Hip, Hippie, Hipster. Isn’t It Ironic?

Saturday, Loved One and I had our annual Halloween Party with the grand-kids.  Duckie had the idea 10 years ago, and it evolved to a tradition.

This year, 13-year-old Elaine came in a black shirt and pants, a pink cape and a black hat.  The kind Justin Timberlake wears in his “Suit and Tie” video


That song makes me think he’s ready to have children.  Plus, I like the line that goes something like, “so thick, now I know why they call it a fattie.” —  I could love a man like that, and he can dance, too.

Ahhh… I digress.

Back to my original train of thought.

“What are you?”  I said to Elaine.

“A hipster.”



“What’s a hipster?”

“I dunno,” she said, flipping her long blond hair back and rolling her eyes back to search her brain for some way to explain the obvious to someone who doesn’t have a clue.

The very next day, I saw a billboard advertising a radio station advertising hip, hippie and hipster music.  Three pairs of eyeglasses, with a sketched artist. I recognized the one in the middle as John Lennon.  I think the first one was Maynard G. Krebs.


Hmmm… The sign gave me some clues.  Maybe I should do some research, i.e. search the urban dictionary, or Wikipedia or something.

From dictionary.com:

a person, especially during the 1950s, characterized by a particularly strong sense of alienation from most established social activities and relationships.

That’d be Maynard.

Wait.  There’s more.  From Urban dictionary:

An unwashed and ungroomed person who hates corporations and everything mainstream, yet still buys Apple products.

From Wikipedia:

In a Huffington Post article entitled “Who’s a Hipster?”, Julia Plevin argues that the “definition of ‘hipster’ remains opaque to anyone outside this self-proclaiming, highly-selective circle.” In Rob Horning’s April 2009 article “The Death of the Hipster” in PopMatters, he states that the hipster might be the “embodiment of postmodernism as a spent force, revealing what happens when pastiche and irony exhaust themselves as aesthetics.” In a New York Times editorial, Mark Greif states that the much-cited difficulty in analyzing the term stems from the fact that any attempt to do so provokes universal anxiety, since it “calls everyone’s bluff”.

Hipsters have a certain way of dressing:  skinny jeans, canvas shoes, label clothes bought in non-label stores, ironic t-shirts and ironic mustaches.



Okay then.  I understand why Elaine searched her brain and ended with “dunno.”

How does someone wear a mustache “ironically.”
I figured it out.  A hipster is what a beatnik was in the 1950s, or what a hippie was in the 1960s, or what grunge was in the 1990s.  Or any of the people who wants to identify, dress, or look like someone in a counter-culture but not really be in a counter-culture.

It’s like rain on your wedding day

It’s a free ride when you’ve already paid

It’s the good advice that you just didn’t take

And who would’ve thought… it figures —Alanis Morissette

But what’s a “Weezer?”


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