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Hipster: The Dead End of Western Civilization
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Hipster: The Dead End of Western Civilization

We’ve reached a point in our civilization where counterculture has mutated into a self-obsessed aesthetic vacuum. So while hipsterdom is the end product of all prior countercultures, it’s been stripped of its subversion and originality. (Cover story of Adbusters Issue #79, on newsstands now.)

I‘m sipping a scummy pint of cloudy beer in the back of a trendy dive bar turned nightclub in the heart of the city’s heroin district. In front of me stand a gang of hippiesh grunge-punk types, who crowd around each other and collectively scoff at the smoking laws by sneaking puffs of “fuck-you,” reveling in their perceived rebellion as the haggard, staggering staff look on without the slightest concern.

The “DJ” is keystroking a selection of MP3s off his MacBook, making a mix that sounds like he took a hatchet to a collection of yesteryear billboard hits, from DMX to Dolly Parton, but mashed up with a jittery techno backbeat.

“So… this is a hipster party?” I ask the girl sitting next to me. She’s wearing big dangling earrings, an American Apparel V-neck tee, non-prescription eyeglasses and an inappropriately warm wool coat.

“Yeah, just look around you, 99 percent of the people here are total hipsters!”

“Are you a hipster?”

“Fuck no,” she says, laughing back the last of her glass before she hops off to the dance floor.

Ever since the Allies bombed the Axis into submission, Western civilization has had a succession of counter-culture movements that have energetically challenged the status quo. Each successive decade of the post-war era has seen it smash social standards, riot and fight to revolutionize every aspect of music, art, government and civil society.

But after punk was plasticized and hip hop lost its impetus for social change, all of the formerly dominant streams of “counter-culture” have merged together. Now, one mutating, trans-Atlantic melting pot of styles, tastes and behavior has come to define the generally indefinable idea of the “Hipster.”

An artificial appropriation of different styles from different eras, the hipster represents the end of Western civilization – a culture lost in the superficiality of its past and unable to create any new meaning. Not only is it unsustainable, it is suicidal. While previous youth movements have challenged the dysfunction and decadence of their elders, today we have the “hipster” – a youth subculture that mirrors the doomed shallowness of mainstream society.
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Take a stroll down the street in any major North American or European city and you’ll be sure to see a speckle of fashion-conscious twentysomethings hanging about and sporting a number of predictable stylistic trademarks: skinny jeans, cotton spandex leggings, fixed-gear bikes, vintage flannel, fake eyeglasses and a keffiyeh – initially sported by Jewish students and Western protesters to express solidarity with Palestinians, the keffiyeh has become a completely meaningless hipster cliché fashion accessory.

The American Apparel V-neck shirt, Pabst Blue Ribbon beer and Parliament cigarettes are symbols and icons of working or revolutionary classes that have been appropriated by hipsterdom and drained of meaning. Ten years ago, a man wearing a plain V-neck tee and drinking a Pabst would never be accused of being a trend-follower. But in 2008, such things have become shameless clichés of a class of individuals that seek to escape their own wealth and privilege by immersing themselves in the aesthetic of the working class.

This obsession with “street-cred” reaches its apex of absurdity as hipsters have recently and wholeheartedly adopted the fixed-gear bike as the only acceptable form of transportation – only to have brakes installed on a piece of machinery that is defined by its lack thereof.

Lovers of apathy and irony, hipsters are connected through a global network of blogs and shops that push forth a global vision of fashion-informed aesthetics. Loosely associated with some form of creative output, they attend art parties, take lo-fi pictures with analog cameras, ride their bikes to night clubs and sweat it up at nouveau disco-coke parties. The hipster tends to religiously blog about their daily exploits, usually while leafing through generation-defining magazines like Vice, Another Magazine and Wallpaper. This cursory and stylized lifestyle has made the hipster almost universally loathed.

“These hipster zombies… are the idols of the style pages, the darlings of viral marketers and the marks of predatory real-estate agents,” wrote Christian Lorentzen in a Time Out New York article entitled ‘Why the Hipster Must Die.’ “And they must be buried for cool to be reborn.”

