Seriously, hipsters suck. What they have done to music and fashion is nothing short of a monumental travesty to the DIY ethic developed by the punk rock, post-punk, and underground music scenes that blossomed and thrived between the 70s and early 90s. If you live in a cave and don’t know exactly what a hipster is, this quote from Time Magazine sums them up pretty nicely:
“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. ”
Christian Lorentzen, a writer for Timeout New York, also gives a good description of the current state of hipster culture:
“Under the guise of ‘irony,’ hipsterism fetishizes the authentic and regurgitates it with a winking inauthenticity. Those 18-to-34-year-olds called hipsters have defanged, skinned and consumed the fringe movements of the postwar era—Beat, hippie, punk, even grunge. Hungry for more, and sick with the anxiety of influence, they feed as well from the trough of the uncool, turning white trash chic, and gouging the husks of long-expired subcultures—vaudeville, burlesque, cowboys and pirates… Hipsters in their present undead incarnation are essentially people who think of themselves as being cooler than America.”
You can spot a hipster from a mile away.
They also buy ridiculous clothes from American Apparel:
You might see them at your local Urban Outfitters:
A store that sells stuff like this:
If you want to see hipsters at their worst, go to the greatest website ever: LATFH. It looks at the decadent, horrible characture of its former self that independent music and fashion became by showing photos of outlandishly dressed and oftentimes passed out drunk hipsters and providing links to videos of terrible songs.
The worst band ever, BrokeNCYDE, was listed on their site. While most of the most high browed and elite of hipsterdom would never admit to liking this crap, there is a segment of the 14-18 year old crowd that genuinely likes this music. Be warned, you will never be the same again after watching.
Seriously, this is worst song ever: Freaxx.
It’s so scary that they actually played this horrible crap on TRL on MTV, a true testament of how bad MTV is:
Another shit-covered gem by them, 40 oz:
Who would seriously likes this music?
The high browed hipster would listen to something like this:
Animal Collective- My Girls
Or something dancey, like this:
Hercules and Love Affair- Blind
While that was all pretty frightening, what’s even more sad and scary is that hipsters have invaded popular culture. In this episode of Law & Order Criminal Intent, a young hipster probably deservedly gets stabbed in a bad neighborhood.
Sadly, it doesn’t stop there. Hipsters and hipster culture are showing up on reality TV and HBO. Apparently, there is casting going on to make a reality show based on hipsters in the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles. HBO already gave us “Flight of the Conchords” and the new show “How to make it in America,” and is developing a series about two aspiring female hipsters who move from the hipster capital of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, to the Silver Lake area.
In closing, hipsters have added nothing significant or new to anything in the last decade while invading and saturating culture. They are cool only in their own minds, and really just need to get a life. We will leave you with these great series of videos, called Breakfast at Sulimay’s. There are a ton of them on Youtube. They chronicle the reactions of 3 old people listening to hipster and other types of music, and more often than not, are left horrified or unimpressed. Priceless.
Young Jeezy & Animal Collective
DJ Tiesto & Volcano Choir