The Cost of Hipsters

Being a hipster is fairly expensive. Between all the single-origin, iced coffees and ethically sourced clothing, costs add up. Turns out, self-publishing a hipster book is no exception. This is why I’ve decided to crowd-fund Hipsters Having a Bad Day.

Let’s break this thang on down.

Crowdfunding: The practice of funding a project or venture by raising many small amounts of money from a large number of people, typically via the Internet.

It’s pretty cut and dry — I have an idea I want to share, and it put it blankly, I need help…financially (Words of encouragement are also appreciated.).


Here’s a (rough) cost of making this idea, a reality:

  • Printing $3,000 to $5,000 (Depending on what kind of cover — soft cover or hardcover — is selected)
  • Legal Fees $1,500
  • ISBN # $150
  • Copyright Fees $100
  • Editing Free (Thank you, friends!)
  • Shipping $2,200
  • Merchandise Costs $1,000
  • Miscellaneous costs that I have no idea that will surely pop up $1,000

Total Cost $8,950 

Kickstarter is all or nothing fundraising, I.E., if the goal is $1,000 and I raise $999, the Kickstarter receives nothing, and I lay on the floor in sorrow. So, honestly, anything helps.

I would not do this without offering some RAD incentives! Here are the different levels of what you will receive for donating*:

The Thrift Shop Hero | $15
Enjoy a one-of-a-kind thank you, handwritten with the finest fountain ink pen a millennial can buy.

The Classic Hipster | $25
With this neat-o lens cloth, your vintage, tortoise-shell glasses will never be smudged again.

The Supporter of the Arts | $65
Dip your toes in the lagoon of hipster culture by studying 96-pages of satire. Don’t forget your cup of oolong tea, and to sit by a wood-burning fireplace, while you contemplate the complexities of kale chips. Includes thank you card, lens cloth, and a printed copy of Hipsters Having a Bad Day.

The Craft-Brew Connoisseur | $100
You are ready to graduate to Hipster Connoisseur. Now, go to your favorite brewery with a book from your local library and sip on the same drink for three hours. Includes thank you card, lens cloth, and a printed and digital copy of Hipsters Having a Bad Day, and 16″ x 20″ print of “The Anatomy of a Hipster.” 

The Lumbersexual | $250
Double the Hipster, double the fun. Recieve two copies of each item in “The Craft Brew Connoisseur” pack and grow a beard*!
*Beard not included. That’s on you

The InstaHipster| $500
By the power vested in me, by the grand city of Portland, I decree you a bonafide HIPSTER. Be transformed into your very own Hipster illustration and receive a digital copy of that illustration for your personal use. Includes thank you card, lens cloth, and a printed and digital copy of Hipsters Having a Bad Day, and 16″ x 20″ print of “The Anatomy of a Hipster,” and a digital copy of a personalized Hipster illustration. 

The Most Hip Hipster | $1,000
Have you been with Hipsters Having a Bad Day since day one? Do you see these goofy illustrations and smile from ear to ear? Join the most hip hipsters in town and not only receive a unqiue Hipster illustration, but have that illustration, and personalized quip, be a part of this book. Includes thank you card, lens cloth, and a printed and digital copy of Hipsters Having a Bad Day, and 16″ x 20″ print of “The Anatomy of a Hipster,” and a digital copy of a personalized Hipster illustration, and that illustration and personalized quip, published in the book

My goal is $10,000. Honestly, it seems incredibly daunting, but it gives me a solid base to finish it (the right way), print, and distribute the book. Anything raised above the initial goal will go to the following: Hardback copies, more copies of Hipsters Having a Bad Day, a variety enameled pins, reusable grocery bags, socks (Ooooh, how fun!), and other merchandise.

Getting to this point has taken a considerable amount of work, but it feels great to know that Hipsters is moving forward. This book started as a dinky studio project but has grown into something that genuinely makes people laugh and smile. So, please, donate to the Kickstarter in any way you can. Thank you.


The Hipster Vernacular

In a world full of hipsters and “fake news,” it can be difficult to stay au courant to the most hip-and-with-it vernacular. Craft-brew, fair-trade, cruelty-free, the list goes on and on, and everything has hyphens. While there is a slew of hipster terminology, I’ve selected my Top 10 Hipsterisms to guide you and yours through this matcha tea world we live in. 


