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Hipster Dinosaurs
posted by Artw (79 comments total) 37 users marked this as a favorite

 
For the record, Triassic was better.
posted by brundlefly at 4:54 PM on August 28, 2010 [1 favorite]


Nope, telling the same tired hipster jokes with dinosaur pictures doesn't make them funny either. I guess we'll move on to the next item on the list - tired hipster jokes with elephant pictures. We'll keep working until we've scraped the last tiny shreds of funny out of this routine!

On a hipster joke scale from 0 to 10, where 0 is nu-rave shoes and 10 is Nathan Barley, I rate this a 2.
posted by thedaniel at 4:57 PM on August 28, 2010 [5 favorites]


Bullshit, doing it with a coloring book is genius. I love these.
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 5:00 PM on August 28, 2010 [37 favorites]


2 pages of shitty drawings with really tired jokes ('jokes'?)? I mean, I know it's Saturday....
posted by Lutoslawski at 5:01 PM on August 28, 2010 [1 favorite]


brundlefly: "For the record, Triassic was better."

Pfft, it's all about the Eocene epoch, home of the terrifying Andrewsarchus mongoliensis.
posted by Gin and Comics at 5:01 PM on August 28, 2010 [1 favorite]


Okay, the Polaroid one is frickin hilarious.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 5:02 PM on August 28, 2010 [2 favorites]


People just didn't appreciate the Burgess shale fauna as it was ahead of it's time.

Also people.
posted by Artw at 5:07 PM on August 28, 2010 [2 favorites]


This is the exact opposite of the Foxfire post.
posted by swift at 5:11 PM on August 28, 2010 [2 favorites]


Aren't you glad they're extinct?
posted by jonmc at 5:13 PM on August 28, 2010 [6 favorites]


This post made getting out of bed worthwhile today.

Granted, my computer is next to my bed. But, still.
posted by Azazel Fel at 5:14 PM on August 28, 2010 [1 favorite]


While this is cute, I am really tired of the whole Hipster meme/label. A few years ago there really were hipsters, born out of Williamsburg and known for their ironic sensibilities and retro stylings. I get that. But this is 2010 and when people say hipster now they just mean young people in general. Go to a college campus and look at the incoming Freshmen. Much of their style is shaped by the "hipsters" of years past, but this has all been incorporated into the mainstream now. That's why these drawings aren't that funny to me. They may have been 5 years ago, but now its just another way to say "kids - get off my lawn!" and I'm now as tired of the predictable hispter bashing as I was of hipsters in the first place.

Also, "Elliot Smith is a genius." This is a hipster sentiment? How about just a knowledgeable musical statement.
posted by boubelium at 5:15 PM on August 28, 2010 [14 favorites]


That's why these drawings aren't that funny to me. They may have been 5 years ago

HIPSTER.
posted by Justinian at 5:18 PM on August 28, 2010 [55 favorites]


Yup. Cambrian was above genre's. They defied phylumization.
posted by Trochanter at 5:19 PM on August 28, 2010 [5 favorites]


What? Everybody's using the grocer's apostraphe. (yike)
posted by Trochanter at 5:21 PM on August 28, 2010 [1 favorite]


I really liked the up-scale links to other articles, such as "One Of The Greatest Fights In UFC History!" and "What You Don't Know About 'Harry Potter'," the link to which features a rather creepy low-angle photo of Emma Thompson, which I assume was taken from behind a bush. This is basically a pretty classy site, I'm thinking.
posted by Uppity Pigeon #2 at 5:21 PM on August 28, 2010


Heh. Those dinosaurs need to shave.
posted by mullacc at 5:21 PM on August 28, 2010


apostrophe (double yike)
posted by Trochanter at 5:21 PM on August 28, 2010 [1 favorite]


Put a bob haircut and a long pearl necklace on those dinosaurs, make F Scott Fitzgerald the author and maybe, maybe I would be willing to giggle.
posted by munchingzombie at 5:25 PM on August 28, 2010


Put a ... pearl necklace on those dinosaurs

Rule 34 is not bound by time or space.
posted by me & my monkey at 5:33 PM on August 28, 2010 [9 favorites]


Wilco?
posted by freshwater_pr0n at 5:33 PM on August 28, 2010


Hrm? Imgur is an image hosting site (like photobucket) someone from reddit set up because the other ones suck. You probably saw some ads. I suggest adblock.

