I’ve been seeing the word ‘hipster’ lately and I really don’t know what it means. I’ll look it up here in a second and give you a link but let’s see how much of a fool I can make of myself by giving what I think it could mean. First, let me note to new readers that I’m increasingly feeling like I’m getting old after turning 40 last year. Oh no. Now it’s last year that I turned 40. Really it was only a few months ago. Ugh. Time is definitely feeling like it’s not on my side.
Anyway, back to ‘hipsters.’ When I was a teenager, ‘yuppie’ was the favorite word to describe young, successful city-folk. It might have been coming in on the heels of ‘preppy’ although I think preppy was a younger crowd. Maybe preppies turned into yuppies. Or is the whole deal that hippies turned into yuppies? See how all of these labels can get confusing? Can’t we all just be who we are, man?
So, my idea of what a hipster is…the first image in my head is of Mike Meyers as Austin Powers with peg leg pants…cool but dorky at the same time. Second I see a picture in my head of a former youth pastor at our church. Chunky but sleek black glasses, shaved-like hair, tattoos (in the cool, artsy sense of the word rather than the rugged biker sense), with or without the piercings and up on the latest cool music. See the theme? Coooool, man. And into the art scene. Now, while I’ve heard the word ‘hipster’ in the context of a city it’s hard for me to separate it from business (as in yuppie) so I wonder if I’m way way off and it really has to do with young people living in the cities these days. So, let me go look that up for you.
Ok, the first definition is from the 1940s and says it’s anyone that associates themselves with a subculture that considers itself ‘hip’ but mainly afficianados (I love that word) of jazz. It was geared around music.
Next, the 1990s definition of hipster, which is more associated with indie films and music, retro stuff and other forms of expression that were once ‘alternative’ but are now mainstream. It also talks about them being younger, in urban settings and shopping in thrift stores, being anti-war, anti-conservatism and Pabst Blue Ribbon being a favorite beverage. I would probably argue the last point although, you never know. It does seem like a rebellion against consumerism and materialism in a round-about kind of way.
So there you go. Take it for what it’s worth…if anything.