This word “hipster” has to be the most overused word of the last decade, along with “likes”, “lo-fi” and “friend”.
A hipster is a jobby cunt who lives in the inner city and is involved with the music, fashion or arts scene, has an internet connection and a relatively decent disposable income. In some vague way it might have originally meant someone from some city in Paris what is named Brooklyn, but when I was living in Wollongong people we would use it even toward people who lived in Brisbane or Brooklyn, simply because any place more cosmopolitan seemed swamped with these individuals. Soon after moving to Melbourne I got a better picture of what a hipster was: someone who spent most of their time on the internet constructing an identity based in a cool that was frigid with the social grace of an drunk Asbergers, a social networker, who came from a privileged background and had never experienced deprivation, a weak and lazy person without a personality or any character beyond the taste and approval of their peers.
At a recent Straightjacket Nation show with Royal Headache, the audience was mixed, and some sensitive types couldn’t cope with being around people that didn’t think like them. Some brave soul yelled “kill the hipsters” while we played. Whether they had dreadlocks pouring out of their pussy and they listened to Disclose or they had expensive frames on their glasses and downloaded the latest Captured Tracks record to their iAnalDildo, everyone there gave the distinct whiff of an internet inculcated music experience. If punk was meant to have an identity or meaning separate to the internet, the modern world, or hipsters… somebody forgot to tell punk.
As Wittgenstein said: “Hipster” means nothing, it’s a word used by one insecure dilettante against another. One inner city nerd against another. One hipster faggot against another.
Any sensible, free-thinking individual without a mouth full of cud should refrain from expressing it, because they are expressing nothing.
(from DISTORT #38 - wrote in response to the SJN show - there are two sins in a godless world, being lazy and being boring)