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February 9, 2011 9:06 AM   Subscribe

The sea was just TOO MAINSTREAM (SLtumblr)
posted by The Devil Tesla (79 comments total) 17 users marked this as a favorite

 
Too something.
posted by philip-random at 9:10 AM on February 9, 2011 [2 favorites]


The more a meme shouldn't work, the more it does work. I adore these.
posted by hermitosis at 9:10 AM on February 9, 2011


Pfff...this tumblr is so like December 2010.
posted by spicynuts at 9:11 AM on February 9, 2011


She uses Arial... IRONICALLY!
posted by hermitosis at 9:12 AM on February 9, 2011 [5 favorites]


Yep, it's this stuff again.
posted by gngstrMNKY at 9:12 AM on February 9, 2011


i tried to hate it but then i chortled. part of being an awesome hipster like i am is the ability to laugh at stuff unapologetically. Thank you Captain Ron!
posted by Potomac Avenue at 9:17 AM on February 9, 2011


It's hard to hate the Arial/Helvetica joke, it really is.
posted by dflemingecon at 9:18 AM on February 9, 2011 [11 favorites]


Explain this, Hipster Mermaid.
posted by chavenet at 9:20 AM on February 9, 2011


'MY NAME IS HELVETICA!"

Okay that was pretty good.
posted by The Whelk at 9:25 AM on February 9, 2011


Little Mermaid is so passé now. It was much better when it was just concept art. Then it souled out.
posted by Dark Messiah at 9:28 AM on February 9, 2011


Also, HELLO..no bangs? FAIL.
posted by spicynuts at 9:28 AM on February 9, 2011


As a mother of two daughters who happens to have no capacity for placing practical limits on their screen time, I approve this tumblr.
posted by padraigin at 9:29 AM on February 9, 2011


A hipster mermaid gave me crabs.

Which wouldn't be a big deal, except that these crabs were total racial stereotypes.
posted by box at 9:29 AM on February 9, 2011 [6 favorites]


Whatever, I knew the mermaid was over she started hanging out in Copenhagen with the other squares. She to mean something, knives in the feet and all, now it's all "Oh hey legs are cool". Whatever.
posted by The Whelk at 9:30 AM on February 9, 2011 [1 favorite]


any mainstream fish can smoke . . . .

Werd.
posted by IvoShandor at 9:31 AM on February 9, 2011


Everyone knows she wanted legs to ride a fixed gear.
posted by drezdn at 9:32 AM on February 9, 2011 [3 favorites]


> Explain this, Hipster Mermaid.

Do mermaids even have vaginas for that? Maybe?
posted by Burhanistan at 9:34 AM on February 9, 2011


Like, whatever dude. I was hand-crafting absurdist Walken-centric riffs on Little Mermaid before it ever occurred to you to recontextualize the film as fodder for ironic pop-art deconstruction.

MY NAME IS HELVETICA made me spit a little bit of tea.
posted by cortex at 9:36 AM on February 9, 2011 [5 favorites]


Gawd, most of these are awful. Why has hipster been reduce to "person who thinks the things they like aren't known by anyone else"?
posted by 23skidoo at 9:47 AM on February 9, 2011


> hy has hipster been reduce to "person who thinks the things they like aren't known by anyone else"?

Well, they also drink PBR don't they? That's something.
posted by Burhanistan at 9:49 AM on February 9, 2011


This is great, thanks.
posted by fixedgear at 9:51 AM on February 9, 2011


LOL forced meme?
posted by ostranenie at 9:52 AM on February 9, 2011 [1 favorite]


Why has hipster been reduce to "person who thinks the things they like aren't known by anyone else"?

At least among my acquaintances (mostly from college), it's because it's more or less true.
posted by zombieflanders at 9:52 AM on February 9, 2011


Whatever I knew that like years ago.
posted by The Whelk at 9:55 AM on February 9, 2011 [1 favorite]


I don't care anyway.
posted by philip-random at 9:57 AM on February 9, 2011


There's another hipster-mocking meme I like even more than this one. You probably haven't heard of it...it's Icelandic.
posted by rocket88 at 9:58 AM on February 9, 2011 [6 favorites]


I something something that something vinyl.

