2013-09-16 12:45:27 AM
What a horrible article
The New York Times?
Are they being run by HufPo now?
 
2013-09-16 12:45:51 AM
"A hipster is a luddite who can't live without an iPhone."
 
2013-09-16 12:47:57 AM
Danger Avoid Death: I'm all out of f*cks to give.

I ran out of farks before anyone ever thought about giving them.
 
2013-09-16 12:50:12 AM
img.fark.net

The three guys on the far right are NOT hipsters. They are:
1. Corporate yuppie douchebag
2. Regular dude.
3. Slacker 20-something.

The middle three guys are hipsters from different regions and cliques of hipsters. They're doing what pseudo-goths did in the 1990s: One-upsmanship. Basically "I'm more hipster than you."

The Kyp guy is a performer, so societal labels don't apply. His appearance is probably just part of the act.

The unicorn is some weird combination of furry and hipster that I hope I never meet in person.
 
2013-09-16 12:51:00 AM
Ahh, dammit. I meant YOUR left.

ZeroCorpse: [img.fark.net image 640x485]

The three guys on the far right  LEFT are NOT hipsters. They are:
1. Corporate yuppie douchebag
2. Regular dude.
3. Slacker 20-something.

The middle three guys are hipsters from different regions and cliques of hipsters. They're doing what pseudo-goths did in the 1990s: One-upsmanship. Basically "I'm more hipster than you."

The Kyp guy is a performer, so societal labels don't apply. His appearance is probably just part of the act.

The unicorn is some weird combination of furry and hipster that I hope I never meet in person.

 
2013-09-16 12:53:01 AM

ultraholland: Danger Avoid Death: I'm all out of f*cks to give.

I ran out of farks before anyone ever thought about giving them.


I thought I gave a fark once. A sort of itch, you know? Saw a doctor about it. He gave me a creme and that was the end of it.

/turned out to be a rash
//was allergic to all the b.s. is all
 
2013-09-16 01:02:55 AM

ZeroCorpse: [img.fark.net image 640x485]
The three guys on the far right are NOT hipsters. They are:
1. Corporate yuppie douchebag
2. Regular dude.
3. Slacker 20-something.
The middle three guys are hipsters from different regions and cliques of hipsters. They're doing what pseudo-goths did in the 1990s: One-upsmanship. Basically "I'm more hipster than you."
The Kyp guy is a performer, so societal labels don't apply. His appearance is probably just part of the act.
The unicorn is some weird combination of furry and hipster that I hope I never meet in person.


I've never seen anyone fail so badly at understanding humor. I can only assume you posted that ironically, and are in fact the hitherto unseen MEGA HIPSTER to the far right of the spectrum.
 
2013-09-16 01:04:47 AM

Smeggy Smurf: Danger Avoid Death: I'm all out of f*cks to give.

Somebody's mother is finally sexually fulfilled


No, just tired and flaccid. "Death by Snu-Snu" is not death of the woman.
 
2013-09-16 01:05:44 AM

Krieghund: ZeroCorpse: [img.fark.net image 640x485]
The three guys on the far right are NOT hipsters. They are:
1. Corporate yuppie douchebag
2. Regular dude.
3. Slacker 20-something.
The middle three guys are hipsters from different regions and cliques of hipsters. They're doing what pseudo-goths did in the 1990s: One-upsmanship. Basically "I'm more hipster than you."
The Kyp guy is a performer, so societal labels don't apply. His appearance is probably just part of the act.
The unicorn is some weird combination of furry and hipster that I hope I never meet in person.

I've never seen anyone fail so badly at understanding humor. I can only assume you posted that ironically, and are in fact the hitherto unseen MEGA HIPSTER to the far right of the spectrum.


I'm more afraid of what comes next to the right of the yellow etc arrow!
 
2013-09-16 01:07:55 AM
Pfft. It's not the fashion that makes the hipsters. It's the whining about being white males in order to get laid by feminists that does it.
 
2013-09-16 01:12:04 AM

Lenny_da_Hog: Pfft. It's not the fashion that makes the hipsters. It's the whining about being white males in order to get laid by feminists that does it.


feh, I was whining to get laid by feminists before it was popular.

/still whining to get laid
//still not succeeding
 
2013-09-16 01:12:53 AM

DarkSoulNoHope: Krieghund: ZeroCorpse: [img.fark.net image 640x485]
The three guys on the far right are NOT hipsters. They are:
1. Corporate yuppie douchebag
2. Regular dude.
3. Slacker 20-something.
The middle three guys are hipsters from different regions and cliques of hipsters. They're doing what pseudo-goths did in the 1990s: One-upsmanship. Basically "I'm more hipster than you."
The Kyp guy is a performer, so societal labels don't apply. His appearance is probably just part of the act.
The unicorn is some weird combination of furry and hipster that I hope I never meet in person.

