Opinion: Hipster beards (Beard Transplantations)

POSTED: 02/28/14 11:12 PM

Hipsters are a subculture of men and women typically in their 20’s and 30’s that value independent thinking, counter-culture, progressive politics, an appreciation of art and indie-rock, creativity, intelligence, and witty banter. The greatest concentrations of hipsters can be found living in the Williamsburg, Wicker Park, and Mission District neighborhoods of major cosmopolitan centers such as New York, Chicago, and San Francisco respectively. Although “hipsterism” is really a state of mind; it is also often intertwined with distinct fashion sensibilities. Hipsters reject the culturally-ignorant attitudes of mainstream consumers, and are often be seen wearing vintage and thrift store inspired fashions, tight-fitting jeans, old-school sneakers, and sometimes thick rimmed glasses. Both hipster men and women sport similar androgynous hair styles that include combinations of messy shag cuts and asymmetric side-swept bangs.

So far, the first 179 words of the definition for hipster, taken from the online Urban Dictionary that has 521 more words to say about this topic – but you get the idea.

The latest in hipsterland is about – believe it or not – beard transplantations. Plastic surgeons in New York are making a fortune from the trend, because hipsters are ready to pay $8,500 for a transplant. “Whether you are talking about a hipster from Brooklyn or an advertising guy, facial hair is absolutely the look,” New York-based plastic surgeon Jeffrey Epstein says. We would say that too, if clients were ready to pay a small fortune for something that also grows naturally and at no cost.

And facial hair as The Look? Been there, done that. Get a life, okay?

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