Wed May 30 2007
- A hipstory
- Hipster detox: Full assessment
- Why the hipster must die: The hipsterati talks back
Captain Frederick Pabst marries Maria Best, and buys into her father's Milwaukee brewing company two years later. In 1882, his award-winning suds come with a blue ribbon, thus birthing the hipster's favorite beer—Pabst Blue Ribbon.
The Chicago Tribune reports on "flippant youth" wearing slogan tees such as ones reading no flies on me. Can punk in drublic or zero to horny in 2.5 beers or don't blame me, i voted for taft be far behind?
Converse introduces the "All-Star," later dubbed the "Chuck Taylor All-Star." The supersmelly fungus huts are popular—and unpopular, and then popular, and then unpopular, and then popular again—in every decade to come.
The word hipster—a.k.a. "a character who likes hot jazz"—first appears, in a glossary of jive expressions that accompanies Harry Gibson's album Boogie Woogie in Blue.
John Deere introduces its signature hat, with a foam front and mesh backing. It would father the trucker hat, which would father Punk'd.
Ninety-pound British model Twiggy (ne Lesley Hornby) makes her first appearance in a photo shoot. Thin is forever in.
Urban Outfitters is born in Philadelphia. Stocked with '70s fashions, the store probably looked the same as it does today.
Designer Vivienne Westwood and her husband, Malcolm McLaren, sell ripped T-shirts and rubber S&M clothing, launching the punk fashion movement. Spray-on jeans (and the Sex Pistols) soon follow.
Elvis Costello sports his trademark dork glasses on the cover of his first album, My Aim Is True.
MTV first starts searing the collective youth unconscious with a million '80s images that will later be ironically paid tribute to.
Nirvana's Nevermind tour begins in Toronto, and Kurt Cobain becomes the reluctant icon of grunge fashion.
Take everything that came before this, put it in air quotes, and you have Williamsburg. Drawn by cheapo rents, artists had been moving there since the 1970s, and by the mid-'90s, they predominated, waving an ironic retro look as their flag.
The hipster style permeates the mainstream: Celebs and teenyboppers don the Von Dutch trucker hat, worn to death by Ashton Kutcher on MTV.
The New York Times declares the trucker hat "over," which means it was over at least a year before. Meanwhile, The Boston Globe discovers its local kids are drinking...PBR (which means that one's really over). And Robert Lanham's mocking The Hipster Handbook finishes off the whole culture. Or does it?
Skinny jeans, trucker hats, Costello glasses, slogan tees, PBR, Vans, All-Stars—all are declared "dead" by the media and hipsters themselves, but are still embraced by the mainstream, as well as people who look like "hipsters" but simply consider themselves cool. What's next?
The powdered wig makes a comeback.