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How to Catch a Hipster

Updated on August 9, 2015
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Jeannie has been writing for HubPages for over 5 years. She covers a wide variety of topics—anything from hamsters to office work.

Looking for Hipsters

Have I spotted a hipster?
Have I spotted a hipster? | Source

Hipster Time

If you've been searching all over the internet trying to figure out a way to catch a hipster, congratulations! You've achieved the first step to success. You obviously need a hipster in your life and I am happy to help you find one.

If you are not sure what a hipster is, that is OK. Most hipsters don't even realize they are hipsters. Hipsters work so hard to rebel against what is popular, they've actually became popular. Hipsters are usually anti-establishment folks that love indie music, indie movies, drinking coffee, wearing skinny jeans, and wearing eyeglasses... even if they don't need to wear them!

You've probably seen hipsters here and there... coffee shops, concerts, smoothie stands, and thrift stores. They are buying old stuff, reusing and recycling it. You know a hipster when you see one and you've desperately wanted to be a part of their subculture community. You just don't know how to do it! How do you catch one these guys or gals, and make friends with them?

Maybe you want to sit in the basement late at night talking about the latest band that no one knows is cool yet while knitting. Perhaps you have not figured out the perfect way to add kale to your super-healthy smoothie without making it overpower the drink. You need a hipster for that! Well, I am here to tell you how to catch one of these hipster types right now.

Learn All About the Hipster!

Look the Part

The first thing you need to do is try to look like a hipster yourself. This will allow any hipster you are trying to lure into your van a sense of comfort. And yes, you should probably get a van. If possible, try to get one that is at least 20 years old. If it is new, it better run on electricity. Hipsters are all about retro or ultra-modern. Confused yet? Yes, we all are.

At any rate, while attempting to dress the part, make sure to get some skinny jeans. If you are a girl, you can wear a dress. Preferably, you should go for something floral or with a retro flair. Boots or Converse shoes will be nice footwear, whether you are a boy or a girl. If you are a dude, grow a bushy beard or a mustache. If you are a girl, you could also opt to grow a beard or mustache (that would be the ultimate in unique) but please don't feel the need to go that far. A t-shirt or plaid shirt is also a nice touch for either gender.

You can also wear something that used to be popular, preferably from the 70s or 80s. In some way, this is supposed to show irony. I don't know... when you capture your hipster, ask why this is popular in their community. Finally, unkempt hair and/or big glasses is a fine way to top off this look. Even if you don't need eyeglasses, that has never stopped a hipster from wearing them... don't let it stop you either! You could also grab a scarf, especially if you are a guy, to add to your outfit.

Hipster Habitats

You can find hipsters at concerts.
You can find hipsters at concerts. | Source
Hipsters love shopping for old books, records, etc.
Hipsters love shopping for old books, records, etc. | Source
Hipsters also appreciate organic food.
Hipsters also appreciate organic food. | Source

Find a Hipster Hangout

You can find hipsters just about anywhere. It is probably best to find them in a habitat where they feel most comfortable. Here is a list of places where you are likely to find the coolest hipsters:

  • Smoothie bar
  • Coffee shop
  • Small trendy restaurant (but nothing mainstream)
  • Library
  • Yoga studios (but not the popular kind at the gym)
  • Bike shops and bike trails
  • Street corners in city (be careful to make sure they are not dangerous homeless guys... it can be hard to tell the difference sometimes)
  • Concerts, preferably an underground band you've never heard of before
  • Mom and Pop local stores
  • Thrift shop
  • Used book store or music store, especially if records are there
  • Vintage clothing store
  • Whole Foods, MOM's Organic Market, and/or Trader Joe's
  • Small liberal arts colleges and art schools
  • Festivals, especially selling organic products or crafts
  • Flea market

Be Cool... But Not Popular Cool

When hanging out in a hipster lair, you don't want to appear too obvious. Don't stare at them! After all, they are not animals in the zoo. They are humans with feelings... lots and lots of feelings... that they may want to share with you if you do not scare them away.

If you decide to approach a hipster, begin with a simple conversation starter. Is he drinking a smoothie? Ask him what is in it. Is he munching on a granola bar? Ask him is he got it at an organic food market. (I'll bet he did!) You could even ask him how long it took him to grow his beard if he feels comfortable with the conversation. You can ask him if he likes to go bike riding (9 times out of 10, he does). You could see if he likes to refinish furniture he finds on the street or at thrift stores. (That is likely as well.) Maybe he can help you paint those old end tables in your garage!

In no time, you are earning the hipster's trust! Don't be too nosy though. Hipsters are a lot of things, but stupid usually isn't one of them. If you come on too strong, he will realize you are trying to capture him by trying too hard. Maybe you can invite him out for a beer or to see a concert. It helps if you know all the local dives in the area. In no time, you'll be that "cool" person the hipster will hang out with at trendy public events.

Just don't overstep your boundaries! No hipster wants to listen to Miley Cyrus or Justin Bieber. Shopping at the mall is cool for teenage girls that listen to Top 40 music... not hipsters! Don't insult the hipster with an invite like that. For that matter, don't invite the hipster to a place like the Olive Garden either. He will only go to a popular place like that if you make it seem funny and ironic. That is too bold of an invite for your new hipster pal.