Band name. Band name. Band name. Band name. Band name.

Band name.
posted by ostranenie at 9:58 AM on February 9, 2011 [2 favorites]


psh, I was making Hipster Little Mermaid jokes when there was just the Hans Christian Andersen story.
posted by Eideteker at 9:58 AM on February 9, 2011 [2 favorites]


Then. Now. Cracked.
posted by ostranenie at 10:04 AM on February 9, 2011


I almost posted this yesterday! Damn you!
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 10:05 AM on February 9, 2011


Everyone who's interested in this meme should read the following:

Under the Sea

Under the Sea

Darling it's better, down where it's wetter,

Take it from me.


There we go. Because of this post, I'll have Under The Sea stuck in my head all day, so now at least you will too.
posted by Greg Nog at 10:05 AM on February 9, 2011 [2 favorites]


You can short-circuit the under the sea loop with a quick "they'll be no accusations just crazy crustations!"
posted by The Whelk at 10:10 AM on February 9, 2011


Why is a person who is supposed to be ironic and detached depicted by an image of over-emoting?
posted by DU at 10:10 AM on February 9, 2011


Darling it's better, down where it's wetter,

Take it from me.


I think that's worth repeating. For no particular reason.
posted by The World Famous at 10:11 AM on February 9, 2011 [2 favorites]


Joke's on you, I just have There'll be no accusations, just friendly crustaceans, under the sea! stuck in my head now. And a craving for prawns.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 10:12 AM on February 9, 2011


Greg! That's your answer to everything, just move under the sea, move under the sea, well I'm telling you it's not gonna happen!
posted by The Whelk at 10:13 AM on February 9, 2011


Who is that ? I don't watch American animation.

Have you guys seen La planète sauvage? I fist got it on a 10th generation VHS dub but I lost it when I moved to Portland. I recently got a new copy with original 1973 subs on laser disk, I will have to dig up a laser disk player to have a watching party soon.
posted by Ad hominem at 10:14 AM on February 9, 2011 [13 favorites]


Hipster Ariel, I love so much about the things that you choose to be.
posted by so_gracefully at 10:14 AM on February 9, 2011


Gimmie the Mermaid
posted by phirleh at 10:16 AM on February 9, 2011 [2 favorites]


I was complaining about hipster being reduced to "person who thinks the things they like aren't known about by anyone else" back before anyone else even knew what hipster was. It's not worth complaining now that everyone's doing it.
posted by happyroach at 10:20 AM on February 9, 2011 [3 favorites]


How many hipsters does it take to change a lightbulb?

It's a really obscure number. You probably haven't even heard of it.
posted by Zozo at 10:24 AM on February 9, 2011 [1 favorite]


This is just a cheap knockoff of Hipster Kitty.
posted by Kandarp Von Bontee at 10:30 AM on February 9, 2011


only in lower class there are hipsters right now.
posted by - at 10:35 AM on February 9, 2011


Kandarp Von Bontee: This is just a cheap knockoff of Hipster Kitty.

Sort of, but not quite. It's way more specific, thus opening up the possibility of captions like "My father owns Pitchfork" and "I got legs so I could wear skinny jeans".
posted by mhum at 11:03 AM on February 9, 2011


IT'S A DINGLEHOPPER, ERIC.
posted by Astro Zombie at 11:08 AM on February 9, 2011


That's your answer to everything, just move under the sea, move under the sea, well I'm telling you it's not gonna happen!

It was tried back in '69, long before any of you hipster types were even born. And by the looks of things, it was all good fun.
posted by philip-random at 11:10 AM on February 9, 2011


Hipster-bashing is so popular now. It's cool to see it hit the front page of mefi, but, well... I mean I'm not going to get all mad about it, I'm happy more people have discovered how much fun it is. I'm not one of those people who things hipster-bashing belongs to me or whatever. But I still miss the days when you could show up an hour before a hipster bash and help carry in boxes of merch, you know? And now the jokes are way less intelligent, I can't help feeling like in the old days the joke would be about Corto Maltese instead of The Little Mermaid. But I don't know, maybe all the attention will give them more time to put out stuff.
posted by Solon and Thanks at 11:21 AM on February 9, 2011 [2 favorites]


Hipster Mermaid: AKA Ponyo.
posted by cottoncandybeard at 11:32 AM on February 9, 2011


I LEFT THE SEA.


