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Stories by DJ Stevens

Polish horseshoes — DIY good clean fun

Capitalizing on ingenuity is lowest of the low

Dear Hipster, I just learned how to play Polish horseshoes this last weekend, and I have to say it’s super fun. Basically, you just hammer some four-foot garden stakes into the ground with about 25 ...

When posting Soundcloud comments about some obscure, terrible trap artist...

... proudly attach your name to whatever sick burn you can come up with.

Dear Hipster: Perhaps you can settle this matter once and for all. If I wrote an inflammatory letter to the editor, is it okay to do so anonymously, or should I attach my name for ...

You want to “do something” about homelessness? Good luck.

The basic dialogue falls inevitably upon deaf ears

Hey D.J., How do hipsters feel about the homeless? — Mr. Stinko de Mayo Himself Like almost everyone, hipsters feel bad for the homeless. But, in keeping with the sentiments of Question 1 (above), I ...

You will be curmudgeons

"We used to put liquid smoke and cardamon in our homebrew..."

Hipster: This question is almost like that summer road trip with the folks as a kid, and the endless questions in the car: “Dad, what would happen if...? What was it like when...? Where do...come ...

Courier — perfect typeface for those making a stand

You want it to look like you wrote it on a typewriter

Dear Hipster: I just wrapped up a summer internship (which went well), but I kept encountering a weird point of contention between myself and the higher-ups. My job involved preparing a lot of memos and ...

Actors who move from Lord of the Rings movie to Marvel movie

There is some connection

Dear Hipster: Have you noticed that anyone who plays some sort of elven royalty in a Lord of the Rings movie goes on to play an ugly-ass villain in a Marvel movie? — Dean Lee ...

Burger of short rib, chuck, and brisket no longer trending

#speedofinternet, anyone?

Hipster: What’s up the #hipsterbooks hagtash on Twitter? Um... it’s “trending”? Also, if I’m at an arts, crafts, & brew place, and I order a $17 burger of short rib, chuck, and brisket from that ...

She’s doing the internet troll thing all wrong by mixing pejoratives

What’s the point of being super tough?

Dear Hipster: How did you feel about that reader calling you a “beta male” (at least by implication) a week or so ago? — Joe Unimpressed. She’s doing the internet troll thing all wrong by ...

August’s main crime is not being July

Plus it's back-to-school month

Dear Hipster, Why does August always seem like such a sad month? — Jules Poor August. Notwithstanding the perpetual, residual back-to-school blues, August’s main crime is, and always has been, not being July. Among months, ...

What I shoulda done during Comic-Con

Talk about having gone there at some point in the quasi-recent past, but now being super over it

DJ: So, exactly what does a hipster do during Comic-Con? — Sam King, San Diego Oh, man. What doesn’t a hipster do during Comic-Con? Avoiding downtown like the plague is always a good start. Nothing ...

Nerds susceptible to ass-kicking at the hands of the Bro

But nerds became $250K-a-year Tech Bros

Dear Hipster: You have compared hipsters and bros in the past, but what about hipsters and nerds? Do hipsters see nerds as allies against the juggernaut of mainstream culture, or are nerds themselves too mainstream ...

Music v. silence when writing

Try Music for Airports or Reflection

Dear Hipster: My writer friends and I differ on what I think is the biggest question of them all, music v. silence when writing. Personally, I require total silence. I have some friends who will ...

Once you get out to Lakeside, it’s more rolling coal in your F-250

And less pedaling your fixie to the farmers’ market

DJ: (1) The ’90s bite also, but I’m thinking there was the rise of “alternative” culture, which has hipsterish strains. The ’70s were cool, but maybe I’m biased from knowing my parents met in a ...

Nonmainstream places to go in August heat

Think of what is not San Diego

Dear Hipster: I know for a fact it’s gonna be hot as balls here in August. I can’t say why. I just have a feeling. What are your top three getaways for scorching-hot hell month, ...

Don't pout about going business casual

Forget the flannel and Chucks

Dear Hipster:I just got a great job, and I can’t complain, but I hate having to go in business-casual. Let’s just say my office is not one of those hipster offices where everybody works around ...

Zucchini is the poké restaurant of the vegetable world

Next year, stuff and fry the blossoms

Dear Hipster: What should I do with all this zucchini that grew in my garden? I don’t think I can eat any more. — Diane Oh, man, it’s totes that time of year, isn’t it? ...

Why we hate the '70s

Short shorts for everyone

Dear Hipster: Why do hipsters like the ’60s and the ’80s but not the ’70s? — Lance Because nobody likes the ’70s. Even if people like stuff from the ’70s — such as Blondie, “Stairway ...

Girl of your dreams — not in an intimidating supermodel way

The hipster girl is more than just an ideal; she is a reality.

