For a while I have been thinking about the idea to write about the relation between the hippies and today’s hipsters. I was very much inspired by pictures popping up from guys with flowers in their beards. I couldn’t get the sentence out of my mind “from flowers in her hair to flowers in his beard”.
Hippie to Hipster
Although the current hipsters are totally different from the hippies in the sixties and seventies there are parallels to draw. Kids often prefer grandparents to parents but in the case of the hipsters it might be different. Because, is it a coincidence that today’s youngsters relate better to the generation of their grandparents than their parents?
Being seventy now, means you were young in the sixties and seventies, likely to have been a hippie or at least close to the ideology or lifestyle. A generation that revolted against conservatism and too many wars. They were against the power of big corporations and aware of the pollution that came along.
Today’s hipsters also go for a different lifestyle than their parents. They are not interested in having a prestigious job as a lawyer or a banker and couldn’t care less about owning a big house or a Bentley you can’t park anywhere. Instead they choose to work with their hands, become a carpenter, grow their own food and live life in it’s real sense.
They take distance from a life focused on outside values, flashing money and status. They enjoy the good life, they simply include a human touch and nourishment of the individual. They are not softies or longing for a revival of the past. On the contrary they are very modern and connected, they want to travel and discover places, but most of all life their lives according to their individual believes.
Liberation to Emancipation
In the sixties the girls put flowers in their hair and wore miniskirts as a sign of liberation, today guys are into male grooming and some of them are even putting flowers in their beards. Should we speak about liberation or is it emancipation? Since we see that older people are reclaiming their part in society as well. Are we slowly emancipating ourselves from dogma? Because isn’t it so that nowadays a guy can show his feminine side, a girl can be sturdy and girly simultaneously and an older person cool, even sexy?
An avant-garde is adapting to a lifestyle drifting away from marketing domination and power games, slowly transforming their living environment into one closer to human values and nature in general.
Coming back to the question, is there a relation between the hippie generation of the sixties and the hipsters? Are we entering a new era where love and peace will win from war and hatred, human welfare is more important than share-holders profit and will the economic growth model be slowly replaced by one of smart collaboration?
Maybe we can say that the hippies set change into motion and although it took awhile, it appears that the hipsters found an interesting way to add a human touch to “modern” society in a more pragmatic and durable way than their idealistic grandparents did.