Saturday, 10 September 2011

What is this 'Hipster'?

We've all heard of this sub-culture 'Hipsters' but how do we know what one is? 

I like the definition found in 'The Hipster Handbook' by Robert Lanham

"Typically a Hipster can be identified by vintage or thrift-store bought clothing, a taste for obscure or underground music, a penchant for irony and an elitist attitude."

I was quite indifferent to the whole 'Hipster' scene until I decided to work out what one was, I was a bit shocked to learn I'm about 238% Hipster...

These are the signs to look for if you want to admit to being a Hipster:

- If you immediately think, 'I'm not a Hipster!' then you're probably at least 5%
- You have heard of/use/love Instagram and have some obscure alter ego that posts posey shots of yourself on there regularly 

- You are a girl and like boys with facial hair, or are a boy and have facial hair. Note: boys who have no facial hair, but like boys who have facial hair, may also be considered a Hipster. Add additional points if you like facial hair so much that you were involved in a group art show called 'Beardo' and wore a crocheted beard around the opening night. 

- You like/own vintage clothing 
- You like/own tight jeans. Note: If they are SUPER tight you're most likely well on your way
- You like to wear flannelette but don't really know how to spell it...
- If you find yourself 'Pattern Clashing' and getting really good at the 'I can't be bothered' look  
- You like/own raybans or ironic eyewear including the recently memed 'thick rimmed glasses' 

- You blow dry your hair from one side 
- You sneer at people who listen to Coldplay
- If you listen to music that no one else would have heard of - add 123.56%
- Your favourite joke is 'how many hipsters does it take to change a light bulb? the number is too obscure for you to understand'. 
- You like to sit in a cafe and surf your ipad for hours
- You like public transport but prefer riding your fixed gear bicycle 
- You are a 'niche consumer' preferably purchasing from local retailers, and are totally bummed when you realise that Thomas Dux is in fact owned by Woolworths
-  You read VICE and Wallpaper magazines but are too dumb to remember to use your NGV membership card at Mag Nation for a discount
- You watch foreign films (because all your friends do) but find them depressing and would much prefer to watch something with a bit of action
- You love blogs, music blogs, art blogs, fashion blogs, you have your own blog...or two
- You love local fashion, you probably have/had/have/had/have a fashion label
- You like stuff before it was cool and often find pieces in the back of your wardrobe you designed SEASONS before everybody else did 
- You take pictures of your feet 
- You have tattoos
- You don't take yourself too seriously and often dress up in weird hats after a few drinks
- You have an artsy education, this includes the social sciences 
- You don't like to define yourself and avoid being labelled as this is too mainstream
- You illustrate pictures of things you blog about every Saturday morning: 

See my cute Hipster girl and her boyfriends:  

For more info on Hipsters see: 

- Dads are the original hipsters 
- Accidental Chinese Hipsters 
- The urban dictionary on their definition


Saturday, 3 September 2011

Here's how you do it Homie...

I used to visit my Nan and Pop in Wollongong when I was much shorter. Like most pip-squeaks I had a short attention span and became bored with most activities in 30 seconds.
My glorious Nan was forever inventing ways to entertain me, often giving up her linen cupboard or old costume jewellery so I could destroy it and glue it back together in some hideous way, which I would then receive generous praise for. 
My most memorable and fun 'crafty' moment was when my attention deficit eye (much like Mordor) roamed the living room and landed on my statuesque grandfather, quietly keeping to his cross-word puzzle. Pop used to turn his hearing aid off to cleverly cut out my ruckus. 
Pop was totally bald which inspired my little fingers to get to work on one of Nan's lace pillow-cases...I turned it in to strands of hair, tied it together and made him a gorgeous wig. Pop wore it the whole afternoon and finished his cross-word puzzle. 

I'm not generally the inventive type however I do have a knack for seeing a niche in a market (getting it to market is a whole other story), perhaps this is where it all started.  

I've had a few frivolous creative moments this week and found myself getting 'crafty' instead of the usual 'arty', but finding the art of exploration and creative relaxing a real treat! 

I've always been one for good references and inspiration. So thanks to this team of cool ladies at Honestly WTF and their tuned in ways. They basically democratise cool shit, 'you like that Proenza Schouler Rope necklace? well here's how you make one homie'...which is precisely what I did: 

Here's some crappy rope n stuff I had lying around the house:

Here's the DIY: 

Here's my finished result: 

Here's me posing: 

How did I make those cool photo frames? Well I need to mention Instagram, it's the quickest way to get inspired by all my crafty/arty mates and other randoms that I stalk, if you have an Iphone...I recommend checking this out. 

Also Red Velvet are truly the queens of 'DIY', they are helping me learn how to sew with their E-Course!