Jean-Philippe Delhomme’s “Unknown Hipster Diaries” Edition #1 was a sell-out. A thousand copies of Edition #2 (August Editions) will appear in March/2013, available in selected American bookstores and on-line from Amazon.
So what is a hipster? In a nutshell, a subculture of independent thinking 20 and 30 year-olds (usually), into counter-culture, progressive politics, art, indie-rock, creativity, intelligence, witty banter – that kind of stuff. They cluster in major cosmopolitan centres, dress in vintage and thrift store inspired fashions, tight-fitting jeans, old-school sneakers, and sometimes thick rimmed glasses. TORONTO has a good-sized hipster population. Some local Hipsterspotting locales: Kensington Market, Leslieville, Riverdale, Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, West Queen West, Ossington Avenue and certain parts of Parkdale. Most are well educated, often with liberal arts or maths and sciences degrees, and many find jobs in the music, art, and fashion industries.
To learn more about the species, visit Jean-Philippe Delhomme’s thoroughly charming blog, http://www.unknownhipster.com/. A working artist, Delhomme’s clients include Barneys New York, The Mark Hotel, Le Bon Marche and Sotheby’s.