1RHET 110Rozendal December 9, 2013I’m Better Than You Because I Smoke American Spirits and Don’t Eat Meat: A Story of aTrue HipsterDressed in high-waisted jean shorts, with rips and holes across the front, a young girl stands in a group of other similar-looking teenagers, puffing smoke out of their mouths. Other girls around her, wearing flowers in their hair and flannel shirts tied around their petite waists, chat about what underground indie band they saw last night and the vegan meal each of them ate for breakfast that morning. Much like the young girls, the teenage boys, smoking their American Spirits, talk about some cool pictures they took at an abandoned building on their Polaroid cameras the night before. This is notan unusual sight to see for students of the University of San Francisco. If a student decides to walk to the cafeteria, they will pass by the smoking garden and will come across this very situation. It’s as if the smoking garden is the place where ‘hipsters’ flock. Why is a place that encourages smoking cancer-sticks a common meeting place for these artsy teens? Do these young students actually enjoy smoking or are they just trying to maintain their carefree image of, “I don’t care if these are killing me. I’m going to smoke them if I please.” Smoking cigarettes, most commonly American Spirits, has become the sensation among the hipster culture; however, these environmentally aware teenagers andyoung adults are continuously putting the environment and others around them in harm
2by smoking, even though they understand the effects of cigarettes. Arguably, the one and only conclusion is to maintain their hipster image. To understand why hipsters smoke cigarettes, one must understand what a hipster actually is. If you type the word, hipster, into urban dictionary, a long answer will pop up,describing the way a hipster looks and what kind of music a hipster listens to. According to the website a hipster could be described as, “Although ‘hipsterism’ is really a state of mind, it is also often intertwined with distinct fashion sensibilities. Hipsters reject the culturally-ignorant attitudes of mainstream consumers, and are often be seen wearing vintage and thrift store inspired fashions, tight-fitting jeans, old-school sneakers, and sometimes thick rimmed glasses,” (Urban Dictionary). Being a hipster is a state of mind and a new way to think about the American culture, but a person can spot a hipster from far away by the telltale signs of their fashion sense. We often associate hipsters with only their fashion sense, but according to this website, it is a state of mind. Being a hipster does not just mean they shop at the thrift shops only few know about, but it means they have a unique view on society, like politics, consumerism, music, and fashion.