With nothing to defend, uphold or even embrace, the idea of “hipsterdom” is left wide open for attack. And yet, it is this ironic lack of authenticity that has allowed hipsterdom to grow into a global phenomenon that is set to consume the very core of Western counterculture. Most critics make a point of attacking the hipster’s lack of individuality, but it is this stubborn obfuscation that distinguishes them from their predecessors, while allowing hipsterdom to easily blend in and mutate other social movements, sub-cultures and lifestyles.

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Standing outside an art-party next to a neat row of locked-up fixed-gear bikes, I come across a couple girls who exemplify hipster homogeneity. I ask one of the girls if her being at an art party and wearing fake eyeglasses, leggings and a flannel shirt makes her a hipster.

“I’m not comfortable with that term,” she replies.

Her friend adds, with just a flicker of menace in her eyes, “Yeah, I don’t know, you shouldn’t use that word, it’s just…”

“Offensive?”

“No… it’s just, well… if you don’t know why then you just shouldn’t even use it.”

“Ok, so what are you girls doing tonight after this party?”

“Ummm… We’re going to the after-party.”

***

Gavin McInnes, one of the founders of Vice, who recently left the magazine, is considered to be one of hipsterdom’s primary architects. But, in contrast to the majority of concerned media-types, McInnes, whose “Dos and Don’ts” commentary defined the rules of hipster fashion for over a decade, is more critical of those doing the criticizing.

“I’ve always found that word [“hipster”] is used with such disdain, like it’s always used by chubby bloggers who aren’t getting laid anymore and are bored, and they’re just so mad at these young kids for going out and getting wasted and having fun and being fashionable,” he says. “I’m dubious of these hypotheses because they always smell of an agenda.”

Punks wear their tattered threads and studded leather jackets with honor, priding themselves on their innovative and cheap methods of self-expression and rebellion. B-boys and b-girls announce themselves to anyone within earshot with baggy gear and boomboxes. But it is rare, if not impossible, to find an individual who will proclaim themself a proud hipster. It’s an odd dance of self-identity – adamantly denying your existence while wearing clearly defined symbols that proclaims it.

***

“He’s 17 and he lives for the scene!” a girl whispers in my ear as I sneak a photo of a young kid dancing up against a wall in a dimly lit corner of the after-party. He’s got a flipped-out, do-it-yourself haircut, skin-tight jeans, leather jacket, a vintage punk tee and some popping high tops.

“Shoot me,” he demands, walking up, cigarette in mouth, striking a pose and exhaling. He hits a few different angles with a firmly unimpressed expression and then gets a bit giddy when I show him the results.

“Rad, thanks,” he says, re-focusing on the music and submerging himself back into the sweaty funk of the crowd where he resumes a jittery head bobble with a little bit of a twitch.

The dance floor at a hipster party looks like it should be surrounded by quotation marks. While punk, disco and hip hop all had immersive, intimate and energetic dance styles that liberated the dancer from his/her mental states – be it the head-spinning b-boy or violent thrashings of a live punk show – the hipster has more of a joke dance. A faux shrug shuffle that mocks the very idea of dancing or, at its best, illustrates a non-committal fear of expression typified in a weird twitch/ironic twist. The dancers are too self-aware to let themselves feel any form of liberation; they shuffle along, shrugging themselves into oblivion.
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Hipsters

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Perhaps the true motivation behind this deliberate nonchalance is an attempt to attract the attention of the ever-present party photographers, who swim through the crowd like neon sharks, flashing little blasts of phosphorescent ecstasy whenever they spot someone worth momentarily immortalizing.

Noticing a few flickers of light splash out from the club bathroom, I peep in only to find one such photographer taking part in an impromptu soft-core porno shoot. Two girls and a guy are taking off their clothes and striking poses for a set of grimy glamour shots. It’s all grins and smirks until another girl pokes her head inside and screeches, “You’re not some club kid in New York in the nineties. This shit is so hipster!” – which sparks a bit of a catfight, causing me to beat a hasty retreat.

