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Root magazine analyzes "Blipsters" (with photo examples). In an era when Hip-hop is on the presidential I-pod (Atlantic Roundtable on Hip Hop) while more and more multiracial rock, hip-hop, and crossover acts are appearing on the scene, is mainstream culture ready to move beyond racial fashion dichotomies?

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posted by Potomac Avenue (79 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

 
Burrrp.
posted by Burhanistan at 7:52 AM on May 20, 2009


Hip-hop is on the presidential I-pod

If Obama knows that a Clan ain't nuthing ta fuck wit, why is he escalating in Afghanistan?
posted by Joe Beese at 7:58 AM on May 20, 2009 [3 favorites]


I'm not sure #3 is being ironic. But then again...I can't even tell anymore.
posted by JoanArkham at 7:58 AM on May 20, 2009


Does this mean that people could call me a whipster?
posted by dunkadunc at 8:00 AM on May 20, 2009


I really got my hopes up after reading the first line of this post. Is there no place for us hip young radar aficionados?
posted by Uppity Pigeon #2 at 8:01 AM on May 20, 2009


Also: Blipster Bingo
posted by dunkadunc at 8:01 AM on May 20, 2009 [1 favorite]


hipster-hop
posted by fuzzypantalones at 8:02 AM on May 20, 2009


Actually, I'm pretty sure that black kids always been the real 'hipsters', considering how white kids have always been into whitened, watered-down versions of what black kids are doing.
posted by dunkadunc at 8:07 AM on May 20, 2009 [3 favorites]


This is why the terrorists hate us.
posted by billysumday at 8:08 AM on May 20, 2009


Do these terms even mean anything anymore? In my mind hipster always meant something like "ironic + trendy" but also with a hint of "trying to hard" and "obnoxious" but there are obviously people who don't think the term is derogatory.

At this point, I think even trying to have a discourse about "Hipsters" is impossible, unless we clearly define what we're talking about. The semiotics of hipsterdome have become absurdly convoluted.
posted by delmoi at 8:17 AM on May 20, 2009 [2 favorites]


Urkel started this.
posted by orme at 8:27 AM on May 20, 2009


Kids Discovered On Lawn
"We're concerned," say older generation, "but hopeful."
posted by DU at 8:28 AM on May 20, 2009 [5 favorites]


Wait, so black kids fitting in a clothing fad for white kids which looks a hell of a lot like what black kids down south BEEN wearing makes a new word? (or did Kangols and sweater vests, slacks and bright sneakers magically appear overnight?)

What's next? "ZOMG BLACK PEEPLE PLAYING JAZZ! WE'LL CALL IT BLAZZ?"
posted by yeloson at 8:32 AM on May 20, 2009 [18 favorites]


I propose a new label for Django Reinhardt style jazz guitar scenesters: Gypsters. Or disaffected jazz guitarists in general: Gripsters.
Or gymnasts who perform in a keffiyeh: Flipsters
Or kitschy cat lovers: 'Nipsters
Or guys who wear SGI trucker hats: MIPSters
Or trendy young trust fund sailors: Shipsters
Or people who ironically appreciate tex-mex: Bean Dipsters
Okay, done now.

..

Wait. Blipsters who only appreciate gangsta rap: Cripsters.
posted by jake at 8:35 AM on May 20, 2009 [5 favorites]


What's next? "ZOMG BLACK PEEPLE PLAYING JAZZ! WE'LL CALL IT BLAZZ?"

It's not clear to me, but it sounds like this post is already wanting to inform us that there is now such a thing as black hip-hop. Blip-blop?
posted by DU at 8:40 AM on May 20, 2009 [3 favorites]


The semiotics of hipsterdome have become absurdly convoluted.

Black to the bone, my home is your home
So welcome to the hipsterdome
posted by naju at 8:41 AM on May 20, 2009 [3 favorites]


@DU that should be an onion headline
posted by philosophistry at 8:42 AM on May 20, 2009


People who get ironic vasectomies: Snipsters.
Stupid haircuts: Clipsters.
Lots of toothed fasteners: Zipsters.
posted by DU at 8:44 AM on May 20, 2009


I don't care what color they are, hipsters are fail.
posted by kldickson at 8:44 AM on May 20, 2009


Adding "-ster" to a thing doesn't make it a thing. Not in the real world, anyway.
posted by hermitosis at 8:47 AM on May 20, 2009


Don't forget these guys.
posted by electroboy at 8:47 AM on May 20, 2009


It depresses me that for most people, the terms "fashion" and "culture" seem to satisfy the void that was once referred to as "high school."
posted by hermitosis at 8:53 AM on May 20, 2009


This article does have a certain resonance given that it is published on the Black Slate.com. Or as I like to think of it BS late.
posted by srboisvert at 8:58 AM on May 20, 2009 [1 favorite]


Ah, so a word originally coined to describe black jazz players, then appropriated by white beatniks and subsequently middle-class kids in trucker hats drinking PBR has now come full circle to black kids, also wearing trucker caps?

