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That which is cool must first pass through uncoolness

Olive Garden and the rules of ironic redemption, plus breadsticks.

The guy with cheap plastic glasses and Bigfoot, in skinny jeans, at Olive Garden.

7 steps from "fitted" to "three sheets"

Take your fitted sheet and stuff it.

Dear Hipster: You are my last hope in solving this serious problem. Help me! How do you fold a fitted sheet? — Derek Easy! Here’s a step by step guide: Google “how to fold a ...

Cosmopolitan ink

Tattoo appropriation transcends hipsters.

Dear Hipster: A lot of people seem to identify tattoos with hipsters, but I feel like hipsters hardly have a monopoly on tattoos. Plenty of my friends, who aren’t what I think of as “hipsters” ...

What if your girl borrowed your phone instead of your shirt?

Where does the borrowed t-shirt fall in the hierarchy of outrage?

Neologisms before they're cool

The truly hip don't even have a word for that yet.

Dear Hipster: Why isn’t there a word for “being into something before it was cool”? — Stephen, Hillcrest I don’t know. Maybe there is. Preliking? I’m willing to take suggestions from readers, and we’ll force ...

Emma Watson as purveyor of 21st-century feminist doctrine

Misogyny and sexism in the hipster blender.

Dear Hipster: How about that Emma Watson? Her UN feminism speech impressed me. I’m a 28-year-old white male, working in the graphic design field. In my circle for friends, most of whom would I guess ...

Hipster Halloween costumes

Bert and Ernie, yes, this Halloween; blackface, nope

Dear Hipster: Got any suggestions for good Halloween costumes? I like to start early with the planning, decoration, and execution of epic Halloween shenanigans. — Matty There are a few costumes I’d like to see ...

The sand is full of wasps

In defiance of the claim that there are no bad insects.

Dear Hipster: Check out the pic of this bee I found hanging out in Mission Beach. He was digging in the sand. Cool, right? It’s definitely freaky that the sand might be full of bees, ...

Tuna king

There can be only one.

Dear Hipster: Now that the Reader is running these dock totals, maybe you can answer a question for me. Which is the better tuna, yellowfin or bluefin? — Mark, O.B. I’ve consulted with a few ...

The selfie way of life

Love them, hate them, take them anyway.

Dear Hipster: Why doesn’t hating selfies seem to do any good? It seems like everybody hates them, but there’s no evidence to suggest that selfie-taking is anything but on the rise. How is that even ...

Deniability problems

Taking a nude selfie is like using the ATM.

Dear Hipster: Naturally, the leaked photos of Jennifer Lawrence in the news have us all excited to see the dark side of Hollywood’s most wholesome hottie, but now I wonder about online privacy. Is this ...

Simultaneously hipster and not hipster

Down, down the dark spiral of "identity."

Hipster: What do I tell people who call me a hipster, especially when they mean it as an insult? — Beth We understand hipsterism as a label that people (let’s call them “haters”) apply to ...

Late is late

But give them anway.

Dear Hipster: When is it too late to send a thank-you note? — Lily You know how they say, “If you have to ask if something is racist, then it’s probably racist?” Well, this is ...

Ice bucket meh

Dear Hipster: I nominate you for an ice-bucket challenge!!!! Who will you challenge? You can do up to four. — Mark Meh. I’m already over it. (For anybody living under a rock, Ice Bucket Challenge ...

Cut the cheesy jokes

DJ advises a grown-ass hipster to temper the toilet humor.

Dear Hipster: I use a lot of bathroom humor because I think it’s f@$*ing hilarious! My girlfriend (along with some of my friends) tells me I’m being too lowbrow and that I shouldn’t resort to ...

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