Hipsters under the Microscope Jake Frieda
The Hipster culture is stereotypically composed of a youth order who reside
primarily in newly gentrified neighbourhoods. It is for the most part
associated with Indie and alternative music.
This particular fashion faction are also frequently fluent in varied non-
mainstream trends and sensibilities; vintage, anything with a thrift shop look
and feel to their clothes. Hipsters are generally pacifists, progressive and
hold green political views. The genre has been described as a trans-Atlantic
mutating melting pot of styles, tastes and behaviours.
The term Hipster and its usage first appeared in the 1990s but came to true
prominence in the late two thousands.
There are two crucial features I have found among this group, these are that
they do not identify themselves as Hipsters and that they teeter precariously
at the edge of what’s cool and what’s not, which is where I find many can go
In 2009 an article appeared in Pop Matters Magazine, in which writer Rob
Horning asserted that ‘.... The Hipster might be the embodiment of post-
modernism as a spent force, revealing what happens when pastiche and irony
have exhausted themselves as aesthetics.’
Equally so a New Times editorial, Mark Grief states: ‘That much-cited
difficulty in analysing the term stems from the fact that any attempt to do so
provokes universal anxiety since it calls “everyone’s bluff.” ‘
Too-wordy? Too Scientific? Too New York Times? I think so but nonetheless
thanks to Rob Horning and Mark Grief for your valid opinions.
So where is all this leading? Well I suppose it is this ........
Hipsters; many are a mystery to me. On the one hand I’m almost
allergic to the often annoying self-righteous attitude some of them seem to
adopt with their whole ‘thing’, not to mention the inflated air of self-
importance, it is the opposite of the look. If you had never seen or heard of
a hipster, and were being sent out on a military-esque mission to search and
destroy the aforementioned, this is what my dossier would highlight. First off.
The double B: beards & bicycles. With the hipster these are never too far
behind. Nor does an over-priced cup of coffee that will no doubt be served up
in a charity shop vase or some kind of container made from recycled plane
fuselage, and one could expect this ‘mocha-frappe-ristretto-latte...with
whipped cream and diced kale sprinkled on top for a very reasonably priced
£11.99, or £15.99 for the ‘vente’ size. What is Ironic is that in their attempts
to be individual they are end up doing the same things...cue action; bash
head against wall!
Having said all that I have to confess that there are a good number of this
coterie whom I cannot help but admire. They are the ones who have real
style, they get the look apparently without effort and still remain themselves,
the look does not wear them, and I’m not much into the really out there-
3 Headed Dog fits right into the perfect category for me. As someone who
usually collects most of my wardrobe second hand and without intention for
the most part, i found myself surprised to have my head turned by The Dog.
So with the weather turning sour, a few winter jumpers, will be needed and
why not look at the same time as keeping warm. That means 3 heads are
better than one for me.