I've never seen anyone fail so badly at understanding humor. I can only assume you posted that ironically, and are in fact the hitherto unseen MEGA HIPSTER to the far right of the spectrum.

I'm more afraid of what comes next to the right of the yellow etc arrow!


amazingdata.com
 
2013-09-16 01:16:47 AM
blogs.westword.com
 
2013-09-16 01:16:53 AM
For every thread on hipsters, this post needs posting. I'll repost for emphasis:

At the base of hipsterism is the search for "authenticity" in the existentialist sense -being true to themselves despite external pressure- and an idea that their own contemporary culture is inauthentic. But not everyone who seeks authenticity outside the mainstream is a hipster: the key ingredient is the idea that authenticity is something you can get from somebody else: mimed, traded for, or bought outright. The theory goes that by doing what "authentic" people do and not doing what "inauthentic" people do, one will eventually become authentic.

The thing about hipsters is that they seek "authenticity" (in the existentialist sense: being true to one's self despite external pressure), but they think authenticity is something that can be mimed, but they also think that their own contemporary culture is hopelessly inauthentic. By doing what "authentic" people do and avoiding what "inauthentic" people do, the theory goes, they too will eventually find their own authenticity.

Almost any non-hipster can tell you that this is absurd, but it is key to understanding how hipsters work: they have a massive blind spot with respect to their own inauthenticity. They look outside themselves to find something authentic, spot it in another culture and/or time period, and take on the trappings of what they have found. That's an inherently inauthentic thing to do, but the hipsters don't get that.

Eventually, though, pop culture -which has always been fascinated by hipsters and their predecessors- picks up on the latest thing, and starts doing it themselves. Now the hipsters can see the inauthenticity, because "inauthentic" people are doing it too. But rather than seeing the inauthenticity in their own actions, they blame the thing itself, claiming that it has become inauthentic (or, to use a popular term, "sold out"): a thing that is rarely if ever true. The hipsters then abandon their old pursuit and look for the next authentic thing to mime.

This is why hipsters cannot create. Creating things is, in and of itself, a demonstration that the creator understands something critical: that authenticity comes from within. You cannot understand this and be a hipster; it will either stop you from miming others' authenticity in the first place, or it will stop you from seeing what you're doing in those terms, which in turn prevent you from fleeing ahead of the mainstream tide.
 
2013-09-16 01:16:59 AM
DarkSoulNoHope:
I'm more afraid of what comes next to the right of the yellow etc arrow!

I imagine it's Cthulhu.  Dressed in Miley Cyrus @ VMA drag, except for the shoes -- a pair of burlap Toms, or a recycled pair of plaid Chuck Taylors, you pick.  Wearing a single mocking jay earring.  And listening to the indie post punk revival that's piping through their Hello Kitty earbuds.

Truly terrifying to behold.
 
2013-09-16 01:18:46 AM

ZeroCorpse: Ahh, dammit. I meant YOUR left.


Switching left and right is an obscure pastime from Old Europe. You probably haven't heard of it.
 
2013-09-16 01:19:02 AM

Danger Avoid Death: DarkSoulNoHope: Krieghund: ZeroCorpse: [img.fark.net image 640x485]
The three guys on the far right are NOT hipsters. They are:
1. Corporate yuppie douchebag
2. Regular dude.
3. Slacker 20-something.
The middle three guys are hipsters from different regions and cliques of hipsters. They're doing what pseudo-goths did in the 1990s: One-upsmanship. Basically "I'm more hipster than you."
The Kyp guy is a performer, so societal labels don't apply. His appearance is probably just part of the act.
The unicorn is some weird combination of furry and hipster that I hope I never meet in person.

I've never seen anyone fail so badly at understanding humor. I can only assume you posted that ironically, and are in fact the hitherto unseen MEGA HIPSTER to the far right of the spectrum.

I'm more afraid of what comes next to the right of the yellow etc arrow!

[amazingdata.com image 500x682]


Yikes, at least the horse was light on the tacky clothes!

/is the kid in the middle trying to be 'Pee Wee Corey Hart Madonna'!?
 
2013-09-16 01:24:19 AM
It's depressing that people actually get paid to write stuff like this.
 
2013-09-16 01:26:27 AM
I get what he's saying. As a bearded man for most of the last 20 years, I feel like a tool nowadays. Enough so that I made a point of shaving a few weeks ago (though to be honest, I do that once or twice a year, anyways). And forget wearing a flat cap. I realized years ago I was too young to smoke a pipe, and even now at 40 I don't feel I can pull it off, which is good, as that'd just be another aspect that'd make me seem like I was trying to hard.

