When Mommy drops you off in Maastricht…

Hipsterism – A selection…  

by Catharina Wahls

…if your mommy never dropped you off in Maastricht this cartoon obviously doesn’t apply to you

In the following, you will find passages of different definitions concerning the ‘Hipster’ phenomenon. The definitions do not stand in direct relation to the comic itself, but rather complement its provocations. The passages are retrieved from the blunt definitions which can be found in the Urban Dictionary.

 

‘’Hipster’s can’t be defined because then they’d fit in a category, and thus be too mainstream.’’

 

‘’A person who makes being lazy trendy.’’

 

‘’A pretentious, self-indulgent, usually a 20-to-30 something that believes because they posses a college education, particularly within the Liberal Arts & Sciences, that they are somehow more “enlightened” than the rest of society. […] The irony to hipster logic, is that, despite often being described as having an appreciation for the “ironic” the hipster doesn’t understand that whether a particular trend is mainstream, or counter cultural, that they are still buying into something that is marketable, despite the “dumb sheeple” that continue to buy into the mainstream. Their “brand” is just as altogether marketable and fashionable as Mainstream trends. Urban Outfitters, and other retailers are still making money off of the hipster’s self-righteous dissent. The above said definition isn’t meant to apply to all individuals that self identify as being a hipster, it is merely a generalization.’’

 

‘’Hipsters are a subculture of men and women typically in their 20’s and 30’s that value independent thinking, counter-culture, progressive politics, an appreciation of art and indie-rock, creativity, intelligence, and witty banter. […] Although “hipsterism” is really a state of mind, it is also often intertwined with distinct fashion sensibilities. Hipsters reject the culturally-ignorant attitudes of mainstream consumers, and are often be seen wearing vintage and thrift store inspired fashions, tight-fitting jeans, old-school sneakers, and sometimes thick rimmed glasses. Both hipster men and women sport similar androgynous hair styles that include combinations of messy shag cuts and asymmetric side-swept bangs. Such styles are often associated with the work of creative stylists at urban salons, and are usually too “edgy” for the culturally-sheltered mainstream consumer.’’

 

‘’Despite misconceptions based on their aesthetic tastes, hipsters tend to be well educated and often have liberal arts degrees, or degrees in maths and sciences, which also require certain creative analytical thinking abilities. Consequently, many hipsters tend to have jobs in the music, art, and fashion industries. It is a myth that most hipsters are unemployed and known to mainstream audiences only because hipsters first found and listened to them as early-adopters of new culture. Once certain concepts of fashion and music have reached mainstream audiences, hipsters move on to something new and improved.’’

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