This shit is fucking stupid.
posted by Happy Dave at 9:06 AM on May 20, 2009 [6 favorites]


while more and more multiracial rock, hip-hop, and crossover acts are appearing on the scene, is mainstream culture ready to move beyond racial fashion dichotomies?

like the 90s?
posted by Artw at 9:13 AM on May 20, 2009 [1 favorite]


How would a hipster dress if he or she was the last living person?

(And why do we pay so much attention to those who strive for so much attention, only to call them out on being attention whores?)
posted by filthy light thief at 9:17 AM on May 20, 2009


while more and more multiracial rock, hip-hop, and crossover acts are appearing on the scene, is mainstream culture ready to move beyond racial fashion dichotomies?

like the 90s?
posted by Artw at 12:13 PM on May 20 [+] [!]


I'm not sure if this is rhetorical or not, so I'll answer it as if it was serious. In the early 90s there was indeed a lot of crossover between traditionally "black" and "white" fashion and pop music. Many of the current movement hearkens back to that era both musically and visually. White and black "hipsters" are both wearing (as the bingo chart points out) the bright colors and big shoes/tight pants combos that can be seen on both Run DMC and EMF (and even Anthrax!) from that time period.

But then by the mid-90s stereotypes intervened and all that Jesus Jones shit stopped happening. Hip Hop is for blacks, rock is for whites. Black people dress like THIS, white people dress like THAT.

If you don't believe that there is a remarkable and brand-new sense of unity between cool/ridiculous young people of all races right now, then you should probably stop putting so much pesticide on your lawn.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 9:23 AM on May 20, 2009


The absolute peak of cultural cross-pollination.
posted by Artw at 9:23 AM on May 20, 2009


If Run-DMC vs Aerosmith is the absolute peak, I'm afraid for humanity.
posted by Burhanistan at 9:28 AM on May 20, 2009


1: OH MY GOD BLACK PEOPLE ARE LISTENING TO OUR MUSIC we simply have to find a way to let them know that they're still outsiders!

2: How about separate drinking fountains?

1: You idiot, we already tried that!

2: How about a completely asinine isolating nickname which informs absolutely nothing!

1: That's the ticket!


posted by orville sash at 9:32 AM on May 20, 2009 [3 favorites]


Perhaps some latter-day Norman Mailer will now write an essay about this phenomenon, titled "The Black Negro". (Or perhaps "The Black Wigga'"?)
posted by acb at 9:38 AM on May 20, 2009


While no one is going to willingly admit to being a hipster, I will admit that I hang out with a lot of people y'all would probably not appreciate on your lawn.

I always was a little confused by the blipster term. Oh, yes, certainly, when you look at that infamous photo of Kanye West's posse, when your eyes slide over the leopard leggings and hit the Lego-brick-yellow sneaks, you realize you have just seen the visual definition of a blipster.

But your average kid who is recording his album on Ableton in his living room, works at Milk Bar or another boutique, gets the dollar discount on PBR because he rode his bike to the bar, has a collection of thrift store grandfather cardigans...does hereally need to be differentiated by race? We go to the same shows, wear the same clothes, drink the same shitty beer, and listen to the same music. UNITY, MOTHERFUCKERS.

