Hipster Wife Hunting: Memes in the Making
What started as a t-shirt at the Pitchfork Music Festival has now become an insta-meme in the making. From the suburbs of New Jersey, Matt is searching tirelessly in the name of hipster singles everywhere for the ideal hipster wife at HipsterWifeHunting.com. We had the privilege of an AIM conversation with the hunter himself and we even brought along some fresh potential to help him out in return.
PopSense: Hey! This is Jeff from PopSense.com, I'm here with my co-editor Stelios and a surprise guest to be announced later, ready for some questions?
Hipster Wife Hunting: Yeah, sure thing
PS: Are you hunting for a hipster wife of your own, hipsters who seem like they could make good wives in general, or are you hunting for wives who are hipsters?
HWH: Definitely the second... I'm trying to avoid making the focus about me, and I'm trying to avoid ruining any existing hipster marriages. This isn't the Hipster Homewrecker, obviously.
PS: How would you define a good hipster wife?
HWH: Well, good taste in music is certainly a priority... I wouldn't want to argue with her about what music to play for our kid. I suppose fashion sense is secondary. Also, she doesn't mind me going to shows.
PS: You mention some parenting issues, and with the widespread popularity of MILF-centric websites, would you consider hipster mom hunting?
HWH: Well, I think a lot of guys would be wary of dating single mothers, even if they were totally all about the new Dirty Projectors album. So I feel like the market there is limited.
PS: You mention Hipsterrunoff in one of your questions on the page, how much is his work an inspiration to you both for this website and in life?
HWH: Haha, well I'm not sure if I'd call it an inspiration. To me, his website represents a kind of maximum irony, to the point at which I can't tell if he's kidding or not about anything and it's kind of frustrating. If you're talking inspiration, I'd say something more like Street Boners or Look At This Fucking Hipster, but unlike those sites, our approach is one of admiration. We're not trying to mock hipster women. It's more of an appreciation of the indie female. No misogyny intended.
PS: We definitely sense the admiration/respect on the site, so that's coming through. Are you thinking of adding a 'submit' section so we can submit potential hipster wives?
HWH: Oh yeah, I definitely welcome submissions. In fact I was hoping that eventually the site could run entirely on those... the first few featured pin-ups are friends of mine, but I'd love to get submissions from people who want to be featured, as well as random photos.
PS: Yeah, that would really expand the site and make it interactive. If you make a nice clear 'submit' button, we're sure the submissions will start rolling in. In fact, we'd like to introduce you now to our surprise guest-- Foxy Fleet-- we've just emailed you her image... could you do an on-the-spot IM interview with her...if we could have the honor of your first submission?
HWH: Haha, on the spot, hmm... I could certainly try.
PS: Sounds good. Well she's right here with us, did you get the pic ok? (just so you know the sorta hipster potential you're working with)
HWH: Yeah, I got it, she definitely qualifies... the sexy librarian glasses are a must-have for any potential hipster wife.
PS: Haha, great, well she'll type now, you can take it from there, so hit her with your first question whenever you're ready (we acknowledge that 'hit' sort of implies domestic abuse, but that was mildly unintentional).
HWH: Alright, great. Would you be able to give me your top 5 albums, or is that something you'd need to think over?
PS (Foxy Fleet): Overall I'd have to think it over but on the spot I'd have to say
1) Lungs - Florence and the Machine
2) Chutes Too Narrow - The Shins
3) The Boy With the Arab Strap - Belle and Sebastian
4) The Queen is Dead - The Smiths
5) Rubber Soul- The Beatles
HWH: If you could have any band play at your wedding, what would it be?
PS (Foxy Fleet): Animal Collective because I've been trying to get my one-legged grandma to listen to them forever but she simply won't.
HWH: Aw. Good choice. Who would win in a fight between Dave Longstreth and Jeff Mangum?
PS (Foxy Fleet): Jeff Mangum, he's got that whole recluse "I'mma shank you if you make me play with my band again" thing going on.
HWH: Yeah true, he does kind of beat Dave on the insanity thing. Jeans: how tight is too tight?
PS (Foxy Fleet): Skinny jeans are played out, it's gotta be about my thighs, not his.
HWH: Very true. What's your fav song of the moment?
PS (Foxy Fleet): Biz Markie - Just a Friend. I really like shitty rap.
HWH: It seems like a lot of girls are into shitty rap, in a good way. Last one: Which decade that you didn't live in are you most nostalgic for?
PS (Foxy Fleet): Totally the 1950's. I'm so into the beat generation that popped up in the later years, On the Road, Howl, that sorta biz
HWH - Nice.
PS: Awesome, this is Jeff again, thank you SO much for humoring us on that. We really only have 2 more questions. First one -- Who are you?
HWH: Ah ha, the eternal question. My real name's Matt. I considered doing some sort of fake identity as "Hunter" but I didn't think it was worth the theatrics. I'm trapped in the Jersey suburbs where hipsters are scarce, unfortunately.
PS: Oh, New Jersey. Did/do you plan on creating an epic meme or is it meant to be kept sort of small? Also, how do you feel about being interviewed after having only 2 posts?
HWH: Well I'd like it to become popular, I think it's a funny idea and it would be great if other people thought so as well. It actually started out on a whim. I was at the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago this summer and there was a screen printing booth so I asked them if they could make me a t-shirt that said Hipster Wife Hunting. People seemed to be into the idea, I got a few requests for photos of/with me, so my friends decided we had to register the domain name and then it kinda went from there.
PS: Wow, yeah we remember reading on some site, possibly pitchfork, that there was one guy wearing a shirt that said that, nice to know it was you.
HWH: Haha yeah, the original. And, it's kind of crazy to be interviewed after 2 posts, but hey, I'm not complaining.
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