Beard transplants killed the Hipster
By John Kass, February 2014, in the Chicago Tribune
The Hipster is dead
You must have seen this iconic American type, with his big glasses, scruffy beard and brightly colored skinny pants. But he’s no more.
He was killed off on the pages of the New York Post the other day.
His demise occurred in Brooklyn, described by the Post as the official hub of the “lumberjack-meets-roadie hybrid,” and the cause of death was no mystery.
A beard transplant got him.
Yes, young men who wanted to look like hipsters but couldn’t grow full beards began asking plastic surgeons to supply the follicles from elsewhere on the body.
Such a move, even at the modest cost of about $8,500, does not bespeak a lifestyle. It does not bespeak a trend. It speaks of sculpting. And sculpting is the antithesis of the hipster ethos. Hippies died the same way in 1967. The rest was costume.