The Hipster Handbook

By Robert Lanham

The Hipster Handbook

Robert Lanham (Author)
Bret well (Illustrator),
Jeff Bechtel (Illustrator)

=hip•ster - \hip-stur (s)\ n.=

"The Hipster guide is The reputable Preppy instruction manual for those who put on Atari T-shirts." –Esquire

One who possesses tastes, social attitudes, and evaluations deemed cool through the cool. (Note: it's not suggested that one use the time period "cool"; a Hipster might as a substitute say "deck.") The Hipster walks one of the plenty in everyday life yet isn't part of them and shuns or reduces to kitsch something held pricey by way of the mainstream. A Hipster preferably possesses not more than 2% physique fat.

Clues you're a Hipster

You graduated from a liberal arts tuition whose soccer group hasn't received a video game because the Reagan administration.

you often use the time period "postmodern" (or its wide-spread variation"PoMo") as an adjective, noun, and verb.

You hold a shoulder-strap messenger bag and feature at one time or one other worn a couple of horn-rimmed or Elvis Costello-style glasses.

you have got sophisticated flavor and think about your self particularly cultured, yet have one pop vice (ElimiDATE, Quiet insurrection, and leisure Weekly are well known ones) that is helping to outline you as well-rounded.

you might have kissed a person of an analogous gender and infrequently deliver this up in informal conversation.

You spend a lot of your rest time in bars and eating places with monosyllabic names like Plant, certain, and Shine.

you got your dishes and a checkered tablecloth at a thrift store to be kitschy, and sometimes throw vegetarian dinner parties.

you may have one Republican good friend whom you usually describe as being your "one Republican friend."

You take pleasure in complaining approximately gentrification even if you're answerable for it yourself.

Your hair appears to be like top unwashed and also you place your head in your pillow at evening in a manner that might fairly maximize your cowlicks.

You personal documents positioned out via Matador, DFA, Definitive Jux, Dischord, Warp, Thrill Jockey, Smells Like files, and Drag City.

Amazon review:
If you're analyzing this ebook in hopes of turning into a 'hipster', quit, for this booklet like 'hipster culture' oozes irony and laughs at those that take it at face price. as a substitute you'll develop into what laymen may perhaps time period a 'poseur', analogous to the 'fashion punks' who introduced punk to the close to mainstream within the 80s, and could fast be printed by way of such gaffes because the use of a time period like 'deck' with any seriousness or loss of irony.

However, 'real' hipsters needn't depression. This publication can nonetheless be learn via them with out disgrace and be prominently displayed on their thrift shop used espresso desk of their small condo so long as it's performed with an far more than irony. Doing so is actually crucial in many ways to closing a 'real hipster' within the face of the subculture's unexpected commodification.

With the surprising front of this e-book into mainstream realization, as as soon as as soon as 'hip' statements of 'hipsterdom' similar to the trucker hat and the messenger bag are paraded round on mass media (MTV and NBC respectively--although any self respecting 'hipster' may purely ever be stuck staring at Queer Eye on Bravo), the fundamental exclusivity and irony of hipsterdom has come lower than attack.

'Hipsters' in fact needs to guard themselves the single means they could, with additional layers of irony. they have to convey that they get the funny story, that they're now not the sheeplike wannabe 'hipsters' attempting to be like them via copying their models and terminologies an afternoon too overdue, that they could nonetheless inform the 'real thing' and preserve their 'club' particular within the face of scrutiny via the dumb lots. This booklet can turn into one other imprecise reference through these within the be aware of, to not be stated openly, yet to be subtly slipped into conversation.

And in fact a real 'hipster' could by no means seek advice from his- or herself as a 'hipster' nor could one determine his- or herself as a part of any stream. and naturally when you took any of this at face price or discovered something you probably did now not already comprehend during this overview, then neither are you a 'hipster' nor will you ever be.

With a lot 'irony',

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