That said, I hate links to image-sharing sites. These are surely ripped off of someone's blog/flickr page without attribution.
posted by cj_ at 5:34 PM on August 28, 2010 [1 favorite]


The thing about the Pre-Cambrian age is that only two hundred life forms had evolved by then, but every one of those two hundred went on to found their own phylum.
posted by No-sword at 5:39 PM on August 28, 2010 [23 favorites]


but every one of those two hundred went on to found their own phylum.

Kind of like Crosby Stills Nash and Young.
posted by Trochanter at 5:43 PM on August 28, 2010 [2 favorites]


I for one would gladly watch Hipster Dinosaurs: The TV Series. But only ironically.
posted by HostBryan at 5:49 PM on August 28, 2010


Source: These were posted in Twitter a few days ago by Molly Lewis, who is a musician and cool kid who I know in real life.
posted by doift at 5:50 PM on August 28, 2010 [3 favorites]


Ryan North has been doing this better for about 7 and a half years.
posted by oulipian at 5:55 PM on August 28, 2010 [2 favorites]


I almost want to make a website about hipster owls and get somebody to post it here, just to see what happens.
posted by Gator at 5:58 PM on August 28, 2010


This is only funny to the extent it does NOT launch another "I hate hipsters, whatever they are" flamewar.
posted by DU at 6:01 PM on August 28, 2010


These were posted in Twitter a few days ago by Molly Lewis, who is a musician and cool kid who I know in real life.

Making this now the third or fourth time I have randomly stumbled across her name. And every time via a different medium.
posted by greymullet at 6:07 PM on August 28, 2010 [1 favorite]


Making this now the third or fourth time I have randomly stumbled across her name. And every time via a different medium.

Oh, she's taking over. She may own the internet by the time she's 30.
posted by doift at 6:09 PM on August 28, 2010 [1 favorite]


But this is 2010 and when people say hipster now they just mean young people in general.

QFT. (But these particular pictures are funny.)
posted by domnit at 6:10 PM on August 28, 2010


Yah, they're called LOLHEPCATS people. Duh.
posted by RobotVoodooPower at 6:23 PM on August 28, 2010


But this is 2010 and when people say hipster now they just mean young people in general.

Eh... really? I'm 26 and look younger and no one has ever referred to me or any of my younger friends as hipsters, but we all know a hipster when we see/meet one. (Actually, the one exception is a friend of mine who mostly fits the stereotype right down to the obscure music comparisons.) I don't even mean that in a bad way, or a wanting-to-dodge-the-label way, since I tend to like hipsters alright. I dunno, it still has a very definite sub-culture definition in my mind even as the fashion has bled into the mainstream, but maybe I'm out of touch.
posted by Nattie at 6:40 PM on August 28, 2010



Eh... really? I'm 26 and look younger and no one has ever referred to me or any of my younger friends as hipsters


you live in LA right? i rest my case.
posted by zombieApoc at 6:45 PM on August 28, 2010


Hipster Hitler.
posted by drjimmy11 at 6:52 PM on August 28, 2010 [7 favorites]


I actually laughed at these, and I was just hanging around Sunset Junction earlier with a scruffy beard and a Bright Eyes t-shirt on (really).

I think because they're just kind-of-funny, good-natured cartoons, from someone who is probably something of a hipster herself. As opposed to the "don't you want to join me in my hatred of people who like good music and art and fashion don't they all deserve to die" branch of hipster "humor."
posted by drjimmy11 at 7:00 PM on August 28, 2010


you live in LA right? i rest my case.

I've read this like six times now trying to figure out what you mean. My only takeaway is that if you think being from "L.A." tells you something about who someone is culturally, without knowing if they live in Echo Park or Brentwood, then you clearly have never been here and have no idea what you're talking about. Thanks for playing though!
posted by drjimmy11 at 7:05 PM on August 28, 2010 [6 favorites]


This volcano used to have INTEGRITY!

What, Glenn Beck is a hipster now?
posted by naju at 7:12 PM on August 28, 2010 [1 favorite]


you live in LA right? i rest my case.

