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Hookah

If sucking down a few Parliaments gives you nightmares of midlife tracheotomy, then there's no better way to blow smoke rings around your cancer-bound friends than with the mighty hookah. Obfuscate your mug in a plume of mostly-steam and fondly recall that One Missions Trip You Took To India. If a few pieces inevitably go missing here and there, the hookah doubles as a receptacle for discarded beanies.

Random Pair of Jeans

See that crumpled pile of clothing in the corner? That's not dirty laundry, friend - that's a veritable treasure trove for the broke college student. $1.27 in loose change? Ramen & Pabst, the breakfast (and lunch, and dinner) of champions. A metro card or bus pass? That'll get you from vibing at the Memory Tapes show to that taco cart on the other side of town with the best carne asada around, not to mention save your life should any inclement weather ruin your bike-riding plans. Oh, and that pack of Parliaments? The perfect way to digest the more challenging aspects of the sermon on your church's podcast.

Newbie Media

For the Christian hipster college student, early in their journey of theology and culture, the extent of their book collection is often limited to things they had to read for Philosophy 101 (Augustine), "Introduction to Christian Thought" (Lewis, Yancey), or else a dorm small group study (Shane Claiborne). But frequently their reading is sidetracked by hours and hours of watching 30 Rock or Arrested Development.

 


Backpack

Whether Europe on a dime or South America on a motorcycle, no broke college student can move on to the next phase of life without a Moleskine journal full of travel stories from abroad. Stuff the bare essentials into a rugged nylon pack and get moving - Venice is sinking and despite what you might think, Vienna has no plans of waiting for you.

Bike

Though fixed gear bikes are widely accepted as the hipster transportation of choice, when you're broke and freshly diploma'd, any mode to get you from point A (cheap apartment packed with roommates) to point B (part-time job at a coffee shop) will do. Though cruising through life sans-brakes (or on four Scandinavian-made wheels) might seem more bad-ass, every "Creation Care"-minded, broke young gun knows that you ain't worth your weight in diesel if your ride pollutes the very planet you're so keen on preserving.

Corona Bottle

Many Christian hipsters don't start drinking beer until they are 21, or (if they go to a Christian college) however old they are when they graduate from college. But some of the more rebellious ones experiment with beer even when it's against the "contract" or "pledge" or "community covenant" of their respective university. In either case, the early stages of a Christian hipster's beer odyssey is usually something like Corona, Heineken, or Guinness--big brand gateway beers that feel more refined than Coors and yet less intimidating than, say, an Arrogant Bastard.

Guitar

What started as an ardent devotion to the Tim Hughes Oeuvre has expanded to include "Skinny Love," "Kharma Police," and "Blackbird." Relatively cheap, easy to transport, and even easier (and cheaper) to learn, guitars are the instrument of choice for most 20-something Christian hipsters who tired of piano in the 7th grade and abandoned their former band-geek days along with their trombone after high school. Earn kudos by leaving a guitar (tuned or not) somewhere around your living room. Chances are, it'll get more play than even the copy of "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" you casually left on your coffee table the last time you had company over.

Clothes

Though the quintessential post-college hipster has all the potential for taking a more focused sartorial approach to their wardrobe, the real key here is frugality. As long as the jeans are slim and cuffed, the t-shirts threadbare and cause-oriented, and the flannels uselessly rugged and warm, this post-grad has little need for the latest and greatest in anything - unless, of course, it's the latest paycheck from that rewarding job at The Coffee Bean.

 

Clothes

Though the quintessential post-college hipster has all the potential for taking a more focused sartorial approach to their wardrobe, the real key here is frugality. As long as the jeans are slim and cuffed, the t-shirts threadbare and cause-oriented, and the flannels uselessly rugged and warm, this post-grad has little need for the latest and greatest in anything - unless, of course, it's the latest paycheck from that rewarding job at The Coffee Bean.

 

Clothes

Though the quintessential post-college hipster has all the potential for taking a more focused sartorial approach to their wardrobe, the real key here is frugality. As long as the jeans are slim and cuffed, the t-shirts threadbare and cause-oriented, and the flannels uselessly rugged and warm, this post-grad has little need for the latest and greatest in anything - unless, of course, it's the latest paycheck from that rewarding job at The Coffee Bean.

 

Clothes

Though the quintessential post-college hipster has all the potential for taking a more focused sartorial approach to their wardrobe, the real key here is frugality. As long as the jeans are slim and cuffed, the t-shirts threadbare and cause-oriented, and the flannels uselessly rugged and warm, this post-grad has little need for the latest and greatest in anything - unless, of course, it's the latest paycheck from that rewarding job at The Coffee Bean.

 

Cigarettes

When it comes to tobacco products, the average Christian hipster enjoys cigars and pipes, and sometimes clove cigarettes (which--sadly for the Christian hipster--are now illegal). In a cloves-less world, daring Christian hipsters might resort to smoking normal cigarettes. And for those folks, Parliament Lights (or similar ilk) are usually the go-to cigs. Parliament Lights are hipster faves because they are super light, taste good, and allow one to look cool without that pesky aftertaste. When you're smoking Parliaments, you don't feel like you're getting lung cancer. So on that whole "your body is a temple" thing, you're good (but just so you know, you're not).

 

The Frugal Collegians

A huge number of Christian hipsters are college students or newly graduated wayfarers. Birthed in vast quantity on the campuses of Christian colleges, these sorts of Christian hipsters embody that newbie, activist spirit of "just now discovering that I can be Christian and care about the poor." Because they are jobless or saddled with school loans, their hipster evolution has yet to reach advanced stages of Fred Segal materialism. Instead, it's mostly conceptual. With one foot in their old Baptist youth group and the other on the unsteady terrain of viewing missions through the lens of post-colonialism, these kids are horizon-broadened, foundation-shaken and mind-blown on a daily basis, as they encounter such things as genocide, non-western plumbing, or Camus for the first time in their lives. All the while they are learning to live lives of unconventionality--dabbling in post-legalism rebellion and vice (cheap alcohol and tobacco mostly) while figuring out how to sustain a more authentic and substantial Christianity than the feeble religion of their upbringing.