In many ways, the lifestyle promoted by hipsterdom is highly ritualized. Many of the party-goers who are subject to the photoblogger’s snapshots no doubt crawl out of bed the next afternoon and immediately re-experience the previous night’s debauchery. Red-eyed and bleary, they sit hunched over their laptops, wading through a sea of similarity to find their own (momentarily) thrilling instant of perfected hipster-ness.

What they may or may not know is that “cool-hunters” will also be skulking the same sites, taking note of how they dress and what they consume. These marketers and party-promoters get paid to co-opt youth culture and then re-sell it back at a profit. In the end, hipsters are sold what they think they invent and are spoon-fed their pre-packaged cultural livelihood.

Hipsterdom is the first “counterculture” to be born under the advertising industry’s microscope, leaving it open to constant manipulation but also forcing its participants to continually shift their interests and affiliations. Less a subculture, the hipster is a consumer group – using their capital to purchase empty authenticity and rebellion. But the moment a trend, band, sound, style or feeling gains too much exposure, it is suddenly looked upon with disdain. Hipsters cannot afford to maintain any cultural loyalties or affiliations for fear they will lose relevance.

An amalgamation of its own history, the youth of the West are left with consuming cool rather that creating it. The cultural zeitgeists of the past have always been sparked by furious indignation and are reactionary movements. But the hipster’s self-involved and isolated maintenance does nothing to feed cultural evolution. Western civilization’s well has run dry. The only way to avoid hitting the colossus of societal failure that looms over the horizon is for the kids to abandon this vain existence and start over.

***

“If you don’t give a damn, we don’t give a fuck!” chants an emcee before his incitements are abruptly cut short when the power plug is pulled and the lights snapped on.

Dawn breaks and the last of the after-after-parties begin to spill into the streets. The hipsters are falling out, rubbing their eyes and scanning the surrounding landscape for the way back from which they came. Some hop on their fixed-gear bikes, some call for cabs, while a few of us hop a fence and cut through the industrial wasteland of a nearby condo development.

The half-built condos tower above us like foreboding monoliths of our yuppie futures. I take a look at one of the girls wearing a bright pink keffiyah and carrying a Polaroid camera and think, “If only we carried rocks instead of cameras, we’d look like revolutionaries.” But instead we ignore the weapons that lie at our feet – oblivious to our own impending demise.

We are a lost generation, desperately clinging to anything that feels real, but too afraid to become it ourselves. We are a defeated generation, resigned to the hypocrisy of those before us, who once sang songs of rebellion and now sell them back to us. We are the last generation, a culmination of all previous things, destroyed by the vapidity that surrounds us. The hipster represents the end of Western civilization – a culture so detached and disconnected that it has stopped giving birth to anything new.
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It pains me to see guys walking around in skinny jeans, especially some overweight idiot that reeks of someone that's just trying too hard.
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Tell me about it the link at the beginning has some spaces in it but if u fix the spaces u can link to the website and it has pictures of these fucking douchebag fucks.
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Downtown L.A, Echo Park, Los Feliz, a bunch of fucken hipsters.

In a way, it's good that they're cleaning up downtown to protect all the hipsters that have moved here, but the downside is now there are a bunch of obnoxious hipsters here.

Now I have to feel like a douchebag because I like to ride a vintage beach cruiser and I do in fact own a Pabst Blue Ribbon t-shirt.
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Yup. This is the world we live in. Fuck you russia.
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I don't know what a hipster is, but it sure sounds mas puto.
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I'm sure uve seen them before. Probably have nephews that are hipsters.
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Very good article... & yes... fuck em all.
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In a way, it's good that they're cleaning up downtown to protect all the hipsters that have moved here, but the downside is now there are a bunch of obnoxious hipsters here.

Now I have to feel like a douchebag because I like to ride a vintage beach cruiser and I do in fact own a Pabst Blue Ribbon t-shirt.
I say let the hipsters fend for themselves. Oh yeah, beach cruisers are gangsta.
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I'm sure uve seen them before. Probably have nephews that are hipsters.