I'd like to not care. It's not as if I ever thought having a beard or wearing what had already in my adult life been a popular hat set me apart or made me unique. But at least those things didn't make me look like every other guy aged 20-40 I pass on the street. And if there's one thing I cannot stand, however shallow it may be, it is looking like I follow fashion trends, ironic or otherwise.

Which makes me an Ur-hipster or something, no doubt. It's not like they weren't around 20 years ago, as well. In fact, almost unchanged. God, I'm old.
 
2013-09-16 01:29:42 AM
I don't know which is worst, SAmdroid fanboys with over sized phones or skinny jeans wearing men with iPhones.
 
2013-09-16 01:32:04 AM
I'll admit I do a lot of 'hipster' things. Here's the difference- I don't feel the need to blog about it. I don't give a shiat what others think and I don't need attention by sharing every cool thing I do. I just do them and enjoy myself.
PS- Fixies are farking stupid.
PSS I did see a hipster with a unicorn head at a Black Moth Super Rainbow show, so there.
 
2013-09-16 01:34:23 AM
I like arts and crafts sort of things, pyrography, jewelry making, sewing, etc. I have a friend who has been using 'hipster' as a putdown to my hobbies. This hipster label has jumped the shark as an insult by boring people. I'm not good at anything I do, I'm not trying to open a gallery, I don't expect people to appreciate my crap projects, how am I suddenly a hipster?
 
2013-09-16 01:34:48 AM
Even if it makes me old, I'm so glad I can't understand half of the f*cking things that are being babbled about in this thread.
 
2013-09-16 01:35:09 AM
What is hilarious about that article, which was certainly written by a genuine hipster, is that hipsters always justify their hipsterness with non-hipster (practical) reasoning.

'Everyone else wears fill-in-the-blank because they are trendy hipsters, but I was doing it first because fill-in-the-blank.'

I miss the 90s, which pretty much encompassed my 20s.  We were all hipsters (and/or douche bags) before the words existed, and no one cared.  In my case, it was adopting a low-budget lifestyle that still got us laid (because we really didn't have much money at that stage in life).  Back then it was a mix of pseudo-goth culture (as mentioned above), tribal tattoos, body piercings, a bit of grunge, and a bit of intellectualism... a vintage 60s car, motorcycles, rolled cigarettes, and Rolling Rock... all while being a gym rat.  The outcome of all this was getting comp'ed to all the cool shows, and never paying cover for the cool clubs (free 'memberships').  That and our parents don't have any photos of us displayed in their homes from that stage in lilfe.  Seriously, I don't ever remember eating anything from college until I turned 30.  But no one really cared enough to discuss it to death, or write about it in the media, unless collectively as 'gen-X' or whatever....

We thought nothing was original back then, and it was well before the internet.  Now everything gets recycled even at the meta level, globally, and at an astounding pace.  People have become walking memes.

I blame this all on the loss of gender roles in American culture.  It is now replaced with pseudo-masculinity, and post-feminist culture.  Seriously, 'men' caring about fad and fashion?!  The author even cared about what shoes he wears!  What self-respecting man discusses footwear like a woman?  Or his choice in eyewear?  Or mentions getting sinus headaches if he is cold?  That is women's talk!   And all this hipster stuff can easily be cured by money and/or children.... and if neither is a cure, well, then it is just plain sad.
 
2013-09-16 01:41:28 AM
Also, anyone remember the 90's when Kremer was considered a hipster dofuss?
 
2013-09-16 01:56:47 AM

redsquid: I'll admit I do a lot of 'hipster' things. Here's the difference- I don't feel the need to blog about it. I don't give a shiat what others think and I don't need attention by sharing every cool thing I do. I just do them and enjoy myself.
PS- Fixies are farking stupid.
PSS I did see a hipster with a unicorn head at a Black Moth Super Rainbow show, so there.


Bathysphere: I like arts and crafts sort of things, pyrography, jewelry making, sewing, etc. I have a friend who has been using 'hipster' as a putdown to my hobbies. This hipster label has jumped the shark as an insult by boring people. I'm not good at anything I do, I'm not trying to open a gallery, I don't expect people to appreciate my crap projects, how am I suddenly a hipster?


If you (talking to you both at the same time) do something because you enjoy it, and not because it's "unique", "never been done before", or (though not limited to) "it was done better back then when it was vintage", then you're not a Hipster and you get the satisfaction of actually enjoying what you do for your own pleasure.
 
2013-09-16 02:06:38 AM
Lacoste shirt and top siders = Vampire Weekend preppy hipster?

Pretty sure there is no such thing as a preppy hipster. Maybe I'm too far off the beaten track.
 
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