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Faux-Hippie Beard or Nostalgically Ironic Stache? Exploring the Meaning Behind Hipster Facial Hair

Hipster Ironic Mustache

This hipster is clearly trying to display irony with his mustache here. Knowing full-well that carefully grooming and curling the ends of your mustache is not something that is traditionally ‘stylish’ or ‘popular’ in mainstream society, the hipster embraces the idea that the mustache itself is a joke. In reality, he likes the mustache and cultivates it in order to fit in with his friends and gain popularity through attention at parties, but when humiliated for it, the hipster’s safety mechanism is the claim that he too agrees with its ridiculousness, and meticulously cares for it every day simply for the purpose of making fun of it.

Back-to-Basics Hipster

This ‘rural’ hipster lives in a densely populated metropolis. His beard says “I support local farming, small-scale dairies, and fair-trade organic produce.” Paired with the plaid, he knows that his beard will cause others to assume that he is environmentally conscious and has experience with ranching. They will think he’s simply visiting from out of town to deliver some free-range eggs to a co-op, but after he’s captured you with his farm-boy chuckle and his dreams of community living, he’ll take you up to the 8th floor where he lives in a one bathroom apartment with a mini-fridge full of PBRs and a roommate who attends community college.

Pierced and Stached

“I minored in philosophy.” “Pakistan’s not even IN the Middle East.” “Have you even heard of Che Guevara?” “It was handmade in Austria.” “Are you going to be at that protest at the civic center tomorrow?” “Macs are expensive for a reason.” All of these are phrases that are very likely to be uttered from under the cultured mustache of this hipster. He’ll do anything to convince you that he’s intelectual, worldly, and edgy, but let him get in a few hundred eye-rolls first. He’ll go on and on about the places he’s been if you let him, but don’t try and ask for his opinions on society and the Zeitgeist of today unless you want to be stuck in a coffee shop with him for several hours. (Don’t worry though, they have soy milk).

Young Hipster

This hipster’s facial hair says “I’m too young to grow facial hair, but I’m going to drink and smoke and wear a scarf. I don’t care about my lungs or liver, but my neck better not be cold in June.” As soon as he turns 18, he’ll probably switch to American Spirit cigarettes and Pabst. He’ll also convince everyone that he needs prescription glasses. Oh, the hardships a young boy must endure on the path to becoming a hipster.

Magnum PI

This is Tom Selleck.

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Hipster Retroism and Its Inner Irony (Part 1)

This is such a gorgeously hipster video, I can’t even believe it.  I’m in hypsterics.  But let’s take a closer look at what makes this video so distinctly hipster.  Observe the bright neon colors under a faded vintage filter.  Look at all the retro overtones, including oversized glasses, high-waisted bottoms, a 50’s era automobile, and a polaroid camera.

Hipsters love 20th century media technology.  Records, polaroids, VCRs, tapes, film, typewriters, box TV sets, early telephones, anything oversized and inconvenient that will remind them of a time before they were even born.  I suppose a hipster’s memory can date back to when they were single-celled organisms, because they seem to feel nostalgia for things not even their parents were alive to remember.

Why do we hipsters do this?  Why do the styles of the last three generations have such a powerful appeal to the current hipster era?  There could be many reasons.  For example, this type of clothing and accessories can easily and cheaply be found at thrift stores.  But I think this 1900’s aesthetic goes deeper than a frugal fashion statement.  Sam Stilson has observed this tendency in the youth of the 21st century and provided some interesting insight about it in his article.

Sam, describing the style as “ironically safe”, says, “Another major drawing point to recycling old styles is that if you can’t actually pull off the look, you can always rest safely behind an ‘ironically cool’ stance.  The passage of time allows everything to be looked at objectively, including fashion.  Therefore, if you know you look stupid in a derby hat, but wear it anyway, through irony or perhaps reverse psychology, some people will think you’re cool.  Or so we’re led to believe.  It’s all pretty ridiculous, but that’s what it has come to in some pockets of modern society.  So bringing back ridiculous clothing and grooming styles (think anything from the 80s) is relatively safe if you’re doing it with a subtle wink in your eye and hanging around like-minded, ironically cool people [–also known as hipsters].”

Sam has nailed it.  This is the main reason we have embraced this style, and unsurprisingly, it revolves around irony.  However, I’ve observed an even deeper, subconcious reason that also shows us an even more powerful, underlying irony that I will explore in my next blog.

Hipsterrssssssssssssss.

