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June 27, 2014

How to spot a hipster

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — In case you don’t own a calendar, let me be the first to tell you that it is officially summer. The summer season is primarily a time for outdoor concerts, patio happy hours and lazy days spent in parks. All of these events are fun, cheap and plentiful, giving you the opportunity to meet a wide array of the varying types of wonderful people who make this great melting pot of a nation the wonder that it is.

But there is one type of person that “the media” would have you look out for this season: the Hipster. Over the last few years, hipster culture has expanded and been covered in hundreds of trend pieces in blogs, newspapers and TV.

Now let me ask you two questions: 1). Do you know why you should be avoiding these people; and 2). Do you even know what a hipster is?

Hipsters are derided for a variety of reasons that all boil down to one central complaint: Hipsters are an inconvenience.

Imagine you’re at the Buffalo Harbor concert series enjoying the northeastern college sound of the band Vampire Weekend and over the course of the night your view becomes more and more obstructed by a cloud of cigarette smoke (usually Parliaments or American Spirits ... “Am Spirits are totally natural, man”).

Or imagine you live in an out-of-the-way neighborhood that has low rent, a rich local history and a bevy of affordable, delicious ethnic restaurants. Well, it’s only a matter of time before an art student finds out, tells all of his friends and suddenly your local taco stand has to carry organic meats — and offers vegan options at twice the price to appeal to the new “cultured” residents who are driving up rent (via being supported by their parents) as your neighborhood becomes increasingly gentrified.

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