A Photographic History of 'Hipsters' on MTV

673px-MTV-Logo.svg.png
On Friday, Crushable and Guest of a Guest noticed an MTV casting call on Craigslist. "Do you own skinny jeans, old school chucks, cabbie hat, the 70's vest, an ironic t shirt or hat, a fitted sweater, flannel shirt, or chunky lens-less glasses?" it reads. "Do you drink PBR, have an ironic mustache, have a blog that allows you to post pictures you took with your digital camera?" Seriously. "Been called a hipster?" That's enough; you get the idea. The show will be called I Just Want My Pants Back. And though we've discussed shying away from the h-word time and time again, this seems important because it's explicit. MTV is trend-hopping, make no mistake, but they've always played a role in bringing "hipsters" -- of varying stripes and levels of authenticity -- to the masses. Though they've accidentally gotten it right a few times, they've consistently contributed to a mainstream misunderstanding of What Makes a Hipster. Through the years, it looks a little something like this:

Kennedy, Alternative Nation, 1992

tumblr_l3p7doVNK11qco1j9o1_400.jpg
The O.G. Lisa Loeb mold

Angela Chase, My So-Called Life (re-aired by MTV), 1995

mysocalledlife-angela_chase.jpg
So much brooding, so much hair dye

Daria, Trent, Jane, Daria, 1997

daria-trent4.jpg
The ideal, disaffected

Carson Daly, Total Request Live, 1998

carson_daly_trl_c.jpg
Never forget: black nail polish

Jesse Camp, Wanna Be a VJ Contest/Total Request Live, 1998

jesse2.jpg
Greasy hair, loathsome

Ruthie Alcaide, Real World: Hawaii, 1999

ht_ruthie_080423_ssv.jpg
Tatts and heavy drinking

Lucas (Adam Brody), Undressed, 2000

in_land_women010.jpg
Future deity Seth Cohen, amen

Gideon Yago, MTV News, 2001

Yago_one.jpg
Couldn't find the pic of his Weezer shirt

Craig Manning, Degrassi: The Next Generation (re-aired by MTV), 2002

Craig.jpg
Photography, angst

Ashton Kutcher, Punk'd, 2003

ashton_kutcher_truckerhat.jpg
No trucker hat, no

Talan, Laguna Beach, 2004

talan-torriero-1.jpg
Fashion shows, bands

Justin-Bobby, The Hills, 2007

audrina.jpg
Flannel, scruff, LA girlfriend

Ryan Leslie, The Real World: New Orelans, 2009

real-world-new-orleans-ryan.jpg
Not a good look

Taylor Swift, "You Belong With Me" video, 2009

61dd0b9ffab5e677_taylor-swift-you-belong-with-me.xxlarge.jpg
Dan Deacon wants his glasses back

Liz Lee, My Life as Liz, 2010

1119.jpg
Brooklyn, stand up

Who else?


My Voice Nation Help

Now Trending

New York Concert Tickets

From the Vault

 

Loading...