Hipster as defined object first appeared in the United States in the 40s. The term formed from the slang «to be hip», which translates approximately as "to be aware of the subject". The word originally meant a special representative of the subculture that emerged among fans of jazz music; nowadays the word “hipster” is commonly used to describe urban young people interested in the elite foreign culture and art, fashion, alternative music and indie rock, art-house cinema, contemporary literature, and so on.
The “Time” magazine ironically describes the person with sweater who was received from a grandmother, glasses in the style of Bob Dylan, denim breeches, sneakers "Converse" – here's a hipster. Other important attributes include: skinny jeans, t-shirt with print, a film SLR camera, notebook "Moleskine" and iPhone. Sometimes hipsters are blamed for loss of identity and replacements of the same with things, accessories and fashion trends.
A survey conducted by Public Policy Polling in 2013, showed that Americans do not like hipsters, and a quarter of those surveyed proposes to introduce a special type of tax for style followers.
The cultural trend was picked up by many writers, among them – Robert Lenhem, the author of “The Hipster Handbook” and Christian Lorentzer, the author of article “Kill the hipster: Why the hipster must die: A modest proposal to save New York cool”. Another article that you will probably enjoy reading is coming from amazing Julia Plevin.
At present, there are two opinions on the political views of hipsters: some suggest their complete indifference to politics, others see them as bearers of moderate opposition bourgeois consciousness.
Anyway, the point of conflict is the question of consumerism. While the hipster’s culture was emerged as a protest against labels, those young people are promoting certain brands like American Apparel, iphone and Ray Ban. Yes, they try to recreate the funky vintage look, but most of the time they end up in the high end stores spending money away on something they seem to be against. Weird.
That was just a short overview of the modern hipster. As for me, I do like my beard and I can’t survive without iphone… I consider myself stylish, but I don’t care whether people call me hipster or “that guy who knows the fashion trends”. Who cares?
Credits: Logan Campbell