Nah, my nephews are only 7 and 5 years old. Even my cousins kids don't dress like that bullshit.

We raise men in our family, not sissies.
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those that include those annoying ass skaters?
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hipsters are in ur hood, raising ur rent.
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i don't get what the hell a hipster is, even after googling it.

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Tell me about it the link at the beginning has some spaces in it but if u fix the spaces u can link to the website and it has pictures of these fucking douchebag fucks.
dude why don't you fix this link yourself? lol
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Is it safe to say that we all know what (or who) a hipster is? You've seem them, without a doubt, especially if you live in a big city like New York, Los Angeles, or San Francisco. Hipsters are basically people who latch on to the latest fad, yet act as if they are too cool for the mainstream. They are on the outside, but too cool to look in. Posers. Scenesters. PBR. Tight vintage-style jeans. A Hoodie. Vans. A smoke. You get the drift.





Los Angeles Hipster?





Hipsters in Los Angeles

Los Angeles is a hipster haven, especially in the neighborhoods around where I live: Echo Park, Silverlake, and Los Feliz. Don't get me wrong, I love it here, which is saying a lot after seven years in San Francisco, the antithesis of LA in a few key ways. I don't mind hipsters really. They add to the diversity of what are truly eclectic and hence quite fun, vibrant, and desirable neighborhoods. You can see them in coffee shops like intelligentsia over at Sunset Junction, but more and more these days, you see them riding a special kind of bike known as a fixed gear bike, or a track bike, or a fixie.
I am all for people riding bikes as opposed to driving or even walking or riding the bus, but are these people riding bikes for any reason other than to look cool as part of the day's most 'rad' subculture? And if they are just doing it to be part of a scene, I guess I really don't care much. I am just writing about it because it interests me. I see it. I live it. And if I can save a hipster from getting run over by a car, I am all for it.






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The Los Angeles Hipster and The Fixed Gear Bike
Most people do not know what a fixed gear bike is. Simply put, it is a bicycle with one gear and no freewheel. When the wheels move, so do the pedals... and you can't coast. Therefore when you ride you have to peddle. Bottom line. Real cyclists - people like Lance Armstrong - started riding what are originally known as track bikes on, well, a track as a way to train. Bike messengers in big cities started riding them due to their simplicity, efficiency, lack of maintenance, and at the time unlikelihood to be the target of a bike thief. Of course, the messenger scene has always produced fads for the masses of hipsters around the country to emulate, see the messenger bag. The fixed gear was no different.
Cyclists such as myself latched on to them (about five years ago now for me) for reasons similar to messengers, but more so because they offer a challenge and a great workout. Plus, in my estimation, it enhances the overall riding experience. You really feel like part of the bike when riding a fixed gear. And in traffic, especially without hand brakes, you concentrate more. The strength in your legs serves as your stopping power and you must be looking several steps ahead in traffic in order to stay safe.
All of this said, I did not and people should not hop right on a brakeless fixed gear and start riding. You have to be comfortable and confident on a bike first. Use brakes to begin with. Many never will, or should take the brakes off. But the hipster, in his or her undying quest to be cool, has been known to hop right on a brakeless fixie and take to the streets. Not smart.









There is an upside to the hipster jumping so fervently on the fixed gear bike bandwagon. If you, like me, are the one the folks who will be riding fixed (or still on a bike for that matter) once the fad subsides, there will be lots of bargains to be had as hipsters look to unload their souped-up track bikes. In the meantime, I nod and converse with hipsters on the streets of LA as we ride our simple and sleek machines... that is, of course, unless they are too cool to utter a word.
But, for the record, I don't hate hipsters!


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I do hate hipsters. For a lot of the reasons mentioned in the initial post. Fucking white privileged hipster fucks.
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It's well off middle class kids acting as if they're have nots. I'll never understand this mentality. It's like some well off suburban type kids dressing like the next rap star.
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oh dude that new coffee shop is so fucking deck
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I just reread the article and it once again made me hate them more. Pieces of fuckin shit.
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lol...

i remember I hit up this hipster spot w/one of my cousins.. The Crosby out in downtown Santa Ana... it's a bookstore/cafe/lounge in the newly rejuvenated "art district"...

it was a trip... of course all these ppl looked like they were from the rich side of OC, mainly whites & asians... and all I could think was man... if they knew the world that exists just a few blocks away.

