Using real live data from Nexis — none of that made-up shit for us — Krucoff & Co. chart the lives of hipsters for the last 20 years of the New York Times. Graph depicts year-by-year growth in usage of the word 'hipster' in the noble pages of the NYT.
Following: 20 years of hipster highlights.
This Is Not My Beautiful Life: Twenty Years of Hipster History
(All apologies to Norman Mailer, who propagated the term in 1956.)
1983-4: Jim Jarmusch's "Stranger In Paradise" is released. Hungarians invade New York
1986: Carla Fendi arrives in New York to preside over an event called the Fendi Crush. At 10:30 am outside Tavern on the Green, thousands of counterfeit Fendi accessories were destroyed by being covered with paint, then crushed in garbage trucks.
1988: Sonic Youth releases "Daydream Nation" with the opening track "Teenage Riot" giving some music fans reason to live.
1994: Nirvana lead singer Kurt Cobain kills himself. Hipster relevancy isn't debated as much as shock of the fuckin' mess he left us in the name of Courtney Love.
1996: Beastie Boys play an all hardcore set at Coney Island High on St. Mark's under the name "Quasar." Were you there? I didn't think so.
1998: Dotcom boom gives birth to techno-nerd-hipster fashion: vinyl pants, goggles with yellow lenses, and sweaters with one arm ripped off.
2001: The first Siren Festival is held in Coney Island with indie acts galore. The Strokes release "Modern Age" EP heralding new dawn of Hipsterism.
2002: Electroclash explodes; Williamsburg venues like Luxx, North Six, Galapagos and Warsaw implode with pussy-peeking skirts. Brownie's in the East Village dutifully closes.
2003: Hipster-Hassid Turf War begins in Brooklyn. Pianos on the Lower East Side opens. T-shirts with "Defend Brooklyn" and "Anywhere But Pianos" sell for $100 in Bedford boutiques.
2004: Hipsters are alive and well, and, evidently, still getting an ass-kicking.