Friday, January 27, 2012

The Hipster Movement

                In my class, FACS- also known as Family and Consumer Science- we moved from finances to fashion. Thank the Lord! Finances was "fun" and all but it sparked so much thought into the future, saving, spending, etc... The things that cause a senior in high school to cringe. Especially as the phrase, "you'll be getting out into the world and you'll need to know this stuff..." is said. Anyway, fashion. It's the area that I find a sort of "at home" feeling. I'm comfortable in how to dress and what to put together. My teacher has powerpoint presentations and lectures. (I wouldn't call it much of a lecture per say, more of a conversation.) As she began in the fashion of putting clothes together, matching, etc... She always tells a story. It's awesome; her family is quite entertaining. 

Here's how I learned about the "Hipster Movement":

"Okay, my sister...she's into this sort of...antique, vintage, thrift store stuff; the long sweaters with tights and the vegan Toms. You know, she's a "hipster". (Our faces then turned to the confused What? expressions.) You all look confused...Hipsters, they do the things that aren't necessarily cool and claim that  once something comes into style, 'I've been doing that for years now.' They try to bring the uncool to cool." Then... I got singled out.
"For example, Holly is most likely a hipster."
"Great..." I said.
"It's not a bad thing; it's actually quite cool. We're just not all capable of pulling off things that don't match or necessarily coagulate with one another."

          I got substantially confused. I'd just been called something I had no knowledge of whatsoever, and it had to do with fashion! I asked my boyfriend what the Hipster Movement was and he said...well, I'm not sure but you've gotta see this video.

          Now, that didn't help at all except to realize how they're made fun of. (The girl with the peacock feather in her hair, yeah I have one...) Since I still didn't have a clear picture, I, being the little researcher I am, went home and searched "The Hipster Movement".

"...they revelled in the irony of making something so nerdy so cool. They wanted to live sustainably and eat organic gluten-free grains. Above all, they wanted to be recognized for being different — to diverge from the mainstream and carve a cultural niche all for themselves. For this new generation, style wasn’t something you could buy in a department store, it became something you found in a thrift shop, or, ideally, made yourself. The way to be cool wasn’t to look like a television star: it was to look like as though you’d never seen television."
— Matt GranfieldHipsterMattic

           I'm so guilty. That's me. Then, I said, "I did this stuff before. I didn't know I was a part of such a so called "Movement"." Then it hit me, I bet they all say that...

      So in conclusion, I'm a part of a movement that I didn't know existed. I'm not too worried about it. If you catch me saying "deck" or "fin" to rate something's coolness, you know I've turned to the ultimate hipster dark side. I request you get me into an intervention as soon as possible. Mostly my current wonder on the whole movement is why it's such a big deal. This has been going on since the 70s and before. It's not like we discovered something new...Welcome to the selfish teenager generation of "We did it first! We're the best."

Guilty as charged. 

For a more clearly described hipster: click here.

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