Classic Schwinn not doing it for you anymore? Yearning for a ride that will really get you noticed? How about this one-of-a-kind beech wood bike? Inspired by a famous 19th century chair designed by Michael Thonet (side note: who are the people who are keeping track of famous chairs? Should I know about famous chairs?), it will cost you $70,000, but hey, it’s a small price to pay for total exclusivity. Careful though: that 5-figure price tag doesn’t include brakes. [Huffington Post]
Forbes just released a list of “America’s Hippest Hipster Neighborhoods,” which includes all the usual suspects: Silver Lake, Los Angeles comes in at number 1, with enclaves of San Francisco, Brooklyn, and Portland making predictable appearances. Just in case you don’t see your neighborhood on the list, we came up with this handy quiz to test the hipster quotient of wherever you live. So throw on a pair of oversized, lime green, lens-less reading glasses and click through to take the test!
The hipster formula is as follows: If exclusivity is cool and hideous fashion is undesirable, then adopting hideous fashions because they are undesirable makes one exclusive. And this exclusivity, in turn, makes one cool. Now apply this philosophy to everything you own and… voila! You are a hipster! You will now be in the market for a Polaroid camera and declare that you were listening to bands no one’s heard of before it was cool to listen to bands no one’s heard of.
For those too square to know, hipsters are currently stuck on a nostalgic obsession with both the 1980s and 1880s, adopting the silliest and most anachronistic fashion choices of both simultaneously. The result is a horrifying mix of big glasses, curly mustaches, tight T-shirts and brimmed hats. We couldn’t help but notice that Shia LaBeouf’s Prohibition-era style in the new gangster film ”Lawless” looks oddly… contemporary. So we’ve compiled a look back at movie characters who didn’t realize they were being hip before anyone else was. Read more…
OK, hipster parents, I get that you’re all WAY TOO ABOVE IT ALL to actually acknowledge being a dorky bunch of Moms and Dads, but I’m about to let you in on a little secret: you’re all a bunch of dorky Moms and Dads now. That’s what Moms and Dads ARE. You aren’t a young upstart anymore, you’re THE MAN. That’s not to say you can’t embrace that role and have some fun with it, but the more you act like you’re NOT a parent, the more horrible and weird a parent you become. Here are eight of the dumbest things hipster parents do. Read more…
For the record, the upcoming movie “Premium Rush” — about what appears to be parody of a bike messenger — looks kind of terrible. But it stars My Fantasy Dream Boyfriend Joseph Gordon-Levitt, so I’ll have to watch it on DVD eventually. But here’s a breakdown of his hipster tendencies in the movie (and hey, probably in real life) anyway. [NYMag.com]
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]
Print this out and keep it in your wallet. You can never be too prepared! (Click here to see larger image.) [The Bold Italic]
Hey, hipsters aren’t like me and you. Regular housing is just so confining and restrictive. And that’s why some particularly ambitious members of the hipster class have taken to finding alternative means of shelter. Like tanks. Yes, tanks. Could anything be further from the hipster mentality of ambivalent permissiveness, freedom to wear stupid hats and listen to ear-damaging noise records? And yet these Burning Man hippies have re-appropriated a tank as their own peace and love living quarters. Well, what do you think of that? [Details] Keep reading »
Are you wrongly accused of being a hipster just because you wear vintage dresses and men’s cardigans and have perfectly coiffed bangs? If so, whip out your thick-rimmed glasses and read the words on this adorable little print: “I’m not a hipster I just dress like one.” Might I suggest posting it by your front door to reassure your guests? [$10, NanLawson] Keep reading »
A few weeks ago, my brother and I were looking at old family pictures and we came across a photo of my dad in the ’70s. He was wearing giant Terry Richardson-style glasses, short shorts, some kind of subversive message T-shirt, and rocking a full beard. We looked at each other, and I whispered, “Oh my god. Was our dad the first hipster?” My brother quickly filed the picture away, saying, “We can’t let the government know about this.”
According to an awesome new Tumblr, Dads: The Original Hipsters, my dad’s not the only one. From bearded beer-brewers to deep V-neck wearers, the baby boomer generation was chock full of hipsters who had no idea they were hipsters. Was your dad one of them? Submit a photo and let the world know. Keep reading »