Homeless or Hipster: The Game!


hip·ster1 [hip-ster] –noun Slang.

1. a particular breed of middle to upper class 20 some things that tend to inhabit surrounding neighborhoods of urban areas. The hipster generally has money, yet shuns conventional materialism. They try to appear starving, broken, and angry, yet have the comfort of living in $2000 lofts. Trust funds are a common commodity among hipsters.

The goal of the hipster is to look ironic.

The hipster handbook defines the hipster as “One who possesses tastes, social attitudes, and opinions deemed cool by the cool. (Note: it is no longer recommended that one use the term “cool”: a Hipster would instead say “deck.”)

The Hipster walks among the masses in daily life but is not a part of them and shuns or reduces to kitch anything held dear by the mainstream. A Hipster ideally possesses no more than 2% body fat.”

It becomes a difficult task to then differentiate between those who actually cannot eat, shower, or afford clothes. The hipster’s style aesthetic is influenced by the homeless. The hairstyles worn by the hipster is generally ragged, dirty, and has the appearance of a lack of care though often hours of care is put into the upkeep of said look.

In areas such as Williamsburg is generally safe to assume that anyone possessing this look is indeed a hipster.

Clutching their Ipods and sipping PBR, the hipster has taken over areas that were once affordable and turned them into a hipster oasis prompting stores such as Brooklyn Industries and American Apparel to move into these neighborhoods.

In main urban areas, like Manhattan, it becomes difficult to distinguish between “homeless” and “hipster.” Unkept hair, dirty clothes, a general disdain for life in general? Homeless or hipster? You decide!

Test your skills with these nifty photos so you don’t give spare change to someone with a trust fund. Play the game after the jump:

Click on a photo to determine “Hipster or Homeless?” Good Luck.

1. homeless_1.jpg 2. hipster_3.jpg

3. hipster_4.jpg 4. homeless_3.jpg

5. hipster_2.jpg 6. homeless_2.jpg

7. hipster_5.jpg 8.hipster_1.jpg



  1. Kristi says:

    My older brother has been homeless for a couple of years and this article makes me sick!

  2. Editor says:

    Kristi, the point of this article is not to poke fun at homeless people. We are simply calling out a ridiculous trend and the ridiculous people who practice it (HIPSTERS). We have much sympathy for the homeless and their situation.

  3. Kristi says:

    I totally understand the point of the article. The fact that "hipsters" would even do this is disgusting! They should be ashamed.

  4. Julie says:

    HA! ROTFL – this is so true.

  5. Christine says:

    i went to college in VT and was surrounded by douchebag hipsters who come from living in million dollar mansions in CT and drive bmw's and all sorts of really nice cars but try to pretend they are so organic and non materialistic….biggest &*^!heads in the world!!!!!

  6. Karin says:

    I beg to differ. Omer, the guy in pic 3 is no hipster, he's been rocking on Valencia St. for 20 or 30 years.

  7. chb says:


    Number 3 is homeless. How do I know? I have seen him sleeping on the street. In fact, I see him almost every day. He is usually either yelling to people or yell-singing with his guitar. He is a little too crazy (or disinterested) to actually solicit money.

    He also once followed me for two blocks insisting I was a leprechaun. On top of that, if I had to guess from seeing him in person, he's in his late 30s or 40s.

    At any rate, he's cooler than most of the hipsters in San Francisco in that he's kind of a local celebrity.

  8. Vargas says:

    If I ever hear anyone use the word "Deck" in place of cool,I will punch them to the ground and fill their suck full of dark piss.

  9. tolachi says:

    Word has it Omer has a computer and even an internet connection. I have to believe that the guy has a home. He is definitely not a hipster as described above.

  10. razorclam says:


    Your audacity to be righteous about your brother's situation without lending him a helping hand is horrific! Personally, I am both homeless AND a hipster! I spent all my rent money on hair gel and my fixed-gear! Krisi, do you know anyone that needs an EXPERT handjob?

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  12. Hipster says:

    Wow, this is so deck.

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  14. marc says:

    Kristi if your brother is homeless 4 three years it his own falt i amn 24 i own 2 new cars and a 3bed room house. and i did it on my own its called get a job i have 3.

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  16. Farque Hugh says:

    Hey Kristi, why don't you put a roof over your brother's head instead of being indignant on the internet?

  17. mikey says:

    screw hipsters

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