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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

The Hipster Olympics

Subway newstand
Photo by myself on the subway platform.

Not every subway platform has a newspaper stand. Sometimes they're outside the gate, by the tollbooth. Sometimes they're above ground.

They're great for getting a snack, a pack of gum, the latest celeb gossip. These stands can be good company during late hours, when you're all alone on the platform, waiting for the train.

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Did anyone catch the credits for the Olympics Sunday night?

If you stayed awake late enough, you were in for a treat. A montage showed the highs and lows of the Summer Games.

You can see the awesome video here.

I was struck by the lows, by far. There is so much focus on the winners, and for every three winners, there are dozens of competitors who don't make it to the podium.

For the New York version, here's a video of the 'Hipster Olympics'. Hipsters are the breed of young folk who stroll around, their hair rumpled and bed-headed. Mark calls them 'Hipster Douchebags' because they bother him so.

The clip has some classic shots of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where hipsters are in their natural environment:



Related posts: Where The Kids Are - Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Hipster Douchebags, and Cheers.

7 comments:

Ming the Merciless said...

Cool video! Hipsters are the new bohemians.

I'm up at 4:00 AM trying to figure out how to re-install new programs on my iPhone, which crashed at 12:30 AM. UGH!

Am not going to be getting much sleep tonight/today/this morning.

Miles McClagan said...

I've never been to those ones - the ones in London are ones you need to get in and get out of, before you outstay your gum purchasing welcome!

JAMJARSUPERSTAR said...

Yes, the Olympics were well and truly caught! And what's with hipsters? They change every two minutes anyway so as soon as you think you've got it sussed and think you're cool, they change what's cool/brand you out of date. Urgh!
Ciao

Scarlet x

P.S. Did you get my e-mail? No pressure it doesn't have to be done right away or anything I was just wondering if I'd been accidentally been labelled as spam or something!

Kitty said...

Poor Ming!

I'm sorry to hear you didn't sleep. I'm useless without sleep. Hope your iphone recovered!

Welcome Miles!
I look forward to reading your blog.
These kiosks are ones you go up to, not inside, thank goodness. I can imagine drunk kids trapped inside metal boxes.

Hey Scarlet
I can't quite understand hipsters. They are terribly laid back, beyond laid back.

And I got your email, thanks!

Islipian said...

ya gotta love a good magazine stand...

bettye <- magazine addict

Wayne said...

Lot's of laughs in the 'Hipster Olympics' a worthy tribute to 'Upperclass Twit of the Year'. Thanks Kitty.

Kris said...

The thing that amuses me about the latest batch of hipsters is the amount of time that they spend trying to look like they spend no time on how they look.