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'The Hipster's Credit Card Bill' was dreamed up by the team at CreditCardCompare.com.au, none of whom are hipsters, and is intended to be a sarcastic representation of the things you could expect any self-respecting hipster to buy.
Join us as we review the credit card bill of your typical hipster. You’re not likely to be shocked, though you may be embarrassed that some of the charges are strangely similar to your own.
Slouched beanie, $4 at thrift store: Society told her it’s supposed to pull down over her whole head to keep her warm. She dared not to listen.
Distressed tee with screen-printed bird silhouette, $30 on Etsy: If you liked it then you shoulda put a bird on it.
iPhone 5 64GB, $400 at Apple Store: Got to keep the hipster credentials by rocking the MP3 versions of the vinyl records... and by supporting Apple.
Ultraskinny skinny jeans, $22 at the mall: Oops, this is just one of those cash purchases. But only juniors size 0 skinny jeans cut off her circulation just right!
Boat shoes, $14 at same thrift store: Sure, they smelled like an old guy when she bought them... that just adds character.
Bar tab, 5 PBRS, $10 at dive bar happy hour: Why drink anything else? It’s cheap and the Blue Ribbon is such a classic.
Vintage fixie, $400 at community bike shop: No explanation needed. If there’s one accessory that just screams ‘hipster’, this is it.
Limited-press vinyl, $18 at corner record shop: Got to keep the hipster credentials with old-school music media.
Keffiyeh, $8 at multicultural arts market: Sure, these things are mass produced now, but she doesn’t want her credit card provider to think she shops at the mall. (Those are cash purchases.)
Lensless Ray-Ban glasses, $200 at independent eyewear store: These are a splurge, especially since her vision is better than perfect. They’re so perfect for derailing those “poser” comments, though!
Fact: Google searches for “hipster” increased three times between 2009 and 2012!
Here it is, the moment you’ve been waiting for...
Portland, ME – Hipsterhood: Congress Street
Providence, RI – Hipsterhood: Downtown, especially near AS220
Philadelphia – Hipsterhood: Fishtown
San Juan, PR – Hipsterhood: Old San Juan
New Orleans – Hipsterhood: Marigny area
Austin, TX – Hipsterhood: East Austin
Denver, CO – Hipsterhood: Highlands
San Francisco, CA – Hipsterhood: Mission
Portland, OR – Hipsterhood: North Williams area
Seattle, WA – Hipsterhood: Capitol Hill and Ballard
Missing from this particular list is Brooklyn, NYC, with the hipsterhood of Williamsburg. They do win one ranking, though: lowest census return in NYC. Too cool.
Note: We overruled some of these from personal experience. Capitol Hill is 1000x more hipster than South Lake Union in Seattle, and there was no district listed for San Fran – the Mission wins by far!
There are just too many to name them all!
London, UK – Hipsterhood: Shoreditch
Amsterdam, Netherlands – Hipsterhood: Amsterdam-Noord
Berlin, Germany – Hipsterhood: Kreuzberg
Moscow, Russia – Hipsterhood: No place in particular – the arts, shopping and nightlife are scattered
Beijing, China – Hipsterhood: Hou Hai
Tokyo, Japan – Hipsterhood: Shimokitazawa
Sydney, Australia – Hipsterhood: Surry Hills
Melbourne, Australia – Hipsterhood: Fitzroy
Mexico City, Mexico – Hipsterhood: La Roma
Reykyavik, Iceland – Hipsterhood: 101 Reykyavik