“One could say, exaggerating only slightly, that the hipster moment did not produce artists, but tattoo artists, who gained an entire generation’s arms, sternums, napes, ankles, and lower backs as their canvas. It did not produce photographers, but snapshot and party photographers: Last Night’s Party, Terry Richardson, the Cobra Snake. It did not produce painters, but graphic designers. It did not yield a great literature, but it made good use of fonts. And hipsterism did not make an avant-garde; it made communities of early adopters.” (ny mag)
Interesting 5,000 word article about “hipsters” seeks to put to an end the discussion about what is a hipster. Fittingly though this treatise which declaims and praises hipsters is very similar to another much larger discussion that is vogue right now about the Tea Party. As the hipster aesthetic has mainstreamed and permeated even the most sterile environment (the Hot Topic in Bloomington IL, for example)so have the paradoxical Tea Party ideals of “Medicare benefits, disproportionate federal spending on rural districts, and no taxes”.