Hipsters, or scenesters as they’re sometimes called, are a sub-culture who want to be different. At all costs. That longing to be different has now come full circle, where it’s actually the norm (or at least common) to be a hipster – wearing retro clothes, sporting strange facial hair, and generally being a little out there.
This has led to hipsters trying to be more different than ever before. When your chosen sub-culture gets consumed into the mainstream it requires more preposterous style choices and bizarre tastes in pop culture to stand out. In that respect hipsters have become a source of amusement and a target ripe for mocking. Which the following websites do in no uncertain terms.
LATFH, or Look At This F**king Hipster, is a Tumblr blog which does pretty much what its title suggests it would. It displays a photo of a hipster, and invites you to look at him or her and laugh. If you feel the need to do so. Which you invariably will.
Unfortunately it looks as though LATFH is no longer being updated, with the last entry dating back to September 2010. No doubt because of the book which is now on sale (ker-ching!) Thankfully there is enough of an archive to make this a website still worth visiting for a healthy dose of hipster mocking.
You Know You’re A Hipster When…
You Know You’re A Hipster When… takes the simple concept of listing things that, if you recognize in yourself, suggests you’re a hipster. Like having an entire wardrobe stocked with lumberjack shirts, or wearing one of those hats with the long tassles that were in fashion for one winter.
Part of the fun of this site is hoping you never see an entry which applies to you, because that would mean you’re at least a semi-hipster. Thankfully I’m boring enough not to have made the cut.
Accidental Chinese Hipsters
Accidental Chinese Hipsters is niche but works extremely well. Not all websites or blogs have to be intellectual or highbrow. Some patently aren’t any of these things. Which is the case with Accidental Chinese Hipsters.
This Tumblr blog works on the premise that anyone can be a hipster, whether they know it or not. If you’re Chinese then you may not realize how blatantly cool or uncool you are as you walk around in stockings or turned-up jeans. It’s sometimes effortless to be a hipster. These people are actually blessed. In some small and strange way.
Die Hipster offers something a little different than the other sites on this list. Rather than a Tumblr made up of images of hipsters with a little added commentary, Die Hipster is “a place for real New Yorkers to vent about the invasion of attention starved, useless adults that we know as hipsters.”
The fact that the site description calls hipsters “attention starved, useless adults” should tell you much of what you need to know as to the tone of the content. These are stories, rants, and links to articles from the front-line, with tales of real hipsters and the nonsense they spout.
Unhappy Hipsters is another Tumblr which does exactly as the title suggests. This site focuses less on the people and more on the places – the houses hipsters live in, and the design choices and form-over-function decisions they make when decorating them. Which then make them unhappy.
I’m sure there are some happy hipsters out there, but those who get featured in magazines and stock photos are invariably unhappy, unsmiling, surly souls. Perhaps they’re told to look miserable for effect, or perhaps filling your surroundings with expensive-but-useless things is depressing.
Dads Are The Original Hipsters
Dads Are The Original Hipsters – never a truer word has been uttered. You think you’re all cool with your brown plaid shirt, effeminate hair, and Burt Reynolds mustache? Well, your dad beat you to it, sporting all three of the above back in the 1970s and 1980s. You should be proud of him.
This is more than just a Tumblr full of must-see photos of men in their prime. The stories conjured up to accompany the imagery are poetic epics both reverential and mocking of these old-school hipsters. The desire to dress up like them makes me almost wish I were a hipster myself. Almost.
Hipster Hitler brings together two things most of us hate – hipsters and Hitler – and melds them into one hateful chimera. Obviously we hate Hitler much more than we hate hipsters, but Hitler as a hipster is very annoying. Though perhaps not as evil as the real dictator.
These are funny and entertaining Web comics with a cutting sense of humor. The laughs are provided by the hipster element, the galling affront to our sensibilities by the fact Hitler features prominently. Still, even when the war was on, Hitler was being parodied. So doing it 70 years later is surely acceptable.
Hipsters put themselves out there as almost-willing targets to be lampooned and poked fun at. I don’t think any of these sites go over the top in their mocking of hipsters, instead just showing the world the levels to which some will stoop in order not to conform. Us conformists can laugh heartily, safe in the knowledge we will never be as cool as some of these guys.
Do you know of any other websites that exist purely to poke fun at hipsters? If so feel free to link to them in the comments section below. Oh, and any complaints about Hipster Hitler should be addressed directly to those who run that site. I am but a mere messenger pointing you in their direction.
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