The International Writers Magazine: American Lifestyles
begin with a simple cause, a cause volant. If the case were that
I did not fulfill my fate and fail in passing down the knowledge
and wisdom, it just wouldnt be fair to exclude to the children
of the new generation this knowledge.
I must state now,
our older citizens simply deserve better. So it is, I must begin.
Fortunately, (and I say this because there have been worse times for
our race in previous years) it was the advent of the so called Nostalgic
Revolution that brought to our organization of humanity a new cultural
ruck. Keeping in mind that as generations appreciate they are inclined
to develop alternate sub-cultures forming themselves within the norms
of society, Hipsters were, in essence, a foreseeable outcome and it
is no complaint of mine that the Hipsters as they are called
have become so prevalent in everyday life, and indeed present in the
quality of life overall.
As this article is long overdue, it may be of some importance to reaffirm
the key points from American Culture that have created and unified the
hipster subculture which has as many may account developed
into and fused with many unlikely parts of mainstream American culture.
Hipsters are offspring of 1990s alterna-nostalgic Pulp
Fiction inspired brit-poppers. They formed out of the music
scene borrowing and mixing older American with current European clothing
styles, and they died yes they died when Old Navy began
carrying trucker hats and flared jeans. They died, when mid-thirty year
old trophy wives could be found in malls sporting post 60s Mod
and French hairstyles with CBGB T-Shirts and Diesel Jeans.
They died when skinny rich kids in New York City mixed random consumer
made ringer baseball jerseys with their flared jeans, Gucci Belt,
and Burberry hats. They died when children name dropped bands
like Joy Division, New Order, Ramones, Pet Shop Boys, Pixies, Mick
Jagger, and a multitude of others for social acceptance. In short
they died when the commoditization of Hipsterism became readily available
from corporate America.
Hipsters, once thought of as Elite and trendy, are now boring and overused.
Considered smart, they are now dull. At one time trendy, they are now
passé. No one likes a Modest Thomas says the hipster god. Many
of you might not even be aware of the Hipsters. You might not be aware
they are all around you right now; you might not know what they are.
Truthfully, odds are, you are one and you may have always been
Thats it. If I was going to be accused of being one I might as
well join them. There was no way I was going to let my honest self and
style be labeled by these damn fun loving carefree hipsters. If I couldnt
shake their tag of myself, I would rule them as there one and true god.
What is a hipster anyway?
Ask a hipster what a hipster is and theyll tell you. Hipsters
are enlightened choosers of the finest available music, fashion, art,
sensible living accommodations, and overall finesse. But, it seemed
strange that an entire subculture could simply be built around music,
clothes, and a few certain bars in usually poor areas of town. What
did the coyboy hipster say about anything? What was wrong with this
picture? Hipsters dont usually appreciate fine and high art. The
true definition of a modern hipster is a person who adheres to the latest
fashions within the Hipster group that will maintain his submersion
in that group. This may entail shoping at specific stores, congregating
at specific bars, and usually carrying strong beliefs in regard to fashion,
food, and music.
A common hipster in downtown Philadelphia might very well star at his
full-length mirror. Dark blue jeans slightly flared. Red Atari
T-Shirt. Vintage Pumas. White Belt with large vintage buckle.
Nintendo Zelda Watch. The Ramones were probably playing
on his radio. What was he missing? In a moment of reluctance he remembered
his A Flock of Seagulls sweatband. Now the finishing
he quickly grabbed his Aquage - just a dab on the fingertips.
His faux-hawk was made. At the party or frequented bar where Pabst
Blue Ribbon could be found on-tap or Mickeys malt liquor could
be purchased in small grenade styled bottles the hipster met with a
few of his friends. Jenine and Lyle talked about Joy Division
while Murphy and Alex argued about who had a sweeter track jacket. These
were not enlightened people choosers of the finer things available.
These were perhaps yes - brats.
Many still thriving hipsters assure me their groups and circles are
unique and hipsters are good, and they cater to a brighter future for
the adolescent, they promote art and culture. But, really they are just
another viable and approachable group in this expressionless age, just
another readily accessible social group. While its true that many
are true and blue patrons to art and culture, the fact is many
are fake. I can look across my cubicle now at someone who just bought
the new Scissor Sisters album, a surely key topic
at the next gathering. Sweet dreams.
© Michael Barakat May 2005
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