Hip free eBook…Kiss The Sky by DC Gallin

I wanted to thank author Denise Gallin for the copy of the book Kiss The Sky published by Telemachus Press. I haven’t had a chance to read it yet, but I just wanted to let everyone know that it is being given away this week at Amazon.com for FREE. This is a limited time offer, so go download it.

Please click on ‘Comments’ and let me know what you think of the book. I can’t wait to read it!

Here’s a brief synopsis:

London in the heady 90’s is waking up to the tribal pulse of repetitive beats, but the police violently attempt to clamp down on the freedom and unity emanating from the speaker stacks. Following the artist’s path in these tumultuous times, Claudia and her friends move into a freezing cold warehouse in the East End while surviving on canned sardines and apples. How can they escape the matrix and remain true to their quest?




Hip book review…Stuff Hipsters Hate

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The authors came up with the idea of defining a hipster not by what he/she is, but instead by what he/she is not! Genius.

Here’s a couple of examples of things hipsters hate:

  • Being on time
  • Sobriety
  • Calling people by their real names
  • Washing their hair

The list goes on and on…

You can check out their website here –> stuffhipstershate.tumblr.com



Hip Book…A Field Guide to the Urban Hipster

A Comprehensive Guide to Identifying More than 35 Species of Urban Hipsters

Like most wildlife, Urban Hipsters offer valuable and entertaining opportunities for observation and study. To date, casual students of wild Hipsters have been left without a tattooed ankle to stand on, as even the simple tasks of identifying and classifying each species have never been completed.  The Hip, though simpleminded, are wily.
Now, however, this cutting-edge manual by world-renowned hipthologist and dinner-party favorite Josh Aiello allows even the most amateur of observers to differentiate a Mod (Angophilia dandyum) from a Punk (Rebellium ostentatia), to identify the velvet rope-circumvention abilities unique to EuroTrash, and to recognize the symptoms of Ex-Frat–carried Loafer-and-Wallet Disease with confidence and ease.  A Field Guide to the Urban Hipster covers mating habits, the origins of species, and natural habitats for all species one may encounter, regardless of terrain.
The result of over ten dateless years spent in the field, A Field Guide to the Urban Hipster is sure to educate and delight for generations to come.  Lavishly illustrated by former pet caricaturist Matthew Shultz, this comprehensive guide is the ultimate handbook for the urban observer.

A great book to help understand what a hipster is. Take the quiz to find out what type of hipster you are.

This is the first book I’ve read where they state there are many types of hipsters, including (but not limited to..):

  • Goths
  • Punk Rockers
  • Hippies
  • Outlaw Bikers
  • Thugz…

I’ve always thought that these types of people where their own type, and not part of a ‘hipster’ classification. It seems there are hipster ‘groups’. And after reading this book, I agree.

I don’t mean to sound so serious…it’s all in fun really. This book is highly recommended because it’s very funny AND it makes you think. The illustrations are awesome as well! You should really check it out.

Hip Book review: Dads are the Original Hipsters

This book marks a milestone for Hipster Approved. It is the first review item I have had sent to me for review. I want to give a big ‘Thank You’ to Lorraine at Chronicle Books and the author Brad Getty for such a nice book.

That being said…the Hipster Seal of Approval can NOT be bought! My reviews are non-biased. I mean it!

Dads Are the Original Hipsters is a great book. It’s another in a series of books that started as a blog. A couple of other examples I can think of is Stuff White People Like and Look at this F*cking Hipster. (Both great books as well…).

People may think that the Hipster fashion movement is a new fad. This book proves that’s not true. Our Dads were sporting skinny jeans, deep v-neck t-shirts, and ironic mustaches while we were still crawling around in our diapers. Too bad our Dads didn’t have cool indie rock to listen to.

The only problem I have is that Brad hasn’t used the photo of a Hipster Dad I sent him. (Maybe he will in the future, I’ll keep checking back). What do you think…is this a picture of a Hipster? Remember this was taken in the early 60s or late 50s. Before Instagram used filters to make pictures look like this..

