how do I attract a hipster girl? I would already call myself alternative (I always have been). What turns them on?
Hipster girls are like all girls in that they want someone who’s funny, kind and respects their opinions and choices.
However, hipster girls also appreciate creativity and motivation: guys who do stuff – and who really want to make their ideas happen. She will know if you’re just a big-talking slacker – or she’ll soon find out.
So if you call yourself a ‘writer’, aim to get published. If you’re an ‘artist’, aim to get commissions and have gallery shows. Run a club or band night, publish a blog or zine, design and make stuff… whatever you’re most excited about.
Hipster girls also like mixtapes, getting drunk with you, being sent funny links or Facebook wall posts, and if you can cook.
How cute are these tiny basil gardens growing in drink bottle lids? They are “Merry Farming Kits” from Japanese company Merry, from whom you buy the little discs of compressed dirt impregnated with basil seeds.
But really, what’s stopping you from just buying a packet of seed from a normal shop and getting some dirt from the garden?
Another tip – you could cut the top couple of inches off the plastic bottle the lid is from, and put it over the top, like a mini greenhouse!
Way, way back in 2005, when I was a big-shot blogger and a super hot bachelor (as determined by a magazine you may have heard of), I wrote about this new internet radio thing called Pandora. My friend Lauren introduced me to it and it totally, totally blew my mind. Of course, most of what I…
Pandora can suck our proverbial dick. We used to love it too, but then they brought in geoblocking so that people in Australia couldn’t use it any more. Same goes for Hulu and all the US and UK networks’ streaming TV sites. Don’t these people realise hipsterism is a global culture? If you make it harder for people to acquire their cultural capital from you, they will just torrent stuff.
“You should wonder at the things nobody else is wondering about. If everybody’s wondering about apples, go wonder about oranges.”—A pretty inspirational article by Austin Kleon on how to be more creative. It’s full of awesome quotes – hard to pick just one.
We’ve started this new blog after we went looking for a Tumblr that just had pictures of people meeting the Queen of England, and surprisingly couldn’t find one. We humbly recommend it to anyone who likes looking at pictures of people meeting the Queen.
Or as the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson said at her Golden Jubilee concert in 2002, “Uh, congratulations, Queen.”
All sorts of cool items use animal motifs. However, some animals have become hipster clichés. You can usually tell if an animal is clichéd when alt-music acts start naming themselves after it. Or if Portlandiatakes the piss out of it.
Here are five animals that are all played out. At the risk of sounding clichéd ourselves, at this stage it is better to choose a more obscure animal.
They’re pretty cute – especially in porcelain figurine form, in jewellery or as ironic wall-mounted hunting trophies (in animal-friendly plastic or cardboard, of course – actually having a real deer head on your wall is kinda gross, not to mention expensive).
Exploiting the kitsch value of wolves has almost emerged out the other end of the irony wormhole. Remember when every second band name used to have ‘wolf’ in it? But perhaps this noble beast has lost some of its iconic power when people start to get lulzy Three Wolf Moon tattoos.
They look cute, they symbolise wisdom and they were one of the earliest internet memes. There are currently more than 66,000 owl-themed Etsy items for sale. But despite the ’70s nostalgia factor of those macrame owl wall hangings, owls are over.
We picked this soft toy because it has a wolf on it as well. Bunnies are a more niche pet than cats and dogs, and they’re fluffy and adorable. But Hugh Hefner got onto them in 1953, you guys.
Pandas We have a terrible secret; it is very cold today and one of these panda hats would have come in very handy. Here’s a random tidbit, too – Noah Lennox is right that pandas are bears, but koalas are not bears.
If the white pockets of your cutoff jean shorts are peeping out of the legs… your shorts are too short!
And if you’re wearing tights under your shorts, and you can see that line or change in the colour of the tights across the tops of your thighs, your shorts are too short!
And memo to Peaches Geldof – if your undies are visible, your shorts are too short!
We are not being prudish here, but rather suggesting there’s a line between grunge and slovenliness. If you want to wear Daisy Dukes, hem the damn pockets so they don’t poke through. And choose a pair of tights that’s the same colour or pattern all the way to the waist.
Or… just wear your shorts a little longer. An extra inch won’t kill you.
So you think you’ll be fine riding your bike without a helmet? Fine, don’t wear one – if you’re okay with ending up a vegetable for life.
This isn’t a remote chance. If you ride your bike in an urban area, you will slip on rainy roads or tram tracks, get car-doored or rammed by motorists, or run into trees, fences, poles and pedestrians. This happens to even the most careful and experienced bike riders.
And you do not want to land on your head. Researchers at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) have recently found that people who don’t wear a bike helmet are 69 per cent more likely to suffer head or brain injuries in a crash, and a whopping 74 per cent more likely to end up with severe brain damage.
And if you care about staying pretty, how about this stat: if you wear a helmet, you’re 65 per cent less likely to get a disfiguring upper- or mid-facial injury.
Guys, you have plenty of other opportunities in life to look cool. While riding your bike, your top priority should be: ‘protecting the source of your intelligence and personality’.