Friday, October 3, 2008

hipster eh?

adbusters on the "hipster"

i blogged about something similar to this. i love it.

here are some excerpts from this article that really caught my eye:

"Take a stroll down the street in any major North American or European city and you’ll be sure to see a speckle of fashion-conscious twentysomethings hanging about and sporting a number of predictable stylistic trademarks: skinny jeans, cotton spandex leggings, fixed-gear bikes, vintage flannel, fake eyeglasses and a keffiyeh – initially sported by Jewish students and Western protesters to express solidarity with Palestinians, the keffiyeh has become a completely meaningless hipster cliché fashion accessory.
The American Apparel V-neck shirt, Pabst Blue Ribbon beer and Parliament cigarettes are symbols and icons of working or revolutionary classes that have been appropriated by hipsterdom and drained of meaning. Ten years ago, a man wearing a plain V-neck tee and drinking a Pabst would never be accused of being a trend-follower. But in 2008, such things have become shameless clichés of a class of individuals that seek to escape their own wealth and privilege by immersing themselves in the aesthetic of the working class.

This obsession with “street-cred” reaches its apex of absurdity as hipsters have recently and wholeheartedly adopted the fixed-gear bike as the only acceptable form of transportation – only to have brakes installed on a piece of machinery that is defined by its lack thereof.

Lovers of apathy and irony, hipsters are connected through a global network of blogs and shops that push forth a global vision of fashion-informed aesthetics. Loosely associated with some form of creative output, they attend art parties, take lo-fi pictures with analog cameras, ride their bikes to night clubs and sweat it up at nouveau disco-coke parties. The hipster tends to religiously blog about their daily exploits, usually while leafing through generation-defining magazines like Vice, Another Magazine and Wallpaper. This cursory and stylized lifestyle has made the hipster almost universally loathed."

"“He’s 17 and he lives for the scene!” a girl whispers in my ear as I sneak a photo of a young kid dancing up against a wall in a dimly lit corner of the after-party. He’s got a flipped-out, do-it-yourself haircut, skin-tight jeans, leather jacket, a vintage punk tee and some popping high tops."

im really concerned about this generation. smoking and drinking have become a central idea of hip. this glamorization of things that are "rad" is being way too commercialized. it makes no sense. it makes me really concerned about our future: think about this, these are kids who will grow old with more aesthetic morals than true morals. think about how the government will be. think about how all the hard work our fore fathers have done for us. now look at these kids. that last quote i posted from the article sums it all. 17. skinny jeans. leather jacket. vintage tee. and hightop sneakers.

at 17 one best be studying for college shit. skinny jeans were originally apart of the hardcore/punk era. hightop sneakers are useless unless you skate in them (they actually have great ankle support) or playing ball in them. it's a mess of scenes smashing together. its disgusting.

OH AND THE MUSIC- its horrible. 3OH!3, the millionaires, all this disco talking shit. its not really that great. i mean, 3OH!3 i have respect for because if you listen to the song "dont trust me" they do not advocate the scene. however their music is very scene esque " shush girl, shut your lips, do the hellen keller, and talk with your lips"

uhhh yeeah.

just listen to metal kids, and you'll never end up in this predicament.


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