“Hipster culture is not a counterculture. On the contrary, the neighborhood organization of hipsters—their tight-knit colonies of similar-looking, slouching people—represents not hostility to authority (as among punks or hippies) but a superior community of status where the game of knowing-in-advance can be played with maximum refinement. The hipster is a savant at picking up the tiny changes of rapidly cycling consumer distinction.”
From this week’s New York mag story “What Was the Hipster?”
The hipster, then, is not taking an anti-consumer stance, but is more of a hyper consumer—one who constantly monitors and tweaks what it is he wears, drinks, eats, and buys.
Cheapskate Wisdom … About Fashion”