Or maybe I'm just sad because Carles hasn't coined a catchy term catagorizing me by my race yet? I'm not a huge fan of MexicAlt or Altino, they just don't roll off the tongue
posted by Juliet Banana at 9:42 AM on May 20, 2009 [2 favorites]


This shit makes me glad I'm in my 40's and no longer have to care. Wow.
posted by black8 at 10:11 AM on May 20, 2009


I'm in my thirties, and didn't care in my twenties. Most people don't.
posted by Burhanistan at 10:12 AM on May 20, 2009 [3 favorites]


There's a particular kind of person who's in their 30s and still in a band or whatever who cares a lot, though.
posted by Artw at 10:15 AM on May 20, 2009


Sorry, should I join the DumpyITGuyWithBowlingForSoupTshirt-sters instead?
posted by Potomac Avenue at 10:19 AM on May 20, 2009


ACB - given the amount of whitewashing in Hollywood, I'm waiting for Marky Mark to star in the next Malcolm X movie...
posted by yeloson at 10:27 AM on May 20, 2009


I wonder, does classifying something like this with a race related name contribute to or lessen the racial divide in our culture?
posted by shmegegge at 10:27 AM on May 20, 2009


a particular kind of person who's in their 30s and still in a band or whatever

Man I'm so glad I grew out of that silly PLAYING MUSIC FOR ENJOYMENT phase of my life, lol
posted by naju at 10:28 AM on May 20, 2009 [1 favorite]


I really hope this leads to white subarban kids wearing Hammer pants.
posted by diogenes at 10:33 AM on May 20, 2009 [1 favorite]


Black people: IT'S A TRAP!
posted by klangklangston at 10:38 AM on May 20, 2009


Or: Boy, this does go to show that young, urban middle-class or aspiring middle class and creative types really do all dress the same.

"Or maybe I'm just sad because Carles hasn't coined a catchy term catagorizing me by my race yet? I'm not a huge fan of MexicAlt or Altino, they just don't roll off the tongue"

The ones in my neighborhood, we call Hesh-mex, though that's the skateboarding, death-metal T-shirt, black jeans guys.
posted by klangklangston at 10:41 AM on May 20, 2009 [1 favorite]


Man I'm so glad I grew out of that silly PLAYING MUSIC FOR ENJOYMENT phase of my life, lol

Nothing wrong with that. But if you are in your 30s and PLAYING MUSIC BECAUSE IT'S PART OF YOUR IDENTITY, MAN then there's a high probability that you are some kind of egomaniac prick and will most likely cheat on your significant other. That goes triple or quadruple if your day job involves the internets.
posted by Artw at 10:47 AM on May 20, 2009


I hate this.
posted by Saxon Kane at 11:29 AM on May 20, 2009


Blulcans!
posted by ND¢ at 11:54 AM on May 20, 2009 [2 favorites]


I'm just worried that before long, all my black coworkers are going to be walking around, full of angsty affectations and wearing thermal shirts with flannels tied around their waists, because then I'll know that we've entered the much feared "Blunge stage".
posted by quin at 12:10 PM on May 20, 2009 [2 favorites]


if you are in your 30s and PLAYING MUSIC BECAUSE IT'S PART OF YOUR IDENTITY, MAN then there's a high probability that you are some kind of egomaniac prick and will most likely cheat on your significant other. That goes triple or quadruple if your day job involves the internets.

In other news if you are a grown man in your 30s who enjoys comic books and video games and Science Fiction movies BECAUSE IT'S PART OF YOUR IDENTITY, MAN, there is a 72% chance you live with your mother and haven't had sex since the RPG bookstore closed. This goes triplequadruple if your face involves a goatee.

YAY IT'S MATH!
posted by Potomac Avenue at 12:13 PM on May 20, 2009 [1 favorite]


I wonder, does classifying something like this with a race related name contribute to or lessen the racial divide in our culture?
posted by shmegegge at 1:27 PM on May 20 [+] [!]


Good question.

The first article addresses this but doesn't answer it. This commenter on it had some good points:

anything that takes root ...and provides other examples of how Black folks can do/think/be is a good thing because it serves to break the walls of the narrow definitions of blackness that still keep many of us from reaching our full potential.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 12:20 PM on May 20, 2009


Artw: I say this on behalf of the other musicians who live past the age of 30.

FUCK YOU.
posted by idiopath at 12:22 PM on May 20, 2009


idiopath: "Artw: I say this on behalf of the other musicians who live past the age of 30.

FUCK YOU.
"

now now. it was a toss off comment, however poorly thought out. let's keep from getting too riled up. maybe instead you can memail him a picture of a pissing elephant.

Potomac AvenuePoster: "I wonder, does classifying something like this with a race related name contribute to or lessen the racial divide in our culture?
posted by shmegegge at 1:27 PM on May 20 [+] [!]


Good question.

