Operation: Hipsters

Posted: 12/06/2013 in Operation After Action Report
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Week ninety three of Operation Graphite – theme: Hipsters.

Shock - Cold neck in July

There have been several online battles within the last few years, all stemming from definitions. Since the meaning of a word or phrase can change, get co-opted, hijacked or reclaimed, some don’t always have the same idea in mind when a term appears. Hipster is one of those words that conjures different reactions.

Whether it be the obsession with retro and vintage fashion, or blurring the lines between looking homeless or bohemian, the “fetishization of the authentic, with a winking inauthenticity,” are perceived cues to this cooler than thou clique. Hipsters are the “embodiment of postmodernism as a spent force,” according to Rob Horning, “revealing what happens when pastiche and irony exhaust themselves as aesthetics.” Many times the fashions that is associated with hipsters is just popular individual styles that are lumped together or used irrationally. In a way it as about how the obsession to be Cool has turned in to this absurd parody of style.

As the term has become a derogatory term for the post modern dedicated follower of fashion, it could almost be a modern aversion to the uber cool. Just as terms like Geek or Nerd have somehow been reclaimed as a badge of honor, now it’s the ultra hip kids who are reviled for their vapid culture. Some are simultaneously embarrassed and repulsed by the term, as the line of distinction is so vague. The hatred of hipsters might stem from the fear that others may see us as one, just as the weird kid in school doesn’t always befriend the other possibly weirder kid, they often pick on them as to draw attention from their own weirdness. Thus is the theory of Hipster Relativity, as Dustin Glick observed, “there is no such thing as a hipster on it’s own. A hipster can only exist in comparison.”

As far as the Graphite Corps is concerned, it is an experiment in iconography. For a moment we can set aside our comics and 80’s movies  and create a different kind of character. The theme allows one to build upon real life examples to create an exaggerated amalgam of a culture style that is immediately recognizable and seemingly realistic despite being totally fabricated.

Shock – Cold neck in July


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