Thursday, July 10, 2008

The H Word

To call someone a hipster these days is, in some circles, tantamount to calling someone "ugly" or "stupid." I know labels are generally used as slurs, but I honestly want people to reclaim some of these. Check out myopenwallet's definition of "hipster":
First of all, it's a little unclear exactly what a Hipster IS these days. The various elements involved might include being involved in art or music or literature, wearing thrift store clothes, riding a certain type of bike, and generally adopting an attitude of being counter-cultural, or anti-Yuppie. The Hipster embraces a kind of anti-cool cool, and celebrates a certain degree of nerdiness.
While no one in their right mind would want to be associated with a Style Hipster (above) - the morons who are in it for the look or some sort of social cred - I honestly don't think the above description is insulting. I'd be jazzed if someone lumped me into that group. But people don't want to be called a hipster because everyone associates the word with wannabe freaks in Williamsburg. Same goes for "yuppie" and, to a degree, "punk." (I've yet to hear someone who could be called a punk being pissed about it, but still.) Yuppies are dipshits in popped-collar outfits from j.crew; punks are loser kids striking poses on St. Marks in gear from Hot Topic. But check out the definitions:
yup·pie: a young college-educated adult who is employed in a well-paying profession and who lives and works in or near a large city
punk (as in rock; basis of punk style): music marked by extreme and often deliberately offensive expressions of alienation and social discontent
Uh. I AM a yuppie. (Well, I would be 'cept for the whole "well-paid" job thing.) And punk has nothing to do with kids who wear eyeliner and love the mall. And Chuck Taylors is a former punk and a current yupster, and I think he's pretty fabulous.

So own your labels people! Don't let the posers win. Smack them in the face instead.

1 comment:

  1. Hmmm ... is there a way to combine all three. Perhaps I'm a punkyupster? I'd like to think of myself as essentially Patrick Bateman with a nose ring and an ironic mustache. Yup, a punkyupster.