The Urban Dictionary defines Hipster as “One who possesses tastes, social attitudes and opinions deemed cool by the cool. The Hipster walks among the masses in daily life but is not a part of them, and shuns or reduces to kitsch anything held dear by the mainstream.”
While this is a difficult species to be found in the NYS Capital Region unless connected to a college campus, some of us over 40 trudge a less conventional path to the golden years.
To whit, I offer the following Field Guide to Hipster Moms/Dads:
~If your closet has enough black to sustain multiple mono-chromatic outfits without repeating any items over a week, you might be an aging hipster. Bonus points awarded to those who own Chuck Taylor sneakers and a leather jacket, especially of the vintage variety, and have sported black manicures.
~If you know the difference between Ryan Adams and Bryan Adams (and the ironic fact that they have the same birthday), you might be an aging hipster. Bonus points awarded to those who know which band Morrissey fronted and who Robert Smith is.
~If you’ve had dinner on the Lower East Side and brunch in the East Village, you might be an aging hipster. Bonus points awarded to those who can get there by subway rather than taxi and have paid homage to Joe Strummer.
~If you’ve seen at least one concert in the past year which was not a reunion tour of the Bon Jovi or Journey ilk, you might be an aging hipster. Bonus points awarded for preferring club shows versus arena venues.
~If you got pierced or inked before your kids, you might be an aging hipster. Bonus points awarded to those who’ve done these activities with their kids.
Q: How many hipsters does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A: It’s such a cool number, you’ve probably never heard of it.
~Tragically Hipster Mom