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Alt-J

Alt-J is probably the perfect hipster band.  If you asked any given hipster who Alt-J was, they probably wouldn’t know.  They’re pretty underground, y’know.  Their music can be described as indie/alternative/art rock.  WHOA, did you hear that?  I think someone is screaming hipster.

Here’s a picture of the band members:

Joe Newman, Gwil Sainsbury, Thom Green, Gus Unger-Hamilton

 

HOLY MOTHER OF PBR, that’s a whole lotta hipster jammed into one photo.  Seriously.  Guy on the far left.  That’s some sexy thrift store sweater goin’ on there.  And would you look at the vintage-ness of those glasses on the third guy.  I might just implode.

But it gets better.  Let’s take a look at the namesake of the band.  The name “Alt-J” was chosen because when you type Alt-J on a Mac*, a small triangle appears like this: ∆

Could you possibly get any more hipster?  Probably not.  Alt-J is playing in Oakland next month (a common place of congregation for hipsters), so go get some tickets, if only to meet fellow hipsters.  I have nothing more to say.

*Macs are the ultimate wonder tools of greatness used by hipsters, especially in conjunction with local coffee shops.

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Unpretentiousil

Although being a hipster is the absolute greatest thing you could ever aspire to be, I understand that it isn’t for everyone.

A blasphemously anti-hipster campaign has brought the public’s attention to a new medication called Unpretentiousil. I do not recommend getting a prescription for this unless you are totally and completely confident about abandoning hipsterism, and becoming a blind sheep in the world of the mainstream media.

Nevertheless, watch the video, and ask your (holistic) doctor if Unpretentiousil is right for you.

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Hipster Dos and Don’ts

Well-Rounded Hipster

The fashionably challenged fellow in the photo above is a sad, sad example of what not to do if you want to be a hipster.  Everything he is and represents reeks of a midtown frado1 with no culture or style.  This is why the woman ignores him, and rightly so.  The hipster, on the other hand, has the perfect touch of charisma in his stride, a classic plaid-and-skinny-jeans outfit, and a well-groomed beard.  The 40’s chick would defs go for him; his postmodernism is blowing her away.  See?  She doesn’t even care about her book anymore.  It wasn’t very worldly anyway.  Now she can take the cigarette he’s offered her (American Spirit of course), and they can have a wonderful chat about the woes of society and NPR’s latest segment on the food industry.

You definitely want to be like this hipster.  There are many things to remember if you wanna get all the tassels2, and not be some uncultured square.  For one, physique is important.  You don’t want to look like that overly-muscular poser who wastes his life at the gym.  Better to look like you’re too busy with volunteering for PETA and attending Occupy rallies to work out.  Physical modesty is a trait greatly appreciated by hipster babes.  If you have naturally toned muscles and can’t do anything about it, be sure to cover them with a shapeless christmas sweater, and save displaying your super yoked bod only for very special occasions.

Another extremely important thing to remember is to retain irony in everything you do.  The hipster above is wearing shoes on a sunny day at the beach.  Very good, hipster.  Props to you.

Holy mother of mustaches look at all these glasses.

Glasses

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For All Your Hipster Clothing Needs

If you want to embrace the hipster spirit this season, and don some true hipster garb, then I have got the perfect website for you…  Urban Outfitters.

Not only does it have a minuscule selection of pretentious, faux-intellectual, overpriced clothing, there’s also prime examples of hipsters throughout the website, and a half-ass tacky web design that is meant to come across as quirky and original!  There’s no better place to order your oversized argyle sweater.

Clothing is a crucial piece of the hipster persona, but it can be difficult for some to know where to get their outfits.  Seeing as most hipsters come from wealthy families, they might feel uncomfortable walking into a thrift store to get their crappy vintage jackets.  To the dismay of the wealthier hipsters, things from a thrift store have been used before by other people.  What a ghastly idea.  So, the problem is figuring out how to find something that looks authentically worn out and grunge, but spending a lot of money on it for a fake, never-actually-been-worn at all version.  (After all, what’s more ironic than purposefully ripping holes in brand new jeans?).  Urban Outfitters is the perfect solution.  Quality hobo rags at a price that won’t embarrass you.  Best of all you can order them on your Macbook Air, from the warmth of your (roommate’s) home!

May I suggest the pre-dirtied-and-grass-stained nylon skinny jeans?

Pre Dirtied Skinny Jeans

Or how about the gross-colored tie-dye sweater that was purposefully made to look like it’s inside out

Inside Out Hipster Sweater

And how can you go wrong with this intentionally ugly sweater with a massive v-neck?

Grnadpa V-Neck Sweater

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