Lure in Your Hipster

Don't insult your new hipster bud by trying to lure him in with something lame like candy. You need to find some food that will appeal to the hipster if he is comfortable enough to be around you. He is never coming over to your place otherwise. Some delicious snacks that will have that hipster eating out of the palm of your hand (maybe literally) in no time are:

  • Home brewed beer
  • Pabst beer
  • Smoothie, especially if you add kale to it
  • Tea (preferably green tea... maybe try bubble tea just to be a little different)
  • Coffee
  • Bacon, unless vegan or vegetarian
  • Pickled anything
  • Gourmet doughnuts
  • Farmer's market fruits and veggies
  • Vegan baked goods
  • Gluten-free baked goods
  • Organic food
  • OK... any organic, vegan, gluten-free food you can find.

If you want to top off any of these drinks right, make sure to serve them in a mason jar. Anything served in a mason jar is so trendy now it is almost too cool for hipsters... but not yet!

Hipsters will be unable to resist the lure of Trader Joe's products, kale, mason jars, and a mixed CD filled with indie music.
Hipsters will be unable to resist the lure of Trader Joe's products, kale, mason jars, and a mixed CD filled with indie music. | Source

Keep Your Hipster Happy

In no time, you and your hipster buddy are bound to be friends. You might even find yourself adapting to the hipster lifestyle so much, you become one! For that matter, while reading this hub, you may discover that you are already a hipster or at least hipster-like.

As I said at the beginning, being a hipster has become so trendy, that actual hipsters are not even identifying themselves as hipsters. You see, to be truly hipster, you must reject all that is cool. But if it is cool to be a hipster, than where does that live actual hipsters? Do you realize how confusing all of this can be?

Much to my dismay, while writing this hub, I discovered I had all the materials to easily lure in a hipster. So does that make me a hipster? I hope not! After all, I don't like to be trendy... oh wait. This whole hipster conversation is just too much for me now. Let me go drink my homemade smoothie, listen to some indie bands my friends don't know about, and ponder over this a bit.

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    Jeannie InABottle 3 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    The rule of the hipsters... it is fine to be one as long as it is never discussed. ;-) Thanks for checking out my hub.

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    Dolores Monet 3 years ago from East Coast, United States

    I once discovered that I had a close relative that was a hipster. When the realization dawned on me, I could not keep my big mouth shut and wound up referring to the young man as a hipster. He was not happy. He knows it. I know it. But it's not something we talk about.

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    Jeannie InABottle 3 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    That does sound quite magnificent. :-) It's good to keep up with the youthful generation.

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    Lisa René LeClair 3 years ago from the ATL

    HAHAHA I'm sure you can pull it off with all the dignity and grace of a hipster in remission. But I will tell you that there was a guy at the 420 fest a couple years ago that broke new ground for hipsters when he spun his shirtless, drunken, middle-aged body through a sea of 20-somethings on a quest to "keep up." It truly was a beautiful thing and I found myself being captivated by his talent. Then again; it WAS the 420 fest!

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    Jeannie InABottle 3 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    The new hipster is totally different now... and not that hip. Don't worry, you are not an old fart! :-)

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    Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

    I must live a very secluded life. I had no idea hipsters are back. When I think of hipsters I see Maynard G Crebbs from the Dobie Gillis show. Obviously, I'm not a hipster - just an old fart! :-)

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    Jeannie InABottle 3 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Yes, it sure has. Hipsters at jazz clubs used to be cool. Hipsters today are mocked and no one wants to admit to being one. Thanks for your comment!

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    Brian Leekley 3 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

    The meaning of hipster sure has changed a lot since the Harlem jazz scene of the 1940s. I enjoyed this humorous hub.

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    Jeannie InABottle 3 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    sheilamyers - I am happy to help. :-) And no, no luck catching one yet as I sit here drinking a homemade smoothie from a mason jar.

    sassypiehole - Hula hoops! I did not even know that was a thing yet. Thanks so much for letting me know. You know what else is scary? I love hula hoops and I've been known to use them in public. Just when I think maybe I am not that hipster-like...

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    Lisa René LeClair 3 years ago from the ATL

    LMAO - I'm in Atlanta; where the new (refurbished) hipster craze here is bringing your hula hoop to a festival. They typically travel in packs of 3; spend a ton of money trying to look poor, and come equipped with a $200 blanket from Anthropologie that they drop down in front of you and get to work. Their job? Trend-setting, hula-hooping hipster c/o daddy's credit card.

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    sheilamyers 3 years ago

    If nothing else, I learned what a hipster is. Have you caught any yet/

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    Jeannie InABottle 3 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Thanks so much! I am glad you enjoyed it. I am happy to help with definitions anytime! :-)

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    Ann1Az2 3 years ago from Orange, Texas

    Jeannie, yet another definition we of the old must learn! I enjoyed your humor and the definitions. Voted up and well done!

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    Jeannie InABottle 3 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    spartucusjones, it sounds like you don't have the hipster look, but you do have a few hipster tastes. It is OK. I think we all do. Thanks for checking out my hub!

    dialogue, thank you!

    FlourishAnyway, I hope you are able to put this advice to good use. You never know when you might need a hipster to introduce you to a cool new band or something.

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    FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

    Sounds like you have the whole hipster vibe nailed, Jeannie. I've never thought about luring hipsters, but this is much needed advice.

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    dialogue 3 years ago

    Interesting read,...

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    CJ Baker 3 years ago from Parts Unknown

    I usually try to avoid hipsters, not catch them. That being said I do happen to listen to a good amount of music that some would consider hipster. That being said how many hipsters wear luchador masks and $5 ponchos? Also I don't like smoothies and I am the opposite of vegan, but I do appreciate irony and a good craft beer, but oh well, whatever...

    I got a kick out of your hub, good job!