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steppensheep

What were hipsters before there were hipsters?

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My new neighbour has got hipster hair. I can't bear to look at him or speak to him. I don't really know why I loathe them so much, It just seems like they are trying to make themselves look interesting to compensate for having zero personality. Like women who use too much make up are usually the least interesting.

 

Anyway, what would  these types have been like before hipsterness got invented? I mean, were they fashionable? Nerds? Nobodies? or what? I just cant imagine anyone I ever knew dressing up like that.

 

Should  try and stop being suc a miserable old git, I suppose.

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Lots of people have fallen into the category of "believing they're right/are trendsetters/are unique"

Top three off the top of my head are

Socialists 

Goths

CAMRA members. 

 

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Don't get me started on this. I lived in Dalston when the whole hipster thing started from New York. The original hipsters looked like punks from the 70s, tight trousers  and dyed hair around 2008. Then the clubs became trendy and the Essex boys and girls started turning up, that's where the short back and sides with the beard came from.

Everyone copied the Essex look, nothing to do with hipster really.

Hipster were looking to make money out of property, greedy little fuckers too, with no ounce of common sense.

Glad they are history to be honest, and the bike thing, cant afford a car as i've spent 450k on a shitty ex council hole in Haggerston. Twats, they are all buying "classic" hot hatches now, wankers.

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 Quite many goths of varying degrees when I was at 6th form around 2000ish. I always thought, given about 1/5 students seemed to be a goth, if they really wanted to be individual, as they claimed, they'd wear a tweed jacket or something. Not once did I see a sixth former wearing a tweed jacket.

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5 minutes ago, PatronizingGit said:

 Not once did I see a sixth former wearing a tweed jacket.

You wouldn't want the other students keep coming up asking for more time to complete their geography assignment. 

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IMO many people struggle with their identity. In days gone by, broadly speaking, men were breadwinners and women were homemakers. Of course there have always been people who pushed those social boundaries and carved a different life to prescribed norms. In addition there was perhaps more of a “feeling” of identity to your country/community.

These days there is no United uk and it’s more difficult to “feel” that one belongs to a community unless you perhaps live in a rural area. Likewise there is little social mobility and a constant drip drip drip that you are unique, worth it etc while millions struggle to pay their bills. Add into the mix social media with millions of squabbling voices trying to be “somebody”.

I’m thankful I’m older and have had the luxury to find myself in a slower world. In my rural area I’m seeing 30+ years old single men displaying hipster beards etc. WTF. To be fair though they probably look at me in my tartan, black clothing, boots etc and guffaw that I’m a relic from the past :)

 

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42 minutes ago, PatronizingGit said:

 Quite many goths of varying degrees when I was at 6th form around 2000ish. I always thought, given about 1/5 students seemed to be a goth, if they really wanted to be individual, as they claimed, they'd wear a tweed jacket or something. Not once did I see a sixth former wearing a tweed jacket.

I wore a cravat as a 6th former, along with a great deal of tweed.

I had no friends but quickly learnt how to fight.

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1 hour ago, steppensheep said:

Anyway, what would  these types have been like before hipsterness got invented? I mean, were they fashionable? Nerds? Nobodies? or what? I just cant imagine anyone I ever knew dressing up like that.

Time to wheel out a video that's already been played many times on this forum :)

Made 8 years ago, and full of recognisable "hipster types" even if they're not yet sporting the "long beard - no hair" look.

Edited by DeepLurker

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20 minutes ago, InLikeFlynn said:

I wore a cravat as a 6th former, along with a great deal of tweed.

I had no friends but quickly learnt how to fight.

:)

I'm absolutely sure that you did.

You'd have gotten the shit bummed out of you otherwise...

;)

 

XYY

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1 minute ago, DeepLurker said:

Time to wheel out a video that's already been played many times on this forum :)

Made 8 years ago, and full of recognisable "hipster types" even if they're not yet sporting the "long beard - no hair" look.