IT WASN'T FILLED WITH YUENGLING.
posted by clearly at 11:32 AM on February 9, 2011


Huh.

So I was curious about this so I looked it up.

Yep. These exact same Hipster jokes are over a decade old.
posted by The Whelk at 11:47 AM on February 9, 2011 [10 favorites]


IT WASN'T FILLED WITH YUENGLING.

Oh, don't tell me the hipsters have gotten to Yuengling. It's a good beer-- probably the best lager you can find at that price point.
posted by Faint of Butt at 11:48 AM on February 9, 2011 [1 favorite]


Oh, don't tell me the hipsters have gotten to Yuengling. It's a good beer-- probably the best lager you can find at that price point.

So you're saying you were into it before it was cool?
posted by The World Famous at 11:49 AM on February 9, 2011 [15 favorites]


Yeah, we've been drinking Yuengling in PA for several decades. Way before it was cool. Matter of fact, I'm gonna go get my Yuengling Bock pint glass at keep the glass night on Friday. Take that, you chinstrap buttheads.
posted by fixedgear at 11:56 AM on February 9, 2011


lolcausebellewastheprincessfrombeautyandthebeastandsebastianwasthenameofthecrabbutwhenyouputthemtogetheritisthenameofaband
posted by ND¢ at 11:57 AM on February 9, 2011 [1 favorite]


That's strange , I was hanging out at maxwell's in 90 and was there at soft open for the knitting factory when they had the Mountain Goats and John Zorn and I still haven't met a hipster.
posted by Ad hominem at 12:01 PM on February 9, 2011


the Mountain Goats

The hipsters will never take this away from us.
posted by reductiondesign at 12:03 PM on February 9, 2011 [5 favorites]


Oh, don't tell me the hipsters have gotten to Yuengling. It's a good beer-- probably the best lager you can find at that price point.

Son, thanks for being you.
posted by invitapriore at 12:54 PM on February 9, 2011 [1 favorite]


How many hipsters does it take to change a lightbulb?

You mean you haven't heard this one? I got it on vinyl like a year ago.
posted by Mister Moofoo at 1:01 PM on February 9, 2011 [1 favorite]


So you're saying you were into it before it was cool?

I suppose I am. Had a beard before it was cool, too. I used to worry about people thinking I was a Hasidic Jew or a homeless guy; now I worry they'll think I'm a hipster.

Son, thanks for being you.

I'm guessing that's supposed to be a well-meant, gently teasing insult, but I don't get it. Honestly, I didn't understand, and I'm not being sarcastic or ironic. Please explain, if there's a reference I'm missing? Damn, it's hard to be sincere on the Internet.
posted by Faint of Butt at 1:04 PM on February 9, 2011


It's not that anyone's gotten to Yuengling. They're more widely distributed now.
posted by crataegus at 1:22 PM on February 9, 2011


It's not that anyone's gotten to Yuengling. They're more widely distributed now.

IIRC, they bought a brewery in Tampa and another one in Missouri recently. Dick Yuengling is a famous cheapskate curmudgeon with six daughters. It's quite a family business and an interesting story.
posted by fixedgear at 1:25 PM on February 9, 2011


I like lamp.




dude, no one ever gets that joke. it's way too obscure.
posted by madred at 1:39 PM on February 9, 2011


Isn't it supposed to be "I love lamp?"
posted by The World Famous at 1:45 PM on February 9, 2011 [1 favorite]


I preferred memes better when they meant something more than visual snowclones.
posted by seanyboy at 1:55 PM on February 9, 2011


My all time favorite hipster meme.
posted by Baby_Balrog at 2:25 PM on February 9, 2011 [10 favorites]


I'm guessing that's supposed to be a well-meant, gently teasing insult, but I don't get it. Honestly, I didn't understand, and I'm not being sarcastic or ironic. Please explain, if there's a reference I'm missing? Damn, it's hard to be sincere on the Internet.

