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Adult man versus video game

Suggestion: self-control

Dear Hipster: I, like many Android users, am obsessed with Fallout Shelter now that the game has made its way beyond the world of iOs. Plants vs. Zombies and Clash of Clans both held me ...

When your location is, like, so retro

Flannel grafting the unsuspecting burgs

Hey Hipster: The dictionary defines “slumming” as, “to visit slums, especially from curiosity...to visit or frequent a place, group, or amusement spot considered to be low in social status.” Technically, this is what moving to ...

Hipsters don't like hipsters

Only mainstream critics are charmed by movies featuring the young and hip

Dear Hipster: Are there any movies about hipsters? Google comes up with a list of movies hipsters watch, or hipster characters, but I envision a pretty cool, funny movie about hipsters and hipster culture — ...

Were 1960s English mods more Vogue than Vice?

Modern ideas of the past sometimes don't match the memories of those who were there

DJ: I think you should reconsider your commentary on 1960s English mods. I lived through that scene when my parents moved to London for my father’s job. Granted, I was a fairly young teenager at ...

Small, local businesses on notice

Do good or get what you want?

Vote with your dollars.

Are dedicated followers of fashion the best or the worst?

Cutting edge of popular culture or indentured servitude to the cult of cool?

Dear Hipster: Would you please explain the difference between a hipster and a “Dedicated Follower of Fashion?” — Puzzled, David Fifty years and a tattoo sleeve. Hey-oooo! Next! See what I did there? That was ...

Stop hating and ask the cool cat where he got his café racer

Dear Hipster: What is the typical life cycle of a Hipster fad? You guys don’t usually annoy me. Hey, every group has its own uniforms, totems, and mores. But, lately I’ve seen (heard) a troubling ...

Onward, to flyover country!

What do we call hipster pioneers who strike out to middle-tier cities for cheaper rent?

Dear Hipster: I know you were mostly joking about moving to Austin because moving to Portland is too mainstream, but it got me thinking. The Y2K years saw widespread gentrification of major urban centers, but ...

Procrastination nation

Read this important advice and all related links before you procrastinate one more minute

Dear Hipster: I’m an independent contractor with a handful of small design clients. It’s not a huge amount of work, but it pays the bills. Sometimes, especially when I work at home, I procrastinate for ...

To all the like-bombers out there

Don't be a creep.

Dear Hipster: One of my friends follows me on Instagram. He periodically goes through and likes everything I post, no matter what it is. I don’t know why, but it freaks me out a little ...

Doctors are the enemy

Perhaps you have Three Stooges Syndrome?

Mr. Hipster: My sister complains to me constantly of nebulous ailments, but she never actually gets a satisfying diagnosis for anything. I grow weary of her hypochondria, since she doesn’t trust most doctors, and so ...

Lost art of urban direction-finding

How to find the true north that isn’t a bar

Dear Hipster: How do I find true north? It’s not like I think I actually need survival skills for my occasional camping trips in East County, but it would be cool to know. Obviously, I ...

The age of quasi-ironic movie remakes

Hollywood’s equivalent of an Instagram filter

Dear Hipster: Look at your local movie theater and coming attractions. Terminator!? Jurassic Park!? Mad Max!? Star Wars!? What year is it? What does this all mean, and why am I so excited? — Danny ...

Put on your vintage Freedom Trousers

Allegations of hipster indifference toward the Fourth.

Dear Hipster: With Independence Day just around the corner, I have to know why you hipsters hate America so much. You’re all so quick to blame the government when you can’t find a job, but ...

Unstoppable spoiler force

Spoil your shows? Spoil his life.

Dear Hipster: I have one friend who is an unstoppable force of TV and movie spoiling. He even spoiled the Game of Thrones finale for me! Unacceptable! He claims that he is powerless in the ...

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