Hipster haters, unite: apparently 27 percent of Americans think hipsters should pay a tax for being "so annoying." Public Policy Polling also found that 42 percent have an unfavorable opinion of hipsters. And with the negative stereotype the subculture carries, it's no wonder even hipsters hate hipsters. These recent poll results may be a sign that we're reaching a saturation point with the too-cool-for-school group. So as we maybe, possibly enter a new posthipster era, let's take a look back at hipster history.
Instagram's integration with Facebook and a more Facebook-centric Terms of Service have many users looking for new ways to share photographic pieces of life. Consider expanding your vision to other apps. Just like the photography service you already know so well, there are plenty of other awesome apps and communities for beautiful photos. Read on for Instagram alternatives for your app library.
Everybody knows that wearing ripped leggings with a crisp blazer and having champagne and oysters for every meal isn't enough anymore. The new hipster actually managed to age over the past couple of years and, well, likes to stay home once in a while. Just take for example the new documentarian on the scene; Todd Selby. The man is single-handedly making Santos and Beatrice look like playgrounds for people who don't have enough personality to just hang out at home (seriously?). Outfitting your home with bric a brac a la Marlow and Sons and hunkering down for this damned recession is probably the snazziest thing a girl could do these days. Retrouvius to the rescue. Neither new nor unknown to Londoners, this reclamation business sells everything from factory lampshades to museum display cases, all for decent prices if you ask us. Check out our gallery for more reclaimed interior pieces. Bonus points to Retrovius for being eco-friendly!
You know when you're hanging out in your apartment and the place looks really nice and you're having a good 'messy' hair day and you're just generally feeling pretty into yourself--this is when you wish Todd Selby was there. Don't know what we're talking about? Well, set aside an hour and make yourself a hot cup of tea and check out the next best hipster documentarian out there. Selby, close as he may be with Mark the Cobrasnake, captures subjects from all walks of life, most of whom are poised in the comfort of their own homes. Author Tom Wolfe, publisher of Paper Magazine Kim Hastreiter, and designer Alexander Wang are all featured on Selby's site, their personal effects playing as great a role as do their portraits. What's more, at the end of each shoot you'll find a brief handwritten interview with the subjects.
Here's to the next evolution in online portraiture and the birth of the Coutorture lifestyle section where we can finally talk about something other than sequins (wink, wink). Namely, New York photographers and other well-dressed citizens.
Click the homemade hyper jpg below for some of our favorite Todd Selby shots and don't forget to check out the website proper, right here ladies and gents.
Is your man a hipster dude? Do his digs need to be decorated? This Get the Look will show you how to create a dude-worthy pad for your main squeeze, for which he will be forever grateful. If you get it right, maybe he'll take you out for green tea gelato and a Godard film!
The Palette: In one word, jumbled. No hipster dude haven should actually have a palette. That would be against the rules — anything goes for an apathetic decorator. Most of his furnishings and decorative accents can be described as found, hand-me-down, vintage, flea market, old, or belonging to his old roommate, Knoll (yes, named after the furniture designer). If by coincidence they match, it had nothing to do with him.
To find out about his furniture, lighting, and accents, read more
Broke skinny hipsters found a savior in Cheap Monday. A $60 pair of jeans that denoted status as an indie favorite (well OK maybe two years ago) kept new Williamsburg transplants without trust funds from stocking their wardrobes entirely from H&M and American Apparel. Alas those halycon days of independent Swedish denim that said "I'm cool, my jeans are hot, and I didn't drop $200 at APC or Earnest Sewn" are over. H&M has taken a 60% stake in the label. Or rather a stake in its parent company Fabric Scandinavian AB. We have no idea what it means except that they are going to have to start stocking larger sizes. Size 27 doesn't really cut it in the heartland these days. Weirdly H&M CEO Leif Persson seems more interested in Cheap Monday sister brand Monki as a stand alone portfolio piece. We are guessing he hasn't been to Brooklyn in a while.
Like Valley Girl before it, Hipster Girl describes a chick du jour with all-too-recognizable traits. (Especially in my 'hood!) Although this girl's a little too clean and mall rat to be a true hipster girl (she's more Ashlee Simpson than Karen O), she's got all the hipster ingredients. She knows all the indie bands you've never heard of, she thinks uncool stuff is "mad cool," and she wears a Shins T-shirt with flip-flops. Sound familiar? Thanks for the send, Mimoreno47!
How many gadgets do you carry on average? Would you ever consider carrying them in a special Hipster belt like this one? After all the gadget holsters I've seen in the past year, I can honestly say that this one is the least freakish. Featured on Chip Chick, this red nylon gadget belt can be used to hold your mp3 player, cell phone or camera in three storage pockets. Pockets can be moved and removed if you only need one or two. The Hipster is priced at $30 and comes in black or white as well if you aren't feeling the red. What are your thoughts? Stylin' or way too geeky?
This is the most ironic sport of Olympic proportion since curling in the 1924 winter games. Watch four hipsters put their superiority to the test as they duke it out in the most nonchalant way possible for a title they couldn't care less about. They'll race to cash a check from the 'rents, go ironic t-shirt shopping, master a MySpace photo sesh, and other such strenuous activities. It's a brutal battle to the finish, and someone just might almost pretend to do it.