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Hipster culture is a beautiful thing

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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.


  1. Huh? Is this a 500 word essay on gentrification where only 80 words are actually referring to the prompt? If so, F. See me after class. Or is this a Facebook style rant on hating the way other people look/act and you just tacked in the hot topic word of gentrification to make it sound like this is more than just a droll repeat of the phrase, “ugh…hipsters…” Either way, see me after class.
    So gentrification aside, which we’ll cover later, this article is no more different than one complaining about those creepy art kids taking photos of plastic bags in the wind, or those greasy nerds buying up all the graphing paper for Dungeons and Dragons, or those pastel shirt fraternity bros throwing Bud Light Lime cans and Torchy’s Tacos farts into the river. Actually the frat/fart thing would be a fairly substantial piece. No one should have to suffer the ghost of a $5 taco and Bud Light Lime is an affront to civilized society. Seriously though, who cares if someone is wearing some dopey plaid shirt, skipping out on Starbucks coffee for something more local, or eating quinoa. Actually, why would you hate on quinoa? It’s a cheap grain that can be added to a dope as hell salad.
    But as for the gentrification bit, I think we’re missing out on which subbacultcha (a.k.a subculture) is the cause. In order to gentrify, which is to displace the poor from an area in short, one must introduce the wealthy. And in order to be the wealthy, one must have, well…wealth. I don’t know about you, but I haven’t seen a lot of wealthy social media bloggers, YouTube video-makers, and graphic designers. (by the way, graphic design really is a profession and doesn’t deserve to be listed) Sure there are outliers in all these fields, but put social media blogger or YouTube video-maker on any resume and you’ll get promptly scoffed at. It’s the people known as Yuppies. Or as the Economist puts it “…the bankers, advertising executives, journalists and university lecturers.” Not a lot of big glasses or vegans amongst that group if we’re being cliché.
    So if you’re going to write an article on gentrification, then write one on it. If this is just some lame hipster bash, then send it back to Facebook. It doesn’t belong in a journal.
    P.S. If you really want to capture a hipster, you need a pair of neon Ray-Bans, a pack of American Spirits, a PBR, and a gold bicycle chain.


    (Also, screw you captcha for making me do basic math!)

  2. Also, sorry that took so long considering the post was from two months or so ago. I just found out that we have a paper here! Kinda exciting.
    Now what’s 4*5…

  3. BTW, does the author reply to any of these comments? Cause otherwise, what’s the point of having a comments section?
    It’s kinda like saying, “Oh here’s my opinion, and no, I will not take any other’s into consideration.”
    Yes I know that it’s only been a day, but I’m just looking for some answer from the University Star that these comments are more than just a place for people to belch out nonsense and that they are being read and the articles can be defended by the author.
    Because nothing goes anywhere if we cannot talk to each other.

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