Hipsters: "the way that we mark ourselves as members of a tribe"

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Fri, Feb 10th, 2012 10:00 by capnasty NEWS

While sitting in a coffee shop, Sarah Hepola noticed that of the ten men sitting in front of her, seven had beards, seven had pageboy hats and all were dressed quite the same.

I am sitting across from two men who are dressed almost exactly alike. They both have a short black beard, and they are both wearing a pageboy cap. Earbuds dangle from either side of their face, and they are both typing on silver laptops. If you look up from your work for a moment -- back and forth, glancing between the two of them -- it is amazing how much they look alike, considering that they look almost nothing alike. One is vaguely Muslim, the other vaguely Irish. But it's like they are in a boy band, or a commercial for this very moment: This is what we looked like in 2012.

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