The hipster is the modern-day apathetic consumer, detached political activist and glorified gatekeeper of all that is cool.
Hipster culture prides itself on being far removed from the mainstream. Indie music-loving hipsters maintain a steadfast avoidance of chain coffee shops and use nothing but Apple products, so naturally one cannot help but admire their perseverance and determination not to become mainstream.
Hipster culture has led to the establishment of a variety of ma-and-pa coffee shops, the return of giant glasses and the rise of Whole Foods. Veganism has become so much more than a sanctimonious eating choice and it has never been cooler to wear someone else’s ragged and mysteriously stained clothing.
Ever inconspicuous and mysterious, the modern-day hipster fights for political causes while whining about how unfair it is that the barista messed up their order. To catch a hipster, all one has to do is set out a couple of vinyl records, a plaid button-up and a link to an artsy Tumblr website. It is really that complicated, folks.
They can be seen anywhere and everywhere. They occupy the most recognized careers known to our generation such as social media blogging, YouTube video-making and the art of graphic design.
Despite presence on social media and occupation in various media outlets, the hipster culture has managed to maintain the air of mystery and incongruity with which it started. Hipster culture prides itself on borrowing and infusing aspects from other cultures into the hipster database. Luckily, those other cultures do not mind when people of another culture begin wearing clothing items and hairstyles that have significant meaning for them.
Hipsters are generally not known for doing much good for people other than themselves. However, one cannot help but admire the way hipsters have moved into poorer neighborhoods in urban cities to help out the unlucky in life.
When the hipsters move into these poor neighborhoods, they bring with them the refurbishing of family houses that have been around for decades, rises in property value and stores that the less wealthy can afford if they sell a kidney.
Hipster gentrification almost reminds one of the kindness white settlers showed the Native Americans when relocating them from their ancestral lands. Almost.
Modern hipsters are in tune with their spirituality and nature, which makes them wonderful at giving advice to those who did not ask for, but obviously needed, their opinion.
What I find so beautiful about this cultural movement is that everyone has a little hipster in them, whether you are busy adjusting your septum ring, putting filters on Instagram photos or discussing the advantages of quinoa. Every single person in America has either spouted a hipster ideal or completed a hipster-type action.
It is so kind and giving for a subculture that prides itself on being select and progressive to include so many Americans in the arduous quest for a better latte.