About

PortlandHipster.com is a fun blog site about the underground culture of hipsters in Portland, Oregon. Portland Hipster covers hipster news, entertainment, food and drink, reviews, videos, shop, games and more. If you are looking for things to do in Portland that is “Hip”, then browse the site and see what you find.

DEFINITION OF HIPSTER?
The word “Hipster” always has a negative stereotypical meaning to it but it seems like its NOW describing everyone.  Lets take a look at what the internets’ definition of this broad term.

Webster’s definition: Hip-ster (-ster) n. [Slang]
1. a hip person, esp. a devote of modern jazz
2. same as BEATNIK: a term of the 1950’s and early 1960’s: cf. HIPPIE

Wikipedia definition: Those individuals devoted to retro fashions, independent music and film, “alternative comics”, and other forms of expression that are popular in hipster subculture. The term is sometimes used as a blanket descriptor for fans of indie rock music. More generally, trendsetter’s in fashion are sometimes called hipsters.

Hipsters Handbook definition: One who possesses tastes, social attitudes, and opinions deemed cool by the cool. (Note: it is no longer recommended that one use the term “cool”; a Hipster would instead say “deck.”) The Hipster walks among the masses in daily life but is not a part of them and shuns or reduces to kitsch anything held dear by the mainstream. A Hipster ideally possesses no more than 2% body fat.

PortlandHipster.com definition: A person who lives in Portland.

about2HISTORY
The 1940’s term Hipster was referred to aficionados of modern jazz who adopted certain lifestyles including the following: manner of dress, slang terminology, use of drugs, relaxed attitude, sarcastic humor, self-imposed poverty, and relaxed sexual codes. Early hipsters were generally white youths adopting many of the ways of urban blacks of the time, but later hipsters often copied the early ones without knowing the origins of the culture.

Hipster was also used in a different context at about the same time by Jack Kerouac in describing his vision of the Beat Generation. Along with Allen Ginsberg, Kerouac described 1940s hipsters “rising and roaming America,.. bumming and hitchhiking everywhere…”

CONTEMPORARY
Hipster is a slang term which appeared in the late 1990s and 2000’s to describe young, urban middle class and upper class adults with interests in non-mainstream fashion and culture, particularly alternative music, independent (indy) rock, indy film, magazines like Vice, Clash and Adbusters, and web sites like Pitchfork Media, Facebook, Myspace, etc. In some contexts, hipsters are also referred to as scenesters The term is sometimes used in a derogatory manner, referring to someone who moves from trend to trend while claiming to be outside of mainstream culture.

CRITICISM
Elise Thompson, an editor for the LA blog LAist argues that “people who came of age in the 70s and 80s punk rock movement seem to universally hate ‘hipsters'”, which she defines as people wearing “expensive ‘alternative’ fashion”, going to the “latest, coolest, hippest bar…and listening to the latest, coolest, hippest band.” Thompson argues that hipsters “… don’t seem to subscribe to any particular philosophy… or …particular genre of music.” Instead, she argues that they are “soldiers of fortune of style” who take up whatever is popular and in style, “appropriating the style” of past counter cultural movements such as punk, while “discarding everything that the style stood for.”

SO AM I A HIPSTER?
Probably…Yes. So embrace it and live your life.

TYPE OF HIPSTER
I want you to make sure you get the definition of the word HIPSTER correct. The word has broad meaning so let us better understand the meaning by dissecting the broad term into sub categories. See below.

 

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