Hipster’s Revenge

In Uncategorized on September 15, 2010 at 9:52 pm

Unless you’ve had your head up your arse for the last few days, you’ve probably received an email entitled ‘This is hilarious!’ or ‘I thought you might like this!’ in your inbox. Imagine my slight disappointment when I opened said ‘hilarious’ link last week and was treated to this…

To quote my good friend Bruno, ‘I do think the bit at the end of Being a Dickhead’s Cool is actually quite good. The girl who’s a part time blogger and designs her own jewellery etc. This is genuinely funny and a decently written spoof, reflecting the way people who aspire to some kind of creative lifestyle try and make their boring lives seem more interesting mainly through self indulgent projects like a magazine about their balls..’

Yeah fair point. It’s well made and pretty slick I suppose. However….
In the October 2008 issue of Loaded, Nicholas Burns (star of Channel 4s Hoxton p*ss-take Nathan Barley), when asked if there would be a second series of the show, replied: “I don’t think so. If we’d done it a year ago, maybe, but now there are too many people in real life like that”. That was in 2008. The show first aired in 2005.

Nathan Barley 2005

Yes. 2005. Shall I say it again? Nathan Barley was shown in 2005.

For some reason, over the last few months, there’s been a noticable backlash against people who hang out in Hoxton, Shoreditch or London Fields (i.e. everybody living in London between the ages of 18-50). Heaven forbid that some people might get an interesting haircut or experiment with some f*cking colour in their wardrobe!

I think what irritates me about this kind of stuff is that it’s f*cking lazy. Taking the p*ss out of someone with a fixed gear bike who might use a mac laptop (I own neither but so f*cking what if I did?) is like shooting fish in a barrel. Go and stand on the corner of Hoxton Sq or Broadway Market and that’s the kind of person you’ll see. It’s been that way for ages. Is that news? It’s like walking into a Weatherspoons in Cardiff and being surprised that it’s full of alcoholics and people with learning difficulties.


The other point is that this kind of internet sniping is anonymous. Any little f*cker can set up a blog and start attacking people. If you’re going to take the p*ss, at least do it with some pananche or else you’ll end up writing something snide like this…

What sad f*ck has the time to hang around the East End covertly taking photos of Hoxtonites?! Think of all the effort they’re going to. It seems to be of no artistic worth at all. Surely you could do something better with your time love? Maybe learn about the meaning of satire? I think most of those people featured look cool. So someone is wearing boating shoes without any socks on. Why are they the subject of such derision?! For f*cksake, it’s summer! And anyway, at least they’re trying. God loves a tryer! I would love to see what this blogger has in their wardrobe that makes them an expert on what looks stupid or not.

Hoxton Hate bloggers WISH they looked as cool as this

Perhaps I’m missing the point here. Maybe these people are just trying to point out that hipsters are pretentious arseholes. Fair enough, but there are pretentious arseholes everywhere, especially blogging on the internet. The fact they might shop in American Apparel is neither here nor there.

So, to all those with Douglas Bader hairdos, fixed wheel bikes, synths, frames with no lenses, iphones and sailor tattoos I say this; IGNORE THE HATERS! As Adam Ant once so eloquently put it, ‘Ridicule is nothing to be scared of..’

  1. Some fair points but when you’ve lived in the tower block next to Broadway market for 30 years and the reinvention of your local ‘high street’ sees goods priced completely out of your reach and populated by braying prats spaffing on their iPhones I should say that that is fairly galling to say the least.

  2. the satire is not original sure, or particularly timely, but it’s gone global in direct reaction to the globalisation of hipsterism. surely the ‘why do you care?’ argument was more appropriate back then for Brooker. his obsession, so long before the whole of east london had been swallowed up, betrays the distance he was trying to place between himself and hipster culture.

    ‘people who hang out in Hoxton, Shoreditch or London Fields (i.e. everybody living in London between the ages of 18-50).’

    unfortunately that says it all – I don’t believe you actually think that all 18-50 live in those areas, but you clearly don’t mix in circles that don’t. it’s the exclusivity that annoys people – it’s in people’s faces more than ever. an ostentatious counter-culture that has one way to get on the guestlist: dress like us.

    I don’t look at a guy’s shoes and think ‘dickhead’, but its the hipsters ironic penchant for collective consumption which has changed communities in East London. my aunt, who has lived in Dalston since she was born had to move further out of central London because of rising costs. hipsters are a cut of trousers to her, and if I pointed out a hipster in a crowd she would just say they looked like a ‘young person’. those ‘young people’ have been passing through communities in east london for decades, attracted by the cheap rent. that’s why she doesn’t see them as any different. the difference is this is the first ‘counter-culture’ that has been unified by one offensively vapid mantra – the consumption of things.

    it would surprise you I’d imagine to hear that I was talking to a group of friends who live south of the river the other day and they didn’t really know what a hipster was. they were all mid-30s. I had a little rant and then they said ‘well they’re no different from us then, we moved here when we were poor students and look at the area now, completely different and full of us yuppies’. I said you’re right, but the difference is you never collectively cultivated an appearance and attitude entirely based around your indifference and reaction to mainstream society. any subculture that ‘others’ itself ought to have something to contribute to culture beyond frames with no lenses.

    ‘Any little f*cker can set up a blog and start attacking people. ‘


    I mean you might equally say any little fucker can set up a blog and start writing political commentary or film criticism. blogs are great, aren’t they? if it’s the quality of the criticisms you have a problem with then dig a little deeper and you’ll find some.

  3. Fair points. The London centric Guardian ran this piece on Friday which pretty much means this whole debate is now like, SO OVER!

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