Jean-Philippe Delhomme: The Unknown Hipster

Jean-Philippe Delhomme: The Unknown Hipster

The basic construct of your average “Hipster” is one who avoids labels and being labeled. Hipster is a slang term that first appeared in the 1940s, and was revived in the 1990s and 2000s often to describe types of young, recently-settled urban middle class adults and older teenagers with interests in non-mainstream  fashion and culture, particularly alternative music, indie rock, independent film.

“Hipsters are the friends who sneer when you cop to liking Coldplay. They’re the people who wear t-shirts silk-screened with quotes from movies you’ve never heard of and the only ones in America who still think Pabst Blue Ribbon is a good beer. They sport cowboy hats and berets and think Kanye West stole their sunglasses. Everything about them is exactingly constructed to give off the vibe that they just don’t care.”
— Time, July 2009

Julia Plevin of the Huffington Post argues that the “definition of ‘hipster’ remains opaque to anyone outside this self-proclaiming, highly-selective circle”. She claims that the “whole point of hipsters is that they avoid labels and being labeled. However, they all dress the same and act the same and conform in their non-conformity” to an “iconic carefully created sloppy vintage look”.

Saturday Night Life recently aired a brilliantly scripted and delightfully executed skit that I believe will sum up the “Hipster” quite well. Update City Correspondent Stefon shares his family tourist picks.

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