Time Magazine Explains Hipsters

bam-hipster

Find yourself grappling for a definition when your parents and friends from home ask what exactly are those hipsters that you love to mock and/or emulate? Time handily explains the phenomenon for you:

The word would fade for years until it was reborn in the early ’90s, used again to describe a generation of middle-class youths interested in an alternative art and music scene. But instead of creating a culture of their own, hipsters proved content to borrow from trends long past. Take your grandmother’s sweater and Bob Dylan’s Wayfarers, add jean shorts, Converse All-Stars and a can of Pabst and bam — hipster.

Awkward.  But some definitions hit a bit too close to home:

In 2003, author Robert Lanham wrote The Hipster Handbook, trying to codify the rules to hipsterdom, like “You graduated from a liberal arts school whose football team hasn’t won a game since the Reagan administration”

Now that Time magazine has caught on, is hipster culture now officially dead? Discuss.

Time: Hipster Subculture Ripe for Parody

[via Brooklyn Vegan]

33 thoughts on “Time Magazine Explains Hipsters

  1. Anonymous

    Naw, hipsters are ironic by default. That shirt would make you a trans-meta-hipster, or possibly a quazi-neo-meta-hipster.

  2. Anonymous

    Naw, hipsters are ironic by default. That shirt would make you a trans-meta-hipster, or possibly a quazi-neo-meta-hipster.

  3. Anonymous

    If I wear a shirt that says “HIPSTERS ARE DEAD,” what subculture does that make me part of?

  4. Anonymous

    If I wear a shirt that says “HIPSTERS ARE DEAD,” what subculture does that make me part of?

  5. Anonymous

    hipsters??

    right now they’re running the music scene, and pretty soon they’ll be running the film industry —

    you guys are fuckin dumb.

  6. Anonymous

    hipsters??

    right now they’re running the music scene, and pretty soon they’ll be running the film industry —

    you guys are fuckin dumb.

  7. oberlin

    yo, hipsters do contribute something to society. just see das racist!

    wait, that shit sucks.

  8. JJS III

    In my book, hipster culture has been dead for a LONG time. It probably started around the time of the Hipster Handbook, to be perfectly honest.

  9. JJS III

    In my book, hipster culture has been dead for a LONG time. It probably started around the time of the Hipster Handbook, to be perfectly honest.

  10. Anonymous

    @#4

    eclectic is shockingly not filled with the stereotypical hipsters. also, it is hella diverse.

  11. Anonymous

    @#4

    eclectic is shockingly not filled with the stereotypical hipsters. also, it is hella diverse.

  12. Adam

    The fact that notorious hipster information clearinghouses has picked up this article just to trash it (BV, HRO) shows how it hits at least fairly close to home.

  13. Anonymous

    Wait, are you guys saying that picture up top ISN’T a portrait of that kid I always see at Eclectic parties?

  14. Anonymous

    Wait, are you guys saying that picture up top ISN’T a portrait of that kid I always see at Eclectic parties?

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