I confess, I had no idea what a Hipster was -so I did what any inquisitive mind would do and googled it. As it turns out, being a hipster isn't as transparent as I thought. Did you know being a Hipster is more than wearing skinny jeans and reading Kerouac?Well you do now and you're welcome!
Here's how Urbandictonary.com (A perfectly suitable reference, no?) defines Hipster:
Hipsters are a subculture of men and women typically in their 20's and 30's that value independent thinking, counter-culture, progressive politics, an appreciation of art and indie-rock, creativity, intelligence, and witty banter. The greatest concentrations of hipsters can be found living in the Williamsburg, Wicker Park, and Mission District neighborhoods of major cosmopolitan centers such as New York, Chicago, and San Francisco respectively. Although "hipsterism" is really a state of mind,it is also often intertwined with distinct fashion sensibilities. Hipsters reject the culturally-ignorant attitudes of mainstream consumers, and are often be seen wearing vintage and thrift store inspired fashions, tight-fitting jeans, old-school sneakers, and sometimes thick rimmed glasses. Both hipster men and women sport similar androgynous hair styles that include combinations of messy shag cuts and asymmetric side-swept bangs. Such styles are often associated with the work of creative stylists at urban salons, and are usually too "edgy" for the culturally-sheltered mainstream consumer. The "effortless cool" urban bohemian look of a hipster is exemplified in Urban Outfitters and American Apparel ads which cater towards the hipster demographic. Despite misconceptions based on their aesthetic tastes, hipsters tend to be well educated and often have liberal arts degrees, or degrees in maths and sciences, which also require certain creative analytical thinking abilities
So how does one become a Hipster? Do you take classes? Is there a Hipster test you need to pass? I needed more info, so I started googling (again) and I found the greatest article of all time, titled How To Be a Hipster: 22 Steps . 22 STEPS? I thought that seemed like a lot. I mean, I'm pretty sure if I wanted to write a guidebook to becoming Crystal Coy there wouldn't even be 22 steps. 15 steps.max.
Regardless, I started reading these 22 steps, I started thinking, and I came up with an idea. The Hipster Project 2012. I saw this article as a challenge. Complete the 22 steps. Become a Hipster. How hard could it be? I don't know, but you'll find out. Because, I am taking these 22 steps and documenting my journey to becoming a Hipster on this little blog.
If you'd like more information on how to become a Hipster, you can find the article here: The Hipster How-to. I found it on the internet, so it's totally legit.