“Three variations of a couple pieces, thrift store finds and hand-me-downs!” This is how I originally captioned this post, but I decided I wanted to dig a little deeper…

So, wearing outfit #1 (left most photo) to our local rodeo last week got me called a “hipster.” I guess the hat did me in, and I’m not surprised. How does that saying go about haters again? Like, when you get haters, you’re doing something right? Maybe that goes the same for when you get hipstered? When you get hipstered, you’re dressing something nice? I’m gonna make that a thing; “Hipstered”

No one wants to be called a hipster. Right? Let’s investigate this hipster thing. Thanks to the internet, there is actually a definition for the term now;


“The hipster subculture is composed of affluent or middle class young Bohemians who reside primarily in gentrifying neighborhoods. It is broadly associated with indie and alternative music, a varied non-mainstream fashion sensibility (including vintage and thrift store-bought clothes), generally progressive political views, organic and artisanal foods, and alternative lifestyles.” – Thanks Bing.

De-constructing my personal Hipster – De-hipsterfying…

Middle class, yes (unless you count the massive debt under my name). Young bohemian, no.
To start, I do not reside in a gentrifying neighborhood. Missed a bullet there! Although, I suppose I did live in a slightly gentrified neighborhood in Phoenix. So maybe I get a half point from zero towards hipster. Current hipster status; .5
Secondly, I do not have the patience to listen to alternative rock or indie music. So minus a point from my hipster count and that leaves me at -.5 hipster.
Thirdly, “a varied non-mainstream fashion sensibility”
I honestly don’t know how to react to this because I think it’s awesome that people thrift shop and have interest in aged clothes, or style with history. Also, not fitting/not wanting to fit into trends or be influenced by mainstream aesthetics is commendable in my opinion. If that makes me a hipster than give me a point. HOWEVER, what happens is that people want to be anti-mainstream but lack the risk-taking skills or individuality, therefore developing an aesthetic that looks exactly like their counterparts. I honestly don’t feel like that’s me but I’m going to give myself a hipster point due to the fact that I haven’t paid for a new piece of clothes in years, plus the hat. So hipster. That brings me to 1.5 hippish.
Generally progressive political views… I don’t research enough politics to even conclude a value here, but I do have strong opinions about feminism so I guess that’s probably a half point hipster, which leaves me at 2.
Organic and artisanal foods. I think this is more about one’s attitude surrounding foods versus the foods them self. If you want to eat organic and watch out for your health, good for you! We should all be doing that. If you expect that all people eat organic and local, without considering the fact that these foods are priced and placed for the privileged, than people may consider you hippish. But, if you have a personal relationship with food that you don’t have to shout to the mountain tops every time you eat in a group, or you are working on solutions to bring organic and local food to all populations, than you should get a hipster point deducted! It’s not hipster to care about what you put in your body. I’m deducting myself a point, leaving me at 1.
Alternative lifestyles. My goodness, so vague. If this is a judging factor in hipsterism, than I guess myself and everyone I’ve hung out with for the past ten years is in fact, a hipster.

What’s so controversial with hip anyway?
Hippie…Hip Hop…Hipster…
What words will we use to classify the next generation of inventors? What words will dissociate the creators? What actions will include the Vultures? Or glorify the fakers?

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