What's the story behind the Hipster Generation? Definitely nothing easy to define.
It starts with finding a Hipster. If you see a Hipster and you goanna ask: "Hey are you a Hipster?", they will say "No, I am not a Hipster" - In the best case the Hipster is amused or embarrassed and in the worst case the Hipster is angry with you.
Indeed when you meet someone who tells you "I am a Hipster" - this person is not a Hipster. Why this is so I am gonna explain in the following text. So far complicated enough, right?
If you go to Wikipedia asking for Hipster it tells you four things:
- Hipster from the 20th century is a US-American sub-culture
- It is a kind of Undies
- It is a type of Rollercoaster at the company Kymco
- And there is the movement of the 21st century
Even though I think the Undies are the funniest things to compare it with, I am going to concentrate on Number 4. That's what’s been spoken about when it comes to Berlin, right?
Hipster is actually just a word used by the media to describe all those people who act next to the mainstream - next to what is cool, what is trendy, what’s new and so on. That is not easy to explain, because actually just some people act individualy different than the majority - but "they" are still the "cool ones" - the media just gave that movement the name Hipster as some kind of sub culture. So Hipster are people who do not ask or care about what is doing everyone else. It is more about: How can I do it better for me or/and the world?
And this makes the Hipster self-confident. And self-confidence is a very appreciated rare and super cool thing!
Berlin is loved for its individuals and randomness. If a person does what he/she likes than ones is probably strongly supported in Berlin. This city is full of people who don't want to follow the mainstream - And by the way, those people already way older than GenerationY.
Well, the easiest place in the entire world to start a hype at the moment is probably Berlin. The hype around this city and these Hipsters is enormous! As soon as you tell someone you live in Berlin you will be surrounded by "uuhh" and "aaahh"'s and a lot of questions, while you actually didn't feel cool or like the point of interest before - so far. Living in Berlin makes people in other cities treat you more likely like a Hipster in any way anyway (But there is no way to find out, right? Maybe you are one, but you don't feel like. Or if you think you are one, you are probably not.)
Well, there are many people who enjoy this Hipster Berlin. I mean who does not want to be appreciated by others? - But this attracts this other kind of people, who are not that self-confident and like to do what’s supposed to be cool: dress like a hipster, party like hipster, eat like hipster,... like to follow the crowd - and every hype needs this crowd! It is super difficult to differentiate, because good ideas (Hipster-lifestyle & Co.) need attention and you get that with a hype. But if it is only a hype than an idea is gone as fast as it came up. But if an idea is supported by a crowd who really means it, than there is this an enormous chance for that idea! In this case the hype would be nothing else than an kick-off for a great change.
Puhh that’s complicated! I am sorry, I'll try to keep it simple.
A Hipster do not dress like it is shown in H&M, Forever21, Zara or any of the other mass-consumer places. - What you find there is ugly clothes combined in a way that it looks cool, isn't it?!
Taking abut Berlin and Style, it is more: Just wear something you like yourself and what’s comfortable. And that’s it. So this can be an old jacket from your grandma and the boots from the nineties you always loved as a kid and a simple white shirt - nothing special, but you like to cover your belly somehow, right?
While mass-consumption is worldwide booming, you actually can get nearly everything for fee in Berlin. Specially in Wedding, Friedrichshain, Neukölln, Prenzlauer Berg, Moabit, Kreuzberg, Charlottenburg and sometimes also Mitte, Schöneberg and so on. These areas are full of boxes on the street saying "zu verschenken" (meaning "as a present" or "take it for free"). Example by me: I got my absolute favourite red coat on a street and I was wearing it in the office in Mitte (fancy expensive conservative Berlin-Mitte) and I got so many compliments for my expensive look - So thanks, Style seems not to be paid with money.
And for sure I will put my unused stuff on the street as well, because I know somehow I get back in red coats, many books, cups, pictures, coffee-machines and so on. The value of something is not gone because it is used or it might have been dirty. Don't be so ignorant, at least all your leather or fake leather is also done by dirty hands. So give the value back to what’s really in front of you: Clean it, use it again and rock the road! :)
The Hipster generation has that strong self-confidence and the free choice in anything. Berlin is maybe the city that started that and thats because Berlin does not judge you on any of your decisions and gives you all this opportunities. No matter if it is food, clothes, health, party, drugs, living, relationships or anything else. That makes room to a young innovative generation, which might think outside the box. Generally spoken Berlin is cheap, very liberal and full creative independent people, who accept Change as a positive factor in life.
Imitating "the Hipster" I personally do not see as bad trend. But do not forget: Actually Hipster means besides the mainstream. So be yourself and make your own decisions and you probably be the greatest Hipster :)