You might be a Latino hipster if…

by Sara Inés Calderón on January 7, 2012 in Cultura

Austin hipsters (photo by NewsTaco)

First off, you may be asking yourself, “What is a hipster?”

Hipsters are the contemporary derivative of beatniks and manifest particular philosophies, fashion and food choices, professional and geographic preferences and, inevitably, are the butt of many jokes.

Why did the hipster burn his mouth on the pizza? Because he ate it before it was cool.

I’ve often wondered whether I fall into this category, after all I love thrift stores and trucker hats and ridiculous sun glasses, but I’ve decided that I’m too old, care too much, work too hard and am much more of a yuppie anyway.

Hipsters, according to some, are their own stereotype but often are characterized by: appearing “unkempt” with their hair and clothing (actually it’s stylized), wearing thick-rimmed glasses, tight pants, a nonchalant attitude about most things, wearing thrift clothes, being avant-garde-ey, being artsy, eschewing mainstream fashion/art/culture and more. There are often tattoos involved, piercings as well, headbands, feathers, all kinds of stuff.

Hipsters are defined differently by different people in different places (try here and here), it’s a pretty broad movement that includes vegans and carnivores, former punk rockers and hip hoppers, and much more.

So NewsTaco was recently in Austin and ran into several Latino hipsters and tried to attempt (in a tongue-in-cheek manner, of course) to distinguish them from the rest. Here’s our short list.

  • TATTOOS That Guadalupe tattoo is actually because I know who Guadalupe was. And I can actually understand what my foreign language (Spanish) tattoos say.
  • TRUCKER HATS That’s actually just a hat my uncle gave me from his construction company.
  • HAIR The oh-I-just-rolled-out-of-bed-but-it-took-me-40-minutes-to-do-my-hair-like-this look isn’t styled with $50 gel, it’s just Tres Flores.
  • PIERCING When I pierced anything other than my ears, it was risqué enough to make my mom cry.
  • CLOTHING These aren’t from a thrift store, I just went through the closets of my Depression-era hoarder grandparents, older siblings and my cousins.
  • FOOD TRUCKS I’m not into “ethnic food” and “food trucks” because it’s cool, that’s just what I was raised to eat.

So this is obviously a short and incomplete list, perhaps what we overlooked was the fact that, just like others, Latino hipsters can still be really annoying to have to listen to, especially when elaborating how non-mainstream they are.

– Sara Inés Calderón is on Twitter @SaraChicaD. People tell her she doesn’t look Mexican.

This story courtesy NewsTaco.com

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{ 16 comments }

Kool Kat in a Kool Hat January 7, 2012 at 10:34 AM

Huh?

I thought all the kewl kidz wear those ugly fedoras.

jacky January 7, 2012 at 12:53 PM

You forgot to include anything with Frida Kahlo’s face!

Militant Angeleno January 7, 2012 at 11:49 PM

Hipspanics?

Eva Marina January 8, 2012 at 1:02 AM

my tia chavela pierced my ears using a sewing needle and thread when i was 4 days old. how come my moms didn’t cry then?

alex valencia January 8, 2012 at 11:27 AM

if your mustache smells like last nights tacos de al pastor…

xulitron January 22, 2012 at 7:23 PM

we call ourselves CHUNTSTERS, pass it on.

Camila January 23, 2012 at 11:45 AM

qué imbécil… eres de origen latino y así y todo eres completamente ignorante con respecto a tu cultura… no todos los jefes de casa trabajan en la construcción… sad bitch…

Sara Inés Calderón January 23, 2012 at 4:33 PM

camila, lo siento mucho que te hayas ofendido tanto, pero te aseguro de dos cosas: primero, soy orgullosamente latina y estos ejemplos los tomé de mi propia vida, segundo, es un artículo medio satírico, en que estamos tratando de hacer burla del estereotipo de los hipsters. espero que en el futuro podrás disfrutar de nuestras notas, tomando en cuenta que hay muchas maneras de ser latino/a.

TRANSLATION: camila, sorry to see that you were so offended, but i assure you of two things: first, i’m a proud latina and these examples were taken directly from my own life. secondly, it’s a quasi satirical article in which we are poking fun at the hipster stereotype. i hope in the future you can enjoy our stories, taking into account that there are many ways to be latino/a.

javier April 17, 2013 at 6:22 PM

Camila,
No tiene sentido lo que dices. En ningun lugar habla de jefe de casa. Lo que me parecio triste fue lo que escribiste.

Randall Lujan February 26, 2012 at 8:48 AM

Chuppie, not yuppie. Gracias.

Martha Rodriguez February 26, 2012 at 10:17 PM

“there are many ways to be latino/a.”

Love this quote because it is so true!

Love the hipster / latino angle too!

Berdina Juarez February 21, 2013 at 2:59 PM

LMAO! Sarah, I love the fact that you used a photo of Austin Hipsters. I’m a original Austinite and grew up with hipsters but we just called them dweebs and nerds. Mind you they were some of my BFF and generally speaking too high to care much around anything unless it entailed doritos and the next hit.

Edgar N April 17, 2013 at 6:54 PM

Excellent article! I’ll admit, at first, I cringed at potentially hearing a case of the ‘latino hipster,’ but I love the satire at the very end where you demonstrate with your short list how latinos can’t be hipsters; we actually live and breathe real stories, not ironic ones!

We each have a history and connection to beautiful worlds and cultures that are our own and it’s unfortunate when some of us don’t have access to visit our family’s home countries and view our people’s arts unless it has been misappropriated by a hipster / friend and their ‘cute handbag from x’ where they just came back from the summer vacation.

I do think we have to bring more awareness and pride around our own cultures (aka Pocho) so that the ‘latino hipster’ doesn’t feel that mimicking an un-informed social trend is their only conduit for personal expression and (ironically) an acceptance into the US mainstream. We have our own creative, productive powers that need to be celebrated and promoted from within.

Vanessa April 18, 2013 at 8:58 AM

This was awesome. Growing up a latina I completely empathize with all of this! Thanks for writing!

PS. Love the use of the Austin hipsters, I just returned from the Austin crowd last week!

santos July 12, 2013 at 8:11 PM

love it . my brother said he was a ” middle of the road yuppie” that cabron’s is a chuppie .

Amalia July 30, 2013 at 9:50 PM

Hilarious!! Loved your sense of humor.

Camila:
Serena Morena, ser Latina/o no implica que uno no puede ser su propia/o individuó con derecho a contar su historia.

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