To be hipster…or not to be hipster…

1 10 2012

A quick #hipster search on Twitter will reveal it is a popular trend. An Instagram search of the same hashtag will give you over 1.1 million results and that’s not including the thousands of other photos tagged under various similar names “hipsters” or “hipsterfashion” or, amusingly, the common misspelling: “hispter”.

Being a hipster is about “looking like you aren’t trying”.
Photo credit: stefan.erschwendner on flickr

What is a “hipster”?

What is this trend sweeping the nation? According to WikiHow, “it’s that, ‘I can’t be bothered’ look that actually takes some planning until you get into the habit”. WikiHow tells the hipster wanna-be that they can’t take themselves too seriously and that the goal is to look like you aren’t trying.

For someone who is most definitely NOT hipster and not into the whole “hipster” scene, I’ll admit, it’s hard to understand. I hear that it’s about being non-mainstream, non-matching patterns, shopping at thrift stores, growing your own food, being vegetarian, looking vintage, hanging out in the right places – with the right people and yet… not trying. Sounds like a whole lot of work to me.

The affects of being “hipster”

And is all that work really worth it? Do people choose to be hipster because it is “cool” or because it really defines them? The “not trying” attitude of the hipster culture is not very attractive to the rest of the world. How do you expect to find an employer when you give off the impression that you don’t like to try? And if that negative attitude starts to influence your relationships, how do you expect to keep your friends?

“ironic” T-shirts are a great choice for any hipster wardrobe.
Photo credit: juplife on flickr

And what happens when it becomes mainstream to be hipster? Then what? What happens when it becomes mainstream to be non-mainstream?

I suppose this trend will come and go like the rest, but until then the #hipster will continue to flood the social media and the streets of our cities.

I love the diversity of our world, the freedom we have in our country to display our personalities and quirks, the beauty of multi-culturalism and unique tastes. There is always something new to learn about the people around us.

If you consider yourself hipster, or have more insight into the hipster world, please enlighten me with your comments. I love to hear your take on the trend.

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16 responses

1 10 2012
haidee kongpreecha

I don’t understand “hipster” either. It’s evolved into a lot of things actually. Personally, I think it started out as just another label for a new culture of people that didn’t fit in. I think “hipster” has grown into a label that is synonymous with “trendy.”

I don’t think it’s so much shopping at thrift stores, and growing our own food, or any other action. I think being a hipster is actually just being trendy. So when plucking your eyebrows off becomes trendy, all the people who do that will be hipsters.

Make sense? No? Don’t get it?

Me neither 😦

2 10 2012
analeastyles

Glad I’m not the only one Haidee! I think it kind of means different things to different people…hence the confusion

1 10 2012
Stan Peters

Just saw this today and I had to share.

2 10 2012
analeastyles

That was ultra amusing! Thanks for the input 🙂

1 10 2012
psychosiswar

Apparently I’ve become of “those”… Haha! Also, how did you get tweets on your blog?!

2 10 2012
analeastyles

Do you mean the “latest tweets” roll along the right side? You can find that in the Widgets section under “appearance” in the toolbar when you are editing your blog.

2 10 2012
psychosiswar

Thanks! I did it! Haha… I’m slow at this. I wish hipster glasses helped with computer skills!

2 10 2012
analeastyles

Great! Glad it worked 🙂 I’m not all that experienced with all this myself. Learning more every day!

2 10 2012
psychosiswar

Another random question. I heard you are able to link facebook replies to the comments below your posts… Any idea?

2 10 2012
analeastyles

Sorry no, haven’t figured that one out yet.

2 10 2012
fatimahyasin

Is hipster the modern hippie? I’m confused..

2 10 2012
analeastyles

Ya I have heard “hipster” described that way as well. I really don’t know if there is an actual definition.

2 10 2012
kaelastuart

This is a funny query – what on earth do “hipsters” think they’re doing?! I think of hipster as the idea/persona in which a person wishes to appear as if they don’t care, that it’s all effortless, and yet is obsessively (and obviously) working to be on top of certain trends. Definitely synonymous with trendy. It’s all a little silly. 😛

2 10 2012
Alan O'Sullivan

If hipsters are uncool, have no sense of style and don’t give a damn then I’m the original hipster.

2 10 2012
cherylangyx

This is hilarious because just about a week back a friend of mine referred to my facebook “fanpage” as “hipster” and I was like pffft what does THAT even mean and I didn’t even bother to react?!?! Now I get it. Great now I’m assuming that’s an insult?

Well I still haven’t gotten the term figured out yet.

3 10 2012
analeastyles

I wouldn’t take it as an insult Cheryl, everyone means different things by the term…as I am learning so it could very well be a compliment!

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