As my outfit in this blog post is quite unusual since I´m not wearing a lot of clothes (literally three pieces of clothing), the text itself will follow this “rarity” and will be about an era, which is characterized by simplification of ordinary elements of life. Post-hipsterism as I like to call it, but google is familiar with the term as well, is the state of former hipster who realized how pretentious the behaviour of his/her peers is, and is willing to differentiate from them. However sweet and inspirational this change might seem, it usually brings even more affectation. Let me explain.
We relatively know what hipster does and represents in the society – plants on Acne Studios shoe box and aspiration to save the planet. And we might predict which coffee place or restaurant will become hipster based on the colour of tiles and number of tattoos of a barista. As well as we might know that investing in vintage store or sustainable inventions will gradually generate a profit. In my opinion, this simplification enables us to understand people and to choose whether we like this lifestyle or not. I do, I´m one of them, but some of us are already over this period of life.
They tend to do everything differently, visiting spots that no one has ever been and supporting things that no one yet likes. Sometimes however, this approach might be invasive. If you don´t want to hang out in a night shop which you consider touristy even when those tourists have to be really advanced and educated to be there, you might destroy the magical aspect of alternative subculture. Therefore, my question is, if we are heading to an era, in which spots will need to be hidden and ordinary to be valued, will this kind of approach be beneficial? Since the support of hipsters is kind of directed towards sustainability and progress, post-hipsterism might deliver concepts which will not be sustainable and will not be progressive. So far, I like to identify myself as a person supporting alternatives to mainstream culture, but when I discovered post-hipsterism, even going shopping in an interesting city was considered mainstream.
I might join that movement in a future, but I kind of think that it was created by boredom of cool kids living in the big cities. On the other hand, as hipsterism was something new and hilarious at first, post-hipsterism might generate developments which we still cannot imagine. Yet, enjoying noninvasive travelling and wearing Martens in the summer, are essential indicators of hipsters who don´t want to stop fighting for improvement of mainstream world. This whole blogpost might sound vague but let´s see what 22nd century brings, so far it´s not great not terrible.