Well, at least he got in there a bit earlier! Poor twat. I feel sorry for young folks in this globalist multicultural world. What are the majority supposed to do to earn a living these days?

I don’t know. I’m on the scrap heap at aged sixty but luckily I have a home, son paying digs  and paltry pension that will hopefully see me through to state pension age at 66. I’ve worked all my life, initially in decent jobs but for the last twenty years crap jobs due to unwanted single parenting. No more! FFS, £8 per hour relative to living costs today. No thanks. I’d rather be frugal!

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1 minute ago, The XYY Man said:

:)

I bow to your superior knowledge of the brown arts...

;)

 

XYY

just physics, im no expert on hobbies of the nether regions, but i do have an internet connection and search engines dont always behave as planned.

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18 minutes ago, leonardratso said:

just physics, im no expert on hobbies of the nether regions, but i do have an internet connection and search engines dont always behave as planned.

Ah, physics - me favourite subject at O-Level...!

The ticker-tape trolley on a "friction-compensated" slope.

The Van der Graff generator.

And who could ever forget that V = I x R...?

Halcyon days...

 

XYY

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1 minute ago, The XYY Man said:

Ah, physics - me favourite subject at O-Level...!

The ticker-tape trolley on a "friction-compensated" slope.

The Van der Graff generator.

And who could ever forget V=IxR...?

Halcyon days...

 

XYY

i used to like the frictonless angle iron train on the square tube track with holes in it and the blowing vacuum  stuck in the end to create a bed of air for the train.

Much akin to air hockey arcade tables of old, in fact i think i might have last played on one in the newcastle metro center maybes 28 years ago.

I was most satisfying to make a blue tack man and stand him on the track and then ram him off with the weighty speedy 'train'. I remember also being banned from metal work for sprinkling iron filings and swarf from a laith tray on the naked flam of the oxy pilot light to make sparkles.

Much wasted time that could have been better spent.

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1 minute ago, leonardratso said:

Much wasted time that could have been better spent.

Bollocks Lenny - that sounds fucking great to me...!

Mind you, so did all them educational films starring Eric Laithwaite.

But as of 2018, Hartlepool still hasn't got a mag-lev station...

 

XYY

 

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15 minutes ago, Virgil Caine said:

Twas ever thus. You are such squares daddio

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Dont forget the bongos

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xD

Indeed! 

My personal opinion is that the human ego is a problem in life that overall creates problems to working towards a good civilisation/living for the majority.

We all think we’re so important and special until such time, if you’re lucky IMO, you realise that in the grand scheme of things you’re nothing. A grain of sand or even less than that. Of course power/money allows a few to dictate and prescribe life terms to others.

I admit to being sceptical that humanity can survive long term because IMO those that get to lead are dim fuckers who can’t leave their own ego aside. Mainly though I just think that humanity has intractable problems that we can’t solve but I think nature will show us who is boss!

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6 minutes ago, Van Lady said:

xD

Indeed! 

My personal opinion is that the human ego is a problem in life that overall creates problems to working towards a good civilisation/living for the majority.

We all think we’re so important and special until such time, if you’re lucky IMO, you realise that in the grand scheme of things you’re nothing. A grain of sand or even less than that. Of course power/money allows a few to dictate and prescribe life terms to others.

I admit to being sceptical that humanity can survive long term because IMO those that get to lead are dim fuckers who can’t leave their own ego aside. Mainly though I just think that humanity has intractable problems that we can’t solve but I think nature will show us who is boss!

I was given some good advice when I was a lot younger:

get a bucket of water, stick your hand in it and agitate it as much as you can.  Take your hand out and watch the water settle. That’s how much of a lasting impact you have. 

Good advice imho. 

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3 hours ago, maynardgravy said:

They would have been whatever the fashion dictated:

Fashion is a way for people to express their individuality by looking identical to all their 'friends'.

"Oblivious to the paradox of their uniform individuality"

What a great line.

 

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