I hadn’t given Rick Steves much thought until earlier this week, when he created what might be the best Facebook photo album of all time, “Rick Steves: The Original Hipster.” Now I have a massive crush on him, which is very upsetting because he kind of looks like my dad. Anyway, I’ll let him explain:
Last month, the New York Times ran an article about hipster fashion trends that claimed sarcastically that “the Rick Steves look is next.” While I’m honored to be mentioned in any article discussing pop culture, I must respectfully disagree with the author. The Rick Steves look isn’t the NEXT hipster fashion trend–it is, in fact, the CURRENT fashion trend. While I generally lay low when it comes to making fashion statements, I believe these photos prove that I was the Original Hipster. Don’t you agree?
The album is full of earnest photos of Rick traipsing the world in hipster-ish outfits accompanied by “Rick Steves Hipster Fashion Tips” like “Cargo short shorts and digital watches” and “Mop hair and journal writing.” Modern day hipsters, bow down to your true master.
Worried that the fixed gear bike you’re riding and the artisanal honey you’ve spread on your organic spelt bread might mean that you’re a hipster? The bad news? Despite your protestations, you probably, definitely are a hipster (the first rule of Hipster Club is to deny you’d deign to be in it). But good news! You can fix it! The new drug Unprentiousil has been developed to offer you a new lease on life. So shed the heavy ironic chains of joke mustaches, microbreweries and that awful band Sleigh Bells. And even if you don’t want Unpreteniousil, you should get it anyway –just so you can say you had it before anyone else.
Almie Rose is a versatile young lady. Want proof? Check out her informative transformation from regular ol’ Silverlake hipstar girl, replete with glasses and sweater, to lip glossed porn star. And you’ll want to do this, of course, because boys love porn stars.
“That all came out of this one relationship I was in. This guy was just, so, so cool. It kind of gave me a bit of a complex for this album, because he was always going on and on about this new band that was so cool because they were so underground. I have so many indie bands on my iPod. What I don’t really understand is the attitude that if a band is unknown, they’re good, and if they get fans, then you move on to the next band.”
–Taylor Swift feigns like she just doesn’t “get” indie rock, but like, not “getting” it is totally the super ironic hipster response, Tay-Tay. Swift was talking about indie bands after New York Times interviewer Susan Dominus noted that she calls out dudes listening to indie bands in her hit “We Are Never Getting Back Together.” It’s kind of a thing with her, we think, because she also claimed to listen to a lot of indie music but refused to call out any single band. Plus! New images taken from her newest video shoot show her getting all hot and heavy with a very hipster looking dude. So, irony. [NY Times]
Participating in the Hipster Hunger Games might be no big deal if you’ve, like, already been a raw vegan or whatever. But for the rest of us who are off in our overly expensive apartments downing PBRs and listening to that really cool band you haven’t heard of yet, it’s going to be kind of tough out there. So you’d better watch this video from “District Silverlake” and prepare for the inevitable. “The Hipster Hunger Games: May the trends be ever in your favor.” [YouTube]
If it’s making fun of hipsters, you know we are going to post it. Damn, I don’t even know what a Dutch pancake or eggs Rothko is. [College Humor]
“Shut up mom, I’m trying to get this mix right for my next DJ gig at Les Deux. Have you heard that band Odd Future? I saw them down at SXSW and they totally killed it. Trevor says he’s going to have me model in his fall lookbook — it’s got a very French New Wave/Truffaut vibe. Mom! Mom! Mommmmmmm! Where’s my binky?” Meet Marcel, child model in this month’s Vogue Enfants. [Fashionista] Keep reading »
I’m glad that Yelp has finally recognized the hipsters as a category of people that need to eat. Now you can find out if a restaurant or bar is known for its “hipster” ambience. But you’d better act quickly, as once an establishment earns a “hipster” rating, all the actual hipsters stop going there. Maybe Yelp should make a “used to be hipster” option. I went to Yelp and looked up all of my favorite restaurants. I was delighted to discover that I’ve been dining “hipster” and didn’t even know it. How ironic of me. [Buzzfeed] Keep reading »
The moment the Sartorialist posted a picture of a homeless man looking chic on his blog, we had to realize this day was inevitable. And now it is here, ushered in by Hipster is the New Homeless, a website dedicated to “those who continue to blur the line between hipsters and homeless people.” Politically incorrect and mildly icky though it may be, can we really blame the creators for seizing hold of the whole homeless people as fashion influencers thing when it’s all around us? Erin Wasson, the queen of the fashionably filthy in Brooklyn, even called them the inspiration for her RVCA line. So put aside the righteous anger, check out the site, and laugh your ass off at people who probably spend $250 on rumpled plaid shirts so as to look like they’ve been dumpster-diving at the Salvation Army. [NYU Local] Keep reading »
Brooklyn hipsters need more positive encouragement like I need a hole in the head. But I’m still thrilled my girl Ellen Page is writing a comedy for HBO about mankind’s most poser-ific social group. The “Juno” star, along with Alia Shawkat from “Arrested Development” and Sean Tillmann (aka musician Har Mar Superstar), will write and produce Stich N’ Bitch, a show about two hipster girls who move from Williamsburg, Brooklyn to Silver Lake, Los Angeles in a passionate quest to be artistes. According to The Hollywood Reporter, any of the three actors might star in the show but no roles have been cast yet. Oh, pretty please, Ellen? I can’t imagine anyone else I want to watch suffer for their art.
By the way, for those of you who aren’t in the know, Stitch N’ Bitch is a series of knitting how-to books written by Debbie Stoller, the editor-in-chief and publisher of Bust, one of our favorite mags. Great name, ladies! [The Hollywood Reporter] Keep reading »