You don’t really need to study this article to know what a Hipster living in Amman acts like, since as the good old saying goes “If you know what a Hipster is, then your’e a Hipster”.
BUT, if you’re still confused whether you or your friends belong to the Arab Hipster subculture, here’s a quick checklist to help you out:
1- If you catch yourself saying any of these phrases:
“I used to go to the Friday Market before it was cool. I can’t believe all these hipsters and expats are going there now just to dress ‘poor’.”
“I used to know this [Jordanian] band before they had 2,000 fans. I can’t believe they sold out already.”
“Oh that tattoo? Yeah, my friend got it for me. He doesn’t have a shop or anything, just a tattoo gun. Yeah, he’s very underground.”
“No, man. Firefly Burger tastes like garbage now that everyone is going there. I just eat burgers at a nameless place downtown now.”
[No insult was meant to Firefly, it was just an example. In fact, I love dem Kamakazies]
“Rainbow street? Hah, you’re so 2009. El-Lweibdeh is where anybody with a taste hangs out.”
2- You listen to Omar Souleyman… Ironically
3- You roll your own cigarettes because “at least you know what’s in them, not like these poisonous ready-made nicotine ones”.
“Wow look at her, she can roll her own cigarettes! She must be unique.” – Nobody ever.
4- You name drop band members and how close you guys are.
“Yeah, I totally went to school with the bassist of Jadal before they made good music. Ask him, he totally remembers me.” – You.
5- You hate Hashem restaurant now because it’s “full of hipsters.”
6- You ONLY spend your time in El-Lweibdeh.
7- You’ve been to more gallery exhibitions and international movie festivals last week than you’ve had hot meals this entire month.
8- You have your own NGO/Initiative/website that everyone just needs to know about because it will revolutionize the way we think about everything in Jordan.
Editor’s note: Wait, did I just insult www.humanitycanwait.com?
9- If you go to a Shawerma place and get upset because they don’t have a vegan menu.
10- If you make a blog about whether you’re not an “Arab Hipster living in Amman”
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