The first article addresses this but doesn't answer it. This commenter on it had some good points:

anything that takes root ...and provides other examples of how Black folks can do/think/be is a good thing because it serves to break the walls of the narrow definitions of blackness that still keep many of us from reaching our full potential.
"

that's an interesting point.
posted by shmegegge at 12:25 PM on May 20, 2009


There is something to this. Halloween 2008 saw a record number of blumpkins.
posted by kosem at 12:37 PM on May 20, 2009 [1 favorite]


I was going to point out that the full potential that "blipster" allows is not in emulating Lupe Fiasco, but then I realized that black people deserve the experience of being annoyed at the ubiquity of hipsters and the ability to turn such reflexive irritation into a cliché. This is an important step in cultural evolution.

But then, I'm on social terms with a guy who plays bongos in a rock band under the name Sexual Chocolate (and has the white shades and tourist-trap Indian headdress to prove it).
posted by klangklangston at 12:46 PM on May 20, 2009


Someones in a band.
posted by Artw at 12:53 PM on May 20, 2009


You gotta admit, blazz is getting pretty popular.
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 12:54 PM on May 20, 2009 [2 favorites]


Someones in a band.

Quiet nerd-- we're talkin about cool stuff like parties and girls and rock and roll. If we need an opinion about He-Man we'll let you know!
posted by Potomac Avenue at 1:19 PM on May 20, 2009 [1 favorite]


sigh.
posted by The Esteemed Doctor Bunsen Honeydew at 1:26 PM on May 20, 2009


/leans back in comfy chair, muses on the self importance of aging hipsters who are in the midst of some last ditch effort to recapture their adolescence, regards Potomac Avenue kindly yet pitying paternalistic gaze.
posted by Artw at 1:27 PM on May 20, 2009


LOLoldz

Not in the real world, anyway.

It depresses me that for most people, the terms "fashion" and "culture" seem to satisfy the void that was once referred to as "high school."


You guys are funny. Don't you get it? This is culture. This is culture in the real world. You know how people dress in sixties “vintage” and seventies “vintage” and eighties “vintage”? All those fashions were the “ridiculous bullshit worn by ridiculous people” of those decades. What's that, you're no more partial to vintage clothes than currently-fashionable clothes? All you're saying is that you don't care about fashion and you don't respect it as a form of self-expression and a language by which communities bond and the people in those communities communicate with each other. What's that, you think that's a “ridiculous” way to communicate and express yourself? You think all possible information can be expressed via plaintext? Maybe all the information you're interested in communicating.


Ah, so a word originally coined to describe black jazz players, then appropriated by white beatniks and subsequently middle-class kids in trucker hats drinking PBR has now come full circle to black kids, also wearing trucker caps?
This shit is fucking stupid.


Ah, so this 'written word' originally invented by cavemen, then appropriated by Gutenberg and subsequently dandies with quills drinking the green fairy has now come full circle to online BA's with MacBooks who also think absinthe is cool?

LOLhipsterhate

A Spectre is Haunting Culture - The Spectre of the Hipster
posted by skwt at 1:30 PM on May 20, 2009 [6 favorites]


/makes out with groupies
posted by Potomac Avenue at 1:31 PM on May 20, 2009


/dies, leaves beautiful, racially-diverse corpse
posted by Potomac Avenue at 1:34 PM on May 20, 2009 [1 favorite]


if you are a grown man in your 30s who enjoys comic books and video games and Science Fiction movies BECAUSE IT'S PART OF YOUR IDENTITY, MAN, there is a 72% chance

... that you're on MetaFilter
posted by desjardins at 1:34 PM on May 20, 2009 [1 favorite]


/puffs on pipe, places blanket over knees, worries about maintaining kid-free lawn status.

Enjoy it while it lasts...
posted by Artw at 1:34 PM on May 20, 2009 [1 favorite]


Thanks for the link, skwt!

"The hipster is a projection of the hipster-hater’s own status anxiety."
posted by hermitosis at 1:38 PM on May 20, 2009


/walks in wearing ironic mullet, Member's Only jacket, parachute pants and high-top Reeboks, sees reflection in mirror, weeps with shame.
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 1:38 PM on May 20, 2009


I actually get all my ideas on how to be cool from the movie Hackers.
posted by Artw at 1:40 PM on May 20, 2009 [1 favorite]


Full disclosure: I saw Houseparty when I was 13 and wanted to be Kid and Play so badly that I've been waiting ever since with a stockpile of Cross Colors gear in my closet and now that I can go to actual parties and hang out with dudes with actual Gumbys I can basically die happy.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 1:44 PM on May 20, 2009


But then you need to get that tall hightop fade. Otherwise, the look is incomplete.
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 1:45 PM on May 20, 2009


np, hermitosis.

