On more than one occasion, I have been accused of being a hipster. Of course, I deny it. Anyone who self-identifies as a hipster probably is not a hipster. But I had been referred to as such often enough that I began to wonder. Am I a hipster? And if so, then what?
So, I decided to make a list of things about myself that are hipsteresque and things that are anti-hipsteresque. Lists always help clear up things like this.
- I liked a lot of stuff before it was cool. I’ve actually been saying that I liked stuff before it was cool before that was really a thing.
- I have been known to buy from vintage stores and thrift shops.
- I’m decidedly pro-Apple
- I haven’t been without a pair of Chucks since I was 13.
- I have a fair amount of existential angst.
- I live in an urban setting, am educated, and read a lot.
- I do not self-identify as a hipster and eschew the label vehemently.
- I use phrases like “eschew the label vehemently.”
- I love irony and sarcasm.
- I have a lot of hoodies.
- I’m a vegetarian and have been for 23 years…you know, since before it was cool.
- I graduated from a liberal arts school with no football team.
- I could see myself living in Portland.
- I do not own skinny jeans. I tried them on by accident once and actually screamed.
- I have not purchased a vinyl record since the 80s.
- If you were to look in my closet, you’d have a hard time saying that I reject materialism.
- Although my style of dress is somewhat quirky, I do try to avoid wearing things that clash.
- I do not drink PBR.
- I use the word deck as a noun and a verb, never as an adjective.
- I have never been to Pitchfork.
- My bike is not a fixie.
- I might be too old to be a hipster. Some sources suggest that hipsters are in the 18-25 age range, whereas others suggest 20s through 30s. Does it matter if I look 10 or so years younger than I am?
Okay then! Clear as mud!