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]