January 22, 2020

By VANDA DOBRITOIU

According to Urban Dictionary, hipsters are a subculture of men and women typically in their 20s and 30s who value independent thinking, counter-culture, progressive politics, an appreciation of art and indie-rock, creativity, intelligence and witty banter.
Now, if you listen to one song by Bon Iver, Two Door Cinema Club, Vampire Weekend or any other of these bands, you are not a hipster.
I often hear people saying things such as “Oh my god, I’m such a hipster,” after hearing one song by Bon Iver, in most cases their most popular. What is this obsession with being a “hipster?”
Also, if you purchase clothing from H&M or Forever21, you’re not a hipster, as most genuine hipsters buy their clothes at discount shops or the Salvation Army.
The hipster phase was always around, but it grew stronger a few years ago. Fringy clothing, upside down crosses, cats, plastic sunglasses, combat boots and indie music are only a few of the characteristics that align with the new trendy term.
The “hipster” trend brings forth good fashion, and inspires people to swallow life in big gulps. Most of the hipsters I’ve met have a great passion for life, art and music, which is incredibly refreshing from where I’m standing.
What annoys me, and this comes with every trend, are the wannabes. The ones who have heard 25 seconds of a Bon Iver song and walk around wearing mismatched clothing and proclaiming they are “hipsters.”
Or, better yet, the ones who wear the fake 3D glasses with the lenses popped out.
I’ve always respected originality in a person, and while it’s good to fit in with a crowd, do it for the right reasons and make sure you and your crowd share the same values.