San Francisco: Day 3: Hipster Hunting

Today we went walking around China Town and Union Square. It was a cold rainy day but still filled with lots of people!
Mission: Finding hipster fashion in tourist central. Now, the tricky part was differentiating between hipsters and fobs. The both seem to like chuck taylors, nerdy glasses, tight skinny jeans, and plaid. Can you spot the difference between hipsters and fobs (besides language?)

“Hipsters are a subculture of men and women typically in their 20’s and 30’s that value independent thinking, counter-culture, progressive politics, an appreciation of art and indie-rock, creativity, intelligence, and witty banter. Although “hipsterism” is really a state of mind,it is also often intertwined with distinct fashion sensibilities. Hipsters reject the culturally-ignorant attitudes of mainstream consumers, and are often be seen wearing vintage and thrift store inspired fashions, tight-fitting jeans, old-school sneakers, and sometimes thick rimmed glasses. Both hipster men and women sport similar androgynous hair styles that include combinations of messy shag cuts and asymmetric side-swept bangs. Such styles are often associated with the work of creative stylists at urban salons, and are usually too “edgy” for the culturally-sheltered mainstream consumer. The “effortless cool” urban bohemian look of a hipster is exemplified in Urban Outfitters and American Apparel ads which cater towards the hipster demographic.”- Urban

Check out my hipster gallery below, I am planning to visit The Mission where apparently it is hipster central.

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2 thoughts on “San Francisco: Day 3: Hipster Hunting

  1. Right Foot says:

    Did you get the hipster vaccine before you went to SF? Hipsters, like rabies, are prohibited in Hawaii by state law. As a Dallas Cowboys fan, you have a strong natural immunity to hipsters but you can never be too safe. Four actions to reduce chances of a hipster infection:

    * Never ask what kind of music is on their mp3 player. The infection takes root in the music.
    * Avoid used record shops. They are like hipster crackhouses.
    * For eating, frequent McDonald’s and Burger Kings as mainstream fast food repels hipsters But avoid KFC, which is high in irony and attracts hipsters by the dozens.
    * Absolutely, positively, NO scarves. They are inevitably fatal.

    If you feel dizzy, lightheaded or feel an uncontrollable urge to wear plaid, you are in the beginning stages of the infection. Recite the Cowboys’ winning Super Bowl years (1972, ’78, ’93, ’94, ’96) and start reading J. Crew catalogs until you can get professional medical help.

  2. Where in the Mission?

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