The dictionary definition of a hipster is a person who follows the latest of trends and fashion. But in the modern sense of the word, a hipster is more than that. The hipster subculture kicked itself off in the 1990s as young adults in urbanized areas chose to be associated with independent music, non-mainstream fashion, independent film and alternative lifestyles. The word hipster, today, is used with pride by many people in the many urban cities of the world, while there are many more who aspire to become hipsters in their own right. If you want to know whether you are a one or not, check out this list of top 10 signs that you are a hipster.
10. Social Beings:
Hipsters love socializing. They interact through blogs, pictures, comments or any tool of online communication. If you find yourself blogging and then you find yourself posting and getting attracted to vintage tones, especially those around nature, this is the first sign that you are a hipster. Hipsters often hang out in pairs; so, if you are dating a hipster, then you are also probably one already.
9. The way in which you express yourself gradually changes:
Hipster lingo is based on a strong mix of sarcasm and humor. If you find yourself unable to answer to direct questions and end up in situations where you have to pour out sarcasm, then you are bending towards hipster-ism. Yes, there are people who express themselves with wit and sarcasm but a hipster does that all the time.
8. Strong sense of irony:
Another very important hipster trait is the unusually strong sense of irony that they have. You will find the simplest situations highly ironic. Your sense of irony acts like a metal detector – the only difference being that you detect irony and not metal. If you can’t give somebody an answer without a cliché or hint towards the irony of life itself, it probably means that you are a hipster.
7. Your food habits:
Changes in eating habits are a sign that you are becoming a hipster. For instance, if you have recently gone vegan and are now considering growing your own vegetables, you are a hipster. Also, if you do not buy from the regular markets but prefer your ration to be natural and organic, you are a hipster. If your favorite beverage is coffee and you just picked up a gourmet cookbook then you should call yourself a hipster.
6. Your political viewpoint changes radically:
The political viewpoints you had are a thing of the past. You believe in a very progressive mix of politics that is not really feasible in the world that you live in but fits perfectly in a world of hipsters that you have managed to find a glimpse into. A hipster’s viewpoints on political matters change radically.
5. Exclusive taste in entertainment:
You suddenly like non-mainstream music and cinema. You like to talk about music that nobody has heard of and you also subscribed to a bunch of hipster magazines that a friend recommended. Poetry and anthropology are your two new favorite subjects. You are no longer entertained by the everyday muff but you want something more from what entertains you. These are clear signs that you have become one of the hip-crowd.
4. The Shopping:
You go out shopping for stuff and come back with a bunch of old stuff that your uncle or your dad may have used during their time. You want to ride a bicycle to work and bought yourself one recently. Also, you no longer buy from corporate stores but choose to buy from community stores where you know that the profits are going to a common man and not some corporate honcho who already has his safe full. Your “awakening” is also a sign that you are soon going to be a member of the ‘Hipster Academy’.
3. The grooming:
A common belief exists that hipsters do not pay proper attention to themselves when it comes to self cleaning but nothing could be farther from the truth. Hipsters love tidiness but also manage to pull off the scruffy look very well. Going to a spa or a salon seems like a waste of time and money to hipsters. They choose to be as casual as possible. So, if you want to dye your hair into a color that is not natural, you got the grooming part of a hipster nailed down to the gory details.
2. The fashion:
This contradicts the shopping nature of hipsters a bit but only in the fashion department. If you shift from shopping at regular stores to vintage or niche stores and buy things that you don’t really need, you should call yourself a hipster. Your tops and tees usually come with an ironic message and you have the accessories to boot. All of these are clear signs that you are indeed becoming a hipster or have already become one.
1. People start calling you a hipster:
This is the last and perhaps the most definitive sign that you have indeed become a hipster. Your non-hipster friends point it out to you that you have become a hipster. Hipsters you know acknowledge you and smile at you when you pass them on the street. You are slowly being accepted by the hipster kids who hang around near your house. Well, as they say: “If it walks like a hipster and talks like a hipster and smells like a hipster, then it probably is one.”