Ugh. Really now?
posted by mykescipark at 7:24 PM on August 28, 2010


Epoch fail.
posted by cirripede at 7:28 PM on August 28, 2010 [10 favorites]


you live in LA right? i rest my case.
Yeah, really. And everyone who doesn't live on a coast is a bigoted, right-wing moron.
posted by Kloryne at 7:50 PM on August 28, 2010 [1 favorite]


oh lord, the hipster meme needs to die.
posted by seawallrunner at 8:00 PM on August 28, 2010 [1 favorite]


Eh... really? I'm 26 and look younger and no one has ever referred to me or any of my younger friends as hipsters...

Ok but so how do you know that?

...but we all know a hipster when we see/meet one.

Ok but so how do you or any of us know what a hipster is or what one looks like? I can go online and look up an obscure site that focuses on alternative or "thrift store" fashion and start dressing that way and walk into a Starbucks and a group of people could refer to me as a hipster and if I asked them why they call me that they could say, "because you dress like one." And then someone else nearby could go, "that doesn't make him a hipster, jackass. You have to ask him about his musical taste". And his friend could add "oh, and his artistic inspirations too, don't forget that."
Finally, a professor wearing a bandana and glasses could walk in and say, "you guys are all forgetting his literary scholarship..."

and SO ON....

The thing that makes me most frustrated about any general argument centered around hipsters or hipster culture is the way people say they can't define what a hipster is and yet everyone "knows one when they see one."

If there is such a thing as a hipster, it is at best a vague, conflated way of labeling the features that make someone uniquely human.

I say there is no such thing as hipster-anything.

The Adbusters Lads disagree, though.
posted by fantodstic at 8:06 PM on August 28, 2010 [5 favorites]


Hilarious. Thanks ArtW!
Also, now I have a handy list of the MeFites with no fucking sense of humor.
posted by w0mbat at 8:19 PM on August 28, 2010 [2 favorites]


I only ironically have no sense of humor.
posted by cj_ at 9:01 PM on August 28, 2010 [2 favorites]


This is probably a lot more funny if you live in New York. Still funny though.
posted by rageagainsttherobots at 9:27 PM on August 28, 2010


I think I liked hipsters more before everyone started to try to deconstruct hipsterism in an at-least translucent attempt to say "You can't hate hipsters."
posted by adipocere at 9:56 PM on August 28, 2010


Sure, this is sterotyping a fairly diverse group, but the crayon work is so cute, it redeems it instantly. The beards and that little PBR can are perfect.

That said, the whole "don't make fun of hipsters, they're the precious snowflakes of the city" is being silly. If your artistic expression and aesthetic in life leads you to wearing vintage old man clothes, with Harry Carey glasses as well with hair bleached white to make you look like an old man when you're actually in your 20s (seen at Jewel) or if you're wearing a jean jacket with the words "Love comes in spurts" written on the back with white drawings of cum stains at the end, then yes, you will be made fun of later by those who see you. I see your expression as legitimate now you need to see my expression, humor, as just as legitimate. Part of embracing a more libertine attitude is dealing with criticism and humor of others. Being instantly insulted and snotty about what other people are saying makes you no better than a 1950s housewife.
posted by damn dirty ape at 9:57 PM on August 28, 2010 [4 favorites]


...if you're wearing a jean jacket with the words "Love comes in spurts" written on the back with white drawings of cum stains at the end...

Somehow this reminds me...

I was walking near Rittenhouse in Philly a week ago and this dude was carrying a messenger bag that was hand lettered with:

SHARKWEEK
NEVER FORGET

and a cartoon-y drawing of a giant shark crashing into the twin towers. I don't remember if I the terrorists won or lost or if that was the height of irony or depth of sincerity, but it was...well, something.
posted by piratebowling at 10:20 PM on August 28, 2010 [3 favorites]


Next up: Jersey Shore Sabre-Toothed Tigers.
posted by ob at 11:12 PM on August 28, 2010


damn dirty ape: "if you're wearing a jean jacket with the words "Love comes in spurts" written on the back with white drawings of cum stains at the end"

What? This is a thing?
posted by brundlefly at 11:29 PM on August 28, 2010


Saw it on a hipster riding the bus in Chicago a couple years ago. The 66 Chicago ave bus never disappoints.
posted by damn dirty ape at 11:34 PM on August 28, 2010


T. Rex were better than Dinosaur Jr.
posted by Decani at 11:43 PM on August 28, 2010 [5 favorites]


but now its just another way to say "kids - get off my lawn!"