Sources //
Pure Cycles
Home Grounds

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HHABD: Evolution of Hipsters

Here’s a little-known fact: hipster culture started long before the mid-2000s. The term “hip,” meaning “to be in the know,” was used by African-American musicians as early as 1902—“Hipster” was coined during the 1930s. In that day and age, to be a hipster meant to follow black jazz artists and culture in order to discover a vibe that was lacking in their white bread world. These bohemians thrived on a diet of clove cigarettes and philosophical dissent.  Truly, the counter-culture movement can be traced back to Bohemia in France in the 1800s.  Bohemia was all about living a life for, and of, art. That sounds pretty damn hipster to me. 

Back to hipsterdom. 

In the 1950s and 60s, America’s economy boomed and suburbia thrived. Cookie cutter houses were filled with the latest gadget-o-matics, TV dinners, and oppressed housewives. In a time when “stuff” ruled, two voices begged to differ. Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg, pillars of the Beat generation, demanded there was more to life than material goods.

“Hipness was about more than just a toaster. It was about expressing your uniquely marvelous self.” 

What opposed this materialistic movement? Hippies. I would call this the pinnacle of the 20th-century Hipster movement. Hippies were against The Man (mainstream, authoritative culture), and for counter-culture experimentation to the extremes. Just look at Woodstock, Rainbow Gatherings, and anti-war protests.

Then, silence: the 1980s. Madonna ruled. Times were dark. 

Thank god for Nirvana, Soundgarden, Sleater Kinney, and the entire grunge movement. This brought hipsterdom back in full swing. Hipster hubs, like Seattle and Portland, blossomed, as they became centers of grunge enthusiasts and riot grrls alike. Stuck in the perpetual cycle of middle-class American, the hipsters of the 1990s strived to break the status quo by taking a Nihilistic view of life. Their grassroots approach to the music scene made every band on the Olympic Peninsula the band to listen to. 

The 2000s brought as much change in a decade as nearly a century did in the 1900s. There were so many sects of the overall hipster culture that started and thrived in the 2000s. Let’s power through this. 

Emo: Grunge transformed into pop-punk, that morphed into another dark age: Emo. Characterized by thick eyeliner, MySpace profile photos taken at an absurd downward angle and neon fishnet being used for everything.

Mountain People: Bears. Beer. Beards. This almost ironic blue-collar fashion created a strange dichotomy between Hipsters and Homeless. Is that the smell of dirty clothes or the odor of their homemade deodorant?

Retro Rockabilly: Think The White Stripes meets Grease. The Rockabilly trend brought out cat-eye glasses, higher and higher waisted shorts, and all the red lipstick. Clothes were worn to compliment the numerous tattoos people dawned. Rockabilly Hipsters rushed to second-hand stores to drape themselves in clothes your grandparents wore and buy vinyl records. 

Uninspired Hipster: This is probably what comes to mind when you think of a current day hipster. Unfortunately, this is where the whole fedora and tiny scarf trend appeared. This hipster could often be seen riding a single-speed bike with slip-on Toms. 

We’ve made it to 2010s!  And really, these new genres of hipsters are more refined versions of their predecessors.  

Pretentious Granola: Kale here, kale there, kale everywhere! This breed only bought fair-trade organic tea, shopped solely at the Farmer’s Market and believed in living an authentic lifestyle. The beard came back in full swing and the man bun emerged. They thrived on a diet of polaroid film and knowing more than you.

InstaHipster: This whole genre encapsulates the hipster who travels to gorgeous locations, who show off their immaculate home, who is an aspiring chef, etc. etc. The common thread they all have is this: all their IG photos are “candids,” posed in an idyllic setting. I’d say early InstaHipsters straddled the line of cultural appropriation for their personal gain (think headdresses at Coachella), but thankfully that issue has been mostly(?) resolved. 

The Trendy Minimalist: This hipster ventures everywhere with their MacBook, a $20 cup of black coffee, and most likely has a degree in architecture or graphic design. They call themselves an *insert alcohol here* enthusiast (personally, I’m a margarita enthusiast.), dawn tattoos of miscellaneous geometric shapes, and own a record player they occasionally use. You will most likely find them at a local coffee shop and trust me—these hipsters know about everything before it is cool. 

I can say the evolution of a Hipster Having a Bad Day is not quite as extensive but has undergone some serious stylistic changes since 2015.

What started as a showcase of my terrible drawing skills, has turned into a showcase of my illustration style which proves to just as quirky as the hipster movement itself.