excerpt | on dishonest times
one could say, exaggerating only slightly, that the hipster moment did not produce any artists but tattoo artists, who gained an entire generation's arms, sternums, napes, ankles, and lower backs as their canvas. it did not produce photographers, but snapshot and party photographers: lastnightsparty, terry richardson, the cobra snake. it did not produce painters, but graphic designers. it did not yield a great literature, but it made good use of fonts. and hipsterism did not make an avant-garde; it made communities of early adopters.
greif, m. (2016) against everything: essays