Put away your Pabst Blue Ribbon, the hipster movement is dead. That’s right, you heard it here first. That über cool slightly retro, slightly grunge style of those trendsetting 20 somethings is over.
What exactly is a hipster? The HipsterHandbook tells us a Hipster is: “One who possesses tastes, social attitudes, and opinions deemed cool by the cool. (Note: it is no longer recommended that one use the term “cool”; a Hipster would instead say “deck.”) The Hipster walks among the masses in daily life but is not a part of them and shuns or reduces to kitsch anything held dear by the mainstream.”
For the past decade the hipster movement has been gaining momentum. From canned beer wielding bike messengers in Portland to Williamsburg, Brooklyn they have been multiplying like wanna-be bunnies. And that, like all trends, is their downfall. What was once a counterculture movement of individual style and flair has become mainstream. Where you used to have to go into a grungy old thrift store to find your epilated short sleeve plaid button downs now there are stores dedicated to bringing us brand new newsboy caps. Even those beloved thrift stores are moving from the back ally to main street.
Now this doesn’t mean you are going to stop seeing hipsters walk among us. In fact you are going to see more of them as the masses embrace and assimilate their culture and that is their downfall. For to be a hipster screams of wanting to belong to a group by not belonging to the mainstream group. Remember those Ed Hardy and Affliction shirts that were so omnipresent two years ago. What was once cool and different found its way into the mall and onto John Gosselin’s bloated back and we all suddenly realized how uncool they had become (well everyone but the cast of The Jersey Shore and their brethren).
So sit back and enjoy watching little Billy down the street parade by in his rolled up pants legs showing off those ratty old socks and know that the hipster movement, by their own rules, is dead.