Man, I love this idea. Somewhere, this is an aging curmudgeon with only three things left in his life: a dinosaur-themed coloring book, a 96-count box of Crayola crayons, and a burning hatred of "hipsters," which he misguidedly believes to encompass all of "youth culture." His anger at his wasting life and his passion for coloring both inside and outside the lines come together to create a scathing critique of "those whippersnappers," and with a self-satisfied click, he uses the magiks of the Internets Supertubes to post them on Imgur, the one true image hosting service. He knows his righteous fury will spread far and wide upon yon Webternets, and those kids, by God!, will know to stay off his lawn from now on.
posted by m0nm0n at 11:59 PM on August 28, 2010 [2 favorites]


There's a difference between hipster appearance and hipster 'ideology'. The former has been integrated pretty widely into urban culture and youth (whatever the hell that means) fashion.

Just because someone looks like a hipster doesn't mean that they are ironically detached from everything. Also, this just in: a lot of goths are happy, stable people, hippies don't all smoke weed and some punks vote conservative. I even heard that some people that get into heated arguments online are not all four-eyed virigins with bad hygiene living in their mother's basement.

I know it's hard when you can't judge a book by its cover but maybe you should try talking to people instead of just looking at how they are dressed and deciding who they are as a person based on that...

(And this comic is funny because it takes the loosely defined ideology and cliches of the hipster culture gently mocks it. People really need to learn the fine art of 'taking the piss' - it truly bonds people together when everyone is equally derided and no one is allowed to take themselves too seriously.)
posted by slimepuppy at 1:35 AM on August 29, 2010 [3 favorites]


Dinosaur in jean shorts = awesome...
posted by halcorp at 2:00 AM on August 29, 2010


Hipster Wife Hunting
posted by mippy at 2:12 AM on August 29, 2010 [1 favorite]


Don't worry hipster meme haters, the hispter meme will soon be going extinct! Like the dinosaurs. Hipster dinosaurs. Going extinct.

I'm here all week, tell your freinds.
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 4:45 AM on August 29, 2010


Love comes in spurts is a song by Richard Hell and the Voidoids. I wouldn't necessarily put it on the back of my jacket, but I did have a Gary Numan patch on the back of my jacket in college a few years back. I thought it looked really cool, but the unintended side effect was that everyone started calling me "Newman".
posted by orville sash at 5:09 AM on August 29, 2010 [1 favorite]


Hipsterism is on the wane, as it's firmly mainstream. Hard to find anyone under 25 rocking an ironic beard and plaid shirt. Too early to tell what it's going to be replaced with, tho - it's a sort of muddled jumble of things at the moment, with brightly colored 80's kitsch sort of standing in for a defining look, but even that's an echo of a receding trend.
posted by Slap*Happy at 5:41 AM on August 29, 2010


ha! I have this coloring book! It came with stickers!
posted by phunniemee at 7:04 AM on August 29, 2010 [1 favorite]


Man, that Adbusters article.

This obsession with "street-cred" reaches its apex of absurdity as hipsters have recently and wholeheartedly adopted the fixed-gear bike as the only acceptable form of transportation – only to have brakes installed on a piece of machinery that is defined by its lack thereof.

A fixed-gear bike is defined not by it's brakelessness but by its fixed gear. That's why they don't call it a no-brakes. (I've got beef with the hyphenated 'street cred' too, and the words 'recently' (messenger cool is more than twenty years old) and 'wholeheartedly' (at least in the world of scathing lifestyle magazine articles, hipsters don't do anything wholeheartedly) and 'only,' but one thing at a time. Fixed-gear bikes have fixed gears. It's right there in the name, for chrissake.
posted by box at 7:17 AM on August 29, 2010 [4 favorites]


I was against hipster jokes before being against hipster jokes was cool.
posted by Solon and Thanks at 8:32 AM on August 29, 2010


Hipsterism is on the wane, as it's firmly mainstream. Hard to find anyone under 25 rocking an ironic beard and plaid shirt. Too early to tell what it's going to be replaced with, tho - it's a sort of muddled jumble of things at the moment, with brightly colored 80's kitsch sort of standing in for a defining look, but even that's an echo of a receding trend.

Saw a very hipsterish early-20s dude in Chicago earlier this year - perma-stubbled and -bedheaded, outsized shades, affected look of mild boredom, willowy lady friend - who was wearing a black Members Only jacket, oversized '80s basketball shoes, and skinny-legged acidwashed jeans. Acidwashed jeans.

