What Separates Latino Hipsters From The Rest?

Austin, Texas — First off, you may be asking yourself, “What is a hipster?” The answer is the type of difficult one that accompanies trying to distill cultural movements. But, the short version is that hipsters are the contemporary derivative of beatniks, according to some sources, and consists of particular philosophies, fashion and food choices, professional and geographic areas and, inevitably, the butt of so many hipster jokes (ever heard the one about how much hipsters hate hipsters?).

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.

Piercings

When I pierced anything other than my ears, it was risqué enough to make my mom cry.

Clothes

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

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.

[Photo By NewsTaco]

Subscribe today!

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Must Read

She Was a Realtor. And a Gang Leader.

Victor Landa September 26, 2017

When Irene Rodriguez died last year at 72 of complications from Parkinson’s, Calvary Mortuary in East Los Angeles filled with mourners. A video screen showed photos of her beaming at […]

Waive the Jones Act for Puerto Rico to Help Rebuild its Infrastructure and Economy

Victor Landa

Everyone has seen the unprecedented devastation in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.  The entire island is without power and thousands of Americans may die.  Many […]

It’s Time to Take Down Statues of Conquistadors

Victor Landa October 3, 2017

In 2006, the city of El Paso financed the construction of a 36-foot statue of the infamous Spanish conquistador Don Juan de Oñate riding his horse into battle. For some […]

DIECIOCHO Podcast: Hispanic Heritage Month: Why We Should Stop Saying We’re a Nation of Immigrants

Victor Landa September 18, 2017

We’re not a nation of immigrants, we’re an immigrant nation, and there’s a big difference between the two. This 2017 edition of Hispanic Heritage Month is a good time to […]

Latino Climate Politics, or Seeing God’s wrath in the hurricanes

Victor Landa September 21, 2017

Hurricane Harvey left fear, uncertainty and ruin in its wake. The Category 4 storm left some people questioning what could come next, to which Mother Nature quickly responded with another hurricane: Irma. […]

Puerto Rico Should be a Priority For Immediate Assistance and Debt Forgiveness

Victor Landa October 2, 2017

A headline in the September 26th  El Nuevo Día de Puerto Rico Interactivo stated: “Congressional support for the island will be addressed in early October.” The caption adds: “It was a devastating […]

Trump Administration Targets and then Mocks Immigrant with Prosthetic Leg

Victor Landa November 15, 2017

A 20-year-old undocumented immigrant with prosthetic leg and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals status has been detained by federal immigration agents and held without charges for over a month, treated inhumanely […]

The Trump Administration’s DACA Renewal Deadline Was Moved Forward & Dreamers Weren’t Notified

Victor Landa October 5, 2017

The news that the Trump administration was ending the DACA program didn’t come as big of a shock to advocates as did the rushed deadline to process renewals — they […]