Not too long ago, I overheard a female hipster, dressed (as always) all in black, complaining to her boyfriend about someone they knew who used tin cans to hold his pencils (such as empty coffee cans). ”I didn’t think he was the type to use tin cans to hold his pencils” were her exact words, uttered with such snobbish contempt that I almost felt like laughing. Is there, I wondered, a “type” of person who uses tin cans to hold his/her pencils? Personally, I love when people found other uses for things that my otherwise be discarded; I giggle to myself whenever I read the articles in my mother’s magazines with titles like: “Five Uses for an Old Toothbrush.” But in the Hipster-verse (that is, the universe of hipsters), I suppose that storing pencils in tin cans doesn’t meet their standards of fake and pretentious art and might even be seen as gauche.
These spoiled, snobbish brats want so desperately to be creative, but in reality they’re their parents’ children: upper-crust white snobs who move to gritty uban areas and paint anti-war “art” on buildings, dye their hair weird colors, get a LOT of tattoos, open vegan restaurants and eco-friendly laundry shops, and dress almost universally in black… only to discover that there are actually people who place their pencils in empty coffee cans.
Note: Thank you for reading my writing. I write short, impressionistic pieces using poetic language, and sometimes even invented words, in order to convey the absurdities of the modern world and also to invite readers into a realm where the imagination is allowed to breathe again. Cheers!