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Curbed Seattle challenges AGBeat Austin to a hipster-off

Who is more hipster?

Recently, we published a story with 10 brilliant tips on how to have a hipster home, helping people to display their inner hipster through their interior decor. We noted that every hipster home must have ironic appliances and accessories should create conversation pieces that give you a chance to talk about your superiority, but mostly we wanted to drive home that hipster homes should overdose on crocheted items.

What we didn’t remind our readers of, however, is that we are headquartered in Austin which could rightfully claim to be ground zero for hipsterdom, I mean we have South by Southwest every year, #BASHH, Fun Fun Fun Fest, Lightmare on 37th Street, Leslie, Lustre Pearl hula hoops, Mohawk, and you can’t go to a bar without bumping into an artistic fashion blogger who has had seven too many Lone Star beers (they are the national beer of Texas after all). Seriously, the amount of hipsterdom in Austin is sick. What makes Austin hipster? Everything! Nothing! Everything! Nothing! (and if you get that reference, shame on you for being a special brand of over the top hipster).

Whether inadvertent or direct, Curbed Seattle challenged AGBeat, and therefore Austin to a hipster-off by saying in what we imagine to be a morose voice that they too have crocheted their trees, but hell, we have crocheted our stop signs, we crotchet our lamp shades, our puppies, our food, and our souls. Take that, Seattle! Regarding Seattle’s challenge, Austin says:

Curbed Seattle writes, “We’re turning to you, dear readers, for all things hipster and designy. Live in a hipster-riffic pad? Got a neighbor with a rain barrel? Got an ironic appliance on purpose, and not just because you live in a super-old Capitol Hill apartment? We want to see it. Send us shots of your hipster house. We’ll be putting the best of the best together in a lovely slideshow (maybe even using Instagram!) to show off just how hipster-y we are here in Seattle. There’s some pride to be defended here, guys. Do us proud.”

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Enter Austin – Austin readers, submit pictures of your Austin hipster pad (or accessories or hell, just a picture of you if you’re a hipster), and we will feature the best shots in an Austin-y slideshow that will be so self-important, so loud, and so hipstery that it would make Bill Cosby’s sweater closet as happy as a hiphopapotamus (or a rhymenocerous).

It doesn’t stop there, we officially challenge Seattle, San Francisco, Washington D.C., and NYC, to a mother flippin’ HIPSTER-OFF. Let the best moustachioed, iPad havin’, record owning, crocheting, ironic shirt wearing hipster city win.

UPDATE: Seattle has officially accepted our accepting of their challenge and thrown down the gauntlet. BRING IT, SEATTLE!

Lani is the COO and News Director at The American Genius, has co-authored a book, co-founded BASHH, Austin Digital Jobs, Remote Digital Jobs, and is a seasoned business writer and editorialist with a penchant for the irreverent.



  1. Jack Cassedy

    January 10, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    ?_? …this will be so awfully hilarious.

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