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Better to just be a penguin at prom

Sometimes the most original expression is restraint.

Discern the difference between radness and annoyingness.

Always another reason to scorn

Dear Hipster: What is the significance to popular music, and pop culture in general, if One Direction breaks up following the departure of Zayn Malik from the band? If Justin Bieber has truly slid into ...

Keep moving, IRS (nothing to see here)

Citizen Hip pays taxes

Dear Hipster: April 15th is right around the corner. I wonder, do hipsters pay their taxes like good citizens? — Call Me “Your Cousin in Government, Irving Radcliff Stevens” The funny thing is, I actually ...

Public health? Over it!

You can lead them to the ashtray but you can't make them snuff it out

What’s next, government subsidies for mustache care?

High-risk television

Go for broke and try something on... PlayStation Network?

Dear Hipster: What should I watch on TV this week? Guide me. — Hilary Since everything TV becomes meaningless when Game of Thrones comes back on the air next month, I suggest you go for ...

You made this? I made this

The hipster perspective on plagiarism is exactly what is needed

Dear Hipster: So, this lawsuit where Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke have to pay Marvin Gaye’s heirs seven million dollars has me and the rest of the world wondering, Where does it end? Maybe the ...

More filter than 'stache

Coffee-making isn't about the tool, it's about the method

In fact, Mr. Coffee is pour-over coffee as well.

Authenticity from the days of Oog

Pedigree questioned, and answered

Dear Hipster: I don’t doubt you per se, but how are we supposed to accept your word as THE hipster? Are there not other, perhaps more authoritative hipsters? If my doctor couldn’t show me a ...

Dress overexposure

Blame the slow news week for the poor-man's meme

Dear Hipster:What color did you see when you looked at #TheDress?— Amanda DJ:I don’t care what science says. I don’t care if BuzzFeed and Wired tell me otherwise. The damn dress is white and gold!— ...

A missive from North Park’s “super sketchballs” quarter

Dear Hipster: My wife and I are stoked to be first-time homeowners in North Park. We had a housewarming party the other day, and a few friends of ours were saying how our part of ...

Dis the DST

If only more people were "over it"

Dear Hipster: I direct this question to you, because I feel that the world at large ought to be “over it” in regards to Daylight Savings Time and because hipsters are the masters of being ...

Maximum cryptic effect

Finally, a formula that determines the coolness of trends

Dear Hipster: My friend told me she really wants a Herschel backpack, which I notice has become super trendy in the past couple years. This got me thinking about the relative coolness of fashionable clothing ...

Graphic designer, eh?

More or less creatively satisfying

The state of the art world itself created the hipster graphic designer stereotype.

Less Anna and Hans, more Anna and Elsa

Spurned on V-day

Mr. Hipster: My girlfriend spent a significant portion of Valentine’s Day with one of her friends. She said it was important to show some solidarity for a single girlfriend, and that it should be more ...

Appeal of the cutting-edge '90s

Even Snake isn't going to bring back the bricks.

Dear Hipster: Am I uncool for not wanting a smartphone? My friends tease me, but I enjoy a $20/month phone bill and a 72-hour battery life. — Annie Good news, Annie. You may actually fall ...

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