I was drunk & talkin to this one kid w/a leather jacket, skinny jeans, & a polaroid... about his camera & sayin I hadn't seen one of those in years... yea... he made sure not to leave it unattended... probably thought I was gonna jack his ass being the only bald mexican guy there.

Not that I didn't enjoy the drinks, the old skool boomboxes posted up all over the walls, the artwork, or the dive bar lookin bathroom w/stickers & tagging everywhere... but yea... these kids were trying too hard... most of them, if any of them @ all, probably didnt even grow up during the first time around that those things were in fashion... and/or probably live in a whole different world & this is just their getaway playtime...

i guess this part of the article said it best...

such things have become shameless clichés of a class of individuals that seek to escape their own wealth and privilege by immersing themselves in the aesthetic of the working class.
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i wondered what they were called...
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Jia & I talked about them a few days ago.

Funny thing is that people already made fun of some of the stuff that was in the article.

For example the dj thing:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_4GPAUPWbM



Random stuff about hipsters that were in the article:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_7eEY_9bg8


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GI37OGm1ms0


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOFNVLGa1rE


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOmt-n70Hp4


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i don't get what the hell a hipster is, even after googling it.
Imagine Lady Gaga even though hipsters don't listen to her music.

Just go to downtown Santa Ana on the first Saturday night of the month for their art walk and you'll see what hipsters are. Jia & I just go there to free load off their snacks and wine and criticize their art. We just go there to give Jia the confidence that her art is good bc most of the stuff that is there is crap. Someone got a box, wrote on it, send it to the mail, it was undeliverable and was trying to sell that for 80 bucks. Then there was another person who put pipes against a wall. I don't remember what he was trying to sell that for. Finally, there was some guy trying to sell some mini screen that had some flash presentation that was connected to a usb stick as art for 200-300 bucks. What ticks me off are those who do a brushstroke on a canvas and call it art. WTF?

Downtown Santa Ana use to be very ghetto when I first came to Orange County. Then hipsters bought all the cheap properties or renting lofts and that's pretty much what you see now.

Sadly, I see a lot of young Chicanos going into that culture. The reason why I know this was I met a group of them doing their own projects a few years ago. They were making a magazine and I told them there was a better way to make it with a computer which would cost about the same as them just using a copying machine. They said making a magazine with a computer was too mainstream and wouldn't make their magazine look underground and that was the last time I had contact with them. They're just a bunch of posers.

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it was a trip... of course all these ppl looked like they were from the rich side of OC, mainly whites & asians... and all I could think was man... if they knew the world that exists just a few blocks away.
There are times I feel like tricking and abandoning them in those bad neighborhoods.

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I was drunk & talkin to this one kid w/a leather jacket, skinny jeans, & a polaroid... about his camera & sayin I hadn't seen one of those in years... yea... he made sure not to leave it unattended... probably thought I was gonna jack his ass being the only bald mexican guy there.

Not that I didn't enjoy the drinks, the old skool boomboxes posted up all over the walls, the artwork, or the dive bar lookin bathroom w/stickers & tagging everywhere... but yea... these kids were trying too hard... most of them, if any of them @ all, probably didnt even grow up during the first time around that those things were in fashion... and/or probably live in a whole different world & this is just their getaway playtime...
I should take pics of a co-worker and her friend. They sometimes dress in extreme versions of the 80's even though they were born in the 90's.
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The article is from 2008.

And yeah I agree calipac. That's pretty much how I feel about them. Like I've been in some spaces where hipsters predominate and it's always funny to me how they'll be wearing or doing shit that's something my dad wore when he was working as a welder for a bomb making company. Drinking beer my dad would drink bc it was cheap and affordable.
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I detest 80's fashion.
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