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Hipsters are a subculture of men and women typically in their 20's and 30's that value independent thinking, counter-culture, progressive politics, an appreciation of art and indie-rock, creativity, intelligence, and witty banter. The greatest concentrations of hipsters can be found living in the Williamsburg, Wicker Park, and Mission District neighborhoods of major cosmopolitan centers such as New York, Chicago, and San Francisco respectively. Although "hipsterism" is really a state of mind,it is also often intertwined with distinct fashion sensibilities. 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. Both hipster men and women sport similar androgynous hair styles that 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 "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. Consequently many hipsters tend to have jobs in the music, art, and fashion industries. It is a myth that most hipsters are unemployed and live off of their parent's trust funds.
Hipsters shun mainstream societal conventions that apply to dating preferences and traditional "rules" of physical attraction. It is part of the hipster central dogma not to be influenced by mainsream advertising and media, which tends to only promote ethnocentric ideals of beauty. 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. Likewise, culturally-vapid sorority-type girls with fake blond hair, overly tanned skin, and "Britney Spears tube-tops" are not seen as attractive by cultured hipster males who instead see them as symbols of female insecurity, low self-esteem, and lack of cultural intelligence and independent thinking. Hipsters are also very racially open-minded, and the greatest number of interracial couples in any urban environment are typically found within the hipster subculture.
Although hipsters are technically 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. For example, the surge of jeans made to look old and worn (i.e. "distressed"), that have become prevalent at stores such as The Gap, American Eagle, Abercrombie and Fitch, and Hollister, were originally paraded by hipsters who shopped in thrift stores years before such clothing items were mass produced and sold to the mainstream consumer. The true irony here is that many of the detractors of hipster culture are in fact unknowingly following a path that hipsters have carved out years before them. This phenomena also applies to music as well, as many bands have become successful and known to mainstream audiences only because hipsters first found and listened to them as early-adopters of new culture. Once certain concepts of fashion and music have reached mainstream audiences, hipsters move on to something new and improved.
Because of the rise of various online photo-blog and social networking sites, insights into urban hipster culture is reaching sheltered suburban audiences at an exponential rate. Cultural "norms" have been deconstructed by hipster culture as a whole. Hipsterism is often dismissed as just an image thing by some, but the culture as a whole is effecting changes in society, leading to feelings of insecurity and resentment in people who are no longer a part of the cultural ruling class. For example, a lot of anti-hipster sentiment evidently comes from culturally-clueless suburban frat boy types who feel that the more sensitive, intelligent, and culturally aware hipster ideal threatens their insecure sense of masculinity. Anti-hipster sentiment often comes from people who simply can't keep up with social change and are envious of those who can.
A conversation outside a hipster bar in downtown NYC:

Frat Boy #1: Dude, are you having any luck picking up chicks in there?

Frat Boy #2: Man...I haven't experienced anything like this before. These chicks are totally rejecting me and going for all these hipster guys in tight pants and shaggy hair instead.

Frat Boy #1: Maybe we should head back up to that bar in Murry Hill where you hooked up with that drunk b*tch from Alpha Sigma Phi last week?

Frat Boy #2: Yeah...I don't think we have what it takes to compete with these guys in here. These hipster chicks won't even give us the time of the day!
โดย Trey Parasuco 22 พฤศจิกายน 2007
A retarded kid who was allowed to dress themselves for the first time.
That guy looks like he is a retarded kid who was allowed to dress himself for the first time. Hipster.
โดย NatsMcGee 22 กรกฎาคม 2009
People between the ages of 18 and 30 who claim to reject mainstream culture. They like to say that they possess creativity, intelligence, and witty banter...but in all reality, they are all cynical assholes who refuse to shower and like to feed on the souls of the innocent. When they aren't being total tools or having butt sex with each other, they like to pretend that they are God's gift to creation. Their humor resembles that of a dead horse, and they listen to music that makes even a deaf man want to kill himself. They wear jeans that an infant would have a hard time fitting into, and sweaters that someone's deceased grandmother gave to the salvation army. Every hipster comes fully loaded with an $800 camera that (obviously) makes them a professional photographer. Instead of playing outside during their youth, they liked to stay inside and listen to their parents old records. When they aren't riding around on their bicycles, they are usually browsing an antique store spending the money their upper middle class parents gave them, because getting a job is too mainstream. Although they claim to be nonconformist, you will only find them decked out in the latest edition of everything Apple. They tend to be rude, selfish, and have a smug sense of superiority. What once was hip and indie in the 80's has been completely ruined by the new age hipsters that lank the streets of society today. Saying you're a hipster today is like saying you're an ignorant douche bag bastard.
Oh my, that woman's thong is sticking out of her extremely tight pants! Never mind, it's just Johnny the hipster again.
โดย TahtGril 20 ตุลาคม 2011
Guys: Physically weak, un-masculine wimps that wear tight girl-jeans and talk about having sex very loudly. Worse than indies. Long, dyed hair under trucker hat. Wannabe intellectuals; think reading the paper once in a while makes them intelligent.
Girls: Hard to tell apart form soft-core punk chicks; usually tattooed, and clothed similarly to the guys.
See: Bus stops on Capital Hill in Seattle are 30%-50% hipster populated
โดย UseThisNameOnce 24 พฤษภาคม 2009
A dedicated fan of "The Tragically Hip", the best band in the whole wide world.
The Hipsters were out of control at the concert.
โดย grace too 15 กุมภาพันธ์ 2005
Douche who misunderstands the concept of irony. Often self-righteous, and thinks he/she are cooler than and have a special knowledge above everyone else. Drink PBR for reasons other than the taste. Don't realize that when the counter culture became the main stream culture (in the 60s), being part of the counter culture makes them part of mainstream culture.
"You wouldn't understand, it's a hipster thing."
"Oh no, I understand. You're a heterofag that thinks they're better than anyone who doesn't share your exact beliefs."
โดย Guysittinginachair 08 พฤศจิกายน 2009
Human beings incapable of critical thinking. They think they are different than the rest of society, yet they are all the same. They dress the same, and think the same. They think they are unique individuals who express it through art, but they all have no talent and make stuff that 5 year olds can make. They say us normal joes are sheeple, but the truth is they are the real sheeple.

