The Self-Destructive Cycle of Wanting to be a Hipster

When we were kids, we dreamed of being the most popular kid in school.

Now, it’s different. Being hipster is now the new cool. BUT WHY? I ask myself this each and everyday.

Most people, when asked, will claim to not like hipsters. “Why would I care about being one of those weirdoes with the peculiar hair, and tastes in music and literature?” But my theory is that everyone has a tiny little desire to be hipster. And I don’t blame them; I’m a total hypocrite. I used to deny the coolness of hipsters, wrinkling my nose if people ever labeled me as such. But inside, I was so proud of myself of becoming someone that the masses might potentially call “hipster.”

Urban dictionary (a very credible and reliable source, mind you) defines a hipster as:

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…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 seen wearing vintage and thrift store inspired fashions, tight-fitting jeans, old-school sneakers, and sometimes thick rimmed glasses.

WHEW! That was a tough one, I typed the whole thing out. But the definition goes on forever on the actual Urban Dictionary page!

Here’s the thing about the concept of “hipsterism” and “hipsterdom,” or whatever:

True hipsters are dying out. You know what I mean, don’t you? So many people today listen to the radio, which – if you happen to be on a pop radio station – plays music by people like:

  • Taylor Swift

  • Beyonce

  • Maroon 5

and then, there are bands that are (un)fortunate enough to get featured, the biggest example these days being Foster the People.

-Disclaimer: I love the radio. – The thing is, Foster the People used to be a hipster band! I remember months and months before “Pumped Up Kicks” started playing on the radio, that a truly hipster girl that I was friends with on Facebook started posting songs and lyrics by Foster the People, whom I had never heard of at the time. I, being my super mainstream self, did not even sample that kind of music. If I had never heard of it, then it definitely would not appeal to me (or so I thought) !

“I knew _____ before it was cool.” – This is the ultimate wannabe hipster phrase. I’ll tell you, YOU ARE NOT A HIPSTER JUST BECAUSE YOU HAVE BLUE HIGHLIGHTS IN YOUR HAIR. Men, you can have the hairiest chest in the world, and you would not be a hipster. Your closet could be full of Urban Outfitter clothes, and your shoe rack full of Oxfords and combat boots. But that’s not hipster – anymore.

True hipsters are dying out; it’s so hard to find a genuine hipster these days! We have taken the idea of “being hipster” and turned it into this horrible mainstream OBSESSION of a trend, the way that we do everything else.

It all comes down to this: You are not a hipster if you call yourself a hipster.

A true hipster DENIES being one, but doesn’t insult the concept of hipsterdom. A true hipster has never experienced what the media/mainstream “hipsterism” has mutated into.

Everyone always wants to be a hipster though. You want to be known for having super unique, yet not trendy clothes, for knowing amazing music first before anyone else knows it, and having people secretly admire you for your uniqueness. But once the mainstream public has heard of an idea, they mass manufacture it, turning the whole concept of hipsterdom, into something totally mainstream. Non-hipsters, you’re killin’ it. And NOT in the good way.

Don’t know what I mean? Sign up for an Instagram account, and search under the tag: hipster. And this is what I see:

Girls, in thick rimmed glasses posing with obvious cleavage while flaunting nails of a “hipster” color.

Hipster “bohemian” clothing, from Aeropostale/Abercrombie. (Seriously, guys?)

Girls with flaming red hair, dyed white at the tips, gelled into a style so that the part is extremely far off to one side. These kinds of people, will cover up their eyes with their hands in an attempt to reach ultimate hipsterdom. (Uh, no.)

Boys in tight jeans and suspenders.

Converse and jean jackets.

High waisted shorts and t-shirts of bands that no one’s ever heard of.


I think they are wonderful people! And maybe the people on Instagram, and those that I see at school and on the streets truly are hipster! But as a human, I am aware of the nature of humanity, in the way that we tend to dress to impress, and follow whatever is trending, which, these days, is the idea of being hipster. I love hipsters, I am just annoyed by what the idea has transformed into.

Think I’m wrong? Dare to challenge me :)

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