It was just gentle prodding. When you expressed your earnest fear that hipsters might be getting into a beer you like and presumably order with moderate frequency, you efficiently and amusingly did a few things that are hilarious, inconsistent, and highly representative of internet anti-hipster invective:

1. You betrayed a particular concern about how you appear to others that is a characteristic attribute of the hipster stereotype. This is only funny given the assumption that you buy into that aspect of the stereotype, which doesn't seem like too large of a leap to me.

2. That concern is based on the behavior of people outside of yourself.

3. That concern was triggered by another comment playing on a different feature of the hipster stereotype, so your response to it is a straw man wrapped in a straw man, a matryoshka set of fabricated targets.

Really, it was just a pitch-perfect example of a particular sort of rhetoric that I see a lot, and that's the spirit in which I made that comment. For my part, I don't have any dogs in this fight, because I don't think anyone will be confusing me for a hipster any time soon. I do think this line of discussion is tired, pointless and estranged from reality, and that's why I needle.

Longest. Joke. Explanation. Ever.
posted by invitapriore at 3:08 PM on February 9, 2011 [1 favorite]


The World Famous: always Hipper than Thou.



I never could pull off the Obscure Hipster Quote very well. I *AM* Brick Tamland.
posted by madred at 3:11 PM on February 9, 2011


The World Famous: always Hipper than Thou.

Tragically
posted by The World Famous at 3:14 PM on February 9, 2011


I forgot to mention that it's a reference to something Bunny Colvin, a character in The Wire, says to an angry, violent 18 year old crime suspect that he interviews to show his partner that their prospective educational pilot program targeting poor, at-risk urban children needs to focus on a younger age bracket, but the sentiment stands alone, really.
posted by invitapriore at 3:16 PM on February 9, 2011


Ariel, you're tearing me apart!
posted by gorgor_balabala at 5:04 PM on February 9, 2011


I forgot to mention that it's a reference to something Bunny Colvin, a character in The Wire, says to an angry, violent 18 year old crime suspect that he interviews to show his partner that their prospective educational pilot program targeting poor, at-risk urban children needs to focus on a younger age bracket, but the sentiment stands alone, really.

Ah, okay. Thanks. Don't worry about it.

(I just don't want people to think I'm deliberately trying to look like I don't care what they think about me; is that so wrong? You're right, it is a matryoshka doll.)
posted by Faint of Butt at 6:59 PM on February 9, 2011


I really identify with this Ariel. (my own)

Fuckin' whippersnappers.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 12:21 AM on February 10, 2011


Bad dating decisions.
posted by cortex at 7:11 AM on February 10, 2011


The Whelk: Yep. These exact same Hipster jokes are over a decade old.

So, I guess you could say that you were into hipster-mocking way before anyone else. Or, perhaps, you remember what hipster-mocking was like before it went all mainstream? Or, maybe something like "Tumblr? No, thanks. I get all my hipster-mocking on defunct, pre-2000 websites."

I kid because I love.
posted by mhum at 10:56 AM on February 10, 2011 [1 favorite]


suck.com really was the best, though. Totally ahead of their time.
posted by contraption at 10:37 PM on February 10, 2011


I've stopped following this blog because while I am still into Hipster Ariel, the 17-year old girl who runs the blog has decided to also use it as a personal journal, and while it might be harsh to say that I don't care about her personal life.... I don't care about her personal life.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 7:07 AM on February 11, 2011


It made Time magazine? What the hell?
posted by The Devil Tesla at 8:46 PM on February 11, 2011


The meme has branched out quite a bit since this post:

BE YOUR GUEST? UNLIKELY.

WOLF CRY TO THE BLUE CORN MOON?
YOU'VE PROBABLY NEVER HEARD IT.


YOU'RE ALL POSERS.
I WAS THE FIRST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM EVER.


Disney Princes templates
posted by Rhaomi at 2:29 PM on February 22, 2011 [2 favorites]


I've reblogged your post, Rhaomi, hoping that someone will bring a pair of those glasses to Disneyland/Disney World and get face characters to pose with them.
posted by crataegus at 8:04 PM on February 24, 2011 [1 favorite]


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