A Photographic History of 'Hipsters' on MTV

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

The O.G. Lisa Loeb mold

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

So much brooding, so much hair dye

Daria, Trent, Jane, Daria, 1997

The ideal, disaffected

Carson Daly, Total Request Live, 1998

Never forget: black nail polish

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

Greasy hair, loathsome

Ruthie Alcaide, Real World: Hawaii, 1999

Tatts and heavy drinking

Lucas (Adam Brody), Undressed, 2000

Future deity Seth Cohen, amen

Gideon Yago, MTV News, 2001

Couldn't find the pic of his Weezer shirt

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

Photography, angst

Ashton Kutcher, Punk'd, 2003

No trucker hat, no

Talan, Laguna Beach, 2004

Fashion shows, bands

Justin-Bobby, The Hills, 2007

Flannel, scruff, LA girlfriend

Ryan Leslie, The Real World: New Orelans, 2009

Not a good look

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

Dan Deacon wants his glasses back

Liz Lee, My Life as Liz, 2010

Brooklyn, stand up

Who else?

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