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The Original Hipster — 10 Comments

  1. I always thought hipsters were pants that finished at hip llevel, circa 1970.  

    • I thought so too, but just about everything has been done before so it's hard to come up with something really new.  Mind you, one thing we never had was poncy makeup for men, and if a bloke dyed his hair, he was treated with the gravest suspicion.

      • Ah yes!  Grecian 2000 hair colouring for blokes.  Looked so natural as well – not!  

        People these days especially some of the youngsters have to have instructions on how to draw breath. S'pose it gives em the excuse to be on the web 24/7!

  2. I have to admit that I would have fallen firmly into the ‘Hippy’ camp back in the late ’60s / early ’70s. Not that I particularly identified myself as such, but more because I displayed those traits. You know, rejection of authority; consumption of industrial quantities of illegal drugs of all descriptions; years trawling round the Far East checking out various philosophies, exotic drugs and exotic women; Bell Bottom trousers; long hair (I actually had hair until I was about 26); all that kind of stuff. I have to say, though, that I never checked out what a ‘Hippy’ should be doing, saying or wearing (although I probably followed the fashions I saw around me, subconsciously). I just seemed to get labelled as such.

    Hipsters? Sounds like an artificial construct to me, rather than an organic evolution.

    • The one thing in the list above that I did not like – those fucking bell-bottom trousers!

  3. Fake looking beards, you say?

    Yes, I see them all the time. A real beard does give character (for better or worse) to a person. A “hipster” beard is just butt fluff that makes the aforementioned “hipster” look childish and stupid.

    All well and good when that is you individual style; but when you’re doing it as some sort of popularity contest, any individuality goes out the window.

    Myself; do not keep a beard and prefer shorter hair. Although I did just go about six months without a haircut. With a bit of tidying up, it could’ve gone much longer. Also clean-shaven practically daily.
    As for those individuals who once grew a beard, I’ve read stories of those who shaved theirs off after the “hipster” boom to avoid being associated with the young snowflakes; who grow their hair long in particular ways so as to have “frullets” or “cow-licks” or whatever you call those great globs of greasy, unwashed (and sometimes smelly) hair.

    • The one thing I can proudly proclaim is that I have never been a dedicated follower of fashion

      It's only a couple of months since my last haircut and it was a relatively harsh one so it should last me until the end of the year.  At least…..

  4. I've just been on the"Urban Dictionary" to find out what a "snowflake" is supposed to be (your other post >) and it opened on "hipsters". "They are a sub-culture of men and women typically in their 20's and 30's  (that's me out!) that value independent thinking (one out of two so far!) counter-culture (cannot be arsed), progressive politics (nobody listens!)  and appreciation of art (another tick!) and indie rock (nope!) creativity (tick) intelligence (is that not an oxymoron?) and witty banter (tick)”.  Plus another wall of words that I had no inclination to read.  Maybe I'm an ankle or a knee seeing I don't go all the way up to the hips?.

    • All I can say about Urban Dictionary is that it must have been written by a snowflake!

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