It was probably somewhere in 2007 when I first heard the word hipster & googled it. It was a confusing thing to discover. I hadn’t heard the label before, but suddenly I could strongly identify with it. And people didn’t seem to like hipsters… why are lifestyle choices suddenly open for everyone to judge & mock? Should I change? I’m happy I’ve changed a lot since then, in the sense that I couldn’t care less what other people think of me.
In the past few years the hipster has become a reviled creature, with almost every young comedy show (think Perfect Couples & more recently New Girl) having episodes centered around obnoxious, ridiculously dressed caricatures who talk about everything ironically.
Refinery29 did a hilarious post called ‘32 signs you’re living in a Hipster Apartment‘ I knew I had to share the photos & list here. There is no doubt that the term hipster has become far too ubiquitous, & that almost every 20-something (or their grandparents!) own. But since I seem a lot like this, I see no harm in ‘taking back’ the word.
But I thought we could set all of that aside for a bit & just see what we all own from these pictures? The second picture is most like my home, but I identify with all of them on some level. Lots of stuff that I either already own, or want.
Full list of stuff
1. Decorative antlers adorning the wall, with bonus points if the animal they’re attached to is mythical — like a Jackalope or a unicorn. I like rooms that look like this, but I can’t bring myself to decorate my home with dead things (except leather furniture). I came close to picking up an almost-intact bird wing in Goa, but I couldn’t do it!
2. A chalkboard wall (passive-aggressive roommate notes, optional). Definitely considered doing this. Maybe not a whole wall but a small section at least.
3. A “Keep Calm And Carry On” poster. Meh. Too mainstream.
4. Ironically bad art including, but not restricted to: kittens, Anne Geddes, Thomas Kinkade, Fabio. When did kittens become ‘bad art‘?!
5. Light-up or neon wall art. Neon is lovely! I need to get my hands on some.
6. A French bulldog named something inanimate, like Snack, or too-human, like Derrick. I can’t keep pets, BOO. 🙁 But if I could, I’m a pure cat lady.
7. Wood-sanded floors covered in over-dyed Kilim rugs. Tiles are yuck. I’ve wanted wooden floors since foreverrr.
8. A terrarium collection. A plant nursery visit had been pending for a while. Definitely wanted to get my hands on some succulents, not as a terrarium but in mini planters.
9. A vintage record player setup — or, for the hardcore, a tape deck-only situation. I have a decent record collection, but no turntable.
10. A rolling clothing rack stocked with vintage sundresses and varsity jackets. I think these are awesome but not so practical in dusty Mumbai. I’ve had one of these pinned to home board on pinterest for a while.
11. Skateboards used as decorative wall art instead of transportation. I have a skateboard in my room. But it was actually bought to learn (never happened) & I don’t plan on using it for décor. In fact I’m looking to give it away, would any of you want it?
12. A vintage movie poster from Labyrinth. This one gave me goosebumps. Of all slightly obscure 80s films, how did they zero in on Labyrinth? Of course I own a Labyrinth poster (still waiting to get framed) I love that film have an unhealthy obsession with it. I own a Labyrinth t-shirt too.
13. A collection of analog cameras. OK, as most of you know I have a big collection of vintage cameras. But almost all of them work, & I know to use them, so I exempted from this one, right?
14. A (non-functional) vintage typewriter scavenged at a junk sale. I recently acquired one, a white Brother 210. It works! I just need ribbon, can’t wait to type stuff with it.
15. A tangle of white Apple cords for charging all of your iDevices. Guilty!
16. A “Believer” subscription, because, like, how good is that design? I haven’t heard of Believer, but all my favorite international magazines are too expensive to subscribe too. 🙁
17. Obviously expensive tumblers and wine glasses, but coffee mugs exclusively bought at garage sales. I’m just starting a collection of glasses, so I can drink every cocktail in the right kind of glass. And I do have a coffee mug collection, they’re all new & not from garage sales though.
18. A Momofuku cookbook. This only counts if it is prominently displayed. Big NO to this one. I like cooking, but don’t own a single one. The internetz always come to rescue.
19. An ironically tacky clock from a grandparent’s home. May also come in the form of a hula dancer, a plate of bacon and eggs, or a walleye. I wish!
20. Black-and-white photographs clothespinned onto twine. I’ve been hoarding materials to make these photo hangers for a couple of years, to be hung ‘after we paint the the house’.
21. A vintage anatomy prop. No thank you. I have considered getting a wooden hand mannequin (traditionally used by artists).
22. Oh look! Another terrarium. Again? Come now.
23. Any home-brew operation. May include DIY beer, kombucha, or moonshine. I like my alcohol store-bought (or occasionally made by sweet Catholic aunties). But I recently made cold brewed coffee that was so good it tasted illegal, so I’m totally calling this one.
24. A repurposed farm table surrounded by the ever-popular “ghost chairs.” This may sound silly but I’ve really been wanting to get a table with a rustic wooden top made, but we already own a teak & glass dining set, so not happening.
25. A fridge packed with assorted green juices, craft beers, kale, pickles, truffle oil, Annie’s burritos, and slightly graying produce from the co-op. Vintage-style fridges (such as smeg) are gorgeous but sadly not available here. I love stocking it with foreign sodas (like Bellot) & am definitely guilty of sometimes leaving vegetables there to dry up.
26. Art created by “my friend Geoff” that he let go for $75, even though “it’s worth at least, like, double that.” Don’t have any friend-made art, but I do have a lovely light house painting (on chart paper, no less) bought from a street artist in Kovalam.
27. A hanging bike contraption…complete with suspiciously clean wheels. I don’t know to ride a bike. 🙁 I would have made a sincere attempt if I didn’t like in Mumbai (Mumbai=road hell).
28. Cross-stich pillow featuring a swear word, like “Home, F******-Sweet Home.” This is such an awesome idea! 😉
29. Reclaimed movie theater-style reclining chair. Nope. But a bulky & extremely comfortable leather Lazyboy for dad & a more petite hot pink velvet recliner for me.
30. Midcentury furniture. Or, at least, modern furniture designed to look like midcentury furniture. All I want for Christmas is a local Ikea store.
31. A perfectly mint ’80s Nintendo console, complete with the awkward little bro of the Mario series, Mario 2, in the slot. Not much of a gamer, I prefer using my laptop. Nothing beats AOE III.
32. A couch throw purchased on a recent trip to an “exotic” locale, like Mexico City or Istanbul. How could I ship furniture from abroad? Freight is expensive!
So there you have it. 32 ‘hipster’ items with my comments. How much of this do you own? Do you consider yourself hipster?