The Life of a Hipster

Ashland High's very own sophomore hipster, Erin Foley.

You have heard the term before, but do you actually know what it is? Maybe you yourself are a hipster, yet the facts of the description are still blurry. Well, keep reading.

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. A Hipster ideally possesses no more than 2% body fat.

Source: Urban Dictionary online.

Here’s the catch: according to the average hipster, there is no such thing.

After interviewing sophomore Erin Foley, Ashland High School’s very own hipster, we got a greater understanding of what the life of a hipster entails. As she rested her foot on the wall of the third floor hallway, the smell of jasmine wafted towards us.

Her jewelry jangled and her baggy vintage sweater bounced as she stated: “I don’t consider myself a hipster. If you admit to being a hipster then you are not a hipster… hipsters died off after Bob Dylan and the beatniks. Hipsters don’t technically exist and they have no social imperative. Everyone is out of the ordinary, meaning no one is a hipster.”

So we understand now, we think. It is a confusing term and everyone seems to agree that the definition is vague and there isn’t just one way to describe being a hipster.

So, Are You a Hipster?

A quick quiz to quench your curiosity. (* = See below)

1. Do you have moo juice* with your cereal?

Yes or No

2. Do you go to frolic pads* regularly to socialize?

Yes or No

3. Do you get beat* from busting your conk*?

Yes or No

4. Do you dig* Bob Dylan?

Yes or No


*Moo juice: milk

*Frolic Pad: place of entertainment, theater or nightclub

*Beat: tired

*Busting your conk: Work diligently

*Dig: to know or comprehend

Source: The Hipster’s Dictionary.

Mostly Yes’s: Even if you don’t believe it, you are a hipster.

Mostly No’s: You are a fish in the main stream.