I'm not sure if he's a signifier, and if so of what exactly, but I couldn't help but think not even he knew what the hell he was trying to get at with that look. Let's call it "the New Incoherence" until a better name comes along.
posted by gompa at 8:38 AM on August 29, 2010 [1 favorite]


I'm not sure if he's a signifier, and if so of what exactly,

Mass brain damage from toxic waste?
posted by jonmc at 9:20 AM on August 29, 2010


it's a bit weird to actually really like Elliott Smith and then feel like there's something wrong with me when people make fun of people who like him. thanks peer pressure.
posted by sineater at 10:05 AM on August 29, 2010


Fixed-gear bikes have fixed gears. It's right there in the name, for chrissake.

Thank you! That bugged the shit out of me when I read the article. It's kind of damning when your best example is based on a misunderstanding that a five minute discourse with an actual bicyclist would have cleared up. C'mon, Adbusters, you can do better.

The coloring book drawings are cute but boy, these jokes have been made so many times before. Also, isn't there a little irony in appropriating a nostalgic object from your childhood and using it to make fun of hipsters?
posted by en forme de poire at 11:45 AM on August 29, 2010


I came up with a definition of hipster a while ago, and it still holds -- a hipster is anyone who appears to be suffering for the fun you wish you were having.
posted by hanoixan at 11:47 AM on August 29, 2010 [1 favorite]


(and by suffering, I mean that in the suffering artist sense)
posted by hanoixan at 11:51 AM on August 29, 2010


If you're under 40, educated, progressive and wear clothes that fit what exactly do you have to do to not be considered a hipster upon first glance?
posted by windbox at 11:54 AM on August 29, 2010 [1 favorite]


You know what I am sick of is how people react to criticism of their favorite _______ by claiming that the critic is a hipster. I saw this last in a thread about Kevin Smith, wherein someone douchebombed a sarcastic version of a dismissal of said entity and signed off with HIPSTA OUT! Not only was this the most obnoxious thing I had seen in days -- which is consistent with the personality profile of the Kevin Smith fan circa 2010 -- but it's such an easy dodge, because it allows you to point to the (undefined beyond a slur) flaws of the critic instead of actually judging the merits or lack thereof of the criticism leveled. It's an anti-argument. (In this particular instance it was particularly galling, because without the "hipsters" of the early 1990s this particular target of ire would never have left obscurity, but never mind that.) By the same token, it's too easy to point to, say, Vampire Weekend as a hipster band and dismiss them on those grounds. There are very very good reasons to hate Vampire Weekend and I think that we can do better when it comes to articulating them.
posted by kittens for breakfast at 12:29 PM on August 29, 2010 [2 favorites]


If you're under 40, educated, progressive and wear clothes that fit what exactly do you have to do to not be considered a hipster upon first glance?

How about wearing pleated Dockers and a golf shirt?
posted by mullacc at 12:51 PM on August 29, 2010


How about wearing pleated Dockers and a golf shirt?

You gonna rock that look you'll need a moulded-plastic belt holster for your PDA, yo.
posted by gompa at 2:22 PM on August 29, 2010 [1 favorite]


messenger cool is more than twenty years old

QFT
(a Coca-Cola commercial from 1985 that includes a guy doing a fixie trick)
posted by morganw at 2:28 PM on August 29, 2010


Out: Hipster. In: Fauxhemian.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 10:39 PM on August 29, 2010


It just seems to me that it wouldn't have taken much time for the poster to credit the guy or gal who drew the original coloring book that these colorings came from. I'm not saying that they were amazing pieces of art, just that posting stuff on the internet is not very expensive and it would not have taken much time to look at the title page of the coloring book they were working from and write it down.

Seriously, I don't think that coloring in a coloring book is so transformational that the original artist does not need to be credited.
posted by Quonab at 11:38 PM on August 29, 2010


mippy: "Hipster Wife Hunting"

Excerpt:
Q: What do you look for in a potential hipster husband?

A: A Hitler youth haircut is probably my number one priority.
posted by joshwa at 6:14 AM on August 30, 2010


Dinosaur colors dinosaurs.
posted by codacorolla at 9:03 AM on August 30, 2010


For your further derision/amusement:

If Superheroes Were Hipsters
posted by Artw at 1:41 PM on September 17, 2010


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