So I guess that Gen Y has gone straight from being whiny, entitled dickheads whose only redeeming quality was our entrepreneurship, to being irrelevant and also apparently never really that entrepreneurial in the first place, according to Salon. I guess Gen X, the Boomers, and the Greatest Generation can all breathe a sigh of relief knowing that they can blame us for … I don’t know, whatever it is they’ve been complaining about for the last few years. Keep reading »
Looking for new ways to use your copious amounts of free time? Getting a little tired of your kickball league and microbrew tasting club? Not to worry — cartoonist Dana Zemack has created The Hipster Hobby Generator to help you discover your new favorite pastime. All you have to do is click on the quirky label of the hand-blown mason jar, and the site will assign you a new, hipster-approved creative endeavor. So far my hobbies include thrift store quilting, making foraged mustache necklaces, assembling an “heirloom maple syrup collection inspired by the Infinite Jest Wikipedia page,” and aging bacon bow ties in vintage style oak barrels from Anthropologie. Sounds about right. Check out The Hipster Hobby Generator to get your own, and post it in the comments!
There’s a dark period in my life that I don’t walk about very much. It’s the time when I lived in a Brooklyn neighborhood called Bushwick. You’ve probably seen it on “Girls.” Fittingly, my roommate then worked at American Apparel. It was a brief but memorably terrible time of warehouses, leotards and constantly feeling squicky about gentification. In addition to my genuine disgust at their CEO Dov Charney, I have pretty much avoided going into an American Apparel ever since. This video from Second City Network is a reminder why. [YouTube]
October is country music month — what better time to spread some love for a genre that’s adored by half the country and reviled by the other? Country music is a pretty standard life soundtrack if you live in the South or any rural area, but if you live in a city, especially a super liberal, quinoa-eating, Ralph Nader-voting, Arcade Fire-worshiping one (ahem, Portland), being a country fan can be pretty lonely. In fact, when I lived in Portland, I was convinced I hated country until a couple of my friends basically forced me to listen to it. Now I live in Nashville. Coincidence? Kind of. Mostly. But really, I love country music and am always excited and perhaps overly willing to convince other people to love it too. Wondering how to get your hipster friends on board the country train? Here are some tips… Keep reading »
Hipsters get hated on all the time for everything from their weird shoes to their insistence that they knew about every cool thing before it was cool, but they’ve recently come under fire for a very specific reason: their trendy beards are cutting into razor sales. Yep, razor makers like Gillette and Schick have seen sales slip in recent years, and market research indicates that “the vogue for stubble” and “growing acceptance of the unshaven look” are partially to blame. Keep reading »