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What is hipster?

There is a company that sells printed magnetic sheets the size of your whole refrigerator*. This one depicts 35mm cameras, Converse basketball shoes, round glasses, something that looks like a cassette tape, and something else I can't parse. This particular magnet is called "hipsters set."

http://www.kudumagnets.com/hipsters-set

I thought I had an idea of what hipster is. But this makes me think that hipster is nostalgia for the 70s, and that's not what I thought it was.

*If you ask me, that takes all the fun out of refrigerator magnets.

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janetmiles
Apr. 18th, 2012 05:36 pm (UTC)
I hope this isn't unwelcome Geek Answer Syndrome?
Is the thing you can't parse printed in yellow, and is there one about halfway down the upper portion, about one-third of the way in from the left? Because I think that's maybe an espresso cup, with foam or whipped cream on top.

And the cassette tape with the cord may be an adapter to run a Sony Discman through your car tape player.

I don't know what a hipster is, either, except that it's apparently insulting to call someone one.
johnpalmer
Apr. 18th, 2012 06:11 pm (UTC)
Re: I hope this isn't unwelcome Geek Answer Syndrome?
I think so, too, but I think it's an *evil* espresso cup that's holding a throwing disk with a razor edge that it's going to throw at you if you dare slurp its whipped cream. Or maybe it's going to throw it *just because*. Because, you know, evil.
firecat
Apr. 18th, 2012 06:22 pm (UTC)
Re: I hope this isn't unwelcome Geek Answer Syndrome?
It's definitely holding a throwing disk, but it looks more like a semi-microwaved marshmallow peep than like whipped cream. Maybe it's a giant semi-microwaved marshmallow peep in a car from a Teacup fairground ride.
kshandra
Apr. 18th, 2012 06:13 pm (UTC)
Re: I hope this isn't unwelcome Geek Answer Syndrome?
And the cassette tape with the cord may be an adapter to run a Sony Discman through your car tape player.

It's not a cord - it's a loop of tape that's escaped the cassette. Someone hand me a Bic pen, will you?
firecat
Apr. 18th, 2012 06:23 pm (UTC)
Re: I hope this isn't unwelcome Geek Answer Syndrome?
Only it looks like it's not going back in the other end, so the Bic pen trick might not work.
kshandra
Apr. 18th, 2012 06:31 pm (UTC)
Re: I hope this isn't unwelcome Geek Answer Syndrome?
If the tape got creased, it could just be curling back in on itself (I certainly saw that happen a time or three), but it'll definitely be a weak point and at risk for breakage. Time to pick up a new copy. ;-)
firecat
Apr. 18th, 2012 06:35 pm (UTC)
Re: I hope this isn't unwelcome Geek Answer Syndrome?
But try to play it one more time for kicks and giggles, because it might have weird backward or wah-wah effects.
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firecat
Apr. 18th, 2012 06:21 pm (UTC)
Re: I hope this isn't unwelcome Geek Answer Syndrome?
It's not Geek Answer Syndrome because you phrased it as a question. But even if it were, it would be fine. :)

I guessed froo froo coffee drink too. That sort of spoils the "nostalgia for 1970s" theme.

I had one of those cassette tape adapters...
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graymalkin13
Apr. 19th, 2012 09:38 am (UTC)
Wallpaper for refrigerators. Huh.

Yeah, I didn't associate those things with hipsters either, but I'm pretty out of touch with the outside world. Miles told me that hipsters like to be ironic about being hipsters -- apparently, being a hipster is so uncool that you disappear up your own backside and become cool. Maybe anything can be Hipster if you're using it with irony. o_0

Edited at 2012-04-19 09:42 am (UTC)
firecat
Apr. 19th, 2012 06:31 pm (UTC)
I think probably it can. Over on the DW version of this post we're talking hipster mullets. ;-)
graymalkin13
Apr. 19th, 2012 07:50 pm (UTC)
Hipster mullets. o_0

Well, it makes sense, I guess. I wonder if hipsters carry around Monkees lunchboxes. I suspect anything less than a spectacularly ironic lunchbox would be verboten, since the Spooky Kids were carrying around lunchboxes in the 80s-90s so it's too soon to carry any old lunchbox. Like my Edward Gorey lunchbox. That wouldn't be ironic enough.

If you're male and have the right facial hair, it seems, everything else you do will be seen as hipsterly ironic. Unfair advantage, if you ask me.
firecat
Apr. 19th, 2012 08:20 pm (UTC)
I don't know about Monkee lunchboxes, but there is a clothing company called Monkee Genes that makes clothing they're labeling hipster (although I suspect what they mean by that is "low-rise").

Female people can be hipster by wearing fake moustaches, can't they? There's even a whole blog devoted to it:
http://hipstergirlsinmustaches.blogspot.com/
graymalkin13
Apr. 19th, 2012 10:02 pm (UTC)
Oh right, fake moustaches! The first time I encountered the concept was on the facebook page of someone I don't like very much but who is definitely a Cool Person and possibly a hipster. The fake moustache trend is not something I'm into, but I thought it was clever for about 10 minutes. (God, I'm a nasty old woman.)

I think if you buy clothing that's labeled Hipster, you're probably considered just a wannabe by "real" hipsters. It's the same in every subculture that's been coopted and turned into a commodity. Like hippie, punk, and "gothic" cultures. "Gothic Elders" regard kids who buy their clothes at Hot Topic as the worst kind of poseur -- consumers of a mass-produced, commercially labeled imitation of people who were actually creative with their appearance. Then again, hipsterism is so ironic that maybe buying Hipster Brand clothing is totally hipster.
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