Kurt Rambis: The Original Hipster

Fashion fads come and go like horrible network sitcoms, so sometimes it’s hard to keep track. The latest one that I’ve noticed (which means that it’s no longer cool and a new one has sprouted up in its place like a head on the Hydra) is that of the “Hipster.”

Please allow the good people at Urban Dictionary to provide a definition:

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.

As you can tell from that intro, hipsters are awesome pretty much in every way…and don’t they know it. I’m sure you’ve seen one even if you don’t realize it.

They carry a satchel and wear button down short-sleeved shirts (usually plaid), some kind of uncomfortably tight shorts, and boat shoes with no socks. They also have this weird retro-sexual haircut and a well-manicured mustache.

What distinguishes hipsters right off the bat, however, are their trademark black, thick-rimmed glasses. I’m guessing most of them aren’t prescription, but you aren’t even invited to the hipster tryouts unless you are wearing a pair of these bad boys.

When I first saw the glasses I knew they reminded me of somebody, but I just couldn’t put my finger on it. Finally it came to me. Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to introduce you to the original hipster…the one who started it all…Mr. Kurt Rambis:

Are these guys related?

Even current NBA players pay homage to the original hipster.

Even as he gets older, Rambis maintains his hipster status.

Toronto is a great place to go hipster hunting, so hopefully I can get some more pictures for you soon.

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