"First it was knitting; then came excessive facial grooming, vegan baking and urban beekeeping. You thought hipster hobbies couldn’t get weirder? Brace yourself.
" [more inside]
"Neoliberal is the new hipster: everybody's it except you, and nobody can explain what it means
I think that’s well-put, and that the similarity between the terms is no accident; hipsterism is an especially salient iteration of neoliberal subjectivity, one that gains currency by being slippery and inarticulable. These concepts become normalized by becoming boring and frustrating to talk about. The apparent vagueness in the terms seems to make them unalterable. The struggle to define them reflects the stakes of keeping them amorphous, capable of absorbing more and more behavior, making the way of thinking they describe feel inescapable, natural. [more inside]
All of The Baffler's
back issues are available online
, for free. [more inside]
Hipsterized NFL logos.
The text is meh, but the illustrations are fun.
In the late 60s, Lutheran clergyman John Rydgren hosted the weekly radio Silhouette
, broadcast across the US and in Vietnam, and squarely aimed at the flower power generation. Silhouette Segments
(1968) was a double-album which compiled short excerpts from the show. I've compiled as many of the tracks as I can find (see below). But perhaps it makes sense to begin with the Hippie Version of Creation
: "The Cat flipped a switch, blinked those big, eternal eyes, and he dug the switch action. 'Yeah... I'll take it.' " [more inside]
The NFL's Modern Man: How Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Connor Barwin — a bike-riding, socially conscious, Animal Collective–loving hipster — is redefining what it means to be a football player.
From the New-York Mirror
of February 24, 1883:
“. . . a new and valuable addition has been made to the slang vocabulary. … We refer to the term “Dood.” For a correct definition of the expression the anxious inquirer has only to turn to the tight-trousered, brief-coated, eye-glassed, fancy-vested, sharp-toes shod, vapid youth who abounds in the Metropolis at present. …
The Dood is oftenest seen in the lobbies of our theatres on first-nights. He puffs cigarettes or sucks his hammered-silver tipped cane in the entr actes, and passes remarks of a not particularly intellectual character on the appearance and dresses of the actresses. His greatest pleasure lies in taking a favorite actress or singer to supper at Delmonico’s or the Hotel Brunswick—places he briefly calls ‘Dels’ and the ‘Bruns’—where he will spend his papa’s pelf with a lavish hand. … ” [more inside]
is the playground and folio of interactive developer Tim Holman, where he has posted 15 different projects, both interactive (fizzy cam
; and Image Nodes
) and passive (Meet the Ipsums
, more than 30 text generators, from corporate
; the useless web
; dripping paint
). [more inside]
On topics ranging from the capitalist dynamics of gentrification to the casualization of employment among ostensibly middle class Millennials, the “fucking hipster” show beats structural analysis The confluence of heavy-handed tactics and the seeming collaboration between landlords, city agencies, and a violent Hell’s Angel-like gang is telling and in many ways typical. A year before their biker piece, the New York Post ran an article entitled “W’burg has art attack: Hipsters facing boot” which covered the final stage in the long battle between long-time residents of the 338 Berry Street Lofts — artists who had moved into and transformed both building and neighborhood during the mid-1990s — and their landlord. This is the now familiar story of gentrification in New York City. [more inside]
“Used to steal clothes, was considered a thief/Until I started hustlin’ on Fulton Street.
” The mean streets
of the borough that rappers like the Notorious B.I.G. crowed about are now hipster havens
, where cupcakes and organic kale rule and “Brooklyn” now evokes artisanal cheese rather than rap artists.
Visitors to, and other non-residents in, North Korea are now able to tweet and instagram, as mobile data services are gradually opened up
. (Probably) the first tweet sent in this way appeared earlier today
. [more inside]
Once the home of the Weckquaesgeek tribe
, and more recently, William Shatner
, Hastings-on-Hudson might sound like the next village over from Downton Abbey, but according to the New York Times, it's "a village, in a Wittgensteinian sort of way
" seeing an influx of ex-Brooklynites fleeing to the suburbs in the face of creeping real estate prices. Sure, these new hipsturbanites may miss the creative density of urban New York, but at least the river setting matches their Filson/woolrich heritage-brand aesthetic
. Read on
if you set your cultural compass to the Brooklyn Flea, or your NYT Style section appreciation to ironic twee.
Coachella Hipster Cred Calculator
"Pick out the bands you like and add them up to figure out your hipster cred". (Points determined purely by how far down the daily billing list they are and how large/small type the band name is (with one exception: somebody must really hate the Red Hot Chili Peppers - not that there's anything wrong with that)
As a function of fear and pre-emptive shame, ironic living bespeaks cultural numbness, resignation and defeat. If life has become merely a clutter of kitsch objects, an endless series of sarcastic jokes and pop references, a competition to see who can care the least (or, at minimum, a performance of such a competition), it seems we’ve made a collective misstep. Could this be the cause of our emptiness and existential malaise? Or a symptom?
- How to Live Without Irony
The alphaDictionary Historical Dictionary of American Slang
presents a unique way for studying slang. It contains over 2200 slang words with the centuries in which they were first printed. The dates were taken from the Oxford English Dictionary, the Online Etymological Dictionary, or the earliest occurrences the editors can remember. [more inside]
U is for USB Drive
: A collection of flash cards for “design geek-hipster-interwebbers” to teach their children the A-B-Cs in their own style. It is currently only a concept
Two things about working in coffee shops. First, don't assume everyone else in there is a hipster. Second, don't assume that the elderly person who befriends you is a crazy old man telling tall tales. Else you may miss out on the meeting experience of a lifetime
Who will win the vinyl spinning marathon? Who's favourite in the cotton tote sack race? Yes, it's wall-to-wall irony
at Berlin's second Hipster Olympics
. You've probably never heard of them.
A self-identified hipster re-presents: the American hipster
What comes next?
Today's New York Times has an article
about young Mormons finding a way to live their values while remaining socially "with it" -- by turning to hipster culture.
Say goodbye to the foppish Führer?
RedBubble pulled the plug on Hipster Hitler
's line of satirical products after complaints. The original comic takes on "both hipster culture and the exploits of the Third Reich." Controversial slogans
include “Death Camp for Cutie”, “Back to the Fuhrer” and “Eastside Westside Genocide.” Previously.
Sourcebits Launches The Hipster’s Companion, a Guide to Making Your Life Better.
Finally, the app that lets you prove just how much better you are than everyone else without even having to try. This critical guide
will help users better their lives by replacing their totally lame everyday tasks with hipster-approved alternatives. [more inside]
20 Sad Etsy Boyfriends
, mostly wearing crochet beanies. Even more examples of this phenomenon at the Sad Etsy Boyfriends Tumblr
started it with the saddest Etsy hipster boyfriend of them all
... still, he dances, with only a neck and one sleeve to keep him warm. [more inside]
Mutually exclusive exclusive realms. Until now.
The hipsterscience hashtag
on twitter is trending with abundant hipster science wankery. Two great tastes that taste blucky together for you! You disdainful hipster scientist you
A compilation of exclusivity here
. [more inside]
Hipsters! Feeling less unique now everyone has a fixie? Don't worry, $27,000 will guarantee you peace of mind
. (via @lancearmstrong