While the term hipster
was first coined in the jazz world of the 1940s, it referred to the (usually) affluent white fans of this primarily black music scene. Before long, the insular, neologized slang used by these fans helped create the basis for what later became known as the Beat Generation
of poets, authors and artists. However, by the late '60s it had already become a passe description. Eventually, in the mid-to-late '90s, it resurfaced-but with a more snide and derisive connotation, as a winking handle for disaffected, middle-class (and upper-middle-class) teens and college kids whose tastes revolve largely around obscure or outdated pop-culture touchstones, the embracing of social awkwardness and a fixation on the appearance of not being bothered with societal norms or expectations. Ingrained hipster totems include fixed-gear bikes, skintight denim jeans, carefully "unkempt" hairdos, provocatively mismatched thrift-store clothing, Dadaesque T-shirt slogans, flamboyant or unflattering facial hairstyles and oversized or flashy fashion accessories. Metrosexuality and androgyny are also not uncommon in hipster circles, along with an affinity for retro ephemera and no-frills, working-class libations such as PBR
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