I wasn't going to respond to this thread because I felt I already made my point (and see Lil' Bernie saying more or less what I would be saying). I will say, though, that it's not like I'm completely ignorant to the image or idea of hipsters. But when you start making generalizations like "they dress a certain way" or "they pretend to like this", I think the word "poseur" is more suitable, and less reliant on fashion or musical taste. Also, it's funny that Dr Brooklyn and WJK seem to be under the impression that Lil Bernie and myself live out in the middle of nowhere. I can't speak for Bernie, but I can tell you that Toronto is kind of a big city. Very diverse. I'm certain if you visited, you would feel it had tons of hipsters.
Curiosity Inc. wrote:
Seriously, if you want to know the definition of a hipster, come by the city, go to Pioneer Courthouse Square, visit Powell's Bookstore or take a ride on the MAX and just look at people. If you want an idea of their mindset, pick up the latest copy of Willamette Week. If you want to see them in their native habitat, go to a concert or an event at any bar in the city (there are districts where we've got a bar, tavern or strip club on every block). Alternatively, you could walk down Hawthorne, Belmont, Mississippi Ave, 23rd Ave or anyplace in the Pearl District and find yourself overwhelmed with pretentious art stores, handmade jewelry shops and local fashion boutiques. Oh, and if you want to see the true hipster HQ, full of more handmade goods, Bohemian ideals, anti-commercial sentiments and street buskers than you'd ever care to see, just come by Skidmore Fountain in Old Town -- on the west coast of the Willamette -- for a little thing we call the Saturday Market.
I don't know anything about Portland, but it looks much nicer and cleaner than I was expecting, just going by Google. I know how that sounds, but if hipsters hang out in such pleasant looking places, that doesn't sound too bad. It kind of lacks a certain kitschiness, or seediness, though. You certainly have us beat in the public transportation department, with a seemingly wide variety of streetcars.