Watched the HitRECord livestream at Sundance last night with all possible glee and fangirlishness. Woke up angry this morning. Why? Because at every pop culture mass event I have ever been to, there’s always a douche who tries to start up the Hipster debate. Only this time Joe, a guy I usually trust to cut other people’s bullshit, actually gave him the mic. Unleashing a stream of wank about how ‘indie means flannel’ and ‘hipsters are those guys who dress like artists but don’t actually make anything’. Well what the fuck do artists dress like, then? Tell me so I can obey this instantly decoded norm.
It’s been years since the word ‘hipster’ first reared its ugly head, and tbh I thought the word was pretty cool. I think it’s cool now. Why do people hate it so much? What do hipsters do that’s so bloody annoying?
Here are some things I have heard people say about hipsters. They dress in plaid and Converse and skinny jeans. They drink a beer called Pabst Blue Ribbon, and when they can’t get that they drink microbrews. They eat organic and buy funny stuff on Etsy or Urban Outfitters. They use Lomography cameras. Their flats are full of knitted octopodes (I always thought octopi was plural for octopus, but I was wrong) and indie comics and bicycle gear. They like farmer’s markets, secondhand bookshops, The National, Sigur Ros, Regina Spektor, and every French or Japanese film ever.
Dear artists: These are exactly the people you want buying your work. These people will obsessively collect your short films, your steampunk jewellery, your crocheted bags, your keychain fobs you made out of Sherlock chibis, and they will bypass the evil artist-screwing machine of Urban Outfitters for your handmade Doctor Who scarf. And you know what? You don’t have the right to sneer at them just because you made that scarf and they didn’t. Especially if they want to buy it from you.
My favourite uncle has a model rocket straight out of Tintin that he got for his birthday. He wears ironic t-shirts with Chairman Mao on them, Spiderman boxers, stovepipe jeans and Paul Smith trainers. He loves Hayao Miyazaki and Wong Kar-Wai films. He is responsible for getting me into Batman, Asterix, Tintin, Guy Delisle…is partly responsible, in fact, for me being an illustrator and especially an animator. He also runs an international travel agency that was recently featured in Conde Nast Traveller. Just because someone is a hipster and not an artist doesn’t mean they can’t get awesome shit done. So stop using words to define and deride a person’s entirety and get some of your own shit done.
This has been a rant. Thanks. And, um, sorry. I’ll post some fanart in a bit.
Creative writing teacher commented that my final story for his class was an “implicit critique of masculinity” and that the male main character was unable to “deal effectively with women.”
because I made the ship’s captain a lady
Goddammit I take a break from packing to get some relaxing Tumblr time and some ass dissed one of my favourite artists? Not just some Internet troll—someone who grades her based on his own fucking outdated standards and warped POV. ALL THE RAGE
Hey, I didn’t know Genevieve Padalecki was pregnant! :D Go Jared!!!
I certainly didn’t want to find out via fandom_wank. *buzzkill*
I never thought I’d stand on the side of those fanboys who point to slash or yaoi fans and say ‘Damn, they bitches crazy' but…oh my God. I'm very glad I've been hanging out in the non-rabid slash fandoms and didn't even know about the off-their-head J2 slashers. Even when I was reading a ton of J2 fic.
So yes, there’s a great J2 fandom…and then there are the other ones. Just like any other fandom I guess. Too bad they’re giving the rest of us slash fans a bad name =_=