Beware! 10 Things that don’t make you a Hipster & One Thing that Does.

For more: The Evolution of the Hipster.

Hipster much? Hipsters in a good way are idiosyncratic lovers of craft. Hipsters in a bad way are ethics-lite followers of fads!

Don’t worry: these 10 things don’t make you a Hipster.

1. Cool Glasses: a) cheap and Made in China or b) pricey carved out of wood or bone bought in some sweet Made in USA boutique. Neither one makes gives you a case of hipsteritis.

2. Shoes: Converse (owned by Reebok, or Nike, like, whatever: and totally made in China) or Toms Shoes or beat Vans or even old dinged classy classic Wingtips bought secondhand or even even going barefoot won’t get you access to the cool hipster clubs, ’cause there aren’t any (more on that below).

3. Tight jeans. ‘Nuff said.

4. Funny Outfits: American Apparel bold craycrazy outfits: gold lame tights, bright pink whatever; jokey outfits of all kinds, ridiculously sloganed old tee shirts.

5. Etc: PBR or better yet microbrew, a slight gut, a tramp stamp, a healthy sense of irony and a willingness to make a fool out of your showboating attention-seeking self

6. Etc etc: a crazy silly hat or headdress at concert or wearing a knit cap in fucking summer. A spinning thread habit, a cocaine habit. A pipe, a handsome beard.

7. Etcetera: a big scarf kinda thing, a v neck, the latest whatever music no one’s heard of and/or listening to old school classic stuff that nobody else knows about

8. Etcetera etcetera: a Mac Laptop, a fancy grinder, bangs or afro, grandpa sweater

9. Etcetera: a Ball Jar, a Fixie

10. And, or: 50s style bold makeup, anything wonderful that’s Filson or Pendleton or lesser known brands you probably don’t know about that go way back or are brand new and do things right.

Why? Because (True) Hipsterism isn’t about things. It isn’t about style. It isn’t about external. It isn’t about being cool.

It isn’t even about being environmentally responsible, or reading great poetry, or bicycling, or drinking amazing coffee, or all the great things it sometimes is about.

Why? Because it’s about a fundamental ethos: finding, searching, for one’s own truth. Being open, raw, respectful, cheerful, genuine. So it’s not about being cool: it’s about being hot: raw, foolish, excited, bold, silly, sad, caring. As Kerouac, that sad happy loner and coward and brave soul said, it’s about the ones Mad to Live.

So: the One Thing that does make you a true hipster: being yourself, marching to the beat of your own drummer, being modest about the things you deeply care about, caring about things deeply, and blowing your soul out into the room as if you’re playing a trumpet.

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ugh Oct 14, 2013 12:34pm

lol, hipsters are people who want to be carbon copies of each other without seeming like they're carbon copies of each other. they're the preps of yesteryear. beat era hipsters were douchebags trying to be like black people, and hipsters today are douchebags, too.

oh, and wearing native "headdresses" is gross. you're not native. don't wear a war bonnet.

Allen F Mackenzie Oct 14, 2013 10:14am

Nothing wrong with liking the new and fashionable. Better to not be in an judgmental or negative mode. Let the youth express themselves. Its their path. Offer the wisdom of more lasting values and let them choose.

oysterhalfshell Oct 13, 2013 2:26am

And even wanting to be called a hipster takes you out of the list of truly "hipster." 🙂

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