Dads are the Original Hipsters

Six Pack

Your dad had a six pack before you did. But he didn’t pay to go to some expensive gym. He got his by working hard and kicking ass.

P.S. He was also rocking plaid shorts while you were still swimming around in his nut-sack.

Name That Movie

Have you seen the ads for the new book by Paul Rogers called Name That Movie? It looks great…

If you watched the video clip above, you know that he shows 6 drawings from a film, in sequence, no movie stars….and you have to name the movie. Easy enough…

Can you do this one?




Give up? It’s Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure! Did you get it? Leave a comment by clicking on the little comment button.

I’m definitely adding this book to my ‘Want List’.

Hip book review – Look At This F*cking Hipster

This book is excellent. From the beginning to the very last page. I literally was laughing out loud.(I know..sounds cliche, but true) It reminds me a bit of the feature in Vice magazine called DOs and Don’ts which I also recommend.

Not only are the pictures and captions hilarious, but the author Joe Mande makes some very interesting points in the chapters titled; What is a Hipster?, Celebrity Hipsters, Hipsters Through the Ages…and more! You can follow his blog, and submit photos here -> http://www.latfh.com

I will definitely be adding this to the ‘Required Reading’ section for hipster books.

Hip book review…The Overrated Book

Just got done reading this huge book Chunklet presents The Overrated Book. Took me a while. It says this book weighs two pounds! It’s about 205 pages. This book is hilarious and not only would hipsters like this, but also rockers, punks, emos, as well as film geeks. Pretty much all music fans.

I’m not sure how I found out about this book, and I’ve never heard of the magazine, Chunklet, out of Athens, Georgia until I found this book. From what I understand, this is a collection of stories that have appeared in the magazine in the past. So it’s all new to me… And I plan on reading their other books as well.

The editor over at Chunklet is Henry H. Owings, and this book has a forward by Patton Oswalt.

When doing a search about this book, I came across these videos made by Henry that are awesome! They are about taking a group of Boy Scouts to the ‘hip SXSW Fest to obtain their ‘Rock ‘N Roll Merit Badge’. Check them out…


The audio in the 3rd video is messed up, but you still get the idea.

Local News..Farmers Market is coming to Ocean View

Looks like the hipsters in Ocean View, Virginia will be able to grab their canvas bags and get some fresh, locally grown produce soon!

I got this email yesterday from Five Points Community Farm Market. These are the same people that put on the awesome Sustainable Living Fair at the ODU Webb Center a couple of weeks ago…

The Five Points Community Farm Market is partnering with the East Ocean View Community to provide a Farm Market satellite location in Ocean View! We are working out all the details as to start dates, hours, exact location and the season, but  plans are to have an outdoor market with a C.S.A. pick up for the folks in Ocean View! Are we crazy or what?! We are excited about getting good food to the good people in Ocean View neighborhoods. And yes, once the details are worked out, we will be pursuing all the appropriate licenses, permits and approvals required for those who may be wondering! More to come!

For those that are new to the whole neighborhood farmers market thing….C.S.A. stands for Community-Supported Agriculture. If you’re not familiar with that, check out what Christian Lander, author of the hilarious book Whiter Shades of Pale had to say about it here. Just substitute the word ‘hipster’ for when he says ‘white people’…OK?

It’s basically where a person pays an up-front fee to get fresh produce from local farms held for them each week at the farmers market. It’s also at a great savings if you were to go buy the items individually. And the items change with the seasons…

It’s a good thing.

Hip Book Review…FUCK this book

Just got done checking out this awesome book called FUCK this book by Bodhi Oser published in 2005, but I only just found out about it. (I should get out more…) It is only photographs, no writing at all. And if you check out the website – FUCKthiswebsite.com you’ll see other submissions of photos very similar to what’s in this book. I think these are hilarious! And I love how they are street art.

It’s funny how we give so much power to a word. It’s pretty silly of people really. I recommend a movie called Fuck (2005) about the subject. I also recommend this YouTube video…it’s the best…