Given my adoration for all things on the cutting edge of mood, one of my neighbour boys and I recently had an engaging banter about fashion in housing and the culture of consumption. The lad - a nerdy brainiac who reeked of style by not being invested in style - inquired whether I ever checked out UnhappyHipsters.com.
"Yes!" I gleefully replied.
Have you reveled in this site?
The site marries fab photos from the popular shelter 'zine DWELL with their own wry captions to parody an alternate reality to everyday modern life.
Here's a recent example:
The rumors were true—the neighbors weren’t eating organic.
(Photo: Kamil Bialous; Dwell)
The brainchildren of UnhappyHipsters, Molly Jane Quinn and Jenna Talbott, have also published "It's Lonely In The Modern World".
Here's the publisher's summary:
"True modernity requires much more than discipline, vision, and a willingness to live without upper kitchen cabinets. 'It's Lonely in the Modern World' outlines exactly what is required to achieve sleek design and the requisite ennui. From the creators of the wildly popular Web site Unhappyhipsters.com, this essential guide is for today's hipsters what The Official Preppy Handbook was for prepsters. The authors advise on a number of topics. Readers will learn how to navigate the vast array of concrete finishes and plywood grades, accessorize with children and pets, opine with authority on rooflines. Featuring detailed illustrations, beautifully staged photos, and helpful charts, this master manual is perfect for aspiring modernists, those who love them, and, of course, those who love to hate them."
I'm sure the crew at Dwell don't mind this a bit. After all, isn't mockery one of the greatest forms of flattery?
Discovering Unhappy Hipsters will make your day!
~ Steven and the urbaneer team
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