Dear Hipster: How might one compare a San Diego hipster to a European hipster? — Janelle As depicted in my new favorite stock photo, “Young Hipster Best Friends Taking a Selfie in Urban City Context ...

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 ...

The hipster was inside you the whole time

Seven solutions

Dear Hipster: You’re in a lightless, windowless, doorless room with four pills; two red, two blue. Take one of each, and you will attain hipster immortality. Everything cool will be old news to you before ...

Things hipsters ought to like, but don't

Dennistown is a bit too obscure

Hi, DJ Stevens: Are you a real DJ or are those your initials? — PM (initials) I wouldn’t say I’m not a DJ. Calvin Harris has been biting my style for years. He knows I ...

Don’t expect a taxpayer-subsidized Trump Phone

They aren’t special in any regard anyway

Dear Hipster: Are Obama Phones still called Obama Phones, or are they now Trump phones? And I must also ask, is any kind of free phone something a true Hipster would carry? I mean, what ...

What is hip?

Answer correctly for a chance to win swag — no Googling!

Dear Hipster, I became a part of the new breed. I’ve been smoking only the best weed and hanging out with the so-called hippest set. I’ve been seen in all the right places, and with ...

But ’70s surfers didn’t wear skinny jeans

They say everybody sells out eventually

I’ve decided to do the sensible thing by breaking down this message, clause by clause (the letter writer’s query in italics), to tease out the subtleties. After all, we’re not so different, he and I. ...

The snootiest coffee and the hoppiest beer are equals

Embrace the hipness

Dear Hipster, Is there an aspect of hipster culture — be it as simple as footwear or as complex as existential philosophy — that you reject? — B. Butterbur Negative. I am all that is ...

Daylight Saving Time: Deal with it

Indispensible to some, vexatious to many, and more or less inextricable

Here’s a question I’ve been asking my entire life, and I’ve never gotten an answer that sounded logical: why do we have Daylight Saving Time? Probably the only response I’ve ever gotten that sounded right ...

Even hipster girls get a sexy makeover for the sake of entertainment

It's all about fantasy

Dear Hipster: In sci-fi, spaceship, submarine, or war movies, why are the men outfitted totally in armor, but the females have skimpy bikinis and high-heeled boots (yet never get wounded)? — Ralph From tasteless Whitesnake ...

It doesn’t help hunting’s cause that it’s a big pain

There are so many other ways to get your wood-to-table fix

Hipster: I was thinking about hunting the other day, and I thought it was kind of ironic that you never hear the manly man lumberjack hipsters talking about hunting. Wouldn’t that go along with the ...

Normal Heights foodie gang goes underground

Hipsters sabotaged the dining industry by seeding the foodie scene with cravings for kale and grass-fed meats.

Hello again, Hipster: I saw the attached graffiti near my workplace in Normal Heights. Are there hipster turf wars in San Diego? Is this the foodie gang’s tag? If they have a beef with another ...

How to spot a poser

Intern at uncle’s law firm by day, “punk” by night? Poser

Dear Hipster: How do you spot a poser? — Deb Oh, damn. Let’s just take a breath here. Slow down a minute before we dive into a long answer for a short question. Talk about ...

No room at the Farm-to-Table Inn for the sensibly mature

Let your gray hairs grow wild and free

Dear Hipster: I found my first gray hair about five years ago, and ever since I’ve been plucking them out, one by one, as they arrive on my head. I consider them the forward scouts ...

Mexico: Just another place to get a dog

Raise your hipster cred by getting a pup from south of the border

Dear Hipster: Why does it seem all the hipsters go to Mexico to get their dogs? Not to sound too Trump-y, but what’s wrong with our local dogs? — Ed Till recently, a run-of-the-puppy-mill mongrel ...

Why David Bowie and not Justin Bieber?

Question offers another opportunity to throw Kings of Leon under the bus

Dear Hipster: It’s said that a catastrophic event (nuclear war, the volcano under Yellowstone erupting, a meteor strike) would kill off the more advanced creatures, like us, but leave less evolved beings, like cockroaches. 2016 ...

Definitely hold on to the Tubthumper LP

Good hipsters don't discard music.

Hey, Mr. Hipster, dude: As you can see, I have quite a few albums, including a few by the Soft Machine but none from the Tragically Hip. What’s up with that? Or is it down ...

Day-Glo in a sea of black pea coats

Hipsters aren't afraid of threads that pop

Dear Hipster: Please explain why Californians fear bright colors in their clothing. In San Diego; on the trolley; in the long lines crossing the border; everywhere you go, 98 percent of people are wearing drab ...

Dinner-party vegan means no harm

Vegan eggnog gets even the most recalcitrant aunts and cousins laughing

Dear Hipster: You hipsters and your crazy food predilections are killing me. I had my sister over for the holidays. She brought her new hipster boyfriend, who won’t eat corn, milk, and (obviously) gluten. If ...

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