Hipsters enjoy telling others how different they are from other hipsters. For example: "oh those guys aren't real punk, they are trust fund punk assholes and aren't working class. Damn hipsters!" They also like pretending they are poor as stated in my quote.

They don't like their parents because living in a nice suburbs is bad to them, and having lots of money isn't fun. They are the main cause of gentrification. They think they're progressive and open minded. They want to show how progressive and open minded they are by going into poor neighborhoods and running the poor people out of there. They end up driving the poor folks out of there, and they'll laugh about it because it's ironic.

I pray to God (the one of the judeo-christian tradition you hipsters hate) that the hipster plague will be over soon. Perform performance art on them by getting a post-punk-egyptian-emo CD, cut them up with it, and beat them with those thick noam chomsky books. They'll like it because it's ironic.

If you want your kids to not be hipsters, make sure to beat them when they need to, make sure they major in science, business or math, and make sure they don't take pseudo-intellectual classes like "history of postmodernism." Make sure they never learn the word "postmodern" either.

Also, be cheap! When they graduate, make sure you tell them you aren't supporting their asses. You aren't paying 6 figures for rent for a 2x2 sized room that's rotting in San Francisco or NYC. Make sure to tell them how kids in Africa are starving and are the ones who are REALLY suffering, and tell them starving artists aren't suffering at all. Tell them to love America because other places in the world are suffering more than Americans are. Be sure to tell them Europe and Canada suck (they will threaten to move there if you tell them they can't go to an Emo Death Indie band concert) and that there's racism there among other issues, and it isn't a utopia because of it. Make sure to tell them how superior American Football is to hockey and soccer.

Hipsters will give me a thumbs down for this definition. I know you will, be ironic and give this definition a thumbs up!

Note: I can't prove it, but I will try to donate $1 to the Society of Saint Vincent De Paul, an organization that helps real poor people world wide (not fake poor people like hipsters), and because it's a Christian organization, hipsters will likely hate it. Please note, event though I hate hipsters, I am accepting (not tolerant!) of different view points. Except hipsterism. Fight hipsters and poverty by giving this definition a thumbs up!

Ok I lied. As much as I'd like to help the poor, I need to pay for food. So I can't donate to them. But I know I made some hipsters squirm, and for that I am happy. I can just look at your face, thinking to yourself "should i give this definition a thumbs up? I hate Christians, but I love poor people. I also love irony!"
"man i can't pay rent! how does that idiot HIPSTER afford to pay his rent by painting lines and dots all day? Let's shop at wal-mart to make ends meet, because we are REAL poor people unlike these douches."
โดย Anti-hipster2K 15 มิถุนายน 2008
The modern "hipster": You have up graded from a "scene kid" to a "hipster". Thrown out your band T-shirts and other neon shit and downed to v-necks, florals, cardigans, geeked up sweaters, and flannel; Making you believe you're the hippest piece of crap out there yet is not aware you're two years too late in the fashion scene. You exchanged your Cash Cash album for a Tegan and Sara one because they're so YOOOONIIICCCKKKKKK and no longer find Hot Topic your favourite store after discovering Urban Outfitters. Art suddenly inspires you, though you have no idea who in the world is Andy Warhol. Photography moves you, though you're moved by any photo that is converted in black and white because you have no creativity. Great job switching the genre of your social scene, you tool.
Person 1: Hey, you changed your style a lot.

Person 2: Yeah, I was all about the scene kid thing but now I'm totally all about the vintage and arts, I'm pretty hipster now. I've growned up a lot and more original, I started wearing these nerd glasses waaaay before everybody. Basically I'm no longer a kid, I've become way more mature in style, music, and mind.

Person 1: ..

Person 2: I even stopped listening to Breathe Carolina and stuff, I'm all about Phoenix, The Black Kids, MGMT, and other of that amazing stuff. Yah know hipsters are just way above scene kids, scene kids are just dumb as heck.

Person 1: ...LOLOLOLOLOL, disconnect the internet and go read a book dude.
โดย imfake 25 กันยายน 2010


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