What's So Special About Being A Hypebeast?

What's So Special About Being A Hypebeast?

Because crazy kids are always coming up with trends to express themselves.
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From Tommy Hilfiger to Calvin Klein, brand clothing has always been the rage. If you’re into fashion, or even if you’re not, you know the satisfaction of rocking those three striped Adidas leggings and looking so sporty chic you’re almost convinced you can play a sport. Maybe it’s the feeling of flashing that new Calvin Klein bralette that all the celebrities were showing off on social media which you just had to join in on by posting a cute pic with the caption #mycalvins. Whatever brand it was that made you feel like a proper fashionista clearly had an impact on both you and the public, however there may be some competition on the horizons. These brands that once were the utmost epitome of trendy high-end fashion may have to take a step aside and make way for the newest competing brands: the hypebeasts.

What the heck is a hypebeast, you ask? Well, that was my thought too when I first heard of the strange term. In my opinion, it seems like only actual hypebeasts know the true meaning behind it, and I’ve gotten into many arguments with people on whether or not it has become a staple in pop culture yet. Basically, to be a hypebeast is to be part of an urban streetwear culture where brands such as Supreme, Bape, Off White, and a plethora more are thriving. These brands are worn by trendy teens and young adults taking on the urban streets of the culture’s origin, NYC, but now the culture is even spreading to suburbs. Though you may have heard of these brands, it isn’t unlikely that the term hypebeast is completely foreign to you, which is partly what makes the culture so mysterious that it’s intriguing. Oh, and did I mention that this street clothing is ridiculously expensive just like any other brand, but there’s a catch that makes it a little more interesting. People are literally buying a simple shirt with the Supreme logo plastered across it for over $100, then they wear it for a little while and enjoy the pleasures of having a piece of the culture with them, and then they sell it. That is a huge part of what makes up the hypebeast culture.

So, what do I think of all of this? Do I think it’s crazy that people are literally buying a cotton shirt originally priced at $150 and selling it to people, who will actually buy it for $500? Of course I do, but at the same time it’s fascinating. Young kids are able to buy clothing deemed popular by other kids like them before it sells out of the original sale within seconds. Then, the clothing becomes even more valuable knowing that the only ones left in existence of that specific collection are ones already purchased by others. People are so desperate to get their hands on these clothes because they missed the original sale that they are willing to drop serious cash, but only with the consolation that they might earn some of it back from their own resale. It’s a wild culture, but the fact that people feed into it and make reselling clothes something cool and trendy is pretty cool.

I won’t lie, I used to think all people who wore Supreme were absolute douchebags, and don’t get me wrong some of them are, but my close-minded judgements of course are not proven correct every time. In fact, a lot of people who wear Supreme and all of the other hypebeast brands are genuinely obsessed with the culture and view the clothing as an art, just as designers do with any other brands owning the catwalks of NYFW. It is art, and it literally has created its own culture, which is why I’m starting to hate these brands a little less and actually start to want some of my own.

Call me a hypocrite, I know. If I were to still believe that all people who are willing to spend that much money on a brand I didn’t truly understand until now were awful human beings, then I am just one of those douchebags I thought they all were. There’s just the appeal of being in the city, attending a pop up shop of the latest drop with like-minded people, and making a fortune off of someone who appreciates the system of all this that now makes a little more sense to me. I do not and will not ever define myself as a hypebeast, just because let’s be real I’m probably not cool enough, but I can appreciate a unifying art form when I see one – and that is exactly what these street brands are.

Cover Image Credit: Supreme Facebook Page

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20 Small Tattoos With Big Meanings

Tattoos with meaning you can't deny.
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It's tough to find perfect tattoos with meaning.

You probably want something permanent on your body to mean something deeply, but how do you choose a tattoo that will still be significant in 5, 10, 15, or 50 years? Over time, tattoos have lost much of their stigma and many people consider them a form of art, but it's still possible to get a tattoo you regret.

So here are 20 tattoos you can't go wrong with. Each tattoo has its own unique meaning, but don't blame me if you still have to deal with questions that everyone with a tattoo is tired of hearing!

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1. A semi-colon indicates a pause in a sentence but does not end. Sometimes it seems like you may have stopped, but you choose to continue on.


2. "A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor."


3. Top symbol: unclosed delta symbol which represents open to change. Bottom symbol: strategy.


4. "There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls."


5. Viking symbol meaning "create your own reality."


6.Greek symbol of Inguz: where there's a will, there's a way.

7. Psalm 18:33 "He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights."


8. 'Ohm' tattoo that represents 4 different states of consciousness and a world of illusion: waking (jagrat), dreaming (swapna), deep sleep (sushupti), transcendental state (turiya) and world of illusion (maya)


9. Alchemy: symbolizes copper, means love, balance, feminine beauty and artistic creativity.


10. The Greek word “Meraki" means to do something with soul, passion, love and creativity or to put yourself in to whatever you do.


11. Malin (Skövde, Sweden) – you have to face setbacks to be able to go forward.

12. Symbol meaning "thief" from the Hobbit. It was the rune Gandalf etched into Bilbo's door so the dwarves could find his house.


13. “Lux in tenebris" means “light in darkness."

14. Anchor Tattoo: symbolizing strength & stability, something (or someone) who holds you in place, and provides you the strength to hold on no matter how rough things get.

15."Ad Maiora" is translated literally as “Towards greater things." It is a formula of greeting used to wish more success in life, career or love.


16. A glyphs means “explore." It was meant as a reminder for me to never stop exploring.

17. "Aut inveniam viam aut faciam," meaning roughly, "Either I shall find a way, or I will make one."


18. Lotus Flower. It grows in muddy water, and it is this environment that gives forth the flower's first and most literal meaning: rising and blooming above the murk to achieve enlightenment.

19. The zen (or ensō) circle to me represents enlightenment, the universe & the strength we all have inside of us.

20. Two meanings. The moon affirms life. It looks as if it is constantly changing. Can reminds us of the inconsistency of life. It is also symbolizes the continuous circular nature of time and even karma.


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Ladies, You Don't Have To Dress Up For Class

Whoever says you do is just mad that they spent two hours getting ready for a 50 minute class.

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I couldn't help but notice a stream of articles saying women HAVE to 'dress up' for class. I'm here to say you don't. Why should you have to dress up for class when your schedule is filled to the brim with papers and extracurriculars and five classes that you need to study for. It is incredibly easy to throw on leggings, a t-shirt, and sneakers.

Anyone who says that jeans are more comfortable than leggings are LYING to themselves. That also goes for heels vs. sneakers. If I'm going to be sitting in one spot for an extended period of time, I want to be comfortable. I don't want to be in jeans and necklaces and a gazillion annoying bracelets when I could be in shorts and a t-shirt.

Some girls really like dressing up for class, and that is great for them. But it's not great when women start hating on other women for looking comfortable in class. Give it up Becky, you're just mad that I spent 20 minutes getting ready and you spent 120. Chad from theta beta zeta phi is probably taking notes from the slides, not on which girls are dressing up.

Some people will say that dressing up for class prepares you for the 'real world.' This is the real world. College is the real world. I'll look nice for my future job when I get to my future job. Wearing t-shirts and leggings a couple days a week while I'm in college has ZERO effect on my future job. Listening in class does. And guess what, I can't listen if I'm tired because I spent 4 1/2 hours getting ready!!! (Maybe that's a bit of an exaggeration, but come on people.)

I'll wear what I want to wear. You can wear whatever you want to wear. I'll compliment your shirt, you'll compliment my sneakers, and we will both continue on happily doing our own thing.

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