Diluted Hipster Shaming


By Tanya Silverman

Photo courtesy of FunGi_(Trading).

Maybe we’ve been looking at these fucking hipsters too long. At least on the internet.

Look at This Fucking Hipster (LATFH) is a blog we’ve probably all seen or heard about, with its snapshots of young folk in plaid shirts, funky mustaches, or tight jeans, accompanied by short, snarky commentary that scoffs at the subjects’ intended irony, aloof hedonism, or pseudo-intellectualism. The single-topic site launched and peaked in 2009. Although they released the catchy “Being a Dickhead’s Cool” anthem and published a book in 2010, the original LATFH URL is dead and the sister Tumblr was not updated since that year.

Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Skene.

An assortment of topical spinoffs launched after the original LATFH, like the political Rosa DeLauro is a Fucking Hipster, or the gastronomic Look at this Fucking Hipster Food Truck. These blogs haven’t been updated in 11 months and three years, respectively. Perhaps, like their original source, the nature of the humor has limitations.

Today, there’s Look at this Fuckin Hipster. While there’s a good deal of feedback, if you click through its dozens of sarcastic pages, photos and jokes quickly become repetitive: hipsters smoking cigs, shopping vintage, or sporting goggles, with text like “straight out of douchebagingstan,” “a hipster’s Sunday morning,” or plainly, “LATFH”.

Photo courtesy of Richard Masoner.

Is the novelty of pointing out the trivialities of so-called hipsters dead for good, or are there only so many jokes you can crack about PBR and fixies before it gets redundant?

Another blog, Dads are the Original Hipsters is quite active nowadays, publishing retro shots of then-dudes in aviator glasses and handlebar mustaches, reading “Selfie game king since ’76.” Even if we become numb to the abundant coverage of current-day hipsters, we can always dig deep into the photographic archives of dad’s cool heydays for such treasures.

The extensive Do & Don’ts series shares Vice’s chosen selection of hipster scenarios, with all the absurd party outfits or quirky decorating techniques. Noticeably different from other post-a-hipster-picture-and-jeer blog outlets are the developed, explicitly detailed descriptions like, “skeezy grins and the Charlie-Brown-discovers-DMT sweaters,” or, “affectation mosaics like this dude are usually as boring as a Dave Matthews cover.”

That said, we should acknowledge that Vice is an established publication where people get paid to work there. Writers are likely hired based on their cultural knowledge and language skills, so their hipster-mocking picture descriptions are bound to be more intricate.

Just remember, if your public appearance, actions, or mannerisms come off as overtly “hip,” (whatever or whenever that means) you still risk having your picture taken by third parties to post online and make fun of you later. Perhaps if every last one of these online outlets goes stale, you’ll run the risk of getting ridiculed to your face?