Hipster. I am one, well sometimes. Some of the criteria listed on this website is definitely not me (#10). And some hits me on the nail (#11 and #8 - ha) You might be one too. Or maybe you aren't but want to be. Or maybe you aren't and actually say you despise them, which is funny, because you are reading a hipster blog (which you should follow if you aren't already)! Anyways, the 'hipster' culture is quite comical once you step back and look at, much like any sub culture. I do believe I enjoy being a partial 'hipster.'

A few of my favorite 'How to Be a Hipster' criteria from this website :

-Knowledge of obscure music is crucial to becoming a true hipster. If you are into any mainstream music at the current time (ex:Flo Rida, Rihanna, Akon, Britney Spears, Taylor Swift, etc.) throw it all away. Don't even donate it. (you can, however listen to mainstream music with an ironic sense without actually enjoying it. this is much alike to watching crappy old cartoons just to laugh at the crappiness of it.)

-Remember to use perhaps the most important hipster line: "I liked them before they were cool."

-Fashion is just about as important as your music taste is. Generally, people assume hipsters to shop in thrift stores in attempt to looking vintage. This is really not the case to being a true hipster. If you don't think you can pull off the vintage look as well, don't worry. Anything from the American Apparel catalog will do just fine, but buying anything from American Apparel from an actual American Apparel store is not cool, man! You have to buy it from Independent retailers like aBasicAttire.bigcartel.com, because supporting obscure and little known retailers is totally deck.. The classic "Skinny Jean" is essential to looking hip. Hipsters love ironic eyewear such as shuttershades, oversized plastic framed glasses, Buddy Holly glasses, nerd glasses, and for the ones who can afford it authentic Ray Ban Wayfarers of all the colors of the rainbow. Some of the hipsters wear eyeglasses even though they have 20/20 vision! Guy hipsters actually probably wear skinny jeans more than the girls. Basically, the tighter, the better. Now tops aren't as big of an ordeal as pants are. Ironic tees, plaid shirts, berets, large flower headbands, neon nail polish, bird necklaces, gingham, plaid, checkered, vintage floral cardigan sweaters, fit hoodies, patterned and colorful leggings are all part of the hipster phenomena, especially when they layer/wear them all together without matching exactly. Wool is the fabric of choice. But make sure your pants are tight. Alternatively, for women, high-wasted pants (aka: "mom jeans") may also be worn. Appropriately ironic accessories are mandatory. Essentials include a courier bag (not a backpack) that can fit your MacBook, iPhone, and vinyl LPs (*never* CDs) of your current favorite band. Urban Outfitters,H&M and American Apparel are good places to start. ASOS also has many hip pieces. For inspiration check out Lookbook [www.lookbook.nu] or CobraSnake. Also important is a fixed-gear bicycle with skinny tires, genuine Brooks leather saddle and no front brake.

-Food. Start growing your own food. Use compost if possible. If you have absolutely no space to do this, go to a natural foods market instead. Eating meat isn't exactly popular with the hipster culture. If you do eat meat, you must assert that choice as a cynical transcendence of vegetarians' futile attempts to save the world— your sense of irony has already deemed that movement obsolete. Fruit, coffee, oriental food, etc are all hip foods. Technically, they are all a bunch of foodies and love making gourmet meals. You can't really go wrong with lunch from Whole Foods. Many hipsters tend to be vegetarian or vegan.
Anyways a little fun thought for your Saturday morning. I hope your Friday night was swell! I had a blast with Michael over at our friend Tom's house. We had a hang out/prayer night where we were able to spend time chatting, sharing communion, and praying for each other. Definitely encouraging to have such wonderful friends and community.


  1. Haha I often think about what a hipster you are. That's awesome. The list is pretty awesome. BUt #10: you don't start dancing randomly by yourself?

  2. Haha Taryn - no I DO start dancing randomly by myself, that is why #10 doesn't apply, it says that hipsters don't dance!

  3. what a great list! i guess i am a hipster as i like to dress in vintage or vintage inspired cloths and i also have a tumblr :D although i don't know any obscure bands...maybe i need to work on that....maybe get a holga camera too and take dreamy picture of myself in a field....too good and oh so true...thanks for sharing!


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