If any y'all aren't already aware of Carl Wilson, he wrote the absolutely quintessential damn-why-am-I-such-a-snob-and-what-are-the-socio-economic/aesthetic-implications-of-that book: Celine Dion's Let's Talk About Love: A Journey to the End of Taste.
posted by skwt at 1:54 PM on May 20, 2009 [2 favorites]


well, well, well... been wondering when this was going to show up on metafilter.

i read zadie smith's, 'white teeth' and farai chideya's, 'kiss the sky' and dream in rushdie hues so all this approach to pointing out that everybody is everybody else and yet themselves seems so weird to me.

a mexican guy, a white guy and black guy were all at a friend's party last weekend high as eff on cocaine, dancing to a live elektroclash outfit (2 trannies and a bio-bwoy), shirtless, but tatooed and all wearing vans. they beat up a white gay boy and some brown chick who was dressed like sarah jessica parker. i was there with this korean construction engineer i get bombed with. and the violent kids didn't take a swing at me, luckily.

is there a point to this? no. i'm just saying the boundaries are hard to find that allow for outlier terms like 'blipster.' shit. i was just in texas (not austin) and oklahoma and that's happening out there. and london has had it since the sixties. and so has france. and new york. and your mom.

p.s. i'm a negro and i know's me some negroes and i seen all them kinds of negroes in the pictures for a long damn time.
posted by artof.mulata at 2:32 PM on May 20, 2009 [7 favorites]


I forgot to make clear the point of my mock-mime analogy, so thanks artof.mulata, you just reminded me.

You know what's stupid about the 'this is just the same old shit' trope in this context? It neglects to acknowledge the really important and, for anyone who's been paying attention, really obvious fact that hipster culture in the mid- to late-2000s has been an extremely white culture. And so to say that it doesn't mean anything that an increasing amount of black people are dressing like hipsters is to overlook something that constitutes a reversal of the considering how white kids have always been into whitened, watered-down versions of what black kids are doing cultural process in North America that has been ongoing for centuries. I'm not saying I know what it means, and I'm not saying it portends something huge, but it's interesting in that it's the exact opposite of what usually happens between blacks and whites, culturally.

To come back to the jazz reference: if you reduce “hipsters” (as they're currently understood) to merely a “corruption” of the “original” (black) hipsters (by using the etymological fallacy), you would be making the same mistake of calling meaningless the fact that the coolest and most influential rapper in the US is about to release his first rock album. Does this not “mean anything” because rock is “actually” a black art form because it was stolen from black blues players? No, it hell of means something, because, just like hipster culture presently, rock has been an extremely white-dominated thing for decades now, and it is unusual and damn interesting that some black people are now joining in that particular conversation.

The 'this is just the same old shit' trope loses so much information in its reductionism that it brings zero new insight. Yeah, it's just the same old shit if you're not interested in the subject-matter. In cultural analysis, best leave that parsimony instinct at the door.
posted by skwt at 4:08 PM on May 20, 2009 [1 favorite]


skwt: parsimony? yes! lovin' it!

it's definitely not the same old shit.

but it has been a long time coming. at least i think it has.
i just get confused in contemplating it.

you know the phrase, 'diversity through conformity...'? that's how i look at minorities (me!).
there is a certain amount of "ya'll better act like so..." that comes towards you, but the iteration of that so, it's individual/group interpretation, is what makes a mess of all this.

every black kid i know has some rock tune they dig. and black folks in 'trucker' hats? so it finally made it to new york. it was cool, along with cowboy hats and the effing rodeo (lord help us), in the middleburgh over 20 years ago.

as i'm typing all this it just suddenly occurred to me that what's being pointed out here might be some outsider's sudden perception, real or imaginary (as in 'bestiary'), that black kids are dressing with the same level of irony as white kids.

am i supposed to be impressed? shit, we had this idiotic thing in highschool called "punk rock day." you come to school dressed as a punk. all these black girls would come in wearing garbage bags. that was their response to punk day. amazing. brilliant. kind of sexy in a dumpster diver universe.

so what is it? is it real? is it a reification from whitey (TM) towards 'we finally got one on before black america did! hooray! we might finally have the lead!' or something else.

i am honestly unclear on what the fuck the whole point of those links is about, but i have partied with vice, the magazine, and giant robot. am i dumb enough yet???
posted by artof.mulata at 4:37 PM on May 20, 2009 [1 favorite]


>>But your average kid who is recording his album on Ableton in his living room, works at Milk Bar or another boutique, ....

