It's Time To Stop Pretending Hipsters Still Exist

It's Time To Stop Pretending Hipsters Still Exist

Hipsters have gone mainstream
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You may have heard about the hipster nativity set that's made its rounds on the Internet recently. While it's truly baffling that anyone wants to pay $129.99 for it, what's even more baffling is that people don't seem to have any idea what hipsters are anymore.

Hipster Joseph is taking a selfie as hipster Mary does duckface next to him, and the three hipster wisemen ride toward them on segways, each bearing a gift in an Amazon Prime box. Meanwhile, the hipster shepherd is glued to his tablet, his sheep is wearing a sweater vest, and the cow eats from a trough of gluten-free feed. Since when were selfies, duckface, and Amazon associated with hipsters? Do hipsters like to dress sheep in sweater vests? We used to have some idea of what hipsters were. You know, this:

Where it was once a fairly consistent stereotype, Hipster has become a catch-all label for anything that anyone considers unusual. The term has become so broad that it's effectively meaningless. If everything is hipster, nothing is. If we can't even agree on what hipsters are anymore, maybe it's time we ditch the term completely.

Just about any stereotypical hipster thing has gone mainstream. One of the basic elements of the hipster stereotype is their specific dietary preferences. You know, locally grown, free range, organic, vegan, cruelty free, etc. When massive chain restaurants like Chipotle brag about being organic and Kraft Mac & Cheese switches to natural ingredients, I don't see how any of those things are considered hipster anymore. My parents live in a small town in the midwest, complete with a little organic food store. When these trends have hit middle America, they've definitely gone mainstream.

But maybe hipsters are defined by their taste in media. Hipsters are a bunch of vinyl music snobs who like weird indie films, right? Well, if you've been in a Barnes & Noble in the last few years, you may have noticed they have a vinyl section now. Yes, Barnes & Noble, the biggest bookseller in America. How's that for mainstream? Lots of new music is being released on vinyl again, and it's not just mellow indie rock. Even Metallica's recent album is available on vinyl, and I'm pretty sure hipsters aren't known for their love of mainstream thrash metal.

Many so-called hipster music and movies really have nothing to do with the subculture. Wes Anderson probably gets labelled a hipster more than any other filmmaker. This seems to ignore the fact that he'd built up a substantial following before hipsters were even a thing. He's been making films since the '90s, and got his first Oscar nomination in 2001, and yet he's become associated with a subculture that didn't even exist at the time.

Then there's fashion. Flannel shirts, beards, glasses? As a near-sighted guy who lives in a cold climate, I would argue those are necessities, not fashion statements. Skinny jeans, scarves, band T-shirts? Those have definitely gone mainstream, if they were ever hipster to begin with. If you try to dress like a hipster, you'll just end up fitting in with everyone else.

Thankfully, if Google Trends is any indication, the Internet seems to be catching on. If you have any doubt that hipsters are over, feel free to read this wikiHow page on how to be a hipster. We hit peak hipster in 2013-14, and its just downhill from here. Overpriced Christmas decorations aside, it's time everyone acknowledged that hipsters just don't exist anymore.

Cover Image Credit: Luis Alvarez Marra

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.
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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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12 Items To Buy From Five Below That Will Inexpensively Modernize Your Dorm Room

You would be amazed at what you can get at this store!

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When you're redecorating your bedroom, you might not think to stop by Five Below, considering everything is $5 and under. But you would be amazed at what you can find in that store.

I went not to long ago to get those cube storage boxes, that go into the shelf, and I left with almost $200 worth of stuff. Now mind you, I've been to this store a million and one times and never have spent this much, but while I was there I figured I would get Easter basket things for my niece and then the idea to redecorate dorm rooms popped into my head as I was looking around. Because let’s be real we all could use a more modern dorm....even if you school just bought new furniture. So here’s 12 things you need to buy from Five Below to modernize your dorm.

1. Wall shelves

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Use command strips to hang these up because you can’t drill into the walls at school!!

2. 3 clip photo frame

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Okay so one isn't out of its package yet, but this is what Five Below's website showed for it.

3. A white fuzzy rug

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4. Cordless hexagon cage lamp

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5. Cute storage basket

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6. Light up sign box

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7. Letter board

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8. An initial light

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9. 3 piece frame set

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10. Salt rock lamp

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Mines pretty big, but they have smaller ones.

11. An ottoman

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12. A mini cactus

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