It hit me yesterday while conversing with my husband over dinner: I'm a hipster. So many things I do are trademarks of hipster culture. And now that I'm in LA, I fit even more hipster criteria that's especially true for this area. It was a rude realization, but now that the thought's sunk in, there's no doubt about it. For proof, I submit the following.
Exhibit A: I've denied being a hipster. Clearly, this is the case since the news didn't hit me until yesterday. It's not that being a hipster is a bad thing, but I just didn't see myself as one. This is probably true of all hipsters because we think we're too cool to be boxed into a stereotype. WRONG!
Exhibit B: I cohost a podcast. I spent most of my afternoon yesterday recording and doing other work for said podcast. I sink time into it as if it's my job...maybe because I don't have a job right now. Which leads to...
Exhibit C: I'm a trained barista. Like the good hipster I am, I have years of making a mean cup of coffee under my belt. And yes, I'd love to work at a coffee shop again. I enjoy a job where I am on my feet and connecting with people from all walks of life in a place that smells delicious. That's much more stimulating to me than sitting in an office from 9 to 5, which I have done before and just don't want again. I'd rather stare at a computer screen only when I'm working on personal projects, since most of them involve the use of a computer. Which leads to...
Exhibit D: I'm a writer. Yeah, we all are. That's why we're in LA. We're all one step removed from our big break. Someday, a friend of a friend of a friend who's a producer will finally see the genius in that screenplay you've been working on for the last 10 years.
Granted, I'm not working on a screenplay, but I am developing a short story for the Strange New Worlds writing contest. Which I guess leads to...
Exhibit E: I like geeky shit. I've been a Star Trek fan since age six, way before nerdy was cool. So hipster. Check, check, check.
Exhibit F: I don't watch much TV. When my husband and I moved to LA, we ditched cable and opted for Netflix and Hulu instead. In the age of streaming media, this is part common sense, part hipster. We consume media in little bits across all forms of delivery, ranging from printed books to YouTube. And yes, we do own vinyl records, so I'm checking that off my hipster criteria list, too.
Exhibit G: Photography. Yep, I'm into it. It doesn't matter if I'm shooting with a DSLR or my iPhone — if I frame the perfect scene, I'm snapping a photo. Those portraits with inspirational quotes you see on Facebook don't make themselves.
Exhibit H: I prefer shopping local, organic, etc. You won't find me blowing the monthly grocery budget with one trip to Whole Foods, but you will find me at farmer's markets, craft fairs, and stores like Sprouts Farmer's Market and Trader Joe's. We all vote with our dollars, so I'd rather support local people and smaller businesses whenever possible instead of the big guys.
Exhibit H: I'm a vegetarian. It's better for the environment, better for me, and definitely better for the animals. I don't care if you're judging me right now.
Exhibit J: I'm writing a satirical post on being a hipster. On my blog, no less.
I guess all that's left is a pair of black glasses, some mismatching vintage clothes and I'm set.