What's up with this Milk Bar? A friend from high school talks about it all the time on Facebook and seems to work there. I hear it named dropped other places, but never get enough context.
posted by now i'm piste at 6:29 PM on May 20, 2009


Is there a blipster equivalent of Kill Whitey parties? You know, a night where black kids dress up in preppy attire go and shuffle arrhythmically to Belle & Sebastian, and anyone bringing in a tray of sushi gets in free?
posted by acb at 2:04 AM on May 21, 2009


I live in Beijing and there are Chinese hipsters that look exactly like this. Should we call them chipsters?

Personally, I think that hipsters everywhere look the same.
posted by so much modern time at 3:29 AM on May 21, 2009


artof.mulata: To me the point is simply this: Where I grew up, outside of DC, if a black kid dressed "white" she would be made fun of by other black kids, and viceversa. If they dressed "punk" they'd be taunted no matter what race they, but way more so if they were black.

Now this style starts to become a thing, for both races. It's the brightcolored late 80s/early 90s filtered through weird Tokyo street culture that inspires ugliness-experimentation and DIY thrift-store bin hunting rather than label whoring (other than Bape I guess) and suddenly the assholes old and young dont know who or how to make fun of anyone for being outrageous. It's not a white or a black style, its a bloody insane one from outerspace (Japan).

Like skwt is saying, it's not that whites are celebrating because this is a white thing that blacks are doing--it's that black and white young people are taking on roles and looks and cultural odds and ends in such a way as to completely erase the notion that such things are racially defined (oh and while they're at it, blasting gender and sexuality stereotypes too--it doesnt matter how macho you are, if youre wearing a pink windbreaker its a lot harder to call someone a fag). It's always been there, but now it's got momentum, a purpose, and it's making older, more regimented ways of dressing and performing (rock bands with no style, trad hip-hop hats and jeans) seem outdated.

If you don't see it as a real and radical movement, seriously, go to one of the places mentioned at the beginning of the article. I saw a couple of teenage lesbians at Gallery Place last night and one had an fro-hawk died three different pastel colors and a polka dot Blossom dress lookin fucking FIERCE. Maybe the real unity is in both middle aged white AND black folks being able to look at the same outfit and say "AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA KILLIT."
posted by Potomac Avenue at 4:37 AM on May 21, 2009


>>But your average kid who is recording his album on Ableton in his living room, works at Milk Bar or another boutique, .... -Juliet Banana

What's up with this Milk Bar? A friend from high school talks about it all the time on Facebook and seems to work there. I hear it named dropped other places, but never get enough context. -now i'm piste


Ha ha, you're not talking about CJ, are you? The kid who talks about Milk Bar on Facebook CONSTANTLY? Kid needs to make his Selective Twitter Status Updates a little more selective, if you know what I'm saying.

Milk Bar is a pretty standard too-cool-for-school boutique. There's probably way more in any other city, but since I live in Columbus it was my go-to example. A.P.C. plaid button ups, Cheap Monday jeans, graphic shirts with slightly scandalous images in big slick screen prints. You know. That mix of Atlanta and Helsinki that seems to define the blipster image.
posted by Juliet Banana at 6:25 AM on May 21, 2009


you would be making the same mistake of calling meaningless the fact that the coolest and most influential rapper in the US is about to release his first rock album

KRS-1 is releasing a rock album?
posted by electroboy at 6:31 AM on May 21, 2009 [1 favorite]


I just remembered these kids...

Don't even try to pretend you can rock a pair of shorts like that, Metafilter.
posted by Juliet Banana at 8:40 AM on May 21, 2009


potomac, i get you... i guess it just doesn't seem to come from outer space to me.

i feel like i've been watching this build for forever. from an inside point, not as a spectator. so, for me, it's like, "what? what? where you coming from? this is normal..."

you know, like when the underground band you and your friends have been hanging on for years suddenly gets mentioned in rolling stone (blecch) and then everybody is acting like they know.

there's a reason why hipsters are called hipsters and it's not just cause old people loathe themselves; 'hip' is a word is a word with meaning. i am puking right now from having written that.

juliet banana, i'm wearing those shorts right now, but i'm old fashioned.
posted by artof.mulata at 10:28 AM on May 21, 2009


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