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Tech bro comes close, but the devil’s in the details

The tech bro is notorious for taking hipster stuff and infusing it with a healthy dose of mainstream turd-factor.

Dear Hipster: About 18 months ago, work brought me down to San Diego from San Francisco. I’m living in Scripps Ranch now, but I rented a little house in South Park when I first moved ...

Inklings of communism, and primitive strains of marijuana

the 1950s Beatnik was absolutely the hipster of his day.

Dear DJ: You write of the east. I am from the east, born in 1957. My parents and their friends were beatniks. As an avid hipster watcher I enjoy reading your recent field guide series. ...

Hipsters love public transit

Just don't expect to see them on a bus at 7 a.m.

Dear Hipster: I just started a new internship downtown, and I ride the bus every day to get there. It’s actually a pretty good deal at $2.25 each way. I can’t help but notice that ...

Doubled initials are a mixed bag as to whether or not they’re cool

Who’s really inspired by the Kardashians?

Dear Hipster: I have two questions for you. They may or may not be questions that only a hipster could answer, but I figured your guess would be as good as mine. First, why do ...

The next über-hip locus will be in the South or the North

Nature abhors a hipster vacuum

Dear Hipster: I’ve been enjoying the hipster town comparisons to San Diego. Now I’m curious: if you didn’t live here, what hipsterville would you call home? Please don’t answer Austin, Brooklyn, or Portland. — G. ...

Food doesn't have to be fancy to be good

Trick even the most unadventurous palate

Dear Hipster: I consider myself a well-above-average cook. I enjoy entertaining and hosting dinners. One particular couple, whom I love, have come over for a few get-togethers in the past, but I stopped inviting them ...

Midwest hipster traditions

Say Milwaukee, think Pabst Blue Ribbon

Dear Hipster: Stop me if you’ve heard this one, or if you aren’t having fun anymore, but what’s the difference between a local SD hipster and a Midwestern hipster, say, from Madison or Milwaukee, Wisconsin. ...

22 shades of hipsterness

No bags, please, just put it in my bicycle panniers

Hipster: People all over town are giving away their hipsterness (or lack thereof) in front of local grocery stores! Since those little plastic bags were banned in California, I’ve noticed that shoppers differ widely in ...

What's with all the heavy metal distinctions?

Sad White People + Occasional Clapping

Dear DJ: On an episode of Seinfeld, Elaine called Kramer a hipster dufus. Sure, Kramer was a doofus, but was he a hipster doofus? Did they have hipsters in the early ’90s? — RJ Narlian ...

The San Diego hipster constantly threatens to move to Portland but doesn’t

The Portland hipster keeps threatening to move to Detroit/Baltimore/Tallahassee.

Dear Hipster: I think you can probably guess where this is going, but, how about the difference, if any, between San Diego hipsters and Portland hipsters. — Janelle Portland hipsters have acquired some legendary statues ...

The gulf between San Diego and Austin hipsters yawns deep

On the odium toward sellouts

Dear Hipster: Okay. How about the difference between San Diego hipsters and hipsters from, say, Austin, Texas? — Janelle To the uneducated eye, a local hipster may be indistinguishable from a far-flung Texan cool kid. ...

Proven hipster business models

Accept that, unless you are actively selling, you are being bought

Dear Hipster: I have been wondering, what’s the best way for me to get rich quick without having to do too much work? I know, that sounds a little sarcastic, but I’m serious. Surely there ...

There have always been hipsters

Odds are even they’ll survive the apocalypse(s)

Dear Hipster: Will there always be hipsters? If so, why? If not, why, and what will come after? — Daisy In one sense, hipsters have been around in one form or another since just about ...

Not exactly L.A. versus San Diego

The San Diego hipster isn’t ashamed to be a lifetime bartender.

Dear Hipster: What’s the difference (if there is one) between an L.A. hipster and a San Diego hipster? — Janelle Picture two hipsters with rhyming names, Alysyn from L.A., fresh from riding the gentrification wave ...

A burrito is many things, but ... a sandwich?

The best thing you ever ate at 4:17 a.m.

Dear Hipster: Is a burrito a sandwich? — Gary Why you must ask me such things as lie beyond my sphere of expertise, I shall never know. Is a bicycle a vehicle? Is a chihuahua ...

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