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What is a Hipster?

According to Wikipedia
“A hipster is a person who is strongly associated with a subculture that has been deemed “hip”, or “hep”. The term was used originally in the 1940s and 1950s to describe aficionados of jazz, and it eventually described many members of the Beat Generation, but its usage declined in the 1960s, with the advent of hippies. Since the mid 1990s, the word “hipster” has been redefined to refer to members of a different subculture. Modern hipsters are those devoted to ironic retro fashions, indie music and film, alternative comics, and other forms of expression outside the mainstream.

More generally, trendsetters in fashion are sometimes called hipsters. though this use is distinct from the hipster subculture, whose fashion sensibilities are specific and not usually destined for the mainstream”

Can you be a hipster if you don’t dress in ironic retro fashions? Can you be a hipster if you don’t listen to indie music? Do hipsters go to Misshapes or read Pitchfork, or both? Am I a hipster? Help me out.

Related Links
The Non-Expert: Hipster, by Andrew Womack
Hipster Bingo
The Hipster Handbook
The Hipster Generation

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