Hipsters Don’t Lie

If it weren’t for Gino de la Paz‘s column in Supreme last Sunday, I would have no option to discern the irony-infested concept of “Hipster.”  I’ve been hearing about hipsters being the vogue of the town for the past decade and I haven’t even been enlightened about the identity behind those porkpie hats and wayfarers yet. So I deliberately decided to  know about them and their culture in the guise of well, self-determinism. Ha, you say!

I know, I don’t look like a hipster. Or at least that’s what I believe in but I’ll never know what arises from this curiosity. On the contrary, my friend Chui jolted, “There’s no point in studying hipsters!” Though, she recently was labeled one by A  Hotel Security Guard when she asked him for some directions. Hey hipster,  the man told her. (This also inspired me to study hipsters; I felt outsmarted by a guy inspecting “danger” around a five-star building.)

The Evolution of the Hipsters (Pic Googled)

Unlike the other packs, I find hipsters… No, I don’t find them at all! An exception would be when I do tambay with my friends after a late-night party in a 24-hour fast food chain and I see their tribe outside, doing God-knows-who under some lamp post.  Also, in an attempt to be constructive, I also thought that a lot of people diving in Tumblr are hipsters. No offense but this was how narrow-minded I could get.

Briefly in the definitions department, Hipsterism is a contemporary counterculture born out of a 1940s subculture. Back then, hipsters were more of jazz buffs and embodying the music in their languished laid-back lives. (You see, counterculture is an interesting topic to study altogether. Raving from the Bohemians aka impoverished vagabonds who die worthily as starving artistes, to Kerouac worshipers who reject ideological state apparatus, down to hippies, punks, emos– Dashboard Confessional as the godfather– and so on.)

Now, hipsters generally are more “postmodern” by negating postmodern by being postmodern. Alternative choices of music and interests, indie films, vintage  garbs in eclectic feel, Kanye West before he humiliated Taylor Swift, contradictions, snark, irony, more irony, Kurt Cobain revisions, another pint of irony and that’s it: The hipsters of today!

Hipster – One who possesses tastes, social attitudes, and opinions deemed cool by the cool. The Hipster walks among the masses in daily life but is not a part of them and shuns or reduces to kitsch anything held dear by the mainstream. A Hipster ideally possesses no more than 2% body fat. [The Hipster Handbook]

I would love to discuss the Williamsburg aspect of this shiz but I guess it’ll tear up your epiglotis before you even get my point. As the lifestyle transcended, hipsterism becomes vaguer and vaguer. De la Paz just puts it succinctly that hipsters are die-hard pro-individuality artistes who gather together and notice that they like the same things and talked of banding together:

What I see is this: what was once easy to peg as part of the hipster ethos is now not so[.] It’s the kind of thing that happens when a new counterculture gives way to a new kind of mainstream. It’s this constant tug of war that produces much of the creative energy that drives trends, which in turn keep humanity from freezing in time. [You’re a hipster, I’m a hipster, no one’s a hipster]

And so after a self-analysis, and the help of the The Hipster Hanbdook site, I’ve come to the point of evaluation. The following are, in context, characteristics if I was truly a hipster.

  • You frequently use the term “post-modern” (or its commonly used variation “PoMo”) as an adjective, noun, and verb.
  • You carry a shoulder-strap messenger bag and have at one time or another worn a pair of horn-rimmed or Elvis Costello-style glasses.
  • Your hair looks best unwashed and you position your head on your pillow at night in a way that will really maximize your cowlicks.

Conclusion? Amid those few trademarks (hey, I like how I pull-off messy, uncombed hair!): I’M NO HIPSTER. I may like some things deviant or even awful to other people, dress neat while keeping it grunge, write about whatever is and is not mainstream, but in the end, I find no people who EXACTLY are like me. Meaning I have character, personality, individuality and I’m a self-centered ass! Lol. If you didn’t get me, I think you got me. Cos that’s the point of hipsterism.


Why the hipster must die (New York Time Out)

Are you a hipster? (Cecile Lopez Lilles)


About barrycyrus

Hi, I'm Barry Viloria, 21 and not a blogger. I occasionally bitch about what's hot, what's not, what's life-threatening and what's Blake Lively wearing but I refuse to be called a "blogger." That's it.

Posted on June 28, 2010, in Culture and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 21 Comments.

  1. base!!! dapat ba English din ang comments shaks! wait lng ha nadugo ilong ko tissue plsssss….

    wait lng nagpupunas pa ko ng dugo sa ilong…babalik ako pagnaampat na ang dugo ahahahaha

    salamat sa pagbisita sa bloghay ko:-)

  2. perstaym ko yata dito.. natanaw ko si Anne.. dugo ilong..
    ako dugo utak.. 😀

    salamat sa dalaw sa haus ha.. 🙂

  3. Therefore, you’re a hipster! Haha. But I’m not really much into putting people into certain cliques and categories.

    Any kind of similarity I have with hipsters is probably that I don’t like mostly anthing mainstream. But I don’t hate anything mainstream just for the sake of it; It’s just not up to my taste and standards, most of the time, haha. And most mainstream stuff are not for my Marxist-feminist-socialist eyes, mind and soul, hahaha.

    What the heck does “postmodern” even mean!?

    But I do like their fashion sense. 🙂

    • Postmodern is the most complicated inexplicable term ever! haha


      Kanye West is a godfather of hipster fashion. I sometimes think that I’m a hipster in the way I dress up. Dammit.

  4. I’m probably the 2003 version of the hipster. But fuck, who cares.

  5. this is one stupid and lame comment: akala ko tungkol sa pantalon ang post mo ng nasa first paragraph pa lang ako. di ba may pants na hipster? or am i wrong. hahaha 😀

  6. I love this article barry. You write well as always 🙂 I’m no hipster too that’s all I can say 🙂 haha

    I miss you!

    – Melai
    Style and Soul

  7. I had to stop and smirk when I read the line “when I do tambay”. :p

    You are one curious geek. :p I can’r remember the last time I went and researched something out of curiosity. Which reminds me, I should start reading mangas. A lot of my friends are into them for reasons that may be beyond me, but I am not afraid to try and explore those black and white strips.

    No more than 2% body fat? I AM SO NOT A HIPSTER. And hey, people call me self centered all the time! 🙂

    • Haha I think every human has some liter of self-centered-ness blood in them. Cos lets face it, everyone wants attention and appreciation.

      My curiosity is a real icebreaker. I could really be curious to the point of trying things myself. Haha I hope you got me. And I prefer to be called nerd over geek. Geeks aren’t THAT hot-sounding. LMAO!

  8. I would tap a lot of hipster guys.

    Except for the bushy bearded ones or those that look like they haven’t taken a bath in days.

    And although some (most) hipsters are probably posers, those that I know are actually REALLY smart. So there. 🙂

    • Haha “tap” talaga eh.

      Hipsters are ideally not just smart but intelligent. They are the definition of meta-cool, having been familiarized with the trends and all.

      So you like the homeless bohemian type?? Haha

  9. i am the emo. and, that’s so 2000. gees.

    • LOL I think emos became more prominent in 2002 or 2003. When people’s faces tilted a bit welcoming some kind of light from a certain angling source, in their pictures 🙂

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