UPDATED June 17rh, 2017
The term hipsters gets tossed around a lot these days, and depending on where you live, chances are you’ve seen a few walking past you on the street. Or have you? What does it really mean to be a hipster? Does it mean what you think it means? Are you one? Do you want to be one? There are so many questions surrounding this vague term that defines a huge chunk of a generation (and that didn’t even exist 5 years ago). So let’s get to it. What are hipsters?
Merriam-Webster defines a hipster as “a person who follows the latest styles, fashions, etc.: a hip person,” or as “a person who is unusually aware of and interested in new and unconventional patterns (as in jazz or fashion).” We tend to trust Urban Dictionary a bit more with these kinds of terms, and they define hipsters as “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.”